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Election for members of Convocation Council in accordance with Statutes 9 and 12 of The University of Western Australia Act 1911

Under the provisions of the UWA Act and Statutes, the roles and responsibilities of Convocation are entrusted to a Council of Convocation (comprising 21 members, the Warden of Convocation, the Deputy Warden and the Immediate Past Warden). All members of Council are elected for a 3-year term with 7 members completing their term each year on a rotational basis. The Warden and Deputy Warden of Convocation are elected for a 1-year term each year.

All members of Convocation (including all graduates of UWA) are eligible to nominate for these positions and to vote in these elections.

In March 2017 an election will be held for 7 members of Convocation Council to serve a 3-year term in accordance with Statutes 9 and 12 of The University of Western Australia Act 1911. In addition, due to the resignation of a Council member, an election will be held for one further position on Council for a 1-year term.

The election process commenced on 7th November 2016 with a call for nominations. Nominations closed on Monday 12 December 2016 at 12.00 noon.

A postal ballot will be conducted during February and March 2017 and the results announced at the First Ordinary Meeting for 2017 to be held on Friday 17 March 2017.

Please refer any queries for these elections to the Returning Officer, Mr Tim Jones via email [email protected] or by phoning 1300 147 797  (Intl +61 3 9029 3492)


An election for the following positions on Convocation Council is now underway by postal ballot closing at 5:00PM AWST on Tuesday 14th March 2017 . Voting papers have been posted to all members of Convocation including all UWA graduates. The nominated candidates for these positions are as follows: 

Election for the Warden of Convocation

BLACKETT, Pastor Roger

BLACKETT, Pastor Roger
UWA Graduate of 2010

Nominator: David Roger SHALLEY  Seconder: David John SKIRVING

Roger conducted Christian Education Programs in Churches, serving as Pastor, outback Mission Pilot and Bible College lecturer.Bachelor of Arts and Education Degrees were completed at Curtin University, and employment gained at Casuarina Maximum Security Prison as an Education Officer in 1991. All prisoners were literacy and numeracy tested, indicating 70% were below the required minimum education level for entry to accredited Education and Training Courses in WA.Prison workshops and instructor’s qualifications were upgraded to those of TAFE and connections to Rockingham TAFE established. Prison school students were enrolled with the School of Isolated and Distance Education and in Universities with external study Courses. Roger enrolled in The Master of Education Degree at UWA to explore the role of Vocational Education training and General Education in breaking the cycle of recidivism in the 18-25 year old inmates, clogging up WA Prisons. Initial research results indicated that up to 50% of prisoners in the study group could be successfully integrated back into the community.Roger joined EDWA in 2000 keen to implement the year 11and 12 unit, ‘Ethics and Values in Education’, written by the former UWA Head of Education, Dr Felicity Haynes.Spiritual Values: Love, Joy, patience, peace, perseverance, tolerance, hope, faith (Galatians 5:22-23) were taught to enhance harmonious living, and if elected Warden of Convocation, I would seek to introduce a short prayer and bible reading at each meeting. Roger is actively involved as an Alumni Ambassador, Mentor, assisting overseas students and UWA Club Member.

McGHIE, Dr. Doug

McGHIE, Dr. Doug
UWA Graduate of 1972

Nominator: Warren Merton KERR Seconder: Joan Lawson POPE

As a Councillor of Convocation for the last four years Doug has focussed on improving value and increasing recognition for Convocation, developing the strategic plan, initiating the new Engagement Committee and serving as Treasurer.He has B Sc (Agric) Hons (1972), MBA (1991), PhD (1981), all from UWA, a prize winner in the MBA. He is Managing Director of Science Matters Pty Ltd, consultants in science, technology and regional development and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.His research into water repellent soils developed the effective soil wetting agents still used 30 years later.He is past President and Life Member of the UWA Graduate Management Association and the Graduate Management Association of Australia, past member Advisory Board for the UWA GSM and Board member of the UWA Torpedoes (National League Water Polo) for ten years, the last four as President. He is a Life Member of that club. He was on the Advisory Committee for the Australian University Games in 2010.Doug is active in community and sporting organisations. He is a Life Member of Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club serving as Captain, Deputy President, President and coach. He has won the Surf Life Saving WA Volunteer of the Year, President’s Medal and Coach of the Year awards, and a Local Government Community Service award. He has coached junior and senior sport for over 40 years, including state and national championship medallions. He coached the University Football Club for three years, playing for eight years.

