About the Chancellor
Belinda Hutchinson AM became Chancellor of the University of Sydney on 4 February 2013.
An advocate for the critical role of world-class tertiary education and research in securing our economic and social future, Ms Hutchinson is a company director with a distinguished career in business and a commitment to deepening the culture of philanthropy. She is an alumna of the University, holding a Bachelor of Economics, and in 2012 received a University Alumni Award for professional achievement.
Ms Hutchinson is currently a non-executive director of AGL Energy, Australian Philanthropic Services and the NSW State Library Foundation. She is also a member of the Salvation Army Eastern Territory Advisory Board and the federal government's Financial Services Advisory Council. She was previously the Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, and a director of Telstra, Coles Myer, TAB, Energy Australia, St Vincent’s Health Australia and the Crane Group.
Ms Hutchinson is the immediate Past President of Chief Executive Women, a member-based organisation comprising 270 of Australia’s women leaders.
Belinda Hutchinson is the University’s 18th Chancellor.
About the Senate
The Senate is the governing authority of the University of Sydney and has the functions conferred or imposed on it by or under the University of Sydney Act 1989 (as amended).
The Senate oversees all major decisions concerning the conduct of the University, including staff appointments and welfare, student welfare and discipline, financial matters and the physical and academic development of the University. It awards all degrees and diplomas and is responsible to the Parliament of NSW.
The Senate is chaired by the Chancellor, who is elected by Senate for a four-year term.