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Professor Peter Shergold AC
The Board of Trustees elected Professor Peter Shergold AC as its chair and the University’s new Chancellor in 2010. His term began on 1 January 2011 and ends on 31 December 2022. He was Convenor of the University Chancellors Council from 2016 to 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.
Peter migrated to Australia in 1982 to take up a lecturing position at the University of New South Wales. He became Head of the Department of Economic History in 1986. As an academic he received two Fulbright scholarships to study in the U.S.A. In 2017 he was awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of New South Wales.
Professor Shergold's full biography is in the Chancellor's section of our site.
Professor Barney Glover is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney 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 having served 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, President of the Australian Sociological Association and recent Director of Sydney City Campus. 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 co-creation of the Master of Research at WSU (the first centralised degree of the University). She was the 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: The Digital Social: Religion and Belief (2019); as well as upcoming books on Digital Methods and an edited volume on Health sociology (Sage and Pearson). Alphia is currently involved in ongoing research that focuses on higher education, 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 a Principal, School Leadership for the NSW Department of Education. She was the Principal of Granville Boys High School, a comprehensive Boys school that serves the socially and linguistically diverse community of Granville/Auburn and Guilford, 2008 -2019 and the Deputy Principal; Head Teacher English at Punchbowl Boys High School, from 2002 to 2008. She has taught in high schools, primary schools and TAFE in NSW and in Queensland. She has served as 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 a Strategic Business Advisor and Board Member, including as founder of CarrozziCo.com Pty Limited. Joseph recently stepped down as 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 & infrastructure and health and medical research. He is committed to meaningful engagement in the community and currently holds a number of board roles, including Chair of the Centenary Institute for Medical Research; Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Deputy Chair of the New South Institute of Sport and Board member of Football Australia.
Mr Carrozzi holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, is admitted as a barrister at law in NSW, is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
(to 31 December 2021)
Liz Dibbs is a non-executive director in the government and for purpose sectors. She is the Western City District Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission, Chair of United Way Australia, a Governor of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology and a member of its Audit & Risk Committee.
Liz was a partner and General Counsel of PwC and previously worked with major law firms Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Sydney) and Linklaters & Paines (London). She was the President of YWCA NSW from 2007-2011 and a director of YWCA Australia from 2009-2013. 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 the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws (Hons 1) from Cambridge University.
(to 31 December 2021)
Ms Kramer is a full time Non-Executive Director. She is currently a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the Woolworths Group, Fonterra Corporation (NZ), Abacus Property Group, The Ethics Centre and the GO (Goodes-O’Loughlin) Foundation. She is Chair of the mortgage broking fintech, Lendi. Holly’s previous governance roles include the Boards of Australia Post (Deputy Chair), Nine Entertainment, AMP Limited, and Telstra Clear (NZ). Holly was also the recipient of the Sir Charles McGrath Award for a distinguished career in Marketing.
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
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 2024)
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 chairs the audit committee for SBS.
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 2024)
Kerry Stubbs has significant leadership experience and expertise in the human capital field, including her roles as CEO and Managing Director of Northcott and 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.
Kerry is appointed to a number of government and not for profit Boards and Committees, including Chair of Northcott Innovation, Director of Healthy North Coast Ltd, Director of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd, and member of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council. She has worked as an academic at both Sydney University and the University of Technology. She has been appointed to the College of Adjuncts at Western Sydney University, and has recently been reappointed as a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Digital Health Authority. She has also been appointed to the Disability and Health Sector Consultation Committee, chaired jointly by the Department of Health and DSS.
Kerry has undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Government and Public Administration, and has undertaken study at both Harvard and Stanford Graduate schools of business. She is particularly interested in using human centred 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 and in 2007 was the NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in the Community and Government Sector.
(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. Also in 2017, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia for her contribution to Indigenous higher education in Australia.
Mr Lee Pinder
(to 31 December 2024)
Lee Pinder is a business and property expert with more than 30 years’ experience in property funds management, property investment portfolio management, corporate real estate, corporate acquisitions and development management.
He is Principal and Director of independent professional consultancy, Tekable Advisory, and services a diversity of SME and larger corporate clients within the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He is an engaged strategist, an established leader and implementer with an outcomes focus.
Lee held long term investment management roles within Schroders PLC and leadership roles in Jones Lang LaSalle (then Wootton). A feature of his career is a successful record in substantially increasing property investment returns and fund under management for listed, wholesale and private client entities within the retail, commercial and industrial property investment sectors. He has an extended market knowledge in the seniors living, health, education and infrastructure sectors.
Corporate governance experience has been developed by Lee in directorship roles within both organisations and property investment vehicles and as a board level consultant. He is an effective risk manager and financial evaluator.
Having a developed management versatility, Lee is a clarifying resource, a critical thinker and an enabler to organisations he advises in business strategy, change, governance, real estate and financial management.
Ms Natalia Vukolova
Graduate Member (to 31 December 2024)
Natalia Vukolova has extensive leadership experience and knowledge in the spheres of healthcare, specialist education, health technology assessment and funding, policy, government relations and organisational development. She is passionate about good governance, leveraging talented people and technologies to transform organisations, and sound financial stewardship. For nearly eight years she led the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists as the Chief Executive Officer. The College is a peak bi-national association responsible for educational and professional standards of specialist doctors in medical imaging and cancer care. Natalia held Board positions with ANTaR NSW and ATN, both organisations working to reduce racism in Australia. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in management and social development from WSU and UNSW, and leadership training from IMD (Switzerland).
As an immigrant Australian and a former international student at WSU, Natalia believes in the University’s multifaceted role in enhancing the social fabric of Western Sydney and providing educational opportunities for Indigenous, migrant and first-in-family students.
General Staff (to 31 December 2021)
Dr David Harland has worked in the tertiary education sector at Western Sydney University for 18 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 ten 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 and received a General Sir John Monash Award to pursue an MPhil and PhD 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 and is now a senior research lecturer.
Ben was first elected as the academic member of the Board of Trustees in 2015 and has since been reelected twice. He has written articles on Higher Education policy for The Australian, the Sydney Review of Books and other publications, and has been invited on several occasions to speak on issues relating to University governance.
Ben's academic work focuses on poetry in non-standard varieties of English, and the relationship between literature and decolonization. He is the author of Literary Primitivism and the co-editor of Cambridge Companion to World Literature. In 2019, he was an Edward W. Said Fellow at Columbia University.
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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