Board and Advisors

Jon Nicholson, Chairman

Jon was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Westpac Banking Corporation for eight years, responsible for Strategy and M&A across the Westpac Group. He came to Westpac from Boston Consulting Group, where he was a senior partner for many years, responsible for the Asian and Pacific Financial Services practice. Earlier in his career Jon was the Senior private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia.

Jon is Chairman of the Westpac Foundation, which is the bank’s major philantropic vehicle.  He is also a Director of the Cape York Partnership and the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Robert Wilson, Director

Robert is the Chief Technology Officer & General Manager of Strategy & Architecture at Westpac Group. This also includes responsibility for group Information Security and Cybersecurity.  He is a technologist and a banker with in excess of 25 years of international experience.

Before joining Westpac, Robert held a global role with SAP and prior to this worked with Swiss Re, McKinsey, ABN Amro in Asia, the US & Europe.

Robert holds a Commerce degree (Economics & Econometrics) from University of NSW Australia, with post graduate executive study in Europe (Insead) & the US (MIT).

Vikram Sharma, Founding Director & Chief Executive Officer

Vikram Sharma is founding director and CEO of QuintessenceLabs Inc. After realising the potential of quantum cryptography in the early 2000s in California, Dr. Sharma sought to commercialise the technology and returned to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group in the Department of Physics. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the world-leading research conducted by the group.

Vikram brings with him 20 years experience in building and managing technology companies. Prior to QuintessenceLabs, he founded three successful start-up ventures in the information technology services and hardware spaces. He is a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University, California, and also holds an MSc in computer science and a PhD in quantum physics from the ANU.

Peter Shergold, Director

Peter Shergold was a CEO in the Australian Public Service for two decades. For five years from February 2003, Dr Shergold was Australia’s most senior public administrator serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He served four Prime Ministers and eight Ministers in both Coalition and Labor governments. He was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for public service on Australia Day 1996. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2002. In 2007, he was elevated to Australia’s highest award, the Companion in the Order of Australia (AC).

Peter is chair of the Opal Aged Care and a senior executive director of AMP Ltd, Veda Group Ltd and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He also chairs the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Standards Panel.

He received a B.A from the University of Hull; an M.A. at the University of Illinois; and a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Southampton University, London School of Economics and Pennsylvania State University and has twice been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He was elected a Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2005. He is also a Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences, as well as of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Peeyush Gupta, Director

Peeyush Gupta, a founding director and Chief Executive Officer of ipac Securities Limited, leads one of Australia’s best wealth management firms. Over the past 25 years ipac has build a global financial planning business that has helped people maximise their financial resources to achieve the goals that matter most to them. In fact, ipac’s credentials were recognised when the firm was awarded the top ranking for one of its financial plans in the 2003 ASIC/Choice survey on the quality of financial advice in Australia.

Peeyush commentates regularly to industry leaders and clients on the importance of lifestyle financial planning that is supported by a best practice business model. Peeyush holds a degree in Computer Science and an MBA in finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management.