University Council Member profiles

Elisa Fear

Ms Elisa Fear

Member appointed by the Governor

Terms of Office:

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2021

Ms Elisa Fear is an experienced non-executive director with high level financial skills and expertise. She is currently a non-executive director of the Good Samaritan Industries and Financial Toolbox Inc.

Ms Fear is the Chair of the Women At Risk committee, a group seeking to provide financial and other information for women facing domestic violence whose activities include the development of Your Toolkit, a comprehensive web based resource for women facing domestic violence and financial abuse.

Ms Fear has a Bachelor of Commerce, Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Damian Gordon

Mr Damian Gordon

Member appointed by the Governor

Terms of Office:

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2021

Mr Damian Gordon is an Executive Director of the Hawaiian Group. He is a Director of Amanda Living and former Director of Youth Focus.

Mr Gordon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand with high level financial skills and expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. Mr Gordon also has completed the LEAP Program at INSEAD.


Mr Michael Lishman

Mr Michael Lishman

Member appointed by the Governor

Terms of Office: 

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2019
1 April 2013 – 31 March 2016
1 April 2010 – 31 March 2013

Mr Michael Lishman is an experienced Australian corporate lawyer and has acted on many large M&A transactions, including in the oil and gas, mining, financial services, and transport sectors.

Mr Lishman is currently a partner of Global Law Firm, Jones Day and formerly a Managing Director with Gresham Partners Limited, a partner of Clifford Chance, Cochrane Lishman and Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

Mr Lishman has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Law from the University of Melbourne.  He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.


Professor Deborah Terry AO

Professor Deborah Terry AO

Vice-Chancellor

Terms of Office:

Ex officio

Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014 and is currently a board member of Universities Australia and Australia’s Academic and Research Network. She is also the former president of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and previous Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Professor Terry completed her PhD in social psychology at the Australian National University. Prior to working at Curtin, she had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially working as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

In June 2015, Professor Terry was made an Officer in the General Division (AO) for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.


Professor Glennda Scully

Professor Glennda Scully

Member elected by Full-Time Academic Staff

Terms of Office: 

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2019
1 April 2013 – 31 March 2016

Glennda Scully is a Professor in the School of Accounting, Curtin University. She has worked in practice and has wide industry-based experience and was Head of School for 8 years. Currently, Glennda teaches in the areas of Auditing, Ethics, Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance and on the MBA program.

Professor Scully is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a member of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Glennda is also a member of the Chartered Accountant Trans-Tasman Audit Advisory Committee. Her research interests include financial disclosure in developing economies, Not-for profits, corporate governance, performance auditing and behavioral decision making in auditing and ethics.

Professor Scully has a strong interest in the Not for Profit sector and is currently a member of the MercyCare board and finance and audit and risk committee, a Commissioner and Chair of Finance of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia, a member of the Curtin University Council and Finance committee and a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council of Perth. Glennda also held the position of Chair of the CAANZ regional council Western Australia.


Mr Andrew McLean

Mr Andrew McLean

Member elected by Full-Time Salaried (General) Staff

Terms of Office: 

18 June 2016 – 17 June 2019

Mr Andrew McLean is currently the School Business Manager within the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry within the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. He is also a member of Curtin University Council having been elected by the full-time professional/general staff for a three year term commencing on June 2016.

Andrew commenced at Curtin University in 1993 and has since held various positions at the university in student administration, project management (Prince 2 Practitioner), strategic planning, research administration, learning and teaching, governance and area management. He is committed to excellence in tertiary education management as an Associate Fellow of the Australasian Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM).

He is both a passionate education activist and disability advocate for his son and others with a disability. Together with his family he has successfully advocated for policy change and has on occasion met with Prime Ministers, Premiers, Ministers and Senior Public Sector Managers.

Andrew was previously Chair of the IPS School Boards at both Canning Vale Education Support Centre and Canning Vale Primary School. He has been a member of the Canning Vale College IPS School Board.

He holds both a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (History and Politics) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Curtin University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Romana-Rea Begicevic

Ms Romana-Rea Begicevic

Member elected by students  (postgraduate)

Terms of Office: 

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

Ms Romana-Rea Begicevic is a cancer researcher as a Higher Degree by Research PhD student, in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, within the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is a postgraduate student member of Curtin University Council, having been elected by the postgraduate students for a one-year term commencing April, 2018.

Romana commenced her studies at Curtin University in 2012 and is very passionate about representing her peers, holding positions at the university such as Research Vice President and President of the Postgraduate Students Committee, Curtin Student Guild. At the national level, Romana has represented postgraduate students as Western Branch President and the current national Women’s Officer at the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA). She is committed to the postgraduate students academic and research excellence, wellbeing and career success.

As a researcher, Romana’s project focuses on ways in which to target vulnerabilities, in highly aggressive pancreatic cancer stem cells, to eliminate them. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Pre-Clinical), Honours in Biomedical Science and is a current HDR, PhD student.


Ms Finlay Nolan

Ms Finlay Nolan

Member elected by students  (undergraduate)

Terms of Office: 

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 



Mr Terry Agnew

Mr Terry Agnew

Member Co-opted by the Council

Terms of office:

1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Mr Terry Agnew is a highly experienced CEO and non-executive director. He has worked across a range of industries including insurance, financial services, travel and tourism, education, disability and care and membership organisations.

