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 submission 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 (Chair)

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

2 Faculty General Manager Representatives



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



Director, Marketing and Communications

Nominated Members

Professor Joellen Riley

Head of School and Dean, The University of Sydney Law School


Dr Gunther Schmidt

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology



General Counsel or nominee

Richard Fisher

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stephen Garton

Director, Enterprise Systems Strategy

Sarah Morgan

Vice-Principal (External Relations)

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Any others as determined by the Chair when necessary


2018 Meeting dates and submission timelines

Agenda Deadline

Agenda Papers Distributed

Meeting Date

Wednesday 21 Janauary 2018

Thursday 1 February 2018 

Thursday 8 February 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Thursday 5 April 2018

Thursday 12 April 2018

Monday 14 May 2018

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Monday 9 July 2018

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Monday 10 September 2018

Thursday 27 September 2018

Thursday 4 October 2018

Monday 19 November 2018

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Committee contact

Committee Officer, University Secretariat
Caroline North
T +61 2 9114 1466

Meeting papers

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