Established in April 2020, the UTS Foundation Board is vital to the University’s fundraising efforts. Drawing on the expertise and diverse experience of its members, the UTS Foundation Board provides strategic advice, advocates for the University and actively encourages philanthropic support for students, research and initiatives. Board members are exceptional leaders who are powerful partners in pursuing the University’s philanthropic goals.
UTS Foundation Board Members
Mr Brian Wilson AO (Chair)
Brian Wilson AO is a member of the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group and a non-executive director of Bell Financial Group. He is the former Chairman of Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board and a former Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney.
Mr Wilson’s previous investment banking career, specialising in corporate financial advice, spanned 33 years. He was a managing director of the global investment bank Lazard and a vice-chairman of Citigroup Australia.
Mr Wilson holds BCom and MCom (Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland and a Hon DUniv degree from UTS. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Professor Attila Brungs
BSc(Hons) (UNSW), DPhil (Oxon), FTSE, FRSN
Vice-Chancellor and President, UTS
The Vice-Chancellor and President, Attila Brungs, is UTS's chief executive officer. He is responsible to the UTS Council for the effective management of the university.
Professor Brungs's role includes:
- the strategic positioning of UTS and building the external profile of the university, both in Australia and internationally
- developing and communicating a clear vision for UTS and inspiring the university community to work together to achieve its strategic objectives
- establishing broad planning targets and priorities
- building a strong and united senior leadership team and supporting a vibrant UTS community culture.
- defining annually the strategic change priorities to be progressed by each member of the executive
- working to ensure UTS acquires the necessary public and private resources to underpin the successful achievement of the university's goals and delivery against its public purpose – to support and benefit society
- playing a leading role in the development of public higher education policy in Australia
- pursuing UTS public service mission through engagement at the highest levels of government, industry and the community.
Professor Brungs has been a researcher in both industry and academia, with interests in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UTS in September 2009, Professor Brungs was General Manager, science investment, strategy and performance at CSIRO. His role incorporated the determination of broad research direction and resource allocation, performance monitoring of CSIRO research programs including its flagship programs, and the development and implementation of organisational strategy.
Before joining CSIRO in 2002, Professor Brungs was a senior manager at McKinsey and Co, managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
Professor Brungs is a fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Rhodes Scholar, with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University, and recipient of the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.
Some of Professor Brungs’s present key appointments include the Chair of the Australian Technology Network; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; the Federal Government’s National University Precincts Advisory Committee; and the StartupAus Board. His experience also includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal government and institutional appointments.
Ms Topaz Conway
Topaz Conway is currently an angel investor in multiple start-ups in Australia and the United States of America. Topaz has 20 years of experience working with fast growth companies across multiple industries. Her skills and passion is to guide entrepreneurs through strategy, investment, development (including regulatory approvals), manufacturing, product launch and exit in the US and Australian Markets.
Ms Conway is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a past Executive Chair of CleanSpace Pty Ltd and co-founder and past Chair of SBE Australia (Springboard Accelerator). She is currently a non-Executive Director of StartupAus, Cicada Innovations, INCO Australia, and Neuraura Inc. Topaz also sits on multiple Advisories including; Australian Industry Innovation and Science Women’s Advisory Roundtable and CEBIT Women in Tech Advisory and is a mentor with multiple startups through Accelerating Commercialisation, Springboard and Cidada. She has previously held roles at the Garvan Institute in Sydney and at the Mater Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.
Ms Conway is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Hon Mrs Ashley Dawson-Damer AM
Ashley Dawson-Damer is currently a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, a director of Yuills group of companies, a board member of the Opera Australia Capital Fund and a director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation where she was previously a Council Board Member.
Previous roles include Festival of Sydney board director, alternate for the NSW Premier, board director of the National Art School, member of the National Gallery of Australia Council, board member of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, trustee of the Museum of Sydney Foundation and member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Australiana Fund. She is author of Ripe Energy, On Our Terms and soon to be published by Ventura Press, A Particular Woman.
Mrs Dawson-Damer holds an Economics degree from Sydney University. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant service to the visual and performing arts as a supporter and benefactor of cultural organisations, and to medical research.
Ms Celia Hurley
Celia Hurley has over 25 years of international experience in management and fundraising within the Higher Education Sector.
Ms Hurley is currently the Vice President, Advancement at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Before beginning the role at UTS in 2018, she held several positions at Curtin University, including Chief Advancement Officer.
Prior to moving to Australia, Ms Hurley was Central Carolina Community College’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. During her 27-year career in the North Carolina Community College System, she led initiatives in advancement, online learning, instructional excellence, staff development and accreditation.
Ms Hurley holds a BA in Communications from UNC-Greensboro and a MA in Mass Communications from the University of Florida.
