Advisory Board Members
Gail McGowan PSM
Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Advisory Board Chair
Gail McGowan is the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the State Government agency responsible for planning and managing land and heritage throughout Western Australia.
Gail has held senior positions across Government including at Worksafe and the former Department of State Development. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of Chief Executive Women of Australia, CEOs for Gender Equity, Murdoch Vice Chancellor’s External Advisory Committee, Western Australian Planning Commission, Pastoral Lands Board and Infrastructure WA.
Gail was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours for her outstanding public service to land use, planning and industry development in Western Australia. She also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Murdoch University in 2019 to recognise her career achievements and demonstrated leadership qualities.
Partner at EY
Advisory Board Deputy Chair
Catherine Choate is a Partner at EY in the People Advisory Services practice. With 16 years’ as a management consultant, Catherine has extensive experience working alongside clients across industries where she specialises in strategic organisational change and business transformation. With a passion for technology, education and people, Catherine is focused on the workforce of the future and how individuals and organisations can be “future proofed” through life-long learning and embracing change. She began her career as a graduate with Shell, where she spent 10 years working in a range of commercial roles before moving into consulting within the professional services sector. Based in WA, Catherine currently works across the energy, utility and government sectors.
Catherine holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council (WA Chapter).
Mr Clive Bingwa
Managing Director and Director of Sales, Nine Entertainment Co Perth
Clive Bingwa is the Managing Director of Nine Perth (Nine, 6PR, WAtoday, Australian Financial Review).
Clive started his 20+ year career in advertising and communication at Zenith Media in Sydney, before moving back to Perth to join 303 Advertising and later become a partner. After the sale of 303 to a New York listed Interpublic Group, and almost 17 years of tenure, Clive became the Managing Director of IPG owned Initiative Media.
Clive has sat on the Board of St Pius the X Primary School, and Triathlon WA, as well as being an executive member of the Communications Council. He currently is a Board Member of Aquinas College and on the Advisory Board for Perth Internet business Pentanet.
Clive attended Aquinas College, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Marketing and Management) from Curtin University.
Managing Director and Co-Founder of Student Edge
Jeremy Chetty, Co-Founder of Student Edge – a free student membership community. The student turned entrepreneur, conceived the idea with his friends while they were at Murdoch University ten years ago. They identified a gap in the market to build a platform that would help students with the challenges of student life. The program helps students save money, find jobs and deliver useful content to help them make the right career choices that match their skillset and passion.
Today Student Edge has over 1 million members, 100+ educational institutions and a growing list of sponsors have joined to the community. He currently oversees strategic partnerships and is an Executive Director on the board.
An entrepreneur at heart, Jeremy is actively involved in the start-up community. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Murdoch University, Mentor at The Founders Institute and Bloom at the UWA.
Passionate about helping the community, Jeremy also holds current and past advisory positions with the Royal Commonwealth Society, Central, Australia Day Council WA, Office of Multicultural Interests, Australian Airforce Cadets, Colosoul Group and Willetton SHS.
Managing Director of South Metropolitan TAFE
Terry Durant is the Managing Director of South Metropolitan TAFE. With over ten years of experience in the vocational education and training sector, Terry is passionate about the value and role of quality training and education in equipping individuals with skills for employment or further education.
In 2016, Terry led the amalgamation of two major training colleges under the Training Sector Reform Project. Her leadership during this time guided the college toward a transformative period of driving strategic change, evolving staff culture and consolidating business processes.
Prior to her time in the VET sector, Terry worked across the public and private sector, in senior positions within banking, superannuation and taxation industries.
Terry holds a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Principal of Rossmoyne Senior High School
Milanna Heberle is Principal of Rossmoyne Senior High School, a large Independent Public Secondary School and one of leading schools in the state.
