Meet our Council members
Front Row (L to R): Julie Phillips, Associate Professor Brendan Boyle, Deputy Chancellor Michelle McPherson, Chancellor Paul Jeans, Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, President of Academic Senate Professor Victoria Haskins, Lucas Dowling.
Back Row (L to R): Jann Gardner, John Bowers, Natalie Downing, Bob Kennedy AM, Dr Eileen Doyle, Doug Dean AM, Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss, Professor Jennifer Martin.
Not Shown: Dr Stephanie Fahey
BE(UNSW), FRSN, FIEAust, FAICD
Mr Paul Jeans was appointed as the University of Newcastle's seventh Chancellor on 1 July 2013. Paul is also the Chair of the Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Centre Ltd (OMICO). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and Chairs its Hunter Branch. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
BMathSc(Hons), PhD, Hon DSc(UOW), GradDip(AICD), FAA, 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.
BA(Hons), PhD(Sydney), FAHA
Victoria Haskins is a Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Social Science in the Faculty of Education and Arts, and Director of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre.
External members appointed by the Minister
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.
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.
External members appointed by Council
BBus(Accounting)(UTS), CA, GAICD
Michelle is currently the Chief Financial Officer of IAG. Prior to this appointment, Michelle was the Group Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as Company Secretary of nib holdings limited.
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; Arch LMI Ltd, a mortgage insurer and IMB Bank, a large mutual bank.
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.
BCom(Newcastle), FCPA, FIML
Doug Dean is the former Managing Director and Chairman of Veolia Australia and New Zealand. Joining Veolia, then Collex in 1991, Doug Dean was responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the Veolia Group Australia and New Zealand.
PhD(Monash), BA(Hons)(USyd), FAICD
Over her 40 years in leadership positions of universities, the private sector and the Australia Public Sector Dr Stephanie Fahey has driven strategic change. From 2017-2020, she was the first female Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.
PhD, M.Maths, B.Maths(Hons)(Newcastle), FAICD, FTSE, FAAAI
Dr Eileen Doyle was born in Newcastle and studied at the University of Newcastle and Columbia University in New York. Her career spans decades as a senior executive, Non-Executive Director and Chairman across a number of industries.
Elected academic staff members
BBus(DkIT, Ireland), MBS(UCD, Ireland), PhD(Sydney)
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.
Elected non-academic staff member
Elected student member
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.