Senate Fellows

Current Fellows of Senate
Biographical details for current Fellows of Senate

Current Fellows of Senate

Senate’s current Fellows are as follows:

Position

Member

Chancellor

Belinda Hutchinson AM

Vice-Chancellor

Dr Michael Spence AC

Chair of Academic Board

Associate Professor Tony Masters

Six external persons appointed by the Minister

Alec Brennan AM, Deputy Chancellor

Dorothy Hoddinott AO, Pro-Chancellor

Kevin McCann AM, Pro-Chancellor

David Mortimer AO, Pro-Chancellor

Ilana Atlas

Dr Lisa McIntyre

One external person appointed by the Senate

Peter Scott

Two persons elected by and from the academic staff

Professor Marian Baird AO

Professor Christopher Murphy

One person elected by and from the non–academic staff

Jordi Austin

One person elected by and from the undergraduate students

Colin Whitchurch

One person elected by and from the postgraduate students

David Jordan

Five external persons elected by and from the graduates

Dr Barry Catchlove AM, Pro-Chancellor

Peter FitzSimons AM, Pro-Chancellor

Peter King

Kate McClymont

Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike



Biographical details for current Fellows of Senate

The biographical details for Senate’s current Fellows are as follows:

Position

Member

Chancellor

 

Belinda Hutchinson AM

BEc Sydney, FCA

Current term as Chancellor: February 2017 – February 2021

Previous term as Chancellor: February 2013 – February 2017

Chair of Senate

Chair of Education and Research Committee

Chair of Nominations and Appointments Committee

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee; Finance and Audit Committee; Human Resources Committee; Investment and Commercialisation Committee; and Safety and Risk Management Committee

 

The Chancellor's biography is available on the University's Governance and Leadership website.

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Vice-Chancellor

Dr Michael Spence AC

BA LLB Sydney, DPhil PGDipTheol Oxford

Current term as Vice-Chancellor: 1 July 2013 – 31 December 2020

Previous term as Vice-Chancellor: 11 July 2008 – 30 June 2013

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee; Finance and Audit Committee; Education and Research Committee; Investment and Commercialisation Committee; Nominations Committee; and Safety and Risk Management Committee

 

The Vice-Chancellor's biography is available on the University's Governance and Leadership website.

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Chair of Academic Board

 

Associate Professor Tony Masters

BSc(Hons) Melb, PhD ANU, FRACI CChem GAICD

Current term as Chair of Academic Board: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Fellow elected by and from the academic staff: 1 December 2003 – 31 May 2007

Member of Finance and Audit Committee and Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Associate Professor Masters' biography is available on the Chair of Academic Board page.

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Six external persons appointed by the Minister

 

Alec Brennan AM

Deputy Chancellor

BEc Sydney, FCA

Current term of as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Current term as Deputy Chancellor: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Deputy Chancellor: 5 February 2015 – 31 December 2016

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2006 – 31 December 2009; 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2013

Previous terms as Pro-Chancellor: 27 June 2011 – 2 March 2013; 2 March 2013 – 5 February 2015

Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee; Education and Research Committee; Investment and Commercialisation Committee; Nominations Committee; and Safety and Risk Management Committee

 

Alec Brennan currently chairs publicly listed Emeco Group, is chair or director and a co-investor of a number of private companies and is a director of the NSW EPA. He has a range of other business and not-for-profit interests.

Alec has had a business career spanning the resource sector (both production and marketing), the manufacturing sector covering food, chemicals and building products and the materials sector covering concrete, quarrying and cement. 

Much of his career was spent with CSR Limited where he was CEO of a range of key business units before working as both Finance Director and Director of Strategy. As Director of Strategy, he developed the proposal then led the implementation team to separate Rinker Materials from CSR, a transaction which created substantial value for shareholders. Subsequently he was CEO of CSR from 2003 to 2007, during a period when CSR generated strong returns for its shareholders. Alec has been a public company director for more than 20 years.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours for significant service to business and commerce, to tertiary education administration, and to the community.

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Dorothy Hoddinott AO

Pro-Chancellor

MA DipEd Sydney, FACE FACEL

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 23 February 2015 – February 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2013

Member of Finance and Audit Committee; Education and Research Committee; and Human Resources Committee

 

Dorothy Hoddinott has been the Principal of Holroyd High School in Greystanes since 1995.

