The General Sir John Monash Foundation is a charitable organisation formed in Australia in 2002, as a public company limited by guarantee. It has named status in Australian income tax legislation as a ‘Deductible Gift Recipient’. Its purpose is to raise funds for, and to administer, Australia’s prestigious postgraduate scholarships – the John Monash Scholarships – to recognize excellence and leadership.
Ms Quentin Bryce
The Patron-in-Chief of the Foundation is Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor General of the commonwealth of Australia. The Governor General presents the Scholarships to Scholarship winners at Government House in December of the year in which they are selected.
Each of the Governors of the States of Australia are Vice-Patrons of the Foundation. The Governors play no role in the selection process, but often meet with the Scholarship winners from their State.
A Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer administer the Foundation. They are currently:
Ms Jillian Segal AM
Currently, Jillian is a Director of the National Australia Bank, the ASX Limited and The Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She is Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, a Member of the Sydney Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact and a Member of the Remuneration Tribunal. She is also involved in a number of not-for-profit organisations. Jillian has had a career in law, regulation, governance and policy development. Formally, she was Chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman Board, President of the Administrative Review Council, a Member of the Audit Standards Oversight Board for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council. From 1997 to 2002, Jillian was a Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), being Deputy Chair from November 2000 to June 2002. Prior to joining ASIC, Jillian was a corporate lawyer specialising in corporate and environmental law, having been a partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Arthur Robinson). Jillian is a graduate in arts and law from UNSW and has a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Peter Binks
Peter succeeded Ken Crompton as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation on September 1, 2009. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, submitting a doctoral thesis in Theoretical Physics on modeling of the orbits of stars in normal galaxies. After leaving Oxford, Peter has had a corporate career with consultants McKinsey & Company, resources firm BHP, and telecommunications company Telstra. From 2003 he was Chief Executive Officer of technology firm Nanotechnology Victoria. He is also a Director of Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited.
To view Annual Reports of the foundation:
Mr David Clarke
David was a 2007 John Monash Scholarship winner. David holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and he used his John Monash Scholarship to gain a Masters of Public Administration at Harvard University. David acted as a strategic change consultant with CARE International, a leading international humanitarian NGO, and as economic development consultant with the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. David is currently a project leader with the Boston Consulting Group.
Emeritus Professor Peter Darvall AO
Peter is Chair of the National Selection Panel, having chaired the Victorian Selection Panel until 2009. He had a distinguished career in civil engineering and was at Monash University for 33 years, during which time he was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for research and development and information technology, and Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University. Professor Darvall is the author of several books on mechanics and structures and has written numerous research papers on topics related to his areas of expertise. He has been a Board member of the Prince Henry’s Institute for Medical Research, Montech, the Victorian Strategic Industry Foundation (SIRF), the Baker Medical Research Institute, the Institute of Reproduction and Development and the Cooperative Research Centres for Catchment Hydrology, Water Quality and Treatment, and Freshwater Ecology and was on the board of Melbourne Water until October 2009.
Mr Stephen Gerlach AM
Stephen is Chancellor of the Flinders University. He was formerly the Chairman of Santos Ltd, former Chairman of Elders Ltd (formerly Futuris Corporation Ltd), Equatorial Mining Ltd, Elders Australia Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments, Amdel Ltd and Penrice Ltd and a Director of a number of other public companies, including Southcorp Ltd, Brunner Mond Holdings Ltd (UK) and Elders Rural Bank Ltd. Stephen was a partner of the Adelaide legal firm Finlaysons for 23 years and its Managing Partner from 1985 to 1991. He has also been actively involved in a number of community and professional associations and is at the present time a member of the AICD and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. He is currently a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Chairman of Foodbank South Australia Inc and a Director of Foodbank Australia Ltd. He is a former Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Society of SA and a Director and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Red Cross Society.
