Buildings and Estates Committee

Terms of Reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates
Meeting agendas and papers

Terms of Reference

The role of the Buildings and Estates Committee is to monitor and advise Senate on matters of planning, development and general oversight of the management of the University’s real property and physical infrastructure with particular reference to:

  • major capital developments
  • infrastructure management
  • operating resource allocation
  • sustainability
  • ensuring effective risk management in the areas covered by the committee’s remit
  • conducting deep dive reviews in in the areas covered by the committee’s remit.

The committee’s terms of reference are reflected in the University of Sydney (Delegations of Authority – Administrative Functions) Rule 2016 (‘the Delegations’), and can be downloaded as a PDF.

Composition and membership



Term of office

Chair appointed by Senate from the Fellows of Senate (Not a staff or student Fellow)

Peter Scott

Current term as Chair

January 2018 – May 2019

Previous term as Chair

August 2016 – December 2017

ex-officio members:


Belinda Hutchinson AM

Current term as Chancellor

February 2017 – February 2021

Previous term as Chancellor

February 2013 – February 2017

Deputy Chancellor

Richard Freudenstein

Current term as Deputy Chancellor

December 2017 – March 2020


Dr Michael Spence AC

Current term as Vice-Chancellor

July 2013 – December 2020

Previous term as Vice-Chancellor

July 2008 – June 2013

Three Fellows of Senate appointed by Senate after consultation by the chair of the committee with the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor


Jordi Austin


Current term

December 2017 – May 2019

Previous terms

May 2016 – December 2017

February 2014 – May 2016



To be determined


Tony Masters

Current term of office

January 2018 – May 2020

A minimum of two and up to three external members with appropriate professional expertise and experience appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the chair of the committee.


Dianne Leeson

Current term

May 2017 – May 2019

Previous term

March 2016 – May 2017


Terry Williamson

Current term

May 2018 – May 2020

Senate may, on the advice of the committee, or on its own volition, co-opt additional members as required.


Vice-Principal (Operations) - Stephen Phillips

Chief Financial Officer - Wayne Andrews


Director, CIS - Greg Robsinson

Secretary to Senate - David Pacey


Others determined by the Chair

2019 meeting dates

Agenda deadline

Meeting date 

Wednesday 20 February

Friday 1 March

Monday 8 April

Wednesday 17 April

Wednesday 29 May

Friday 7 June

Wednesday 3 July

Friday 12 July

(Reserve) Monday 19 August

(Reserve) Wednesday 28 August

Wednesday 23 September

Friday 4 October

Wednesday 30 October

Friday 8 November

2018 meeting dates

Agenda deadline

Meeting date 

Wednesday 21 February

Friday 2 March

Wednesday 11 April

Friday 20 April

Wednesday 30 May

Friday 8 June

Wednesday 25 July

Friday 3 August

(Reserve) Wednesday 29 August

(Reserve) Friday 7 September

Monday 3 October

Wednesday 10 October

Wednesday 14 November

Friday 23 November


Acting Manager of Governance & Deputy Secretary to Senate
Dr Matthew Charet
T +61 2 9114 1356

Meeting agendas and papers

Meeting agendas and papers are distributed to Committee members by the University Secretariat.