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Professor Peter Shergold AC
The Board of Trustees elected Professor Peter Shergold AC as its chair and the new Chancellor of the University in 2010. His term began on 1 January 2011 and has recently been extended until December 2022. He is an active member of the University Chancellors Council (UCC) and was elected as the Council's convenor in 2016, with his term due to end in late 2018.
Peter received a B.A. Hons (First Class) in Politics and American Studies from the University of Hull; an M.A. in History at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle; and a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics.
In 1972 he migrated to Australia to take up a lectureship at the University of New South Wales and in 1985 became Head of the Department of Economic History. He published extensively on British and American labour history, convict transportation to NSW and immigration to Australia. He also taught for periods at the University of Illinois, Southampton University, London School of Economics and Pennsylvania State University. He has twice been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and remains a Senior University Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College.
Professor Shergold's full biography is in the Chancellor's section of our site.
Professor Barney Glover is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University. He commenced in this role on 1 January 2014.
Professor Glover is an accomplished academic leader and experienced Vice-Chancellor. Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013, he has a long record of success in university management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects.
Professor Glover also has significant business leadership credentials through membership on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration and processing and telecommunications.
Professor Glover's full biography is in the Vice-Chancellor's section of our site.
Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
Chair of Academic Senate
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy is a Professor of Sociology at the Western Sydney University. She is the current Chair of Academic Senate, Director of Sydney City Campus and Vice President of the Australian Sociological Association. She is the Springer co-editor for the series ‘Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific approach’. She has worked as an Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Academia and was responsible for the creation of the Master of Research at WSU (the first centralised degree of the University). She was the recent editor in chief of the Journal of Sociology (2013- end of 2016) as well as the co-creator of the Risk Societies Thematic Group within the Australian Sociological Association. Her recent work includes Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (with Henslin and Possamai, 2014, Pearsons); as well as upcoming books on Digital Methods and examining religion through the digital (Sage and deGruyter). Alphia is currently involved in ongoing research that focuses on risk society, religion, digital sociology and methodologies.
Appointed Members - Ministerial
Dr Linda O'Brien AM
(to 31 December 2021)
Dr Linda O’Brien AM is the Principal of Granville Boys High School, a comprehensive Boys school that serves the socially and linguistically diverse community of Granville/Auburn and Guilford, since 2008. Prior to this she was the Deputy Principal; Head Teacher English at Punchbowl Boys High School, from 2002 to 2008, and has worked in boys’ high schools since 1996. She has taught in high schools, primary schools and TAFE in NSW and in Queensland. She is also the Chairperson for the School for Life Foundation, Deputy Chairperson of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Founder and Chairperson of the Molly McDonnell Foundation (2005-2009), and the Founder and Chairperson of the Bali International School. Dr O’Brien is an alumnus of Western Sydney University, having completed a Doctor of Education in 2017. She also holds a Master of Arts from Sydney University (1993) and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University (1981). Dr O’Brien was granted a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for Innovation in secondary education and services to the community.
(to 31 December 2021)
Joseph Carrozzi is the Managing Partner, Sydney at PwC Australia, the largest professional services firm in Australia. He has held a number of senior leadership roles as a partner in the professional services sector for over 20 years. His experience as an advisor covers both private and public sector clients in a range of areas, including, taxation, property & construction, energy, infrastructure and M&A. He is committed to meaningful engagement in the broader community and currently holds a number of board roles, including Chair of the Centenary Institute for Medical Research; Chair of the Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) in Australia; Deputy Chair of the GWS Giants AFL team; Board member of New South Institute of Sport and Board member of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
Mr Carrozzi holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, is admitted as a barrister at law in NSW and is Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand.
(to 31 December 2021)
Liz Dibbs was a partner and General Counsel of PwC and previously worked with major law firms Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Sydney) and Linklaters & Paines (London). Liz now works as a non-executive director in the government and for purpose sectors. She is Chairman of United Way Australia and a Governor of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology. She was the President of YWCA NSW from 2007-2011 and a director of YWCA Australia from 2009 to 2013. Liz has also previously served as a Council Member of Chief Executive Women and Chair of its Scholarship Committee.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law (University Medal) from Sydney University and a Master of Laws (Hons1) from Cambridge University.