Dorothy has long been a strong public advocate for the human rights of refugees and, as Principal, has led her school in addressing the needs of an expanding enrolment of refugee students. Her conspicuous and continued involvement in the education of immigrant and refugee students has significantly enlarged educational opportunities among persons who would otherwise have had limited prospects of entering the University. 

The title of Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney was conferred upon Dorothy at the Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony held at 2.00pm on 28 April 2006.

In 2008, Dorothy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her career-long commitment to social justice and humanitarian issues, her teaching of English as a second language (ESL) and her contribution to leadership and professional teachers' associations.

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Kevin McCann AM

Pro-Chancellor

BA LLB (Hons) Sydney, LLM Harvard, FAICD

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 23 February 2015 – February 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 9 March 2010 – 31 December 2013

Chair of Safety and Risk Management Committee

Member of Investment and Commercialisation Committee and Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Kevin McCann was Partner (from 1970 to 2004) and Chairman of Allens Arthur Robinson, a leading firm of Australian lawyers. He practiced as a commercial lawyer specialising in Mergers and Acquisitions, Mineral and Resources Law and Capital Markets Transactions. He was previously Chairman of Triako Resources Limited and Healthscope Limited. 

Kevin’s current positions include:

·        Member, National Library of Australia Council

·        Chairman, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

·        Member, Sydney Harbour Conservancy Board

·        President (NSW) and member of the Board, Australian Institute of Company Directors

·        Chairman, Origin Energy Limited

·        Member, Evans and Partners Advisory Board

·        Chairman, Corporate Governance Committee, Australian Institute of Company Directors

·        Lead Independent Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and Macquarie Group Limited

·        Director, BlueScope Steel Limited

·        Chairman, National Library Development Council

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David Mortimer AO

Pro-Chancellor

BEc (Hons) Sydney, FCPA

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2010– 31 December 2013

Chair of Investment and Commercialisation Committee

 

David Mortimer was educated in Sydney, matriculating in 1962. He then completed a Bachelor of Economics degree at Sydney University graduating with First Class Honours.

After a career in the banking and finance industry in Australia and the United States, he joined TNT Limited in 1973 becoming Chief Financial Officer and a Director of the company in 1985. He also had overall responsibility for the group’s North American operations until the public float of those operations in February 1992 under the name TNT Freightways Corporation.

In September 1992, David was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the TNT Limited worldwide group a leading Australian transport company with revenues of $7 billion at the time. Following the merger of TNT Limited with the Dutch based KPN group in December 1996, he remained as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Pacific Region until he resigned in September 1997. The TNT Group is now listed as TNT Post on international exchanges.

David was Deputy Chairman of Ansett Australia Holdings Limited from 1992 to 1996 and Chairman of GD Express Worldwide from 1992 to 1996. He was also a Director of Ascham School Limited from 1989 to 1997.

In November 1996, David was appointed by the Federal Government to conduct a review of Business Programs that resulted in “The Mortimer Report”.

David was Chairman of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited from July 1998 until its sale in July 2002, Chairman of Bankstown Airport Limited, Camden Airport Limited and Hoxton Park Airport Limited until their sale in December 2003, Chairman of MIA Group Limited from 2000 – 2004 and Chairman of Citect Corporation Limited from 1997 to 2006. David was a Director of the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) from 1997 to 2004, Director of Adsteam Marine Limited from 1997 to 2007 and Director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals until June 2007. He was also Chairman of the Defence Procurement Advisory Board from 2004 to 2008.

In 2005 David was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In 2008 David was appointed by the Federal Government to conduct two reviews, the review of Export Policies and Programs titled “Winning in World Markets” and the Defence Procurement and Sustainment Review titled “Going to the Next level.” Both Reviews were released at the end of September 2008.

He is presently Chairman of Crescent Capital Partners and Opera Australia.  He is also a Director of Petsec Energy Ltd and former Chairman of Australia Post, Leighton Holdings, Defence Procurement Advisory Board and Sydney Airports Corporation Limited.  He is the former CEO of TNT Limited.

David was appointed a Fellow of the University of Sydney in 2010. He is a Director of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Foundation, President of the Sydney University Football Club and a Member of the Australian Golf Club.

David was formerly a director of the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – CEDA.

