Strong local governance, supported by a locally and globally connected Advisory Board, underpins the HRF Centre. Members are drawn from the previous board of the Hunter Research Foundation, who bring their unique expertise to the new Centre, and which will also continue to reach out to relevant, credentialed experts and leaders to ensure it is globally connected with the world’s best academics and policy specialists.

  • Professor Eileen Doyle

    Member

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    Professor Doyle has had an exceptional career in large corporations, which has spanned more than three decades. She has a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics. In 1993 she was Australia's first Fulbright Scholar in Business Management. She completed an International General Management Program at Columbia University in New York.

    Professor Doyle had an executive career in the steel and building materials industries; she was Chairman of Port Waratah Coal Services from 1998 until 2009 and a Director of OneSteel, GPT and Boral. 

    Professor Doyle is a professional company director. She is a director of OilSearch, NEXTDC, SWOOP Analytics, Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure, and is a member of Council for the University of Newcastle and Women in MBA (WiMBA) program patron. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

    Professor Doyle served on the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Board for over 25 years including 18 years as Chairman, and the HRF Centre Advisory Board since 2017.

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  • Gillian Geraghty

    Member

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    Head of Regional Project Delivery, Transport for NSW

    Joined the HRF Centre Advisory Board in 2019

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  • Aaron Johansen

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    CEO, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group | Board Director, Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator

    Joined the HRF Centre Advisory Board in 2019

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  • Michelle McPherson

    Member

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    Michelle McPherson has a wealth of experience in financial positions and chartered accounting with more than 30 years in finance roles including senior roles at Caltex Australia. 

    She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at IAG. Prior to this appointment, Michelle was the Group Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as Company Secretary of nib holdings limited.

    Ms McPherson is a Director of the Hunter Valley Grammar School and a member of the Council and Deputy Chancellor of the University of Newcastle. In addition, she is a member of the advisory board to the Faculty of Business and Law at the University and a member of the University of Newcastle Foundation Advisory Board. Previously, Ms McPherson was a director of Newcastle Port Corporation for six years until the sale of the Port of Newcastle by the NSW Government.

    Michelle McPherson served on the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Board from 2009 to 2016 and the HRF Centre Advisory Board since 2017.

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