Finance and Audit Committee

Associate Professor Bruce McDonald

Independent Chair

Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne), Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne), Fellow, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA)

Bruce has had a distinguished long-term career with Swinburne University of Technology. For around 30 years he was an academic in the Department of Accounting where he became Department Head and was awarded his Associate Professorship. During that time he had sabbaticals at Arthur Andersen and CRA (now Rio Tinto). He served on the Victorian Council of the Australian Society of Accountants (now CPA) and was President of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand.
He is now Senior Philanthropy Advisor in Swinburne`s University Advancement Office, responsible for major gift fundraising and establishing and maintaining relationships with key alumni. Recently, the Vice- Chancellor recognised his distinguished service to Swinburne with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”
His passion for education at all levels was also exhibited by his 13 year tenure on the Balwyn High School Council holding the position of Treasurer.

Dr Zita Unger

Independent Member

Dr Zita Unger has a distinguished career as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, drawing on extensive knowledge of organisational development, business acumen and governance. She gained her doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Dr Unger is co-recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society’s highest award for outstanding contribution to the evaluation profession and also recipient of the Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award.

Zita was founding Director of a consultancy firm, developing an award-winning online survey management platform and delivering survey-based solutions to corporate, education and public sector clients. She is a graduate of the Company Directors Course and has extensive board experience, including as Academic Board Chair of a Higher Education Private Provider.

Dr John Miller AO

Independent Member

PhD (Monash University), Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)

John has had considerable leadership experience in fields of education, accounting and business. He was Dean, David Syme Business School – now part of Monash Business School and Dean, Swinburne Graduate School of Management. In Accounting he was a senior partner of Hungerfords, now Pitcher Partners and Managing Partner of Pannell Kerr Forster. He is a former President of CPA Australia and of CAPA – the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants.

He was awarded the AO for services to education and the community and the Australian Centenary Medal for services to Accounting, Education, and the Public Sector. He is an honorary life member of CPA Australia, ICMA, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the John Button Foundation of which he is founder. His Monash PhD concerned “The Professionalization of Accountants in Australia – Education and Training Perspectives”. John also has degrees in Commerce, Education, and, Arts.