WAIT Chairs and Curtin Chancellors

As head of WAIT and Curtin’s governing bodies, these esteemed individuals have helped shape the direction of the developing institution. Many are remembered through the naming of buildings and campus facilities.

Dr Thomas (Blue) Robertson

Dr Thomas (Blue) Robertson

WAIT Chair 1967–1969

WAIT came about thanks to the vision and efforts of four key figures in Western Australia’s post-war educational scene, including the WA Director of Education, Dr Thomas Logan Robertson.

Dr Roy Halliday Henderson

Dr Roy Halliday Henderson

WAIT Chair 1969–1976

Dr Roy Henderson made a significant contribution to the demanding and important early days of WAIT as a member of its Interim Council, chosen for his experience in the business sector.

Hon Justice Alan Barblett AO

Hon Justice Alan Barblett AO

WAIT Chair 1976–1985

A practising lawyer who held many senior positions in the legal sector, the Hon Justice Alan Barblett joined the WAIT Council as a legal adviser before becoming its Chair in 1976.

Peter Brinsden

Hon Justice Peter Brinsden AM QC

WAIT Chair 1985–1986
Curtin Chancellor 1987–1990

A Queens Counsel and President of the Law Council of Western Australia, the Hon Peter Brinsden was well known in state and national legal circles.

Dr Harry Sorensen AO OBE CitWA

Dr Harry Sorensen AO OBE CitWA

Curtin Chancellor 1990–1996

Dr Harry Sorensen helped to champion the spirit of volunteering at Curtin, helping to enrich the student experience and expand the University’s community contributions.

Dr Charles (Harry) Perkins AO CitWA

Dr Charles (Harry) Perkins AO CitWA

Curtin Chancellor 1996–2002

As Chancellor Dr Harry Perkins strongly supported international education and Curtin’s move to establish its first overseas campus in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Dr Eric Tan AM CitWA

Dr Eric Tan AM CitWA

Curtin Chancellor 2003–2006

As Chancellor, Dr Eric Tan helped to build Curtin’s deep relationships in Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

Dr William (Gordon) Martin

Dr William (Gordon) Martin

Curtin Chancellor 2006–2009

A prominent businessman with a background in the chemical and resources industry, Dr Gordon Martin further enhanced Curtin’s engagement with industry, particularly in science and engineering, with the collaborative Resources and Chemistry Precinct developed on Curtin’s Perth campus during this time.

Dr James (Jim) Gill AO

Dr James (Jim) Gill AO

Curtin Chancellor 2010–2012

As Curtin Chancellor, Dr Jim Gill supported several major initiatives to progress the University’s reputation and impact, chairing the initial steering committee for the Greater Curtin project, with its aims of transforming the Perth campus into a major urban hub for innovation and collaboration.

Colin Beckett

Dr Colin Beckett

Curtin Chancellor 2013–2018

As Chancellor, Dr Colin Beckett helped steer the expansion of Curtin’s presence and industry connections in the Perth CBD and embraced the University’s global expansion with the establishment of new campuses in Dubai and Mauritius.

Headshot of Dr Andrew Crane

Dr Andy Crane

Curtin Chancellor 2019–present

The former CEO of Australia’s largest grain exporter, CBH, Dr Andy Crane brings to Curtin significant experience in areas well aligned to Curtin’s future needs and aims: sustaining growth in complex environments, embracing the opportunities afforded by both technology and globalisation, and maintaining a strong sense of values-led organisational integrity.