Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Sydney. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni lving 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:
NPS, ICAgile Certification, AMSRS, IPAA

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.

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.

Ian Macoun

Ian Macoun Managing Director, Pinnacle Investment Management Limited

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 1974, Graduate Diploma Advanced Accounting 1977, Master of Financial Management 1990

Ian Macoun, CFA serves as a Managing Director and Chairman at Pinnacle Investment Management Limited. Ian joined Pinnacle Investment Management Limited in 2007 as Chairman and Managing Director. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Plato Investment Management Limited, which he co-founded in September 2006.

Mr. Macoun serves as Chairman of Solaris Investment Management Limited and the Non Executive Chairman of Investment Committee at Palisade Investment Partners Limited. Mr. Macoun serves as Director at Hyperion Asset Management. He serves as a Director of Resolution Capital Limited.

Prior to this, he was a Managing Director and Director at International Wine Investments. Founding Chief Executive Officer at Perennial Investment Partners Limited and its Managing Director until August 29, 2003. He served as Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Westpac RE Limited (Westpac Investment Management). Since 1991, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at QIC Limited (Queensland Investment Corporation).

He began his career at Queensland Treasury in 1970. He served as Director at Perennial Investment Partners Limited and Westpac RE Limited. He was a member of the Public Trust Office Investment Board (Queensland) and Chairman of Nickel Resources North Queensland. Mr. Macoun served as a Director of Queensland Treasury Corp., Kern Corporation, and Sucrotech (Pty) Ltd.

He is a Fellow of both the Australian Society of CPAs and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

Julianne Miao

Julianne Miao​Manager - Mergers & Acquisitions, AMP

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Business Management 2001

Julianne has over 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’.

Simon Moore

Simon MooreFounder, Colinton Capital Partners

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 1987, Bachelor of Laws 1992

Simon Moore is the Founder of Colinton Capital Partners. He was previously the Managing Director of The Carlyle Group for 11 years.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Simon was a Managing Director and Investment Committee Member of Investcorp International, Inc. based in New York. While at Investcorp International, he was a Director of CSK Auto, Inc., Aero Products International, Inc., MW Manufacturers, Inc. and Associated Materials Holdings.

Prior to that, he worked in private equity investments and investment banking at J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York, Hong Kong and Melbourne.

Melanie Wilson

Executive Director, Peandel Pty Ltd

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 1996

Professional memberships

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).