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Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) (Chancellor)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

In March 2017 Sir Angus was announced as the Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Sir Angus is Chair of Airservices Australia; the Defence South Australia Advisory Board; the Order of Australia Council; the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute; the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group; the University of NSW Canberra Advisory Board; the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Supashock Advanced Suspension Advisory Committee.

He is a Board Member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board, GreaterGood Canberra and the Victorian Police Executive Command. Sir Angus is also a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment.

In addition, he is the Ambassador or patron of numerous charitable organisations. These include Bravery Trust, the Bomber Command Association in Australia, the European Alliance Against Depression Australian Chapter, Griffith University’s Glycomics Childhood Leukaemia project, Soldier On, Stand Tall for PTSD, Sunnyfield Disability Services, Shelterbox Australia and The Centenary of Anzac Centre.

In July 2014 Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014. In 2012 Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The Board provided strategic advice to the Government on the national program for the Anzac Centenary 2014 – 2018.

In July 2011 Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force after 41 years of service in the military.

Sir Angus was awarded the Degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causa from UNSW in November 2015 and the Degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa from ANU in December 2016. In 2011, he was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.

Sir Angus is married to Liz and they have three sons and three grandchildren.

Professor Greg Hill (Vice-Chancellor and President)
Professor Greg Hill (Vice-Chancellor and President)

CertTeach Kelvin Grove Teach.Coll., BA(Hons) Qld., PhD Qld.

Professor Greg Hill began his career as a primary school teacher. He later completed a BA Honours (Geography) and PhD (Wildlife/Statistical Ecology) at the University of Queensland (UQ). He taught at UQ for 15 years and gained national recognition for teaching innovation and technology transfer to developing countries.

He was appointed as Reader in Geographical Sciences and UQ Director of the Australian Research Council Key Centre in Land Information Studies and has established, and maintains research interests in: remote sensing, wildlife ecology, environmental planning, and education.

He accepted the Foundation Chair in Tropical Environmental Science at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in 1995 and was a Dean from 1997.

At CDU he was actively involved in the establishment, management and governance of University and national research centres and held various government appointments including Chair of the Northern Territory Board of Studies and membership of the Kakadu National Park Research Advisory Committee.

His experience in the Northern Territory cemented a commitment to Indigenous Australians and he is privileged to be adopted into the community of the White Eagle (Mak Mak) people from the Finnis River district.

Professor Hill was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President Designate at the University of the Sunshine Coast on 15 June 2010 and Vice-Chancellor and President on 1 January 2011.

As Vice-Chancellor and President, he serves as: Lead Vice-Chancellor, Universities Australia Indigenous Higher Education; Foundation Member, Regional Universities Network; Board Member, Education Australia Limited; Board Member, IDP Education Pty Limited; Member, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Ltd; and Member, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council.

He has also served as a member of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's Priority Projects Standing Committee.

Before his appointment he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a role he had held since 2005.

Professor Robert Elliot (Acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

PhD Qld., DipEd Melb., MA La Trobe, BA(Hons) NSW.

Professor Robert Elliot is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality), and a Professor of Philosophy at University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. From 24 February 2018, Professor Elliot also took the role of Acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality) oversees, manages and provides advice and direction on internationalisation and quality assurance and improvement, including organisational and program reviews.

Professor Elliot is a member of the University Council, University Executive, and Learning and Teaching Committee, Chairperson of Academic Board, and Chairperson of the Internationalisation Advisory Committee and Quality and Standards Committee.

Professor Elliot's research areas include envionmental ethics, bioethics, meta-ethics and personal identity. He was the foundation Dean of Arts and subsequently Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1995 until 2005 when he was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor

Six members appointed by the Governor in Council

Dr Suzanne InnesSuzanne-Innes.jpg

BA(Hons), BEdSt Qld., GradCertTESOL UNE, MSchM EdD C.Qld

Suzanne's career spanned four decades across primary, secondary and tertiary education. From 2005 to 2014, Suzanne worked as an Executive Director on a regional and state level for the Department of Education and Training. Prior to her retirement in 2014, Suzanne was overseeing the implementation of three National Partnership Programmes for state schooling in Queensland, developing curriculum and pedagogy policies and a suite of support resources that have been made available for all education sectors in Queensland and nationally through Education Services Australia.

