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Alumni Council

The Standing Committee of Convocation was first elected in 1939, and in 2006 was renamed the University of Sydney Alumni Council

The University of Sydney Alumni Council has represented all University of Sydney graduates for more than 75 years.

The council includes a support network of more than 30 alumni-led associations representing faculties, regions, special interest and international groups.

Our purpose is to create a mutually beneficial alumni relations program that will strengthen and engage our community and support the University’s vision.

Our role is to:

  • support the University and its faculties in their endeavours to grow alumni engagement across the University community
  • effectively facilitate connectivity between alumni, the University community and its stakeholders
  • provide opportunities for alumni to develop a lifelong connection with the University.

Following the publication of our Manifesto, the council developed a key set of principles that provide guidance and support to council members promoting alumni engagement, which include:

  • conversation
  • connections
  • contemplation
  • collaboration
  • change.

Alumni Council membership information

Nominations for members of the 2018 Alumni Council have now closed. Nominees will be informed of the outcome of their nomination in March, and the new Alumni Council will be publicly announced May 2018.

In 2018 six positions will be filled, including President and Deputy President. Below are the position descriptions for the Alumni Council:

Each Alumni Council member can serve up to three consecutive two-year terms (six years).

To be appointed to the Alumni Council, all members must meet the Eligibility Criteria.

In accordance with clause 12 of the University of Sydney (Alumni Council) Rule 2014, a person is eligible for appointment as a member of the Alumni Council if his or her name appears on the register of members of Convocation kept by the Registrar.

Members of Convocation comprise the following:

  1. the Fellows and former Fellows of the Senate of the University of Sydney
  2. the graduates of the University of Sydney, which includes graduates of the former institutions, or the predecessors of the former institutions that have become part of the University [ie graduates of the University of Sydney are all persons who are recipients of a degree from the University of Sydney or who are recipients of a degree or a diploma from the Cumberland College of Health Sciences, AGSM, Sydney Institute of Education or the Institute of Nursing Studies (both formerly part of Sydney CAE), Sydney College of the Arts (formerly part of the New South Wales Institute of the Arts), the former New South Wales Conservatorium of Music (Sydney Branch) and the Orange Agricultural College, or their predecessors]
  3. past members of the governing bodies of the former institutions, or the predecessors of the former institutions that have become part of the University
  4. professors and other full-time members of the academic staff of the University
  5. principals of the incorporated colleges.

To be qualified to stand for appointment to the Alumni Council, a person must be a member of Convocation.

To be qualified to nominate a candidate for appointment to the Alumni Council, a person must be a member of Convocation.

Alumni Council Members and Associates

Alumni Council President
BSc ’89 LLB(Hons) ’91 MBA(Exec) ’05 Sydney AGSM '05

Peter Shaw is a Director at Ash Street Partners specialising in legal advice on M&A, equity capital markets, private equity/strategic JVs, director’s duties and corporate governance.

Peter is a member of the New South Wales Law Society and the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Peter has extensive family links to the University, with six other family members studying here, with two having previously  held senior academic appointments.

Peter was involved in fundraising for building the current Law School and has chaired the Council's governance sub-committee since 2013.

Alumni Council Member
BA(Hons) ’67 Sydney DipLib '71 UNSW

Janet is an experienced founder, adviser and operator of start-up businesses providing specialised professional services in established and new areas of endeavour.  As a consultant she has worked in the creation, communication and implementation of strategy for a more than 100 organisations, from ASX 100 corporations and large government organisations to small community groups.

Janet has been involved in community activities throughout her life, working pro bono in diverse organisations including music, gerontology, HIV-AIDS, head injury, the Anglican Church, and rural neighbourhood centres.

Alumni Council Member
Dip. Physiotherapy ’70, BA ’99 MA ’11 Sydney

For 25 years Annabel worked locally and overseas, as a physiotherapist in public hospitals and private practice. In 1999 she completed an arts degree at the University of Sydney, and 2011, a Master of Arts (with Merit) in Curatorship and Modern Art. She then worked as an art educator at the Art Gallery of NSW, where she’d been a volunteer guide since 1999. 

