Meet Doug Dean (AM)

BCom(Newcastle), FCPA, FIMLDoug Dean

Why did you join the University Council?

Born and raised in Newcastle, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle in 1975. Whilst today I would probably consider I have enjoyed a successful career, I could not have done it without a great start working for BHP and a degree from UON. Although quite small when I attended, it carried an excellent reputation. Whilst the university has grown quite substantially I believe the business skills I obtained over the past 40 years can add value as I believe the economy is experiencing very testing times. Recent success has shown UON is punching well above its weight.

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

I treasure the contact with the Alumni and lecturers from those days and I have been a proud spokesman for UON (and Newcastle) as opportunities arise around the world.


Doug Dean is the former Managing Director and Chairman of Veolia Environmental Services in Australia.

Doug Dean started the Veolia business in Australia with a turnover of $15.7million in 1991. Prior to this, Doug held a position as a Senior Executive with a major Australian transport group for 10 years.

Doug has extensive background in accounting with one of Australia’s top business service firms, and is also a Committee member on many leading Industry Groups.

Doug Dean held many company director roles throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United States in the areas of waste management, transport and water supply. Doug is currently a director of Life Without Barriers and on the Council of the University of Newcastle.

In 2012, Doug was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to business and commerce, and to the community.

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.