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People and Culture Committee

Monitoring the University's human resources, culture and safety
The People and Culture Committee monitors and advises Senate on the University's human resources, Senate governance, culture, and safety, health and wellbeing.

The People and Culture Committee monitors and advises Senate on:

  • strategic human resources issues across the University
  • governance issues generally as they relate to Senate and the University
  • the culture at the University, including the need for any reviews or external advice
  • safety, health and wellbeing related matters
  • suggestions for honorary degrees and honorary fellowships
  • names in relation to University buildings, other significant assets, prizes and scholarships
  • effective management of risk in areas covered by the committee's remit
  • thorough reviews in the areas covered by the committee's remit.

Full terms of reference (pdf, 171KB)

Agendas and papers are distributed to committee members by the University Secretariat. Agenda items can be be submitted via the Senate submission template (doc, 85KB).

Agenda deadline Meeting date Meeting time
Monday 26 August
Wednesday 4 September

Monday 23 September

Wednesday 2 October


Monday 4 November

Friday 15 November 9.30am–12pm
Chair and ex-officio members

Chair is appointed by Senate from the Fellows of Senate (not a staff or student Fellow).

Member Term of office
Professor Alan Pettigrew
Current term as Chair
May 2019 – May 2021

Belinda Hutchinson AM
ex-officio member

Current term as Chancellor
Feb 2017 – Feb 2021

Previous term as Chancellor
Feb 2013 – Feb 2017

Richard Freudenstein
Deputy Chancellor
ex-officio member

Current term as Deputy Chancellor
Dec 2017 – Mar 2020

Dr Michael Spence AC
ex-officio member

Current term as Vice-Chancellor
Jul 2013 – Dec 2022

Previous term as Vice-Chancellor
Jul 2008 – Jun 2013
Associate Professor Tony Masters
Chair of the Academic Board

Current term as Chair of Academic Board
Jan 2018 – Dec 2019

Previous term as Chair of Academic Board
Jan 2016 – Dec 2017

Fellows of Senate

Three Fellows of Senate are appointed by Senate after consultation by the chair of the committee with the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor.

Member Term of office

Kate McClymont

Current term
Jun 2019 – May 2021

Previous terms as member of the Nominations and Appointments Committee
Jan 2018 – May 2019

May 2016 – Dec 2017

May 2014 – May 2016

Jason Yat-sen Li Current term
Jan 2018 – Dec 2020
As the Chair of Academic Board is an ex-officio member as required by clause 46A of the University of Sydney By-law 1999 (as amended), the three Fellows are the Committee Chair, and two additional Fellows.  
External members

A minimum of two and up to three external members with appropriate professional expertise and experience appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the chair of the committee.

Senate may, on the advice of the committee, or on its own volition, co-opt additional members as required.

Member Term of office

Vincent Graham AM

Current term
Jun 2019 – May 2021

Previous term
Jan 2018 – May 2019

Jenni Smith Current term
May 2018 – May 2020
Remuneration Subcommittee

The Remuneration Subcommittee monitors performance, incentives and terms of employment of the Vice-Chancellor and their direct reports.

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The People and Culture Committee is also advised by the People and Culture Subcommittee and the Nominations Subcommittee.


Cory Thomas

Committee Officer
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