The University of Newcastle, Australia

Meet Jann Gardner

BA/LLB(Sydney), MBA(Newcastle), GAICDJann Gardner

Why did you join the University Council?

I am a long term and proud Novocastrian and completed my MBA at the University of Newcastle. When I ceased full time legal practice I was looking for opportunities to use my experience and skills to assist the local community. Joining the Council of the University seemed an ideal way to achieve this.

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

I lived on campus for 2 years and loved college life. I still have good friends from that time. I also enjoyed the social aspects of university, not only the entertainment events, but the discussion of ideas and debates that continued in the coffee shop or the bar after lectures and tutorials.


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. She Chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee for South West Sydney Local Health District and Chairs the Advisory Board for 2NURFM. In addition she is a member of the Sancta Sophia College Council at the University of Sydney and a member of the Nursing and Midwifery NSW s150 Committee.

Ms Gardner has previously served on the Boards of Home Warranty Insurance, Hunter Water Corporation and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), where she also chaired the Foundation. In addition, she has held executive director roles in professional service firms and private companies.

Previously, Ms Gardner spent 27 years as a lawyer in private practice, the majority of which was as a partner in a national law firm, Sparke Helmore. She was managing partner of Sparke Helmore’s Newcastle office for 9 years and was a member of the Sparke Helmore Board.

Ms Gardner also mentors young female students and lawyers and executives in the not for profit sector.

Ms Gardner has an Arts/Law degree from Sydney University and an MBA from Newcastle University. She has specialist accreditation from the Law Society of NSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She went on to complete the Mastering the Boardroom programme with AICD and was awarded an Order of Merit.