Council Members

as at 6 September 2022

  • The Honourable Catherine Branson AC KC, Chancellor

    The Honourable Catherine Branson AC QC, Chancellor

    The Hon Catherine Branson AC KC 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. Catherine Branson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

    Ms Branson was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2018.

    On 13 July 2020, Council appointed Ms Branson as the 17th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide for a two-year term until 12 July 2022.  In February 2022, Council re-appointed Ms Branson for a further two-year term until 12 July 2024.

  • Mr Kenneth Williams B Econ (Hons), M App Fin, MAICD, Deputy Chancellor

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    Mr Kenneth Williams was first appointed to Council on 13 October 2020 and re-appointed on 13 October 2022; his term ends on 12 October 2025.  He was elected Deputy Chancellor for a two-year term from 17 August 2022 to 16 August 2024.

  • Professor Peter Høj AC FAA FTSE FNAI (US), Vice-Chancellor and President

    Professor Peter Høj

    Professor Peter Høj AC FAA FTSE FNAI (US) was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 February 2021.

    Professor Peter Høj

  • Mr Michael (Mike) Barber

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    Mr Michael (Mike) Barber has over 25 years' experience in the ICT sector. He has held senior leadership positions within the Government of South Australia and the private sector including Electronic Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Connected Solutions Group and NEC Australia.

    He has considerable experience in business transformation, corporate governance, risk management, financial management and strategic planning and a deep understanding of business systems, managed services, cloud computing, cyber security, and biometrics.

    Mr Barber is currently CEO of Data Action and is also a Director of Transforming Solutions, a boutique consulting and advisory company providing services to Government, business, and Not for Profit organisations in South Australia.

    He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business (MIS).

    Mr Barber has been appointed to Council for a period of 2 years from 14 February 2022 to 13 February 2024. 

  • Professor Katie Barclay

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    Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions and Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History at the University of Adelaide. She is the staff representative on Council.

    Barclay received her MA(Hons), MPhil and PhD from the University of Glasgow and worked at the Institute of Historical Research, London, the University of Warwick and Queen's University, Belfast, before migrating to Australia in 2011 when she joined the University of Adelaide. She is an internationally-renowned and award-winning historian, with a particular specialism in histories of emotion, gender and family life.

    Barclay has previous experience of leading a large charity as a board member of Glasgow Women's Aid, is on the Adelaide branch committee of the NTEU, and has acted as Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and a wide range of other roles for a number of historical research organisations. She has experience of facilitating industry partnerships with researchers, managing large grants and their associated personnel, and engaging with community groups and the media as part of education and research outreach.

    Barclay is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, which promotes excellence in university teaching, and has written on pedagogy in history teaching and translational research works for the student market.

    She has a particular interest in university governance, both as someone who works within the sector, and as an academic research interest.

  • Ms Juliet Brown AM

    Ms Juliet Brown OAM

    Juliet Brown has significant experience in business and the law extending over various industries including financial services, particularly superannuation and insurance, as well as health, and transport in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience as an independent non-executive director, including considerable chairmanship and audit committee experience of APRA regulated entities. Since 2005 Juliet has concentrated full time on her board work as an independent non-executive director.

    From 1999 to 2004 Juliet held the position of Chief Executive of Thomson Playford, (now Thomson Geer) one of South Australia's largest commercial law firms. In her five years as Chief Executive she led the firm through a period of successful development and growth including the initiation of the firm’s expansion beyond South Australia with the establishment of offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Prior to joining Thomson Playford, Juliet had undertaken senior practice management roles as well as having practised as a solicitor in commercial litigation for both public and private sector clients, at senior management and board level, particularly in the insurance and health areas for over 20 years.

  • Ms Bisma Changez

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    Bisma Changez is currently commencing a Concurrent degree in Bachelors of Psychological sciences and Bachelors of Law. Bisma has been a vocal advocate of International, student, mental health as well as climate issues from an early age. She has always made sure to represent and promote multiculturalism, fairness  and equality. Bisma was also a part of the student representative committee as a Social justice officer and managed a page called “ The Asian Community of Adelaide” to show support and stand for internationational issues and promote culture in 2021. Bisma has been closely involved in many clubs, doing presidency in multiple clubs such as The Pakistani Students Society as well as handling executive roles and being a general member of clubs such as The Tea club, Labor Club, Islamic association club, Disability and Divergence society (DIDA), Women’s collective and being heavily involved in supporting social justice clubs such as The Amnesty Club throughout the last two years.

    Bisma has also been an active contributor and volunteer at organisations like the benevolent society, beyond blue and red cross. Bisma has been in close in touch with disability and mental health issues, as alongside her activism, as she pursued work in Behaviour therapy and contributed to her learning by excelling and gaining constant experience and knowledge.

    Bisma's passion and drive is to pursue social justice, equality as well as understanding/ studying the human mind to keep growing with every opportunity that comes her way.

  • Mr Lachlan Coleman

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    Lachlan has been employed at the University since 2007 and has served extensively on University boards, committees and working groups. He is currently a member of the People and Culture Committee (University Council sub-committee), and was previously an elected professional staff representative on Academic Board (University Council sub-committee).

    Lachlan is currently Chairman of the Adelaide University Cricket Club Executive Committee.

    He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Lachlan completed his Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide in 2004, and more recently has been the recipient of the Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Research Fellowship (University of Adelaide), and the Australian War Memorial Research Fellowship.

    His current role as Director, Student Engagement and Success provides key support for the University’s learning and teaching, curriculum and governance functions.

