Partnerships & engagement

In the Victoria University Business School, we pride ourselves on our close connections with industry. Through our strong links with industry and the broader business community, we ensure that our curriculum is contemporary and best-practice methodologies are taught in the classroom.

Partnerships & memberships

VU is an Associate University Member of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) which provides high quality research. This gives us further opportunities to enhance our research output in financial services.

We are one of the world's leading institutions in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (SAP) education as recognised by industry, SAP and academia. We have strong links with industry who support the ERP systems program.

Find ERP courses at VU.

Read about our SAP program.

VU works with Linfox to provide quality, professional education for school-leavers right through to working executives. 

This partnership aims to enhance supply chain and logistics capability across Australia.

VU is a platinum sponsor for arguably the most successful single gathering of the tourism and allied industries in Victoria, the Victorian Tourism Awards. Key industry associations, operators, suppliers and state government stakeholders come together for these awards.

The Victoria University Business School partners with the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA) to support the professional needs of teachers of business studies and commerce.

The VCTA provides leadership, professional learning programs and resources to business educators.

Being a member of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ensures that we are well-connected with key experts and are at the forefront with regards to the latest trends in the international meetings industry. In additional to excellent educational opportunities, we have access to a worldwide network through ICCA’s global networking platform.

Industry Adjuncts

The Victoria University Business School has appointed a number of key industry leaders as adjuncts, focusing in particular on industries such as tourism and events, financial services, supply chain and logistics, sport and recreation/health services.

Industry adjuncts are honorary staff who typically simultaneously hold an appropriate position in another institution, in government, or in the private sector and have a significant involvement in developing an aspect of the University’s links with industry, the professions and/or the wider community.

Some of the appointed adjuncts to the Victoria University Business School are:

To see a full list of our adjuncts, please see the Victoria University Business School staff page.

Student benefits

You will learn from experienced and successful industry leaders in their field and gain highly-relevant, practical and applied skills, tying in with the School’s emphasis on practical learning and building close ties with industry.

Taking the opportunity to build relationships with industry mentors will help you grow your network, improve your career advancement prospects and increase your competitiveness for future roles you may be applying for.

Industry placements

The University's Centre for Work Integrated Learning assists business students in preparing for employment by negotiating relevant placements in industry. Tailored opportunities, including internships and industry projects provide students with life skills needed for a successful business career.


Our BBus (Supply Chain and Logistics Management) is accredited by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA).

Find more Logistics courses at VU.

The Bachelor of Business Marketing is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI). AMI accreditation is awarded to courses that best meet the needs of employers, and provide marketing graduates with an optimum set of skills and knowledge. Read more about the accreditation.

Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Master of Business (Accounting) are professionally recognised with accreditation from CPA Australia.

Find more accounting courses.

The Master of Business (Accounting) is professionally recognised with accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Industry advisory board

The Victoria University Business School consults with industry experts to ensure our courses are contemporary and relevant to the future needs of industry.

Management Marketing and Supply Chain & Logistics Industry Advisory Committee

The committee represents the diversity of interests within the sector and includes members of the University’s alumni.

Tony Aitkenhead

Tony is an experienced and innovative executive with a proven track record. He has specialised in strategic IT-enabled change and delivery, including digital transformation, digital, organisational, cultural and business process change. Tony has held a range of senior management and executive positions. He has depth of skill and competency in business change, information technology, finance and investment, program and project management and ICT innovation. 

Many roles have required him to be an effective adviser on key ICT commercial matters. He has a strong focus on developing practical approaches to solve key business issues. He is values-driven, has strong personal integrity, demonstrates leadership, is delivery and outcomes focused and has delivered strategy and implemented policy in complex environments.

Tony is currently a Director in the Victorian Government’s, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. He has previously held Executive roles in the Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, Department of Human Services, Department of Justice and Telstra.


  • Graduate Diploma Applied Science (Information Technology), Monash University
  • Master Management Technology, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Business Administration, Victoria University
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Program (GAICD), Melbourne.

Contact details


Kelli Eaton

As the General Manager - Transport for The Super Retail Group, Kelli Eaton is accountable for developing transport operations service performance standards for Australia and New Zealand as well as bringing to life innovative delivery capability to support the customer experience for Omni-Retail.

Kelli has over 20 years' experience in Domestic and International Transport, Inventory Management, Production Planning and Warehouse Operations. A significant portion of her career was spent with Carlton & United Breweries where she held several positions including General Manager Inventory and Linehaul accountable for both domestic and international consumer products.

