Meet our Council members
Front Row (L to R): Ms Helena Qian, Professor Mark Jones (term ended 31 Dec 2019), Dr Kylie Twyford, Professor Peter Coaldrake AO (until 3 June 2020), The Deputy Chancellor, Mrs Michelle McPherson (from 26 June 2020), Ms Jann Gardner
Second Row (L to R): Ms Julie Phillips, Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss, Deputy Chancellor Ms Dianne Allen (until 26 June 2020), Chancellor Mr P.E. (Paul) Jeans, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, Mr Bob Kennedy AM
Third Row (L to R): Mr John Bowers, Assoc Prof Brendan Boyle, Dr Roslyn Larkin, Mr Doug Dean AM
Not Shown: President of Academic Senate Professor Victoria Haskins (from 1 Jan 2020)
BE(UNSW), FRSN, FIEAust, FAICD
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.
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.
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
After joining nib in 2003 as the company's Chief Financial Officer, Michelle was Group Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as Company Secretary of nib holdings limited until 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elected non-academic staff member
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.