Council Members

Office Bearers

President & Treasurer: Ms Robin Low

Ms Robin Low

Robin is partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in governance, risk, control and assurance. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Univeristy of New South Wales, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a registered company auditor. She has over 25 years experience working with a range of leading institutions in Australia and the UK, mainly in financial services, with a focus on risk management, internal control and internal audit as well as financial audit and due diligence. Her client list includes most of Australia’s leading financial institutions and a number of regulators. Robin has developed thought leadership within PwC in the area of risk and control, ranging from risk appetite and risk culture to practical ways of embedding risk management in an organisation. She has facilitated board and management workshops on risk management for a number of organisations. Robin is a director of the Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics.


Mr Benjamin Chow, AO BE

Mr Benjamin Chow AO BE

Mr Chow has a civil engineering degree from the University of Sydney. He spent over forty years in the land development industry both in Australia and South East Asia. Mr Chow sits on the boards of InvoCare Limited and Mindax Limited, both ASX listed companies. He also holds the positions of President of Sydney Executive Business Lions Club, President of Sydney University Nerve Research Foundation and Director of Chain Reaction Foundation Limited. Mr Chow chaired the Council for Multicultural Australia which assists the Australian Government to implement its multicultural policies. He was Deputy Chairman of the NSW Government Multicultural Business Advisory Panel and serviced six years on the Council of the National Museum of Australia as well as Bond University. Mr Chow has served many leading Chinese community organisations in Sydney for over 30 years and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.

Professor Macdonald J Christie

Professor Mac Christie

Macdonald (Mac) Christie completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 1983 and is the Professor of Pharmacology and Associate Dean of Research, at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney. Mac has been a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) since 2003. Prior to this he was a Medical Foundation Fellow from 1998-2002 and a continuing academic from 1990 at the University of Sydney. He has served on numerous NHMRC grant committees and NHMRC Academy since the mid-1990s. Mac has published over 190 peer reviewed research papers that have received more than 11,000 citations. His interests span cellular, molecular and behavioural neuropharmacology, the biological basis of adaptations producing chronic pain and drug dependence, and preclinical development of novel pain therapeutics. Since the early 1990s he has been involved in numerous medico-legal matters involving the impacts of drugs and alcohol.

Mr Paul Clitheroe AM

Mr Paul Clitheroe AM

BA, SF Fin, CFP, Dip FP
Executive Director, ipac securities
Chairman, Australian Government Financial Literacy Board
Chairman, Money Magazine
Chairman, RADD (Recording Artists Actors & Athletes Against Drink Driving)
Chairman, Australian String Quartet
Chair, Financial Literacy, Macquarie University
Council Member, Philanthropy Australia

Paul Clitheroe is a director of ipac securities, a company he founded in 1983 with four partners. ipac manages more than $13 billion dollars for clients. Paul is a leading media commentator on financial issues. His books have sold over 600,000 copies. Paul hosted the Money Program on Channel 9 from 1993 to 2002 and Money for Jam in 2009. He also hosts talking money which runs nationally on radio. Paul is Chairman of the Australian Governments Financial Literacy Board. It has established a national strategy to improve the financial skills of all Australians and is now implementing this strategy in schools and the workplace. Over 1 million people have visited the moneysmart website. He is also, Chairman of Money magazine, Chairman of the youth anti-drink driving body, RADD, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia, Chairman of the Australian String Quartet and a member of the Sydney University Medical School Advisory Board. In 2008, Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to the financial sector through the promotion of financial literacy, and to the community. In 2012 Macquarie University appointed Paul as Chair of Financial Literacy. He is a Professor with the School of Business and Economics.

Mr David Keyte

David Keyte

David is a professional company director and barrister. David is a Non-Executive Director of the privately owned Western Australian food and agribusiness group Craig Mostyn, and has been since 2003.

Before coming to the Bar in 2016, David worked as a business consultant advising corporations and government entities across a variety of areas including strategic and financial analysis, M&A, risk management, treasury, management reporting and the financial and commercial evaluation of business opportunities.

Prior to that he worked for over 15 years as a corporate adviser and investment banker principally in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. During that time, David held the position of Director at a number of Australian stockbroking/corporate finance firms. In that capacity, he advised on acquisitions, divestments, equity and debt capital raising transactions in various sectors including: food and agribusiness, media, transport and telecommunications.