Kelli most recently worked in the Resources sector at Minerals and Metals Group (MMG Ltd). She successfully completed an organisational wide transformation project leading the redesign and implementation of supply chain processes and technology across remote and complex locations. Through her leadership, MMG were able to realise their strategic vision of a Standardised Global Operating Model.

Kelli’s passion for Supply Chain is matched by her ability to develop and foster key relationships, drive innovative, and transformational change initiatives resulting in bottom-line growth.


BBus (International Trade & Economics) Victoria University

Greg Evans

In his role as a Distribution Centre Manager for Linfox, Greg is responsible for a major multinational contact that services both Australian and overseas markets with FMCG products.
He has over 20 years’ experience in logistics including warehousing, transport, linehaul and wharf cartage. A significant portion of Greg's career has been spent in 3PL management positions with various industrial and retail customers. His experience in warehouse management systems has been instrumental in implementing new and innovative systems, including involvement in warehouse redevelopments on behalf of customers.
Greg’s background in logistics, coupled with stakeholder engagement skills, sees him strive to improve customer relationships through cost-effective and innovative solutions that benefit all partners within the supply chain.


  • Diploma of Logistics - Victoria University
  • Diploma of Management - Australian Institute of Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Business - Victoria University
  • Lean Green Belt - University of NSW


  • Linfox President Award 2009 for outstanding commitments to Linfox values.

Contact details

Mobile: +61 418 133 184

Maxwell Gratton

Maxwell is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Basketball ACT. He is also the National Vice President of the Graduate Management Association of Australia and a Committee Member of the Victoria University Alumni Advisory Group. Maxwell previously worked for ComfortDelGro Cabcharge (CDC) Victoria, Football Federation Victoria and NetSports Management, amongst others, and has served on the Boards and Committees of numerous community and sport organisations.


  • BA (Sports Administration)
  • MBA (with an area of study in Innovation, Knowledge and Change Management), Victoria University.

Board appointments/memberships

Board Member and Treasurer of the Minus18 Foundation (Previous)


  • Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victorian Branch's Most Outstanding Graduate in the Bachelor of Arts (Sports Administration), Victoria University, Class of 2004.
  • Most Outstanding Student Award, Master of Business Administration, Class of 2012, from the College of Business (now called Victoria University Business School)
  • Victoria University Alumni Younger Achiever Award in 2015.

John Marinopoulos

John is founder and Managing Director of Strategic Intelligence Group. He has over 20 years of experience of delivering strategic analyses and assessments to drive performance within business and government sectors. Specific areas of expertise include market and customer research and analysis, reputation measurement, quantitative modelling, strategy development, program evaluation, risk assessment, stakeholder and reputation management, financial modelling, econometric analysis and large scale project management.

John is globally recognised as one of the main driving forces in aligning market research and consulting to achieve holistic evidence for government and private sector companies. John is also an accredited Gateway Reviewer for the Victorian and Australian Commonwealth governments.

John has spoken widely at conferences in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia and is an authoritative voice globally on the use of research evidence in organisations. In 2006 John authored a chapter on the future use of research and evidence in the ESOMAR Market Research Handbook.

Prior to founding Strategic Intelligence Group, John previous work experience included leading the Market Research and Insights team at National Australia Bank and also managing the survey team at Melbourne Airport.


  • BSc (Hons) Statistics, MS. Applied Statistics
  • Fellow of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS)
  • Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (QPMR)

Board appointments/memberships

  • Treasurer of ESOMAR (World Association of Market Intelligence professionals) 2009-2010
  • Global Council member of ESOMAR (World Association of Market Intelligence professionals) 2007-2010
  • Chair of the 2007 ESOMAR Asia-Pacific Conference
  • Chair of the 2008 AMSRS National Conference
  • National Council member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (2004-2007)
  • Victorian Chair of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (2004-2007)

Honours & awards

Inaugural Global Research Effectiveness Award, ESOMAR, September 2011
The project shows how connecting VicUrban with consumers and key stakeholders optimised the design of new housing developments, resulting in significant impact on VicUrban’s business, consumers, and VicUrban's profitability. The jury said: "Imaginative solution, clear link to ROI, new learnings, this is the strongest candidate.”

