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Experience of the members of Council

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC (Chancellor)

BA LLB(Hons) Melb, MA Oxf, HonLLD Melb, Syd, Carleton, Queen’s Ont, FASSA, FAIIA

Gareth Evans is a former Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments from 1983–96 (Attorney- General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications, and Foreign Minister); former Leader of the Government in the Senate, and Deputy Opposition Leader; President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, of which he was President from 2000–09; Co-Chair of the International Commissions on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2010); and a Distinguished Honorary Professor at ANU. He has been a member of many other international panels, commissions and advisory boards, has written or edited 13 books – most recently, Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017) – and won a number of international awards, including the 2010 Roosevelt Institute award for Freedom from Fear. He was Chancellor of ANU for a decade, until 31 December 2019.

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC (Vice-Chancellor)

BS(Phys), BS(Astro) UA, AM(Astro), PhD Harvard, FAA FRS

Brian Schmidt, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor. He received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013. He has been Vice-Chancellor of the University since January 2016.

Ms Naomi Flutter (Pro-Chancellor)

MPP Harvard, LLB(Hons) ANU, BEc(Hons) ANU, GDLP ANU

Naomi Flutter is the Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs at Wesfarmers Limited. Prior to this, she was the head of Deutsche Bank’s Trust and Agency Services business for the Asia Pacific region, and the head of the Bank’s Global Transaction Banking division for Australia and New Zealand. In this capacity, she was responsible for the delivery of certain wholesale and commercial banking products and services to clients across Asia and in Australia and New Zealand. She worked for Deutsche Bank for 19 years, and previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees including in refugee camps in Kenya and Nepal. In 1994, she was awarded the ANU Tillyard Prize for outstanding contributions to University life. She has been the Pro-Chancellor of the University since July 2017.

Mr Graeme Samuel AC

LLB Melb, LLM Monash, FAICD

Graeme Samuel is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. He is also President of Dementia Australia, Council Member of the NHMRC and Chair of its Health Innovation Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Dementia Research, Chair of Data Governance Australia, Chair of the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network, Chair of Lorica Health Pty Ltd (a Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre company), Member of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s Council of Economic Policy and Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He was Chair of the Australian Government’s Panel of Review of Australia’s Independent Medical Research Institutes. He has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and President of the National Competition Council. In 2010, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through contributions in economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations. He served on the ANU Council and several of its committees for eight years, until 31 July 2019.

Mr Michael Baird

BA(Econ) Syd, DipCS UBC

Michael Baird is the Chief Customer Officer, Consumer Banking at the National Australia Bank (NAB). Prior to joining NAB, he was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, representing the electoral district of Manly in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. In 1989, he started his career as a NAB graduate in Sydney. Mr Baird went on to hold senior roles in NAB’s Corporate and Institutional Banking team in Australia and London, including Global Relationship Manager and Head of Debt Capital Markets Originations based in London. He was a Senior Corporate Finance Manager at Deutsche Bank and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking at HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. He entered New South Wales state politics in 2007. He held a number of shadow ministries before serving as Treasurer from 2011 to 2014 and then Premier from 2014 to January 2017, when he retired from politics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Sydney and has completed executive management courses at Harvard and Duke University.

Dr Doug McTaggart

BEc(Hons) ANU, MA PhD Chicago, HonDUniv QUT, FAICD, FAIM

Doug McTaggart is an independent non-executive director. He also sits on the Board of the Suncorp Group and is the Chair of its New Zealand businesses, and was previously Chair of its Audit Committee, is the Chairman of Suncentral Maroochydore, and Spark Infrastructure. He was recently a member of the Prime Minister’s Expert Advisory Panel on the Reform of the Federation. He advises governments on economic development, recently the Northern Territory and currently New South Wales, and is currently advising the Indigenous Land Council on investment strategy. He was Chairman of the Queensland Public Service Commission (2012–15) and was a Commissioner on the Queensland Independent Commission of Audit. In June 2012, he retired as CEO of QIC. Prior to this appointment, Dr McTaggart held roles including Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at Bond University (1989–96), and then Under Treasurer, Queensland Department of Treasury (1996–98). He was a member of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (2007–13) and Councillor on the National Competition Council (NCC) (2000–13). He has also been the Chair of the University’s Finance Committee since 1 July 2019.

