Classroom meets boardroom

Bond Business School breaks down the barriers between the classroom and the boardroom by collaborating with local and international organisations. Our corporate connections help develop industry-relevant programs, guide our research focus, facilitate class projects, and deliver career opportunities for students. Some of our affiliates include:

Advisory boards

Further ensuring industry relevance, the Bond Business School meets regularly with dedicated industry advisory boards. By lending their support, expertise and influence, the boards seek to facilitate the achievement of our mission and objectives, and their extensive networks ensure our students are up-to-date with the industry’s latest trends.

Victor Hoog Antink (Chair)
Chairman
Southbank Corporation

Mike Raybould
Associate Dean Engagement
Bond Business School

Hedy Cray
Partner
Clayton Utz Brisbane

Terry O'Neill
Executive Dean
Bond Business School

Steven Asnicar
Managing Director
Urban Global International

Trevor Dietz
Chief Executive Officer
BPS Technology Limited

Aaron Birkby
CEO
Startup Catalyst

Andrew Maxwell
Founder & Managing Director
Chatsworth Associates

Elaine Stead​
Investment Director
Blue Sky Venture Capital

Rick Anstey
Co-Founder
iQFunds

Steve Lutz
Director
Lutz & Associates

Jared Pohl
Director
ECP Asset Management

Judy Hill (Chair)
Accommodation Division Manager
Queensland Hotel Association

Amery Burleigh
General Manager
Sofitel Gold Coast

Barry Robinson
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham Asia Pacific

Bruce Harkness
Vice President of Human Resources
Wyndham Asia Pacific

Daniel Gschwind
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Tom Bloomfield
General Manager
Mercure Gold Coast

Lindsay Wallace
Director Marketing & Communication
The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Luke Moran
Group General Manager of Revenue
Mantra Group

Michael Curtis
International Business Development Manager
Gold Coast Airport

Neeraj Chadha
Director & General Manager
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Raelene Barry
Executive Manager of Human Resources
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Bernie Schulz
Managing Director
Bernie Schulz & Associates

Paul Callander
Executive General Manager - Commercial and Development
Ardent Leisure Theme Parks

Paul Detheridge (Chair)
Managing Director
Shibusa Pty Ltd

Aaron Birkby
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Silicon Lakes

Jeff Davis
Principal
Hillcrest Christian College

Kelvin Ross
Co-Founder & Director
KJ Ross & Associates

Richard Alston
Former Member
Australian Senate

Scott Andrews
Advisory Software Engineer
IBM

Charmian Fry
Executive General Manager
Suncorp

Jane Barratt
Founder and CEO, GoldBean

Jane Barratt is the founder and CEO of GoldBean. She is a long-term investor and champion of financial literacy.

Prior to GoldBean, Ms Barratt spent 20 years driving growth for Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on technology and financial services. Her career at the forefront of the digital revolution included leading agencies and developing global and digital practices for Havas, Sapient, Young & Rubicam and Dentsu.

Ms Barratt, a Bond University alumna, has lived and worked in six different countries and is endlessly fascinated by the cultural differences when it comes to business, money and investing. Her courses on LinkedIn Learning have helped hundreds of thousands of people all over the world gain a deeper understanding of personal finance and investing.

Her current roles include:

  • Founder & CEO, GoldBean
  • Board Director, Canadian Listed Edgewater Wireless
  • Author: LinkedIn Learning
  • Advisor: ERA - Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator

 

David Baxby
CEO and Founder, RF Capital Private Equity; Chairman, Frontier Digital Ventures Limited;
Director, Virgin Australia Limited; Director, Velocity Frequent Flyer Limited

After 10 years with Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney, Mr Baxby joined Virgin Management in 2004 as the CEO of the Asia Pacific region. He was responsible for the Group’s investments in Virgin Mobile, Virgin Active, Virgin Money and Virgin Australia.

Mr Baxby moved to Shanghai in 2006 to establish a number of start-up businesses in the Asia Pacific region and in 2008 moved to Geneva to assume responsibilities for the Virgin Group’s investments in Aviation. In 2008 he joined the Board of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Air Asia X and became Chairman of Virgin Unite in Australia, the Virgin Group’s charitable foundation.

In 2011 he was named the co-CEO of Virgin Group, with responsibility for all of Virgin Group's global investments. In 2014, Mr Baxby assumed the role of CEO and President of Global Blue, based in Switzerland, working for Silverlake and Partners Group.

The Bond University alumnus recently returned to the Asia Pacific region and is involved in a range of directorships and investments. He is married to Selina with three daughters Zara, Imogen and Amelia.

His current positions include:

  • CEO and Founder - RF Capital Private Equity - a $200m mid cap private equity fund in partnership with the Roberts Family
  • Chairman - Frontier Digital Ventures Limited - an ASX listed holding company for 20 market leading online classified websites in emerging markets
  • Director - Virgin Australia Limited
  • Director - Velocity Frequent Flyer Limited
  • Director and shareholder - Workpac Limited - Australia's largest blue collar labour hire company
  • Bond University - Councillor

 

Jared Pohl
Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, ECP Asset Management

Jared Pohl has more than a decade of experience in technology and investment in both public and private markets, locally and abroad. He is a co-founder of and portfolio manager at ECP Asset Management (“ECPAM”), managing more than $600 million for some of Australia’s most sophisticated investors. ECPAM can be characterised as an investor focused on high quality growth assets that exhibit sustainable competitive advantages.

Previously, Mr Pohl was part of the highly successful investment team at Hyperion Asset Management. Hyperion is one of Australia’s best-known investment managers, with assets in excess of $5 billion. They are one of the largest technology investors in the country and have been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. In addition to his time at Hyperion, Mr Pohl spent time seconded to Wastach Advisors LLC in the USA, where he was a part of their private markets team, Cross Creek Advisors LLC.

Mr Pohl is an alumnus of Bond University and regularly presents on investment and entrepreneurship at universities and industry events.

His directorships include:

  • Director of A Sound Life Charity
  • Director of ECP Asset Management Pty Ltd
  • An Alternate Director of Barrack Street Investments Pty Ltd
  • Advisory Board Member, Bond University Business School

 

Mark Sowerby
Founder, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur (OQCE)

Mark Sowerby is the founder of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, an ASX listed (ASX: BLA) alternative asset manager investing across private equity, venture capital, private real estate, water, infrastructure, hedge funds and agriculture.

A decade after starting Blue Sky, Mr Sowerby handed the business over to the team to spend more time with his wife Heidi and his two sons, Lachlan and Patrick, and to help with projects that have a positive social impact.

At the time of his 'retirement' Blue Sky had a market capitalisation of more than $500 million, $2.4 billion under management, investment returns of 16.7% pa compounding and was amongst Australia’s top 300 listed companies.

In 2015, Mr Sowerby received the University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, was recognised as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Queensland and completed a successful swim crossing of the English Channel. Mr Sowerby serves on the Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Racing Queensland and was recently appointed by the Premier as Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur.

Mr Sowerby is originally from Warren in western New South Wales, studying Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland before completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment through the Securities Institute of Australia and a Masters of Business Administration (at UQ).

Silicon Valley study tour

Silicon Valley Study Tour

Connecting students with the world of innovation, our week-long Silicon Valley Study Tour includes educational visits to a range of entrepreneurial environments. Students hear from some of the world’s leading start-up companies, including Google, Twitter, Tesla Motors, 99designs, Omada Health and Stanford University’s d.School.