The Chifley faculty of Unit Chairs has assembled from the best industry has to offer. Together, they offer a formidable combination of high-level industry expertise, built from experience, and substantial academic rigour.


Our faculty's often ongoing industry engagement means that in the course of our continuous material-review process, they are able to ensure that our programs and content continue to be directly relevant to industry.


MBA Unit Chairs and Study Guide Authors are pracademics; practical academics who afford their students access to their own tremendous depths of practical experience, through the lens of disciplined academic study.

Below are the profiles of some of our Unit Chairs:



Dr Justin Pierce


Unit Chair and Study Guide Author for:

Managing Information Systems 403

Unit Chair for:

Management Perspectives 102 & Economic Decision Making 201

Once Chifley's youngest ever unit chairs, Justin's multifarious career is marked by four main pillars: retail, education, consulting and corporate governance.


Starting in stores, Justin has worked in retail in merchandise procurement and planning, project management including change management, IT management, and sourcing and quality across two decades.


With a teaching career spanning three decades, Justin has taught music, computer programming, strategic IT management, accounting & finance, economics, project management, governance and ethics at the VCE, certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels as a lecturer, tutor, and in private tuition.

Justin has consulted in the retail, government, professional services, software, education, construction and medical research industries.


An avid believer in the theoretical link between systems and governance, Justin maintains a small portfolio of directorships in community, NFP and the private sector. An active researcher, Justin has published over 50 articles in national and international journal and conference proceedings.


Justin earned a First Class Honours degree in business IT and a PhD in information security from Deakin University, he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Computer Society.


Justin is currently undertaking an MBA in strategy and planning, innovation, corporate governance and consulting.


Justin is an adjunct member as well as sitting on the board of the School of Information Systems at Deakin University, and is a member of the Academic Board at Chifley.


Ray Anderson


Unit Chair for:
Financial Management 101


Ray Anderson is a Senior Consultant with FCG Legal Pty. Ltd specialising in the areas of finance and accounting in relation to business immigration and also teaches on a part-time basis at the University of Ballarat. Prior to this he was Professor of Accounting and Finance at Victoria University and is currently involved through the Centre for Economic and Strategic Studies at Victoria University in the supervision of doctoral students.


Ray has published widely in both professional and academic journals, domestically and internationally in the topics of the usefulness of annual reports, management accounting, finance and accounting history.


He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Advanced Management Accounting Research and the International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting.


He holds a Master of Commerce by research and Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.


Ray is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Certified Management Accountants.



Geoff Barton


Unit Chair and Study Guide Author for:

Advanced Project Management 501


Over a nearly thirty-year career, Geoff has had extensive experience in the management of high-risk projects in the defence, IT, financial and telecommunications industries. Working in government and corporate sectors, Geoff has first-hand experience of the challenges involved in contract acquisition, program and project management and managing operation and organisational change. Projects he has managed have ranged from missiles and remotely piloted vehicles, through to industrial controls and software development, to setting up companies.


Geoff is currently Managing Director of a small project management company located in Melbourne, Australia.


"I want my students to understand the range of concepts, techniques, ideas and tools that will prove useful in their careers. I want to enthuse them to use this as the basis for their on-going skill development" - Geoff Barton



Sarah Ivory


Study Guide Author and Unit Chair for:

Corporate Sustainability 416


Sarah Ivory has worked in industry, public sector and NGO roles in Asia, Australia and Europe.  She co-founded a biotech company in Singapore and Indonesia, and was responsible for Strategy, Operations and Shareholder Relations.  She was appointed to the Board of the company in a strategic advisory role.  She also undertook a pro-bono placement at an international humanitarian aid organisation assisting with their climate change policy and response.


Sarah has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, a MSc (Research) from The University of Edinburgh, AND A Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Melbourne. 

Awarded the prestigious Rupert Murdoch Fellowship at Melbourne Business School, she completed her MBA with a focus on sustainability studies during an exchange at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

A Research Fellow at The University of Edinburgh Business School teaching a number courses at a post graduate level, Sarah is now a doctoral candidate focussing on how sustainability manifests in a business context and what this means for sustainable development.