  • Ms Janet Finlay

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    A chartered accountant, Janet is an independent professional director and experienced business adviser having worked in professional services for more than 25 years, the last 15 years as a partner in Big 4 accounting firm, EY.

    Janet has a strong commercial and finance background with a practical understanding of and experience with both the public and private sectors, advising organisations on finance, strategy and risk management.

    Janet was appointed to the Council on 5 February 2019 and is Chair of the Risk Committee.

    Her other board positions include:

    • Director of SA Water Corporation and member of the Governance, Finance and Risk Committee and the People and Culture Committee
    • Member of the Libraries Board of South Australia and member of the Finance and Investment Committee
    • Director of St John Ambulance Australia SA Inc and chair of the Community Care Committee

    Previous roles include:

    • Member and deputy chair of the inaugural State Planning Commission of South Australia
    • Partner and business unit director, EY
    • Member of the Property Council of Australia, SA finance and tax committee

    She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a registered tax agent.

  • Mr Ian Henschke

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    Ian Henschke graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Dip.Ed. and was as a teacher before studying, then joining the staff, at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He has worked as a print, television, and radio journalist for more than four decades. He’s been a ministerial adviser and reported for two commercial networks as well as the ABC. He won a Reuters Chevening Fellowship to Oxford to study climate change. His ABCTV/BBC World documentary that followed won the Jury Prize at the Grenoble International Film Festival. He was the Staff Elected Director on the ABC Board from 2000-2002 and awarded the Centenary of Federation medal for services to broadcasting. He served on the Advisory Board of the University of South Australia’s Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technology. Ian was appointed Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia in 2017 and is a passionate spokesperson for the rights of older Australians. He’s also an ambassador for Advanced Care Planning Australia and the Love Hope and Gratitude Foundation. Ian is married with two daughters. The eldest is studying in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Adelaide University. Ian Henschke was appointed as a graduate member of the council for a two-year term from 6 September 2022 to 5 September 2024, and serves on the Special Degrees Committee.

  • Mr David Hill, B. Comm., M.B.A

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    David Hill is Asia Pacific CEO, Deloitte Asia Pacific Limited. David was previously Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Australia and led Deloitte's national mid-market business, Deloitte Private; Deloitte's national M&A Transaction Services business and Deloitte's Corporate Finance business in South Australia.

    A member of Deloitte Asia's Executive Committee, David joined Deloitte Australia in 1995. David has gained extensive international experience across Australia, the U.K., the U.S., Japan and Korea.

    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 Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) Pinnacle Awards.

    As Asia Pacific CEO, David is responsible for ensuring Deloitte has a world-class operating model to support and enable the partners and staff of Deloitte to provide the highest quality client 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.

  • Mr Andrew (Andy) Keough CSC

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    Andy Keough CSC, Managing Director, Saab Australia

    Andy served for 22 years in the Australian Navy which included command of two Collins Class submarines and a three-year exchange posting with the US Navy's Submarine Force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his leadership in command of HMAS SHEEAN in 2006.

    Andy retired from the Navy in 2007 and joined ASC where he was responsible for establishing the business improvement capability and managing ASC's operations in WA, which included maintenance and training for the Collins Class fleet.

    After a two-year stint as Chief Executive Officer of Defence SA, Andy commenced as the Managing Director of Saab Australia in 2017.

    Andy's other roles include:

    • Chair of the Australian Industry Group (AiG) Defence Council
    • Member of:
      • South Australia Certificate of Education (SACE) Board
      • Training and Skills Commision
      • Board of Governors, Saint Peters Girls School
      • Prime Ministers Veterans' Employment Program Industry Advisory Committee
  • Professor Tracy Merlin

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    Professor Tracy Merlin BA(Hons), MPH, PhD was elected as Chair of Academic Board from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. The Chair of Academic Board is an ex-officio member of Council under section 12(1)(aa) of the University of Adelaide Act 1971. Tracy is concurrently interim Head of the School of Public Health, at the University of Adelaide, and has been in this role since 2019. She has been an academic at the University since 2007 and a professional staff member and student at the University for a number of years prior to that.

    She is the co-creator and Director of Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) in the School of Public Health. Over 20 years, AHTA has conducted >$66 million in contract research for the federal government - and other governments - to determine the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health technologies entering into the health system or being considered for public funding. She has strong connections and committee responsibilities with the national and international Health Technology Assessment community. She is the elected Chair (2020-2022) of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) – representing 50 agencies across 31 countries – and has been on the Board since 2015. Tracy is a clinical epidemiologist and methodologist with an international reputation in evidence synthesis, evidence-based health policy and clinical practice guideline development.

  • Mr Oscar Zi Shao Ong

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    Oscar, a PhD student at the University of Adelaide (UofA) from Malaysia, has a deep passion for representing students from different backgrounds, and has held a range of positions over his six years of study at the university. He is the current Adelaide University Union (AUU) Board President. He was the 2020-21 Student Representative Council (SRC) President, 2021-22 and 2018-19 AUU Board Director, the SRC General Secretary in 2018, and 2019-21 Academic Board member. A few important initiatives he helped introduce during COVID-19 includes: student support package (SSP) financial and wellbeing support, state international SSP, free flu vaccine. Oscar is also the current National President of Council of International Students Australia (CISA) and sits in the Council for International Education, which set the direction for Australia's role in international education and training and supports the implementation of the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030.

  • The Honourable Amanda Vanstone AO

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    The Honourable Amanda Vanstone AO was appointed by Council on 16 December 2019 for a two-year term from 1 January 2020.  Ms Vanstone was re-appointed for a second term from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023.