Industry Fellows of the Griffith Centre for Sustainable EnterpriseThe Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise is proud to be associated with our industry fellows. We work with our industry fellows on the teaching, research and community engagement activities of the Centre. Our fellows also advise on the Griffith Business School’s sustainability initiatives. We acknowledge our fellows are champions in the general field of sustainability we assist them with their endeavours to promote greater links between business and society for a sustainable future.
- Sandy BlackBurn-Wright
- Mara Bun
- Mark Glazebrook
- Chris Hill
- Rod Welford
Sandy has 15 years international development experience in Southern Africa which includes participation in the apartheid movement between 1988-1994; and 10 years corporate experience in professional and financial services in Australia. She currently serves on a number of advisory boards including one for the International Taskforce on Impact Investing. As the former Head of Social Innovation for Westpac, she helped establish the bank as a vital player in the emerging impact investing market. She made notable contributions to the development and issuance of Australia’s first social impact bonds, and has been an advisor on social innovation and impact investing to government, non-profit, and private sector organizations in Australia. Sandy also established the Organisational Mentoring Program at Westpac dedicated to build the capacity of social enterprises, and continues to provide strategic support to the Westpac Foundation. Sandy is also an author, script writer, and public speaker.
Mara is the founding CEO of Green Cross Australia. She began her career as a Financial Analyst with the international investment bank Morgan Stanley, where she spent five years in New York and San Francisco specializing in high technology corporate finance. In 1989, she joined a World Bank Nepali earthquake reconstruction project in Kathmandu, then moved to Australia to take on a leadership role with Greenpeace Australia and CHOICE in the 1990s.
Mara returned to investment banking as Senior Internet Equities Analyst at Macquarie Bank in 1999 covering Internet equities. She was a Director in the Allen Consulting Group's Sydney public policy economic consulting practice before joining CSIRO as Director of Business Development and as member of its Executive Management Council.
Chris Hill has championed sustainability in various roles at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland from 2008. As director of sustainability at the Mater Hospital, he has led the development of environmental strategy to support the hospital’s environmental sustainability platform. The strategy focuses on sustainable resource use, infrastructure design, procurement and transport through highly inclusive stakeholder engagement. Chris has designed and strengthened communication channels in Mater to promote awareness and behavioural change, and to ensure legislative compliance. He has been actively collaborating with external industry specialists and the academe on intitiatives that are pivotal to expanding funding opportunities for the hospital. Chris has recently taken a new role as a project officer for the Climate Health Alliance (CHA) with the aim to further CHA’s engagement with other healthcare services and build the membership of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Pacific Region.
Dr. Mark Glazebrook has been at the forefront of sustainability and corporate responsibility in Australia, and has specialized in helping companies integrate their socially relevant interests in business processes consequently building strong corporate values.
As the former CSR Manager of BP, he led a team in creating and marketing new products that help address environmental and social issues relevant to BP and its stakeholders. Prior to this, Mark managed the Environmental Grants Program of the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation in Melbourne. Mark is currently working on community business partnership projects through his company, On Purpose.
Rod Welford is the Executive Chairman of the Ensight Group (Ensight Australia, and Ensight Energy Solutions South Africa) which specializes in designing energy cost reduction programs for energy intensive industries, particularly in mining.
He was previously Chief Executive of the Australia Council of Recycling, the national peak industry council for resource recovery and recycling industry (2009-2013). He retired in March 2009 from the Parliament of Queensland after nearly 20 years as a legislator and policy maker. Prior to entering Parliament, he practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and a barrister of the High Court of Australia, working as a corporate and commercial litigation lawyer.
During his career in State Parliament, he held numerous senior positions in the Government, including 11 years as a Minister and Chair of the Queensland Government Sustainable Energy Advisory Group, Minister for Environment and Heritage, and Attorney General and Minister for Justice.