Business Advisory Board

Bryony Binns

Lawyer and PriceWaterhouse Coopers Partner

Bryony is a Partner of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and practicing lawyer. She practices in the area of workplace relations and human resources, working as part of PwC's People and Organisation team to provide holistic consulting, tax and legal advice to employers on a local and cross-jurisdictional basis. Her expertise lies in the legal aspects of managing employees and other personnel in complex transactions, outsourcing deals and other change management scenarios.

Prior to joining PwC, Bryony was a partner of global legal consulting firm Baker McKenzie, where she was a member of the firm's Global Employment and Benefits practice.

Bryony is an alum of the University of Wollongong (BA/LLB 2002) and also holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the University of New South Wales (2008). She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has been recognised as a leading employment lawyer in Chambers Asia since 2011. She has been nominated by her peers for inclusion in Australia's Best Lawyers (Employment Law) since 2014.

Mike Sneesby

CEO, Stan Entertainment

Mike is the CEO of Stan Entertainment; a world-class SVOD service for Australian consumers that he established in 2013. Stan Entertainment is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media. Mike was formerly the CEO of the Microsoft/Nine Entertainment ecommerce joint venture, Cudo, up until its sale in 2013. Prior to that, Mike set up the Invision IPTV service in Dubai as Vice President of IPTV for the Saudi Telecom/Astro Malaysia joint venture Intigral. Before joining Intigral, he headed Corporate Strategy and Business Development at ninemsn (Nine Digital) where he established and developed a portfolio of the company's high growth digital media businesses including the start-up of MSN New Zealand and management of the EPG and listings business HWW. Prior to ninemsn, Mike led the roll out of Optus’ national ADSL network - “Bigfoot.” Mike holds an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Natalie Chapman

Co-Founder and Managing Director, gemaker

Natalie is Co-Founder and Managing Director of gemaker, a science and technology commercialisation consultancy. In 2017, gemaker won three Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for Innovation, and the NSW Telstra Business Award for Microbusiness. Natalie is also Corporate Communications Manager for ASX-listed Alkane Resources, and a Director of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA). Her previous work, as General Manager of Commercialisation at the Smart Services CRC, resulted in two spin-off businesses. As Leader of Business Development and Marketing at ANSTO, she provided strategic advice and managed the commercialisation of the intellectual property portfolio, including incubating new businesses and growing technical consultancy services.

In 2018 Natalie launched the #AUSinnovates initiative to celebrate Australian technology commercialisation success and bring attention to Australian researchers and innovators who are changing our lives for the better, by creating new industries and jobs, enhancing our health and education and making the world safer.

Bill Delves

CEO (Interim), South Bank Corporation

Bill Delves has been appointed by the Queensland State Government as the interim Chief Executive Officer at South Bank Corporation in Brisbane. South Bank Corporation was created 25 years ago, post Expo 88, as an independent statutory authority to manage the development and maintenance of the South Bank Precinct for the people of Queensland together with its national and international visitors. South Bank is a world class sub-tropical precinct of 42 hectares, with assets of over $1 billion, which continues to attract over 11million visitors annually.

Bill is a confident and people oriented leader, he inspires teams to achieve. He balances the ability to generate growth and drive business development with a strong financial acumen. This has created sustainable change for his own businesses and external clients. He is recognized in professional services for his experience in accounting, consulting, and business leadership. With over 30 years’ experience, he has provided tailored business advice and led large professional services teams locally and globally at both EY and KPMG.

He has a proven track record across a diverse set of technical & business skills, including:

  • Technical expertise: accounting, diligence, assurance, taxation, and business strategy
  • Business expertise: organisational growth, business development, financial performance management, investment readiness, planning & strategy, innovation & change, project management, cost reduction, synergy assessment, cultural change and team performance. Bill’s consulting and leadership experience has spanned a wide array of family business, private, corporate, not for profit, and government entities that have drawn upon his expertise for both business and personal solutions.

Bill is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong (UOW), additionally he provides directorship services via his business, Resident Director Australia.

Brendan Lyon

Partner, KPMG

Brendan Lyon joined KPMG’s infrastructure and projects group as a Partner in mid 2018, after a decade as the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia – a unique government and private sector think tank and executive network.

A respected infrastructure policy expert, Brendan enjoys strong relationship across senior business, public sector and government leaders.

Brendan is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction. In 2013, Brendan was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor for the Faculty of Business and Law at UOW.

With a strong interest in infrastructure and in economic policy, Brendan has authored and contributed to a large number of research and policy papers, considering different aspects of infrastructure market regulation.

Patrick Jin (Chao Wei Jin)

Managing Director China, Owens Corning

Patrick became Managing Director China of global Fortune 500 company Owens Corning in 2018. Previously Patrick worked for BlueScope Steel, Shanghai, China. He started as an intern at Port Kembla, and progressed to become the President at BlueScope Coated Steel in China. Prior to studying an MBA with UOW, he had a degree and a career in Medicine, but opted for a career change soon after, in Business where he has stayed ever since.

Under Patrick's leadership, BlueScope turned a consistently loss making coated products sales performance into a profitable one, in two consecutive financial years. He also achieved a significant growth in revenue. In 2006, Patrick won the Best Employee Award and was one of a few employees in China to be selected for the 3-year Asia Senior Manager Incentive Program.

Benjamin Stevenin

CEO and Co-founder of RimaOne

Benjamin Stevenin is CEO and a founder of RimaOne that produces ACADEM, a solution dedicated to Higher Education institutions that supports them in their qualitative processes. Building on his vast experience in research and development and process automation, Benjamin has been instrumental in producing solutions for higher education institutions to automate the collection and updating of all the variable data required to assess and manage quality of teaching, learning and research through many different statistical reporting for various internal and external purposes, including accreditations, rankings, and surveys. Since creation of ACADEM, he has supported the implementation of the quality and accreditation processes within higher education institutions in more than 40 countries. His experience with more than 150 projects has given him an extensive vision of the problems facing higher education. Benjamin has also been involved in different projects with two of the international business accreditation organisations, the European Quality Improvement System (or EQUIS), managed by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), and the US-based Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).