(to 31 December 2021)
Ms Kramer is a full time Non-Executive Director. She is Deputy Chairman of Australia Post and serves on the boards of Woolworths and Abacus Property Group. She is a board member at community-owned Southern Phones and the Goodes-O’Loughlin (GO) Foundation, which provides funding for indigenous education opportunities. Ms Kramer is also a member of the ASIC External Industry Panel and Chief Executive Women (CEW.)
In her executive career, Ms Kramer was the CEO of apparel retailer Best & Less, with nearly 200 stores nationwide and over 4000 employees. She was responsible for turning around business performance and restoring B&L to profitability. Prior to that role, she had more than 20 years' experience in general management, marketing and sales for customer-focused organisations. These included the positions of Group Managing Director, Product Management and Chief of Marketing at Telstra and executive management roles at Pacific Brands, eCorp and the Ford Motor Company (in both Australia and the U.S.)
Ms Kramer grew up in Billings, Montana and completed a degree in economics and political science at Yale University (Hons) and an MBA at Georgetown University.
Appointed Members - Board
Ms Gabrielle Trainor AO
(to 31 December 2020)
Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over twenty five years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure and urban development to sports, arts and culture and indigenous advancement and welfare.
Gabrielle is Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and Barnardos Australia. She is a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL).
She is a member of the boards of Infrastructure Australia, OnePath Life Insurance and OnePath General Insurance (ANZ Group subsidiary boards). She is a member of the ACT City Renewal Authority.
Her other current appointments include as a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee and of the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University, as a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Education Trust and director of the Aurora Education Foundation, Business Events Sydney and the indigenous organisation, Cape York Partnership.
Gabrielle is also a member of the Advisory Board of Wattle Hill RHC Fund #1 and she chairs Temple Executive Search.
She was a member of a three-person team of international independent experts to review a critical food safety incident for the world's largest dairy co-operative, and she co-chaired a Federal Government review of the Australia Council for the Arts. She is chair of the Barangaroo Arts and Culture Panel and represented Australia at an international cultural forum hosted by the Korean Government in 2012.
Gabrielle is a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Chief Executive Women. She is a pre-qualified independent chair and member of audit committees under the NSW government scheme and sits on the audit committee of the NSW Office of Sport and the Clinical Excellence Commission.
Mr Bob Sahota
(to 30 June 2023)
Mr Sahota is the Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Revolution Asset Management, a specialist investment manager established to provide institutional and high net worth investors with access to the Australian & NZ private debt market. He is responsible for leading the strategy and managing the assets of the portfolio.
Prior to establishing Revolution Mr Sahota held the role of Head of Fixed Income at Challenger Limited, from 2005 to 2016. At Challenger, Mr Sahota led an investment team of 14 staff managing leveraged finance/private debt, real estate debt, ABS, investment grade corporate credit and alternatives portfolios on behalf of both Challenger Life Company and a number of Australian superannuation funds. During his tenure, funds under management increased from $1 billion to in excess of $9 billion.
Before Challenger, Mr Sahota spent three years as a Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager at PIMCO, responsible for credit analysis, security selection and portfolio management of corporate credit portfolios in the Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) region. He previously served as Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure and Private Debt at AMP Capital, where from 2001-2003 he was responsible for the origination and monitoring of a portfolio of loan exposures in the infrastructure and private acquisition finance sectors. Mr Sahota holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of NSW, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA, and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
Mr Peeyush Gupta AM
(to 13 June 2020)
Peeyush has an extensive career in financial services, co-founding and leading a wealth management firm, and subsequently as a senior executive of a global multi-national firm. He now serves on a range of boards, across the private, public and NFP sector. He is currently the Chair of Charter Hall Long Wale REIT, and is a Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Board, Link, Insurance and Care NSW (Icare), BNZ Life, and Quintessence Labs. He chairs the investment committee of Icare which oversights the investment of over $30 billion, is on the Risk and Remuneration committees for NAB, and on various Audit committees.
