26/07/2007 - 11:42

Jimmy Wilson and Adrian Fini join UWA Business School Board

26/07/2007 - 11:42

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BHP Billiton Ltd stainless steel materials president, Jimmy Wilson, and Mirvac Group executive director development, Adrian Fini are latest corporate heavyweights taking seats on UWA Business School's high-profile board.

BHP Billiton Ltd stainless steel materials president, Jimmy Wilson, and Mirvac Group executive director development, Adrian Fini are latest corporate heavyweights taking seats on UWA Business School's high-profile board.

Former Alinta Ltd chief executive Bob Browning and former Multiplex Group Ltd chief executive Andrew Roberts have resigned their positions, although both are expected to maintain ties with the business school's board.

UWA Business School dean Tracey Horton said the appointments had added a new dimension to the board's composition.

"I think having Jimmy Wilson on the board gives us perspective of a truly global company, and it's obviously important to us, in WA, to have representation from the resources sector," she said.

"Adrian Fini brings extensive experience in the property sector, which helps us with our building project. He has also had an important role in our fundraising campaign."

Mr Browning, who has left WA to head up the US operations of Henderson-based shipbuilder, Austal Ltd, has offered to continue to provide assistance to the business school, as well as being involved in its alumni program in the US.

Mr Roberts, who is one of the longest-serving members on the business school's board, resigned from his position due to increasing overseas travel and business commitments.

Meanwhile, the business school's fundraising campaign for its new building, which plateaued at $13 million last year, has reached about $18 million during the past six months.

Ms Horton said she remained confident that the campaign would reach its target of $25 million, and said part of the funding increase was due to growth in the number of donors.

"The support for the fundraising campaign is becoming more broad-based," she said.

"At the very beginning, we were focused largely on corporations - we've brought that around to include individuals and alumni, who have been very supportive."

The $45 million building project is expected to be completed around the middle of next year.

Mark Barnaba is the current chairman of the board and Tony Howarth is deputy chair. Other directors are John Akehurst, Richard Goyder, John Poynton, Andrew Roberts, Don Voelte, Dr Fiona Wood, Tracey Horton, Dr Iain Watson and Professor H Izan.



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