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

Secretary to Senate

David Pacey
T +61 2 9351 4839 

Manager of Governance (Senate & Academic Board) and Executive Officer to the University Executive

Alyssa White
T +61 2 8627 6905

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor & Secretary to Senate

Joanne Saunders
T +61 2 9351 5701

Committee Officer

Rosie Biasi
T +61 2 8627 8052

Committee Officer

Alexandra Breitsameter
T +61 2 8627 1331

Committee Officer

Dr Glenys Eddy
T +61 2 9351 8556

Committee Officer 

 Kiuyan Hone
T +61 2 8627 9427

Committee Officer

Katie Humphries
T +61 2 8627 9409

Committee Officer

Jasmine Logaraj
T +61 2 8627 6810

Committee Officer

Philippa Ryan
T +61 2 8627 9440

Committee Officer 

Cory Thomas
T +61 2 8627 7213

Committee Officer

Jacqueline Toroian
T +61 2 8627 6906

Committee Officer

Natalie Zawerucha
T +61 2 9351 4316

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 contact Alyssa White.

Secretariat location

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