Biographies of Council Members
as at 29 July 2013
[In alphabetical order by surname]
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.
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.
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. In 2011 she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide and in 2012 a Doctor of Laws (hon) from Flinders University.
CASEY BRIGGS, B. Math Sc.
Casey Briggs has been an active member of the University community for many years now. His involvement has been in a broad range of activities, from student representation to management, oversight and delivery of key services on campus.
He served two years as a Student Radio Director, producing and overseeing one of the key services of the Adelaide University Union. At the end of 2010, he successfully ran for a position on the AUU Board of Directors and sat on the Executive of the Board throughout 2011. At the end of 2011 he was elected to be President of the AUU, acting as one of the main student representatives on campus. As President of the AUU, he sits on the Board of the Sports Hub Inc, Campus Retail Services Pty Ltd, Unibooks Pty Ltd, and is the President of Student Care and other such positions.
Outside of his involvement with the AUU, Casey has acted as a student representative on a number of University committees including the Faculty Board of ECMS, the Student Reference Group for Hub Central and the Academic Board of the University.
In what little spare time that he has left, Casey presents a program on Radio Adelaide and is attempting to complete a Master of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics.
Undergraduate student - elected 6 March 2013; term ends 5 March 2014.
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.
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.
THE HON ROBERT M. HILL AC - CHANCELLOR
The Hon Robert M. Hill AC is the 15th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, appointed from 26 July 2010 to 25 July 2012. He was re-appointed by Council on 13 February 2012 for a second term from 26 July 2012 to 25 July 2014.
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.
IAN JOHN KOWALICK AM, BSc (Hons), BEc
Mr Ian Kowalick is a director and consultant. He has had senior management experience in both the private and public sectors and was the Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet from 1995 to 2000. From 1997 to 2000 he was also the Commissioner for Public Employment. Ian Kowalick was the Chair of the State Opera of SA and a Director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group. He is a Director of the Playford Centre and Playford Capital Ltd, a Trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, a Director of a resources company, Arafura Resources NL, a Director of NuPower Resources Limited and a Director of Syngas Limited.
He has served on a number of boards and committees of public corporations, or institutions, such as the Advisory Council of the CSIRO, the CSIRO Institute of Information Sciences and Engineering Advisory Council, the Technology Development Corporation and various university socommittees. He chaired the SA Government's Biotechnology Industry Advisory Council in 2002.
Ian Kowalick has been involved over many years in activities to promote the development of new technology based industries and a venture capital market in SA. He was the Managing Director of Samic Ltd, one of the early attempts to establish a venture capital industry in SA.
From 1990 to 1993 Ian Kowalick played an important role in the analysis and resolution of the financial difficulties of the former State Bank of SA and was involved in the subsequent reconstruction and sale of the Bank.
Ian Kowalick's early career was with an international consulting and technical services firm that provided technical, project management and financial consulting services to the mining industry.
Professor Clement Macintyre was elected to the position of Chair of the Academic Board on 1 January 2013. The Chair of Academic Board is an ex officio member of Council. Professor Macintyre's term ends on 31 December 2014.
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.
SIMON MADDOCKS BAgSci(Hons), PhD, FAIAST, FAICD
Professor Simon Maddocks is the Director, Science Partnerships with South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) - the research agency of the SA Department of Primary Industries and Regions.
Prof. Maddocks graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) degree in 1984. As an undergraduate he was elected by the student body to the Adelaide University Union Council, and chaired the Council for a term. He completed a PhD in the area of Reproductive Physiology & Immunology in 1987, and was also the recipient that year of the prestigious Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Medicine, the first non-medical graduate to receive this award. He has since received a number of other awards for his contributions to the field of Reproductive Biology and has worked overseas in the UK, Europe and the USA including a term as a Visiting Scholar to the University of Virginia.
He was employed by the University of Adelaide for 13 years prior to joining SARDI in 2003, and served as Head of the University's Department of Animal Science before being appointed Director of the Roseworthy Campus in 1998. He was appointed Professor of Animal Science in 2000, and in 2002 he was also appointed Acting Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute. He has contributed actively to a number of University Alumni initiatives and in 2003 was made an Honorary Life Member of the Roseworthy Old Collegians Association.
He is a member of various state and national Boards and Committees across the agricultural and biomedical sciences, is a Director of the Menzies Foundation and is the Chairman of the Board of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.