Professor Suzanne Cory AC

BSc, MSc Melb, PhD Camb, HonDSc Syd, HonDSc Oxfd, HonDLaws Melb, FAA, FRS

Suzanne Cory is one of Australia’s most distinguished molecular biologists. She was Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (1996–2009), where she remains an active cancer researcher. She was the first-elected female President of the Australian Academy of Science (2010–14). She is an elected member of the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Society, the United States National Academy of Science, the French Academy of Sciences and the Japan Academy. In 2009, she was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de I’Ordre de Ia Legion d’Honneur.

Mr Peter Yu

Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia. He has more than 35 years’ experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley and at the state, national and international level. He was Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council during the 1990s and had a national leadership role negotiating the Australian nation’s response to the High Court’s 1992 Mabo decision. He was a key negotiator in the landmark Yawuru Native Title global negotiations between the Western Australian Government and the Shire of Broome, and is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Yawuru Corporate Group. He is a Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA Ltd), Deputy Chair of the AFL Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of Broome Future Ltd, and a Trustee of the Princes Trust Australia (PTA).

Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AO

BA Adelaide

Natasha Stott Despoja is the founding Chair of Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children. She is the author of On Violence, published by Melbourne University Press (MUP). Ms Stott Despoja is the former Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013–16). She was a World Bank Gender Advisory Council member (2015–17) and served on the 2017 United Nations High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. In 2001, she was made a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Ms Stott Despoja is a former Senator for South Australia (1995–2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats, and is both the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament and the longest-serving Democrat Senator in the party’s history. In 2019, she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the global community as an advocate for gender equality, and through roles in a range of organisations.

Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich AM

BA(Hons) Macquarie, DipIM NSW, FAHA, FIPAA

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich served as the Director-General of the National Library of Australia between 2011 and 2017. Previous positions she has held include: Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian at the State Library of Victoria (2003–11); Acting Director-General at the National Archives of Australia (2000–03); and Assistant Director-General, Public and Reader Services at the National Archives of Australia (1998–2000). She served as a Member (2003–17) and Chair (2004–06) of the National and State Libraries Australasia, and as President of the Australian Society of Archivists (1989–90). She is a member of the Selection Panel for the ANU Tuckwell Scholarship. In 2008, she was made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Victoria. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015, for significant service to the library and archives sector through leadership roles at state and national levels, and to professional information management organisations. In 2016, she was also elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor Matthew Colless

BSc Syd, PhD Camb, FAA, FRAS

Matthew Colless was previously the Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), Australia’s national optical observatory, for nine years. He has also held positions at Durham and Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom and Kitt Peak National Observatory in the United States. His research uses large redshift surveys of galaxies to understand their evolution, the large-scale structure of the universe, and the cosmological model. Professor Colless is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, an lSI Citation Laureate, a Vice-President of the International Astronomical Union, and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a next-generation 25-metre optical telescope. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee on Science Advisory Board for the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, the Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics, and the European Southern Observatory in Germany.

Associate Professor Ben Corry

BA, BSc(Hons), PhD ANU

Ben Corry is a biophysicist with a love of teaching and research, working at the ANU Research School of Biology. His research into the nervous system spans physics, chemistry and biology. He contributes to public discourse in biomedical science and water security through national and international media appearances. He has 15 years’ teaching experience extending from undergraduate to postdoctoral level. He is an ANU graduate (B.A, B.Sc. (Hons) and University Medal (1998) and PhD in Physics (2003)). He was an ARC Postdoctoral then Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, returning to ANU in 2012 as a Future Fellow. He was Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year (2008), a Young Tall Poppy Award recipient (2011) and Eureka Awards finalist (2012).

