Inner Circle Sages

Professor Fiona Wood AM, FRCS, FRACS

Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for over 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital (previously at Royal Perth Hospital) and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Winthrop Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation).

Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work with co-inventor Marie Stoner, pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), where today the technique is used worldwide.

In October 2002, Fiona was propelled into the media spotlight when the largest proportion of survivors from the 2002 Bali bombings arrived in Perth where Fiona led the medical team at Royal Perth Hospital to save many lives.

Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. Fiona was then named Australian of the Year for 2005. She is an Australian Living Treasure. Fiona is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science

Fiona is married to fellow surgeon Tony Kierath and is mother to four boys and two girls

Craig Challen

Craig Challen is an Australian technical diver and cave explorer from Perth, Western Australia.

A veterinary surgeon by profession, he was a joint founder of the Vetwest Animal Hospitals (later Australian Animal Hospitals) in 1993 and managed it until selling his interest and retiring in 2017.

After commencing cave diving in the 1990s he was an early adopter of then rapidly-developing technologies such as closed-circuit mixed gas rebreathers.

Notable cave explorations include the extension of Cocklebiddy Cave on the Nullarbor Plain of Australia in 2008 and the Pearse Resurgence in New Zealand over the last 10 years. He has additionally explored caves throughout Australia and New Zealand and in China, Thailand, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.

Craig also has an avid interest in shipwreck diving and has explored sites over the last 15 years in the South China Sea, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Mediterranean Sea, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Craig is additionally an enthusiastic helicopter and aeroplane pilot.

In July 2018 Craig participated in the Tham Luang cave rescue of 13 people in Thailand. For his contribution he was awarded the Star of Courage and the Medal of the Order of Australia. He has been named as the 2019 Australian of the Year jointly with his long-standing dive partner Richard Harris.

Elizabeth Gaines

Elizabeth Gaines commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018.

A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive Officer and group executive, Ms Gaines has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.

After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Ms Gaines was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive Officer of Helloworld Limited and Heytesbury Pty Limited and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights Plc.

A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Applied Finance degree.

Craig Scroggie

Craig Scroggie is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of NEXTDC, responsible for driving the business to become one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies. Craig is well recognised for his superior leadership experience within the IT and telecommunications industries across the globe.

Under Craig’s leadership, NEXTDC has grown from a start-up tech company operating only a single data centre (B1 Brisbane) to now being recognised as Australia’s leading Data Centre-as-a-Service company and Australia’s fastest growing technology company, boasting a national footprint of eight data centres across Australia, with an additional three facilities currently in design. The company’s annual data centre services revenues have grown from $1.2 million (FY12) to exceeding $150 million (FY18). In that time, the Company has earned a plethora of awards in the technology, business and engineering industries. In 2017, NEXTDC’s B2 Brisbane and M2 Melbourne data centres were both awarded Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute, the first data centres in Australia and the first colocation data centres in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve such recognition.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Craig served as a Non-Executive Director of NEXTDC for 18 months and as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Craig has previously held senior leadership positions with Symantec, Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu. Craig is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Sales & Marketing Institute.

Craig is a Graduate of the University of Southern Queensland and holds an Advanced Certificate in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, and a Master of Business Administration.

Craig currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law at La Trobe University where he currently serves on the Business School Advisory Board. Craig was formerly the Chairman of the La Trobe University Graduate School of Management Board.

Sharon Warburton

Ms Warburton has extensive experience in the mining, infrastructure and construction sectors. She gained substantial operational, commercial and risk management experience in the global resources sector through her time as an executive at Rio Tinto. She has also previously held senior executive positions at Brookfield Multiplex, ALDAR Properties PJSC, Multiplex, and Citigroup.

In recognition of her experience, she was awarded Western Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2014 and was a finalist in 2015 for The Financial Review’s Westpac 100 Women of Influence (2015).

She is on the board of not-for-profit organisation Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and formerly the Chairman of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and Director of Western Power.

Ms Warburton is regarded as a financial, governance and remuneration expert and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Australian Institute of Building. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Chief Executive Women and a part-time member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law) from Curtin University.

Michael Foley

Mike Foley is a Director and Coach with leadership and organisational development company ‘Five2One – Instinctive Leadership’. A World Cup-winning former Wallaby, Mike played for the National Rugby Team in 50 tests between 1995 and 2001.

After a successful playing career, Mike turned to coaching which has seen him coach Bath rugby in the UK, as an assistant to the Wallabies and most recently as a head coach of two teams in the Super Rugby competition.

As well as vast experience working within elite sporting environments, Michael holds a Master of Commerce (Majoring in People Management & Organisational Behaviour and Strategy & Innovation) and is passionate about understanding what separates High Performing Teams from others.