The Board & Leadership

The Board of Directors

With backgrounds in professional services, financial management, legal services, and corporate governance, the Board of Directors brings extensive experience and skills specific to the management of the IPH group.

  • Peter Warne

    Peter Warne

    Non-executive Director and Chairman
    BA (Actuarial Studies), FAICD

    Peter has been a Non-executive Director of IPH since 2021 and Chairman since February 2022.

    He brings to the roles an extensive knowledge of, and experience in, financial services and investment banking, gained through a number of senior roles at Bankers Trust Australia Limited, including as head of its global Financial Markets Group from 1988 to 1999.

    Peter was a director of the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) from 1990 to 1999, and from 2000 to 2006, and served as its Deputy Chairman from 1995 to 1999. When the SFE merged with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Limited) in July 2006, he became a director of ASX Limited, a position he held until 2020.

    Peter previously served as a director of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited from 2007 to 2022 and Chairman from 2016 to 2022, a director of ALE Property Group from 2003 to 2017 and a director of OzForex Group Limited (now trading as OFX Limited) from 2013 to 2016. He was a director of New South Wales Treasury Corporation from 2012 until 2020, where he also served as Chairman from 2019 to 2020.

    In addition to his role on the IPH Board, Peter is a board member of international law firm Allens, NSW Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, Argo Investments and UniSuper and a member of the ASIC Corporate Governance Consultative Panel. Peter is also a Non-executive Chairman of St Andrews Cathedral School Foundation.

  • Dr Andrew Blattman

    Dr Andrew Blattman

    CEO and Managing Director
    BScAgr (Hons 1), PhD, GraDipIP

    Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IPH in November 2017.

    Andrew has nearly 30 years’ experience in the intellectual property profession, having joined IPH Group member firm Spruson & Ferguson in 1995. He was appointed as a Principal in 1999 and served as CEO from 2015 to 2017, during which time the firm significantly expanded its footprint in both the Australian and Asian IP markets, opening new offices in Melbourne, Beijing, Hong Kong SAR, Jakarta and Bangkok.

    Since Spruson & Ferguson’s incorporation and the listing of IPH on the ASX in 2014, Andrew has played a key role in the development and growth of the IPH Group. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of the IPH business and the environment in which the company operates.

    Andrew is on the Board of St Paul’s College Foundation.

  • John Atkin

    John Atkin

    Independent Non-executive Director
    LLB (1st Class Hons), BA (Pure Mathematics) (1st Class Hons)

    John was appointed as a Non-executive director in September 2014.

    He is Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Qantas Superannuation Limited, as well as a Non-executive director of Integral Diagnostics Limited. He served as Chairman of Outward Bound Australia for over 12 years and has been the Vice Chairman of Outward Bound International since 2017. John is also a former Director of Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation Pty Limited.

    John was CEO & Managing Director of The Trust Company Limited from 2009–2013 prior to its successful merger with Perpetual Limited. A former lawyer, he was Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Blake Dawson from 2002–2008 and also practised at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (as it was then known) as a Mergers & Acquisitions Partner for 15 years from 1987–2002.

  • Robin Low

    Robin Low

    Independent Non-executive Director
    BCom, FCA

    Robin was appointed as a Non-executive director in September 2014.

    In addition to her role on the IPH Board, Robin is a Non-executive Director of ASX listed companies: AUB Group Limited, Appen Limited and Marley Spoon SE. She is also on the boards of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the Sax Institute. Robin is a member of the University of New South Wales audit committee.

    She is a former Non-executive Director of CSG Limited and Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation and former Deputy Chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Robin was with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 28 years, including as a Partner from 1996 to 2013, specialising in audit and risk.

  • Jingmin Qian

    Jingmin Qian

    Independent Non-executive Director
    BEc, MBA, CFA, FAICD

    Jingmin was appointed as a Non-executive Director in April 2019.

    Jingmin is also a Non-executive Director of Abacus Property Group, Trustee Director of HMC Capital Partners Fund, a member of Macquarie University Council, a Non-executive Director and National Vice President of the Australia China Business Council. She is also a senior advisor to leading global and Australian organisations and Director of Jing Meridian Advisory Pty Ltd. Jingmin is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).

    Jingmin is a former Trustee Director of Club Plus Super, former Board Director of CFA Society of Sydney and former Non-executive Director of Golden Cross Resources. She also previously held senior roles with L.E.K. Consulting, Boral Limited, and Leighton Holdings. Jingmin brings a broad range of commercial experience covering strategy, mergers and acquisitions, capital planning, investment review and Asian expansion to her role on the IPH Board.

  • Vicki Carter

    Vicki Carter

    Independent Non-executive Director
    BA (Social Sciences), GradDipMgmt

    Vicki Carter was appointed as a Non-executive Director in October 2022.

    She is currently a Non-executive Director of ASX Limited, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and Non-executive Director and Chair of Sandhurst Trustees Limited. She has over 35 years’ experience in the financial and telecommunications sectors with executive roles in distribution, strategy and operations, human resources and transformation.

    Her former roles include Executive Director, Transformation Delivery at Telstra and senior executive roles at National Australia Bank including Executive General Manager – Retail Bank, Executive General Manager – Business Operations and Executive General Manager – People and Culture, as well as roles at MLC, ING and Prudential Assurance Co. Ltd.