Suzanne launched her own consultancy business in 2014. She currently conducts organisational reviews in both the public and private sectors. Suzanne's consultancy services focus on leadership and management, governance, strategic planning, supporting change and managing performance.

Ms Jacquelyn WrightMs Jacqueline Wright

BBus(Comp) NTU, Master of Computing Studies Deakin , GDipEd(Adult) S.Aust., GDipEd(Primary) NTU

Jacquelyn is currently employed as a Senior Primary Teacher on the Sunshine Coast.

Prior to this position she was employed as a Lecturer in Information Technology at Charles Darwin University for many years.

During this period Jacqueline was involved in the delivery of lectures and tutorials, as well as course coordination. She has a strong interest and commitment to education at all levels.

Jacqueline's original industry experience was as a Programmer / Systems Analyst with the Northern Territory Government.

Ms Debra Bennet

Debra Bennet is a 'Goorie Woman', a direct descendant of the Kullali Peoples (of South Western QLD) and Wakka Wakka and Gubbi Gubbi Peoples (of South East Queensland). With 28 years of successful community and cultural development experience, Debra has held various roles in the arts sector, disability sector, correctional centres and adult education arenas.

Her work involves the process of creatively drawing from, and working across disciplines and industry sectors to develop and strengthen community, and care for our natural environment.

Debra is currently employed as Director of Indigenous Services with Relationships (Qld), was previously Manager of the Indigenous Arts and Community Cultural Development Program with QLD Community Arts Network (QCAN), a partner in Nuthakine Consultancy, serves as a member of QLD Museums and Regional Galleries Indigenous Advisory Board, chairs the QLD Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA) within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and is a founding member and director of the National Foundation for Indigenous Recovery and Development.

Debra has worked in Local Government and has had several years’ involvement coordinating student services in Secondary and Tertiary environments within Queensland, including the establishment of student support services at Griffith University and Central Queensland University.

Debra facilitates arts and cultural workshops including workshops on Cultural Awareness, Cultural Competencies and Alternative Approaches to Leadership.

She is also the author of Dynamic Wisdom of the Yarning Circle, and author / inventor of the Yarning Circle Framework and Process, based on her paternal grandfather’s clans (Kullali) stories and ceremonies given to her by Kullali and Wakka Wakka Elders within her clan. Debra is committed to building communities through maintaining social justice, arts and cultural practices and culturally appropriate processes.

She supports the broader aspirations and professional development of Indigenous communities and marginalised young people globally, working to ensure that all people have the right to learn in ways which suit their specific needs - to retrieve, and uphold wisdom to help them develop to their fullest capacity, live a rich spiritual and cultural life, and sustain the natural environment.

Ms Bennet is also a member of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Ms Sandra Birkensleigh


Sandra is a professional Non-Executive Director. She currently is a board member of the:

  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • MLC Insurance Limited
  • Auswide Bank Limited
  • Horizon Oil Limited
  • 7-Eleven Holdings Limited
  • Sunshine Coast Children’s Therapy Centre

In all cases, she Chairs the Audit Committee or Audit and Risk Committee and sits on a number of other committees including Nominations and Disclosure.

Sandra is also the Independent member of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Public Trustee of Queensland and member (acting Chair) of the Audit and Risk Committee of USC.

She was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 16 years leading a number of practice areas including 5 years as Global Leader of their Governance Risk and Compliance practice.

Sandra is Chairperson of the USC Council's Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Three members appointed by Council

Mr Scott Williams AM (Deputy Chancellor)Scott Williams

QDAH Qld, BEc, GradDipCompSc, GradDipFinMangt, GradDipRurAcc NE, Hon.DLitt NE, FAICD

Scott Williams AM is a successful serial small business operator and presently runs 4 accommodation businesses in Brisbane and 7 newspaper businesses in eastern Australia. One of his previous businesses was twice National Small Business of the year and listed 4 times in the 100 fastest growing Australian businesses.

He has been elected to local government in NSW and was Mayor and a representative on the NSW Shires Association. He has served as independent Chair of another Council’s Audit Committee.

