Current CMCRC Board Members

The CMCRC Board (as at 1 July 2015) comprises a mix of seven independent, private sector and university representatives. The majority of directors comprising the Board are independent of research providers, no more than three represent university participants and the Chairman is independent.

Dr David Skellern AO, Chairman


Dr David Skellern worked in radioastronomy for 10 years and taught electronics at Sydney and Macquarie Universities for 16 years before coming to prominence in the IT industry through Radiata, which he co-founded in 1997.

Built on joint research carried out by Macquarie University and the CSIRO, the company demonstrated the world’s first chip-set implementation of the 54 Mbit/s IEEE 802.11a High-Speed WLAN standard. Radiata was sold to US giant Cisco Systems in 2001 for $565 million.

David joined the Board of National ICT Australia in 2003 and became its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2005.

Dr Andreas Furche, Deputy Chairman

Dr Andreas Furche, Deputy Chairman


Andreas has been involved in the development of financial technology start-up companies for 20 years, in Australia, the USA, and Europe. As CEO of SMARTS, the globally leading market surveillance company, he led the development of the business, which was grown out of CMCRC and acquired by NASDAQOMX in 2010. He developed CMCRC's original commercialisation strategy in 2003, and was involved in the development of a number of other start-up businesses within CMCRC. This includes CMC-IS, Australia's leading provider of fraud and error detection in health insurance claims, of which Andreas is now Chairman.

Prior to his involvement with CMCRC, Andreas was a Partner in Electronic Trading Concepts, which was sold to Securenet in 2000. In the 1990s, he worked as a software developer and project manager on the development and deployment of expert systems. Andreas was also deeply involved in one of the most interesting commercial failures of the early Internet – the attempt to bring electronic cash into global circulation with DigiCash in the mid to late 1990s. Electronic cash remains a favourite topic of his.

Professor Christine Bennett AO


(as of October 2013)

Christine is the Dean of the School of Medicine, at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the former Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and the former Chief Medical Officer for Bupa Australia Group.

Her experience has included being:

  • Partner in Health and Life Sciences for KPMG Australia
  • CEO of Research Australia
  • CEO of Westmead Hospital
  • General Manager for the Royal Hospital for Women
  • Head of Planning in NSW Health.

She is currently:

  • Chair of The Australian National Preventive Health Agency Advisory Council
  • Research Australia – an alliance of over 170 member organisations promoting health and medical research in Australia
  • The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in NSW
  • and the Bupa Health Foundation Steering Committee.

She also sits on the boards of Obesity Australia, Bupa Health Dialog and Integrated Clinical Oncology Network (ICON). Amongst her many other distinctions, Christine was selected in 2013 as a Finalist in NSW for Australian of the Year.


Tim Beresford

University Representative

Tim Beresford is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University.  Before joining the University, Tim was Executive Director, ourism, Investment, Education and Programs Group at the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). Prior to Austrade, Tim was First Assistant Secretary of the Social Policy Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Tim also worked at Westpac Banking Corporation for 6 years in both senior line management and strategy roles and in the professional services sector for 10 years including 6 years at McKinsey & Co working across Europe, Asia and Australia. He was appointed to the Board of The Benevolent Society in February 2013 and is currently Deputy Chair of the Society and Chair of the Research Policy Advocacy Committee. Tim has also been a Board Member of Plan International Australia from 2003-2012. Tim has a Masters of Philosophy (International Relations) from Cambridge University, Bachelor Degrees in Law and Economics (First Class Honours) from Sydney University and was a Menzies Scholar in 1994. He is an Associate of the Security Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Jessup

Industry Representative

Peter is an IT professional with more than 35 years’ experience in Financial Markets.

He heads Nasdaq’s Sydney office and has direct responsibility for the development and support organisation for Nasdaq’s surveillance, compliance, matching and risk management products located in Sydney. 

He has previously had roles with the New Zealand Stock Exchange, Tandem Computers and Computershare, and recently returned to Sydney after a 2½ posting to Nasdaq’s Stockholm office.

Dr Rob Lang


Rob is the CEO of Auggd, a business delivering augmented reality to corporate presentatons. Previously he was head of the SMARTS and TradeGuard Businesses within NASDAQ and responsible for their business and product development and delivery of the surveillance, compliance and trade risk product offerings.

From 2007-13, Rob led the technology and software development for all SMARTS products as CTO, before transitioning to the business side in 2013. Prior to joining SMARTS in January 2007, Rob spent 10 years in various technology management roles mostly in Silicon Valley, California, producing hardware products in the computer graphics and image processing industry, most notably for Silicon Graphics and Nvidia. He specialises in technology management, product development, prototype engineering, innovation, and hiring quality technical teams.

Rob received a PhD in Computer Engineering from Newcastle University in Australia in 1996.

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC


Mary is NSW Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer and is Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based company that advises governments, universities and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development.

Mary was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and has served on many boards and committees in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally.

Professor Stephen Taylor

Professor Stephen Taylor

University Representative

Stephen is Professor of Financial Accounting in the Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), where he served as Associate Dean-Research from 2009-2015 and was the Chair of BARDsNet from 2012-2015. Immediately prior to joining UTS he was Professor of Accounting at the Australian School of Business, UNSW, where he also served as Acting Assoc Dean (Research) in 2005-2006.

He has a PhD from The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). He was first appointed to a Chair of Accounting at the University of Sydney in 1995, where he also served as Academic Director of the Accounting Foundation. Stephen has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (Ross Business School) in 1993-94 and 1999-2000.

Stephen's teaching and research is in the area of financial statement analysis and valuation. He has wide experience teaching at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, especially in the areas of:

  • accounting-based valuation models
  • investment analysis
  • financial reporting

He has also been a presenter in many executive education courses. Stephen has also provided expert advice to a wide range of private and public sector organisations, including the role of expert witness. His research has been published in leading international accounting and finance journals, and he has received a number of large Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants (Discovery and Linkage).

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe


Katherine was the Chief Executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), for 7 years. Prior to AVCAL, she held a broad range of management and board positions, in Australia and overseas. Katherine has a long experience, expertise and track record in public affairs including media and government relations.

Katherine has deep knowledge of the private equity industry and the superannuation industry in the financial sector. She also has a strong track record in a broad range of technology-orientated industries including mining and healthcare. She has been cited in various media as one of Australia’s most influential people in innovation and has a strong track record for commercialisation.

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