Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Sydney. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Sydney, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

Tom Story

Chair, Sydney Ambassador Council
Partner, M&A and Co-Head, Private Equity, Allen Linklaters

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Arts 1996, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 1999

Tom has practised as a corporate and M&A lawyer for over 15 years at Allens Linklaters in Sydney and Brisbane. He advises clients on significant M&A transactions across a range of sectors, including private equity, infrastructure, real estate and financial services.

Tom has been recognised as a market leading practitioner in recent publications including Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 GuideBest Lawyers 2014 and Who's Who Legal 100 2015.  He maintains his links with Queensland through regularly advising Brisbane-based clients such as QIC Global Infrastructure, ERM Power and the Port of Brisbane.

Diane Rutter

Deputy Chair, Sydney Ambassador Council
Partner, Customer Experience and Insights, Consulting at PwC

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Business Management (Hons) 2006

Professional memberships
Member, The Australian Market & Social Research Society
Institute of Public Administration Australia
Net Promoter Certified Associate
Certified ICAgile Professional

Diane is a Partner at PwC in the Experience and Insights team within Consulting. She specialises in customer experience transformation, from strategy through to execution using customer insights and analytics, supported by customer measurement.

Diane is passionate about collaborating with clients to rebuild trust and deliver improved social and economic outcomes by putting citizens needs at the forefront of policy design and service delivery.

She has worked extensively across the government sector, primarily within Transport, Emergency Services, Health and Welfare Services across both State and Federal government.

Prior to starting at PwC, Diane studied a Bachelor of Business Management at UQ achieving 1st Class Honours and studied a Bachelor of Business Science at the University of Cape Town prior to immigrating to Australia.

Her career highlight is being selected to represent the Australian firm at Genesis Park 2015 – PwC’s Global Leadership Programme. Diane was one of 120 participants selected from across the globe and spent 3 months living overseas in China and Netherlands as part of the leadership immersion programme. As part of this programme, Diane led a strategic project with the PwC Global Executive Leadership Team to understand investment opportunities in emerging markets.

Diane specialises in customer and channel strategy development, service delivery model and experience design, customer centred policy design, and customer insights and analytics (including segmentation and value proposition design). Her industry focus is government (both State and Federal) in mainly transport, health, emergency Services and welfare Services.

She advises new graduates to have confidence in your abilities to be able to focus on your goals, follow your passion, be an authentic leader, learn from your failures, be grateful for every opportunity to learn from others, be resilient and adaptable to changes around you. 

Diane’s favourite professor at UQ was Associate Professor Len Coote, her previous Honours mentor.  ‘He inspired me to be at my best, to push the boundaries and continuously learn and grow (even during the stress of my Honours thesis!), to explore the world of management consulting and to continue to bridge thinking between academia and consulting. We now work together on consulting projects while Len keeps me abreast of the latest academic research on all things customer related. An inspiring individual, whose guidance and support has played a huge part in who I am today.’

Diane’s interests include music, particularly guitar and piano, travel and languages. She is currently learning French.

David Brown

Managing Director, Pacific Equity Partners

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 2000, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2002

David joined Pacific Equity Partners at the start of 2004. Prior to joining PEP, he spent his analyst years in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan. David received a PLD from Harvard Business School and dual first class honours degrees from the University of Queensland where he was awarded a University Medal.

David currently sits on the Boards of Manuka Health and Academic Colleges Group and is a former Director of Peters Ice Cream.

His area of specialty is investments.

Cameron Brownjohn

Cameron BrownjohnChief Executive Officer, Federation Asset Management

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 1999

Cameron is a career investment banker and is currently Chief Executive Officer at Federation Asset Management.

Previously, Cameron led Macquarie Capital’s Principal Investment division for Australia and New Zealand. He has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, having lived and worked in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States over this period.

His investing experience spans all areas relevant to Federation, including leadership of or involvement in a number of successful investments in the infrastructure, real estate, financial institutions, healthcare, general industrials, resources, media, and telecommunications sectors. 

Prior to joining the corporate world, Cameron was competitive at a state and national level across a range of sports.

He is an active member of the community and serves as Chairman of Special Olympics Australia.

Cameron’s advice to new graduates is to listen to and learn from as many people as possible.

His hobbies including travelling.

Daryl Dixon

Daryl DixonAmbassador Emeritus
Executive Chairman, Dixon Advisory and Superannuation Services

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1964

Daryl is one of Australia’s foremost investment experts and a well-known writer and consultant. He has provided trusted advice to thousands of personal clients over more than 25 years and is an acknowledged expert in the areas of tax, superannuation (including public sector superannuation), social security and investments. He has been a successful investor for more than 40 years and consults on personal and business finance strategies.

Siobhan Doherty

Partner, Corporate M&A, MinterEllison

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 2003, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2005

Professional memberships
Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia

Siobhan is a corporate and government lawyer and works closely with public and private sector organisations to structure and implement M&A transactions and restructures, and to navigate governance, regulatory and risk issues.  