David has a bachelor of economics and a bachelor of laws from the University of Sydney, and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) Program and has been awarded the CFA Charter. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of CPA Australia and an associate member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Professor John Watson

Professor John Watson commenced medical studies at the University of Sydney in 1973, interrupting this course to take a BSc (First Class Honours) in Neurophysiology. He was the New South Wales Rhodes Scholar for 1977, which enabled him to travel to Oxford University for a Doctorate in Philosophy, also in Neurophysiology. Returning to the University of Sydney in 1981 he completed his medical studies, again obtaining First Class Honours, before commencing work as an Intern, RMO and Registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 1990 he travelled to London where he was a Lecturer and Senior Registrar in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. After a year in this position he became a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at University College London, and the MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital. Here he undertook functional brain imaging research using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to explore the visual system of the human brain, and the relationship between the structure and function of the human brain; research he continues to this day. Professor Watson has published some 47 peer reviewed original articles, invited articles and chapters in books. He regularly is invited to give research and clinical lectures and seminars, examines higher degree theses and has supervised seven Masters and Doctoral students. He is on the Behavioural Neurology Subcommittee of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists, and has served as its Chair. He has presented clinical and research material many times on the radio and in the press. For over three years he was the Chair of the University of Sydney Human Ethics Committee, and recently completed a second three year term as Chair. In late 2010 he was appointed Professor of Medicine, Sydney Medical School at Sydney Adventist Hospital and is Associate Dean of the newly formed Clinical School at Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Ex Officio Members

Melissa Bonevska: Representative of the Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Melissa Bonevska is an alumna of the University of Sydney, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce. Currently the Development Manager for University Foundations, Melissa is the Provost’s nominee on all Foundation councils at the University of Sydney. She has previously worked in fundraising, project management and human resource management roles across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, including EMC Global Holding Corporation. Prior to commencing at the University of Sydney, Melissa has been engaged in fundraising, partnerships, and program management roles at White Ribbon Australia.

Mr Tim Dolan: Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Mr Tim Dolan

Tim Dolan commenced his role as Director of Development, Development Office, at the University of Sydney in January 2009. He has spent his entire professional career as a fundraiser. For the six years prior to his coming to Australia, Tim was responsible for Leadership Gifts at UCLA and before that he led the development effort for the Medical School and Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the University of Hawaii.

Professor Arthur Conigrave: University Officer (Foundations)

Professor Arthur Conigrave

Professor Arthur Conigrave was appointed Dean of Sydney Medical School in 2016. As Dean, he leads one of the largest medical schools in Australia and the most research-intensive faculty within the University of Sydney. Sydney Medical School has more than 3000 academic faculty members and teaches over 5000 students across undergraduate medical sciences, medicine, postgraduate professional courses and higher research degrees.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Professor Conigrave held a number of leadership roles including Head of the School of Molecular Bioscience from 2007-10 and since 2011, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Finance and Administration) in Sydney Medical School.

Professor Conigrave is an endocrinologist specialising in the clinical management of patients with metabolic bone disease (including osteoporosis and disorders of calcium metabolism), and an internationally recognised researcher in molecular endocrinology. He has a special interest in the manner in which cells ‘sense’ nutrients in their external environment and the role of nutrient-sensing receptors in the metabolic basis of health and disease. Professor Conigrave’s work has clarified the links between calcium and amino acid metabolism, which has implications for bone health and disease. He is an expert on Calcium Sensing Receptor (CaSR) signaling mechanisms and he accurately predicted that the CaSR mediates L-amino acid-induced release of important gut hormones. Professor Conigrave is past Chair of the NHMRC Grant Review Panel in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a two-time winner of the Lilly Endocrinology Research Awards.


The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor Bashir undertook her medical studies at the University of Sydney, and went on to complete postgraduate training in psychiatry. She has taught at the Universities of Sydney and NSW, increasingly working with children's services, psychiatry and mental health services, and indigenous health programs. At the time of her appointment as Governor of NSW in 2001, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney (a post she took up in 1993); Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney (from 1994); and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern (from 1996) and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey.