Dr. Martin Kunst


Unit Chair for:

Organisational Best Practice 404


A native of Germany, Martin has held various positions in marketing, consulting and accounting in some of Germany's largest corporations. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of a student-run stock association during his time at university and was a student employee at Haldex Brakesystems. As well as German and English, he speaks French and Spanish.



John Legge


Study Guide Author and Unit Chair for:

Managing Innovation 308 & Corporate Finance 406


John Legge started tertiary level teaching after 28 years' experience in technology-oriented business, including four years as a corporate business strategist for a multinational computer firm. His business career included extensive periods in the UK and Australia, and involved technical and marketing assignments in nine other countries. Since 1988 John has concentrated on consulting, research, writing and teaching.


Nine of his books have been published, most recently the successful textbook Entrepreneurship: Context, vision and planning (London, Macmillan 2006). He is currently working on a book with the provisional title The Real Economy.


John was Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University between 1991 and 1996 and taught at RMIT Graduate School of Engineering in 1997 and in the Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University, from 1999 to 2002 before returning to Swinburne to convene and teach the advanced finance subject Growth Venture Evaluation until his retirement from face to face teaching at the end of 2010.


He is the principal consultant in his family company.


His personal goal at Chifley is to challenge his students to expand their capabilities as well as their learning—to gain confidence in their abilities to address and overcome the real business problems that they will meet as their careers develop.



Robert Marshall


Unit Chair for:

Leadership 430 & Leaders As Decision Makers 431


Robert Marshall is a Director of Knowledge Teams International Pty Ltd. The company works with organisations in the academic, research, consulting, education, finance and public sectors in Australia and internationally. The company is a member of the preferred provider panels for the Australian Public Service Commission and the Australian Taxation Office.


He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra where he provides leadership and team development programs for staff and higher degree research students. He also conducts research on the effectiveness of teams in knowledge-based organisations.


He developed the Knowledge Team Effectiveness Profiling System which is used by knowledge-based organisations throughout the world to increase the effectiveness and creativity of work teams.


He was previously Group Manager, Leadership and Team Development with CSIRO, Australia's largest R&D organisation. Between 1988 and 2001, he led a team that had responsibility for the design, delivery and evaluation of professional and personal development programs for R&D staff throughout Australia. He also led an internal consultancy service on organisational development and change management.


Between 1996 and 2002, he was an Associate Professor at Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne, where he taught Organisational Psychology in the MBA program and was involved in a major, longitudinal study of research teams and leaders in multi-disciplinary R&D projects in DSTO, CSIRO, Orica, BHP Billiton and Motorola.




John Taya


Unit Chair for:

People Management 402


John is the Executive Director Organisational Development at Main Roads, Western Australia—an organisation that has won numerous awards for best practice in Human Resource Management and Strategy. He was previously the Executive Director Human Resources and has worked in this capacity in both the Public and Private Sectors in Australia and London. John has been instrumental in bringing human resource management to the executive table in the Western Australian Public Sector and in recent years (with the skills shortages facing industry) has focussed on how strategic human resources can drive organisational strategic planning.


John has written and published papers on Human Resource Management and has also lectured in the MBA programs at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia, and at the Graduate School of Business at Curtin University. He is a member of the UWA Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Panel and the Curtin University School of Management Advisory Board.



Dr Richard White


Unit Chair for:

Engineering Risk Management 415


Dr Richard White has a broad background with a career that includes working in Australia, the United Kingdom and Thailand.


As an engineer, Dr White spent 18 years in various industries (iron and steel, coal, pharmaceuticals, water, and textiles) with roles in production, maintenance, and senior management. He has chartered engineer status in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Dr White then joined Deakin University for eight years in the School of Engineering and Technology.


Currently at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr White was the foundation engineering program leader, and established and co-ordinated the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (an alternative entry to university for students without the traditional Year 12 entrance requirements).


He is the co-ordinator of the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering core course COR111 Environment, Technology and Sustainability, and teaches across the engineering program, with a focus on engineering practice, engineering projects, and water and wastewater treatment systems.


He has taught environmental management, engineering management, sustainability, risk management, engineering audits, OHS, water supply systems, wastewater treatment and management, and engineering innovation and entrepreneurship.


He has published in the areas of wastewater management, sustainability, alternate energy, and engineering education. He is a consultant in environmental management and engineering risk management, and has worked with international agencies such as AusAID, and IDP.