He served on the University of New England Council from 1997 to 2012. He was Deputy Chancellor for 4 years and Chair of the Finance and Tender Committees for 13 years.

Before launching his own businesses, Scott worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and as a management consultant.

Scott has an AM for services to local government, business, community radio and higher education and for philanthropy.

Scott was elected Deputy Chancellor in April 2017 and is Chairperson of the USC Council's Planning and Resources Committee.

Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton AOGerard Sutton

BE(Hons), MEngSc UNSW, PhD CUA, Hon DSc UOW

Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton AO held the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong (UOW) from 1995 to 2011. He is currently the chairperson of the AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) Board as well as being a board member of the Bundanon Trust, the Port Kembla Port Corporation, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and the Think Education Group.

His awards include Doctor of Science (Honours) UOW, Emeritus Professor of UOW and University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the Australian Centenary Medal and Officer of the Order of Australia.

Mr David Foster

BAppSc S.Cross, MBA S.Qld, SF Fin, GAICD

Mr David Foster is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a diverse portfolio of Directorships and Advisory roles. David has 25 years of experience in financial services.

David is currently an Independent Non Executive Director for a variety of ASX listed companies across a range of industries including Retail, Education, Financial Services and Government. He also has been a Senior Advisor, Banking and Capital Markets for Ernst and Young and is currently a Board or advisory board member in Education and Local government.

David’s prior experience includes a number of senior executive roles with Suncorp Group Limited, most recently as CEO of Suncorp Bank, where David led it through a highly volatile period during the GFC. This included the turnaround of its retail, small and medium enterprise and agricultural businesses and managing down $18b in problem and non core assets to maximise shareholder capital outcomes. David was also the Group Executive, Strategy during the acquisition of Promina Limited - one of Australia's largest financial services transactions.

Prior to Suncorp, David had over 14 years at Westpac Banking Corporation in a number of Senior roles in Sydney and Queensland.

Two members of the University's academic staff

Professor Tim Prenzler

PhD Griff., MA Qld., BA(Hons) Griff., GradDipT Griff.

Tim Prenzler is a Professor of Criminology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His research interests include crime and corruption prevention, police and security officer safety, security industry regulation, and gender equity in policing. He has developed and taught courses in introductory criminology, policing, crime prevention, and criminal justice ethics and accountability.

Tim is the inaugural Program Coordinator of USC’s Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, established in 2015. He is also an Executive Member of the USC Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union, and a member of the University’s Research Committee. He was previously a foundation member of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, established in 1991, where he held numerous Program Coordinator positions and was Head of School from 2003 to 2005. At Griffith he was also a foundation member of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, where he was Coordinator of the Integrity Systems Program from 2008 to 2014.

Tim has been involved in research projects attracting over $18 million in funding, and has also worked extensively on a pro bono basis with numerous criminal justice agencies on applied research projects. He has published over 100 journal articles and 60 book chapters. His books include Understanding Crime Prevention: The Case Study Approach (2017, Australian Academic Press), Civilian Oversight of Police: Advancing Accountability in Law Enforcement (2016, Taylor & Francis, with Garth den Heyer), Contemporary Police Practice (2015, Oxford University Press, with Jacki Drew), 100 Hundred Years of Women Police in Australia (2015, Australian Academic Press), Understanding and Preventing Corruption (2013, Palgrave, with Adam Graycar), Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity (2009, Taylor & Francis), and The Law of Private Security in Australia (2009, Thomson Lawbook, with Rick Sarre).

Tim has also been the recipient of awards for research, teaching and service. Examples include the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Research Award (2015 and 2013) and Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2017 and 2016).

Dr Mark Sayers
Mark Sayers


Dr Mark Sayers joined the University in 2005, having worked as a sports scientist since the 1980’s. He has an extensive background in the biomechanics of team sports, technique analysis, and the development of sports specific speed and power.

Mark is an extremely experienced and popular lecturer, having held academic positions in sport science since the late 1980’s. In 2012 he received a national Office of Learning and Teaching Citation and in 2010 was voted one of the top ten lecturers in the country.

Dr Sayers has been a consultant biomechanist and coach for several national and international high profile sporting bodies and is recognised internationally for his work on the key skills in the sport of rugby union.