Contact details

Phone: +61 3 9882 1800 | Mobile: +61 (0) 406 537 741

John Pillay

Chair for the VU Marketing Management Supply Chain & Logistics Industry Advisory Committee

Dr John Pillay is a senior executive at ANZ Bank, responsible for leading transformational change programmes of work. An experienced strategist, business leader and change director, John currently leads the Home Ownership Transformation Programme; a CEO priority and end-to-end refresh of the Home Loans platform and business. Previous changes that he has led at ANZ include the transformations of Wholesale Lending, Risk, Shared Services and Corporate Centre functions. 

Prior to ANZ, John headed up a UK based financial services change consultancy business, and before that was a senior manager at Barclays Bank. John obtained his doctorate from Cranfield University (UK), researching the topic of corporate turnaround; additional qualifications include an MBA and Masters in Business Information Systems.


  • DBA Cranfield University
  • MBA Durham University Business School
  • MSc Manchester Metropolitan University
  • MA Aberdeen University

Contact details

Address: ANZ Banking Group, 833 Colin Street, Docklands, Victoria.

Sally Pyke

Associate Director, Management Consulting

KPMG Australia

Sally is passionate about the consumer goods industry and specialises in strategic performance improvement and the application of disruptive technologies. She has worked with many of Australia’s leading consumer goods companies to help drive strategic and operational performance improvement.

Sally has co-authored a number of publications primarily focused on the future of supply chain and how organisations can best embrace rapidly changing market conditions, consumer preferences and emerging technologies.

In addition she is a key member for the KPMG global supply chain training team and regularly runs training courses to help ensure team members are up to date with the latest supply chain trends and technologies.

Prior to joining KPMG, Sally held senior supply chain roles in the food industry.

Kathy Sdrinis

Kathy is currently in the role of Executive People and Capability in the national not-for-profit organization, WISE Employment. Kathy’s previous work experience includes being the Chief Industrial Officer of the Clothing and Allied Trades Union, Federal Industrial Officer for the Transport Workers Union and National Trainer and Training Manager for the Trade Union Training Authority (TUTA). Aside from the Union movement Kathy has also worked in the Commonwealth and Victorian Public Services sector as well as the Private Sector including the Foster’s Group.


  • BA, University of Melbourne
  • Postgraduate Diploma Industrial Relations
  • Certificate IV Assessment and Workshop Training, Swinburne University

Board appointments/memberships

  • Commonwealth Immigration Review Panel
  • State Training Board of Victoria
  • Conciliation and Arbitration Board of the then Industrial Relations Commission of Victoria.
  • Board of the Trade Union Training Authority
  • Executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM)
  • Certified Member of the Australian Human Resource Institute (CAHRI).

Contact details

Address: WISE Employment, 552 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Phone: +61 3 8329 8800 | Fax: +61 3 8329 8897 | Mobile: 0407 526 523
Email: | Web:

Carolyn White

Carolyn is an independent consultant, supporting organisations with strategy implementation including embedding appropriate measurements and methods for change.

Carolyn has a highly diverse background in finance and banking having spent almost 32 years in the financial services sector in a multitude of senior leadership positions. Carolyn also has experience working with corporate and private enterprises operating in broad industries including property, hospitality, professional services, manufacturing and wholesale and import/export businesses.

Carolyn has extensive committee and board experience and has been a member of committees and boards within the finance sector, and for private and not-for-profit organisations.

She has further expertise in working with business leaders to bring Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity programs into being that are aligned to overarching organisational strategy.

Carolyn is an active mentor and coach particularly with young women who are looking to advance their careers and create choice.

Board appointments/memberships

Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


MBA – Victoria University

Contact details

Mobile: 0410443042.

Daniell Wilden

Daniell is the General Manager of Supply Chain for Downer Rail with responsibility for five sites across QLD, NSW and Victoria that support train manufacturing, overhaul, refurbishment and maintenance.

Supply Chain & Logistics has been at the centre of Daniell’s career to date. He has held roles within both the automotive (Ford Performance Vehicles, Toyota) and rail (Metro Trains, Downer) industries.

From his time at Victoria University, Daniell was able to establish a sound career with Toyota Australia (within Australia and across Asia Pacific) and then make the transition into rail to further diversify and expand his capabilities.

Daniell has maintained an active role at Victoria University, including delivering conference papers with a long time mentor Ian Sadler as well as stints in sessional teaching. This provides an opportunity for him to share his experiences and help prepare graduates for future roles in the Supply Chain & Logistics industry.


  • Bachelor of Business (Operations), Victoria University
  • Masters of Management Practice (Supply Chain & Logistics), Victoria University

Contact details

Mobile: 0428 853 435.