University of Sydney Alumni Council Membership

2015 Alumni Council members

Alumni Council President
Annie Corlett

Alumni Council Deputy President
Dr Brendan Casey

Alumni Council Members
Janet Donald
James Flynn
Dr Alan Huynh
Julie McKay
Kate O'Reilly
Corey Payne
Emily Scanlan
Peter Shaw
Jane Spring
Mark Webb

Alumni Council Associates
Anna-Louise Bouvier
Jared Webster
Dr John William Dale AO

Alumni Council Associates act in a support role to the Alumni Council and are invited to their meetings and to participate in engagement activities. The Associates will be called upon to act as a Member of the Council if an existing member is unable to complete their appointed term on the Alumni Council.

Annie Corlett

Alumni Council President
BEc ’80 Sydney

After graduating with a Bachelor of Economics, Annie worked in the financial sector and subsequently, during the 1980's, was an executive director of 2 public listed mining companies. Annie has had a long-time involvement and active engagement in supporting groups in the not-for-profit sector. Her current appointments include National Board member of Lifeline Australia, Chair of the Board Service Committee and a member of the 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 Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and a Volunteer Court Supporter/Counsellor for the Homicide Victims Support Group (NSW) and she volunteers on the Support Line for this group.

When nominating Annie for the Alumni Council, Professor Tyrone Carlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) commented, ‘Annie is an outstanding person with a deep and sincere commitment to the University, demonstrated over a period of excellent service to the institution. Her achievements to date in leadership of our Alumni community clearly speak to her suitability for this important role. Annie brings substantial and relevant experience and has demonstrated track record leadership, innovation and success as the current Alumni President. She has a deep knowledge of the University and a wide range of contacts throughout.’


Dr Brendan Casey

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

Dr Brendan Casey completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Sydney and then progressed to a PhD in Theoretical and Physical Chemistry. After a period as a Research Engineer and consulting, he moved to Finance as a Dealing Research Analyst. Brendan progressed through various quantitative, dealing and trading roles to the Head of Program Trading role at Citigroup. He then ran Dealing and Technology for Commonwealth Investment management, ITG and Commonwealth Institutional Equities. After a period of consulting he joined Suncorp to run the operations for their Investments division.

Brendan has served in the Army Reserve for thirty years, first as an Infantryman and then as an Engineer. He progressed through the ranks to his current role of the Colonel responsible for all training in the 5th Brigade.

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


Janet Donald

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

Janet Donald has worked as a consultant in the creation, communication and implementation of strategy for a diverse range of organisations, from ASX 100 and large government organisations to small community groups. Janet has also established three companies, a specialist publishing company in her early working life, a consultancy founded in 1989 and a market research company founded in 1998. In addition, she assisted her daughter in founding the medical research company, Bazian Ltd, now part of the Economist Health Group.

Janet has been involved in community activities throughout her life. She has worked pro bono in diverse community organisations including music, gerontology, HIV-AIDS, head injury, the Anglican church, and rural neighborhood centers. She is a board member of St James Music Foundation and Treasurer of a strata scheme with $1M budget.

Janet was the University of Sydney Chancellor’s Committee Treasurer 2011-2012 and on the Arts Alumni Association Executive Committee. In addition to her BA from The University of Sydney, Janet also holds a Postgrad Dip Lib from the University of NSW.


James Flynn

Alumni Council Member
BCom ’11 M.Mgt ’12 Sydney, GAICD

James Flynn is currently a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012) with a focus on the governance and regulatory requirements of SME to large firms. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of the expert recruitment firm ExpertConnect, where he actively promotes the University’s cutting edge research to government and industry partners, and develops relationships for research to be furthered through private funding. He has also had many years of corporate experience as an entrepreneur and director of startup firms, including firms in medical software and secondary / tertiary education software.

James has taken on the role as Consult & Design lead to the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Young & Well, advising on how to best engage young people on improving their wellbeing through online solutions. In addition, James has an ongoing role as an assistant to the National Student Leadership Forum, which is sponsored by the Federal Parliament of Australia.

James has a strong involvement with The University of Sydney as a Fellow of the Senate for three years - where he was an active member in all aspects of Senate including membership of the Building & Estates Committee and Safety & Risk Management Committee. He was formerly a Director of the University of Sydney Union, chairing Australia’s largest Clubs & Societies program and overseeing the Finance & Audit committee.


Dr Alan Huynh

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

Dr Alan Huynh is a general practice registrar and a clinical associate lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, in particular working with youth, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and civil society organisations. Currently, he is a non-executive director of ReachOut Australia, Australia’s leading online youth mental health service.

