People and Culture Committee

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

Terms of Reference

The role of the committee is to monitor and advise Senate on:

  • strategic human resources (HR) issues across the University, including:
    i. HR structures and processes
    ii. HR group reform programs
    iii. HR operations
    iv. diversity and inclusion strategies especially women’s and Indigenous people’s programs
    v. learning and development programs
    vi. enterprise bargaining and the Enterprise Agreement
    vii. succession planning for senior executive roles including the Vice-Chancellor and his or her direct reports
    viii. matters relating to the University’s strategies and policies supporting the recruitment and management of its academic and non-academic staff
  • governance issues generally as they relate to Senate and the University including:
    i. induction and continuing education of Fellows
    ii. Senate performance reviews
    iii. committee structure and remits
  • the culture at the University, including the need for any reviews or external advice
  • safety, health and wellbeing (SHW) related matters, specifically:
    i. compliance with SHW legislation as it applies to the University
    ii. related risks arising from the activities and operations of the University and affiliated entities
    iii. related health and wellbeing related risks arising from or contributing to the activities and operations of the University and affiliated entities
  • suggestions for honorary degrees and honorary fellowships
  • naming proposals, changes to existing names or the discontinuation of existing names in relation to University buildings and other significant assets, including scholarships and prizes, centres and institutes, and foundations
  • ensuring the effective management of risk in 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.

The People and Culture Committee shall form a Remuneration Subcommittee.

In accordance with Clause 46A of Chapter 4A of the University of Sydney By-Law, a Nominations Committee shall convene to consider and recommend to Senate persons who may be suitable for appointment by Senate, or consideration for appointment by the NSW Minister for Education, as a Fellow of Senate.

Composition and membership



Term of office

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

Professor Alan Pettigrew

Current term as Chair

9 May 2019 – 31 May 2021

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 2022

Previous term as Vice-Chancellor

July 2008 – June 2013

Chair of the Academic Board

Associate Professor Tony Masters

Current term as Chair of Academic Board

January 2018 – December 2019

Previous term as Chair of Academic Board

January 2016 – December 2017

Three Fellows of Senate who are external Fellows within the meaning of s9(9) of the University of Sydney Act and are appointed by Senate.


Kate McClymont

Current term

1 June 2019- 31 May 2021

Previous terms as member of the Nominations and Appointments Committee

January 2018- May 2019

May 2016 – December 2017

May 2014 – May 2016


Jason Yat-sen Li

Current term

1 January 2018 – 31 May 2020


As the Chair of Academic Board is an ex-officio member as required by clause 46A of the University of Sydney By-law 1999(as amended), the three Fellows are the Committee Chair, and two additional Fellows.


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.


Vincent Graham AM

Current term

1 June 2019 - 31 May 2021

Previous term

January 2018 – 31 May 2019


Jenni Smith

Current term

May 2018 – May 2020

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

2019 meeting dates

Agenda deadline

Meeting date 

Monday 25 February

Friday 8 March

Monday 15 April

Wednesday 24 April

Friday 7 June

Wednesday 19 June

Monday 8 July

Wednesday 17 July

(Reserve) Monday 26 August

(Reserve) Wednesday 4 September

Monday 23 September

Wednesday 2 October

Monday 4 November

Friday 15 November


Committee Officer
Cory Thomas
T +61 2 8627 7213

Meeting agendas and papers

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