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Convocation Annual Election 2014

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Elections were recently held for three positions on the UWA Senate and eight members of the Council of Convocation

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Annual Elections, 11 March 2014

All graduates of UWA are automatically members of Convocation and were entitled to vote in these elections.

If you are a Convocation member but did not receive voting papers, contact the Office of Convocation.Please also ensure that your  contact details are up to date.

Postal voting closed on Tuesday 11 March 2014


SMITH, Peter Address: 29 Clark Street Nedlands

Nominator: James Alexander PRENDIVILLE  Seconder: John Antony RANGER


I am a fifth generation Western Australian. Educated at East Claremont Practicing School, Christ Church Grammar School. I graduated Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1979. My internship and residency were at Royal Perth Hospital and his training in General Surgery was undertaken at Sir Charles Gairdiner Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and Fremantle Hospital. I was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1990 by examination in General Surgery. I was employed as a lecturer at the University of London and Senior Registrar at the Royal Free Hospital in London in 1990/91 and later in 1991 started as a Consultant General Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and part-time in private practice. I was Head of the Department of Surgery at SCGH form 2001 – 2003. Since 2012 I have been full time in private practice as a Breast Surgeon, Endocrine Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist with a special interest in Malignant Melanoma. I am currently a member of the following committees: 2007-Current – Hollywood Private Hospital Medical Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair; 2010-Current – Hollywood Private Hospital Peer Review General Surgical Committee – Chair; 2011-Current – Raine Medical Research Foundation Research Committee; 2011-Current – Healy Medical Research Foundation Research Committee; 2012-Current – Western Australian Department of Health Clinician Research Fellowship Program Committee.

CHEONG, Terrence BCom W.Aust, MBA Deakin, FCPA, FCA Singapore, CTA, AFAIM

CHEONG, Terrence Address: 71 Hogarth Way Bateman

Nominator: Paul John McCANN AM Seconder: Warren Merton KERR

Terrence graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance and minoring in Business Law in 1996. After completing his degree, he worked as an auditor for four years in Singapore. He later returned to Perth and worked as a manager in a Chartered Accounting firm. Upon completing an MBA from Deakin University in 2005, Terrence established his CPA practice, UTC Integrative Solutions. In October 2013, he merged his practice with a mate (also a UWA graduate), to form Integrative Business Solutions. The practice provides a diverse range of accounting services including auditing, business advisory, taxation as well as the administration and taxation of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF). He is a registered company auditor, a registered tax agent and a registered SMSF auditor. In addition to serving on the Council for Convocation since 2011, Terrence is also a member of the following organisations: Fellow of CPA Australia; Fellow Chartered Accountant (Singapore); Chartered Tax Adviser; Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; Secretary of the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce; Past Committee member of the Singapore WA Network. His notable achievements include: Elected as 2013 State President of CPA Australia, having served as Divisional Councillor since 2008; Interviewed by CPA Australia in the Showcasing Best Practice in Public Practice series in 2011; Recognised by Worldwide Who's Who for Excellence in Business Advisory & Accounting Services.

TAN, Alfred PhD(UWA), MIP(UTS), BEng. (1st Hons)(ECU), Trade Marks Attorney, SMIEEE, MEngAust

TAN, AlfredAddress: 38 Bull Creek Road Rossmoyne
Nominator: Douglas CHAI  Seconder: Marcia TAYLOR

 Dr. Alfred Tan was a PhD graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Western Australia in 2000. His doctorate thesis was on the subject of wireless communication engineering. Since then, Alfred Tan has been an Associate Professor, an entrepreneur, an IP attorney, an engineer, a research scientist, an inventor and a university administrator all rolled in one. Currently, he is the Head of the Knowledge Transfer Office at Hong Kong Baptist University. Alfred is also a Court member of the Hong Kong Baptist University. He started his career in academia before embarking to successfully lead his own technology startup. Alfred Tan has a number of patents to his name. He then returned to academia to further his career as a well published Professor in engineering and technology, both in Hong Kong and Australia. Alfred Tan is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of Engineers Australia. He is also a registered Australian Trade Marks attorney and an often-referenced patent consultant. Alfred Tan is also represent the Hong Kong Baptist University as a strategic member in the Hong Kong Business Angel Network, advising the University startups on intellectual property rights protection, financial analysis and business modeling. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee on Review of Intellectual Property Issues in the Innovation and Technology Sector for the Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR Government.

