Ai Group has a range of talented professionals who are thought leaders in their sectors and are accessible to members in need of specific industry insights, relevant to their businesses. Our experts are well respected voices to Government and are involved in a range of sector think tanks and policy forums. They are also available to speak on the future needs and challenges of specific sectors and industry in general. For more information email For media comment on issues send us an email or phone (02) 6233 0700. Find out more about our experts:            

Innes Willox

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire. Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.

His current appointments include:

  • Deputy Chair of Australian Super
  • Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
  • Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue
  • Chair of the Migration Council of Australia
  • Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
  • President of the Global Business Coalition
  • Convenor of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.

He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.

Stephen Smith
Ai Group's Head of National Workplace Relations Policy, Stephen Smith is responsible for workplace relations policy development and advocacy. He regularly represents industry’s views to governments and opposition parties, and in numerous inquiries and major cases. He is Special Counsel for, and Chairman of the Board of, Ai Group Workplace Lawyers, a national law firm operated by Ai Group.
Victoria Halliday

Victoria Halliday is our Head of Legal Services. Based in Melbourne, she has had an extensive career in workplace relations and labour law, with a significant part of her career at BAE Systems. Vicytoria has specialised in employment law since the start of her career at Freehills, having spent more than a decade working in the UK before returning to Australia three years ago.

Megan Lilly

Megan is Executive Director of the Centre for Education and Training and has had an enduring commitment to research, policy and advocacy in education and training.

Over her 30-year career, Megan has been consistent in the belief of the capacity of education and training to transform lives.

Megan is currently a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee, board member of National Apprentice Employment Network, Deputy Chair – Worldskills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition. Megan was also on the AQF Review Panel.

She has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and was a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council.

Megan regularly presents at national and international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

Peter Burn
As Chief Policy Officer, Peter is responsible for policy development on a wide range of issues relevant to Ai Group members and works closely with our National Workplace Relations Policy and Education and Training Policy teams. Previously Director – Policy at the Business Council of Australia, Peter also held academic positions in Economics Departments at the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle after starting his professional career at the Commonwealth Treasury. He has extensive experience in taxation policy including in the Tax Policy Division of Treasury at the time of the Draft While Paper and the Reform of Australia’s Tax System; as a lecturer in Public Finance; as Secretary to the Business Coalition for Tax Reform between 1997 and 2002 during the time of the development and implementation of A New Tax System and the Ralph Review of Business Taxation. Peter was also a member of the Business Tax Working Group that advised Treasurer Swan on changes to business taxation and has led taxation policy development while at Ai Group.
Louise McGrath
Ai Group’s Head of Influence and Policy, Louise joined Ai Group in 2000. She has managed a number of trade-related projects including trade missions, business matching and the development of export-related training programs. Since 2009 she has led Ai Group's service delivery to our smaller associations, providing governance, policy and business development support, and is Executive Officer of the Australia Saudi Business Council and the Australian Russian Dialogue.
Tennant Reed

Tennant is Principal National Adviser – Public Policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

Kate Louis
Kate was appointed Executive Director of the Ai Group Defence Council and Head of Defence and Industry Policy at the Australian Industry Group in August 2017. Kate joined the Department of Defence in 1997 as a graduate in contracting. She has extensive experience with Defence capability development having worked as Director, Chief of Staff, and Assistant Secretary within Capability Development Group, Capability Investment and Resource Division. This experience has equipped Kate with the knowledge and skills to manage the development of major capital equipment acquisition submissions for the Government.
    Tracey Browne

    Tracey is Ai Group's National Manager of Safety and Workers Compensation Policy. She has a strong understanding of harmonised WHS laws, jurisdictional based variations, and non-harmonised OHS laws in Australia, as well as workers' compensation expertise in multiple Australian jurisdictions. Tracey has a strong understanding and skills in workers' compensation premium management in multiple Australian jurisdictions and is an excellent trainer, with a passion for sharing knowledge on workers' compensation schemes and building practical skills in effective management of claims and return to work.

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