Professor Bashir's widespread involvements and interests have included juvenile justice, research on adolescent depression, health issues in developing countries, education for health professionals and telemedicine and new technologies for health service delivery. Along with many professional medical association roles, she was, at the time of her appointment as Governor, a member of societies as diverse as Amnesty International, the National Trust, the NSW Camellia Research Society and the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, as well as being a patron of the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to child and adolescent health and subsequently made a Companion of the Order in 2001. She was later invested by Her Majesty The Queen, with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006.


Mrs M Helen Breekveldt

Mrs Helen Breekveldt

Mrs Helen Breekveldt’s career in the banking sector spanned 32 years as private secretary to Managing Directors of the Commonwealth Bank. After retiring, she travelled widely in Europe and Asia and expanded her keen interest in music. Mrs Breekveldt has been a volunteer at the State Library of New South Wales for more than ten years.

As a result of Mrs Breekveldt’s knowledge of the Postgraduate Foundation for Medical Research, then under the direction of Dr Victor Coppleson, the late Robert Storr decided to bequeath the major part of his estate to the University via the Medical Foundation. The Estate funds the Chair of Hepatic Medicine for research into diseases of the liver. Through her involvement with the Storr Liver Unit, she has witnessed its growth and has gained a rich insight into the world of medical research. Mrs Breekveldt was Co-Executor, with Mr John Fletcher, of the Robert W Storr Estate. She has been an Honorary Governor of the Foundation since 1992.

Mr Peter I Burrows, AO

Mr Peter Burrows

After an Economics degree at the University of Sydney, Peter Burrows became a stockbroker in London and subsequently set up his own independent private client firm Burrows Ltd in Sydney and since 2000 has been a senior adviser with Bell Potter Securities. He has been a director of a number of public companies including Garratts Limited, Rabbit Photo, and Utilico Investments. After acting as Treasurer of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children for eight years he chaired its Capital Campaign to equip the new Childrens’ Hospital at Westmead, where he then chaired the Institute for Immunology and Allergy Research and was founding chair of The CRC for Asthma. He became an Honorary Governor of Sydney Medical School Foundation in 1986 and its President from 1993 to 2004, during which time he initiated the large program grants for medical research and the purchase of the Medical Foundation Building in Camperdown. He also established and became founding chair of the George Institute for International Health. While serving as an elected member on the Senate of the University of Sydney he chaired its Finance and a number of other committees. He chaired the Power Institute, Foundation for Art and Visual Culture and raised the funds to build its Schaeffer Library at the University of Sydney. He was founding chair of the Sight for Life Foundation at Sydney Hospital, chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation and remains chair of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Peter was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney in 2005 and an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003.

Mr B Paul Garrett

Mr Paul Garrett

Mr Paul Garrett gained his degree in Business Studies from the University of North London and began his professional career in 1968 with the London office of Coopers & Lybrand whilst qualifying to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England & Wales. He then worked with Coopers & Lybrand, Sydney, from 1973, before moving to Bougainville. Appointed as Partner in 1977, Paul’s clients in Port Moresby included major multinationals, locally owned ventures and politicians. After returning to Australia in 1981, Paul specialised in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and health sectors and was the leader of the pharmaceutical sector of the PricewaterhouseCoopers practice in Australia until 2004. More recently, responding to the increase in regulatory oversight has been his major challenge.

Amongst Paul’s community interests are a number of years as Treasurer of the Foundation of St Catherine's School Waverley, being a member of the degree advisory committee for the University of Western Sydney. He has also advised the Ladies Committee of St Vincent's Hospital, Uniting Care's Burnside and the NSW Wheelchair Sports Association among a number of NFP and sporting organisations. Mr Garrett became a Governor of the Medical Foundation in 1993. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee since 1994 and as Honorary Treasurer since 1998.

Mr Robert Mostyn

Mr Robert Mostyn began his working career at Dalgety & Co Ltd in 1946. He joined the family company Craig Mostyn & Co Pty Ltd in December, 1948, remaining there for 53 years until his retirement late in 2001 as Chairman.

Mr Mostyn’s father, Mr R L Mostyn, was one of the original Governors of the Medical Foundation. Mr Robert Mostyn joined the Council in the mid 1970s.