The University of Newcastle, Australia

Meet Deputy Chancellor, Dianne Allen

BCom(Newcastle), FCA, GAICDDianne Allen

Why did you join the University Council?

I was excited by the opportunity to share my experiences as a Not For Profit Director with the institution from which all of my family had graduated.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

What I will remember most about my time studying at UON is the lifelong friendships that were made. What I will look back most fondly on from my time on Council is the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of people who are passionate about the institution and the communities that it serves.


Dianne Allen has been a member of the University of Newcastle’s Council for over a decade and has played a key role helping UON rank in the top three per cent of universities in the world. Dianne serves on a number of University committees and has helped steer UON through periods of fiscal restraint, while navigating significant industry, operational and cultural change. She has helped grow the University’s reputation as a global institution making an impact and creating benefits for the Hunter region, throughout Australia, and across the world.

Known for her commitment to supporting community members achieve their full potential through the provision of world-class, life-changing learning opportunities, Dianne is focused on contributing to the potential of Australia’s future workforce and helping UON foster strong and enduring relationships within the communities it serves.

Ms Allen is also an accountant, auditor and advisor to various community groups and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and has over 20 years’ boardroom level experience in government-owned corporations and not-for-profit organisations.