Milanna has more than 30 years’ experience in education as a teacher, consultant and in leadership roles across both regional and metropolitan sites. She actively participates in a number of educational boards, committees and forums. Milanna completed a Master of Education in 2005, winning a faculty prize for outstanding coursework in school leadership. Her interests include strategic planning, change management, leadership development and data analysis.
In her spare time, Milanna enjoys gardening, fishing and spending time with her family.
Owner and Director of North-West Alliance
Blaze Kwaymullina is a Palyku Traditional Owner from the inland Pilbara region of Western Australia.
He was an academic for 8 years at the University of Western Australia before moving into the private sector and establishing a sustainable development company.
Blaze is currently the owner and Director of the North-West Alliance, one of the largest waste management companies in the Pilbara region. Blaze has a passion for local economic development by providing opportunities to local communities through employment, training and enterprise.
Professor at Murdoch Singapore
Professor Patrick H.M. Loh is Cofounder-Chairman of Singapore Link Sciences Pte Ltd; Chairman of Premium Herb International Pte Ltd and Cofounder-Chairman of Dongman Agro Pte Ltd. He is appointed an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organizations of the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore.
As a practicing plant scientist, he is one of the early pioneering bio-entrepreneurs in Singapore who has successfully established the commercial application of biological and molecular techniques to plant and crop improvements in the agro-based industries in the ASEAN region.
He is currently a Professor at the College of Lifelong and Experiential Learning; and the School of Science & Technology of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He is also a Professor of Western Australian State Agricultural & Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and the Centre for Crop & Food Innovation (CCFI), School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, College of Science, Health, Engineering & Education. He is an Advisory Board Member of Murdoch Business School, College of Arts, Business, Law & Social Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.
Managing Director and Founder of Spacecubed
Brodie McCulloch is the Founder and Managing Director of Spacecubed and passionate about building ecosystems that support people and organisations who are interested in building the future of work.
Spacecubed enables positive change through the community through its spaces, programs and platform. Spacecubed has grown by 300% over the past three years and continues to work with its members to create new opportunities for them and their businesses.
With over 3,000 members, Spacecubed has built a range of spaces that support different industries and technologies. These spaces provide both facilities and networks to help connect members with new opportunities.
Programs including SheCodes and Plus Eight Accelerator have been supporting women to learn to code and investing in a range of startups in WA.
Director of Opportunities Without Borders
Jacqueline Littlejohn is a Yamatji Malgana woman from Shark Bay in Western Australia.
As a proud Aboriginal woman, Jacqueline has many strong motivators - to continue to assist communities to thrive, to be part of the movement to increase reconciliation and to improve health, education and economic opportunities for all Aboriginal people. Jacqueline has worked within, led and advocated for the West Australian Aboriginal community all her life.
Jacqueline has held numerous leadership positions in Aboriginal communities and is a passionate advocate for diversion, inclusion and equitable Aboriginal involvement in all aspects of society. She is committed to working with and for Aboriginal people across Australia to facilitate conversations around culturally and economically appropriate land use and access for local and traditional communities.
Chairman of Hartleys Limited
Ian Parker has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from Murdoch University (WA) and is an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia.
Ian has been in the financial services industry since 1981 and later became a director of Gilpear Investment Group.
In January 1991 Ian joined Hartleys as a private client adviser and since that time became a senior member of the Hartleys team, a member of Executive Council and Underwriting Committee and Head of the Private Client Advisory Board for 2 years.
Ian was appointed a director of Hartleys in May 2003. Ian was appointed Chairman in February 2015.
Mayor of City of Fremantle
Brad Pettitt was elected as the Mayor of the City of Fremantle in 2009. He was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Across his three terms as Mayor, Brad has applied his knowledge of sustainable cities to making Fremantle a great place to live and work. Working closely with a motivated council, he and his team have developed a strong vision for the city, delivering many important projects.
Until taking up the role of Mayor, Brad was the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University.
Brad has previously worked with Oxfam in Cambodia and the Australian Government Aid Program in Canberra and is currently a member of the West Australian Heritage Council.