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. He is currently Chairman of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Pty Ltd.

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.

Elizabeth CrouchElizabeth Crouch


Deputy Chancellor

Ex officio member. Current term to 30 June 2018.

Elizabeth Crouch, BEc, FAICD, is a company director and consultant to government and the private sector. Ms Crouch spent 16 years with the Federal government before moving into the private sector, where she held various positions including the role of Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association.

Ms Crouch is a non-executive Director of the Chandler Macleod Group, Chairperson of Health Infrastructure and transport audit committees and Chairperson of the Fair Trading Advisory Council. She is the former Chair of Railcorp, the Public Transport Ticketing Corporation and Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney Planning Committee. She also holds a number of positions with community and sporting bodies including as Registrar of the Redfield Lions Football Club.

Prof S Bruce DowtonProfessor 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, is the Vice President of the Human Sciences Student Association, and has been as student representative on the Faculty of Human Sciences Faculty Board.  She is currently the undergraduate student representative for the Faculty of Human Sciences on both Academic Senate and 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.

Brendan P CrottyBrendan P Crotty

LS, DQIT (T&CP), Dip.BusAdmin (Macq.) FAPI FAICD, FRICS

Graduate Member appointed by Council pursuant to Section 8E of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 September 2013 and concluding on 31 August 2021.

Brendan Crotty has had an extensive career in the property industry including 17 years as the Managing Director of Australand Property Group, prior to his retirement in mid-2007.  He is currently Chairman of the Western Sydney Parklands Trust and CloudFX Group Holdings Pte Ltd (inc in Singapore) as well as being a director of GPT Group Ltd, Brickworks Ltd and Dennis Family Corporation P/L.
Brendan has a strong commitment to sustainability and was the inaugural Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia and a director of the Australian National Training Authority. His commitment to sustainability extends not only to the environment but also to social housing and skills development.
He also serves as a director and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and was a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee until mid-2012.

Brendan was the National Chairman of the Property Industry Foundation from 2007 to 2010 and played a major part in the establishment of the Foundation's Rebuild-a-Young-Life initiative, a programme aimed at stabilising the lives of disadvantaged young people, developing the skills they need to make them ready for work and to find an employment pathway that will lead them to a permanent place in mainstream society.

Brendan holds tertiary qualifications in Surveying, Town Planning and Business Administration (Macquarie University 1981) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Property Institute and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is a Life Member of the Housing Industry Association and was awarded the Sir Phillip Lynch Award for outstanding service to the Australian housing industry.

Chum DarvallChum Darvall AM

BA Macq. F 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 2002 – March 2011 Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank in Australia and New Zealand from July 2002 to March 2011. 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

Appointed to the University Council under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2016 and concluding on 31 December 2017.

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.

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.

Hon Patricia ForsytheThe Hon Patricia Forsythe

BA DipEd, Newcastle (NSW)

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 15 years as a member of the NSW
Legislative Council, including eight years as a Shadow Minister in a range of portfolios including three years as Shadow Minister for Education and Training.

Patricia is a member of the boards of Destination NSW, the Sydney Children's Hospital Network, Hunter Development Corporation, Business Events Sydney and Cricket NSW. Patricia holds a BA Dip Ed from the University of Newcastle.

Ms Deborah Hadwen

D 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 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 member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prof Richard HowittProfessor Richard Howitt

Appointed to the University Council under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2016 and concluding on 31 December 2017.

Richard Howitt is a human geographer. Richard joined the Macquarie community in 1992. Since then Richard has seen multiple restructures and strategic shifts that have reinforced his sense that pursuing current excellence and nurturing the foundations for future excellence together is important. His academic experience includes periods as Head of Department and on Academic Senate, Staff Consultative and Human Ethics Committees; he has been a member of NTEU since the late-1980's. He currently manages the University's partnership with Ryde Council.

Richard strongly endorses the University's Ethics Statement as the basis for fostering integrity, generosity and respect across the university community. Richard is deeply committed to enhancing social and environmental justice through education, research and engagement and has worked to support Indigenous rights and Indigenous participation and success in higher education. Richard thinks that his skills, experiences and perspectives equip him to make a constructive contribution to the community as a member of Council.

Leanne DenbyLeanne_DENBY

Appointed to the University Council 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. Prior to this appointment, Leanne worked as a Project Director with one of the research centres based on campus - ARIES. 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. Leanne intends to bring her strong ethics based values into her position on Council, to do her best for the University as a whole. In all, Leanne is thrilled to be involved with University Council.

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 tertiary education institutions across Australia and New Zealand. Her experience on this Board is somewhat different to that of Council, but has provided her with a solid grounding in working beyond the management level.

Greg Jones

Greg Jones

BA Macq., MA Macq

Member appointed pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 30 June 2018.

