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Council Members' Biographies

as at 4 August 2017

Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), 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, retiring in 2004. His appointments included service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War, postings in Washington and London, Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus and Flag appointments as Naval Training and Naval Support Commander.

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. After retirement, 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 a Director of a number of public and private companies, a Governor of the Coopers Foundation and joint Patron, with his wife Liz, of Anglicare SA.

Kevin was appointed on 29th March 2015, as the Commissioner of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.  The Commission delivered its findings in June 2016.

Professor Mike Brooks, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Mike Brooks is the Interim Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide, seconded away from his underlying position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research). As a leading international researcher, he has made fundamental contributions in artificial intelligence, computer vision and robotics. Professor Brooks has published over 120 papers in computer vision, image analysis and surveillance, with over 5000 Google Scholar citations. He has held visiting scholar/professor positions at many international institutions, including the University of Oxford, MIT, INRIA (Sophia Antipolis), Fraunhofer-Karlsruhe, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Gunma University in Japan.

His work has seen application in areas that include defence, health, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing. Intelligent video surveillance technologies developed by his team have seen wide commercial use in the security industries and have won international awards. The computer vision group he created at the University of Adelaide lives on in the guise of the internationally eminent Australian Centre for Visual Technologies.

Professor Brooks has extensive experience in research leadership and management, having developed and implemented the University research strategic vision. He established the University of Adelaide’s five flagship research institutes, and has overseen the University’s rapid rise up the international rankings and outstanding showing in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scheme. He created ThincLab Adelaide, a leading-edge innovation hub for startups and entrepreneurs, and is responsible for postgraduate activities which result in over 400 PhD and Masters graduations per annum. He has in addition steered some major international partnerships with the likes of Nottingham, North Carolina State and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

He is a former chair of the Go8 Committee of Deputy Vice-Chancellors Research, and presently serves on the NHMRC National Code Review Committee, advising on Australia’s new research integrity framework. He has in his career served for 8 years on Australian Research Council grant award panels.

He serves on the boards of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute. He served for almost 10 years on the board of National ICT Australia (NICTA), the forerunner of Data 61.

Professor Brooks is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Andrew Abell

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).

The Honorable Catherine Branson QC, Deputy Chancellor

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. Catherine Branson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Lachlan Coleman

Lachlan has been employed at the University since 2007 and has served extensively on University boards, committees and working groups. He is currently an elected professional staff representative on Academic Board.

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.

Lachlan is currently a member of the Adelaide University Cricket Club Management Committee, and the Congress Committee for the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry.

His current role as Student and Learning Services Manager in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences provides key support for the University’s learning and teaching, curriculum and governance functions.

Robin Day

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.

David Hill, B. Comm., M.B.A

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\x92s 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.

Jarrad Hopkins

Jarrad Hopkins is a 5th year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) student at the University of Adelaide. He has been elected as undergraduate student Council member for 2017.

Kerrynne Liddle

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.

Ms Kerrynne Liddle is a consultant of Santos and is a Director of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

Christine Locher FAICD

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; Public Trustee - Audit and Risk Management Committee; Australian Dance Theatre; and Think180.

Christine's current board & council appointments include:

  • The University of Adelaide's Business School Advisory Board;
  • Business SA and South Australia's Chamber of Commerce & Industry;
  • Department of Education & Child Development BHPS Steering Committee;
  • SA Power Networks Leadership Council; and
  • Beerenberg Advisory Board.

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

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews received the BElec degree in electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Adelaide, South Australia in 2014 and is currently studying a PhD in Engineering with his research concerning applications of sensor pattern noise for forensic applications.

He is the president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations Central region and currently serves as the Postgraduate Officer on the Student Representative Council.

He has served in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Officer where he was awarded the Australian Defence Medal before working on industrial automation for the automotive and power monitoring industries. He now tutors first year engineering students, conducts research in his interest areas including digital forensics, cyber security and additive manufacturing as well as publishing for the Conversation.

Georgina Morphett

Undergraduate Student Representative - term ends 5 March 2018.

Kathryn Presser

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.

Peter Siebels

Appointed under section 12(1)(B) of the University of Adelaide Act 1971 for the term 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018.

Tim Storer

Tim Storer has had twenty years experience living/working in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sydney and Adelaide. He operates a sole-trader business, Storer Asia, providing practical assistance to South Australian businesses in their import from, export to and investment interaction with Asia.

He is the Health Services sub-committee chair, Australia China Business Council SA and a committee member of the Australian Republican Movement SA.

He holds an economics degree from the University of Adelaide and is a former President of University of Adelaide Athletics Club. He also holds an MBA from the Australian National University, focused on business in Asia.

Ian Watson AM RFD, BDS (Adel), MDSc (Syd), MRACDS, FICD, FADI, FPFA

As a result of having spent many years in service to various Councils/Boards Ian Watson been awarded Honorary Life Memberships to the Australian Dental Association (S.A.), the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the Angus Society of Australia (the angus cattle breed).

He has served in both the Regular Army and the Army Reserve and given numerous scientific papers nationally and internationally. Also, he has served as President of the S.A. Foundation for Dental Education and Research, the Post-Graduate Committee in Dentistry and the Dental Faculty Board (until it was disbanded ), all of the University of Adelaide.

Ian Watson has been a Past-President of the Multidisplinary Dental Academy of Australia, served as Secretary-General of the Asian-Pacific Orthodontic Society, served on the Board of the World Federation of Orthodontists, representing Oceania, 2005-2010 and was Scientific Programme Director of the World orthodontic Congress in 2010 which involved some 6,000 delegates and some 300 presenters.

John Williams

John Williams is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations) and was elected as Chair of Academic Board for the term 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017. The Chair of Academic Board is an ex-officio member under section 12(1)(aa) of the University of Adelaide Act 1971.

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