Alan previously served as Chair of the 7th Commonwealth Youth Forum, hosted by Australia as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. He is a past Youth Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia and a former member of the SBS Community Advisory Committee. In 2008, he co-ordinated the socially innovative award winning, ‘Partners in Peace’ project.
For his work with youth, he received the inaugural Australian Human Rights Commission Young People’s Human Rights Medal, the Australian Leadership Award and the Queensland Multicultural ‘Outstanding Young Achiever’ Award. He is an Asia 21 Fellow and a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Alan has a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) with honours in international relations, a Master of Public Health both from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. During his medical studies, he completed clinical rotations at the world-reknown Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, USA and Cho Ray Hospital in Vietnam.


Julie McKay

Alumni Council Member
EMBA ’11 Sydney MPP BBusMan BA

Julie McKay has held the role of Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women for the last 8 years, raising more than $2.5million for programs that support the empowerment of women and girls in the developing world. Julie is also the inaugural Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force having been appointed in April 2014.

In addition to her two roles, Julie sits on the CEO’s Diversity Advisory Board for PwC. Julie is the Vice President of the YWCA of Canberra, a Steering Committee Member of The University of Sydney Business Alumni Network and is a Council Member of Women’s College. She was formally a Board Member and Secretary of the United Nations Association of Australia and has sat on a range of other community boards.

Julie completed an Executive MBA in 2011 at The University of Sydney. She has a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and Bachelors Degrees in Business Management and International Relations. Julie was admitted as a Fellow in Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School, and this year was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to continue her research into women’s leadership in non-traditional sectors.

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 O'Reilly

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

Kate O’Reilly 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 clients.

Kate is passionate about the issues facing women globally, and promoting and advocating for women in all aspects of business, politics, culture and sport. She has previously been a member of the Board for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UN Women) Australia and Girl Guides Australia.

Kate has a strong involvement with the University of Sydney as a recent member of the University of Sydney Alumni Council and a committee member of the University of Sydney Business School Alumni Network (Business Alumni Network) since its inception in 2013. Prior to her holding these positions, Kate was an Honorary Associate of the University’s Graduate School of Government (GSOG) where she mentored several GSOG students through their Masters in Public Administration. She has also worked as a mentor at the Universities 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

Alumni Council Member
BCom ’07 LibStud MCom ’14 Sydney

Corey Payne was a former professional Rugby League player and proved himself as a remarkable role model away from the game. In 2005 while completing his Bachelor of Commerce (2007) at the University of Sydney, he made his NRL debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons. In 2008 he moved to Wests Tigers for two seasons, before eventually fulfilling his childhood ambition to play for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2010.

In 2013 Corey graduated from his Mater of Commerce with Merit at the University of Sydney before studying Advanced Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (D-School) in Potsdam, Germany.

Whilst at the Hasso Plattner Institute Corey worked on a range of projects including the redesign of the online banking experience for a large German bank, as well as addressing the issue of planned obsolescence of electrical goods.

Among Corey’s personal initiatives is the Future Direction Network (FDN), which he founded in December 2009. The scheme is his brainchild, arising from his appreciation of how difficult it is for young people from less privileged schools or 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 as part of the University’s activities to support social inclusion.

In 2012, Corey was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and in 2013 he was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year.

In 2011, Corey received the Young Alumni Award for Achievement for his efforts to inform, educate and inspire youth from South-West Sydney about the importance of attending university, and for devoting his time and energy to supporting a range of charitable causes.


Emily Scanlan

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

Emily Scanlan is a registered psychologist with her own practice based in Sydney. Her specialties include treatment for anxiety and depression. Emily was previously an ABC News journalist and an Executive Level Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. At DFAT, she liaised with international and Australian press and assisted in mass evacuations from unfolding conflicts.

Emily has a strong commitment to education and learning, particularly for students from disadvantaged schools in NSW, with a focus on Positive Education - a philosophy practiced at Harvard University. Emily currently serves on The University of Sydney External Advisory Committee to the Government Faculty. In this role she has provided mentoring and counseling to over twenty Government honors students. She continues to contribute to Committee discussions and planning.

From 2010-2013, Emily worked for the University of Newcastle’s Equity and Diversity Program, providing workshops for the most disadvantaged schools in NSW with the aim of inspiring students in years 11 and 12 to realise their potential and achieve entry into university.

While a student at The University of Sydney, Emily was a strong contributor to life on campus, serving on the Debating Committee, and competing at the World Intervarsity Debating Championships. In addition to her degrees in Social Science and International Law from The University of Sydney, Emily also holds a Masters of Arts in Journalism (UTS), PG Diploma in Psychology (Macquarie University) and a Certificate of Applied Psychology (Macquarie University). Emily was awarded The University of Sydney Henry Mayer Prize for Best Student in Political Theory.


