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:
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:
Nominations for members of the 2017 Alumni Council have now closed. Nominees will be informed of the outcome of their nomination in March/April, and the new Alumni Council will be publicly announced mid-April 2017.
In 2017 six positions will be filled, including President and Deputy President. Below are the position descriptions for the Alumni Council:
Each Alumni Council member can serve up to three consecutive two-year terms (six years).
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:
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.
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).
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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”.
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).
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.