NSW Innovation and Productivity Council

Established under the Innovation and Productivity Council Act 1996, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council advises the NSW Government on policies and strategies for innovation-led economic development and productivity in NSW. A key aim is to support innovation in business, government, and the education and research sector in order to stimulate productivity for the broader NSW economy.

The Council reports to the Deputy Premier and comprises of industry, education and research leaders and the Department of Industry’s Secretary as Executive Member. A new Council term recently commenced in 2016 with members appointed by the Governor of NSW, for three years.

Membership

Chair: Mr Neville Stevens AO

Executive Member: Mr Simon AY Smith

Members:

Mr Neville Stevens AO

Neville Stevens was previously the Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) of the Department of Industry and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Canberra. He has held numerous senior positions in government; research; and on national boards and councils. His background and expertise include: policy and strategic advice; domestic and international industry and technology development; trade; economic and regional issues; international partnerships; and leadership and management in private and public sectors.

Professor Alan Broadfoot

Alan Broadfoot is the Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, University of Newcastle.

Professor Broadfoot's background includes: linking industry and academia for transformational research in energy and resources efficiency, productivity and sustainability; engineering, resource sector and business management; contributing to the increased uptake of engineering trade apprenticeships through his role as Chair, Australian Industry Group’s Hunter Skills Development Program; and introducing leading edge technology into the mining industry aimed at improved productivity and safety underground. Alan received the Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year in 2006.

Professor Attila Brungs

Attila Brungs is Vice-Chancellor and President of University of Technology-Sydney, and a member of a number of national and state government committees, advisory boards and not-for-profit organisations.

Professor Brungs' background includes: senior executive positions at universities, research and business organisations; senior manager at McKinsey and Co, where he was responsible for managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia; and roles with government, industry, science, research, and technology organisations and reference groups.

Ms Rebekah Campbell

Rebekah Campbell is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hey You, which is Australia’s largest cafe application (app) that enables buyers to order ahead and beat the queue at their local café or favourite food outlet. The app is backed by Westpac.

Ms Campbell is also a column writer for The Australian Financial Review's Boss Magazine and is currently writing on entrepreneurship.

Ms Campbell's background includes: management and company ownership; New York Times column writer on entrepreneurship; contributor to Forbes, Fast Company and BRW; consultant to the music industry and founder of Scorpio Music; member of Kidpreneur Advisory Board; and mentor to The Oaktree Foundation - Australia’s largest youth‐run aid and development organisation.

Dr Eileen Doyle

Eileen Doyle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Founding Fellow of the Australian Association of Angel Investors; Chair of Hunter Research Foundation (private NFP); and Director of Boral Ltd, GPT Group, Oil Search Ltd, and the Newcastle Knights (NRL owned NFP).

Dr Doyle's background includes: chairing organisations; directorships and member roles at state and national level, of a wide range of government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations and boards; working across a range of industry sectors and various sized companies; helping startups to grow; and providing expertise in areas such as business leadership, management and development, collaboration, innovation and research.

Dr Rosalind Dubs

Rosalind Dubs is a Non-Executive Director of ASC Pty Ltd, Aristocrat Leisure Limited; ANU Enterprise Pty Ltd and Astronomy Australia Ltd; Non-Executive Director and Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Dubs has held numerous chair, member, and senior executive positions on state and national boards, councils, publicly listed, private and government organisations, as well as executive positions at two Australian universities. Her experience spans a range of industries as well as international engineering companies, and includes: marketing and business development; major project management; risk management; global supply chains; strategic planning; innovation for productivity; and fostering sustainable partnerships between academia and industry.

Professor Annabelle Duncan

Annabelle Duncan is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England (UNE) and member of the NSW TAFE Commission Advisory Board.

Professor Duncan’s background includes: Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UNE; 16 years at CSIRO, including 6 years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science; managerial roles at Victorian universities; and advising the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control. She was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Murdoch University in 2005 for her work in arms control and a Public Service Medal in 1996.

Professor Barney Glover

Barney Glover is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University; Chair of Universities Australia; President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Trust; and Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee. He is also on the Board of the Australian American Fulbright Commission; The Committee for Sydney and Education Services Australia.

Professor Glover's background includes holding positions of: Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Newcastle; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development and other positions at Curtin University of Technology; and positions at Ballarat University.

His expertise includes: university management; business leadership; research; strategic partnerships; and commercialisation of university intellectual property. Professor Glover has had a range of memberships including state and national centres covering health, medical research, minerals, energy and telecommunications.

Dr Tony Rumble

Tony Rumble is a leading practitioner and innovator in the financial services sector; leading academic contributor in the areas of design and distribution of innovative financial products and services, financial markets regulation and public policy; and Director, The Wealth Partnership Pty Ltd. He has particular experience in: private wealth management; tax; corporate finance technical advice; complex new products; and business startups.

Dr Rumble has held numerous roles including: Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; consultant for and member of Australian Government taxation review panels; academic and training services provider to financial market professionals in Australia, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan; and other engagements with Australian and global organisations in both government and non-government sectors.

Dr Michael Spence

Michael Spence is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney; member of the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards; and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Dr Spence’s previous roles include: Oxford University faculty head (law and social sciences); ex-officio member of seven senate committees, including education and research and investment and commercialisation committees; and lecturing on law. His expertise has focused on developing collaborative multidisciplinary centres; research; law including intellectual property and obligations; and languages.

Professor Paul Wellings CBE

Paul Wellings is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong; board member the University of Wollongong, Dubai; Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute; member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Committee; and member of the Bundanon Trust Board. He was Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, UK from 2002-2011.

Professor Wellings’ background covers: leadership roles in government; director roles in research and development organisations and a rural regeneration company; research scientist and leader at the CSIRO; membership of numerous advisory boards; research and innovation councils; and an international and European policy committee. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) on the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to higher education.

Ms Lynne Wilkinson

Lynne Wilkinson is the Managing Director, Niche Solutions International Pty Ltd, and member of a Think Tank which targets a range of industries.

Ms Wilkinson has held national marketing roles in retail and consultancies in food, agriculture, aged care property and adult education sectors. These include: the development of export market opportunities; strategic plans to facilitate and develop key partnerships between communities and business; mentoring young innovators; after an early career teaching. She has held: CEO and president roles in NFPs including CEO Australian Companies Institute Limited and Founder of the Food Media Club, Victoria.

Mr Simon AY Smith

Simon Smith is Secretary of the NSW Department of Industry. The department leads the NSW Government's contribution to making NSW a fertile place to invest and to produce goods and services, thereby creating jobs and opportunities; supporting economic activity where the state has competitive strengths and economic growth in the regions; skill formation and development to match industry demand; and partnering with stakeholders in stewardship and sustainable use of the state's natural resources.

Mr Smith’s roles have included: Chief Executive at the Office of Finance and Services; Deputy Secretary for Economic Policy, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet; public sector roles focusing on the nexus between the economy and environment in areas of regulation policy development and program delivery; private and not-for-profit (NFP) sector roles including in the insurance industry, a small business proprietor, youth training and environmental restoration.