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Members of Convocation Council 2022

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Under the provisions of the UWA Act, the roles ascribed to Convocation are managed by the Council of Convocation (comprising 18 members, the Warden of Convocation, the Deputy Warden and the Immediate Past Warden).  Each year elections are held for 6 members of Council as well as for the leadership positions.  All members of Convocation are eligible to be nominated for these positions and to vote in the annual elections for members of Convocation Council.

The Council of Convocation meets on a monthly basis and reports back to all members of Convocation at two general meetings (known as Ordinary Meetings) held in March and September each year. Under its constitution (as outlined in the UWA Statutes), certain major decisions can only be approved by Convocation when meeting in full session at these Ordinary Meetings.

The current members of Convocation Council are as follows:

Council Members

Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM
Warden of Convocation (2022-2023)
Council Member (2018) 2022

Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory

Jenny Gregory AM, BA Hons, PhD (UWA), FRHS, MPHA, MICOMOS is Emeritus Professor of History at The University of Western Australia, where she taught Australian history, heritage, and urban history and supervised postgraduate students. She has published over eighty books, chapters and articles, including the books City of Light: a history of Perth since the 1950s, Claremont (with Geoff Bolton) and Building a Tradition: a history of Scotch College and edited collections Seeking Wisdom: a Centenary History of UWA and the Historical Encyclopedia of WA.

She has extensive leadership experience. At UWA she was Head, Schools of Humanities and Music; Chair, Discipline Groups of History and Philosophy; Director, UWA Press; and led large research teams. In the community she served as President of the History Council of WA and as President and Chair of the National Trust WA for many years.

Deeply committed to UWA, she believes in the role of Convocation Council in promoting interaction between Convocation members and representing their interests on matters affecting the University. Since her election to Council in 2018, she has coordinated the last three Convocation Day celebrations, been appointed to the Chancellor’s Joint Committee of Convocation Council and Development & Alumni Relations and played a pivotal role in developing Council’s Strategic Plan 2022-25.

As Warden, she looks forward to implementing the four key strategies of the Plan; revitalising council, inspiring members, engaging members and contributing to the advancement of our University, Convocation, higher education and our community.

David Griffiths
Deputy Warden (2022-2023)
Council Member (2019) 2022

David GriffithsI graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours in 1973. I am a Master of Economics ANU (1976), an FAICD and a Founder of University Club.

After graduating I worked as an Economist with Commonwealth Bank, a tutor at UWA and ANU and in increasingly senior financial roles in a range of industries including the role of Group Treasurer to Robert Holmes a Court ‘s companies during much of 1980’s. During the 1990’s I was Executive Chairman and shareholder of Porter Western Limited, a very successful stock broking and advisory company, which we sold to Macquarie Bank Limited in 1999.  I worked at Macquarie for 5 years resigning in 2005. Since that date I have been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of a number of ASX listed companies and contemporary dance company CO3.

From 1996-2008 I was a government nominee member of the Senate of UWA. I served on and later Chaired the Strategic Resources Committee and served on the Development Committee. I joined the Board of the Perth Festival in 2001 and was a Director until 2015 finishing as Deputy Chair.  In the final years of my Senate term I became Pro-Chancellor and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Economics in 2009.

Since joining Council I have been a strong proponent of the re-imagining and restructure of Convocation to help it engage more with its members and more relevant to the University, its students and staff. I Chair the Strategic Planning Committee.

Clinical Professor Lesley Cala
Immediate Past Warden (2022-2023)
Warden of Convocation (2020–2022)
Deputy Warden of Convocation (2019–2020)
Council Member (2010-2020)
Elected Member of Senate (1995 - 2010)

Lesley CalaMB BS, MD, DMRD, FRANZCR, FRCR
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 1991-2023.
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 (5) – participant.
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 2009-2019
Fund raiser for Archbishop Winter Appeals 1988 - 2000

Convocation and University Service

Member Council of Convocation - 2010-2019
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) 1994-2000.
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.

