Strong Australia Network Adelaide business lunch

On Thursday 11 April the Business Council of Australia in conjunction with the Committee for Adelaide will bring national business leaders together to discuss how businesses of all sizes can help deliver a stronger South Australia and Australia.

The national panel includes Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott, WSP Australia & New Zealand President & CEO Guy Templeton, ANZ Group executive Australian Business & Private Banking Mark Hand, University of South Australia Vice Chancellor & President David Lloyd and Committee for Adelaide Deputy Chair & Bespoke Approach Managing Partner Ian Smith.

Committee for Adelaide members can purchase tickets at a discounted member rate, with one free ticket given to each member.

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Panel member Bios: 

Jennifer Westacott AO, Chief Executive – Business Council of Australia

Jennifer Westacott AO has served as Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing a unique combination of extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.

Under her leadership, the Business Council tirelessly champions meaningful policies that strengthen the ability of businesses to grow the economy for the benefit of all Australians.

Jennifer built her career in the public sector, working in senior leadership positions in the NSW and Victorian governments across housing, education, and infrastructure, planning and natural resources.

As a senior partner at KPMG, Jennifer advised major corporations on climate change and sustainability and advised governments across Australia on significant reform priorities.
Since 2013, Jennifer has served as the Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia and is a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited.

She is the Australian Co-chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum, the Co-Patron of Pride in Diversity, and the Co-Chair of the Australia Sino One Hundred Year Agricultural and Food Safety Partnership (ASA100).

Mark Hand, Group Executive Retail and Commercial Banking – ANZ

Mark is responsible for ANZ’s retail and commercial customers across Australia; ANZ’s largest market which serves approximately six million customers through a network of branches, business centers, ATMs and leading online and mobile banking applications.

With more than 30 years of experience at ANZ, Mark has developed a deep knowledge of retail and commercial banking and is known for his strong customer focus.
Mark has held senior roles across business and retail banking, as well as credit management, internal audit and international risk in Australia and South Asia. His experience spans consumer banking, transformation, operations, audit, operational risk and governance.

Mark is Chair of the ABA Strategy Committee and ABA Consumer Outcomes Group. He is also Chair of ANZ’s Diversity Council in Australia and was a director of the Diversity Council of Australia until 2015. He served as a director of ANZ Bank Taiwan Limited and ANZ Trustees prior to its sale.

Prof David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President – University of South Australia


David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist who specialises in computer-aided drug design, Professor Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia’s university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Professor Lloyd was a member of the South Australia Economic Development Board (EDB) from 2014 to 2018. A past Chair of the Australian Technology Network group of technology-focused universities, he now sits on the board of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector where he is the lead vice-chancellor for research & innovation. He was also recently appointed to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Advisory Council to provide advice to the ARC on key research policy issues, to lend independent strategic guidance and experience that will strengthen the ARC’s ability to support research and innovation in Australia.

Before joining the University of South Australia, Professor Lloyd was Vice-president for Research and later Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Lloyd was Chair of the Irish Research Council and prior to academia, worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK. He holds an honorary Professorship from Tianjin University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Guy Templeton, President & CEO – WSP Australia & New Zealand

Guy Templeton leads WSP in Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the global executive.

WSP is a Toronto-listed professional services engineering firm, employing 48,000 people in 41 countries, to design and connect the cities of tomorrow. WSP’s expertise spans the Transportation, Property, Resources, Water and Power sectors, and the company also provides Environmental services. Prior to WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty, Guy led various services and construction businesses for the Asia Pacific region.

His experience includes serving as Chief Executive of Minter Ellison Lawyers and as Managing Partner at PA Consulting Group. While at PA Consulting, Guy led the global telecommunications and media practice, and had joint responsibility for the global financial services, manufacturing, and strategy and marketing practices, from a base in Hong Kong.

Guy held earlier management and engineering positions at TNT and NEC, and with electricity and telecommunications providers.

He is a Member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council at UNSW, an Adjunct Professor and Member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UTS, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Ian Smith, Deputy Chair – Committee for Adelaide Deputy Chair & Managing Partner – Bespoke Approach


Ian Smith was one of the founding members of the Committee for Adelaide and is now Deputy Chair.

He co-founded corporate and political advisory firm Bespoke Approach which consults to governments, global and leading Australian companies. He has worked on cross-border transactions, crisis briefs and regulatory matters. A former journalist and government advisor, Ian has a vast political, business and media network. He was previously CEO of Gavin Anderson & Company and part of the company’s worldwide executive committee, and an advisor to former State Liberal Party leaders.

He is the United Kingdom’s Honorary Consul in South Australia and sits on boards in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Ian is deeply involved in refugee advocacy chairing Barefoot To Boots, a project to assist refugees in camps, and as a member of the Friendly Nation Initiative, which engages major Australian businesses in the resettlement of Syrian refugees.