University Secretariat

About us

The University Secretariat manages and services Committees in three streams of governance:

  • Senate and Committees: Senate is the University’s ultimate governance body and takes its powers and responsibilities from the University of Sydney Act 1989.
  • Academic Board and Committees: Academic Board is delegated by Senate to manage the University’s academic affairs. Academic Board is a representative body and takes its powers and responsibilities from the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017, a rule made by the Senate.
  • University Executive and Committees: UE and Committees is the University’s management committee framework, created and approved by the Vice-Chancellor.

The University Secretariat is responsible for setting the annual governance calendar; preparing meeting agendas and papers; attending and minuting meetings; and facilitating follow-up actions. The University Secretariat runs elections for positions on the Senate, Academic Board, and Faculties, and the Secretary to Senate is the University’s Returning Officer. The Secretariat also undertakes governance projects on an as-needed basis, including providing governance advice to faculties and professional units, policy review, and governance training.

Executive support for the Chancellor and Chair of Academic Board is also managed from the University Secretariat.

Information about the University of Sydney Senate, Academic Board, University Executive, and their sub-committees is available on the tabs on this page.

Monthly committee updates

At the beginning of each month, the Secretariat provides updates on the meetings of the Senate, Academic Board, University Executive and their sub-committees which took place in the previous month. Please see the monthly committee updates document for information about last month's meetings. For more detailed information or information about previous meetings, please contact the relevant committee officer.

Contact us

Secretariat staff list
Secretariat location

Secretariat staff list

Secretariat staff list

Chair of Academic Board

A/Professor Anthony Masters
T +61 2 9351 5655

Secretary to Senate

David Pacey
T +61 2 9351 4839 

Acting Manager of Governance & Deputy Secretary to Senate and
Executive Officer to Academic Board

Dr Matthew Charet
T +61 2 9114 1356

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor

Joanne Saunders
T +61 2 9351 5701

Executive Officer to Senate and University Executive

Alyssa White
T +61 2 8627 6905

Executive Officer to Senate Committees

Linda Goodman
T +61 2 8627 6301

Committee Officer

Alexandra Breitsameter
T +61 2 8627 1331

Committee Officer

Dr Glenys Eddy
T +61 2 9351 8556

Committee Officer

Sarah Hepworth
T +61 2 9114 1468

Committee Officer

Sally Hilton
T +61 2 8627 6928  

Committee Officer

Caroline North
T +61 2 9114 1466

Committee Officer

Jacqueline Toroian
T +61 2 8627 6906

Administrative Officer to University Secretariat &
Executive Assistant to the Chair of Academic Board

Kate Calhau
T +61 2 9351 3268

For a list of current committee allocations, please see the Secretariat committee allocations list.

Secretariat location

The University Secretariat is organisationally located in the Vice-Chancellor’s portfolio, and physically located in the F23 Administration Building.