External Advisory Committee

In order to remain competitive in the industry, at the School of Chemical Engineering we have formed an External Advisory Committee, also known as the EAC. The EAC advises us about educational programs and research directions in chemical engineering, industrial chemistry, food science and technology from an external perspective. They let us know how the outside world sees us, what they need and how we can deliver it – all in order to stay ahead of the game.

How does it work?

The process is simple and works both ways. The External Advisory Committee could be briefed on a specific issue within the School, and they advise us on what to do (from an external perspective. Alternately, the EAC may raise an issue or identify an opportunity that they think the School should address. There are no hard and fast rules, and all outcomes are aimed at strengthening the relationship between the School and industry.

What makes up the EAC

The EAC consists of a Chair and up to nine members. These members come from a range of industry groups and professional disciplines. Members of the EAC are required to commit to a two year involvement to ensure that their input is strategic and long term. They get together at least twice a year, but are flexible depending on what is happening in the industry or at the School.

Short to medium term challenges identified

At present there are a number of short to medium term challenges that have been pinpointed by the EAC. These are:

  • Improving the student learning experience and subsequently the CATEI
  • Improving the HSC intake in terms of quality and quantity
  • Strengthening the School’s engagement with industry in the region
  • Strengthening School research output, particularly increasing research funding from industry

External Advisory Committee members 2017 - 2019 


Jennifer Moss, PhD                                                                
Vice President - Research & Development Asia Pacific
Campbell Arnott's, Sydney Australia
UNSW Chemical Engineering External Advisory Chair 

Jennifer Moss joined Campbell in September 2012 as Vice President, Research & Development for the Asia Pacific region. She is responsible for all research and development efforts for Campbell and Arnott’s brands in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia. She is responsible for both the delivery of innovation and supply chain support for culinary, product, process, packaging, regulatory and nutrition. Jennifer sits on the Regional Leadership Team for Asia Pacific as well as the Global R&D Leadership Team.

Before coming to Campbell, Jennifer spent 11 years at Unilever, where she was Director of Unilever’s Regional Design and Technical Centre.  She was responsible for all aspects of Unilever Australasia's R&D capabilities across ten food, home and personal care categories, including savory, ice cream, tea, spreads, food service, deodorants, hair, skin, fabric care, and home care. Jennifer managed a team of R&D managers across four sites in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to Unilever, Jennifer worked at Procter & Gamble in their Asian Technical Centre located in Japan. In this role Jennifer was accountable for the product development of Cosmetic and Skin Care products such as Oil of Olay and prestige skincare brands such as Max Factor SK-II for the Asian market for Japan, China and South East Asia.

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.



Allyson Black, BE, FIChemE, CEng
Manager, Corporate Development – Caltex Australia
Deputy Chair (Australian Board) and Representative (Council) – Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Board Member – IChemE Energy Centre

Allyson is currently a Manager of Corporate Development for Caltex Australia, the national leader of transport fuels in Australia. She has previously held a number of different roles including Business Development, Operational and Engineering Management at Caltex’s Lytton Refinery in Brisbane.  

Since her time as an undergraduate representative, Allyson has been an active member of the chemical engineering community, particularly in a number of roles representing IChemE on the Joint Chemical Engineering Committee of Queensland. Allyson was a co-coordinator of the successful 2013 Chemeca in Brisbane and performed the role of IChemE QLD Chair from 2012 until her move to Sydney to take on a new role with Caltex in early 2016.

Allyson is currently the Deputy Chair of IChemE in Australia and also represents Australia on the IChemE Council. Recently, Allyson was invited to join the board of the newly formed IChemE Energy Centre.

At Chemeca 2016 Allyson was awarded the ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions Medal of Excellence in recognition of her service to the Chemical Engineering Profession.

Allyson graduated in 2001 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Hons I).



Daniel Kenny
Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director – OncoSil Medical

Daniel Kenny joined OncoSil Medical in January 2015 with almost 30 years’ experience in Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry.

Daniel is an accomplished and proven biopharmaceutical business leader and in his career he has developed and successfully driven business with industry leaders such as Roche, Allergan and Baxter working in Australia, EMEA and the US.

Prior to joining OncoSil Medical, Daniel held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at ABIVAX a Paris based global biopharmaceutical company specialising in the development of novel vaccines and anti-virals.

At Baxter Daniel served as Global Franchise Head Vaccines overseeing all Franchise Operations. Before this role, Daniel served as Vice President Baxter BioScience, EMEA with responsibility for all marketing and key business programmes in support of regional sales exceeding $1.9bio.

Daniel also served with Roche as Global LifeCycle Leader for Roaccutance, a product generating sales in excess of CHF 1.1 bio (2002) assuming responsibility for all global strategic marketing and business development activities. Prior to this role he was International Medical Manager and Medical Science and Safety Team leader responsible for post NDA clinical development strategy and critical issue work ups for regulatory authorities.