Peeyush was the co-founder and inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Ipac Securities, a pre-eminent wealth management firm spanning financial advice and institutional portfolio management. Peeyush has a Bachelor's degree in Computing, a Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and has completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
(to 31 December 2020)
Kerry Stubbs has significant leadership experience and expertise in the human capital field, including her current role as CEO of Northcott and formerly as the Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital.
She has extensive human resources experience and expertise, having worked both as a consultant and a senior practitioner in a variety of human resources roles, culminating in her appointment as the first Corporate Human Resources Manager of Sydney Water. She has also held senior operation roles in the water industry.
She is appointed to a number of government and not for profit Boards, including Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd and Director of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd. She has worked as an academic at both Sydney University and the University of Technology. She has recently been appointed to the College of Adjuncts at Western Sydney University, and has been chosen as to Champion the Human Capital strategies for the Deloitte’s “Shaping Future Cities: Designing Western Sydney “ blueprint, launched by Premier Mike Baird in December 2015.
She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Government and Public Administration, and has undertaken study at both Harvard and Stanford Graduate schools of businesses. She is particularly interested in using design thinking to foster innovation and better codesign of services and systems for the people who use them, and in particular disadvantaged and minority communities. In 2015 she was voted among the top 25 Australians in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact List.
Ms Carmel Hourigan
Graduate (to 30 June 2021)
Carmel Hourigan is the Global Head of Real Estate for AMP Capital, responsible for leading AMP Capital's $23 billion property investment and management business.
Responsible for the portfolio management and performance of real estate assets for pooled fund investors and significant separately managed account clients, Carmel also oversees AMP Capital's integrated platform of real estate capabilities across diversified commercial real estate sectors. This includes asset management; property management; development; leasing; research and investment strategy; capital transactions; treasury management; and finance. Carmel is also responsible for overseeing AMP Capital's property investment committees, which govern investment strategy and implementation.
Joining AMP Capital in November 2015 from the GPT Group, Carmel brings more than 22 years' experience in the real estate investment industry to her role, spanning key senior leadership positions and roles in funds management, research and advisory services.
At the GPT Group, Carmel was Chief Investment Officer and prior to that, Head of Investment Management since 2012. She was responsible for the overall investment performance of GPT's retail shopping centre, commercial office and logistics and business park portfolio. Her experience also includes senior roles at Lend Lease and Challenger Financial Services Group in addition to roles within Colonial First State, Stockland Group, Jones Lang LaSalle and Raine & Horne Commercial.
Carmel currently sits on the Property Council of Australia Board of Directors and has previously held the position of Vice President. Ms Hourigan serves as Special Advisor to the Property Male Champions of Change group, which is dedicated to increasing gender equality in the property industry; and is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Land Economics), and a Graduate Diploma of Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Carmel is a member of the AMP Capital Global Leadership Team.
(to 31 December 2022)
Georgia Lee is an accomplished and innovative Senior Business leader with 25 years experience in highly successful companies across Telecommunications, Cloud Solutions, Wireless Applications, Mobility, Digital, Media, and Finance sectors. She is currently the General Manager of Sales and Service Operations for Australia Post, and has a proven track record in establishing, designing and implementing strategy and programs for multiple channels across retail, online, direct sales and call centres. She has an established commercial and business proficiency with strong management, communication and negotiation skills. Georgia is a team player with solid interpersonal expertise.
Throughout Georgia’s career she has played key roles in leading, shaping and defining business propositions with large scale and complex dynamics and delivering through change management and business transformation. Inspired, creative, analytical and energetic when faced with challenges, Georgia is very knowledgeable and passionate about driving take-up of new technologies.
(to 31 December 2021)
MaryAnn is a member of the Djaru people of the East Kimberley, Western Australia. She has a Masters' Degree in Education Administration, a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University and qualifications in Social Work and Nursing. She was the first Aboriginal to work in the higher education sector in 1975 when she was employed to work in the first Indigenous higher education program and has been involved with this sector ever since, working in various academic and administrative positions in South Australia, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. On her retirement from Charles Darwin University in 2008 she was made an Emeritus Professor. She was the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Western Sydney University from 1 July to 31st December 2015.
In January 2017 MaryAnne was recognised as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to tertiary education as an academic, author and administrator, particularly in the area of Indigenous studies and culture, and as a role model and mentor.
