The University of Newcastle, Australia

2013 Alumni Awards

We are proud to introduce the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Awards. Congratulations to these outstanding alumni.

Award recipients

Emeritus Professor Ross Watts

Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence
Bachelor of Commerce 1966

In 1978, Ross co-founded the Journal of Accounting & Economics with Jerry Zimmerman. The journal frequently ranks number one worldwide in the citation counts for accounting journals.

Mr Anton Monsted

Newton-John Award (joint recipient)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 1995, Bachelor of Arts 1994

Anton recently left his post as general manager at Bazmark (Baz Luhrmann's music company), to be Senior Vice President of Music at Twentieth Century Fox.

Ms Karin Catt

Newton-John Award (joint recipient)
Bachelor of Arts 1991

Karin has achieved international success as a fashion and portrait photographer, highly sought after by global celebrities and published across the world.

Hon. Patricia Forsythe

Regional Leadership Award
Bachelor of Arts 1973

Patricia spent 10 years on the NSW Opposition frontbench in a variety of shadow portfolios including Community Services and Education and Training.

Hon. Dato Paduka Ar. H. Idris Abas

National Leadership Award
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) 1980

Idris is a successful entrepreneur impacting the advancement of architecture, IT and communications in Brunei.

Dr William Lilley

International Leadership Award
Doctor of Philosophy 2008, Bachelor of Science (Honours) 1997, Bachelor of Science 1995

William has enjoyed a rapid rise to a leadership role with the world's foremost hydrocarbon supplier, Saudi Aramco.

Dr WEJ (William Edward John) Paradice AM

Exceptional Community Service Award (joint recipient)
Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters 2009

Wej is passionate about intelligent natural resource management. From 1985-2013 he was CEO of the HVRF as well as serving as Director of Research from 1985-2004.

Emeritus Professor Maree Gleeson OAM

Exceptional Community Service Award (joint recipient)
Doctor of Philosophy 1988

Maree is a health, education, science and medical research professional. As a scientist, Maree's area of expertise is susceptibility to infections, particularly for elite athletes.

Mr Craig Ritchie

Indigenous Alumni Award
Bachelor of Arts 1988

Craig is General Manager of the Access and Participation Branch, in the Higher Education Division of the Department of Education.

Ms Chandra Clements

Young Alumni Award
Bachelor of Business 2001, Bachelor of Science 2000

Turning entrepreneur in 2013, Chandra established One Legacy, which consults to companies on ethical business, human capital improvement, innovation and women's empowerment.