Mr Leon Kempler OAM
Leon is involved in various business activities including International Adviser to Mesoblast Limited, Chairman of Ducere, Director of Launcher Services (trading as ConnectFurniture Pty Ltd and Real Thing Entertainment Pty Ltd). His honorary roles include: National Chairman of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon); Chairman of Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Victoria; Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Royal Children’s Hospital; International Adviser for the Israel Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Institute.
Mrs Jan McCahey
Jan joined the Foundation Board on 6 March 2012. She is a senior partner and member of the Board of Partners of PwC, with wide experience in accounting and financial reporting regulation and compliance. Prior to joining PwC, Jan was Chief Accountant at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. From 2002 she was a member of the Australian Government’s Business Regulation Advisory Group. She has been a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, and since 2010 she has been a member of the Australian Public Policy Committee. She Chairs the Advisory Board for the Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships at the University of Melbourne. Jan has a BCom (Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a Masters in Commerce from the University of Melbourne. She has been a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Melbourne, and is a Fellow of each of the Professional Accounting bodies in Australia.
Professor Alan Robson AM CitWA
Alan served as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia from 2004-2011, following more than a decade as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (since 1993). Professor Robson was Chair of the Group of Eight (2007-2010), Deputy Chair of the Council of the National Library (1998-2005), Deputy Chair of Universities Australia (2009-2011), a member of the Western Australian Science Council (2003-2009) and the CSIRO Board (2003-2008). He has also held the positions of Foundation Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Head of the School of Agriculture and Professor of Agriculture (Soil Science) at The University of Western Australia. He is currently the Hackett Professor of Agriculture. In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and awarded a Centenary Medal. In 2009, Professor Robson was made a Citizen of Western Australia.
Mr Peter Shergold AC
Peter is the Chancellor at the University of Western Sydney. He was Head of the Department of Economic History at the University of NSW before joining the Australian Public Service. He has been Public Service Commissioner, CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business and Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training, before serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003 to 2008. Peter is also a non-Executive Director of AMP Ltd and Corrs Chambers Westgarth and the Chairman of QuintessenceLabs. He is a Director of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and a number of government boards.
Mr Steven M. Skala AO
Steven is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG. He is a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Hexima Limited and Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Ltd. Steven is Vice President of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies and is a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Previously he was Chairman of Film Australia Limited and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and a director of The Australian Ballet, Max Capital Group Limited, the Channel Ten Group, The King Island Company Limited and Rothschild Australia e-Fund Investors Pty Ltd. Steven is a graduate in arts and law from the University of Queensland and has a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University. He practiced law in Brisbane, London and Melbourne and was a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Solicitors between 1985 and 2004.
Professor Deane Terrell AO
Deane is a Visiting Fellow at College of Business and Economics at The Australian National University (ANU). He is currently Chair of the AARNet Board of Management, Chair of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Board, Chair of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, Chair and Principal Director of the Canberra School of Music Foundation, Chair of The General Sir John Monash Foundation Investment Committee and member of the Board and Awards Committee. Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS). He has held directorships on the Board of the Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, Australian Education Office (Washington), the Tertiary Education Superannuation Scheme (TESS) and the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing Interim Board. He was a member of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, CanTrade and the Canberra Business Council.
Dr Jane Wilson
Jane, Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee, is a senior non-executive director with a background in medicine, finance and banking and has extensive experience in corporate finance, commercialisation of technologies and corporate governance. Since 1995, Jane has served on boards of ASX companies, Government-owned corporations and Not-For-Profit organisations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and was the Qld President and National Board Director of the AICD from 2002 to 2004. She is currently a director of ASX-listed Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Universal Biosensors Ltd and CathRx Ltd, Finance Director of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the Anglican Church Grammar School Foundation. She is a member of the University of Queensland Senate, the Senate Finance Committee and the UQ Faculty of Health Sciences Board. Jane was the inaugural chairman of Horticulture Australia Ltd, chairman of IMBcom and a director of Energex Ltd, WorkCover Qld, AGEN Biomedical and the National Archives of Australia. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a medical degree from the University of Queensland.