Ms Emily Bailey
Council Member (2022)2023

Ms Emily BaileyWith a career forged in the government and not-for-profit spaces, I understand the importance of practicing good corporate governance for the sake of transparency, accountability, and performance.
With a background in stakeholder engagement and community development, I’m well-versed in uniting people for a common cause, and strengthening ties. With experience in campaigning communications, I appreciate the impact politics at all levels can have on the university.
The challenges of COVID-19 will be felt financially and culturally for years to come. I have a keen interest in developing a unique value proposition by bolstering the student experience and advancing the international reputation of UWA in a bid to attract students. My background in marketing will assist in this capacity.
As a graduate of UWA, I want to give back to my university. I have the drive and energy to contribute in a meaningful way to the Convocation Council, and, ultimately, the university at large.

Ms Harriet Calverley
Council Member (2022)2023

 Ms Harriet CalverlyI am a graduate of UWA with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management (2021). With over seven years’ experience across the higher education, corporate and medical sectors, I am currently the manager of the Central Events team in Brand, Marketing and Recruitment at UWA. My key areas of focus are managing relationships with senior stakeholders as a strategic business partner, overseeing delivery of a large portfolio of premium events including Graduations and Open Day, and the development and implementation of strategic projects to meet business needs and drive continuous improvement.
I have extensive experience in event logistics, project management, communication and stakeholder relationship management, paired with a strong track record of accomplishment in solving problems in high pressure situations and managing a high performing team. I have received several awards recognising my work, including the ‘Trailblazer’ Award at the UWA Professional Services Awards in 2019, and the MEA Ungerboeck Young Events Professional of the Year 2019 (WA).
I have strong links with the UWA community, having held roles in student organisations since commencing my studies in 2013, including President of the Arts Union (2015), Co-Chair of Relay for Life (2017) and Life Member of EMAS UWA (2018). In addition, I am the Treasurer of the Storm Netball Club where I play and manage teams.
As a Council member, I look forward to improving engagement and opportunities for our members, particularly young alumni, and contributing to achieving the strategic vision and priorities of Convocation within the University.

Ms Devon Cuneo
Council Member (2011) 2023

Devon CuneoDevon commenced Psychology at UWA in 1966 but left to work in North America for 2 years then moved to Europe where she studied French Language and Literature at the Sorbonne.  Later, she completed a Teaching Diploma at Nedlands Secondary Teachers College and then successfully undertook a double degree in Italian and German at UWA, during which time she was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship to study in Siena.

For 17 years Devon taught Japanese and French at PLC having later studied Japanese at UWA and Ryukoko University in Kyoto. During this time, she served on various committees and was involved in several exchange programmes.  In 2001-2, Devon studied post-graduate linguistics externally which led to her teaching at Junshin and Kagoshima Universities and on her return to Australia to teaching EALD. She taught at Christ Church and Newman colleges and examined for IELTS here and in India. She continues to do relief teaching at Churchlands High.

Devon's two sons and husband (deceased) are also UWA graduates. Her focus is now volunteer work, particularly with Save the Children,now focusing on community sales throughout the year at local fairs and shopping centres using Guild Volunteers as helpers. She is also an active member of Friends of Grounds and the PLCOCA, both involved in fundraising activities.

A dedicated and involved member of Convocation Council for the past 7 years, Devon has contributed in every possible way and worked actively on the Awards, Events and Promotions Committee. She has sat on the selection panels for the various Convocation awards since her time on Council.

Adjunct Professor, Dr Brett Davies
Elected Member of Senate (2021)2024
Deputy Warden of Convocation (2020–2021)
Council Member (2016)2020

Brett DaviesCTA, 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.

Dr Simon Dawkins
Elected Member of Senate (2010-2021)
Immediate Past Warden of Convocation (2011-2012)
Warden of Convocation (2008-2011)
Deputy Warden of Convocation (2007-2008)
Council Member (2005-2007) 2023

Dr Simon Dawkins

Simon Dawkins is a Director of The Oil Mallee Association of Western Australia which has been at 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 in arts and cultural policy followed by 15 years as CEO of two major performing arts centres in Canberra and Perth, the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Perth Theatre Trust.

After joining the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia in 1998, he has been engaged in a range of policy areas including climate change, emissions trading, sustainability and social and economic policy.