He is a passionate agricultural and science educator and has served on various TAFE and SASSAB curriculum review and accreditation panels. He regularly gives talks to secondary school students and community groups about careers in agriculture, and on the science and ethics associated with the application of leading biotechnologies.
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
Undergraduate student - elected 6 March 2013; term ends 5 March 2014
JOHN CLIVE RADCLIFFE AM BAgSc[Hons] (Adel), PhD (Oregon State) GAICD FTSE
Dr John Radcliffe, an Honorary Research Fellow in CSIRO, and Council Member of the University of Adelaide, is a former Commissioner of the National Water Commission, and was previously Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO responsible for Divisions in the "Natural Resources Alliance" (Plant Industry, Land and Water, Marine Research, Wildlife & Ecology, Entomology, Atmospheric Research, Forestry and Forest Products). Prior to that, he was South Australian Director-General of Agriculture.
He is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Eminent Scientists Group which reviews import risk assessments and also chairs the Water Forum of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Dr Radcliffe has served on numerous Cooperative Research Centre boards and was Visitor to the CRC for Plant Based Management of Dryland Salinity. He served as Project Director for the ARC-sponsored Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering studies "Pesticide Use in Australia" in 2001-2 and Director and author of "Water Recycling in Australia" in 2003-4. He currently chairs the Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence.
Among numerous other appointments, Dr Radcliffe has been a member of the SA Arid Areas Catchment Water Management Board, Chairman, Executive Council, CAB International [Wallingford, Oxon.] and Chair of the Board of the South Australian Research and Development Institute. From 1985 to 1992, he was involved with establishing the Murray Darling Basin Commission, being an SA Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner. Dr Radcliffe was a foundation Trustee of the History Trust of South Australia from 1982 and its Chairman 1987-1990.
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.
THE HON CHRISTOPHER CLELAND SCHACHT
Appointed as co-opted member of Council from 24 July 2012 to 23 July 2014.
Ms Loewn Steel is the Chief Executive of Kojo Group Pty Ltd, a leading South Australian based Digital Media, Marketing and Entertainment business with offices in Adelaide and Melbourne and an international and national client base.
Prior to joining Kojo, Lowen established @radical.media, an international television commerical and content production company.
With an extensive background in Advertising and Marketing, she has had a dynamic career and brings with her strong strategic thinking skills and a vast experience in marketing in traditional and digital media in both local and global markets.
She is currently a member of the SA Motor Sports Board Advisory Committee. Previously she was President of the Adelaide Advertising and Design Club (AADC), Member of Screen Producers of Australia (SPAA) Executive, Board Member of Carrick Hill and Variety Club Executive Committee.
Professional staff member - elected 6 March 2014; 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.
STEPHEN YOUNG, BEc, FCA, FAICD
Mr Young is the Executive Chairman of E & A Limited, a publicly listed South Australian based investment company which owns 8 operating businesses, Blucher Australia Pty Ltd, Equity & Advisory Ltd, E & A Contractors Pty Ltd, Fabtech SA Pty Ltd, Heavymech Pty Ltd, Ottoway Engineering Pty Ltd, Quarry & Mining Manufacture Pty Ltd and ICE Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd.
Mr Young is also a director of A Raptis & Sons Group, Shaw and Smith Pty Ltd and Common Ground Adelaide Limited and a council member of The University of Adelaide.
Previously Mr Young was a director of ASC Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Submarine Corporation Pty Ltd) and a member of the Premier’s roundtable, ETSA Corporation and Land Management Corporation.
Mr Young is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the World Presidents Association and former South Australian Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization.
In prior years, Mr Young has been a member of the Premier’s Roundtable, a Director of the Adelaide Football Club, including the two premiership years of 1997 and 1998, Chairman of Michell Australia Group, a Director of ASC Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Submarine Corporation), a Member of the Boards of ETSA Corporation and Land Management Corporation and a Council Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, South Australian Division.
Mr Young was a Partner of Allert Heard & Co from 1983 to 1989, Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen, South Australia from 1989 to 1997, Partner in Charge of the Corporate Recovery Division of that office from 1989 to 1992, a member of the Worldwide Insolvency Core Group from 1990 to 1992 and Partner in Charge of the Corporate Finance Division in Adelaide from 1993 to 1997. He was a member of the Arthur Andersen Worldwide Advisory Council for a two year term commencing in 1991.
Mr Young is married with 3 adult children and plays polo.