Peter Shaw

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

Peter Shaw has been Director at Ash Street Partners legal practice since 2014, specialising in 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 was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court and High Court of Australia, since 1992. Peter has also been a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors' Law Committee since 2000, and a member Old Sydneians Union Board 2013-14.

Peter has extensive family links to The University of Sydney, with five other members of his family receiving degrees in fields as diverse as Arts, Business Administration, Education, Law, Medicine, Health Services and Science. Peter has been involved with fundraising in connection with building the new Law School on the main campus and has held the position of Chair of the Alumni Council's governance sub-committee since 2013.


Jane Spring

Alumni Council Member
BEc(Hons) ’86 LLB ’89 MPAdmin ’07 Sydney, HonFellow ’08, FAICD, FCIS, FGIA

Jane Spring is a senior executive and director with extensive experience in governance and change leadership across government, education, infrastructure, health and sport sectors.

Following completion of Economics and Law degrees, Jane worked briefly at the Australian Tax Office while representing NSW in lightweight fours and seeking national selection as a lightweight oarswoman. In 1994 Jane commenced work at the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG), managing the Games training program and supporting the board committee with responsibility for sport, and then subsequently taking a role at the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Jane had previously represented The University of Sydney in both rowing and skiing while an undergraduate and was Vice President of the Women's Sports Association Management Committee. In addition, Jane was the President of the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club from 1986 to 2010 and is a current member of The University of Sydney Business Alumni community, a Friend of the Nicholson Museum and a member of the University of Sydney Union Alumni Foundation.

Jane was an elected Fellow of Senate from 2009 - 2013 and is currently on the Boards of the Western Sydney Local Health District (Westmead, Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Auburn and Cumberland hospitals) and Venues NSW (Parramatta, Wollongong & Newcastle Stadiums and associated venues).

In addition to degrees in Economics and Law, Jane holds a Masters in Public Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Fellow of Governance Institute Australia (FGIA, FCIS).


Mark Webb

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

Mark Webb is currently Executive Director People & Culture in the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, where he provides strategic, operational and transactional human resource and governance services across the environment and heritage portfolio. Prior to this appointment, Mark worked for the NSW Public Service Commission, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and various private sector technology firms.

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 agencies.

At The University of Sydney, Mark sits on the Executive of the IT Alumni Association, as well as on Engineering Sydney - the advisory board to the Dean of the Engineering and Information Technologies faculty.


Anna-Louise Bouvier

Alumni Council Associate
BHlthSc(PT) ’85 Sydney

Anna-Louise Bouvier is the Director and Creator of the ABC wellbeing program, Happy Body at Work. She also created Physiocise, an innovative movement and education practice for people with chronic back pain. She is a sought after media commentator appearing regularly on ABC Local Radio, and the Today Show. She has been interviewed or has written over 100 articles on mind body wellbeing for various newspapers and magazines, and was an expert on the ABC’s Making Couples Happy and Making Australia Happy.

Anna-Louise has released three DVD’s (ABC) and three best-selling books (Harper Collins). She is an international corporate speaker and was named Australian Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is an Ambassador for Arthritis NSW and for COASTREK and appears in Who’s Who of Australian Women and consults to the Waratahs, Brumbies and Wallabies on overuse injuries.

Anna-Louise has had a long and innovative professional career as a physiotherapist. She has been involved in academic research through the University of Sydney, where she has demonstrated an enduring commitment to advancing the profile of the Health Sciences as a profession and a passion for strengthening the relationship between the university and the private sector for their mutual benefits.


Jared Webster

Alumni Council Associate
BEc ’11 LLB ’13 Sydney

Jared Webster works as a corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz in corporate advisory and mergers & acquisitions, with an emphasis on major public and private corporate transactions, capital raisings and infrastructure projects. Jared's professional background also includes experience in international relations and community legal centres.

Jared is a Member of the New South Wales Law Society and has been admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court and High Court of Australia since 2013. Jared is also a past member of the Alumni Council, having served on the Council in 2014.

Outside the law, Jared has interests in youth development, international relations, business strategy and community engagement. Jared brings his extensive experience and passion for engaging with people, having been involved in a variety of mentoring roles, leadership roles and young adult support, in both community and professional environments.


Dr John William Dale AO

Alumni Council Associate
BDs ’64 MDS ’66 DDS ’70 LLB ’79 Sydney, FRACDS, FICD

Dr John Dale AO he been associated with the University of Sydney, since he graduated with a Bachelors of Dentistry in 1964, and a Masters of Dentistry in 1966. He has worked at the University as a tutor, lecture and associate professor and has taught final year dentistry since 1979.

John has a strong involvement with the University of Sydney, he was dental representative on the Student Committee between 1962-63, President of the Dental Alumni Society between 1979-1981, Alumni Dental Association President between 1985-87 and has been a member of the Dental Board and Dental Council.