Classroom meets boardroom
Bond Business School breaks down the barriers between the classroom and the boardroom by collaborating with local and international organisations. Our corporate connections help develop industry-relevant programs, guide our research focus, facilitate class projects, and deliver career opportunities for students. Some of our affiliates include:
Further ensuring industry relevance, the Bond Business School meets regularly with dedicated industry advisory boards. By lending their support, expertise and influence, the boards seek to facilitate the achievement of our mission and objectives, and their extensive networks ensure our students are up-to-date with the industry’s latest trends.
Victor Hoog Antink (Chair)
Associate Dean Engagement
Bond Business School
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Bond Business School
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Urban Global International
Chief Executive Officer
BPS Technology Limited
Judy Hill (Chair)
Accommodation Division Manager
Queensland Hotel Association
Sofitel Gold Coast
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham Asia Pacific
Vice President of Human Resources
Wyndham Asia Pacific
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Tourism Industry Council
Mercure Gold Coast
Director Marketing & Communication
The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Group General Manager of Revenue
International Business Development Manager
Gold Coast Airport
Director & General Manager
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
Executive Manager of Human Resources
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Bernie Schulz & Associates
Executive General Manager - Commercial and Development
Ardent Leisure Theme Parks
Paul Detheridge (Chair)
Shibusa Pty Ltd
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Hillcrest Christian College
Co-Founder & Director
KJ Ross & Associates
Advisory Software Engineer
Executive General Manager
Founder and CEO, GoldBean
Jane Barratt is the founder and CEO of GoldBean. She is a long-term investor and champion of financial literacy.
Prior to GoldBean, Ms Barratt spent 20 years driving growth for Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on technology and financial services. Her career at the forefront of the digital revolution included leading agencies and developing global and digital practices for Havas, Sapient, Young & Rubicam and Dentsu.
Ms Barratt, a Bond University alumna, has lived and worked in six different countries and is endlessly fascinated by the cultural differences when it comes to business, money and investing. Her courses on LinkedIn Learning have helped hundreds of thousands of people all over the world gain a deeper understanding of personal finance and investing.
Her current roles include:
- Founder & CEO, GoldBean
- Board Director, Canadian Listed Edgewater Wireless
- Author: LinkedIn Learning
- Advisor: ERA - Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator
CEO and Founder, RF Capital Private Equity; Chairman, Frontier Digital Ventures Limited;
Director, Virgin Australia Limited; Director, Velocity Frequent Flyer Limited
After 10 years with Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney, Mr Baxby joined Virgin Management in 2004 as the CEO of the Asia Pacific region. He was responsible for the Group’s investments in Virgin Mobile, Virgin Active, Virgin Money and Virgin Australia.
Mr Baxby moved to Shanghai in 2006 to establish a number of start-up businesses in the Asia Pacific region and in 2008 moved to Geneva to assume responsibilities for the Virgin Group’s investments in Aviation. In 2008 he joined the Board of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Air Asia X and became Chairman of Virgin Unite in Australia, the Virgin Group’s charitable foundation.
In 2011 he was named the co-CEO of Virgin Group, with responsibility for all of Virgin Group's global investments. In 2014, Mr Baxby assumed the role of CEO and President of Global Blue, based in Switzerland, working for Silverlake and Partners Group.
The Bond University alumnus recently returned to the Asia Pacific region and is involved in a range of directorships and investments. He is married to Selina with three daughters Zara, Imogen and Amelia.
His current positions include:
- CEO and Founder - RF Capital Private Equity - a $200m mid cap private equity fund in partnership with the Roberts Family
- Chairman - Frontier Digital Ventures Limited - an ASX listed holding company for 20 market leading online classified websites in emerging markets
- Director - Virgin Australia Limited
- Director - Velocity Frequent Flyer Limited
- Director and shareholder - Workpac Limited - Australia's largest blue collar labour hire company
- Bond University - Councillor
Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, ECP Asset Management
Jared Pohl has more than a decade of experience in technology and investment in both public and private markets, locally and abroad. He is a co-founder of and portfolio manager at ECP Asset Management (“ECPAM”), managing more than $600 million for some of Australia’s most sophisticated investors. ECPAM can be characterised as an investor focused on high quality growth assets that exhibit sustainable competitive advantages.
Previously, Mr Pohl was part of the highly successful investment team at Hyperion Asset Management. Hyperion is one of Australia’s best-known investment managers, with assets in excess of $5 billion. They are one of the largest technology investors in the country and have been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. In addition to his time at Hyperion, Mr Pohl spent time seconded to Wastach Advisors LLC in the USA, where he was a part of their private markets team, Cross Creek Advisors LLC.
Mr Pohl is an alumnus of Bond University and regularly presents on investment and entrepreneurship at universities and industry events.
His directorships include:
- Director of A Sound Life Charity
- Director of ECP Asset Management Pty Ltd
- An Alternate Director of Barrack Street Investments Pty Ltd
- Advisory Board Member, Bond University Business School
Founder, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur (OQCE)
Mark Sowerby is the founder of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, an ASX listed (ASX: BLA) alternative asset manager investing across private equity, venture capital, private real estate, water, infrastructure, hedge funds and agriculture.
A decade after starting Blue Sky, Mr Sowerby handed the business over to the team to spend more time with his wife Heidi and his two sons, Lachlan and Patrick, and to help with projects that have a positive social impact.
At the time of his 'retirement' Blue Sky had a market capitalisation of more than $500 million, $2.4 billion under management, investment returns of 16.7% pa compounding and was amongst Australia’s top 300 listed companies.
In 2015, Mr Sowerby received the University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, was recognised as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Queensland and completed a successful swim crossing of the English Channel. Mr Sowerby serves on the Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Racing Queensland and was recently appointed by the Premier as Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur.
Mr Sowerby is originally from Warren in western New South Wales, studying Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland before completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment through the Securities Institute of Australia and a Masters of Business Administration (at UQ).