Mr Greg Jones is a graduate of Macquarie University, BA and MA and is currently Principal of Mona Vale Public School on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Mr Jones is currently Chair of the University Discipline Committee.

Mr Jones has an extensive background in education. In 2000 he coordinated the educational provision for special needs students as a component of the Government's "Building the Future", a restructuring and revitalising of inner city schooling. In 2002 Mr Jones was appointed by the Minister for Education to re-establish Hunters Hill High School and Erskineville Public School.

Mr Jones has been active in developing sustainable links between Macquarie University and the Peninsula Community of Schools in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Project). The Project has already made significant gains in encouraging young people to study in the Science and Science-related areas. Mr Jones also has an interest in school Governance and is working with the Department of Education and Training on developing effective models of School Governance for use in Public Schools.

Mr Jones is married with two daughters, one of who completed a BA Dip Ed at Macquarie.

Prof Deborah KaneProfessor Deborah Kane

Bsc (Hons) Otago, PhD St Andrews

Appointed to the University Council under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2016 and concluding on 31 December 2017.

Professor Deborah Kane first studied physics at the University of Otago, New Zealand and then completed her PhD at St Andrews University, Scotland, as a Commonwealth Scholarship holder. She was a research fellow in physics at Southampton University, UK (1984-April 1986) and then took up her first lectureship in physics at Massey University NZ (April 1986-May 1989).

She joined Macquarie University as a lecturer in physics in 1989 and has been a senior lecturer (1992-1998), Associate Professor (1999-2004) and now a personal chair in Physics (since 2005). She is a past Head of the Department of Physics (May 2003-June 2006) and has served on Promotions Committees, the Research Committee, the Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Equal Opportunity Committee of the University. She was a member of the Management Committee of the ARC Nanotechnology Network (2004-2010).

She has taught university physics - undergraduate, honours and postgraduate for more than 25 years. Her research interests are in photonics, optics and materials. She has authored/co-authored more than 80 refereed papers, edited/co-edited three books, and has about 200 publications in total. She is a strong contributor to outreach programs.

Louise MasonMs_Louise_Mason

BA, LLB (Hons) Macq

Appointed to the University Council under 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 both Lend Lease and AMP Capital. Currently Louise is the Chief Operating Officer for AMP Capital Real Estate in Australia - the Real Estate funds management arm of AMP Group. Appointed to her current role in 2016, Louise oversees risk and compliance, governance, communications, research and the delivery of a $5b office and mixed use development pipeline.

With 27 years' experience in real estate, Louise was previously Managing Director of AMP Capital Office & Industrial, heading one of the largest in-house asset, property and development management teams in the industry. Louise joined AMP Capital in 2005 as Head of Shopping Centre Development before being appointed Head of Development in 2008 responsible for the management and delivery of all AMP Capital Real Estate projects to achieve optimal commercial outcomes for investors. Louise's roles have also been heavily focused on people and stakeholder management both within the organisation and externally.

Louise is a member of AMP Capital's Executive Committee and is a director of several subsidiary companies of the organisation. In 2016, Louise was elected NSW President of the Property Council of Australia.

The Hon Sandra NoriThe Hon Sandra Nori

BEc Syd.

Member appointed pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 30 June 2018.

Ms Nori was appointed to the Council on March 2008 and currently serves on its Finance Committee. Ms Nori is a 19-year veteran of the NSW Parliament (1988-2007), and Minister from 1999-2007. She was the State's longest serving Minister for Tourism. Her other portfolios included Small Business, Women, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Major Events and Venues and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development. Ms Nori is currently working as a consultant. She is also on the boards of the NSW TAFE Commission and Domain Resorts and Residences; a member of the fund-raising committee of the Wayside Chapel; and an honorary member of the Duke of Edinburgh Forum Committee 2009.

Jingmin QianJingmin_QIAN


Member appointed pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2019.

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

Member appointed pursuant to Section 8E of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2019.

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 extensive experience is financial reporting, accounting, audit and risk management, both in Australia and Asia. John is the Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Frank ZipfingerFrank_ZIPFINGER

LLB, LLM, BAcc, BEcon, MBA, A/CD

Graduate member appointed pursuant to Section 8E of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2019.

Mr Frank Zipfinger is the Chairman of Aspen Group (ASX code APZ), a director of Galileo Japan Trust (ASX code GJT), a director of MHPF Premium Farms and the Chairman of the Investor Representative Committees of the AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund and the AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund.

Mr Zipfinger is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the StJoseph's College Indigenous Fund and of the board of the St Joseph's College Foundation, a member of the board 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.

Mr Zipfinger has over 35 years' experience in the property industry.  He was formerly a Partner in the Sydney office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he specialised in property investment and development. Frank was the Chairman of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) 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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