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Election of two members of the professional staff to Academic Board.

At the close of nominations at noon on 27 September 2019, three valid nominations for two vacancies had been received. Accordingly an election is required. The candidates are:

      1. Laura Giaretto
      2. Andrew Tokmakoff
      3. Nel Duffield

Voting opens on 4 October 2019 and will close at 10:00am on 18 October 2019.

Eligible voters are those who, on Close of Roll Day, 6 September 2019 who held a full-time, or not less than 0.5 fractional, appointment to a post at the University other than as a professor, associate professor, principal lecturer, senior lecturer, lecturer or associate lecturer (or, if an alternative designation is adopted for any of those posts, the post as so designated).

Voting in the election will be via an on-line ballot. Access to the ballot is available to eligible voters at the University's voting website. Hardcopy ballot papers will not be mailed to voters.

The views expressed in candidates’ statements are not necessarily those of the University. The University is not responsible for errors or omissions in candidates’ statements.


Laura Giaretto

I am in-house Senior Legal Counsel and a dynamic, engaged employee. I work closely with staff across all Faculties on a diverse range of issues and initiatives.

Through involvement in the Quality Enhancement Committee, I have developed a sound understanding of the role of Academic Board and the challenges that impact academic governance and performance.

I am pragmatic and results-oriented, and offer the occasional injection of (appropriate) humour.

I hold a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Diploma in Teaching (Sec).

I am keen to further contribute to the University’s academic endeavours and strategic goals.


Andrew Tokmakoff

I’ve been working at Adelaide University since 2012 as a Technical Team Lead within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), a federally funded (NCRIS) research infrastructure project.

I develop tools (mobile apps and cloud back-ends) to support ecological data collection and curation for long-term ecological monitoring.

I studied Computer Systems Engineering (B.Eng, PhD), completed an MBA and am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

I’d like the opportunity to continue representing the University’s Professional Staff on the Academic Board, helping to ensure that the University’s academic reputation remains world-class, which is in the entire University’s interests.


Nel Duffield

I am the Manager, Technology and Digital Enablement within Information Technology and Digital Services. I previously worked for the University Library as the Manager, Academic Liaison. While at the University I have delivered conference papers and written publications, presented at the Festival and Learning and Teaching, sat on the Learning Technologies Steering Group, and participated in Division of Academic and Student Engagement initiatives such as the Students as Partners Roundtable. I have worked as a tutor in the Faculty of Arts and for Wirltu Yarlu.

I hold a BA (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, and a MA (Information Studies).

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