Election for members of Convocation Council

BOTHE, Peter

BOTHE, Peter
UWA Graduate of 1979

Nominator: Lucie Marie RICE  Seconder: Grant MIOCEVICH

I am currently Principal of Sacred Heart College in Sorrento W.A.; I was formerly Principal of Trinity College (WA), St Luke’s College (WA) and Catholic Agricultural College (WA). Prior to those appointments, I was Head of Kingswood College Middle School (Vic) and Deputy Principal at Ryan Catholic Community School (Qld). Before that I was School Counsellor at Aquinas College (WA), Guildford Grammar School (WA) and Wesley College (WA).

Tertiary Education Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (University of Western Australia)
Diploma of Education (University of Western Australia)
Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Australia)
Master of Educational Administration (Curtin University)
G. Dip. Arts (Theol.) (Australian Catholic University)

Leadership Roles in Education

Catholic Secondary Principals Association WA 2011-2016
Board Member
Catholic Secondary Principals Australia 2014 - 2016
Board Member
Siena Leadership Centre 2014 – 2015
Council Member
St Thomas More College 2014 – present
Associated and Catholic Colleges Sport Association (ACC) 2011-2012
Deputy Board Chair
WA College of Teaching (WACOT – now TRB) 2012
Board Member
WA College of Teaching
WACOT Professional Learning and Standards Committee 2008 - 2012
WACOT Finance and Administration Committee 2008 – 2012

Reasons for Nominating for Convocation

I am passionate about the role of education in creating a more just, peaceful and prosperous society. I believe that Western Australia is fortunate to have a University of the quality of UWA. I hope my forty year career in education has given me the capacity to contribute to the positive growth of UWA.

CALA, Clinical Professor Lesley Ann

CALA, Clinical Professor Lesley Ann 
UWA Graduate of 1964

Nominator: Madeline Dawn BUTTERWORTH Seconder: Francis Louis MASTAGLIA

MD thesis -Neuroradiological Diagnosis of Brain Tumours.
Clinical neuroradiologist S.C.G.H. 1972-2000, P.M.H 1973-2000.
Research neuroradiologist U.K. 2005 - current.
Clinical Professor UWA 1991-2017.
Chief investigator, Australian Research Centre for Medical Engineering 2000-2008
Adjunct Professor Murdoch University 2002-2008.
Numerous published papers, research presentations & research grants.
International Stroke Trials (5): 2005-2012, 2012-2013; 2013-2018 (3) – participant.
Deputy Editor, Australasian Medical Journal & Reviewer for Family Practice – current.
Nominee for Teaching Excellence Awards UWA 2015 and Curtin University 2016.

Community Service

Past President, Hon Life Member, Advisor Health for Graduate Women WA Inc.
Past Vice-President, Adviser Health, National Council of Women of Australia.
Adviser, International Relations and Peace, & Co-ordinator Communications, International Council of Women 2003-2012
Member Advisory Council to WA Minister for Women’s Interests – 2010-2013
Vice-President, Hon Life Member, National Council of Women WA 2009-2013
BreastScreen WA, Community Reference Group 2009-2017
Fund raiser for Archbishop Winter Appeals 1988 - 2000

Convocation and University Service

Member Council of Convocation - 2010-2017
Convenor Awards Committee Convocation 2013-2015
Member Senate, UWA serving 15 years to 2010
Honorary Fellow, St. Catherine’s College, UWA
UWA Centenary Trust for Women – Founding Patron
Radiological Council of WA, (Tertiary Institutions’ delegate).
I believe education is the key to eradication of poverty and elimination of conflict. I would like to offer my community experience and access to networks to UWA as a Member of Council to ensure those disadvantaged obtain a higher education.

CREWS, Dr. Julie

CREWS, Dr. Julie
UWA Graduate of 1993

Nominator: Maria Majella RYAN  Seconder: Janice REDMOND

Julie commenced her career in education and her experience has included urban, rural, interstate and overseas appointments. During her career, Julie held various leadership roles including Deputy Principal, District Professional Development Manager and Facilitator for the professional development of teachers. A career in the public sector followed as a senior labour relations and small business advisor in the State Government. She has held senior positions across both state and federal government agencies, including the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, The Office of the Auditor General and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Julie holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Masters of Industrial Relations and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Her doctoral thesis examined ethical leadership and was conducted with Chief Executive Officers of both the public and private sectors in Western Australia and Victoria. Her research and corporate work has covered such areas as values held by university students, the ethical dilemmas faced by local government planners, police and executives in Sri Lanka. Julie conducts many forums on ethics and leadership in both the public and private sectors in Australia. She has worked in the area of business ethics and governance in Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Julie teaches business ethics and corporate governance at Edith Cowan University. This position provides a unique opportunity to be directly involved in the university sector and understand the challenges facing both academics and students. She maintains strong professional networks through her membership of the UWA University Club.

