The Hon Michael Rueban Egan AO, Chancellor, Macquarie UniversityThe Hon Michael Egan, AO



Ex officio member; appointed pursuant to Section 8H of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2020.

The Hon. Michael Egan AO has been Chancellor of Macquarie University since February 2008. He was Treasurer of New South Wales for a record term from 1995 to 2005. He was also Minister for State Development, Minister for Energy and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.  Since leaving Parliament in 2005, Mr Egan has been involved with a number of private and public sector organisations and companies as a member, director or chairman.

The Chancellor was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2014 for distinguished service to the Parliament of New South Wales through a range of senior ministerial roles, to tertiary education administration and medical research, and to the community.

In December 2016, the University Council re-elected Mr Egan to serve as Chancellor until January 2020. In January 2019, he will surpass the record set by the University’s inaugural Chancellor, Sir Garfield Barwick, to become the longest holder of the role since the University’s foundation in 1964.

Louise Mason


Deputy Chancellor

Appointed to the University Council by the Minister for Education & Training pursuant to  section 8G of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2017 and concluding on 31 December 2020.

Louise Mason graduated from Macquarie in 1989 and has held various roles in the property industry at Lend Lease, AMP Capital and Stockland. Currently Louise is Group Executive and CEO Commercial Property at Stockland. The role covers all aspects of the management of Stockland’s retail, office, logistics and business park assets and a staff of 500.

With 28 years' experience in real estate, Louise was previously Chief Operating Officer for Real Estate at AMP Capital and held other roles over 13 years with the organisation including Head of Development and Managing Director of Office & Industrial.

Louise is a member of Stockland’s Executive Committee. In 2016, Louise was elected NSW President of the Property Council Australia.

Professor S Bruce Dowton



Ex officio member; appointed pursuant to Section 8H of the Macquarie University Act 1989.

The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive of the university, with overall responsibility for its academic, research, administrative, financial and development strategies. He is tasked with promoting the interests and furthering the development of the university. Prior to his appointment Professor Dowton served as a senior medical executive having held a range of positions in university, health care and consulting organisations. He also served as a paediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Professor Mariella HerbersteinMariella Herberstein

Chair of Academic Senate

Ex officio member; appointed pursuant to Section 8H of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 30 June 2019.

Mariella Herberstein joined Macquarie University in 2001 as an academic in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the behavior of spiders, and she has been teaching at all levels of undergraduate biology, most recently teaching evolution and biodiversity in first year. From 2012-2015, Mariella was the Head of Department and from 2015-2016, she served as Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She found both positions most rewarding and positively challenging. As of May 1 2016, she has taken on the Chair of Academic Senate and is looking forward to continuing her service for Macquarie University.

Her approach is broadly consultative, utilising the collective wisdom of her colleagues. She likes to try new and innovative ways of working, researching and teaching. Mariella is a keen fan of Eurovision and believes in the power of cake.

Cissy ShenCissy Shen

Student Member appointed by Council pursuant to 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 June 2017 to 31 May 2019.

Cissy Shen is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with a Bachelor of Human Sciences. She has been active in AIESEC and is the Vice President of the Human Sciences Student Association. She is currently the undergraduate student representative for the Faculty of Human Sciences on the Student Representative Committee.

In her role as a member of Council, Cissy wants to see Macquarie University as a place that puts students first, that the student voice is heard and student experiences are valued.  She is passionate about ensuring students are involved in decision-making at the University and that communication on major decisions and policies is improved.

Chum DarvallChum Darvall AM

BA Macq. SF Fin & FAICD

Graduate Member appointed by Council pursuant to Section 8E of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2020.

Chum Darvall is a non-executive director for a range of companies, government and not for profit organisations. He had a successful executive career in financial markets and banking for 30 years from 1981-2011.

Chum was the Chairman of TransGrid from 2012 – 2015. TransGrid is the owner, operator and manager of the high voltage network connecting generators in NSW and ACT. His role with TransGrid concluded on 16 December 2015 with the successful sale of the business via a 99-year lease by the State Government of New South Wales for $10.26 Billion.

From July 2002 to March 2011 Chum was Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank in Australia and New Zealand. During this period, Deutsche Bank business expanded and consolidated as one of the leading investment banks in Australia and New Zealand.

In September 1994 joined Deutsche Bank as Director Treasury managing the money market, swaps and foreign exchange units and group funding. In early 1998, he became Head of Global Markets responsible for all debt market-related activities. He was part of the management group responsible for the merger and integration of the New Zealand operation

of Bankers Trust with Deutsche Bank in 1999.

From 1985-1994 Chum worked in the financial market division of Westpac Banking Group in a range of senior roles including Head of Capital Markets in Australia and later serving in Japan from 1990-1994 as Head of Markets, Tokyo branch.

From 1981-1985, he worked with BA Australia Ltd, a subsidiary of Bank of America, managing the funding for the merchant bank in 1984-1985.

Prof Catherine DeanProfessor Catherine Dean

Academic Staff member elected under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2016 and concluding on 31 December 2019.

