Dr. William Harold Clough AO, OBE, FTS
BE (Hons), MS(Calf), Hon FIEAust, CPEng, Hon DE(UWA), FTSE, FAICD, FAIM
Harold Clough is a highly respected and distinguished Australian industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Dr Clough graduated in 1947 from the University of Western Australia with first class honours degree of Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. In 1951 he was awarded the prestigious Fullbright Scholarship and attended the University of California in the US, where he gained a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.
In 1954 he returned to Western Australia to join his father's building company, later becoming Chairman and Director of Clough Limited, the holding company for Clough Engineering Group.
One of Clough's earliest projects was the construction of the iconic Narrows Bridge in Perth, built in 1957.
The bridge dominates the Perth skyline, connecting the northern and southern suburbs, otherwise separated by the vast expanse of the Swan River.
Clough's reputation and capital growth exploded in the 1960s when Clough Engineering became a major construction force during the unprecedented development of the iron-ore industry in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Clough was also a prominent contractor in the North West Shelf oil and gas development.
Dr Clough initiated the Clough Engineering Scholarship nearly 50 years ago which annually gives financial support to outstanding engineering students. There are now over 150 Clough Scholars who meet at the Clough Scholars Dinner at the University of Western Australia.
Clough Ltd, from the time of the Narrows Bridge in 1957, made a specialty of working in joint venture with the world major engineering companies. Clough did its first work overseas when it went to Indonesia in 1964 and until sold to Murray & Roberts, a South African company in 2007, did more work overseas than in Australia.
- 1977 - Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
- 1979 - Officer of the Order of the British Empire
- 1983 - Western Australian Citizen of the Year in Industry and Commerce
- 1990 - Officer of the Order of Australia
- 1990 - Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Engineering by the University of Western Australia
- 1993 - James N Kirby Award by the Australasian Regional Board of the Institution of Electrical Engineers
- 1993 - The Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal by the Institution of Engineers Australia
- 1994 - Inaugural Gold Medal for lifelong contribution to engineering, industry and commerce by the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- 1997 - Australian Constructors Association Award for over 50 Years Service to the Australian Construction Industry
- 2000 - Australian Export Hero
- 2005 - Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Medal for long term commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the region and improving Australia – Asia relations
Mr Gregory Copley AM, GCHT*, FRCGS
Gregory Rolph Copley is an Australian author, philosopher, and industrialist who has, for more than four decades, advised government leaders in the area of strategic policy, security, intelligence, diplomacy, economics, and constitutional issues.
An Australian citizen, he is based mainly in the Washington, DC, area, but spends much of his time in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
Mr Copley has, over the past four decades, advised a number of national leaders and governments on issues relating to national planning, intelligence, international relations, and constitutional issues, and continues to do so.
He has been described as the world's "only practicing grand strategist".
Mr Copley has written or co-authored 32 books, and thousands of classified and unclassified studies in the fields of strategic and social philosophy, aviation, geopolitics, grand strategy, and verse.
Mr Copley has received a significant number of decorations and awards from governments and institutions around the world, including his 2007 Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for contributions to the international community in the field of strategic analysis.
In addition to his decorations for service to governments, he holds an honorary commission as a brigadier-general in the Ethiopian Imperial Guard.
- 1960s - Journalistic career in Australia, and as a foreign correspondent for several British national newspapers; Editor & Publisher of Aero, a national aviation magazine; Principal of Copley News Service A/Asia Pty. Ltd., an international news agency; Principal, Copley & Associations Public Relations
- 1970-72 - Chief Executive Officer, The Daily Guide newspaper (the oldest US commercial and shipping newspaper, founded 1865, San Francisco
- 1972 - Present - Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Defense & Foreign Affairs series of publications and conferences
- 1982 - Present - President of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), Washington, DC
- 1986-96 - Chairman and Owner, The Perth Corporation Limited, London-based holding company which owned Ailsa-Perth Shipbuilders Ltd. (major shipyard, Clydeside, Scotland); Ailsa-Perth Engineering Ltd. (Lanarkshire, Scotland); Ailsa-Perth Marine Ltd. (ship repair and fabrication, the Royal Docks, Chatham, UK); Ailsa-Perth Transport Ltd. (Troon, Scotland); G. L. Watson & Co. Ltd. (ship design and naval architecture, Glasgow, Scotland); a 50% share of a chemical and perfume company in France
- 1980s - Vice-Chairman of the Scottish national airline, Highland Express
- 1990 - Asian Council Award for 'outstanding efforts' in strategic policy (in Asia)
- 1999-Present - Principal and Director of Intelligence at the Global Information System (GIS), a global intelligence collection and analysis organisation serving governments
- 2007 - Member of the Order of Australia
- 2010-Present - Chairman and co-owner, Strategic Asset Protection Systems, Inc. US-based technology company supporting government security structures; also Chairman of wholly-owned subsidiary, Argonaut LLC, which has developed significant intellectual property in water purification and the creation of nano- and pico-level refining capabilities for the medical (cancer treatment) and other purposes
- 2010-Present - Chairman of the North American Group of The Order of Australia Association
- 2011-Present - Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society
- 2011-Present - Chairman of the Water Initiative for Africa
- 2014-Present - Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of the Canadian Forces College
- Pakistan's Metamorphosis: The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook on Pakistan (2014). With Purvis Hussain.
- UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos (2012)
- The Art of Victory: How Nations Can Survive and Individuals Succeed in the Coming Global Transformation (2006)
- The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook (1996-Present). 16 print editions, 1976-2006 (Ed. and principal author). 17th-20th editions (electronic) 2008-2014. Online edition, from 2009
- On Preferring Life: Human Considerations in a Larger World (2011)
- Energy Security 2.0: How Energy is Central to the Changing Global Balance in the New Age of Geography. With Andrew Pickford, Yossef Bodansky, and David Archibald. (2011)
- Such a Full Sea: Australia's Options in a Dynamic Indian Ocean Region. With Andrew Pickford. (2009)
- Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific Basins. With Andrew Pickford and Dr Kenneth Chern. Pakistan, The Global Strategic Lynchpin. The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook on Pakistan. With Purvis Hussain. (2008)
- Australia's National Security: Considerations for Planning Defence and Security Capabilities Well into the 21st Century. (2008)
- Australia 2050: An Examination of Australia's Condition, Outlook, and Options for the First Half of the 21st Century. With Andrew Pickford. (2007)
- Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook on Azerbaijan (two editions) (2006 and 2007). Australia's Energy Options. Principal author and project leader (2005)
- The Art of Victory: Fulfilling Mankind's Potential. Limited edition for professional use. (2003)
- Ethiopia Reaches Her Hand Unto God: Imperial Ethiopia's Unique Symbols, Structures and Role in the Modern World (1998)
- The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook on Egypt. (1995)
- The Global Strategic Condition. (Ed. and principal author). (1998)
- Managing the Era of Great Change. (Ed. and principal author) (1997)
- The Era of Great Change. (Ed. and principal author). (1990)
- Strategy '90. (Ed. and principal author). (1990)
- Force Modernization. Budget Versus Threat: Building a Defense Capability in the Face of Rising Costs. (Ed. and principal author). (1986)
- Strategy '85. (Ed. and principal author). (1985)
- Nigeria's New Government. (1985)
- Strategy '84. (Ed. and principal author). (1984)
- Defense '83. (Ed. and principal author). (1983)
- Lessons of the South Atlantic War. (Ed. and principal author). (1982)
Mr Stephen Quantrill
BScEng (Cum Laude), BCom (distinction), MBA (distinction) GAICD, FFin, Pr.Eng, MIEAust, MSAICE
Stephen Quantrill has over 20 years' experience in multifaceted roles in business ownership, corporate advisory and company directorship with extensive experience as a business executive and private equity professional.
His rich experience has enabled him to gain invaluable insights into building and growing successful enterprises as well as knowing when to take a strategic stance to help manoeuvre organisations through challenging times.
Notably, some of his early career highlights include heading Nedcor Bank's largest asset product portfolio in the period to 1997.
In 2000, he led a significant transformation project for Old Mutual in South Africa.
Following his move to Perth in 2004, Mr Quantrill has directed and provided corporate advisory and turnaround services for a number of Australian companies.
In his personal portfolio, he founded and directed businesses in the areas of private wealth advisory, private equity, property, engineering, commercial fishing and import/export
He holds a BSc (Civil Engineering), Bachelor of Commerce, and an MBA – all with first class honours.
Mr Quantrill draws on global business experiences across Australia, Asia, the USA, South Africa and Europe to help grow business enterprise value.
He is a Fellow of FINSIA, Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Engineers Australia and member of the Turnaround Management Association of Australia.
Mr Daniel-Paul Filippi
Daniel-Paul has successfully advised and sold on Australian projects with values approaching A$1Billion, and has been the driving force behind the sales of over 25 significant property projects.
Daniel-Paul’s deep experience in project marketing advisory forms the cornerstone of Strategius’ project marketing advisory service, and makes him one of the most sought-after professionals in Australian property advisory.