DAWKINS, Simon B.Ec., Dip.Ed., M.Phil., FAICD

DAWKINS, SimonAddress: 28 Goldsmith Road Claremont

Nominator: Fiona Juliet STANLEY  Seconder: Warren Merton KERR

I am seeking re-election to the Senate for a second term. I have a long association with UWA commencing with a Bachelor of Economics and roles in student activities including as President of the Economics and Commerce Students Society. I started my career in education and helped establish an innovative senior high school in Canberra. I moved into arts administration, and was CEO of two arts centres, the Canberra Theatre Centre and Perth Theatre Trust. I was elected President of Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) and appointed inaugural Chair of Playing Australia, a national touring program. In 2009 I was awarded inaugural life membership of APACA. After director and advisory roles in State Government across several policy areas, I was appointed to my current position as GM of Oil Mallee Australia, a farmer group that promotes integrated farm forestry for environmental benefits, carbon offsets and bioenergy. Other current roles include Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Chair of TEDxPerth (two events on UWA campus), Director of CEO Institute (WA), Councillor of Friends of the Festival, Bungendore Park Management Committee, and Tura New Music Board. My keen interest and involvement with Convocation includes three years as Warden after active roles on committees and as Deputy Warden. As a member of Senate I have participated actively during a period of change, celebration and achievement. I contributed to the work of the Strategic Resources Committee which focuses on the financial, capital and human resources issues across the campus.


PERVAN, ZekeAddress: Silent
 Nominator: Suraj Premjr SANGHANI  Seconder: David Alan ZOHAR

 I was born in WA and educated at Governor Stirling Senior High School, Midland, before completing my Medical Degree at UWA in 1969. In 1975 I completed the FRACGP examination and worked as a solo General Practitioner for 35 years. I also served as a visiting Medical Officer to RAAF Base Pearce for seven years and was Area Medical Officer for the Department of Army until 1983. In 1976 the Department of Veteran Affairs appointed me as a medical member of the WA Repatriation Review Tribunal and then to the Veteran Review Board until 1983. In 1994 I co-authored two international papers on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with research scientists at UWA, Departments of Microbiology and Human Movement. I served as Patron of the WA Society for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for five years until 2011. In 2003, Convocation of UWA appointed me as their Medical Alumni representative to the Advisory Board of UWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. I served on this Board for ten years. In 1984 I gained the FAICD qualification and over the last ten years I have served as a Company Director on the Boards of five ASX listed companies. I have a special interest in tertiary education and in particular I will be keen to help enhance the standard of education in Health Sciences, Biotechnology and Corporate Law. I feel my experience in Medicine and on Company Boards serves me in good stead as a suitable member of Senate.

SILBERT, Hilary Ann B.Ed WAust M.Ed WAust Dip P.E WA Secondary Teachers College

SILBERT, Hilary Ann Address: 7 Gibbon Street Mosman Park
 Nominator: Annie DUNCAN  Seconder: Thomas Graeme WRIGHT

 I have served a four year term on Senate and have gained valuable knowledge and experience. With my particular skill set, I wish to nominate for a further term. I am a many generations Western Australian, educated at East Claremont Primary School (Prac) and MLC. My sisters and brother are all UWA graduates, and I obtained a Master of Education. To be a physical education teacher, I completed a Diploma of Physical Education and Teachers’ Certificate. An introduction to recreation planning, event planning and management lead to me becoming the Inaugural Sports Administrator for the Independent Girls’ Schools Sports Association. My connection to UWA continued and I became a research assistant, and then joined University Extension. Establishing my own consultancy I became the Inaugural Manager of Corporate Events, Edith Cowan University. I have: inherited a commitment to serving the community and am a second generation member of the Council of St Catherine’s College and of Senate; been President and awarded Honorary Life Membership of Graduate Women (WA); served two years on the Centenary Trust for Women; been involved with UWA Fencing Club, having organised the WA International Fencing Tournaments and received an AFF Award for Outstanding Innovation; involved with the UWA Athletics Club as an athlete and now as a former athlete; awarded a Half Blue; Invited to be an entry in “Who’s Who of Australian Women” since 2008 – 2014.

LY, Quang

LY, QuangAddress: 5 Rose Avenue Bayswater
 Nominator: William Harold CLOUGH  Seconder: Kenneth Comninos MICHAEL 

 Mr 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. As a migrant, Quang is passionate about providing accessible, quality education for the next generation of global leaders. He is fluent in three languages; has lived in Asia for several years and has a strong understanding of Asian cultures. If elected to the University Senate, Quang will work with the University to extend its relationships with international and younger alumni. By deepening these special relationships, Quang hopes to create new opportunities for current students to gain an international perspective and take part in practical industry projects. He also hopes to extend UWA's relationships with the corporate and community sectors to ensure the University's work remains relevant among the communities it serves.

