Board members


Mr Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman

Appointed 11 December 2014 for five years

Peter is the CEO and Managing Director of Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company. Peter has 30 years experience in the dynamic and highly competitive global oil and gas industry, successfully executing business across six continents. Peter has played an important role in providing energy security, job opportunities and economic development in some of the world's poorest communities. During his time in Indonesia from 2004-2008 he led significant humanitarian efforts to support victims of the tsunami in Aceh province and provide relief to victims of the Jogjakarta earthquake.

In 2011 Peter was selected to take over the reins at Woodside, a company with long-term business links in Korea, and significant buyer relationships in Japan and China. Peter has transitioned Woodside towards a values-led company with an increasingly global outlook.

Peter's strategic approach to growing Woodside's business in an increasingly competitive global market is recognised within the industry and beyond, including through an honorary Adjunct Professorship in Corporate Strategy from the University of Western Australia and a Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Monash University.

Peter's desire for business to make a broader contribution to society is evident through roles with a number of business associations in Australia and abroad, including: Senior Vice President, Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; Member, Advisory Council of the Asia Society Australia; Member, Australia-India Cooperation Council and Fellow, Australian Institute of Science and Technology.


Professor Susan Street

Professor Susan Street

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years

Professor Susan Street AO worked as a professional dancer with Ballet Victoria, Kolobok Dance Company and the International Folkloric Dance Company based in Amsterdam. Academic posts have included a decade as Head of Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Dean of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. She is currently the Executive Director of QUT Precincts with curatorial and management responsibility for the University’s cultural assets including the Gardens Theatre, the William Robinson Gallery, The Cube, QUT Art Museum, Old Government House and contemporary exhibition and display venues at the Creative Industries Precinct.

She has previously served as; Chair, Dance Fund and Council Member of the Australia Council; Chair, Artistic Advisory Committee and Board Member, Hong Kong Ballet; Arts advisor to Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Leisure and Cultural Service Department of Hong Kong Government. Board Member, Australia-China Council (DFAT), Trustee Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Australasian Advisor to the Royal Academy of Dance in London and National President of The Australian Dance Council – Ausdance. Presently, Professor Street is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, a member of Board of Directors of Creative Partnerships Australia and an Artistic Advisor to the Australian Ballet.

In 1999 Susan was given an Australian Dance Award for services to Dance Education and in 2000 she was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by QUT. In 2012 Susan was made an Honorary Life Member of Ausdance and in 2014 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Professor James Cotton

Professor James Cotton

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years

James Cotton (PhD, London School of Economics) is Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Having studied in London, Beijing and Princeton, he has held many academic positions. These include visiting professor in international relations at the London School of Economics (2001), Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC (2009), and Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia (2013).

Between 1997 and 2003 James Cotton was a foundation member of the Foreign Minister’s Advisory Council convened by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

James Cotton has published extensively on Australian foreign policy, regional international relations and Asian politics. His most recent books are (edited with John Ravenhill), Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press/AIIA, 2012); (edited with David Lee), Australia and the United Nations (Canberra: Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade/Longueville Media, 2012); The Australian School of International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A regular visitor to the Koreas for 30 years, James Cotton has published many items on Korean politics and inter-Korean relations.

Mr Ian Williams

Mr Ian Williams

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years

Mr Ian Williams is a Partner of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

He advises a wide range of Korean and international clients, including trading houses, banks, mining companies, consumer goods and manufacturers on Australian investments and on-going operations.

Ian is Vice-President, Australia Korea Business Council and a Non-Executive Director, of New Hope Corporation, Australia's largest listed coal company.

Ian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws and completed his Post-graduate Diploma in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.

Ian's talents go beyond the legal profession. He is a former Wallaby rugby union player representing Australia between 1984 and 1990, and was awarded the Australian Rugby "Player of the Year" in 1988.

Ms Georgina Carnegie

Ms Georgina Carnegie

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years

Ms Georgina M. Carnegie is the Managing Director of Carnegie Enterprises.

Carnegie Enterprises works with companies particularly those specialising in natural resources, agribusiness and infrastructure development to develop sustainable partnerships and build international networks. Clients and projects span the globe from the Sentient Group (a global private equity firm); Iron Road in the development of an iron ore mine in South Australia; Mawson Resources, a Nordic Arctic exploration company developing the flagship Rompas and Rajapalot gold projects in Lapland and Finland, and Ferrometals in the development of strategic mining rights to manganese resources located in the heartland of Brazil’s soybean industry. In these and other advisory projects clients draw on her considerable skill and experience in international risk assessment, high-level government liaison, and international debt/equity strategies.

Ms Carnegie is a member of the EmNet Advisory Committee at the OECD (the Development Centre’s Emerging Markets Network).

She has a long standing background of working in Asia having established AsiaFax the first daily corporate information service in the region. She serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Australia Korea Business Council, the Australia Taiwan Business Council, and a member of the Advisory Council of Asialink, at Melbourne University.

An economist and experienced corporate director, Ms Carnegie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dr Naomi Mathers

Dr Naomi Mathers

Appointed 24 November 2015 for three years

Dr Naomi Mathers is a leader within the Australian Space Industry. She has a technical background in Aerospace Engineering with experience in research, industry, education and policy development, and extensive experience representing Australia in regional and international forums. As Deputy Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia, she is promoting a sustainable Australian space industry connecting Australia with opportunities in the international market.

Dr Mathers was a member of the team that brought the International Astronautical Congress to Australia, leading the technical program as IPC Co-Chair. She was a member of the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation Council from 2010 to 2013. The primary function of this Council was to contribute to the development of the Australian Satellite Utilisation Policy.

For the past eleven years she has represented Australia at the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) where she worked with her Asia- Pacific colleagues to establish the Kibo-ABC, a program that facilitates access to the International Space Station. Between 2009 and 2012 she represented Australia on the International Space Education Board, facilitating collaboration with the education directorates of the world’s major space agencies including NASA (USA), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan), CSA (Canada), KARI (Korea), CNES (France) and SANSA (South Africa). In 2014 Dr Mathers was awarded two Women in Industry awards for Industry Advocacy and Excellence in Engineering.

Ex-officio member

Richard Maude

Richard Maude, Deputy Secretary

Richard Maude is a Deputy Secretary in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 2017, Mr Maude was head of the cross-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

Mr Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all- source assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests.

Before taking up the position of Director-General ONA, Mr Maude was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr Maude has worked extensively on international security and Indo Pacific affairs as a career foreign service officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Mr Maude holds a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University. He is married with three daughters.

Last Updated: 27 April 2018