UON Singapore Board of Directors
UON Singapore's Board of Directors is a team of appointed members who jointly oversee the activities put in place for the organisation. Each member plays an important role in the strategic direction and operational decisions of UON Singapore.
Head of the School of Engineering and President of the Academic Senate
Chair, UON Singapore
Professor Mark Jones is Head of the School of Engineering, Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research Associates and President of the Academic Senate at Newcastle. He has held the Chair in Bulk Solids Handling at the University of Newcastle since 1999. His research interests span the broad area of Bulk Materials Handling and he specialises in pipeline transport. He has worked with many multi-national companies in the US, Europe, South America, India, China, Russia and South Africa. He has been a Member of Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), London, Chairman of the UK National Bulk Material Handling Committee, Member of the IChemE Particle Technology Subject Group Committee and a Member of the Board of the CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management and President of the International Freight Pipeline Society (USA). He currently Chairs the Engineers Australia Technical Society - Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling, is Vice-President of the International Federation of Measurement and Control of Granular Materials and has been appointed Guest Professor of Central South University, Changsha, China, Visiting Professor at Teesside University in the UK and Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Global Engagement and Partnerships
Professor Kevin Hall has had a distinguished academic career holding senior academic leadership roles in universities in Australia and Canada, most recently as the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement and Partnerships). In this role he is responsible for global engagement, strategic partnerships, and leading the University’s international student and global mobility activities.
Formerly he was the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle and prior to that he was the Vice-President for Research and External Partnerships at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Professor Hall studied a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at Queen's University in Canada, and completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
He has held senior academic leadership positions at Queen's University Canada including founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellow. Professor Hall carries out trans-disciplinary research across a number of major themes including water quality modelling, development of environmental monitoring and pathogen detection systems, syndromic surveillance, and water and health in marginalized communities. Professor Hall holds a number of international patents and has developed associated start-ups. His research has been incorporated into Engineering Design Manuals both nationally and internationally.
Professor Hall has spearheaded UON’s entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives, leading the establishment of the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) of five innovation incubators across the Newcastle, Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. He was also instrumental in securing $9.8 million in funding from the NSW Government for the Hunter Innovation Project, including UON’s new Innovation Hub to be built in the Newcastle CBD.
A highly respected leader in the Australian higher education sector, Professor Hall has been appointed to the Australian Research Council Advisory Council. He has also taken on a national role in developing industry and innovation policy, serving as an invited member of the Australian Research Council’s steering committee for Industry Engagement and Impact Metrics. He is also a founding board member of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and a member of the NSW Minister for Health’s China Advisory Committee.
Professor Hall has been a board member for the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, Intersect (Australia), Newcastle Innovation (Australia), Hunter Medical Research Institute (Australia), Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (Australia), Cooperative Research Centre - Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Cooperative Research Centre High Performance Soils, Bioconversion Network; TRIUMF (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics), C4 Network (Technology transfer consortium), Canadian Bovine Mastitis Network, Guelph-Waterloo Biotechnology Partnership, the Accelerator Centre, SHARCNET (high performance computing network), Allergen (Canadian Centre of Excellence), Pathogen Detection Systems (spin-off company) and the Lifestyle Research Network
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Singapore
Chief Executive Officer, UON Singapore
Professor Sally Chan is a global healthcare educator and researcher with more than 25 years’ experience in the university sector. She played an integral role in promoting the University’s nursing and healthcare research globally through developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with research partners in universities, hospitals and health providers in countries all over the world including Singapore, Thailand, China, Europe and the United Kingdom. Having featured in more than 400 international publications and presentations, Professor Chan’s passion for combining research, education and practice has significantly impacted nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across the globe.
In her previous role as Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Chan has led significant achievements in the School over the past five years, including improving School’s global standing, ranking in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and increasing the School’s international student numbers.
In her new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle Singapore, Professor Chan brings with her an outstanding track record in building international partnerships that will help create new opportunities for the University of Newcastle in this important region.