Professor Kate Reynolds

Kate Reynolds is Professor of Psychology at the University. Her areas of expertise are social and organisational psychology and she has experience in key areas of academic life (e.g., leading collaborative research projects, publications, competitive grants, co-ordinating/lecturing courses from 1st year to Master, supervising/mentoring HDR students & ECRs). The broad research questions that frame her work concern the impact of groups and group norms on individuals’ attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour. She is Past President of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (2019–20) and has served as President of the International Society of Political Psychology (2017–19). At ANU she has been Associate Director of the Research School of Psychology (2014–17) and a member of other School, College and University committees concerning Human Ethics, Research, and Equity & Diversity, and a member of Academic Board).

Dr Ceridwen Fraser

PhD UO NZ, BMSc(Hons) Macquarie, BASc(Conservation of Cultural Materials) UC

Ceridwen Fraser has worked or studied at six universities across three countries. This experience has given her a strong appreciation of the sorts of innovations that can be successful and can set a university apart. She has won several awards including: ACT Scientist of the Year; the Australian Academy of Science’s Fenner Medal; and the International Biogeography Society’s MacArthur and Wilson Award. She was part of the ANU delegation to the World Economic Forum (Davos) in 2018. She served on the ANU Council for four months, until January 2019, before accepting an appointment at another university.

Mrs Claire Shrewsbury

BA(Hons) HDipEd Maynooth Maîtrise-ès-lettres Paris, GCTEM MTEM Melb

Claire Shrewsbury is originally from Ireland and became an ANU Bachelor of Arts student in 1993. In 1996, she received a bursary to complete her honours year in Paris. Having spent five years as a high school teacher in Dublin, Sydney and London, she made a career change to higher education administration joining the Admissions team at ANU in 2007. Since then, she has managed teams across the University, including the Student Centre and briefly Research Services in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. After a period as Associate Director, Transnational Education at the University of Newcastle in 2015–16, she returned to Canberra. She is currently the Assistant Director, Culture and Development in the University’s Human Resources Division.

Mr Utsav Gupta

Utsav Gupta is currently studying for a Master of Anthropology at ANU and fulfilling two key roles at the University: President of the Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA); and Careers Officer. As PARSA President, he is responsible for steering strategy for the peak student representative body and leading a diverse team of capable individuals to support all postgraduate and research students while advocating for their wellbeing and building a vibrant community. After completing his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Engineering) in 2012, he gained professional experience while working for ITC InfoTech (a multinational Information Technology service provider) in information technology consulting and later in human resource management domains.

Mr Zyl Hovenga-Wauchope

Zyl Hovenga-Wauchope was the President of PARSA from 2018 to 2019 and served as the Vice President of PARSA between 2017 and 2018, during which time he worked on governance and advocacy matters including constitutional review and accommodation issues for postgraduate students. He served on the Board of ANU Sport from 2017 and in executive roles in Clubs and Societies at the University during 2016 and 2017, where he organised many community events and activities. In all his roles, he has advocated for the rights and wellbeing of postgraduate students and worked to promote an inclusive and vibrant community at ANU.

Mr Lachlan Day

Lachlan Day is the 2019–2020 President of the ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA), and the Undergraduate Council Member. He is currently completing a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Economics. Before beginning his term as President, he was the ANUSA General Secretary and Senior Resident at Burton and Garran Hall at the ANU. He has a keen passion for music and art, shown through his involvement in his Residents’ Committee and the Inter-hall Arts Committee. He has also served the ANU Debating Society as the Vice President (Diversity).

Ms Eden Lim

Eden Lim was the 2018–19 President of the ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA), and the Undergraduate Council Member. She is completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of International Relations). Prior to her commencement as President, Ms Lim was the ANUSA General Secretary and Secretary of the Burgmann College Residents’ Committee.