Mr Peter Kazacos OAM
Peter Kazacos OAM has over 40 years’ experience in the IT industry. He founded KAZ in 1988 and led the company over its 17-year history. Mr. Kazacos was responsible for guiding KAZ from a small IT services company in NSW to one of Asia Pacific’s leading IT services and business process outsourcing service providers. KAZ grew from 350 employees from its inception, through to listing on the ASX in 2000, to over 4000 employees, as a fully owned subsidiary of Telstra.
Mr Kazacos was the founder and Executive Chairman of Anittel Ltd, having spent 8 years building the company into one of Australia’s leading IT&C service providers operating outside the major metropolitan areas. In 2010, Anittel was acquired by publicly listed company, Hostech, representing a major strategic milestone in the transformation and convergence of the IT&T industry. Anittel was sold to Inabox Group in January 2015.
Prior to establishing KAZ and founding Anittel, Mr Kazacos held a number of senior technical positions in the Australian IT industry with leading Australian organisations.
Peter Kazacos holds a number of Executive Office positions currently as below:
Current Executive Positions:
- Managing Director of Destin trading as Kazacos Industries
- Chairman of Allegra Orthopaedics (ASX:AMT)
- Chairman of Retriever Communications
- Member of UNSW Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Board
- Independent director
- Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Member, Investment Committee
- OAM Recipient
- Director of Kazacos Foundation
- Director of Law Corporation
- Director of Kaz Property
- Director of KAZ Early Learning Centre
- Director of KAZCARE
- Director or Kamalei Childrens Centre
- Director of Kpower
- Director of Koori Kulcha Aboriginal Corporation
- Managing Director of Your Angel Charity
Previous Executive Positions:
- Ex-Chairman of Astute Payroll
- Chairman of Axxis Group formerly Anittel Group (ASX:AYG)
- Chairman of Kaz Group (Formerly ASX:KAZ)
- Chairman of Roses Only
- Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
- Advisory board for BMC Software Inc
- Chairman of Neller
- Chairman of CSIRO ICS Sector Advisory Council
- Member of AAS Advisory Council
- Member of Fronde Advisory Board
Mr. Kazacos was the recipient of the inaugural, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 award in the Technology, Communications, E-Commerce and Biotechnology category. Mr. Kazacos was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for the 3rd Annual IT&T Awards in October 2004. This Award was in the category of “Champion of the vendor community”. Mr Kazacos was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the inaugural ARN IT Industry Awards Ceremony (September 07).
Mr Kazacos was the recipient of the prestigious CSIRO Tony Benson Award for Individual Achievement in ICT at the 2008 iAwards. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments of an individual in the Australian ICT industry.
Mr Kazacos is the Southern Highlands Foundation Philanthropist of the Year 2009.
The Philanthropy Awards honour the significant service, efforts and contributions of those involved in philanthropy. This award is given to celebrate of the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support made by the many wonderful businesses, individuals, volunteers, community organisations and schools in the Southern Highlands.
Mr Kazacos was recognised for sharing his entrepreneurial skills with the community and his support for youth, family and disability support services and medical research
Mr Kazacos, together with his wife Vicki founded the charity Your Angel which focuses on providing direct support to disadvantaged people in the community. Through this initiative, The Cooks Cooking School. provides support for people with physical, mental and financial disabilities. Another major initiative is the YAY NAO project which utilises humanoid robot to help children living with Autism and other behavioural issues. Your Angel also provides support to the indigenous community through the Koori Kulcha Aboriginal Corporation.
Mr Kazacos holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Computer Science) from the University of New South Wales.
Mr Geoff Lloyd
Geoff Lloyd was appointed Chief Executive Officer of MLC Wealth in September 2018.
Mr Lloyd’s leadership responsibilities at MLC Wealth include oversight of: Australia’s largest retail super fund; platform funds under management (FUM) of $67bn; more than $50bn in business and corporate super FUM; over $200bn of assets under management; and a large, national team of employed and self-employed financial planners. This year he announced a new strategic intent and transformation program to strengthen and modernise MLC Wealth ahead of its separation from the NAB Group.
Prior to joining MLC Wealth, Geoff was CEO and Managing Director of Perpetual Limited, where he and his senior leadership team successfully delivered Perpetual’s strategy designed to simplify, refocus and grow the company.
Mr Lloyd commenced at Perpetual in 2010 as Group Executive Private Wealth and became Managing Director and CEO in 2012.
Previously he held a number of senior roles at BT Financial Group and St George's Wealth Management business including, Group Executive - Wealth, General Manager - Advice and Private Banking, and Chief Legal Counsel.
He is the Chair of the Financial Services Council, an Advisory Board member of The Big Issue, and the Patron of the Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP). He is also a patron of the Emerge Foundation, a signatory to the Banking and Finance Oath, and the Chair of the University of Technology Sydney Law Advisory Board.
Mr Lloyd has a Master of Laws (Distinction) from the University of Technology Sydney and has completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.