General Staff (to 31 December 2021)
Dr David Harland has worked in the tertiary education sector at Western Sydney University for 15 years in both divisional and operational units, primarily associated with research administration and leadership. While previously employed at the Board of Studies NSW, he coordinated the development of over 70 syllabuses for K-12 in languages other than English.
Following the completion of a BA in 1985, he returned to tertiary study after 10 years to complete a Master of Applied Linguistics in 1998. In 2008 he completed a PhD from Macquarie University while working full time. Following a significant hiatus to focus on career, he is looking forward to again studying for enjoyment - possibly a language or something creative.
For the past six years, he has undertaken a pivotal research management role to develop, coordinate, and implement the University’s plan to initiate its first large-scale research institute alongside the Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) roll out by the federal government. David is currently the Institute Manager at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.
Academic Staff Member (to 31 December 2021)
Ben Etherington graduated with honours in English and Music from the University of Western Australia in 2004, and received a General Sir John Monash Award to pursue a masters and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where he was later a postdoctoral fellow. He was appointed to a research lectureship at Western Sydney University in 2012.
Ben was elected by his academic peers to the Board of Trustees in late 2015 and is a proud member of Western Sydney University's academic community. He is committed to university governance and seeks positively to affect the way universities relate to the world beyond themselves. He has written articles on Higher Education policy reform for The Australian, the Sydney Review of Books and other publications, and is regularly invited to speak on the future of the Australian universities.
Ben's academic work focuses on creole poetry and poetics and the relationship between literature and decolonization. He is the co-editor of Cambridge Companion to World Literature and a co-founder of the Crafts of World Literature research network.
Ben rides a Brompton folding bike and is developing an expertise in negotiating Western Sydney's public transport.
Ms Rose Lewis
Undergraduate Student (to 31 December 2021)
Rose began studying at WSU while still in high school as a 2014 recipient of the Nirimba Academic Excellence Scholarship. She currently studies across the two WSU campuses in Parramatta, completing her Bachelor of Business (Applied Finance) and Bachelor of Laws.
As a former Summer Research Scholar, Rose was awarded People’s Choice for her presentation on ‘The role of financial literacy in preventing the economic abuse of older women’. She recently completed a two-year term on the U.S. Consul’s Sydney Youth Advisory Council and is a current Wellbeing Health and Youth Commissioner within WSU’s Young and Resilient Research Centre.
Rose is the university’s first alumna from the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and, through scholarship programs, has travelled to South Africa, Thailand and China. She was also sponsored to travel to Newcastle, Canberra and Adelaide to attend conferences on women’s rights, international space strategy, and student partnership in university curriculum development. She is Western Sydney Women’s 2019 ‘Outstanding Young Woman of the Year’ and Blacktown City Council’s 2020 ‘Young Citizen of the Year’. Her creativity has also earned her top prizes in the Go Global Video competition and SRC Online Talent Quest.
Ms Naomi Hastings
Postgraduate Student (to 30 June 2021)
Naomi has served as elected President of the WSU Student Representative Council, having formerly served as its Vice-President. She is a former Chair and Clubs Representative of the Parramatta Student Campus Council. She was the 2018 student recipient of the WSU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement & Sustainability.
A current Master of Research student, Naomi is completing a thesis exploring Sydney's skateboarding subculture. She is President of the WSU Skateboarders Society, which she founded in 2015. Naomi organises regular skateboarding competitions and events at local skateparks and the university's campuses.
Also at WSU, Naomi graduated from a Bachelor of Arts Dean’s Scholar with Distinction and was a recipient of the university’s Aspire Leadership Scholarship. Her degree major was Japanese language and she spent a year of study in Tokyo at Meiji University.
Naomi has served two terms as a Community Advisor for the Academy at WSU and has represented the university at the International Association for Volunteer Effort Conference, on the Gold Coast. She also represented WSU at the Talloires Network Leadership Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and a year afterwards returned there, completing the Academy’s Democracy, Citizenship and Leadership course, in partnership with Stellenbosch University. She has completed the units for the Academy’s Bachelor of Applied Leadership & Critical Thinking.
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