The Monash MBA

The MBA alumni advisory committee provides an essential link between Monash's flagship MBA programs and our alumni, and includes leaders from a cross-section of business.

The MBA alumni advisory committee supports the mission, vision and strategic direction of the MBA program, with representatives contributing their experience and business acumen to our corporate, community and alumni engagement strategies.

MBA Alumni Advisory Committee Members

Professor Patrick Butler, Director, MBA Programs, Monash Business School, Co-chair

Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and he completed his Doctor pf Philosophy in marketing at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He also holds the degree of Master of Arts (jure officii) from Trinity College Dublin.

Patrick's research focuses on marketing strategy, politics and public sector management issues. He has published in a variety of international books and journals, and has extensive consulting and executive development experience across a range of sectors including commercial banking, food production, healthcare, and government. He has worked on marketing development projects with EU and UN organisations in Africa and Russia, and with client organisations in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland.

Peter Cosman, National Support Manager, Woolworths Limited

Peter Cosman
National Support Manager, Woolworths Limited 

Peter is a strategic and commercially focused general manager, having developed his skills across a broad range of retail and property businesses. 

In his previous role as Central Renewal Manager, Coles Group, Peter led a team responsible for the delivery of new and refurbished stores and store operations optimisation. Prior to Coles, Peter worked at Westfield in the capacity of Management Executive. In this role, he was responsible for optimising shopping centre retail and developing shopping centre amenity.

Peter is passionate about developing and progressing the Monash MBA Alumni network – he understands the degree to which the collective expertise of the Alumni can and should be harnessed to further enhance our professional and personal skills and knowledge.

Katea Gidley, Director, Maverick Rose Group

Katea Gidley
Director, Maverick Rose Group

With extensive Human Resources experience gained over 20 years in a variety of industries including FMCG, Retail and Property, Katea has worked at executive levels over the past 10 years. Her reputation is built on a genuine commitment to creating competitive business advantage through people.

Most recently, Chief Human Resources Officer for Fosters Group, Katea has also held the most senior HR roles with Colonial First State Property Management and Country Road. Working in the Australian, UK and US markets Katea has also held senior HR roles with L'Oreal and Revlon. In addition to her MBA gained at Monash University, Katea also has qualifications from the University of Melbourne in Training and Development. A co-founder and Director of the Maverick Rose Group, Katea is also a Board Member for the T20 cricket team the Melbourne Renegades.

Tom Quinlan, Managing Director, Quinlan Consulting Team - Co-chair

Tom Quinlan - Chair
Managing Director, Quinlan Consulting Team
MBA, CPA, BBus (Acc), BBus (Comp), A/Dip (Acc), Cert (Mkt)

Tom Quinlan is a company Director with a solid background in finance as a CPA. He has extensive management and Director experience:

  • Founding Director of Quinlan Consulting Team. Tom established a Management Accounting company operating in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Perth
  • Founding Director of Quinlan Consulting. Tom built and manages accounting and finance training across five states in Australia and India. This course has assisted over 1000 accounting students
  • Chair of the Monash MBA Alumni Advisory Committee
  • Held a board seat on the Monash University Department of Management Advisory Board
  • Chair of Special Olympics Melbourne Inner East
  • Co Owner of Kidz Central Family Daycare
  • Director of Quinlan Tax

Tom has senior management experience working with top 100 ASX listed company National Foods. Over seven years he performed roles encompassing Financial Accounting, Financial Systems, Business Process Analyst, Manager of Portfolio Development, worked on the IT Strategy project with Boston Consulting Group consultants for 9 months, and led the Finance section of National Foods SAP roll out which was the largest SAP implementation in Australia that year and won the SAP Australia best implementation award.

Tom is a CPA, holds a MBA from Monash University, completed IT and Accounting degrees at Monash University, and was selected for the John Bertrand Leadership series.

Sunil Rane, Consultant, Sagacity Consulting

Sunil Rane
Consultant, Sagacity Consulting

Sunil currently serves as a consultant within the Sagacity Consulting Team, which is part of the Maverick Rose Group. His work is within the education sector, delivering on a strategy to improve the customer engagement experience.

With Sagacity Consulting, Sunil has primarily worked in the education sector on projects including enhancing engagement and enrolment processes, including the development of performance metrics and systems solutions.

Sunil has rich international experience in the field of Information Security and has previously worked on projects in the areas of Banking, Finance, Oil & Gas, Telecommunication, Health and Government institutions.

In addition to being an alumnus to the Executive Masters of Business Administration program (2013), Sunil also has an engineering degree and an array of Information Technology certifications.

To the Advisory Committee, Sunil brings his genuine need to help foster and grow the alumni community. He has worked closely with the MBA community, working in multiple other roles before being elected to be a part of the committee.

Justin White, Licensing Manager, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand

Justin White
Licensing Manager, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand

Justin believes in seeing the not-for-profit sector from a different lens – as a business that strives for a purpose. He is using his MBA to bring a customer-focused, commercial approach to the sector.

Justin has a passion to lead the change toward a sustainable economy, and is using his experience as a leader, presenter and facilitator to help organisations create value through strategy development and delivery.

Leveraging more than 10 years of project leadership and stakeholder engagement experience in the U.S. and Australia, Justin believes organisations can build lasting competitive advantage by re-thinking how business is done – encompassing their environmental responses, social responsibilities, and economic growth.

As a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Monash MBA program has provided both a strong grounding in business training and in the leadership required to meet the challenges presented by climate change both in society and in business.