Fellows of Senate

Alec Norman Brennan AM

Mr Alec Brennan AM has been a Fellow of Senate of the University of Sydney appointed by the Minister for Education and Training since 1 January 2006, and Pro-Chancellor since 27 June 2011.

Mr Brennan's terms of office as a Fellow of Senate:

  • term 1: 1 January 2006 - 31 December 2009 (four years)
  • term 2: 1 January 2010 - 31 December 2013 (four years)
  • term 3: 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2017 (four years) - current term

Mr Brennan's term as Deputy Chancellor:

  • term 1: 5 February 2015 - 31 December 2015
  • term 2: 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2017 (current term)

As Deputy Chancellor Alec often presides at graduation ceremonies, and is an ex-officio member of the Buildings and Estates Committee, Chair Appointments Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Investment and Commercialisation Committee, Nominations and Appointments Committee and Safety and Risk Management Committee

Mr Brennan's terms as Pro-Chancellor:

  • term 1: 27 June 2011 - 2 March 2013
  • term 2: 2 March 2013 - 5 February 2015

Alec is Chair of the following Senate committees:

  • Finance and Audit Committee: 29 March 2010 –
  • Human Resources Committee: 29 March 2010 –

Alec was a member of the Chair Appointments Committee and the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Alec was Chair of the former Finance and Infrastructure Committee and the former Remuneration and Benefits Committee from 2006 to 2010, and was also a member of the Selection Committee for a new Vice-Chancellor to replace Professor Gavin Brown on his retirement.


AM, BSc (Food Technology) UNSW MBA City(UK)
Fellow of Senate, 2006 –
Deputy Chancellor, 2015 –
Pro-Chancellor, 2011 – 2015
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee, 2010 –
Chair, Human Resources Committee, 2010 –

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.