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Council Members' Biographies

as at 12 August 2021

The Honourable Catherine Branson AC QC, Chancellor

The Hon Catherine Branson AC 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.

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.

Professor Peter Hoj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Peter Hoj AC was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 February 2021.

Associate Professor Katie Barclay

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.

Mr Dan Osei Mensah Bonsu

Dan O. M. Bonsu obtained a BSc (Hon) degree in Human Biology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has also completed two masters degrees, with each received with distinction: the Erasmus Mundus Masters in  Forensic Science from a consortium of three European Universities (University of Lincoln, United Kingdom; Universidad de Córdoba, Spain and Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Portugal) and Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

He has comprehensive training in the forensic and investigative sciences and worked as a Lecturer at the Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, from March 2016 to Feb. 2019. Dan is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) funded by the prestigious Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI). His research project investigates the interaction of contact DNA with metal and metal-coated surfaces and developing novel solutions for forensic analysis of these problematic evidential samples for serious crime.

Dan holds professional memberships with the Forensic Science Society of Ghana (as Vice President), The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Sciences Society.

Mr 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 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 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.

Ms Janet Finlay

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 a member of the Finance and Infrastructure 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 David Hill, B. Comm., M.B.A, Deputy Chancellor

David Hill is Asia Pacific Deputy CEO & Chief Operating Officer, 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 Chief Operating Officer, 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.

Ms Emily Jenke

Emily owns democracyCo, a proudly South Australian small business which specialises in deliberative democracy and complex community engagement. They work with Governments in Australia and internationally to bring the voices of citizens effectively into policy and decision making.

Emily has served South Australia in multiple roles over the last 10 years - as Presiding Member of the SA Native Vegetation Council and a Murray Darling Basin Community Committee member. Emily is currently a Director of Arid Recovery. She has chaired and been a member of private, public and school boards and values collaboration and robust governance.

Emily lives on a family farm in Strathalbyn with her husband Paul and three teenage children where they produce olive oil.

Mr (Andrew) Andy Keough CSC

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

Ms Christine Locher FAICD

Christine Locher is a business leader 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 the Higher Education Council; and the Business and Parliament Trust. Previous board appointments include Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation; Public Trustee - Audit and Risk Management Committee; Australian Dance Theatre; Supported Community Accommodation Services and Think180.

Christine's current board & council appointments include:

  • The University of Adelaide;
  • Modern Industry Policy Advisory Group;
  • Business SA (South Australia's Chamber of Commerce & Industry); and
  • Beerenberg Advisory Board.

Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Trustee of CEDA and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year alumni

Ms Kathryn Presser BA, MBA

Kathryn Presser is currently on a number of Boards in a Non-executive capacity after stepping down as CFO / Company Secretary at Beach Energy in 2016 having over 25 years experience in Executive Management Roles. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries, a Fellow of the Certified Practising Accounting Association, a Fellow of the Governance institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide.

Kathryn has extensive experience in all areas of governance, risk and financial reporting and management! Widespread Company secretarial experience in public listed and private companies in a wide range of industries.

Kathryn’s current Board and Council appointments include

  • ASX listed company Amaero international Limited
  • Funds SA
  • SAFA
  • Police Credit Union
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Walford Anglican school for girls

Ms Leah Schamschurin

Leah Schamschurin has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) degree and is currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management. While at the University of Adelaide, she has immersed herself in the university community through club engagement, student representation and volunteering at campus events. Leah is currently a member of the University of Adelaide Women’s Collective, Adelaide University Pro Choice Club, Adelaide University Debating Society and Adelaide University Geography and Development Society, and has been involved in the Politics and International Relations Association. In 2020, she served as the Welfare Officer on the Student Representative Council where she developed a strong passion to advocate for student interests and an inclusive campus culture. Through these experiences, as well as personal achievements, Leah has been selected as a New Colombo Plan Scholar for 2021. She looks forward to living and studying in Fiji in an attempt to learn more about environmental management and international relations, as well as establishing strong connections in the Indo-Pacific region.

Alongside her involvement in the university community, Leah is a volunteer speaker with Beyond Blue. At community events, she shares her experiences with mental health illnesses and an eating disorder in an attempt to reduce the stigma that still surrounds both. Leah is also a sports instructor with Ready Steady Go Kids, where she has come to learn new communication and creative thinking skills. In this position, she is responsible for teaching children aged from eighteen months to six years old a variety of different sports, from AFL to hockey, and always finds herself involved in amusing conversations with rather opinionated toddlers.

Leah plans on using her knowledge, passions and skills in order to pursue environmental justice and social equality over the course of her life, and hopes to never stop meeting interesting people.

The Honourable Amanda Vanstone AO

The Honourable Amanda Vanstone AO was appointed by Council on 16 December 2019 for a two-year term from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.

Professor John Williams

John Williams is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions and was first elected as Chair of Academic Board on 1 January 2016; he was re-elected for a third term from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. The Chair of Academic Board is an ex-officio member under section 12(1)(aa) of the University of Adelaide Act 1971.

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

Mr Kenneth Williams was appointed by Council on 13 October 2020; term ends 12 October 2022 for a two-year term from 13 October 2020 to 12 October 2022.

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