Members of the Committee

Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman

Colin is a writer, broadcaster, and manager. He was an editor at The Financial Times (London) and director of television. He had been economics correspondent of BBC TV News and a presenter of BBC TV’s The Money Programme, and BBC Radio’s Financial World Tonight. Colin was foreign news editor of the London Sunday Times. He was deputy business editor of The Observer, deputy editor of The Australian, and executive producer of the ABC’s PM. His publications include August 21: The Rape of Czechoslovakia, How the Stock Markets Work (9th ed.), Selling the Family Silver: The story of Privatisation, and The Intelligence Edge (with G. and M. Friedman). He is an alumnus of the London Business School.


Annie Corlett AM

Annie Corlett AM

Annie has had a diverse range of experiences. She graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in government and economics and for much of the l980’s was an executive director of two publicly listed mining companies. Annie has had a long-time involvement and active engagement in supporting groups in the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer. This has included 15 years as a volunteer guide and, for a period, the elected Co-ordinator of Guides at the Art Gallery of NSW. Annie is a National Board Member of Lifeline Australia and is Chair of the Board Service Committee. In 2013 Annie became President of the Alumni Council of the University of Sydney.


Jeannie Douglass

Jeannie Douglass

Jeannie is Manager of Parliamentary Education at the State Parliament on Macquarie Street in Sydney, where some of her work is with school students. She was a major contributor to the public exhibition ‘Twenty-five: Stories from Australia’s First Parliament’ at Parliament House. Between 2006 and 2011 she served as manager of education for the History Houses Trust of New South Wales. She has also bee a senior education officer for the Australian Maritime Museum (1995-2006). She has a Master of Arts (Applied history) from the University of Technology, Sydney. She grew up in the Hunter Valley.


Rosie Giddings

Rosie Giddings

She is the Dean of Students at the University of Sydney Foundation Program, a one-year academic course for International students. Rosie has a Masters of Science. After living in Bangkok with school age children, she developed an interest in international education. She got a Masters of Education and went to work in the Foundation Program. Her aim is to help students achieve their potential in a foreign environment. Part of that is coming to terms with intercultural understanding which is a lifelong asset. She has worked with many international students who have gained entry to and successfully completed degrees at the University of Sydney. She is a founding member of the Committee.


Ross Gittins, AM

Ross Gittins, AM

He is Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and also an economic columnist for The Age, Melbourne. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in 2012. His journalistic experience includes editorial writing and stints in the parliamentary press galleries in Sydney and Canberra. In 2008 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to journalism as a commentator on economics. He has been a Nuffield press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the department of economics of the University of Melbourne. Ross is author of Gittins’ Guide to Economics, The Happy Economist and co-author with Rodney Tiffen of How Australia Compares (Cambridge University Press).


John Gore

John Gore

He is a retired chief education officer in the NSW Department of Education and Training where he was responsible for providing advice, print and electronic curriculum support and operational support to schools and regions for subjects in the HSIE learning area. He is a past president of the Pacific Circle Consortium an international organisation of education systems and universities from countries around the Pacific Ocean. He has a long-standing interest in civics and citizenship education and contributed to the Civic Centre at the University of Sydney. He is currently involved with an emerging school system in India targeting the poorest children in communities and provides policy advice, evaluates schools and develops professional learning courses for teachers.


Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison

Kate is a partner at Gilbert + Tobin’s group. One of her specialties is intellectual property. Previously, in Canberra, she was a Ministerial Adviser, first as Chief of Staff to Minister John Faulkner (Cabinet Secretary/Special Minister of State and Defence Minister), and subsequently as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Kate did Honours in Government at the University of Sydney, as well as a PhD. She also has an LLB (UNSW) and an LLM from Columbia University in New York City, where she practiced law for a time. Kate is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 and Best Lawyers 2015. She is recommended in dispute resolution by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.


Ann Hoban

Ann Hoban

Ann is Director City Life at the City of Sydney, she has supported and delivered creative spaces for artists, affordable work space for entrepreneurs, incentives to improve the city’s environmental performance, technology to make the city accessible and welcoming, She has built partnerships with government, peak business and community organisations, communities and individuals. She was a member of the Sydney Festival Board, having taught arts administration at National Music Camp; been Company Manager at Fox Studios backlot; and merged the Queensland Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras. She has an MBA in entrepreneurship from the University of Technology, Sydney.


Michael Neylan

Michael Neylan

Michael is a partner at K & L Gates, Attorneys, where he specialises in transport and infrastructure projects. Much of this work involves advising clients about the regulatory and policy environments of Governments. He has an LL.M. from Columbia University and an LL. B. and a Bachelor of Arts both with Honours (Government), University of Sydney. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He was a Visiting Fellow in the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre and taught in the Masters program there from 2009 to 2011. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Michael is an habitué of the Sydney Writers Festival.


Denise North

Denise North

Denise North obtained a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD in 2013 after an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management. She completed Honours in Government in a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She was Chair of the Council of International House at the University of Sydney and became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney in 2014. She has contributed her expertise to the St. James Ethics Centre. She chairs Streetwize Communications, working with young people on social issues. Denise wasa Commissioner of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (2007-2014), and previously Chief Executive of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia. In her earlier career she was a policy analyst and ministerial advisor in Canberra.


Alice Arnott Oppen, OAM

Alice Arnott Oppen, OAM

Alice holds degrees in Arts (literature) from Smith College, the University of Chicago, the University of Sydney, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. After a first career in teaching, writing and feminism, her second career was serving on boards of listed and not for profit organisations, particularly Arnotts Ltd. and ChildFund Australia (representative on the inaugural Board of ChildFund International, visiting all continents), Family Planning NSW, SH&FPA (Family Planning Australia and its International Advisory Committee) and the NSW Cancer Council Ethics Committee. Alice is founder and Chair of Women’s Plans Foundation, raising funds for the integration of a family planning component in overseas programs, to enable women’s development and global sustainability.


Emily Scanlan

Emily Scanlan

Her career spans foreign affairs and psychology. Emily worked as an ABC radio and television journalist and later as an Executive Level Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. She is now a registered psychologist with a private practice in Sydney CBD specializing in mood disorders. Her has a Bachelor Economics and Social Sciences with Honours in Government with a major in Psychology, Master of Arts in International Law at Sydney, a Master of Arts Journalism (UTS), a Post-Graduate Diploma (Psychology), and AMAPS. During her undergraduate degree she was awarded the Mayer Prize for Best Student in Political Theory and competed at the World Debating Championships in Manila, The Philippines.


To contact the Committee please communicate with Dr Michael Jackson, Emeritus Professor at michael.jackson@sydney.edu.au or 0412194672.