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Biographies of Council Members

as at 14 August 2015


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.  His appointments included service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War and Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus between 1995 and 1997.

Kevin 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.

Kevin 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.  He is also a Director of APC Technology, Director of Bank SA Advisory Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Seeley International, Alternate Director, Directors of Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd, a Governor of the Coopers Foundation, Patron of Scouts SA, and Patron of Anglicare SA.

Kevin was appointed on 29th March 2015, as the Commissioner of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.


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.


Andrew Abell graduated from the University of Adelaide with BSc(Hon) and PhD and then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He held a professorship at the University of Canterbury before returning to the University of Adelaide in 2007, where he is currently Professor of Chemistry.  His research and teaching interests are concerned with understanding the fundamental link between the chemical structure and shape of key biological molecules and their biological function.  While his work is very much driven by fundamental science, he has always had a keen interest in pursuing associated commercial opportunities. The seed for this was sown with a sabbatical leave working as a visiting scientist, consultant and senior Fulbright Fellow with SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) in Philadelphia. In Adelaide he co-founded an Adelaide-based company (Calpain Therapeutics) to develop macrocyclic protease inhibitors as a potential treatment for cataract and other conditions. Calpain Therapeutics began with being named the 2011 winner of The University of Queensland Business School's Enterprize competition.

He is past interim head of the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Adelaide and member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts. He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Easterfield medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute Adrien Albert Prize, and the Alexander R. Matzuk Prize and Lecture in Drug Discovery (Houston). He is also currently the Director of the Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).


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.


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.


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.


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.


​Ethan was born in California and lived in Los Angeles until moving to Australia at age eleven. He has completed the first three years of his medical degree (MBBS) at the University of Adelaide, and in 2015, he is undertaking an honours research year (BMedSci) in the Mind & Brain Theme at SAHMRI, under the supervision of Professor Ma-Li Wong and Professor Julio Licinio. He currently chairs or sits on a number of boards and committees, and provides free revision lectures to peers in younger cohorts.

Ethan wishes to become a clinical academic and has a strong interest in the brain. He hopes to become an active contributor to the fascinating neuroscience work that will take place in his lifetime.

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 is the Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Australia.  David previously led Deloitte's national mid-market business, Deloitte Private, Deloitte's national M&A Transaction Services business and the Deloitte's Corporate Finance business 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 20 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.

As Chief Operating Officer, David is responsible for ensuring a world-class operating model to support and enable the partners and staff of Deloitte to provide the highest quality service.  David is passionate about leadership and empowering and developing the partners and staff of Deloitte to realise their full potential with the firm.

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.


Undergraduate Student - elected 6 March 2015; term ends 5 March 2016.


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.


Christine Locher is a business woman with over 30 years’ experience in professional practice firms particularly in the field of human resources and organisational performance.

Christine served on the National Board of Directors of the RCSA (Recruitment and Consulting Services of Australia/NZ); and represented industry on Boards and Councils including Council of TAFE SA Adelaide North; the Higher Education Council; and the Business and Parliament Trust. Previous board appointments include Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation; CFS Foundation and DECS Voices of Women.

Christine’s current board & council appointments include:

  • The University of Adelaide’s Business School Advisory Board;
  • Public Trustee - Audit and Risk Management Committee;
  • Business SA – South Australia’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry;
  • Australian Dance Theatre;
  • Department of Education & Child Development BHPS Steering Committee;
  • SA Power Networks Leadership Council; and
  • Chair of Think180.

Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Australia alumni.


Postgraduate Student - elected 6 March 2015; term ends 5 March 2016


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.


General Staff Representative, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - elected 6 March 2015; term ends 5 March 2017.


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

Research Interests

  • 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


Ms Kathryn Presser is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Beach Energy Limited, a position she has held since 1997. She is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (formerly the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries), fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Ms Presser has widespread company secretarial experience, capital management experience and risk management experience of public listed and private companies in a wide range of industries. She has broad governance and legislative experience through company director positions, previously as an alternate director in a listed oil and gas company, and currently a director in an oil and gas company, as well as extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector as a company director.

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