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The Standing Committee of Convocation was first elected in 1939, and in 2006 was renamed the University of Sydney Alumni Council
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The University of Sydney Alumni Council has represented all University of Sydney graduates for more than 75 years.

The council includes a support network of more than 30 alumni-led associations representing faculties, regions, special interest and international groups.

Our purpose is to create a mutually beneficial alumni relations program that will strengthen and engage our community and support the University’s vision.

Our role is to:

  • support the University and its faculties in their endeavours to grow alumni engagement across the University community
  • effectively facilitate connectivity between alumni, the University community and its stakeholders
  • provide opportunities for alumni to develop a lifelong connection with the University.

Following the publication of our Manifesto, the council developed a key set of principles that provide guidance and support to council members promoting alumni engagement, which include:

  • conversation
  • connections
  • contemplation
  • collaboration
  • change.

Alumni Council membership information

Nominations and terms of appointment

Nominations for members for the 2017 Alumni Council are now open and we welcome applications from eglible members of Convocation.

In 2017 we have six positions open for nomination, including President and Deputy President. Below are the position descriptions for the Alumni Council:

Nominations close Monday 9 January 2017 at 5pm (ADST). Self nominations are accepted. Each Alumni Council member can serve up to three consecutive two-year terms (six years).

Eligibility criteria

To be appointed to the Alumni Council, all members must meet the Eligibility Criteria.

In accordance with clause 12 of the University of Sydney (Alumni Council) Rule 2014, a person is eligible for appointment as a member of the Alumni Council if his or her name appears on the register of members of Convocation kept by the Registrar.

Members of Convocation comprise the following:

  1. the Fellows and former Fellows of the Senate of the University of Sydney
  2. the graduates of the University of Sydney, which includes graduates of the former institutions, or the predecessors of the former institutions that have become part of the University [ie graduates of the University of Sydney are all persons who are recipients of a degree from the University of Sydney or who are recipients of a degree or a diploma from the Cumberland College of Health Sciences, AGSM, Sydney Institute of Education or the Institute of Nursing Studies (both formerly part of Sydney CAE), Sydney College of the Arts (formerly part of the New South Wales Institute of the Arts), the former New South Wales Conservatorium of Music (Sydney Branch) and the Orange Agricultural College, or their predecessors]
  3. past members of the governing bodies of the former institutions, or the predecessors of the former institutions that have become part of the University
  4. professors and other full-time members of the academic staff of the University
  5. principals of the incorporated colleges.

To be qualified to stand for appointment to the Alumni Council, a person must be a member of Convocation.

To be qualified to nominate a candidate for appointment to the Alumni Council, a person must be a member of Convocation.

Alumni Council Members and Associates

Annie Corlett AM (BEc ’80)

Alumni Council President 
BEc ’80 Sydney

After graduating, Annie worked in the financial sector and subsequently was an executive director of two publicly listed mining companies. Annie has had a long-time involvement in supporting groups in the not-for-profit sector.

Her current appointments include National Board member of Lifeline Australia, Chair of the Board Board Funding and Sustainability Committee. Annie has been President of the University of Sydney Alumni Council since 2013.

She is also a member of the External Advisory Committee for the University’s Department of Government and International Relations and a Volunteer Court Supporter/Counsellor for the Homicide Victims Support Group (NSW).

Dr Brendan Casey (BSc(Hons) ’89 PhD ’94)

Alumni Council Deputy President
BSc(Hons) ’89 PhD ’94 Sydney GradDip AppFin&In '98 FSIA GradDipMgt '04 Canberra 

After a period as a Research Engineer, Brendan moved to finance as a Dealing Research Analyst, progressing to Head of Program Trading at Citigroup. He then ran Dealing and Technology for Commonwealth Investment Management, ITG and Commonwealth Institutional Equities, before joining Suncorp to run the operations for their investments division.

Brendan has played football (soccer) for University of Sydney since 1990 and has been a committee member of the Sydney University Soccer Football Club Foundation since 2007 and its Chairman since 2011, he has also held the role as President of the Science Association and was commissioned through Sydney University Regiment

Janet Donald (BA(Hons) ’67)

Alumni Council Member
BA(Hons) ’67 Sydney DipLib '71 UNSW

Janet is an experienced founder, adviser and operator of start-up businesses providing specialised professional services in established and new areas of endeavour.  As a consultant she has worked in the creation, communication and implementation of strategy for a more than 100 organisations, from ASX 100 corporations and large government organisations to small community groups.

