Biographies of Council Members
as at 1 January 2015
KEVIN SCARCE - CHANCELLOR
Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), born in Adelaide and educated at Elizabeth East Primary School and Elizabeth High School, was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968, on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War and as the commander of HMAS Cerberus between 1995 and 1997.
He also specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation. As head of the South Australian Defence Unit, he led a government team that contributed to ASC winning the contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force.
He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994, the Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John in 2007 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.
Rear Admiral Scarce completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration from New England, Masters of Management Economics at the University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus), and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy at the US War College (National Defense University) in Washington, DC. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University in 2009 for distinguished service to the public of South Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New England in 2014.
In addition to his role as 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Rear Admiral Scarce was recently appointed Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of Novita Children's Services.
WARREN ARTHUR BEBBINGTON - VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRESIDENT
Professor Warren Bebbington commenced as the University of Adelaide's 20th Vice-Chancellor in July 2012.
A Fulbright Scholar, Professor Bebbington studied at the University of Melbourne and in New York at Queens College, Columbia University, and the CUNY Graduate School, completing masters degrees in Arts, Music, and Philosophy, and a PhD.
Prior to his role at the University of Adelaide, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Affairs), and previously, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Relations) at the University of Melbourne. He also served as a Dean at the University of Melbourne and at the University of Queensland, and before that taught at the Australian National University's School of Music.
As a teacher, he won the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence in Teaching (Humanities) in 2005 and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for "30 years of outstanding teaching" in 2008. He has appeared frequently as a visiting keynote speaker at universities abroad, including in Dublin and Hong Kong.
Professor Bebbington's publications include the Oxford Companion to Australian Music, and he was, for a decade, the music member of the international Advisory Committee for Encyclopaedia Britannica. His national community roles have included seven years as Chair of Music Committees for the Australia Council, Federal Chair of AMEB, and Deputy Chair of Youth Music Australia.
CHARLES BAGOT, LLB (Hons)
Mr Charles Bagot is a commercial lawyer and company director. He practices in commercial and corporate law as a partner of Piper Alderman Lawyers and is National Head of that firm's Corporate Division. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and has also completed a business course at the Stanford Business School. Charles is a director of a number of companies.
Lawrence is currently studying Law and Arts (History). He has previously served as a General Councillor on the Student Reprsentative Council and as the Undergraduate Representative on the University Library Committee.
THE HON CATHERINE BRANSON QC
The Hon Catherine Branson QC is a graduate of the University of Adelaide in both Arts and Law. She is a former Crown Solicitor of South Australia and CEO of the Attorney-General's Department. She served for more than 14 years as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and for 4 years as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide in 2011, a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from Flinders University in 2012, and a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from Macquarie University in 2014.
ALISON BROINOWSKI, PhD (ANU)
A former Australian diplomat, Alison is a graduate in Arts from the University of Adelaide, and her PhD in Asian Studies is from ANU. An Australian former diplomat, she has written or edited eleven books on aspects of the interface between Australia and Asia. Her best known books are The Yellow Lady – Australian Impressions of Asia (OUP 1992 and 1996), About Face: Asian Accounts of Australia (Scribe 2003), Howard’s War (Scribe, 2003), and Allied and Addicted (Scribe Publications, 2007).She has lived in Japan, Burma, Iran, South Korea, and Mexico, and worked as a diplomat in Japan, the Philippines, Jordan, and New York (UN).Alison is a Research Affiliate at ANU, has taught there and at Macquarie University. She has been co-Chief Investigator in two ARC projects, at ANU and at the University of Wollongong. She is a member of the Australian Republican Movement, the Oriental Society, the Asian Studies Association of Australia, the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, the Australian Institute of International Affairs in New South Wales, Honest History, and the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry.
DIANNE DAVIDSON, M.Sc, B Ag Sc, Grad.Dip.Bus Admin, FAASTE, FAIAST, MAICD
Di Davidson is an agricultural scientist, and a graduate of the University of Adelaide who has worked extensively throughout the Basin for 35 years. She has wide experience and a strong managment background in natural resources, particularly water and irrigated agriculture. Di is a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
Di is an experienced Australian viticulturalist, the founder and Managing Director of Davidson Viticulture. Di has worked in the Australian wine industry since 1975 and her consulting company has wide experience in all wine grape production regions of Australia, as well as in South Africa, New Zealand, India and China.
Di has contributed hundreds of articles and presentations to industry journals, workshops and seminars in her career and is also the author of two books - 'A Guide to Growing Winegrapes in Australia' and 'The Business of Vineyards'. In addition to managing Davidson Viticulture, Di manages her own vineyards and contributes to several Australian Wine Industry committees and organisations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agriculture, Science and Technology.
Robin Day is the proprietor of Domain Day at Mt Crawford in the Barossa Valley where he produces cool climate wines. He also operates an international wine consultancy with principal activities in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France and China.