Simon has a degree in Economics from UWA, a Graduate Diploma in Education from CCAE, a Master of Philosophy from City University in London and a PhD from Curtin University. Simon is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
Council Member (2017)2023

Dr Angela Evangelinou-YiannakisAngela is in her second three-year term as a member of the Council of Convocation.  A graduate of UWA – BA, GradDipEd, MEd (Hons), EdD, Angela also holds a Teacher’s Higher Certificate, and three certificates for competency in Modern Greek. A secondary-trained teacher and school leader, Angela has been in the profession for over 40 years, teaching and leading in all tiers; primary, secondary and tertiary. Currently, Angela is the WA Regional Lead for Australian Catholic University and Teach For Australia; Unit Coordinator and Lecturer, and Honorary Research Fellow of the Graduate School of Education, UWA; and Interim Principal of Immaculate Heart College. Angela has also undertaken research in the field of Languages Education. As UWA’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc. (WAIER), Angela was recently awarded the title of Fellow for her long-term contributions and services to the Association.

During her time on the Council of Convocation, Angela has been active in a number of significant roles, including being the Vice Chancellor’s nominated Council member for the Freedom of Expression Working Group (2018-2019); Chair of the Events Committee; member of the Awards Committee and Bryant Stokes Matilda Award judge; member of the Engagement Committee; and member of the Strategic Planning Committee, wherein she contributed to the University’s 2030 Strategic Vision papers.  Angela is keen to continue working hard to serve Convocation, and to promote UWA, in all its endeavours, to the wider community.

Dr Agi Gedeon
Council Member (2015)2025

Agi GedeonAgi Gedeon is an alumnus of UWA (BScHons 1984) and later University of Adelaide (PhD 1996). As a Human Molecular Geneticist her research and diagnostics career of 16 years generated over 60+ papers and still holds an H-factor of 32. She was nominated for the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk medal and Tall Poppy (SA) award in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research in medical sciences.

She has worked for a molecular biology supplier and startup biotech companies before moving to the Pilbara where she put her energy into a range of administrative opportunities with the Pilbara Division of General Practice, TAFE, RioTinto, Shire of Roebourne, Woodside and Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Agi returned to UWA in 2010 in the role of Research Development Adviser in International Networks and Collaborations where she worked with researchers across the university to build new multinational projects. She was appointed as the Centre Manager for the State Centre of Excellence in Ecohydrology, then Manager of the WA node of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and now works with the Australian National Data Service to make better use of Australia's research data.

She was on the UWA committee for the University Managers Group and freely volunteers during her leisure time for many NFP and community organisations. She is particularly keen to build alumni engagement and community development through the broad-ranging expertise of the members of Convocation.

Graham Goerke
Council Member (2022)2023

Graham GoerkeBachelor of Jurisprudence 1980 UWA
Bachelor of Laws 1981 UWA.
Partner of Perth law firm Jackson McDonald from July 1987 to December 2015.
Board of the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust Appointed in 2007 to the board established under the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust Act 1986. Appointed Chair from 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2022.
Board of Jackson McDonald Elected as a member of the first board in 1999 and served as chair of the board for 10 years from 2002.
Board and Council of Edmund Rice Education Australia Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) was established in 2007 to take over the ownership and governance of over 30 Catholic schools around Australia. Following 10 years on the Board of Aquinas College in Perth, with 6 years as chair until 2004, Graham was appointed in 2006 as a member of the inaugural Trustees of EREA and served as the EREA board chair from 2013 - 2019. From 1 January 2020 to 30 April 2022 Graham served a further term as a member of the EREA Trustees.
National Trust – WA and ACNT In February 2016 appointed as a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the National Trust in Western Australia, established under the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act 1964. In August 2016 appointed a Director of the Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) whose members comprise each of the State and Territory Trusts. Appointed Chair of the ACNT on 15 November 2019.

Mr Jeffrey Gunningham
Council Member (2017) 2023

Mr Jeffrey GunninghamJeff 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.

In his first term on Convocation Council, Jeff took a leading role in seeking a review of Convocation to make it more relevant to the contemporary needs of its members and the University. Having being re-elected, he will continue to promote and implement this much needed change. In addition, Jeff will use his experience to establish partnerships with other tertiary education providers, particularly the TAFE sector.

Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM
Elected Member of Senate (2015) 2019-2025
Immediate Past Warden of Convocation (2017-2020)
Warden of Convocation (2014-2017)
Council Member (2010) 2023

Warren Kerr 

In addition to being a member of Convocation Council, Warren is one of the two members of the UWA Senate elected by the members of Convocation.

He first became actively involved in Convocation in 2010, served as the Warden of Convocation during the period 2013 –2017 and was first elected as a member of the Senate in 2015.

