Panellists

Professor Robert Cunningham

Professor Robert Cunnginham

Dean, Curtin Law School, Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University

Professor Robert Cunningham is Dean and Head of Curtin Law School, barrister within Murray Chambers and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Throughout his professional career, he has engaged with the law in his capacity as both legal practitioner and academic.

As a legal practitioner Robert’s efforts have concentrated on the provision of legal information, court advocacy and education within Community Legal Centres and the not-for-profit sector. In his barrister practise within Murray Chambers he specialises in Federal Court matters with a particular emphasis on corporate law, consumer protection, native title and intellectual property. He also works in international trade law. As part of his active interest in public interest advocacy, he provides legal advice and representation to not-for-profit organisations.

In academia Robert’s pursuits have primarily focused on the manner in which the law interfaces with international trade, ecological sustainability, corporate governance and information governance. He has published numerous academic journal articles and books, as both sole-author and co-author, primarily in the fields of corporate law, intellectual property and international trade law.

Robert is the author of “Information Environmentalism: a governance framework for intellectual property rights” published by Edward Elgar. The book applies analytical frameworks derived from environmental theory to construct a governance framework for the regulation of information in the 21st century. Reviews of this work can be found in the Oxford University Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the Review of European & International Environmental Law. The book was summarily presented at an Australian Digital Alliance Conference at the National Library of Australia and it is also the subject of a presentation by Professor James Boyle from Duke University.

Robert has been embedded within various universities as a research scholar including the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University, Australian National University, University of California (Berkley), New York Law School, and Queen Mary College (London).

Along with a PhD from the Australian National University, he holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws (Hons), and a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney.

Robert maintains teaching commitments in Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Professional Responsibility at Curtin Law School; International Commercial Law at Notre Dame in London and World Trade Organisation Law at Ghent University Law School in Belgium; and Information Environmentalism at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast/Byron Bay Summer Law School.

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Board Director
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member, Chief Executive Women
Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Dr Vanessa Guthrie is a highly accomplished Executive and Director with a career spanning thirty years in the resources sector, in a variety of diverse minerals and energy resources. Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.

Vanessa is on the board of a number of organisations, including the Minerals Council of Australia where she is Chair, listed companies Santos Limited, Adelaide Brighton Limited, and Tronox Holdings PLC; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Curtin University. She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Vanessa’s contribution to the mining industry has been recognised both in Australia and globally, including being recognised as one of the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining.

Penny Knight

Penny Knight

Managing Director, BaxterLawley
Principal Investigator, National Performance Benchmark Project, UWA

Penny Knight is a strategist and analyst. She is an expert in the development of evidence-based strategy and change management, and has extensive knowledge of research and performance improvement.

She has worked with KPMG London and PriceWaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong advising clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and has held senior government roles, most recently with the Strategic Policy Unit in WA Treasury.

Penny is currently Managing Director of BaxterLawley a consulting firm specialising in providing strategic planning, public policy, performance improvement and governance services for organisations across Australia. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

For the last seven years, Penny has worked with the Australian Institute of Company Directors undertaking the annual Not-for-Profit Governance and Performance Study, the world’s largest governance study. Other recent work includes a range of projects with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and the Disability Services National Benchmarking Project.

She is an experienced company director and is currently a member of the boards of Juniper, a leading provider of aged care services, and of Nulsen Disability Services.

Professor David Gilchrist

Professor David Gilchrist

University of Western Australia Business School

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.

Professor Glennda Scully

Professor Glennda Scully

Curtin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting

Glennda is a professor in the School of Accounting at Curtin University. She has worked in practice and has wide industry-based experience. Glennda has a strong interest in the Not for Profit sector and is currently a member of the MercyCare board and finance committee, a Commissioner and Chair of Finance of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia, a member of the Curtin University Council and Finance committee and a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council of Perth. Glennda is also a member of the Chartered Accountant Trans-Tasman Audit Advisory Committee and held the position of Chair of the CAANZ regional council, Western Australia. Currently, Glennda teaches in the areas of Auditing, Ethics, Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance and on the MBA program. Glennda is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a member of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Her research interests include financial disclosure in developing economies, Not-for profits, corporate governance, performance auditing and behavioural decision making in auditing and ethics.