Keynote presenters

Professor Fran Ackerman

Professor Fran Ackermann

Collaborative and multi-stakeholder corporate governance

Professor Fran Ackermann is a Research Professor in the School of Management. She has been Dean, Research and Development, Curtin Business School (2013-2017) and before that Head of the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow.

Fran’s main research interests lie in two areas. The first is complex project management with a particular interest in systemic risk which stemmed from extensive work in disruption and delay modelling. Fran is interested in helping project managers avoid many of the pitfalls experienced on projects. The second is strategy development concentrating on elements of strategy making such as the identification of distinctive and core competences and stakeholder management within a negotiative paradigm. With Professor Colin Eden, Fran has developed an approach to strategy making that is extensively used in organisations and has been adopted in a number of university courses. Fran is keen to ensure that strategy is developed that is both robust and owned.

Both research arenas are supported by cause/cognitive mapping (a technique for modelling complex qualitative data) and Group Support System (software tool enabling group productivity and anonymity). Both the tool and technique were developed as part of the research work.

Fran has held positions at Bordeaux Business School, The University of Western Australia, Tillburg University and has strong ties with the University of Minnesota and State University of New York. She is currently an Honourary Professor at the Manchester Business School and Adjunct Professor at Strathclyde Business School. She is a BAM Fellow, a senior editor of Decision Support Systems and has been both an ESRC and EPSRC grant assessor.

Professor Alan Duncan

Professor Alan Duncan

Corporate governance policies related to gender equality

Professor Alan Duncan is Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and Bankwest Professor of Economic Policy at Curtin Business School, Curtin University. The Centre is one of the leading research groups in the country focusing on economic and social policy analysis of local and national concern, releasing major reports on topical policy issues – workforce, housing affordability, poverty and disadvantage, savings and debt, the costs of doing business, and trade with Asia to name just a few.

Prior to taking on the role of BCEC Director in 2013, Alan was Director of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and before that, Head of School at the Nottingham School of Economics, University of Nottingham. He has also held positions at the University of York and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and is an International Fellow at the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (CEMMAP) in London. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of York, and has served on a number of senior advisory panels and boards for government and public sector organisations in the UK, Europe and Australia, advising on areas including tax policy, pensions, labour markets and household welfare.

Alan has published in both academic and policy outlets, with articles appearing in journals of the highest international reputation, including Econometrica, The Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Economic Record, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Applied Econometrics and Fiscal Studies. His research interests and expertise cover a broad range of topics, including: economic and social policy evaluation; taxation, public finance and public policy; the economics of education, training and childcare; employment and labour market participation; population and workforce dynamics; gender equity and discrimination; housing affordability; migration; income inequality; poverty and wellbeing; statistical simulation; and econometric modelling and forecasting.

Alan was awarded the prestigious Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society in 2000 for a paper published in the world-leading journal, Econometrica. He has served on a number of senior advisory panels and boards for government and public sector organisations in the UK, Europe and Australia, advising on areas including tax policy, pensions, labour markets and household welfare. Alan has been invited to give evidence at Federal Senate Committee hearings, and was invited to participate in the 2011 Henry Review of the Australian tax system.

Professor David Gilchrist

Professor David Gilchrist

Charities, Is purpose related to corporate governance?

Professor David Gilchrist is an accountant and economic historian within the UWA Business School. He undertakes practical, industry-ready research in the area of policy and practice of human services delivery in Australia. Along with his academic work, he has held senior roles in all three sectors of the Australian economy, including as the Assistant Auditor General for Western Australia, and has taught at the London School of Economics.

The focus of Professor Gilchrist’s research is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), its pricing and sustainability. The NDIS will support 450,000 people with disability in Australia along with their families and supporters. His work is a longitudinal study which has been undertaken for four years and has developed national recognition. Professor Gilchrist’s work on the NDIS has helped shape national policy. His research was recognised by the Productivity Commission in 2018 when it recommended the work be continued due to its positive impact. Professor Gilchrist is also working on a National Outcomes Research Agenda project, examining the problems associated with measuring outcomes in the Australian human services sector and developing responses to those challenges.