Alumni stories

Non Executive Director; Oil Search, Boral Ltd, Hunter Angels Trust
PhD Mathematics 1986
M Mathematics 1980
B Mathematics 1977

Dr Eileen Doyle

Dr Eileen Doyle has had an extensive career in large corporations. In 1993 she was Australia’s first Fulbright Scholar in Business Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She was Chairman of Port Waratah Coal Services,

The Hunter Research Foundation and Deputy Chairman of CSIRO. She recently stepped down as a Director of the GPT Group after 10 years. Her present roles include Director, Oil Search Ltd, Boral Ltd and The Hunter Angles Trust. She has also had a long history of being a business angel and working with inventors and small businesses to introduce and grow their products.

She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Association of Angel Investors and the author of “Call a Business Angel “( Practical Funding and Commercial Advice for Start-Ups, SMEs and Innovators).

Nominations Now Open 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards

Nutritionist Researcher, University of Newcastle
PhD Food Science 2016
M Science Mgt 2011
Grad Dip Clinical Epidemiology 2010
B Biomedical Science Hons 2007

Dr Emma Beckett

Dr Emma Beckett is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at The University of Newcastle. Her research area is in the field of molecular nutrition focusing on gene-nutrient-environment interactions, in which she brings her experience in immunology, microbiology, food science, and human nutrition.

Emma currently has an H-Index of 15 and has attracted over $460 thousand in grants and funding. Emma also has a weekly radio segment on ANC Central Coast, Food For Thought, where she highlights the research being undertaken at UON Central Coast.

She is frequently a guest speaker for schools, community and corporate events, radio programs, and popular science podcasts.

Nominations Now Open 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards

PhD Chemistry 1998
B Science Hons 1993

Dr Kirsten Molloy

As CEO of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC), Kirsten Molloy leads the coordination of a globally-significant supply chain for a $23 billion industry. She has led the development of operational improvements, resulting in more than $600 million worth of trade moved at no additional infrastructure cost.

The industry has achieved record throughputs, reduced losses and lowest ship queue levels in HVCCC’s history. As the Chair and Co-Founder of the Equal Futures Project, Kirsten has engaged Hunter Business Leaders’ support for equity and inclusion initiatives, helping to address the lack of diversity in leadership and the gender pay gap at a regional level.

Nominations Now Open 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards

Member for Gosford, NSW Parliament
Grad Dip Education 1996
B Science 1991

Liesl Tesch AM

Liesl Tesch AM is a Member of Parliament, Paralympian and Australian sporting ambassador. Proudly representing Australia at seven Paralympic Games, bringing home two Gold medals in sailing, she now represents the Gosford community in the New South Wales Parliament.

Between her former life as a teacher and the Paralympics, she established the not-for-profit Sport Matters to bring targeted development assistance to people with disability in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for significant service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and through the promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities."

Nominations Now Open 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards

Scientific Director, Genea
B Science 1993

Steven McArthur

Steven McArthur has made a major impact in the world of fertility and his innovations have contributed to the doubling of successful IVF procedures since the 1990s. In 1999 Steven developed and published on the world first clinical application of day 5 embryo biopsy for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

Recognising the lack of accessible fertility treatment in rural Australia, Steven assisted in the design of Australia’s first portable incubator and, more recently, has contributed to the development of the Geri Incubation System – which has seen a 24% increase in clinical pregnancies.

He currently manages an international team of 120, sharing knowledge and fertility expertise globally.

Nominations Now Open 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards

Dr Xanthe Spindler

Young Alumni Award (joint recipient)
Bachelor of Science (Forensic) (Honours) 2006

Quickly establishing herself as a leading academic in forensic science, Dr Xanthe Spindler has a strong international profile in fingerprint sciences. She is Program Director for undergraduate Forensic Biology, Masters and Honours Forensic Science students at the University of Technology Sydney. Xanthe’s research in the efficacy of fingermark enhancement techniques is having a huge impact operationally, with more identifiable fingermarks being detected than ever before.

Dr Vincent Candrawinata

Young Alumni Award
PhD 2015 Bachelor of Science (Food Technology) (Honours) 2011 Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition 2010

Dr Vincent Candrawinata is a researcher and innovator in the field of food, health and nutrition. His postgraduate work saw him invent an extraction technology which allows for the natural phenolic compounds in horticultural produce to be used within an innovative nutraceutical product. These phenolic compounds are one of the most potent combinations of antioxidants known and are linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and even cancer when consumed.