Professor Ralph Slatyer AC is Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He is closely involved in the application of science and technology to industrial innovation and to environmental management. He was the first Chief Scientist in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1989-1992, in which role he established the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council and served as Executive Officer. He also Chaired the Co-ordination Committee on Science and Technology. In 1990, he inaugurated the Co-operative Research Centre Program and served as the first chairman of the CRC Committee. He is currently a member of the Australian Research Council.
Professor Slatyer has been active in many national and international scientific programs, both in the inter governmental and non-governmental areas. He served as Australian Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation from 1978-1981.
Clem Doherty, Director, McKinsey & Company. A member of the Asia-Pacific Council, member of the Global Technology Committee and leader of McKinsey's practice in Malaysia. He has worked in Australia, the United States, Europe, Japan and South East Asia. Clem is currently Chairman of the Innovation and Multimedia Committee of the Australian Coalition of Service Industries and a Member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Media and Telecommunications Law and Policy attached to Monash University. Clem has published several papers on industry directions in Australia and Asia-Pacific.
Clem holds a MBA from Stamford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received the Mason Smith Award in General Management. He also holds a BSc. and BE (Elec.) from the University of New South Wales.
Hilary McPhee, was appointed Chair of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, in March 1994. Until recently, Ms McPhee was the Publishing Director of Pan Macmillan Australia, responsible for the development of the Macmillan, Pan, Picador and Sun Books imprints.
In 1975, Ms McPhee founded and directed McPhee Gribble Publishers, an independent publishing company with a reputation for developing new authors, quality fiction, non-fiction and children's books. Ms McPhee is currently a member of several cultural bodies, including the Major Organisations Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Multimedia Enterprise (AME), the Steering Committee for the development of an Integrated country Promotion in India, the advisory boards of the Macquarie Library and the National Centre for Research and Development in Australian Studies (Monash University). Ms McPhee holds a BA with Honours (Literature and History) from Melbourne University. In 1993 Monash University awarded her an Honorary Dlitt.
Edward Dale, Internet and Online Services Consultant. Mr Dale is a specialist consultant online media presence, particularly the advertising and communications industry on the best and latest usage of telecommunication and networking technology. Implemented Australia's first fibre optic network for a multimedia and pre-press company. Engaged as a consultant by Time Warner New York dealing with online services specifically the Pathfinder project and also engaged by Silicon Graphics to advise on the use of multimedia and prepress applications for their platforms. Mr Dale is a principal conductor of seminars for Apple Computer Australia and a number of multi-media companies. Constantly in demand for industry and community presentations on the latest developments in the multi-media industry.
Judith King is the foundation Executive Director of the Australian Coalition of Service Industries (since 1988). ACSI is a private sector organisation whose mission is to promote the interests and development of competitive and export oriented Australian service industries. ACSI is part of an international network of similar organisations which have been actively working for liberalisation of trade and services through GATT, APEC and regional trading agreements. Ms King was recently appointed by the Prime Minister to the National Information Services Council which is a high level discussion forum for broad policy issues associated with the development of the information superhighway. Its role will be to inform the policy debate in government by encouraging input from members of the community, industry and relevant experts in the field.
Between 1970 and 1984, Ms King worked on project management assignments in Kenya, Zimbabwe and the Middle East in the investment and infrastructure sectors. From 1984-1988 she was Director of the Secretariat for the National Companies and Securities Commission. ms King has a BA with majors in economics and political science. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Company Director's Association.
Robin Hughes, has worked as a producer for the BBC, the ABC, commercial television and as an independent film-maker. Her work has been characterised by innovation and was won many awards. between 1985-1989 she was Head of Film Australia and undertook a total restructuring of the organisation. During her time at Film Australia, Robin brought about profound changes in the structure and management of the organisation which led a dramatic increase in productivity. Sales of Film Australia productions in both national and international markets increased. Major international co-productions were set up. Drama activities were expanded and high quality experimental work was undertaken.
Robin Hughes is now working in the film and broadcast industry as an independent producer, director and writer. She is also currently chair of the Council of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. In 1994 Robin Hughes was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to film and broadcasting.
Dr Gregor Ramsay, former Managing Director, NSW Technical and Further Education Commission, has been involved in education, both as a teacher and administrator, throughout his entire career.
Dr Ramsay was appointed Commissioner, Advanced Education, of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission in 1984, made Chairman of the Higher Education Council in 1988 and Chairman of the National Board of Employment, Education and Training in 1990. He took up the post as Managing Director of the NSW TAFE Commission in 1991. TAFE NSW is the largest post school education and training organisation in Australia. It has more than 400,000 students and a budget in excess of $A1 billion.
Dr Ramsay is currently a member of the Board of the National Council for Educational Research and was recently appointed Chair of the National Research Advisory Council of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA). He graduated in Science from the University of Adelaide and has a PHd from the Ohio State University.