Macquarie University Council members

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 2017.

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 Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, Chairman of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Pty Ltd and former Chairman of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commission and of the Australia Day Council of New South Wales and a former member of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and Governor of the Woolcock Medical Research Institute.

Elizabeth CrouchElizabeth Crouch


Deputy Chancellor

Ex officio member. Current term to 31 December 2016.

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

Professor Dominic VerityProf Dominic Verity

Chair of Academic Senate

Ex officio member; appointed pursuant to Section 8H of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term to 31 December 2017.

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.

Kieren AshKieren_ASH

Student Member appointed by Council pursuant to to 8D of the Macquarie University Act 1989. Current term commencing 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2017.

Kieren Ash is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and Modern History. Kieren has served as an Office-Bearer of the Macquarie University Labor Club since 2013, and was elected its President at the 2015 AGM.

In his role as a member of Council, Kieren hopes to bring about meaningful change through negotiation and consultation with the university administration to enrich and diversify the student experience, with a particular focus on the arts, live music, and student politics. Kieren is passionate about youth activism, student unionism and democratic reform of the university representation system. Kieren is the Director of the "Our Uni, Our Union" campaign at Macquarie, which seeks to restore independence, autonomy, and accountability to the student representative bodies at Macquarie.

In his spare time, Kieren is passionate about coffee, music, and starting books but never quite completing them. 

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.

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.

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 Charterholder.

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 1February 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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