As Coordinator of the guides, Annabel oversaw fundamental change in guide administration, chaired the committee of the Australian Art Gallery Guides Association conference, and in 2012 wrote the “History of the Volunteer Guides at AGNSW – the Fourth Decade”.

Alumni Council Member
BCom ’11 MMgt ’12 Sydney, GAICD

James Flynn is currently a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012), and is Co-founder and Director of recruitment firm ExpertConnect, where he actively promotes the University’s cutting edge research to government and industry partners.

James is the Consult & Design lead to the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Young & Well, and has an ongoing role as an assistant to the National Student Leadership Forum.

As a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, James was also a member of the Building & Estates Committee and Safety & Risk Management Committee. He was formerly a Director of the University of Sydney Union.

Alumni Council Member
BAppSci(Physio)(Hons) '10 Sydney

Karn is the Founder and CEO of Hit 100, a social enterprise committed to improving the health of vulnerable and under-served communities through affordable, accessible, science-based health coaching and home-delivered meals.

Karn was awarded the Deans Scholar Medal from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) in 2009, and has maintained close ties with the University since graduating including being given the honour of delivering the formal address to the FHS graduating class of 2016. He’s actively involved in the not for profit world, and is a promoter of business as a force for good.

Alumni Council Member
MBBS '76 Sydney

Margot is a retired clinical and laboratory haematologist who worked across a number of hospitals throughout her career including the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Hornsby Hospital and Ryde District Hospital. In 1990 she was a partner in the development of the Northern Haematology and Oncology Clinic, a busy day care facility for patients requiring chemotherapy blood products and related procedures.

Margot is actively involved in patient quality care and chairs the Quality Clinical Review committee at the Sydney Adventist Hospital. She also teaches University of Sydney medical students at the hospital. Upon retirement she was appointed as an Emeritus Consultant. Margot has also chaired a committee to raise funds for the Leukemia Foundation.

Alumni Council Member
BAppSc(Ex&SportSc) '99 PhD '05 MCom '11 Sydney

Toby is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. He is a non-executive director across a range of companies, including Cancer Council NSW, where he also chairs the Investment Committee, startup hub Stone & Chalk, and equity crowd funding platform Equitise. He is also the Non-Executive Chair of contemporary dance company Shaun Parker and Company, based at the Seymour Centre.

Toby was previously a member of the ASIC Digital Finance Advisory Committee, a non-executive director at Speld NSW and a research fellow at the University of Sydney.

Alumni Council Member
BEc(SocSc)(Hons) ’06 MPHlth ’13 Sydney MMBS UQ, JP

Dr Alan Huynh is a general practice registrar and a lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, working with youth, people from diverse backgrounds and civil society organisations. Previously, he was a non-executive director of ReachOut Australia and youth chair at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia. 

In recognition of his work, he has been awarded the inaugural Australian Human Rights Commission Young People’s Human Rights Medal, the Australian Leadership Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. He is an Asia Society 21 Fellow and a recipient of the 2016 Endeavour Fellowship. 

Alumni Council Member
BMusEd '96 Sydney MAdEd '01

Jodie has worked across the arts, education, information technology, defence and not-for-profit sectors in small to large organisations. Currently she is an Information Technology Senior Project Manager for Fujitsu Australia where she is responsible for sustaining the Royal Australian Navy’s networks across the Fleet.

Jodie has served in the full-time and part-time military, totalling 25 years. She was deployed to Timor Leste twice where she was responsible for Civil Security Assessment and later led the logistics team. She is now Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Reserves as the Commanding Officer of the 8th Combat Service Support Battalion. Jodie was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2010.

Jodie received the Bachelor of Music (Education) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was awarded a doctorate in army reserve retention from the Univeristy of Technology of Sydney in 2014. In the same year she completed Command and Staff College (Reserve) where she was awarded the Blamey and the CRESD awards for academic excellence.

Alumni Council Member
BCom ’07 LibStud MCom ’14 Sydney

Corey made his National Rugby League (NRL) debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2005.

In 2009 he established the Future Direction Network (FDN), to support children from low socio-economic areas of Sydney to engage in tertiary study. FDN is an active partner with the University of Sydney’s Compass program, which aims to encourage primary and secondary school children to participate in higher education.

