Operations Committee

To provide governance and oversight for the Operations Project Portfolio and its component projects and initiatives, serve as an escalation point for critical BAU Operations’ issues, and measure service performance.

The key day-to-day decision making responsibilities are delegated to the Executive Owners (and their teams).

Terms of Reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates and deadlines
Committee contact
Meeting papers

Terms of Reference

The University Executive (UE) Operations Committee will, (with respect to Finance, Information and Communication Technology, Campus Infrastructure Services, Human Resources, Risk):

In relation to Operations business-as-usual:

  1. Serve as an escalation point for operational risks that have University wide implications and are unable to be resolved within the Operations group;
  2. Provide an oversight role for the Operations key service performance and related KPIs.

In relation to Operations project portfolio (including the Services Operating Model):

  1. Provide strategic direction and governance oversight of the portfolio as a whole;
  2. Ensure the portfolio is structured for, and enabling, success;
  3. Monitor the portfolio risks;
  4. Monitor alignment of portfolio to overall strategy;
  5. Manage the portfolio funding within the envelope agreed;
  6. Understand and monitor key dependencies within the portfolio and across other programs;
  7. Monitor the benefits realisation and KPIs and ensure that the portfolio is structured to achieve the benefits;
  8. Recommend major decisions relating to the portfolio to the University Executive (UE)
  9. Approve individual projects and make recommendations on prioritization to the relevant entity;
  10. Review and approve strategy for change management and communications, with specific focus on change impact of the portfolio and high impact individual projects;
  11. Provide review and quality assurance of the portfolio and, as appropriate, individual projects, to maximise portfolio success;
  12. Actively advocate for portfolio initiatives with all stakeholders.

The UE Operations Committee full terms of reference can be downloaded as a PDF.

Composition and membership



External Chair

Michelle Tredenick

External member

Kathleen Bailey-Lord

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Dr Michael Spence AC

Operations Representative

Stephen Phillips

Vice-Principal (Operations)

Strategy Representative

David O'Leary

Director, Central Project Management Office

Dean Representative

Professor Gregory Whitwell

Dean, The University of Sydney Business School


Professor Iain Young

Dean, Faculty of Science

2 Faculty General Manager Representatives

Leah Hill

Faculty General Manager, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


David Cox

Faculty General Manager, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

PSU Representatives

Wayne Andrews

Chief Financial Officer


Mike Day

Chief Information Officer


Nisha Graham

Chief Risk Officer


Karen Haywood

Chief Human Resources Officer


Brendon Nelson

Deputy Registrar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) (Student Administration Representative)


Greg Robinson

Director, Campus Infrastructure Services

Nominated Members

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Vice-Principal (External Relations)


Professor Philippa Pattison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)


Professor Elizabeth Cowley

Deputy Dean, The University of Sydney Business School


Dr Carolyn Stott

Associate Dean (Student Life) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Life)



Associate Dean (Student Life) Faculty of Medicine and Health


Sara Brown

General Manager (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research))


David Als

Head of Digital Marketing (Marketing, Communications and Engagement)


Dr Gunther Schmidt

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology


Peter Bradd

External Member



General Counsel or nominee

Richard Fisher

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stephen Garton

Director, Enterprise Systems Strategy

Sarah Morgan

Any others as determined by the Chair when necessary


Meeting dates and deadlines

2019 Meetings

Agenda items due

Agenda distributed

Meeting date

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Wednesday 20 February 2019

11.30am – 2pm

Monday 11 March 2019

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019

12.30 – 3.30pm

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019

Thursday 16 May 2019

12.30 – 3.30pm

Monday 8 July 2019

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Tuesday 16 July 2019

11.30am – 2.30pm

Monday 12 August 2019

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Tuesday 20 August 2019

12.30 – 3.30pm

Monday 23 September 2019

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Tuesday 1 October 2019

12 – 3pm

Monday 11 November 2019

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Tuesday 19 November 2019

11.30am – 2.30pm

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Thursday 5 December 2019

Thursday 12 December 2019

1.30 – 3.30pm


Committee contact

Committee Officer, University Secretariat
Rosie Biasi
T +61 2 8627 8052
M +61 411 161935

Meeting papers

Meeting papers are available on the secure UE OC SharePoint site.