DAVIES, Adjunct Professor, Dr. Brett

DAVIES, Adjunct Professor, Dr. Brett
UWA Graduate of 1982

Current Councillor seeking re-election

Nominator: Joan POPE  Seconder: Pauline TREMLETT
CTA, AIAMA, BJuris, LLB, Dip Ed, BArts(Hons), LLM(UWA), MBA, SJD(UWA)

Dr Davies is a practising lawyer, Accredited Mediator and Chartered Tax Adviser. He is an Adjunct Professor in tax and superannuation. Brett has a passion for education, with multiple degrees and post-graduate qualifications (five from UWA). He even married a primary school teacher. Brett lectures on estate planning, tax and Superannuation throughout Australia. His love of UWA includes: Currie Hall resident tutor (1985-1989) and Convocation Committee (1988-1993 and 2016).
Brett has given back to the community including: President Art Gallery of WA Foundation and Library Board of WA. Brett was chair of many Law Society and Law Council committees. He was elected to the Legal Practice Board.
Brett founded his legal practice in 1994. Brett seeks to utilise his knowledge and skills to contribute to the Convocation Council.


UWA Graduate of 1979

Nominator: Geoffrey Norman SOUTAR  Seconder: Antonia GIRARDI

Lanny Entrekin is Emeritus Professor of Management at Murdoch University. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia, an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno and a BSc from Northern Arizona University. . He has published six books and over 70 refereed journal articles. Lanny has worked extensively with the International Labour Organization (ILO) doing 20 Missions in Thailand, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and Burma. He has been a Resident Representative with the ILO at Regional Head Quarters in Bangkok and ILO Head Quarters in Geneva. His latest book ‘Human Resource Management and Change: A Practicing Managers Guide’ published by Routledge UK was produced in London, New York and Toronto in 2014. This is an update and expansion of a book he wrote for the ILO titled “Human Resource Management: Adaptation and Change in an Age of Globalisation” (ILO, 2001).
Lanny has successfully supervised 25 PhD and 5 DBA students and is still working with 4 PhD candidates. He designed the Master of Human Resource Management and Doctor of Human Resource Management degree programs at Murdoch University and was director of MBA programs at Murdoch and the University of Western Australia where he was Head of Department of Management for four years. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of California, Gonzaga University, University of Bath UK, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the University of New Brunswick, Canada.


UWA Graduate of 1979

Nominator: Bill Vasilios Christos EVANGEL  Seconder: John Nickolas YIANNAKIS

Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis is a graduate of The University of Western Australia; BA (1979), GradDipEd (1980), MEd (Hons) (2002), EdD (2009). She was also awarded the Teacher’s Higher Certificate from the Department of Education WA (1984), and has three certificates for competency in Modern Greek. A secondary school teacher, Angela has been in the profession for 36 years, teaching in all tiers; primary, secondary and tertiary, the latter of which includes teaching pre-service teachers at UWA and The University of Notre Dame Australia (2011). She has been a teacher and leader in the Independent sector since 1994, including being an Acting Principal (1997 and 2010) and Foundation Principal (2012-2016). Currently, Angela is a School Academic Mentor for Deakin University and Teach for Australia, mentoring 34 Associates in 12 different schools here in WA. As an Honorary Research Fellow of The Graduate School of Education, UWA, since 2011, Angela has had a number of refereed publications, including a chapter (2013) based on research conducted by her regarding formative feedback in the Social Sciences at UWA, and a book (2015) based on her doctoral research. She represents UWA on the Executive Committee of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, contributing to and promoting local research in education. Amongst four awards from UWA, Angela was also the runner up for the West Australian Citizen of the Year Award (2006) for services offered to the Greek community of WA. A community-minded volunteer, Angela is very keen to contribute to the Council of Convocation.