He is a graduate in agricultural science from Adelaide University and wine science from Charles Sturt University. He was chief winemaker of Orlando Wyndham from 1979 to 1994 and a board member for 15 years.
From 1994 to 2003 as International Wine Development Director for Pernod Ricard, he was responsible for development of wine operations in South Africa, Chile, Hungary, France, Georgia and Armenia.
He was Chairman of the Australian Wine Research Institute for eight years and a board member for twenty two years. He was a board member of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation for eight years and has board experience across a wide range of companies.
JULIE HAYFORD, B.A., Grad Dip Ed (Flinders), M.Ed (Dist. Ed) (UniSA)
Julie Hayford is a professional staff member who has over 17 years experience working at the University of Adelaide in recruitment, quality assurance, student policy and grievances, and coursework scholarships. She has also managed the Aboriginal Foundation Course at Flinders University, and worked as a Research and Liaison Officer in the External Student Union and a Senior Marketing Office (Equity and Diversity) at the University of South Australia. Her qualifications are in education, with a B.A. and Graduate Diploma in Education from Flinders University and a Masters in Education (Distance Education) from the University of South Australia.
Julie has also taught English, History and Aboriginal Studies in the secondary school sector over a period of nearly 10 years.
DAVID HILL, B.Com., M.B.A.
David is the National Managing Partner of Deloitte Private and previous leader of Deloitte’s M&A Transaction Services business in Australia as well as Deloitte’s Corporate Finance practice in South Australia.
He is a member of Deloitte Australia’s National Executive and a previous member of Deloitte Australia’s Corporate Finance Executive, Deloitte’s Global M&A Transaction Services Executive and Deloitte’s Global Young Partner Advisory Council.
Having been with Deloitte for over 18 years, David has extensive experience leading major M&A transactions across Australia and in the UK.
In January 2011, David was honoured to be selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
In October 2011 David was recognised as an Outstanding Future Leader in the national Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) Pinnacle Awards.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Adelaide. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional, Finance & Treasury Association (FTA).
David resides in Adelaide, South Australia, with his wife and three children.
WENDY JOHNSON, M. Ed. Admin, B.A.(Hons), Grad.Dip(Ed. Couns.), Dip.T
Wendy Johnson is currently Principal of Glenunga International High School which is a public secondary school for 1450 Year 8 – 12 students from 64 different countries of birth. The school offers places to approximately 75 fee paying international students. It is one of three schools to offer the IGNITE Program for students with high intellectual potential taking in 100 IGNITE students into Year 8 each year and it is the only public school to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Prior to winning the nationally advertised Principal position at Glenunga in 2008 Wendy was Principal at Victor Harbor High School for four years. Her previous positions included: District Superintendent in Southern Vales and Adelaide East as well as Regional Services Manager for North and North East Adelaide.
Wendy is currently a board member of the South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (SASPA) and has the responsibility on the board for leading the strategic direction related to resourcing secondary education.
Her early career was as a teacher of English and Drama in both public and private sector schools.
Kerrynne Liddle has an extensive professional background in media and communications.
She has a Bachelor of Arts; double major in management, Masters of Business Administration, a Australian Institute of Company Directors Course Diploma and is a Vincent Fairfax fellow having completed a leadership program at the Centre for Ethical Leadership.
Kerrynne has previous experience on State Government boards, Commonwealth boards and committees and not-for-profit boards. She is currently a Board Member of: Aboriginal Hostels Ltd, and a Member of the National VET Equity Advisory Council.
Kerrynne is Manager Aboriginal Participation at Santos – one of Australia’s largest domestic natural gas producers, and is responsible for Aboriginal affairs across its Australian operations.
ZHAO (JOE) LU
Zhao ‘Joe’ Lu is a PhD candidate in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in solar hybrid gasification and computational fluid dynamics.
In his spare time, Joe participated in a variety of student leadership programs across the university. He is among the first group of student leaders to be formally recognized by the university in 2012.
Joe has an active interest in languages and cultures. He has been mentoring new arrivals for the university’s International Student Centre since 2011. Over the years, he managed to pick up some german and french.
Professor Clement Macintyre was elected to the position of Chair of the Academic Board on 1 January 2013 and re-elected on 1 January 2015. The Chair of Academic Board is an ex officio member of Council. Professor Macintyre's term ends on 31 December 2016.
Clement Macintyre completed a BA at Murdoch University in Western Australia and a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. He has been Head of the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide since 2010. Before that he has served as Discipline Head of Politics and as Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Associate Dean (Education). He was Deputy Chair of Academic Board 2011-2012.
His teaching and research is been concentrated on European and Australian politics and political history. He has a special interest in Parliaments. This covers not just the debates over the role and functions of Parliaments as one of the key political institutions, but includes a related interest in the architecture of parliamentary spaces and the way that the design of the debating chambers and parliamentary buildings influences debates and political outcomes.
