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The Industry Advisory Council (IAC) role is to provide strategic guidance to Government and the Taskforce about business engagement on the STS agenda, and advice to shape and inform reforms.

The IAC was established by the Minister for Trade and Tourism in 2021 and re-affirmed in 2022.

The IAC meets quarterly each year. 

IAC Members

The 9 members, including its Chair, are appointed by the Minister Trade and Tourism, including the Chair of the council.  

Membership includes senior leaders representing businesses involved in cross-border trade, for example the freight, export, import, logistics and technology sectors.  

Paul-Little

Paul is Chairman of the Little Group, an Australian company with interests across a range of enterprises including property, aviation, marine transport, and philanthropy.  

Paul was Managing Director of Toll Holdings from 1986 to 2011 and oversaw the Toll Group’s rise to become Asia’s pre-eminent provider of logistics services. 

Paul is Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Skalata Ventures, a start-up fund and training program. 

Paul has a Doctor of Business honoris causa from RMIT University. He is a fellow of the University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. 

In 2010, Paul was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of the transport and logistics industries, and for service to the community through philanthropic support of sporting and medical research organisations.

Marika-Calfas

Marika is the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, the private sector organisation responsible for managing Port Botany, Port Kembla, Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre, and Cooks River Intermodal Terminal.  

Marika has over 20 years’ experience in the port sector, including in port planning and development.

Marika is a board member of Infrastructure NSW, Deputy Chair of Ports Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Council Member of the Australian Logistics Council. 

Ms Calfas is also a Director of TT Club, an international insurer for the transport and logistics industry.

Marika has a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental), a Masters of Engineering Management, and a Masters of Environmental Law.

Roger-Fletcher

Roger is the founder and Managing Director of Fletcher International Exports Pty Ltd (FIE), one of Australia’s most integrated processors and exporters of lamb and sheep meat products. 

FIE exports meats, wool, and grain to more than 90 countries worldwide; farms sheep, wheat, and cotton; and operates an intermodal freight facility in regional NSW.  

Roger is a board member of the Australian Meat Industry Council and has a Doctor of Business (honoris causa) from Charles Sturt University.

In 2019, Roger was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to primary industry.

Kylie-Fraser

Kylie is an experienced executive with an extensive career in freight and logistics. 

As the Managing Director for Maersk Oceania and with multiple leadership roles at Linfox and as CEO of BevChain, Kylie develops end-to-end supply chain solutions for some of the world’s best-known consumer brands and organisations in the Retail, Technology, Health and FMCG sectors.

Ms Fraser holds an MBA and is passionate about creating customer partnerships and driving value in the logistics supply chain.

Simon-Hickey

Simon is the Chief Executive Officer at Western Sydney Airport where he leads the team developing Sydney’s new international airport. 

Simon is an experienced senior executive of more than 30 years across aviation, construction, and retail. Prior to Western Sydney Airport, he was the Chief Executive of Qantas International and Freight. 

Simon is a pioneering architect of merging customer experience and data analytics to drive strategies based on human and data centric insights, as he re-imagined when leading the Qantas loyalty business.

Simon is a member of the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University, Customs Advisory Board (Australian Border Force) and IAG Loyalty PLC.

Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business Administration.
 

Mark-Kellet

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer and a shareholder of UAC International, a wholesale air consolidator, primarily operating from the USA to Australia and New Zealand. 

Mark has had a life-long career of almost 40 years in the international freight forwarding industry. Prior to UAC, he held executive roles at Gluck and Toll Group.  

Mark worked for Austrade as an industry expert on the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) committee. IFAM provided logistical and administrative support for international freight movements and was established in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Mark has also worked for Singapore Post as a senior advisor/director of their Australian businesses.

Maria-Palazzolo

Maria is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GS1 Australia, a not-for-profit global organisation and leading provider of standards and solutions for eCommerce applications in over 20 industry sectors.

Maria has worked at GS1 Australia for over 40 years, the last 22 as CEO. In this time, she has successfully positioned the organisation as a change agent and collaborated with many industries on the introduction of eCommerce strategies.

Maria gives her wealth of experience in all aspects of supply change management and technology development to several Australian entities including, but not limited to, the Australian Retailers Association, Australian Industry Group, National Association of Retail Grocers Australia, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australian Logistics Council, and other industry bodies.

Michael-Schneider

Michael is the Managing Director of Bunnings Group, Australia and New Zealand’s leading retailer of home improvement and lifestyle products, and a major supplier to project builders, commercial tradespeople and the housing industry. 

Prior to joining Bunnings, Michael held a range of senior operational, commercial, and human resource roles across regional and national markets, both in retail and financial services with The Warehouse Group and Westpac. 

Michael holds board positions with the Corporate Mental Health Alliance of Australia, Melbourne United NBL Club and the Global Home Improvement Network. He also chairs FightMND and the Love Me Love You Foundation. 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and has completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, and the Advanced Strategic Management Program at IMD, an independent academic institution.

Richard-White

Richard is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WiseTech Global, the major supplier of logistics execution software globally. It is one of Australia’s most successful technology companies with more than 6,000 people worldwide, of which 60% are engaged in product development. 

He has more than 35 years experience in software development, embedded systems, and business management, and over 25 years in the freight/logistics industry. 

He is active in a number of industry forums and is a government appointed member of the Australia Border Force Customs Advisory Board.  

A passionate advocate of Australian education, Richard works with universities and schools to create pathways for more students to enter the IT industry. 

His first business provided musical instrument repairs for the likes of ACDC, The Angels, Cold Chisel and Carlos Santana. 

He has a Masters of Business in Information Technology and is a University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Luminary and Fellow.