UWA Graduate of 1996

Nominator: Louise BOND  Seconder: Michael John Paul BEZAUD

Jeff Gunningham has extensive leadership experience in tertiary education in Australia and internationally. He retired as the Chief Executive of TAFE South Australia in mid-2014 where he was responsible for TAFE activities across the State.
Until late 2010, Jeff was the Principal and Chief Executive of Swansea College, one of the largest further and higher education colleges in Wales, UK. Prior to this he was the inaugural Managing Director of Education and Training International, responsible for international student recruitment and offshore project work for all government schools and TAFE colleges in Western Australia. He has been the CEO of three other colleges in Australia as well as one in the United Arab Emirates.
His expertise is broad based and covers areas such as training partnerships, strategic management, leadership development, managing change, and international business development. Before moving to Adelaide, Jeff was a Ministerial appointment to the Training Accreditation Council in Western Australia. He has extensive experience in developing innovative learning systems, often in partnership with industry and the tertiary education sector. Many of these successes have been presented at conferences across the world.
Jeff Gunningham has an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Management, and a Master of Business Administration. He’s also a Senior Honorary Fellow of the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne.
If elected to Council, Jeff would use his experience to focus attention on the internationalisation of UWA and to promote better use of strategic partnerships with industry and other tertiary education providers.


UWA Graduate of 2010
Current Councillor seeking re-election

Nominator: Conrad Michael PIRES  Seconder: Mark PALERMO

I am a current member of Convocation Council and seek to be re-elected so as I can continue the work that I have started for the members of Convocation.
I graduated in 2012 with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) (UWA) and was awarded the 2011 Charles Harper Award for leadership and contributions to the student experience at the UWA Business School. During this time I was an active member of the Graduate Management Association (GMA) serving on this council as a student representative for five terms.
Since graduation I have continued my association with the GMA working closely with the UWA Business School and Alumni.
I volunteer my time as an Alumni Ambassador helping the UWA Department of Alumni Relations (DAR) at the many Graduation ceremonies.
I am a keen cyclist and am a ‘Cycle –Australia’ accredited coach and fitness instructor voluntarily giving my time to people who want to get involved with the cycling community to increase their overall health and fitness levels.
I am committed to UWA and to the larger community and would like to continue to give back by being an active council member of Convocation Council.

KURUP, Dr. Raj

KURUP, Dr. Raj
UWA Graduate of 2002

Nominator: Kenneth WIDJAJA  Seconder: Ajith Kocheril RAVI
M.Eng.Sc (Research) (UWA), M.Eng (Delft), PhD (Murdoch), GAICD, FIEAust, NER, CPEng, Int.PE, APEC Engineer

Since graduating in 2001, Raj has been actively associated with UWA. He has served as an adjunct associate professor for seven years (2009−15). This role saw Raj supervise and mentor many students and secure external funding for research projects at UWA.
Raj is the CEO of a multi-award winning, specialist engineering consulting firm, Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd (EEI). He has been a consultant for the United Nations (UNFCCC), South32, Alcoa, Woodside, BHP and various government agencies. He has also authored 60+ publications and holds multiple patents.
Raj is passionate about education and research and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA and Murdoch University. He believes in strong collaboration between the stakeholders in education and research, including schools, universities, industry, professional bodies and the community.
Raj has extensive board level leadership experience with community organisations and professional associations. He was the Chair of the Community Advisory Group for the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (2010−14), Chair of the WA chapter of the Sustainable Engineering Society (2004−07), Division Board member of Engineers Australia (2003−4, 2006), member of Penrhos College Foundation Board (2013-2016). Raj is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an expert in strategic planning.
Raj is interested in becoming an active council member of Convocation to support UWA in consolidating its position as a leading university globally.


UWA Graduate of 1977
Current Councillor seeking re-election

Nominator: Gaye LOOBY  Seconder: Eva Marie WILSON

James Paparo completed a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics major), Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Education at The University of Western Australia. In March 2012 he was awarded a Graduate Diploma in International Relations and, in September 2012, a Master of International Relations with Distinction at UWA.
James works as Trade and International Relations Manager at the Western Australian Department of Fisheries. His previous employment has included ASEAN Desk Manager for the Western Australian Department of Commerce and Trade (now Department of State Development), Corporate Development Manager for London-based airport company BAA plc (now Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited), Principal Policy Officer at the Western Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Principal Private Secretary to a former Western Australian Premier.
James was a Member of Convocation Council in 2012 for a one-year term, was co-opted to Council in November 2013 following the resignation of a Council Member, and was elected to Council in 2014 for a three-year term.
He is a member of the Convocation Awards Committee and has provided communications support to this committee and for other Convocation activities.
James is married with three children - one has just completed a Bachelor of Arts at UWA, and another has just finished his first year of a Bachelor of Science at UWA. His four sisters and two brothers are also UWA graduates.