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Ilana Atlas

LLB Sydney, LLM Sydney, BJuris (Hons) UWA

Current term as Fellow of Senate:1 January 2015 – 31 December 2018

Chair of Human Resources Committee
Member of Finance and Audit Committee

Ilana Atlas is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Westfield Corporation Limited and Treasury Corporation of New South Wales. She is Chairman of The Bell Shakespeare Company and on the boards of the Human Rights Law Centre and Jawun Pty Limited.

Ilana’s last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, she was Group Secretary and General Counsel. Before her 10-year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

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Dr Lisa McIntyre

BSc (Hons) Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate:16 August 2017 – 30 November 2019

Lisa McIntyre is a medical researcher, executive and non-executive director with extensive experience in the governance of large and complex organisations. She has been a non-executive director or chairman of more than a dozen organisations ranging from small NFP foundations to large medical research institutes, small venture-capital-backed technology companies to large listed insurance companies, several leading private equity-owned health services companies, and a large public sector organisation which services the state-wide population. This includes 20 years as senior partner at global consultancy LEK Consulting and 12 years as a director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

 

One external person appointed by the Senate

 

Peter Scott

BE (Hons) Monash MEngSc UNSW HonFIEAust MICE

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 15 August 2016 – 30 November 2019

Chair of Buildings and Estates Committee

 

Peter Scott has considerable Board and Executive experience in both commercial and not-for profit organisations and extensive property development and facilities management skills with senior roles at Lend Lease and Civil and Civic.

His qualifications include BE(Hons), MEng Sc, FIE.Aust, CPEng, MICE.

Peter currently holds the following positions:

·        Chairman of Perpetual Limited

·        Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited

·        Chairman of Perpetual Equity Investment Limited

·        Non-Executive Director Transurban Group

·        Director of O’Connell Street Associates

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Two persons elected by and from the academic staff

 

Professor Marian Baird AO

BEc (Hons) DipEd PhD Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2017 – 31 May 2019

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2011 – 31 May 2013; 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015; 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Senate’s nominee to the Women’s College Council

 

Professor Marian Baird, who is Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney Business School, has been a teaching and research academic at the University of Sydney since 1997, and was previously at the University of Western Sydney for 10 years. 

Marian is a former Vice-President (Academic) NTEU; has served on various University Committees; and is also Director of the Women and Work Research Group.

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Professor Christopher Murphy

BSc (Hons) Adel PhD Flinders DSc Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2017 – 31 May 2019

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2011 – 31 May 2013; 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015; 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee

 

Professor Chris Murphy is Bosch Professor of Histology and Embryology and Professor of Female Reproductive Biology in the Faculty of Medicine. He has been Associate Dean and Head of the School of Medical Sciences since 2001 and was Chair of the Academic Staffing Committee from 2004 to 2008. Presently he is on the Divisional Boards of MNDP (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy) and also DNS (Science, Veterinary Science and Agricultural Science). Chris is also presently Vice-President of the University of Sydney Association of Professors (USAP).

Chris has been a member of the Academic Staff of The University of Sydney since 1984. He teaches undergraduate Science, Medical Science, Dental and Medical students and presently has five PhD students. 

Chris’ research interests are in cell biology of the uterus and the uterine epithelial cells in particular. Work in his laboratory involves understanding how the uterus is changed during early pregnancy to develop receptivity for egg implantation. This work extends from basic cell biology in experimental animals to collaborations with clinicians on human female infertility. The other main aspect of his work on the uterus is in understanding how the uterus has evolved from an egg-laying structure to one which gives live birth and Australian lizards are the subject of this focus because they include both egg-laying species as well as many species which give live birth.

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One person elected by and from the non–academic staff

 

Jordi Austin

BA(Hons) MPsych(Clin) UNSW, MAPS GAICD

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee and Safety and Risk Management Committee

 

Jordi Austin entered the tertiary education sector in 1998, following a career in the health sector.

Currently Director of Student Support Services, Jordi has been employed at the University of Sydney since January 2006, in a variety of operational, managerial and director roles. Her area of expertise is the development of highest quality student experience programs, cross institution collaboration and innovation in service delivery.

Jordi is currently President, Australia New Zealand Student Services Association (2013 – 2017).

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One person elected by and from the undergraduate students

Colin Whitchurch

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 22 September 2016 – 30 November 2018

 

Colin Whitchurch is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics.

