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Members of UWA Senate Elected by Convocation

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As Convocation forms the electorate for the University, all members of Convocation are eligible to be nominated for positions on the UWA Senate and to vote in elections for these positions. The UWA Senate currently comprises 21 members of which 4 are directly elected by members of Convocation for a four year term.

Those members of Senate elected by members of Convocation are currently as follows:

Members of Senate

Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM
Elected Member of Senate (2015 - 2019)
Immediate Past Warden of Convocation (2017-2018)
Warden of Convocation (2013-2017)
Council Member (2010-2013)

Warren KerrWarren has been a member of Convocation Council since 2010 and strongly believes in the potential of Convocation to take a pro-active role in assisting the University to achieve it's objective of being one of the world's top 50 universities by 2050.
He graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974 and is a National Director of HAMES SHARLEY Architects. In addition to his formal qualifications in architecture, Warren has a Masters Degree from the University of NSW in health administration and planning, and has spent most of his career specialising in the planning and design of major hospital projects.
In addition to his project workload, Warren maintains an active interest in teaching and research as an Adjunct Professor at UWA, as a member of the Advisory Board of the UWA Research Centre for the Built Environment & Health, as the Chair of an international working group aimed at improving the planning and design of health facilities and through various voluntary roles for the Institute of Architects and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Warren is a former State and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a former State and National Chair of the Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions.
In January 2009, Warren was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his services to architecture and his contribution to the planning and design of major health facilities.

Mr Simon Dawkins
Elected Member of Senate (2010-2018)

Simon Dawkins Simon Dawkins is the General Manager of The Oil Mallee Association of Australia which has been in the forefront of developing carbon sequestration and bioenergy programs based on integrated agroforestry programs in the low rainfall areas of WA.
Prior to this Simon had an extensive career in public sector management and strategic policy in the Commonwealth, ACT and WA Governments, including as CEO of the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Perth Theatre Trust, two major performing arts centres in Canberra and Perth.
After joining the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia in 1998, he has worked on climate change, emissions trading, sustainability issues, social and economic policy.
Simon has a degree in Economics from UWA, a Graduate Diploma in Education from CCAE and a Master of Philosophy from City University in London and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Quang Ly
Elected member of Senate (2014-2018)

Quang Ly Quang Ly graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree from UWA and has worked in the tertiary sector for 13 years, including appointments in Kunming (China), Sydney and Perth. He was a lecturer in the Engineering Faculty from 2000 to 2001 and in 2005 was invited to join UWA as the inaugural Faculty Development Officer within the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. Quang is currently the Senior Faculty Development Officer at the UWA Business School.
At UWA, Quang has secured significant financial and in-kind support, creating important University-Industry partnerships with major national and international corporations including BHP Billiton, Chevron, Clough Limited, Ernst & Young, Mitsubishi Development and Monadelphous. These supportive relationships have resulted in hundreds of student scholarships and prizes, international visiting professor programs, new student learning facilities, and millions of dollars? worth of research support.
Quang is passionate about providing accessible, quality education for the next generation of global leaders.

Ms Hilary Silbert
Elected Member of Senate (2010-2018)

Hilary Silbert Hilary is a many generations Western Australian, educated at East Claremont Primary School (Prac) and MLC. Her sisters and brother are all UWA graduates, with Hilary obtaining a Master of Education. To be a physical education teacher, she obtained a Diploma of Physical Education and Teachers? Certificate. An introduction to recreation planning, event planning and management lead to Hilary becoming the inaugural Sports Administrator for the Independent Girls? Schools Sports Association.
The connection to UWA continued and she became a research assistant, then joined University Extension. Establishing her own consultancy she became the inaugural Manager of Corporate Events, Edith Cowan University. She founded the Edith Dircksey Cowan Commemoration to raise the profile of one of Australia's most significant women.
Hilary has inherited a commitment to serving the community, and:
  • is a second generation member of the Council of St Catherine?s College and of the Senate;
  • is Past President and Honorary Life Member of Graduate Women (WA), formerly the Australian Federation of University Women (WA);
  • served two years on the Centenary Trust for Women;
  • was involved with UWA Fencing Club, having organised the WA International Fencing Tournaments and receiving an AFF Award for Outstanding Innovation;
  • is involved with the UWA Athletics Club as an athlete and now as a former athlete; and
  • was awarded a Half Blue after representing Australia at the World Maccabi Games.

Hilary was invited to be an entry in Who?s Who of Western Australia in 2008 and Who?s Who of Australian Women since 2008. She was selected to be one of 100 Collegian Voices, the centenary publication by MLC celebrating the achievements of 100 alumni. Her presentation to the Royal WA Historical Society, "Family in Fremantle: Generations in the Shoe Business," was published in Early Days in 2010.