Siobhan works across a range of sectors, in particular financial services and health and aged care.  She also has substantial experience working with governments around Australia to successfully implement privatisations, corporatisations and restructures designed to achieve policy and commercial objectives.

Siobhan completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in 2003 and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 2005 at The University of Queensland.

Now based in Sydney, Siobhan has previously spent a number of years working in Brisbane and London.

Emily Dransfield

Pricing Analyst – Mortgage Product Team, AMP

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Commerce 2014

In Emily’s first year of university she started a cadetship in a chartered accounting business advisory firm, and worked there for five years in total. One year after graduating she decided she wanted to move out of tax and try a graduate program where she would have the opportunity to work in different areas of the business and gain a broader perspective of career opportunities.

Emily’s career highlight so far is managing the self-managed super fund division at her previous employer. She worked directly under the managing partner and was provided with a level of autonomy that she relished.

Her favourite professor was Alan Duhs and she fondly remembers her time on the UQ Business Association executive committee. She advises new graduates to not be afraid of asking questions as it demonstrates you are processing and challenging the information you are taught, as well as showing that you are curious.

In her spare time Emily enjoys snowboarding, netball, tennis and historical fiction.

Julianne Miao

Julianne Miao​Manager, M&A and Treasury Transactions, AMP

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Business Management 2001

Julianne has more than 10 years’ experience in corporate finance, primarily in finance and property across Australia and Asia. She joined AMP in 2012 and was instrumental in AMP’s acquisition of a 20% equity interest in China Life Pension Company, a subsidiary of China Life, the world’s largest life insurer. Prior to joining AMP, Julianna held various positions at Aveo (formerly FKP Property Group), which saw her work on a number of M&A and capital raising transactions. Before moving to the property sector, she was an analyst at NAB.

Julianne’s area of speciality is mergers and acquisitions in wealth management. Her career highlight was securing AMP’s investment in China Life Pension Company which took over two years of negotiations.

Her advice to new graduates is ‘take a gap year and see the world, you will gain invaluable experience which will come in handy in your future role’. Her favourite UQ professor was Len Coote and she is interested in involvement with not-for-profit organisations, specifically ‘meatfreeweek’.

Shaun Treacy

Chief Investment Officer, Arete Capital Partners

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 1986

Professional memberships
Associate, Institute of Chartered Accountants
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Shaun is a leading strategic and financial adviser with more than 25 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment banking. His areas of specialty include mergers and acquisitions and capital raising.

He has worked and lived in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia, and is currently Chief Investment Officer at Arete Capital Partners in Sydney.

He has previously been a senior investment banker with JPMorgan (head of Metals and Mining advisory for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Head of Natural Resources in Australia), Lehman Brothers (Global head of Metals and Mining), Nomura (Global Co-Head of Natural Resources and Power) and UBS (Co-Head of All Industries Group for Asia and Vice Chairman of the Global Metals and Mining Group), and worked as a corporate finance adviser at Coopers & Lybrand.

Shaun’s advice to new graduates is to never stop learning, build your network and travel extensively.

Outside of work, Shaun enjoys sports and current affairs.

Melanie Wilson

Executive Director, Peandel Pty Ltd

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 1996

Professional memberships
Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Melanie has more than 12 years’ international retail experience in senior management roles. Her appointments included Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Bodyworks – New York), Starwood Hotels (New York), Woolworths and Diva/Lovisa and have covered a wide spectrum of retail including store operations, merchandise systems, online-e-commerce, marketing, brand development and logistics/fulfilment. In her most recent position, Melanie was Head of Online at BIG W.

Prior to her retail experience, Melanie performed roles at Bain and Company (Boston) and Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong and Sydney).

Melanie has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is currently a non-executive director of Baby Bunting, iSelect Limited (appointed in April 2016) and Shaver Shop Group Limited (appointed in June 2016).

Katie Wood

Associate Director, Adamantem Capital

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 2010, University Medallist

Katie has been an Associate Director at Adamantem Capital since late 2015, a private equity firm focused on investing in mid-market opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.

She started her career at Macquarie in 2011 and spent the first few years in investment banking (Macquarie Capital) with a focus on industrials M&A, before moving to a corporate development and strategy role in the retail bank (Macquarie BFS).

Her career highlight to date was joining Adamantem at its inception and being a part of what she describes as “an incredible journey for the firm – going from start-up mode to growing the team five times in size and completing our first few investments.”

Katie’s advice to new graduates is, “Don’t underestimate just how small the business community is. Acting with integrity in every interaction, even from your first summer vacation interview, is the best start you can have in your career.”

Katie’s Bachelor of Commerce Honours year is her favourite memory from her time at UQ, where the cohort bonded over late nights spent on corporate finance assignments and playing pranks in the computer lab, and have remained good friends.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys seeking out new experiences such as learning French, taking dance classes or booking last minute trips to new places.