Board of Directors

The Uniseed Board of Directors consists of one nominee from each research partner and an Independent Chairman.

David Miles

Former Chairman Innovation Australia and Chairman Legal Super (Independent Chairman)

Mr David Miles is a lawyer and company director whose career spans three key areas of interest – law, business and the community.  He was appointed Chairman of Innovation Australian from September 2007 to September 2014, having chaired its predecessor, the Industry Research and Development Board from March 2003.

Mr Miles’ broad business interests include positions as independent Chairman of Uniseed Management Pty Ltd and LegalSuper Pty Ltd, Director of ASC Pty Ltd, membership of the Council of the Australian National University, Deputy Co-Chairman of the Committee for Melbourne and Chairman, National Stakeholder Steering Committee for the National Smart Electricity Meter Project.  He is also an executive coach with Global Coaching Partnership and Chairman of the Australian Motor Sport Appeals Court (AMSAC).

Mr Miles was formerly Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the national Law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a past President of the Law Council of Australia and also previously the Australian representative on the Council of the International Bar Association.  He was previously a member of a three person Expert Group that conducted a Review of the Australian Venture Capital Industry in 2005, Chair of the National Innovation Summit of 2000, the National Summit Implementation Group, the Innovation Awareness Council, the National Innovation Council, is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and a member of the Commercialisation Australia Interim Advisory Board.

Mr Miles Holds a Bachelor of Laws and was awarded membership of the Order of Australian in 2007 and an Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.

Greg Pringle

Chief Operating Officer at the University of Queensland. (UQ Nominee)

Greg commenced at UQ on 4 January 2016 after retiring from Aurizon Holding Limited as Executive Vice-President Enterprise Services and Chief Corporate Services Officer.

His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Economics), Bachelor of Law, Master of Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma (Industrial Relations) and an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Prior to Aurizon Greg was Group Company Secretary for Flight Centre Ltd and Senior Manager, Strategic and Global Risk management for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Greg was a Magistrate with the Department of Justice in South Africa.

He has extensive experience in strategic planning and execution, budgeting and expense control, business integrations and change management and transformation. Greg is married with 3 children and enjoys adventure travel and triathlons.

Jack Steele

General Manager of Science & Government at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. (CSIRO nominee)

Dr Jack Steele is the General Manager, Science and Government for CSIRO. In this role, he reports to the Deputy Chief Executive, Science, Strategy & People. He brings to the role a combination of experience in science management, in commercial management and in governance. Dr Steele also reports to the Chief Executive and supports Dr Marshall for a number of current activities relevant to industry issues. He is a member of CSIRO’s Executive Management Committee.

Dr Steele’s research career during the period of 1979 – 2000 included post‐doctoral studies at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London into metastatic cell spread, research into the cell biology of nerve development and development of biomaterials for use in cardiovascular and ophthalmic applications, the management of a commercial project for the development of a gene therapy for prostate cancer and leadership of an Australian‐Swiss‐USA team for the development of novel ophthalmic devices (an extended wear contact lens and an implantable contact lens).

From 2000 ‐ 2009, Dr Steele held CSIRO corporate roles that involved managing the corporate governance processes for commercial activities; renewal of CSIRO’s commercial policies; complex commercial and intellectual property transactions including Start‐ups and Venture capital fund investments; the formation, restructuring and wind‐up of R&D entities; and commercial management for CSIRO of infringement litigation (in relation to the Focus Night & Day TM patents) and as a team member of the Wireless LAN patent assertion and licensing team during the US litigation. Over the 2002 – 2009 period, he was the secretary of the CSIRO Board Commercial Committee and on the CSIRO Commercial Executive committee.

During 2010 and 2012, Dr Steele was responsible for supporting the development of the 2011‐15
Strategy for CSIRO as well as of the science investment strategy.

As General Manager for Science and Government, he supports the Chief Executive in interactions with government and is responsible for the analysis of the health of CSIRO’s science performance.

Duncan Ivison

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney (USYD nominee)

Professor Ivison is a political philosopher with research and teaching interests in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought and moral philosophy. Prior to this role, he was Dean of the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2010. He has also held appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of York (UK). Professor Ivison completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, and MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow and Visiting Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University (2002-03), as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU (1993-96). He was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2009. His books include: The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government (Cornell UP, 1997); Postcolonial Liberalism (Cambridge UP, 2002); Rights (Acumen and McGill Queens Press, 2008); the Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism (2010) and (with Paul Patton and Will Sanders) Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Cambridge UP, 2002).

Brian Boyle

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise at the University of NSW. (UNSW nominee)

Professor Boyle joined UNSW in July 2015. Professor Brian Boyle has published over 150 referred research papers in astronomy. His research interests include cosmology, quasars and astronomical instrumentation.  He graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and obtained his PhD from the University of Durham in 1986.

He was Director of Australia’s premier optical telescope, the Anglo-Australian telescope from 1996-2003 and Australia’s radio telescopes, CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility from 2003-2009.  From 2009-2015, working with the Australian Government’s Department of Industry and Science, he successfully led Australia’s bid to co-host the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the world’s largest radio telescope.   Professor Boyle also led the establishment of the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia (Australia’s site for the SKA telescope) and initiated the construction $188m Australian SKA Telescope at this site.

Professor Boyle was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2006.  He also shared in the 2009 Gruber Prize for Cosmology and 2015 Breakthrough Award in Fundamental Physics as a member of the Supernova Cosmology Project team for the discovery that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating.   Professor Boyle was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to astronomy and the Public Service Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours for his leadership of the Australian SKA project.

Allan Tait

Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Melbourne (UoM nominee)

Allan Tait is Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Melbourne.  His portfolio includes finances, human resources, IT and facilities.  Allan chairs the University’s commercial subsidiary and is a member of a number of other boards.

Prior to joining the University he was a partner in the corporate finance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and finance director of the local investment banking subsidiary of the Toronto Dominion Bank.

Allan is a chartered accountant and a member of the institutes in both Australia and the UK.  He has a degree in economic history from the University of Birmingham (England).

Allan was the winner of Oracle’s ‘Leadership in Finance (Asia Pacific)’ award in 2014 and was a finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s ‘CFO of the Year’ in 2013.