Professor Chan has been honored for her significant contributions to healthcare. In 2013, she was inducted into the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
In 2018, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Hong Kong College of Mental Health Nursing; and the Research Supervision Excellence Award from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for her significant achievement and contribution to nursing development and Hong Kong community. In 2016, she received the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement; and the Faculty of Health and Medicine International Award for her exceptional achievement in building and sustaining international relations and engagement for the University.
Her extensive list of accolades also includes the Chinese University of Hong Kong 'Teacher of the Year' awards in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and the 'Master Teacher' in 2007 by the institute's Faculty of Medicine.
Dr Mike Gray
Dr Mike Gray is an Independent Director of a number of listed companies. He was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore and also the Territorial Senior Partner for Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). Mr Gray also spent 10 years in the shipping industry as a ships officer in the Merchant Navy. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Studies from Plymouth University, a Masters of Arts in South East Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and Doctor of Business (Honoris Causa) from the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Dr Gray is a Singapore citizen and has held many positions in Boards of Voluntary Welfare Organisations. He has also served on a number of government committees. He is currently is chairman of the audit committee and was formerly Chairman of the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centres. He is also the founding President of PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence) and Secretary of the Event for the Singapore Grand Prix for the first 10 years of the event in Singapore. He was also involved for many years in grassroots organisations.
Dr Peter Tay Buan Huat
Peter Tay has been on the Board of UONS since October 2009. He is currently a Corporate Advisor, engaged in Business Development and as coach to budding business leaders. He led Singapore Food Industries Limited (SFI) as its President and CEO for 17 years until 2006. He took the company public in 1999, and SFI became the largest food distribution and manufacturing company in Singapore. Under his leadership, SFI transformed itself from a Singapore-centric corporation into one with significant operations in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, China and Australia. Mergers and Acquisitions were frequently employed for geographic expansion.
A Colombo Plan Scholar, Dr Tay graduated with Bachelor degrees in Industrial Engineering (Honors) and Economics from the University of Newcastle in Australia in the early 1970s. In 1986, he obtained a MSc in Management (Sloan Fellows Program) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. He also served as the Honorary Queensland Business Ambassador, Singapore.
In recognition of Peter’s instrumental support in building our relationship with alumni in Singapore, support for UON Colombo Plan scholars and developing fruitful business relationships between Australia and Singapore, he is awarded in Honorary Doctor of Engineering.
Mr Tao Yeoh Chi
Yeoh Chi started working in 1976 in the Administrative Service of the Government of Singapore. He worked in Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Communications and Information and the Prime Minister's Office holding various senior positions. In 1985/86, he was seconded to Temasek Holdings to be its Hong Kong wholly-owned subsidiary's General Manager.
In 1988, he left the Public Service to pursue his career in the private sector. From 1988 to 1999, he worked for large Singapore multi-national companies in print media sector (Times Publishing Ltd) and also in the high-end manufacturing sector (Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd). He comes with a strong background in human resources management. In June 1999, he joined Media Corporation of Singapore. He helped in the re-structuring of the broadcasting media in Singapore. He left MediaCorp as Executive VP (Corporate) in March 2002.
He was awarded the Colombo Plan Scholarship in 1971 and INSEAD Executive Programme Scholarship in 1983.
- Director, ST Telecommunication (Beijing) Ltd
- Independent Director, Singapore eDevelopment Ltd
Ms Sandra Davie
Ms Sandra Davie, Senior Education Correspondent of The Straits Times joined the newspaper after teaching English Literature and General Paper at a junior college for a few years. As a young reporter, she covered a range of topics from health to religious cults and education, given her background. She honed her investigative journalism skills further at The Philadelphia Inquirer on a Knight Ridder fellowship. Upon her return she joined a special report team and went on to write many award winning stories on a range of issues. She was made education correspondent in 1998 and has since written extensively on education issues from pre-school to higher education. She has won several in-house awards including Feature of the Year and Story of the Year for her education stories.
Sandra shares her expertise with educators and parents through university boards, school talks and informal meet-up sessions. She fields parents' queries through the regular Ask Sandra columns, produces video clips to explain schemes and help parents make informed decisions in addition to her regular opinion pieces on education.
Sandra has a BA from the National University of Singapore and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.