O’ROURKE, Shannon

O ROURKE, ShannonAddress: 11/146 Joel Terrace Mount Lawley
 Nominator: Julie HARRISON  Seconder: Therese ELLIS

 UWA has a proud legacy of achievement and a promising future. Having completed its centenary year, UWA is well placed to improve its top 100 ranking. UWA’s continuing role in the sustainable development of the world’s Energy and Minerals resources will be critical to this outcome. Shannon is Strategic Planning Manager at Woodside Energy Limited, Australia’s largest Oil and Gas company. He previously held roles of Advisor to Executive Vice President Technology and Advisor to Executive Vice President Development. Shannon has a broad background in Project Management, Drilling Operations, Engineering, Development, Technology Commercialisation, Strategic Management and Governance. He has worked for Rio Tinto, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Chevron Australia and Woodside Energy. Shannon has developed a strong understanding of the long term challenges facing the energy, minerals and academic sectors both domestically and abroad. Shannon recently led a federal government application to establish Perth as an Oil and Gas technology hub. The application drew together a wide range of industry, small to medium enterprise and university partners. UWA, through the WA Energy Research Alliance, was at the centre. Shannon is strongly committed to cross sector collaboration as a means to improve training, research and commercialisation outcomes. Shannon has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) from UWA and a Master of Business Administration (Distinction) from Manchester University. He was awarded CEED and Clough Scholarships in 1995 and won the Shell Livewire Competition in 2004. He is continuing his education at Harvard University via executive education in 2014.

WAUGH, Russell John BE (Hons), LLB, LLM CPEng MIEAust

WAUGH, Russell JohnAddress: 10 Catalina Cove Maylands
 Nominator: Colin Edward PERCIVAL  Seconder: Brian Robert KELLY

 Russell graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1988 with an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was privileged to be the recipient of a Clough scholarship, and to join Clough post graduation where he spent 17 years as an engineer and manager, and developed an enviable reputation for successful project delivery. During his Clough days, Russell lived and worked throughout Australia and Asia. After leaving Clough, Russell joined Leighton to again work in Asia. Over an 8 year period, he developed an offshore oil and gas capability and lead the development and growth of a substantial multidiscipline construction business in India. As Managing Director of the India business, Russell’s responsibilities included management of a Construction Engineering program for University students, and Trades training school, both important ventures designed to enhance engineering and trades skill development based on Australian knowledge and experience. From India, Russell returned to Australia to join UGL, where his most recent role was as CEO of UGL’s $2.5bn Engineering business. Russell is a firm believer in the value of education. In addition to his UWA degree, he holds a Bachelors degree in law from Macquarie University and Masters Degree in Law from Deakin University. He is a recipient of the Macquarie University distinguished service Award for his achievements internationally. Outside of his career, Russell is a dedicated family man, and proud father. He has four children aged in their early twenties and late teens. Russell’s family now represents three generations of UWA graduates.

MEATON, Murray

MEATON, MurrayAddress: 2/18 Bellevue Terrace West Perth
 Nominator: Gary Stuart MACKINTOSH  Seconder: Warren KERR

 Murray Meaton is the Director of Economic Consulting Services. He established the company in 1997 following over 25 years of State and Federal government experience. Murray has qualifications in Agricultural Science and Economics both from the Univeristy of Western Australia. Murray worked in government for the Department of Agriculture, Treasury, the Commonwealth DPIE, Industries Assistance Commission and CSIRO. He finished as Director, Economic Policy with the Department of Minerals and Energy. Since establishing a consultancy company, Murray has been involved in more than 700 assignments for a wide range of clients including companies, government departments and industry associations. He is a member of the Chamber of Minerals Infrastructure and Economics Committee and the Energy Committee, Board Director for the Australian Institute of Energy, WA Chair of the Australian Institute of Energy and a Director of his Rotary Club. He has served on three school Boards including four years as a Chair. Murray is an experienced facilitator and public speaker and was a 1994 Churchill Fellow. Murray retains an affection for the University with his wife and two daughters all graduates and work contacts bringing him to the Crawley campus regularly.


BIGGS, BillAddress: 42 Sandpiper Cove Broadwater
 Nominator: Warren Merton KERR  Seconder: Michele Irene DOLIN

 I am a graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture with thirty years of environmental management experience in the agricultural and mining industries from both an industry and government perspective. My extensive experience includes management of a broad range of environmental issues from a “hands on” level through to National and State strategic planning and policy development. I run my own consultancy providing strategic environmental advice and services to industry and government. Prior to this I held a senior environmental management position in the Department of Industry and Resources. I contributed to state and national policy on environmental issues in the resource development industry. I have contributed to AusAid and World Bank projects dealing with the impacts of mine closure on communities and the environment. I have represented WA interests on Commonwealth Working Groups and Committees contributing to the development of a number of national environmental management standards and guidelines. I have maintained a strong interest in education since graduating, working with TAFE on the development of curriculum relating to mine site rehabilitation and environmental management skills. I have worked with CSIRO and the universities in WA in the development of curriculum and research programs, providing input and advice on strategic education and research direction. I have lectured at both the University of WA and Murdoch University. I have just completed my second term as a convocation elected member of Senate. I am deputy chair of the External Environment Committee and the deputy chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.