One person elected by and from the postgraduate students

David Jordan

B.Sc, LLB Sydney, LLM UNSW

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2016 – 30 November 2018

Member of the Safety and Risk Management Committee

 

David Jordan is a barrister who is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration.

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Five external persons elected by and from the graduates

 

Dr Barry Catchlove AM

Pro-Chancellor

MB BS Sydney, FRACMA, FRACP, FCHSE

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 24 February 2016 – 30 November 2017

Member of Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Dr Barry Catchlove has more than 40 years' experience in healthcare, covering a range of clinical, medical administration and board appointments.

He was appointed national president of the Australian Hospital Association and chairman of the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards.

Barry was first elected as a Graduate Fellow of Senate in 2009 for a four year term, and is now re-elected to Senate. During his time on Senate Barry was Pro-Chancellor (March 2013 – November 2013), Chair of the Safety and Risk Management Committee (March 2010 – November 2013) and a member of the Nominations and Appointments Committee (August 2010 – November 2013).

He was formerly President of the University of Sydney Alumni Council and President of the University of Sydney Medical Graduates’ Association.

His most recent appointment has been to the Sydney Local Health District Council, as Deputy Chair, which is a part of the newly reorganised Healthcare structure in Australia.

Although he originally trained as a physician/internist, Barry has spent most of his professional life in health management, in both the public and private sectors.

In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his extensive contributions to the University of Sydney.

In 2016 Barry was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to medical administration, international business cooperation and education.

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Peter FitzSimons AM

Pro-Chancellor

BA Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 23 February 2015 – February 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2009 – 30 November 2013

 

Peter FitzSimons, a former Wallabies rugby union player (1984 and 1989 – 1991), has been a non-fiction author and biographer since the 1990s, his more recent work including: Simpler Time: A Memoir of Love, Laughter, Loss and Billycarts; Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men; Tobruk; Ballad of Les Darcy; and Kokoda. He is also a sports journalist and has a professional engagement in television and radio. 

Peter has been a Board Member of the Sydney Writers Festival since 2002; is Current Patron of the Cerebral Palsy Association, the Epilepsy Foundation and AFS Intercultural Programs; has been Patron of the Newport Surf Life Saving Club since 2003; is a Supporter of Stepping Stone House; is Current President of the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library (devoted to getting second-hand books to homeless people) and the Northern Suburbs Basketball Association; and is Current White Ribbon Ambassador (the White Ribbon Campaign is a male-led violence prevention campaign in Australia). 

He attended the University of Sydney from 1980 to 1982, living at Wesley College throughout. Peter recalls those years as particularly fulfilling and is eternally grateful for the experiences and benefits that the University of Sydney provided him with. Chief among those were forming life-long friendships, and receiving a great education which helped equip him for journalism. He also names as hugely beneficial being able to play rugby for Sydney University Football Club – an experience which provided him with a launching pad for the next ten years of his life, playing for the Wallabies and playing rugby for five years in Italy and then France. 

In the 2011 Queen's Birthday honours, Peter was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.

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Peter King

BA(Hons) Sydney MA Oxford

Current term as a Fellow of Senate:  14 December 2016 – 30 November 2017

Kate McClymont

BA(Hons) Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Member of Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Kate McClymont graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature.

She joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 1985 as a graduate cadet. She later worked at the National Times followed by a two-year stint as a researcher at the ABC’s Four Corners programme before re-joining the Herald in 1990.

Kate is one of the country’s most respected investigative reporters and is a five-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. She was awarded the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for uncovering corruption which embroiled Labor figures Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald in an ICAC inquiry.

Kate is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy Awards, the Australian Shareholders' Association award for excellence in financial reporting (1992), The NSW Law Society’s Golden Quill award for excellence in legal reporting (1990 and 1992), Australian Racing Writer of the Year (1995), Australian Sports Commission Media Award (2002). She also won the 2012 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism.

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Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike

BA(Hons) PhD Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Member of Education and Research Committee

Senate’s Nominee to the Council of International House

 

Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor at Sydney Review of Books and former arts editor at The Conversation website. She was managing editor of daily news and current affairs website New Matilda from 2010-2013. Catriona has taught English and journalism students at several Sydney universities, including the University of Sydney, since 2002. She is a fifth generation graduate of the University of Sydney.

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