Warren strongly believes in the potential of Convocation to support and assist every UWA graduate to achieve their full potential, encouraging them to live with integrity and honour in the bonds of lifelong friendship, building confidence to excel in their career and inspiring members to be active leaders, responsible citizens and engaged members of their community.

He graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974 and for the past 21 years has served as a 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 Board member of the Australian Health Design Council, as Australia’s representative on an international forum 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. In addition, he is a Director of the Regal Theatre Foundation.

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.

Dr Nin Kirkham
Council Member (2020) 2023

Dr Nin KirkhamNin Kirkham completed all of her University study at UWA. She completed a BA with a double major in Philosophy and Literature, with first class honours in 2002, and a PhD in Philosophy in 2008.

Nin has worked as a Lecturer in Philosophy at UWA since 2009, until recently part-time due to family commitments. She is currently the Discipline Chair of Philosophy and the Deputy Head of the School of Humanities (Community and Engagement). In addition, Nin has been since 2017, and remains, the President of the UWA Academic Staff Association, she is currently the Vice President (Academic) of the NTEU UWA Branch, and an NTEU WA Division Councillor.

In her academic role at UWA, Nin’s expertise is in ethics and critical thinking. Her current research focuses on normative and applied ethics, in particular, the application of virtue theory to environmental, bioethical, and technological issues. She also has extensive experience teaching professional ethics, critical thinking and logic,
including into disciplines outside philosophy, such as engineering,
business and science.

Nin is a staunch supporter of UWA, committed to the history, culture, and academic mission of the University, and its role in promoting the welfare of the Western Australian community.

Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Council Member (2021) 2024

Associate Professor Estie KrugerI have had a longstanding relationship with UWA, and have been serving as an academic staff member for almost 20 years, since 2001. In 2016 I also completed a PhD at UWA. I graduated as a dentist and specialised in dental public health (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), hold specialist membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, as well as a Fellowship of the International College of Dentists. I have contributed extensively to research in the field of dental public health, with more than 200 publications in peer reviewed international and national journals. I also developed a Master’s program in dental public health at UWA.

I have received several awards and nominations for teaching excellence, and also serve as one of two Scientists in Residence at St Catherine’s College. I am a regular contributor to the online Croakey website, and blogs are about public health, social justice, health equality, and dental services. These are written aimed at the general public, rather than just the science or discipline community. Through social media, it also promotes and communicate research output. I also have several hundred followers on Twitter.

Committed to student education, I am working with dozens of graduate students every year, and see student experience at UWA important for future alumni engagement. Both my sons are also students at UWA. I see this as an opportunity to serve UWA, and contribute to its impact in the wider community.

Dr Raj Kurup
Council Member (2017) 2024

Dr Raj Kurup

M.Eng.Sc (UWA), M.Eng (Delft), PhD (Murdoch), MBA (Melbourne), GAICD, FIEAust, NER, CPEng

Raj has been a member of the UWA Convocation Council since 2017. He has been actively involved in facilitating internship and job opportunities for UWA students and fresh graduates, and selecting the recipients of various Convocation scholarships.

Raj has been closely associated with UWA, having served as an Adjunct Associate Professor from 2009 to 2015 and currently as an Adjunct Professor. Raj has supervised and mentored many students, and secured external funding for research projects at UWA.

Raj is a multi-award winning Environmental Engineer; the 2021 Australian Professional Environmental Engineer, WA Professional Engineer of the Year 2020,  Most Innovative Engineer in 2017 and 2019,  and WA Water Professional of the Year 2017.  Raj is CEO of Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd (EEI). He has consulted for all levels of government in different countries, the UN, and various industry sectors. These include clients such as South32, Alcoa, Woodside and BHP, utilities and the primary industries. Raj has authored over 60 publications, holds multiple patents, and has previously been an editor of various journals.

Raj is passionate about education and research. He believes in strong collaboration between stakeholders in education and research, including schools, universities, industry, the professions and the community. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at universities including the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA and Murdoch University.

Raj has over 20 years of non-executive director/ advisory board level experience with a range of professional and community organisations. These include the Chair of the Community Advisory Group for the SMRC, Chair of the WA chapter of the Sustainable Engineering Society, member of Penrhos College Foundation Board  and a Division Board member of Engineers Australia.