FIELDING, MarkAddress: 6 Toonagabbie Court Kingsley
 Nominator: Danik Martine BANCILHON  Seconder: Claire Louise HANDLEY

 Mark was born in Perth and educated in government schools and at the University of Western Australia. Mark has been teaching in secondary schools, government and private, city and country, for thirty years. He has a passion for history and was for many years the inaugural editor of the History Teachers’ Association journal, Hindsight. He is the co-author of three history textbooks on revolutions and has presented at many state and national history teachers’ conferences. Recently his focus has shifted to the impact of globalisation and internationalisation on education and howschools and universities need to respond to these developments in order to better equip students for a more challenging interconnected world. This interest, in turn,inspired his doctoral research on the internationalisation of education in Australian schooling. Mark feels his expertise in international education and his experience in strategic planning places him in an ideal position to both represent the interests of members of Convocation as well as give back to a university that has given him, and others, so much over the years. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education with Honours and Doctor of Education from the University of Western Australia and is a sessional teacher in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia and Director of Global Programs at St Stephen’s School. His passions are travel, reading, writing and enjoying dinner out with family and friends.


THOMSON, JoshuaAddress: 55 Palmerston Street Mosman Park
 Nominator: William Arie Scott KEANE  Seconder: Samuel Alexander VANDONGEN

 I am a Senior Counsel, and specialise in contractual, corporate and insolvency disputes. I also appear in public law and constitutional cases. I obtained a Bachelor of Laws from UWA in 1994. After completing this degree, I won the Hackett Scholarship from UWA, and used this to study for a Bachelor of Civil Laws at Oxford University. I have recently been appointed to UWA’s Law School Advisory Committee. I have an ongoing interest in legal research and education, having co-authored a text on commercial contracts, written various articles and edited the Western Australian Law Reports. I also have a particular interest in promoting effective medical research, especially the causes of childhood obesity and the developmental origins of childhood disease.


SILVER, ChadAddress: 31 Farrin Street Attadale
 Nominator: Jonathan DAVIES  Seconder: Thomas PERCY

 Mr Chad Silver currently holds a Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Science, Graduate Certificate in G.I.S and a Juris Doctor (Graduate Entry Law Degree). Mr Silver also operates his own business. Mr Silver has an extensive professional community service record which includes currently being the branch secretary of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. He has previously held positions on the Curtin University Council, the Murdoch University Law Board and the Law Society of WA, Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee. As a result of his experiences on these boards, he is very familiar with the complexities of the Education Sector and the relevant legislation, regulations and processes that the organisation must follow. His wisdom, skills, expertise and intelligence is noted by many. More recently he has been invited to talk at the 2014 Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Conference to be held in New South Wales next year. In his spare time, he is an avid cyclist, elite golfer and windsurfing and an aspiring saxophonist. As with all tasks he chooses to complete, he will apply myself diligently with the utmost levels of respect, honesty and integrity to make a valuable contribution to both the organisation and society. As he focused on quality and excellence, Chad Silver will lead the University of WA to a brighter future, and continue to maintain the significant level of achievement as set by the formerly elected members.


MARSHALL, SimonAddress: 24 Flinders Crescent Bull Creek
 Nominator: Sandra Lee MURRAY  Seconder: Cynthia Joan BELONOGOFF

 I am an applied mathematician and research scientist with interests in computational chemistry and physics, currently employed as a Senior Environmental Officer with the Department of Environment Regulation. During nearly 30 years of research experience in academic, industrial, and government institutions, I have published a large volume of material in leading international journals, presented many papers at conferences, and developed a broad interdisciplinary scientific perspective. As a scientist, I have an interest not only in research, but also in the communication of scientific knowledge, which developed from my experience as a high school teacher, a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at UWA (1990-1993) and an Associate Professor at the University of Natal. Scientific communication is of importance not only to the scholarly mission of the university, but also in combating the increasing public skepticism of the value of scientific approaches to problems of national significance. After attending Perth Modern School, I obtained a BSc and MSc from the University of Auckland (1978, 1980), a PhD from the University of Ottawa (1986), and a DipEd in secondary mathematics teaching from UWA (1993). I am a Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and accredited Member of the Australian Mathematical Society. I also have a lifelong interest and involvement in musical performance, mainly of the baroque keyboard repertoire, and am qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and Fellow of Trinity College, London.