He was the biomechanist and special skills coach for the New Zealand All Blacks between 2000 and 2001 and again from 2004 to 2008 and has been credited as being a key aspect of the team’s success over the past 10 years.

Dr Sayers has over 60 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals, has authored or co-authored 8 book chapters, and has presented at more than 30 national and international conferences.

Mark has successfully supervised more than 30 HDR and Honours students.

One member of the University's full-time general staff

Dr Ruth Greenaway

PhD Qld.UT, MLM C.Qld, BA W.Syd, GradDipEd NSW, SFHEA

Dr Ruth Greenaway has worked in both secondary and tertiary education for the past 25 years in QLD and NSW. She won an APAI scholarship to complete her PhD research that formed part of an Australian Research Council linkage grant “Remembering the past: Imagining the future”.

Dr Greenaway is the Acting Director and Senior Academic Developer in the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT). She was recently awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Ruth supports the faculties guided by the University strategic priorities, policies and procedures. The current priorities include strategies that support students in their first year of study through curriculum design, blended learning, multi-site delivery and Work Integrated Learning. Ruth works with academics to design curriculum that attends to the curriculum design principles and the first-year transition pedagogies that guide opportunities for student success.

Ruth has a keen interest in the design of innovative, technology rich learning spaces and works with staff and students in the development and use of next generation learning spaces including the use of Visualisation and Simulation in learning and teaching. As a result she is actively involved in a number of working groups responsible for the development of the USC Moreton Bay campus. She is an active researcher and currently involved in a number of grants investigating new initiatives in learning and teaching.

Two members of the student body

Ms Kate Kirby

BA Qld, GradDipLib&InfSt Qld.UT, MInfTech Qld.UT

Kate is currently enjoying student life at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is researching towards a PhD in sports history in the School of Social Sciences (supervised by Dr Amy Clarke, Professor Brendan Burkett and Professor Joanne Scott).

A Women in Technology (WIT) ICT Professional 2017 Finalist and past Board Director on the Australian Library Information Association (ALIA), Kate is an experienced information communication and technology professional currently working as Director of Information Services at St Andrew’s Anglican College in Peregian Springs.

Prior to moving to the agile K-12 education environment, Kate has worked across the Australian higher education sector for 15 years in a variety of different positions such as; information management, research management, project management and policy roles across USC, QUT, CQU, and CSU.

Ms Kirsty Walker

BEd Qld

Kirsty Walker is an involved and committed member of the Sunshine Coast community, working in education for the past 16 years. Her roles have included teaching, curriculum coordinator and head of curriculum as well as teaching in Australian Indigenous communities and in the United Kingdom. Kirsty is currently teaching part-time as a senior teacher for the Department of Education and Training.

In the past, she has also been an owner/partner of a bowling green construction company and most recently, begun studying full-time a double degree in law and criminology and justice.

Alongside studying and passionately furthering her career, Kirsty is actively involved in championing the local church by serving in the children’s ministry. She also enjoys connecting with people in her community as a facilitator at ‘Be That’, a platform that seeks to encourage, educate and provide practical tools to help people live on purpose with a purpose.

Kirsty is passionate about supporting developing countries by fundraising for not-for-profit organisations. This year her focus is to fundraise for ‘School for Justice'. This organisation works to assist victims of child prostitution in India to become lawyers so that they can bring those responsible to justice.

Above all, she is most proud of being the mother of her daughter, who is her absolute delight.

Member appointed by Council (USC Graduate)

Ms Natasha Read

BCom Griff., MBA Sunshine Coast, FAIM, GAICD

With a career founded on business and human resource management, Natasha Read has established a reputation for her impressive work ethic and proactive and committed approach to the management of individuals, teams and organisations.

Along with ten years as Director of the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, Natasha sits on a number of local boards and committees including the University of the Sunshine Coast, Tafe Queensland East Coast and as Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Sunshine Coast Committee.

Currently Group Executive Manager with Community Solutions, she has combined her passion for the not-for-profit sector with her varied commercial experience.

Natasha is also an active volunteer with a number of national and international associations.

In attendance

Dr Scott Snyder

PhD Adel
Chief Operating Officer

Ms Kim Lerch

BBus Monash
Council Secretary

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