Thank you to the Dean - Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn

3 August 2012

On the evening of Thursday 2 August, over 150 guests gathered in MacLaurin Hall, Camperdown Campus to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn has made to the Faculty of Health Sciences and the University of Sydney during her time as Dean from 2005 - 2012.

The event was hosted by the Executive of the Faculty of Health Sciences and presided over by Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

Guest speakers included Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence who reflected on his personal experiences of working with Gwynnyth and Professor Ian Wronski, Chair of the Australian Council of Pro Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences who spoke of Gwynnyth's leadership in positioning the health sciences professions nationally.

Dr Rachel Mayes, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Faculty of Health Sciences also spoke on Gwynnyth's invaluable role as an adviser to young researchers after having been personally mentored by Gwynnyth for the past 17 years.

Incoming Dean, Professor Kathryn Refshauge concluded the proceedings by speaking on behalf of the staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

"I think the concepts of energy, bravery, respect and dignity tell us who Gwynnyth is, and how she's approached her term as dean, " said Professor Refshauge as she explained the restructure led by Gwynnyth which now sees the Faculty of Health Sciences held in high regard internationally.

"It is with great regret that we farewell Gwynnyth from this role, but celebrate her achievements and thank her for taking us where we need to go, and doing it with great humanity."

The faculty's gift to Gwynnyth, presented by Professor Refshauge comprised of a donation in Gwynnyth's name to the International Women's Development Agency to support a mobile library with information on human rights, health and well being, and a blueberry ash tree to be planted at Gwynnyth's farm as a lasting legacy of her contribution.