Mr Agnew has been the Group CEO of RAC WA for 20 years.

Mr Agnew is the current Chair of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, Curtin Business School Advisory Council and Edge Employment Solutions (a disability employment service). He is also a Director of RAA Insurance and MDA National Insurance (both subsidiaries of mutual organisations), and was a Founding Member of CEO’s for Gender Equity.

Mr Agnew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) and Member of the Australian Institute of Engineers.

Mr Agnew was educated in Adelaide, Perth and Boston and his qualifications include MBA, M.Sc., B.E. (Hons) and the Harvard AMP.

Dr Andrew Crane

Dr Andrew Crane

Member Co-opted by the Council

Appointed Chancellor: 1 January 2019 – 31 March 2021
Terms of Office: 

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2021
Previously: Member appointed by the Governor 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2018

Dr Andrew Crane has over thirty years experience in agriculture, food processing and international trade. He has held executive positions in Marketing, Trading, Manufacturing, Strategy & Business Development and most recently as CEO of the CBH Group.

He is currently non-executive Director on the Boards of Rice Growers Ltd (SunRice), RAC Holdings Ltd and Macquarie Infrastructure Advisory Boards of Lawson Grains Pty Ltd and Viridis Ag Pty Ltd. He was former non-executive Director of Interflour Pte Ltd and former Chairman of the Business Council of Co Operatives and Mutuals.

Dr Crane holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Remote Sensing of Agriculture and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors.


Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Member Co-opted by the Council

Terms of Office: 

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020

Dr Vanessa Guthrie is a highly accomplished executive and Non-Executive Director with broad and strategic experience across a portfolio of Board positions.

Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia and Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Cricket Association, and serves as a Director on the boards of Adelaide Brighton Limited, Santos Limited and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Substantial experience in the mining industry in diverse roles including operations, environment, community, indigenous affairs and corporate development and sustainability

Active Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chief Executive Women, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).

Qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management, including a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University.


Mr Steve Scudamore

Mr Steve Scudamore

Member Co-opted by the Council

Terms of Office:

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020
1 April 2014 – 31 March 2017
1 April 2011 – 31 March 2014

Mr Steve Scudamore has held a number of senior positions, including Chairman of the WA office of KPMG for eight-and-a-half years and a senior partner with KPMG for 20 years specialising in the Energy and Natural Resources sector and Corporate Finance Services.

He serves as non-executive director on ASX listed companies Pilbara Minerals Ltd and Australis Oil and Gas Ltd, Malaysian Listed Selangor Properties Berhad, unlisted MDA National and Australia British Chamber of Commerce, and is chairman of MDA Insurance and not for profit Amana Living. He is also vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Western Australian Museum.

Mr Scudamore holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and England and Wales, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Sue Wilson

Ms Sue Wilson

Member Co-opted by the Council

Re-appointed Pro Chancellor : 4 March 2017 – 3 March 2020
Appointed Pro Chancellor : 1 January 2015 – 3 March 2017

Terms of Office: 

4 March 2017 – 3 March 2020
(Previously: Member nominated by the Minister)
3 May 2016 – 3 March 2017
3 May 2013 – 2 May 2016

Ms Wilson is an experienced Board director as a former non-executive director of Western Power and a previous executive director of Bankwest. She has particular expertise in strategy, problem solving, stakeholder management including dealing with regulators and government, commercially focused legal input and governance.

She was previously a senior executive at Bankwest and HBOS Australia.  Most recently, she was employed as the Head of Company Secretariat at South32 and is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary at Iluka.

Ms Wilson has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Australia.  Ms Wilson also completed a Company Directors Course Diploma with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Dale Pinto

Professor Dale Pinto

Chairperson of the Academic Board

Terms of Office: 

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2020

Dale Pinto is a Professor of Taxation Law at Curtin University’s Law School in Western Australia and Chair of Curtin’s Academic Board.  He currently serves on the Council of Curtin University and is also the elected Academic Representative for Curtin on the UniSuper Consultative Committee.

He is the author/co-author of numerous books, refereed articles and national and international conference papers, and is on the editorial board of a number of journals as well as being the Editor-in-Chief of several refereed journals. Dale has been a member of CPA Australia’s Centre of Tax Excellence and Past President of the WA Division of CPA Australia, is currently a CPA Board member and Chair of the Taxation Institute’s Education Quality Assurance Board (EQAB) and is also a member of TEQSA’s Expert Panel in accounting, taxation and international education. Dale served as an inaugural member of the National Tax Practitioners Board and is a current member of the Board of Taxation’s Advisory Panel and the ATO’s Tax Technical Panel. Dale is also an Executive Member of the Australian Branch of the International Tax Policy Think Tank, the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and a Member of CCIWA’s Economic Development Forum.

Dale is a Life Member of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association (ATTA) and also the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) and is an Honorary Life Member of the Taxation Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), which is the fifth learned Academy of Australia which only admits “persons of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law who are demonstrably committed to the objects of the Academy.” Members of the Academy include members drawn from parts of the legal community, including academia, the practicing profession (including private and public sectors), and the judiciary, including former Chief Justice Robert Shenton French AC.