In 2002-03 he was Chair of the Panel of Experts appointed to advise the State Government in the lead up to the State Constitutional Convention and gave the key-note address to the Convention. In May 2008, on the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the new Parliament House in Canberra, he was invited to deliver the “Occasional Senate Lecture” and spoke on the relationship between parliamentary architecture and political culture. In recent years he has published papers on Australian Constitutional structures as well as South Australian political reform and political history.
Felix Patrikeeff completed his BA in History & Government at the University of Essex, and his D.Phil. in International Relations at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Before coming to the University of Adelaide, he taught at the Universities of Warwick, Oxford and Sydney, and from 1993-1994 served as Programme Director, International Studies at Kolej Antarabangsa, Penang, Malaysia. He has researched, supervised and published widely in the areas of Russian/Eurasian & Asian Studies, Geopolitics, Political Economy, Strategic Studies & International Relations. He is the President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA Branch), Vice-President of The Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies and is on the Management Committee of The Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies
- Strategic culture, leadership and questions of identity in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific region
- Hong Kong, China and the political economy of transition and accommodation
- The politics of Russia borderlands, Central and Inner Asia
- Émigré politics (with special reference to Russia)
- The political history of the Russian Far East
SUSIE ROBINSON BAppSci, Bsc (Hons), PhD (Cantab), GCert (Monash)
Dr Susie Robinson has extensive public sector experience, most recently as the Acting Director in the SA Government Public Sector Performance Commission, dealing with government reform and performance issues. In that role, she had oversight of the South Australian Executive Service, building senior leadership capacity in the public sector. Former roles in the SA Government include Principal Policy Officer in both the Cabinet Office and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology. Her early career as a civil servant was with the UK Government, in their prestigious Fast Stream Career Programme, as a senior policy adviser in innovation.
She is one of the Board of Directors for Novita Children's Services, one of South Australia's premier children's charities and a recognised and celebrated world leader in the research, development and provision of quality services to children with disabilities. She is also a Director of Care First Pty Ltd, operating in the same disability sector.
She holds a PhD (Biology) from Cambridge University, UK, and held a variety of teaching positions with colleges of the University. She also has postgraduate business management qualifications from Monash University. She currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia, delivering topics relating to Public Policy, Productivity, Leadership and Innovation.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, and is a Fellow of the 21st Century Trust (allianced with the Salzburg Global Seminar), an international organisation acknowledging and bringing together the rising generation of leaders worldwide from government, business, NGOs, academe, the media and other sectors.
Susie's early career involved work as an Occupational Therapist, predominantly in neurological rehabilitation and domiciliary care, including volunteer work in Thailand.
Shane Selvanderan is currently an Honours candidate in the Discipline of Acute Care Medicine. As part of his Honours year, he is investigating the benefits and risks of stress ulcer prophylaxis in critically ill patients. He has a strong interest in acute care medicine and gastroenterology.
He has completed five years of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program, and over this time has been actively involved in student life. He has held a number of committee and executive roles on the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society, and in 2013 was a member of the Australian Medical Association (SA) council.
Professional staff member - elected 6 March 2013; term ends 5 March 2015.
ANTHONY W. THOMAS FAA
After obtaining his PhD at Flinders University, Prof. Thomas spent 11 years in Vancouver and Switzerland where he held positions as a staff member at the TRIUMF laboratory and at CERN. He returned to a Chair in the Physics Department at the University of Adelaide in early 1984 and received a DSc from that University in 1986. He served as elected Head of the Department of Physics and Mathematical Physics from 1988-91 and President of the Australian Institute of Physics from 1991-93. He was appointed Elder Professor of Physics in 1989 (the post held by Prof. Sir William Henry Bragg, Nobel Laureate), elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1990 and served as Vice-President from 1994-95. During the first decade at Adelaide, Prof. Thomas built a research program of sufficient international recognition that, with Prof. A. G. Williams, he was awarded an ARC Special Research Centre, the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM) in 1997. In 2004, Prof. Thomas was invited to take up the position of Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Theoretical and Computational Physics at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, one of the US Department of Energy's two major fundamental nuclear physics laboratories. As well as having line management responsibility for over 300 scientists and engineers he held responsibility for the quality of the entire scientific program of the laboratory, with its more than 1200 international scientific users. He has served as the Chair of the Working Group on International Cooperation (WG.9) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics since its inauguration in 2005.
In 2009 Prof. Thomas returned to the University of Adelaide as an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, one of only two appointed from outside Australia. He is now Director of the University Research Centre for Complex Systems and the Structure of Matter. Prof. Thomas is also the Director of the Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics at the Tera-scale, established in 2011. This Centre will coordinate Australian research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.