  • David Wiadrowski

    David Wiadrowski

    Independent Non-executive Director
    BCom, GAICD

    David was appointed as a Non-executive director in November 2023.

    In addition to his role on the IPH Board, David is a Non-executive Director of carsales, Life360 and oOh!Media. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Cambodian Children’s Fund  and a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

    David is a former Non-executive Director of Vocus Group Limited, the Elevacao Foundation, established to support and mentor early stage female technology entrepreneurs, and Board Member of PwC Securities and PwC Indonesia.

    David was with PwC for over 35 years, including as a Partner from 1992 to 2017, and as the Chief Operating Officer of the firm’s largest business unit, PwC Assurance, for five years.

Leadership

The Executive Leadership Team

  • Dr Andrew Blattman

    Dr Andrew Blattman

    CEO and Managing Director
    BScAgr (Hons 1), PhD, GraDipIP

    Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IPH in November 2017.

    Andrew has nearly 30 years’ experience in the intellectual property profession, having joined IPH Group member firm Spruson & Ferguson in 1995. He was appointed as a Principal in 1999 and served as CEO from 2015 to 2017, during which time the firm significantly expanded its footprint in both the Australian and Asian IP markets, opening new offices in Melbourne, Beijing, Hong Kong SAR, Jakarta and Bangkok.

    Since Spruson & Ferguson’s incorporation and the listing of IPH on the ASX in 2014, Andrew has played a key role in the development and growth of the IPH Group. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of the IPH business and the environment in which the company operates.

    Andrew is on the Board of St Paul’s College Foundation.

  • Philip Heuzenroeder

    Philip Heuzenroeder

    Group General Counsel & ​​​​​​​Company Secretary
    BEc, LLB, LLM, GAICD (Order of Merit)

    Philip has been Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of IPH since 2016.

    Prior to joining the IPH Executive Leadership Team, he was a Principal of member firm Spruson & Ferguson for over 12 years.

    Philip has nearly 30 years’ experience as a solicitor and governance professional, both in private practice and in-house. His expertise covers a broad range of areas of law including commercial law, competition law, ICT, intellectual property and litigation.

    Philip is a former Director of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. 

  • John Wadley

    John Wadley

    Chief Financial Officer
    B.Bus (Accounting & Finance), ICAA

    John has been IPH’s Chief Financial Officer since 2016.

    John is responsible for financial management of the Group, including internal and external reporting to the ASX and IPH shareholders. The Finance team are also responsible for the treasury, taxation, budgeting and forecasting functions.

    John is a qualified accountant. Prior to joining IPH he was Group Financial Controller at IT services firm SAI Global, having previously spent seven years in audit at firms Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

  • John O'Shea

    John O’Shea

    Chief Operating Officer
    BEc, MBA, GAICD

    John has been IPH’s Chief Operating Officer since 2018.

    In his role, John works with the Managing Directors of the Group’s member firms to ensure business strategy and key business initiatives are identified, developed and delivered in a way that supports commercial outcomes.

    In his time with IPH, John has had responsibility for the consolidation of acquisitions into the Group and he relocated to Toronto in 2023 to ensure the successful integration of Smart & Biggar into the IPH Group.

    John has an extensive background in senior executive roles having international, regional and Australian experience in his time as both a partner in KPMG Australia and as Global Chief Marketing Officer for KPMG International.

  • Fiona Chilcott

    Fiona Chilcott

    Chief People Officer
    BA (Hons) European Studies, Post Grad in HR Management, GAICD

    Fiona joined IPH as Chief People Officer in 2023.

    In her role, Fiona is responsible for leading the company’s human resources function, with a focus on fostering a culture of inclusivity.

    Fiona has over 20 years’ experience working in senior HR roles including leadership roles at Enero Group and Origin. Fiona has extensive international experience working across the US, Europe, South America and the UK. She has experience across a broad range of sectors, including Marketing Services, Energy and Financial Services.

  • Tee Tan

    Tee Tan

    Chief Information Officer
    BE (Computing) (Hons), MBA

    Tee has been IPH’s Chief Information Officer since 2018.

    Tee is responsible for ensuring that information technology investments and operations in all IPH Group companies are aligned with the Group’s strategic business objectives. His role includes overseeing IT and digital strategy, executive leadership and team development, technology roadmap, IT operations, project delivery and information security.

    Tee has more than 20 years’ of experience, previously working in various senior IT roles, mainly in the financial services industry. He has an extensive IT background, specialising in systems architecture with a proven track record in championing flexible and scalable solutions and solving complex organisational problems.

  • Halina Kochanowicz

    Halina Kochanowicz

    Chief Commercial Officer
    Licentiate in Law, MBA

    Halina joined IPH’s Executive Leadership Team in 2021.

    She is responsible for business development, sales, marketing and communications.

    A former lawyer, Halina has more than 20 years’ experience working as a marketing professional in Europe, Brazil, New York and Sydney. She has worked primarily in the legal industry for both international and leading Australian firms.

    Before joining IPH as the Chief Commercial Officer, Halina worked for Elevate and set up Elevate Flex in Australia. Prior to that she was the CMO at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm.

    Halina is fluent in six languages and is a passionate advocate for kids with ASD.