Daniel completed over 10 years in clinical research in the fields of Ophthalmology with the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists and the University of Sydney and HIV/AIDS research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry.

Daniel is a graduate in Physics from the University of New South Wales and has completed Executive business studies at both INSEAD and London Business School. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Physics and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Christopher Kersten
R&D Manager – Evoqua Water Technologies Membrane Systems Pty Ltd

Chris is currently responsible for overseeing the development and commercialisation of new membranes and membrane systems, and improvements to existing UF and MF membrane technologies for Evoqua. 

Initially starting as a project engineer with the Australian membrane technology company Memtec Ltd in 1997, Chris has transitioned with the business through a variety of roles. Chris developed skills in engineering in a manufacturing environment after working for 3 years on projects designing and implementing new capital equipment for USFilter. Chris then spent 2 years in process engineering and water treatment, evaluating the performance of membranes and optimising membrane process operations for Veolia. After a further 2 years in project management, Chris then held the position of Manufacturing Engineering Manager for 6 years with Siemens Water Technologies. Combining research with business development, Chris moved into the role of R&D Commercialisation Manager in 2010. Following the acquisition of the business by AEA Investors in 2013 and the subsequent creation of a new water business – Evoqua Water Technologies, Chris became R&D Manager in 2016.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) from UNSW and an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Chris is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (EA) and an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).



Mary Sharma 
R&D Director  Goodman Fielder Australia


Mary Sharma is Head of R&D for Goodman Fielder Australia, reporting to the Managing Director Australia. Mary leads Product Development, Packaging Development, Regulatory Affairs, Nutrition, Sensory and Product Information Management for Goodman Fielder’s product range across Baking, Spreads, Oils, Flour, Baking Mixes, Pastry, Mayonnaises and Dressings. 

After completing her Master’s degree in Food Chemistry from University College Cork, Ireland, Mary was offered a Rotary International scholarship to conduct research at Massey University, New Zealand. Following several years working within the New Zealand dairy industry, Mary moved to Australia in 2001 and worked at National Foods (now Lion) in Melbourne in various R&D roles. To further strengthen her management skills Mary completed an MBA from Mount Eliza Business school, Melbourne in 2006. Mary joined Goodman Fielder in 2007 and since then has held a number of R&D roles across the Australian business. Each year, members of the Goodman Fielder R&D team co-supervise UNSW Food Science students working on their final year projects. Mary is passionate about students having the opportunity to work in industry, coming up with solutions for real life challenges and a number of former UNSW students are now employed in the Goodman Fielder R&D team. 


 Balbir Singh  

Balbir Singh

General Manager, Technical Operations ANZ Region - 3M Australia


Balbir Singh is a General Manager for Technical Operations at 3M Australia.  He is responsible for the deployment of R&D, Application Development, Regulatory and Quality strategies across Health care, Safety, Security, Electrical & Energy, Industrial and Consumer market segments. 

Over the last 28 years, Balbir has developed expertise in Innovation, Technology Roadmap development and Commercialisation processes.  Since 2006 he has pursued interests in the health care and consumer retail area where he has been responsible for developing Technology Roadmaps on locally developed ideas.  Balbir completed his Health Science degree and post graduate qualifications from RMIT and MGSM respectively.  His professional interests include technology commercialisation, strategy implementation and technology roadmap development and diversification.


Alex Dronoff

General Manager LNG - BOC



External Advisory Committee members 2013 - 2015 


Ross McCann
Chairman - Qenos Pty Ltd
President - PACIA
UNSW Chemical Engineering Advisory Committee Chair


Ross is currently Chairman of Qenos, the sole manufacturer of polyethylene in Australia. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Qenos.  

Qenos was acquired by China National Chemical Company (ChemChina) in 2006.  Qenos is now part of a joint venture with an operating group of ChemChina called “BlueStar” and two French companies acquired by ChemChina.  Ross is a director of this joint venture Board.

Prior to Qenos, Ross was a member of the Executive Committee of WMC Resources with responsibility for major project management both within Australian and off shore.  He began his career with ICI Australia and spent 25 years in management roles in operations, business development, project management and leading business units.
Ross is President of the Plastics & Chemicals Industry Association and was Director of the Australian Stem Cell Centre.  In addition, Ross is a member of the Board of Sustainability Victoria and was recently appointed as the International Vice President of IChemE.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame; He was also awarded the 2010 Chemeca Medal.

Ross graduated from UNSW Australia in Chemical Engineering (Hons).



Dr Ingrid Appelqvist
Food and Nutrition R&D Policy Leader - CSIRO Food and Nutrition Flagship


Since joining CSIRO in 2006, Ingrid’s major contribution has been in the building of collaborative links with international companies and the international science community in material science, engineering, nutrition, consumer science and health. Her research in oral processing of foods is internationally recognised and has lead to multi-partner research collaborations.

