Macquarie University Council members

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



Ex officio member; appointed pursuant to Section 8H of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 28 February 2017.

The Hon Michael Egan 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 Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, Chairman of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Pty Ltd and Chairman of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commission.

Elizabeth CrouchElizabeth Crouch


Deputy Chancellor

Ex officio member.

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.

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 pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.. 

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 2017.

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 2016.

Chum Darvall AM is the Chairman of TransGrid - the owner, operator and manager of the high voltage network connecting generators in NSW and ACT.

Previously, he was non-executive Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank and before that, Chief Executive Officer of the bank in Australia and New Zealand from July 2002 to March 2011. 

Prior to his first appointment at Deutsche Bank, Chum worked in the financial markets divisions of Westpac (1985-1994) and BA Australia Ltd (1981-1985), a subsidiary of Bank of America.

In addition to TransGrid, Chum is also the Chairman of Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd - a specialist loan fund manager providing expertise to wholesale fund managers seeking to invest in the Australian corporate loan market. 

Other board memberships include Wilson HTM, Pinnacle Investment Management, Palisade Investment Partners, The Financial Markets Foundation for Children and The Australian Cricketer's Association Player Hardship Fund.

Prof Julie FitnessProfessor Julie Fitness

Appointed to the University Council under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2013 and concluding on 31 December 2015.

Julie Fitness had the privilege of serving as a member of Council for 4 years in her capacity as Chair of Academic Senate. Julie learned from that experience that a truly effective University Council relies on the active participation of well-informed academics who care deeply about the University and its goals, and who are committed to ensuring that the academic perspective, with its emphasis on standards and quality, plays an integral role in Council planning and decision-making.

Given her many years of experience in academic leadership roles, Julie believes that she can bring a considerable body of knowledge and understanding of academic issues to Council, and ensure that these issues are recognised as fundamental to the flourishing of the University.

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 2016.

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.

Prof Richard HowittProfessor Richard Howitt

Appointed to the University Council under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2013 and concluding on 31 December 2015.

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.

Greg JonesGreg Jones

BA Macq., MA Macq

Member appointed pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 December 2016.

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 2013 and concluding on 31 December 2015.

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.

Hana KrskovaHana Krskova

Appointed to the University Council under section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 January 2015 and concluding on 31 December 2016.

Hana spent more than five years working as the Finance Manager for the Faculty of Business and Economics, and now works as the IT Finance and Risk Manager at Informatics.

Since moving to Australia in 1999, she has held Finance positions for example with companies such as Canada 3000 Airlines, Sydney Aquarium, News Interactive (online division of News Limited) and C Management Service (a joint venture with Central Queensland University). In her role of Associate Director of Finance and Administration at Central Queensland University - Sydney Undergraduate Campus, Hana was responsible for managing Graduations, Student Finance, Student Administration, Business Administration and Client Services Departments where she played active role in process mapping and continuous improvement of University's administration areas. And it is improving administrative processes on daily basis and enabling both academic and professional colleagues to achieve their goals as fast as possible as well as growing and mentoring staff that Hana enjoys the most in her positions.

Hana is an alumna of the University, holds an MBA degree and CPA accreditation, assists the University as a Company Secretary for CMBF Limited, and is a current research student in the Macquarie MRes program. She was profiled in a piece by the Internal Communications team regarding her research studies in September 2014.

The Hon Sandra NoriThe Hon Sandra Nori

BEc Syd.

Member appointed pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 December 2016.

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.

Gemma QuinnGemma Quinn nee Brooks

Student Member appointed by Council pursuant to Section 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 May 2015.

Ms Quinn is currently in her 5th year of her Bachelor of Laws, having completed all Arts components of her double degree with coherent studies in Politics and Philosophy. She served as a member of the Macquarie University Student Representative Association since its inception, as a General Officer and Secretary in 2010 and Convener in 2011.

During her time at Macquarie University Gemma has made student representation her primary focus, working with students to build a sense of community and improve campus life. Gemma is an advocate for independent democratic student representation and encourages student autonomy and self determination. She has been an active member of a number of student groups, a regular contributor to Grapeshot (student magazine and newspaper) and has run a number of student-focused events including the International Food Fair and End of Year Beach Party 2011.

Gemma also runs a Before and After School Care Centre and in her spare time enjoys golf, art history, and travelling.

Kerry SchottDr Kerry Schott

Member appointed by the Minister for Education & Training pursuant to Section 8G of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 December 2017.

Kerry Schott is currently the CEO for the NSW Government's Commission of Audit. Kerry was CEO and Managing Director of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011.She was previously a Deputy Secretary, NSW Treasury. Kerry is a member of the Infrastructure Australia Board and a Director of NSW TCorp.

Kerry spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision.

Kerry holds a doctorate from Oxford University (Nuffield College), a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England.

Prof Dominic VerityProfessor Dominic Verity

Chair of Academic Senate

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

Professor Dominic Verity is a mathematician and computer scientist affiliated to the Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT), an interdisciplinary University research centre recognized internationally as a leader in its field. In recognition of his leadership in learning and teaching Professor verity was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2008) and an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011).

His experience as an academic administrator includes 5 years as a member of the Division of ICS executive (2002-2006), serving the University's Academic Program Committee (now the Academic Standards and Quality committee) as the Postgraduate Coursework Specialist (2003-07), and serving twice as an elected member of Academic Senate between 2006 and 2008 and again from 2011 to 2012. Professor Verity was appointed to the Chair at the beginning of 2011where he led the committee tasked with managing and monitoring the governance and policy processes that support all of the University's learning and teaching activities.

Academic Senate is currently engaged in a vitally important process of renewal and reinvigoration. It is challenged to capitalize upon the opportunities presented by a new Vice Chancellor, to meet the demands of a new regulatory body - the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) - and to navigate the uncertainties of a rapidly evolving tertiary sector.

Greg WardGreg Ward

BEc Macq., MEc Macq., FCA., F Fin

Appointed to the University Council under section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing on 1 January 2011 and concluding on 31 December 2017.

Greg Ward was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of Macquarie Group Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group's banking subsidiary, Macquarie Bank Limited, in 2011.  He is a member of Macquarie Group's Executive Committee and the Macquarie Bank Limited board. After joining Macquarie on listing in 1996, Greg was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1997, a position he held until 2011.  In that time he had overall responsibility for finance, taxation, treasury, human resources, business services, strategy, company secretarial, corporate communications, investor relations and market operations.

Greg has over 25 years experience in finance and financial services.  Prior to joining Macquarie, he held senior roles with Westpac Banking Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He served as a board member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board from 1999 to 2003 and was an inaugural member of the Australian Federal Treasury's Financial Reporting Panel.

Greg is currently a board member of UNICEF Australia (and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee); the Financial Markets Foundation for Children; the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Macquarie University Council.  He is also a Board member of the Macquarie Group Foundation which is responsible for the Group's philanthropic activities.

Greg holds a Masters of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.

John WigglesworthJohn Wigglesworth

BEc Macq., CA

Member appointed pursuant to Section 8F of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 December 2016.

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.

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