Janet has been involved in community activities throughout her life, working pro bono in diverse organisations including music, gerontology, HIV-AIDS, head injury, the Anglican Church, and rural neighbourhood centres.

James Flynn (BCom ’11 MMgt ’12)

Alumni Council Member
BCom ’11 MMgt ’12 Sydney, GAICD

James Flynn is currently a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012), and is Co-founder and Director of recruitment firm ExpertConnect, where he actively promotes the University’s cutting edge research to government and industry partners.

James is the Consult & Design lead to the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Young & Well, and has an ongoing role as an assistant to the National Student Leadership Forum.

As a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, James was also a member of the Building & Estates Committee and Safety & Risk Management Committee. He was formerly a Director of the University of Sydney Union.

Dr Alan Huynh (BEc(SocSc)(Hons) ’06 MPHlth ’13)

Alumni Council Member
BEc(SocSc)(Hons) ’06 MPHlth ’13 Sydney MMBS UQ, JP

Dr Alan Huynh is a general practice registrar and a lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, working with youth, people from diverse backgrounds and civil society organisations. Previously, he was a non-executive director of ReachOut Australia and youth chair at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia. 

In recognition of his work, he has been awarded the inaugural Australian Human Rights Commission Young People’s Human Rights Medal, the Australian Leadership Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. He is an Asia Society 21 Fellow and a recipient of the 2016 Endeavour Fellowship. 

Julie McKay (EMBA ’11)

Alumni Council Member
EMBA ’11 Sydney MPP BBusMan BA

Julie McKay is the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force and an independent diversity and inclusion consultant.  Until April this year, Julie was the Executive Director of UN Women’s Australian National Committee.

Julie is the Chair of Women’s College and a member of the PwC Diversity Advisory Board.

Julie was awarded the University of Sydney’s Young Alumni Achievement Award and was named the Young Australian of the Year (ACT) in 2013.

Kate Haycock (MPAdmin ’07)

Alumni Council Member
MPAdmin ’07 Sydney BSc(Hons) GradCertMgmt

Kate Haycock is the owner and Director of Optimiss Services, where she works with large organisations in Australia advising on the retention, promotion and recruitment of women. She also runs North Lewis Advisory, a firm that provides strategic planning and advisory services to government.

Kate has a strong involvement with the University of Sydney as a committee member of the University of Sydney Business School Alumni Network, an Honorary Associate of the University’s Graduate School of Government, and mentor at the University’s Lucy Mentor program, where she motivated and educated young women about the opportunities available for employment and leadership in the corporate and public sectors.

Corey Payne (BCom ’07 LibStud MCom ’14)

Alumni Council Member
BCom ’07 LibStud MCom ’14 Sydney

Corey made his National Rugby League (NRL) debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2005.

In 2009 he established the Future Direction Network (FDN), to support children from low socio-economic areas of Sydney to engage in tertiary study. FDN is an active partner with the University of Sydney’s Compass program, which aims to encourage primary and secondary school children to participate in higher education.

Corey was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, named the NSW Young Australian of the Year, and received the Young Alumni Award for Achievement for his efforts to inform, educate and inspire youth from South-West Sydney.

Emily Scanlan (BEc(SocSc)(Hons) ’01 MInternatLaw ’03)

Alumni Council Member
BEc(SocSc)(Hons) ’01 MInternatLaw ’03 Sydney MA PGDIP(Psych) Cert(Applied Psych), Registered Psych

Emily Scanlan is a registered psychologist with a private practice. She has an interest in human rights and politics with previous careers as an officer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as an ABC journalist. She has a strong commitment to education and learning, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Emily has served on the External Advisory Committee to the Government Faculty where she provided counselling to many government students.

While a student at the University of Sydney, Emily served on the Debating Committee and competed at the World Intervarsity Debating Championships. She was awarded the "Henry Mayer Prize" for Best Student in Political Theory. Emily is also an alumna of Sancta Sophia College.

Peter Shaw (BSc ’89 LLB(Hons) ’91 MBA(Exec) ’05)

Alumni Council Member
BSc ’89 LLB(Hons) ’91 MBA(Exec) ’05 Sydney AGSM '05

Peter Shaw is a Director at Ash Street Partners specialising in legal advice on M&A, equity capital markets, private equity/strategic JVs, director’s duties and corporate governance.

Peter is a member of the New South Wales Law Society and the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Peter has extensive family links to the University, with six other family members studying here, with two having previously  held senior academic appointments.

Peter was involved in fundraising for building the current Law School and has chaired the Council's governance sub-committee since 2013.