From 2007 Ingrid led the theme for food design and biomaterials in which the theme research used a multidisciplinary, structural engineering approach that integrated research on raw material structure-function, biomaterial and food structuring and disassembly of food under physiological conditions to deliver mission focused outcomes.

Ingrid currently leads the international Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) food and health theme collaboration on behalf of Australia. This has involved collaborating with the EU commission, Canada and New Zealand scientists and government agencies to organise staff exchanges, training, and a series of international science workshops and conferences in food, nutrition and health.

Ingrid is also technical advisor to the Department of Health’s National Food and Heath dialogue initiative, which seeks to reduce salt, sugar and saturated fat from the food supply and she represents DoH when negotiating reduction targets with the food sector companies.

Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), completed at University of East Anglia and a PhD from the University of Birmingham, England.


Emeritus Professor Chris Fell AM
Chairman - ANFF (Australian National Fabrication Facility)


Emeritus Professor Chris Fell took the position as Chair of ANFF in December 2011. A chemical engineer by training, much of his career was based at UNSW Australia which he first joined in 1969. He held a variety of positions during his 30 years with the University, including Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and International), Dean of Engineering, Head of School and Director of the Commonwealth Special Research Centre for Membrane Science and Technology. He was also founding Chair of the CRC for Waste Management and Pollution Control and co-inventor of the technology that led to the formation of the high tech membrane company, Memtec Ltd. He retired from UNSW in January 2001.

Chris has since held a number of positions including President of FASTS, membership of the PMSEIC, chair and member of Commonwealth and State review panels and company directorships.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and in 2003 was honoured with an AM in recognition of his services to engineering and higher education.

In 2005 he was appointed by the Commonwealth to facilitate the Investment Plan that led to the establishment of ANFF Limited.


Dr Peter Gray
Technical Manager - 3M Australia and New Zealand


Dr Peter Gray currently heads the Laboratory & Technical function for 3M Australia. In this role, he leads a team of around 50 technical professionals providing technical support to the five major business groups within 3M encompassing Healthcare, Industrial, Safety & Graphics, Consumer and Electrical & Energy.

Prior to working for 3M Australia, he worked for a number of years as an analytical industrial chemist followed by several scientific positions in pharmaceutical science and pharmacology. Peter's career has spanned many areas such as R&D, Regulatory and Quality Management in 3M's Pharmaceuticals Business as well as roles in3M's Six Sigma organisation and as New Product Commercialisation Manager.


Professor Judy Raper
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) - University of Wollongong


Professor Judy Raper was appointed Deputy Vice - Chancellor (Research) of the University of Wollongong in July 2008. Judy previously was the Division Director of Chemical Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport System at NSF. Prior to this secondment, she has been Department Chair, Chemical & Biological Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla) (2006) and Dean of Engineering at the University of Sydney (1997-2003). When previously in Australia, she served on the ARC Engineering and Earth Sciences Panel and was founding Director of the Centre for Particle & Catalyst Technologies (now incorporated into the ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials) at UNSW Australia.

Judy has an impressive research background in chemical engineering and is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards (including the Sheddon Pacific Award for the most outstanding young chemical engineer in Australia in 1992 and the Professional Engineer of the Year in 1998).

In 2003 her contribution to the engineering profession in Australia was recognised by election to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in Australia and as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Judy was named as one of Australia's 100 most influential women in 2012 and one of Australia's 100 most influential engineers in 2013.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UNSW Australia.


Russell Scott
CEO - ThyssenKrupp (Uhde Global Oil and Gas)


Russell Scott is currently CEO of ThyssenKrupp Uhde’s global Oil & Gas Business Line. Prior to this appointment, Russell was Managing Director of Uhde Shedden Australia Pty Ltd, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and Managing Director of Uhde Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, with responsibility for all the Uhde companies operating in the Asia Pacific region out of offices in Australia, Thailand, China and Mexico.

Following the acquisition of a UK based upstream oil & gas engineering company, now named ThyssenKrupp Uhde Energy & Power Global Limited, Russell spent 18 months in London overseeing the integration of the company into the ThyssenKrupp Uhde Group. Russell is now back in Melbourne but continues as Chairman of the company.

Russell remains on the Boards of both Uhde Shedden Australia and Uhde Asia Pacific.

Russell was Chair of the Chemeca Conference in 2007, Chair of IChemE in Australia Board in 2008 and was elected President of IChemE in May 2012 having served on Council as Vice-President International for several years. In 2011, Russell was awarded the Fluor Award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering for exceptional achievement in Management and Leadership.

Russell has over 40 years of experience in engineering and project delivery for the broad process manufacturing and resources development industries, with particular emphasis on general management, business development and the delivery of major capital works programmes.

Russell has travelled widely with business with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region. Russell’s move to London expanded Russell’s business focus to include Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Degree from Monash University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (EA), a Fellow

of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).