UWA Graduate of 1986

Nominator: Aldo SPADACCINI  Seconder: Andrew MANGANO

Gary Pennefather graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Electronics and Communications (1985). Since graduating, he has spent 30 years in the development and commercialisation of a range of innovative WA technologies. Gary has been a founder, senior executive and CEO in a number of companies that have started from UWA and Curtin University research to become successful businesses - both in Perth and the USA.
He is strong supporter of UWA’s mission to drive social and economic development by translating innovative research outcomes to the wider community. Gary has extensive experience in assisting university research groups to get support from industry and to achieve commercial outcomes from their intellectual property and its ongoing development.
Gary is passionate about ensuring that graduating students receive the highest quality education – one which continues to innovate and adapt to meet the demands of a rapidly changing global economy. Gary volunteers his time as a guest lecturer and mentor in the Faculty of ECM and its Masters of Engineering program. He has also helped the faculty establish a new undergraduate course where students learn how to create a startup enterprise. In his spare time, he is a keen amateur cyclist.

STRAUSS, Jonathan

STRAUSS, Jonathan
UWA Graduate of 1980
Current Councillor seeking re-election

Nominator: Kevin BOND  Seconder: Robyn STRAUSS

I graduated from UWA with a B. Arch in 1980, and am married with 2 children.
Since graduation, I have worked as an Architect both in Perth and New York.
Whilst in living in New York I was a founding member of the UWA Alumni Association, New York.
I now have 2 daughters completing higher degrees at UWA.
I have been a member of the Council of Convocation for the past 5 years. I am currently working on the Governance Committee. Previously, I was on the Statutes Committee and the Strategic Plan Working Party. A primary concern is the required amendments to the UWA Act’s Statutes to allow the introduction of electronic voting and establishing a flexible framework to facilitate the continuing integration and development of electronic communication.
I am a strong supporter of assisting and enabling the views of the Convocation members generally being brought to the table so that informed decisions can be made and the Convocation elected Senators duly informed.
The newly amended UWA Act has significantly changed the underlying structure of UWA governance, including significant reduction elected Convocation representation. This reduction will require an improved and better directed engagement and involvement with Convocation Senators.
My principal interests in Convocation remain to assist Convocation members and our University to further engage positively with each other, and, to actively demonstrate and promote our role as leaders to the wider community both locally and internationally.


UWA Graduate of 1967

Nominator: Hersh Soloman MAJTELES  Seconder: Marcus Geoffrey ADONIS
BSc UWA, 1967, Dip Met, 1968, Grad Dip Govt Admin, 1977, AICD CD Course, 2008.

Tony worked as a professional meteorologist in the Bureau of Meteorology for 11 years before establishing the first commercial meteorological business in Australia, which he managed for 15 years. He then moved in to post-secondary education as the Managing Director of a TAFE college, the Dean of Science and Engineering at Murdoch University and the Director of Research and Development at Curtin University over a period of 17 years.
Since his retirement in 2011 Tony has continued to work in the university sector on research advisory boards and as a consultant on animal ethics. He chairs a Statutory Authority for the State Government and is a Director of a NFP research based company in Alice Springs. He also continues his voluntary work within the Jewish Community. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2015 “for significant service to the community through senior roles in peak Jewish welfare, advocacy and sporting organisations, and to tertiary education”.
Tony has extensive experience of university strategy and operations as well a long record of leadership in public and private organisations and hopes to utilise his knowledge and skills in these areas to contribute to the Council of Convocation during his term on Council.


UWA Graduate of 1981

Nominator: Christopher Patrick SHANAHAN  Seconder: Vicki Anne PRENTICE

I was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Jurisprudence (hons) on 20 April 1981 and Bachelor of Laws on 22 April 1982. I was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 23 December 1982. I practiced as a barrister and solicitor until 1988 when I joined the Western Australian Bar Association for 20 years from 1988 until 2008 I practiced exclusively as a barrister in civil and criminal law. Between 2008 and 2015 I worked as a State Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as a Principal Lawyer with the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia. During the years I have retained a connection with the University of Western Australia by means including tutoring in contract law and judging in the mooting competition at the law school.