In 2011, Professor Catherine Dean joined Macquarie University as the inaugural Head and Director of the Physiotherapy Program and has since also been appointed as Head of Department of Health Professions. The department was established in the Faculty of Human Sciences but since has moved to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Catherine is also currently the Deputy Dean and Interim Associate Dean Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Previously, Catherine worked as an academic at the University of Sydney. Catherine has held academic leadership roles across a number of health professions. She has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Australian higher education and healthcare sectors and has developed strong links with public and private health providers in the community, education and welfare sectors.

The Hon Patricia Forsythe

BA DipEd, Newcastle (NSW), FAICD

Member appointed by the Minister for Education & Training pursuant to Section 8G of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 December 2020.

The Hon Patricia Forsythe is the Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a position she has held since September 2006. Prior to that Patricia served for over 15 years as a member of the NSW Legislative Council, including ten years on the Opposition front-bench.

Patricia serves on a number of boards in the government and not-for-profit sectors including Business Events Sydney, Cricket NSW, Destination NSW, Port Authority of NSW, and as chair of the International Education Advisory Board for Study NSW. Previously Patricia has served on the boards of Hunter Development Corporation, Hunter Medical Research Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

Ms Deborah HadwenD Hadwen

BA, MA, Master of Commercial Law Macq. MAICD

Council Member appointed by Council under Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act. Current term to 29 February 2020.    

Deborah Hadwen has extensive experience in Information Technology and is a company director. Ms Hadwen was previously Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand for Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), a global leader in IT services, digital and business solutions. Prior to TCS, Ms Hadwen held several commercial roles at Compuware Asia Pacific Pty Ltd and IBM Australia.

Ms Hadwen is Non-Executive Director at Ambition Group (ASX: AMB) a global recruitment consultancy, member of its Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.  Ms Hadwen has been a member of the Industry Advisory Board for S P Jain School of Global Management and a member of the Inside HR Editorial Board, and was formerly Chairperson of the Governing Council for NASSCOM Australia and Council Member for the Australian Business and Community Network.

Ms Hadwen was a Finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2011 and a Finalist for the CEO Magazine, IT Executive of the Year in 2015. Ms Hadwen holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Sydney, a Master in Commercial Law from Macquarie University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Wylie Bradford

Academic Staff member elected under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2018 and concluding on 31 December 2019.

Leanne DenbyLeanne_DENBY

Professional Staff member elected under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2017 and concluding on 31 December 2018.

Leanne has been Director of Sustainability since 2008. Leanne’s current role involves working with many departments and staff at all levels, affording her the opportunity to get a deep understanding of what’s happening on campus. Leanne’s passion for sustainability, and for the University to be more sustainable, means that she is strongly aligned with ethical values, and the need to think about the social and environmental impacts of our actions and decisions.

University Council is not the only Board that Leanne resides on. She is also the President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), a non-profit, member based association supporting best practice in sustainability for campuses across Australia and New Zealand.  She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Jingmin QianJingmin_QIAN


Member appointed by Council pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2023.

Jingmin Qian is a company director and corporate adviser with rich experience on Asia. Jingmin is a Director of Jing Meridian Advisory, specialising on strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Venture negotiation and cross-cultural management with Asian investors and partners. Previously she held executive roles with major companies Boral Limited, Leighton Holdings and L.E.K. Consulting. Jingmin started her career at Ministry of Commerce in Beijing, working with AusAID and the UN on projects in over twenty provinces in China.

Jingmin is currently an Interim Chairman of an ASX listed company, a director of the Australia China Business Council and the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society of Sydney. Jingmin has been an advisory board member of Macquarie University's Department of Marketing and Management since 2012.

Jingmin holds a Bachelor Degree of Economics from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW and University of Sydney. Jingmin is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a CFA Charter holder.

John WigglesworthJohn Wigglesworth

BEc Macq., CA

Graduate Member appointed by Council pursuant to Section 8E of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2023.

John is a Chartered Accountant and has been a partner at KPMG since 1997. During this career with KPMG, John has worked with many leading Australian and international companies and has expertise in external and internal audit, accounting systems and controls, the application of IFRS and risk management.

John has extensive experience working with businesses across the Asia Pacific region.  He is the national leader of KPMG’s Global Japanese Practice in Australia and spent three years on secondment to KPMG Thailand in the late 1990s through the period of the Asian Financial Crisis.

John is also a director of Macquarie University Hospital.

Frank ZipfingerFrank_ZIPFINGER


Graduate member appointed by Council pursuant to Section 8E of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2023.

Mr Frank Zipfinger is the Chairman of Buchan and a director of MH Premium Farms.

Mr Zipfinger is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the St Joseph's College Indigenous Fund and of the board of the St Joseph's College Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Melbourne Business School, a director of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Chairman of The Ski Lodges Organisation of Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega Inc, Chairman of the Teter Mek Foundation and a board member of The North care Foundation at Royal North Shore Hospital and of the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Mr Zipfinger has over 35 years' experience in the property industry.  He was formerly a Partner in the Sydney office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) where he specialised in property investment and development. Frank was the Chairman of Mallesons Stephen Jaques from 1 February 2005 until 30 June 2010 and Chairman of Mallesons in the Community. Prior to this appointment, Frank completed over five years in various roles as a Managing Partner with the firm.

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