Alumni Awards honour Western Sydney University graduates

Alumni awards group 

Western Sydney University has acknowledged the incredible achievements of its graduates by holding its inaugural Alumni Awards.

Western Sydney University now has over 160,000 graduates all over the world, and the Alumni Awards celebrate their outstanding accomplishments.

Among the Award winners were co-founder of Charter Hall, David Southon, who was honoured for his role in building the leading ASX listed group, now with a managed property portfolio of $15.9 billion. 

Peter Shergold and David Southon

Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold and David Southon

Other inspirational graduates who won Awards were Bachelor of Psychology graduate and CEO of the Kokoda Track Foundation, Dr Genevieve Nelson, and Bachelor of Education graduate Betty Green, PhD candidate and former Manager of the Liverpool Women's Health Centre.

Western Sydney University Chancellor, Professor Peter Shergold AC, says alumni are not just part of the University's history, but crucial to its future.

"These Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of our graduates – extraordinary individuals who are part of a global community of Western Sydney University alumni," says Professor Shergold.

"As we look to the future, our new identity reflects the pride we take in our role in the community, as well as our growing international reach. Our alumni are our ambassadors, and as such, are vital to the continued success of the University.

"On behalf of the University community, I congratulate the inaugural Award winners on their success," he says.

The full list of Western Sydney University Alumni Award recipients are:

Chancellor's Alumni Leadership Award

Genevieve NelsonDr Genevieve Nelson, CEO, Kokoda Track Foundation; Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

David SouthonDavid Southon, Co-founder & former Joint Managing Director, Charter Hall Ltd; Bachelor of Business (Land Economy)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Impact Award

Jarred HodgesJarred Hodges, Senior Project Officer, Student Recruitment Western Sydney University; Bachelor of Health Science, Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary, Master of Teaching – Secondary

Young Alumni Award

Peter HopePeter Hope, Community Project Officer, Fairfield City Council; Bachelor of Arts (Music)

Community Champion Award

Betty GreenBetty Green, PhD candidate and former Manager, Liverpool Women's Health Centre; Bachelor of Adult Education (Honours), Associate Diploma in Social Welfare

Hawkesbury Alumni Award

John LongworthEmeritus Professor John Longworth, Agricultural Economics Researcher, University of Queensland; Hawkesbury Diploma of Agriculture

Former Staff Excellence Award

Rae LuckieDr Rae Luckie, Coordinator, University of Wollongong; Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts – Communication and Cultural Studies, Doctor of Philosophy

International Alumni of the Year Award

Dr Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir, Nanyang Technological University; Doctor of Philosophy