Judging Panel

Geoff Dixon

Geoff Dixon was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas in March 2001. He was Chief Executive Designate from November 2000, after serving as Deputy CEO since November 1998. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2000. Geoff is a Member of the Qantas Safety, Environment and Security Committee and a Director of a number of controlled entities of the Qantas Group.

Geoff Dixon's tenure as CEO of Qantas coincided in a period when the aviation industry has been under pressure to remain competitive, with rising fuel and insurance costs. He has outsourced a range of business activities to off-shore areas, including in-flight and IT services. He also established the low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways to compete with rival carrier Virgin Blue.

Geoff retired from Qantas and the Qantas board on the 28th November, 2008.

Geoff is a former director of Leighton Holdings Limited and before joining Qantas, Mr Dixon was Director of Marketing and Industry Sales at Ansett Australia and General Manager of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Australian Airlines.

Bruce Weatherill

Bruce was until 30 June 2008, Global Leader of the PwC Private Banking/ Wealth Management Practice which he developed to now operate in 35 countries and which generates significant consultancy fees to PwC. He is also the author of the widely respected and in-depth Global Private Banking / Wealth Management Survey which in 2007 covered 265 institutions from over 35 countries. Bruce leads and supports a wide range of consulting services on a global basis to Global Wealth Managers and is well known in the sector to the Boards of many Wealth Managers and Investment Management Companies

Bruce worked in PwC predominantly in the Wealth Management / Investment Management area providing both audit and consultancy services where he also gained a wide experience in Banking, Private Equity, Real Estate and Insurance Broking. He was a trusted advisor to a number of global clients and was for a few years an adviser to the Governments of two offshore centres. He was until 30 June 2008, the Global engagement partner responsible for the provision of audit and consulting services to a number of PwC’s most significant global clients such as Fidelity International Limited, Equity Trust Group, Rathbone Brothers Plc, RBC-Dexia Investor Services Group and Fleming Family and Partners. In the past Bruce has been responsible for advisory and audit services to a number of other prestigious clients such as Gartmore PLC, Schroders Investment Management, Kleinwort Benson Private Bank, Alliance Dresdner Asset Management, Brown Brothers Harriman, WestB Merchant Bank, Westpac, Union Plc and the Doughty Hanson and Kleinwort Benson Private Equity Groups.

Bruce has always also provided a wide range of consultancy services and has led special projects from initial strategy work, market entry, the formation of new businesses, development of regulatory and risk management strategies to advice on product development and other advisory projects. He has also performed a wide range of acquisition, mergers and disposal reviews for institutions in the UK, USA and offshore centres reporting publicly on listings and prospectuses. He was an accredited due diligence partner, a Quality Review Partner on listed clients, a member of the UK Investment Management Group Technical Group and was until 2007 the UK representative on the Global IFRS Investment Management technical Committee. He was accredited to sign assignments under UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS.

Janine Perrett

Janine Perrett hosts The Small Business Show for Channel 9 and reports for both Business Sunday and Sunday on the same network. She is currently writing a book and is an occasional columnist for The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

For 20 years Janine Perrett has had extensive experience as a foreign correspondent and business journalist. In 1979 she began writing news for The Australian newspaper in Melbourne. Moving to its head office in Sydney in 1983, her duties included writing and editing the financial section of the paper, before she moved to the news desk and working as night news editor.

In 1984 Janine Perrett was appointed The Australian's London correspondent and in 1985 was transferred to the New York bureau. Her four years as US correspondent covered numerous foreign conflict hotspots like Haiti, Panama and Chile. In the US she reported on everything from the space shuttle disaster to the 1988 Presidential election.

On her return to Australia Janine Perrett worked as business news editor for The Sydney Morning Herald before joining Channel 9's Business Sunday as a reporter in 1990.

After four years with Business Sunday, Janine began reporting for the Sunday programme and continues to report for both programmes. She was involved in the development of The Small Business Show and was appointed founding presenter and interviewer for the programme.

Steve Christie

Steve is currently Associate Professor at the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre, where he specializes in Private Wealth Management.  Steve has many years experience in finance and investments, specializing in private wealth management and private client services. Before joining the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre, Steve was Head of Private Wealth Management and a Director of Ord Minnett,  where he continues to work as Asset Allocation & Strategy Consultant and as Chairman of the Ord Minnett Investment Committee.  Steve has held many senior private wealth management roles, including Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Asset Allocation at Goldman Sachs JBWere ("GSJBW") Private Wealth Management,  Head of Ord Minnett Private Asset Management and General Manager of Leveraged Equities.  Prior to moving into private wealth management, Steve was a banking & finance lawyer with Minter Ellison.

Kieren Dell

Kieren Dell is the Joint Managing Director of Praxis Partners.

Kieren has spent much of his career developing and marketing financial services products, including wrap accounts, master funds, unit trusts, superannuation funds and retirement income streams. With over 23 years experience in financial services, he has a comprehensive knowledge of both retail and wholesale products and markets, including superannuation, investment management and financial planning.

Prior to establishing Praxis Partners in early 2000, Kieren was General Manager, Financial Planning and Investments for Perpetual Private Clients. In addition to managing Perpetual Private Clients' financial planning process, its wrap account and its investment portfolio of over $3.5Bn, he was also responsible for overseeing the areas of taxation, legal, property, technical, compliance and training.Kieren has also worked for Barclays Global Investors (as Marketing and Legal Director for its funds management arm), Westpac (as Head of Superannuation for Westpac Financial Services), RetireInvest (as Marketing Manager), BT (as Product and Technical manager for Superannuation and Life Insurance) and MLC (in a range of superannuation administration and supervisory roles).

His consulting work gives him a unique perspective of the industry, having provided strategic and product advice to a variety of clients, including major fund managers, banks, life companies, boutique fund managers, property managers, financial planning groups, private banks, administrators, online service providers, brokers, and educators.

Kieren has been a spokesperson for the industry for many years via his involvement with the Australian Retirement Income Streams Association (ARISA). Kieren was, until April 2001, a Director of ARISA as well as serving stints as both Chairman and CEO.