Corey was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, named the NSW Young Australian of the Year, and received the Young Alumni Award for Achievement for his efforts to inform, educate and inspire youth from South-West Sydney.

Alumni Council Member
BEc(SocSc)(Hons) ’01 MInternatLaw ’03 Sydney MA PGDIP(Psych) Cert(Applied Psych), Registered Psych

Emily Scanlan is a registered psychologist with a private practice. She has an interest in human rights and politics with previous careers as an officer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as an ABC journalist. She has a strong commitment to education and learning, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Emily has served on the External Advisory Committee to the Government Faculty where she provided counselling to many government students.

While a student at the University of Sydney, Emily served on the Debating Committee and competed at the World Intervarsity Debating Championships. She was awarded the "Henry Mayer Prize" for Best Student in Political Theory. Emily is also an alumna of Sancta Sophia College.

Alumni Council Member
BEc ’11 LLB ’13 Sydney

Jared Webster works as corporate lawyer at Australian top-tier firm, Clayton Utz. Jared advises on an extensive range of corporate and commercial transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporations law issues.

Jared has interests in youth development, business strategy and community engagement and has been involved in a variety of roles in mentoring, leadership and young adult support in both community and professional environments.

Alumni Council Associate
BA ’06 Sydney

Mathew is the regional director for a publicly listed technology company. Having worked in both corporate and start-up environments, Mathew's key areas of expertise include business development, corporate development and commercial strategy. 
Mathew was a recipient of the Sydney Univeristy Sports and Fitness (SUSF) Business School Scholarship, a member of the Elite Athlete Program and University Blue. Mathew is one of the soccer clubs most capped elite players and is a former club captain.

In 2013 Mathew co-founded the Quills & Boots Association, a sporting alumni group which supports career development through networking and mentoring. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Sydney University Soccer Football Club and SUSF Blues Association.  

Alumni Council Associate
BVSc ’83 Sydney, FAIM, FAICD, FAMI, JP

Peter worked as a veterinary practitioner before becoming involved in business and gaining further qualifications in public affairs, marketing, and communications. 

He has had senior management roles in large, international companies like Nestlé and Encyclopaedia Britannica, as they went through times of change. He also worked with the communications team delivering the Sydney 2000 Olympics. From 2001, Peter owned and managed his own marketing company while sitting on several corporate boards

Peter is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney and has lectured part time at the university since 2005. He serves on the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee, and as team leader, Peter helped develop the first University Mentoring Program for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students.

Alumni Council Associate
BEc ’89 Sydney

Julia is well-known throughout the Australian financial services industry thanks to her 20-year plus career as a senior editor and journalist writing for the leading consumer and trade publications in this sector.  

In 2010, Julia joined BT Financial Group as Marketing Communications Specialist. She is the co-founder and head of The Stella Network, an inclusive female network founded by BT to increase the number of females working as financial advisers. 

Outside work Julia is a passionate supporter of the arts – literature, theatre, fashion and film. She is also treasurer of Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS).  

Alumni Council sub-committees

The primary role of this sub-committee is to consider, and where appropriate, make decisions to award Alumni Achievment Awards presented on an annual basis by the Alumni Council.

The primary role of this sub-committee is to consider, and where appropriate, make decisions to award Graduate Medals presented on an annual basis by the Alumni Council.

The primary role of this sub-committee is to consider and, where appropriate, make recommendations in relation to governance applicable to the Alumni Council or to any sub-committee formed by the Alumni Council.

Key dates

  • August 2017, nominations open
  • December 2017, nominations close
  • February 2018, Nominations and Appointment Committee (NAC) review nominations
  • March 2018, Senate meeting to approve new Alumni Council members
  • May 2018, new Alumni Council members annouced and appointed
  • Thursday 8 March 2018, 6pm
  • Thursday 17 May 2018, 6pm
  • Saturday 30 June 2018, Strategy day
  • Thursday 23 August 2018, 6pm
  • Thursday 22 November 2018, 6pm

Alumni Council meetings take place at Level 7, Room 708, Jane Foss Russell Building, unless otherwise stated.

  • Friday 28 July 2017, 2pm
  • Friday 6 October 2017, 2pm
  • Friday 17 November 2017, 2pm

For more information, visit the University of Sydney Senate website.