Dr Moira Maley
Council Member (2020) 2024

Moira Maley (BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCertMedEd, DipNautSci,GradDipEcot) is a UWA graduate with an academic career in biomedical research and health professions education in city and rural / regional settings. She has served on international medical education working groups. Her publications span several domains (pathology, rural medical education, education technology, global health, eco-restoration and regional Australian history).

As such she brings both a broad and a deep understanding of the international academic world, a recent walked experience of life as a university student in the regions and the perspective of a values-based educator. She will contribute wisdom and time toward forming Convocation as a steadying long-term supporter of graduates.

Ms Nee Nee Ong
Council Member (2016) 2025

Nee Nee Ong

Nee Nee Ong is a graduate of UWA with Masters in Business Administration (2000) and Bachelor of Engineering (1996). With over 20 year’s experience, she currently works as a project manager and engineer managing interdisciplinary teams for the delivery of projects and providing electrical design work. Nee Nee has continued her association with UWA, as seen more recently in 2015 as a university accreditation accessor and with UWA volunteer positions, such as mentoring.

Nee Nee has extensive leadership, governance, marketing, event organisation and finance experience with not-for-profit and professional organisations. This is evident with the current positions held with Engineers Australia; Chair of the Electrical College Board and Chair of College of Leadership and Management.

Dr Fran Pesich
Council Member (2010-2014) 2024

Dr Fran Pesich

After completing her degree in Architecture at UWA, Fran expanded her design interests to include how organisations function while working in the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s (design, documentation, contract management and project management).

After completing an MBA at UWA in 1989 (Austrade Prize in International Marketing), Fran joined Bunnings Forest Products as their Logistics Manager which included the development of customer service, process flow capability and the business’s quality management program. The interest in organisations continued and after leaving the Wesfarmers group, Fran worked as a third-party auditor with NATA in Queensland, and then became a certified, verifying senior auditor with Quality Assurance Services (now SAI-Global).

After completing a professional doctorate in strategic management at UWA (2004) Fran returned to consulting work, predominantly with the Water Corporation (project management, program management, capital investment, asset management) and auditing activities including as an auditor with the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). Fran has also been an AIPM judge, written award winning AIPM submissions and continues to provide consulting services to large government and private organisations.

Affiliations are held with a variety of professional associations including the Graduate Management Association and Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). Fran was previously a member of Convocation Council from 2010-2014 and was re-elected in 2018. Fran was also President of the UWA Historical Society from 2012-2014 and from 2017-2020.

Mr Ric Stern
Council Member (2022) 2025

Mr Ric SternI am originally from New York, and immigrated to Perth in 1982. I’ve had a dual career path for most of my adult life with 46 years in senior management and 55 years in Show Business. My first senior position was as Operations Coordinator for the S.E. Sector of Pan American World Airways in Miami, Florida.

I completed my undergrad studies in various universities in America, and became involved in the Education Sector upon arrival in WA, leading to secondment to Head Office within the TAFE Division. Subsequent to leaving TAFE, I established & operated successful businesses for 15 years, including: A Music Business, Hotel, Restaurant, and Nightclub.

I completed two post-grad degrees at UWA (Management & Business Administration). For three years, I was employed within the Department of Justice running Courts of Petty Sessions and Magistrate’s Courts.

I am the former Treasurer for the 2nd largest branch of the Liberal Party, and sat on the Legislative Assembly for the Division, Treasurer & Vice President of the Perth Jazz Society Board of Management, UWA Convocation Council Member & former Chair of the 50th Reunion Celebration Committee.

Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant
Council Member (2019) 2025

Professor Marc TennantWith a lifetime commitment to UWA, having been a student here in the 1980's and then an academic for nearly three decades, Marc has experienced substantial changes within the University over that time.

Marc has been an employee at all levels of academia; having experienced life as a casual staff member right through to now, as a senior professor. He is committed to the long haul with UWA, and over his lifetime has always been focused on its goals and values.

He has received many awards for his commitment to the WA, and the wider Australian community. Culminating in 2022 with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia.

His R&D actions focused on community development and strengthen the relationships between the community (especially those at the margins of our society) and the University. His strong ties to our local community (living as a neighbour of the University) ensure his dedication to good community citizenship at a local level.

Having dozens of current graduate students, and having taught thousands of UWA's students over nearly three decades, Marc has an extraordinarily strong commitment to outstanding student-centric education and good education governance. He has received numerous awards from student groups and universities across Australia and beyond for his commitment to students and learning.