Mark Webb (BSc ’94 BE(InfoSyst) ’96)

Alumni Council Member
BSc ’94 BE(InfoSyst) ’96 Sydney MBA '06 Latrobe

Mark Webb is currently chief executive of the NSW Department of Parliamentary Services, a specialist service department working to support the operation of the NSW Parliament by providing logistical support and advice to Members of Parliament, the Departments of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly and the people of NSW.

Mark’s professional background includes work across the private sector, federal public sector and state public sector, including work in the technology industry, and public policy areas such as employment, the environment and heritage and central government functions.

Mark also sits on Engineering Sydney – the advisory board to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Jared Webster (BEc ’11 LLB ’13)

Alumni Council Member
BEc ’11 LLB ’13 Sydney

Jared Webster works as corporate lawyer at Australian top-tier firm, Clayton Utz. Jared advises on an extensive range of corporate and commercial transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporations law issues.

Jared has interests in youth development, business strategy and community engagement and has been involved in a variety of roles in mentoring, leadership and young adult support in both community and professional environments.

Annabel Baxter (Dip. Physiotherapy ’70 BA ’99)

Alumni Council Associate
Dip. Physiotherapy ’70, BA ’99 MA ’11 Sydney

For 25 years Annabel worked locally and overseas, as a physiotherapist in public hospitals and private practice. In 1999 she completed an arts degree at the University of Sydney, and 2011, a Master of Arts (with Merit) in Curatorship and Modern Art. She then worked as an art educator at the Art Gallery of NSW, where she’d been a volunteer guide since 1999. 

As Coordinator of the guides, Annabel oversaw fundamental change in guide administration, chaired the committee of the Australian Art Gallery Guides Association conference, and in 2012 wrote the “History of the Volunteer Guides at AGNSW – the Fourth Decade”.

Dr John William Dale AO (BDs ’64 MDS ’66 DDS ’70 LLB ’79)

Alumni Council Associate
BDS ’64 MDS ’66 Sydney DDS ’70 Toronto LLB ’79 UNSW, FRACDS, FICD

Associate Professor Dale has worked at the University as a tutor, lecturer and associate professor and has taught final year dentistry since 1979.

He was dental representative on the Student Representative Council (1962-63), President of the Dental Alumni Society (1979-1981), Alumni Dental Association President (1985-87) and has been a President of the Dental Board NSW (1988 – 2007) and President of the Australian Dental Council (1997 – 2000).

Professor Dale was also a visiting professor at the Northwestern University in Chicago (1975 – 1976).

Dr Peter Higgins (BVSc ’83)

Alumni Council Associate
BVSc ’83 Sydney, FAIM, FAICD, FAMI, JP

Peter worked as a veterinary practitioner before becoming involved in business and gaining further qualifications in public affairs, marketing, and communications. 

He has had senior management roles in large, international companies like Nestlé and Encyclopaedia Britannica, as they went through times of change. He also worked with the communications team delivering the Sydney 2000 Olympics. From 2001, Peter owned and managed his own marketing company while sitting on several corporate boards

Peter is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney and has lectured part time at the university since 2005. He serves on the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee, and as team leader, Peter helped develop the first University Mentoring Program for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students.

Alumni Council sub-committees

Alumni Awards selection sub-committee

The primary role of this sub-committee is to consider, and where appropriate, make decisions to award Alumni Achievment Awards presented on an annual basis by the Alumni Council.

Graduate Medals selection sub-committee

The primary role of this sub-committee is to consider, and where appropriate, make decisions to award Graduate Medals presented on an annual basis by the Alumni Council.

Governance sub-committee

The primary role of this sub-committee is to consider and, where appropriate, make recommendations in relation to governance applicable to the Alumni Council or to any sub-committee formed by the Alumni Council.

Key dates

Alumni Council Nominations

  • Monday 31 October 2016, nominations open
  • Monday 9 January 2017, nominations close
  • March 2017, Nominations and Appointment Committee (NAC) review nominations
  • Friday 24 March 2017, Senate meeting to approve new Alumni Council members
  • Friday 14 April 2017, new Alumni Council members appointed

Alumni Council meetings

  • Tuesday 21 February 2017, 6pm
  • Tuesday 4 April 2017, 6 pm
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017, 6pm

Alumni Council meetings take place at Level 7, Room 708, Jane Foss Russell Building, unless otherwise stated.

University of Sydney Senate meetings

Monday 31 October 2016, 1pm
Monday 12 December 2016, 1pm

For more information, visit the University of Sydney Senate website.