Meet our Council members

Photo: as at Dec 2018

Front Row (L to R): Mrs Michelle McPherson, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky, Chancellor Mr P.E. (Paul) Jeans, Ms Jann Gardner

Second Row (L to R): Ms Julie Phillips, Dr Roslyn Larkin

Third Row (L to R): Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss, Deputy Chancellor Ms Dianne Allen, Mr John Bowers, Assoc Prof Brendan Boyle, Dr Kylie Twyford

Back Row (L to R): Miss Madeline Temple, President of Academic Senate Professor Mark Jones, Mr Bob Kennedy AM, Mr Doug Dean AM

Not Shown: Professor Peter Coaldrake AO (from 1 March 2019)

Official Members

The Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans


Paul Jeans was appointed as the University of Newcastle's seventh Chancellor on 1 July 2013.  Mr Jeans is also a non-executive director of the Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Centre Ltd.
Mr Jeans was brought up at Teralba on Lake Macquarie and had his secondary schooling at Newcastle Boys High School.  Mr Jeans completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the Newcastle University College at Tighes Hill, the antecedent institution to the University of Newcastle. Learn more about the Chancellor here.

Paul Jeans

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO

BMathSc(Hons), Hon DSc, PhD(UOW), GradDip(AICD), FTSE, FIEEE, Hon FIEAust, FAICD

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO is the University of Newcastle’s 8th Vice-Chancellor and President and commenced in the role on 19 November 2018. Prior to joining the University, Professor Zelinsky was Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist and leader of Defence Science and Technology within the Department of Defence. Learn more about the Vice-Chancellor here.

Alex Zelinsky

President of Academic Senate, Professor Mark Jones

BSc(Hons), PhD(CNAA, UK), FIMechE, CEng, FIEAust, CPEng

Professor Mark Jones is currently Head of the School of Engineering, Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research Associates and Director of the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies. He has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels. Learn more about the President of Academic Senate here.

Mark Jones

External members appointed by the Minister

Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss

BE(Hons), MBA(Merit)(Newcastle), Hon FIEAust, MAICD

Geoff Lilliss’ career spans senior executive positions in Australia’s electrical power and manufacturing industries. He is recognised for managing large utility networks, delivering billion dollar investment programmes, his leadership in policy development, renewables and industry regulation, leadership of organisational change and developing key markets. Learn more about Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss here.

Geoff Lillis

Mr Robert (Bob) Kennedy AM


With an extensive career as a global business leader in the food technology industry, Mr Bob Kennedy AM began his career in industrial engineering at Port Kembla before moving to the United Kingdom to work for British Insulated Callender's Cables (BICC), the largest non-ferrous cables manufacturer in the world. Learn more about Robert Kennedy AM here.

Robert Kennedy

External members appointed by Council

The Deputy Chancellor, Ms Dianne Allen

BCom(Newcastle), FCA, GAICD, AMICDA

Dianne Allen has been a member of the University of Newcastle’s Council for close to a decade and has played a key role helping UON rank in the top three per cent of universities in the world. Learn more about the Deputy Chancellor here.

Dianne Allen

Ms Jann Gardner

BA/LLB(Sydney), MBA(Newcastle), GAICD

Ms Jann Gardner is the Chair of Hunter United Employees Credit Union Ltd (HUECU), the largest credit union in the Hunter Region, and a non executive director of StateCover Mutual Ltd, an insurer of local government instrumentalities and Arch LMI Ltd, a mortgage insurer. Learn more about Jann Gardner here.

Jann Gardner

Mrs Michelle McPherson

BBus(Accounting)(UTS), CA, GAICD

After joining nib in 2003 as the company's Chief Financial Officer, Michelle is now Group Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as Company Secretary of nib holdings limited. Learn more about Michelle McPherson here.

Michelle McPherson

Professor Peter Coaldrake, AO

BA(Hons)(JCU), PhD(Griffith), D Univ (Griffith), D Univ (QUT)

Professor Peter Coaldrake is Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust (a position he took up in October 2017) and Chair, Jobs Queensland (appointed in late 2018). Learn more about Peter Coaldrake here.

Mr John Bowers

BCom(Hons1), MCom(Newcastle), AM(Harvard), CFA

John Bowers’ career is divided into four phases. First, he was an accountant with Tubemakers of Australia, Newcastle Works, who provided the cadetship that allowed John to become one of the initial 1965 group of undergraduates at the University of Newcastle. While with Tubemakers John initiated and managed electronic data processing at the Newcastle Works. Learn more about John Bowers here.

John Bowers

Mr Doug Dean AM

BCom(Newcastle), FCPA, FAIM, FAICD

Doug Dean is Chairman, Veolia Australia and New Zealand. Joining Veolia, then Collex in 1991, Doug Dean is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the Veolia Group Australia and New Zealand. Learn more about Doug Dean here.

Doug Dean

Ms Julie Phillips

BPharm, DHP, MSc(Sydney), MBA(Macq)Julie Phillips

Ms Julie Phillips has a strong background in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, having worked as the CEO and Director of start-up Australian biotechnology companies operating in the life sciences sector.
Learn more about Julie Phillips here.

Elected academic staff members

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle

BBus (DkIT, Ireland), MBS (UCD, Ireland), PhD (Sydney)Brendan Boyle

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle is currently a lecturer of international management in Newcastle Business School. Brendan completed his Masters of Business Studies Degree in University College Dublin’s Graduate School of Business and completed his PhD within the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney. Learn more about Brendan Boyle here.

Dr Roslyn Larkin

BBus(Hons), PhD(Newcastle)

Dr Larkin has a PhD in Management with a focus on HRM and knowledge management in hospitality multinational enterprises. This background has led to invitations to publish in international texts that incorporate industry focus, HR practices and the role of HR and ethical organisations.. Learn more about Roslyn Larkin here.

Roslyn Larkin

Elected non-academic staff member

Dr Kylie Twyford

AssocDipBus(Valuation) (SIT), BBus (UON), BEd(Hons1)(Adult Education) PhD (UTS)

While over her career Dr Kylie Twyford has held diverse roles from real estate valuer to teacher, academic to project manager, joining the dots has been a passion for the transformative power of education, a compelling need to research, the thrill of connecting with people, and getting things done.. Learn more about Kylie Twyford here.

Kylie Twyford

Elected student member

Miss Madeline Temple

Madeline Temple is a final year medical student at the University of Newcastle with interests in surgery, medical education, student advocacy, music and sports.

She holds a strong passion for student fellowship and leadership, with experience as President of the University of Newcastle Medical Society, President of the University of Newcastle Surgical Society, and Australian Medical Students’ Association representative. In these roles she advocated for the interests of over 750 medical students across the Central Coast, Hunter and New England Region. Learn more about Madeline Temple here.

Phillip Johnson