Advisory Council

The Faculty Advisory Council members are invited for their leadership and expertise in areas of relevance to the work of the Faculty, the council meets three times a year.

Members:

Professor Susan Dodds

Dean, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Susan Dodds is a Professor of Philosophy with more than a decade of experience in leadership in Australian Universities. Susan’s research and teaching has been in ethics, applied ethics and political philosophy. She became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW in April 2016. She was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania (2009-2016), and Deputy Provost (2013-2016). Susan’s academic career began at the University of Wollongong in 1989, where she held a series of positions before being promoted to Professor of Philosophy in 2006 and Head, School of English Literatures, Philosophy and Languages in 2007.

Susan has published extensively on issues relating to bioethics, deliberative democracy, relational autonomy, health policy and regulation. Professor Dodds is Chief Investigator and Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement Theme Leader on the Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). She is President and Chair of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Science and Humanities (DASSH), Chair of the Board of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Genetics and Genomics Working Committee (NS Chapter 3.5), of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC).

Ms Kathy Bail

Chief Executive, UNSW Press Limited

Kathy Bail is the chief executive of UNSW Press Ltd, a company owned by the University of New South Wales that publishes about 50 new titles a year, including scholarly books, trade non-fiction and books published in partnership with external organisations. UNSW Press manages the UNSW Bookshop on the Kensington campus and its NewSouth Books sales division represents more than 100 publishing imprints from Australia and overseas. Kathy Bail has had extensive experience in print and online media management as a journalist at Fairfax, ACP and other independent publishing companies, editing magazines such as The Bulletin, The Australian Financial Review Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Professor John Bennett

Honorary Professor, School of Education, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Until his retirement Professor John Bennett was Chief Executive of the Office of the Board of Studies NSW. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive he held senior positions at Board of Studies, including Director of Information Services, Director of Information Technology and Manager of Assessment and Systems.

John has been actively involved in interstate and national forums, in particular in his capacity as the NSW Chief Executive member of the Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities (ACACA). He was the 2009 recipient of the Australian College of Educators Wyndham Medal for ‘Outstanding contribution to the education of young people in NSW’.

In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. He holds the position of Conjoint Professor in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales.

Ms Angela Bowne SC

Senior Counsel, Blackstone Chambers

Angela has practiced as a barrister since 1986 in a range of fields, in particular, intellectual property, franchising, confidential information, arts and entertainment law, information technology law, and alternative dispute resolution, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003.

She is an accredited mediator and expert determiner and arbitration on the NSW Bar panels. She is Chair of Sydney Chamber Opera, the ATYP Foundation and the NSW Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and a director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. She has served as a director of UNSW Press, Australian Theatre for Young People, Synergy TaikOz, 107 Projects, the Sydney Film Festival, as President of International PEN Sydney, as chair of the NSW Bar’s Media Awards panel and as a member of its equal opportunity and mediation committees.

Mr Kim Dalton OAM

Chair of Freeview

Kim Dalton is currently chair of Freeview. He was previously the ABC’s Director of Television and Chief Executive of the Australian Film Commission. Other roles have included Manager of Acquisitions and Development for Beyond International Limited, General Manager of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Investment Manager for the Australian Film Finance Corporation and principal of his own production company, Warner Dalton Pty Ltd.

Kim graduated from the Flinders University Drama School and has a postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration. In June 2007, Kim was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the film and television industry.

Mr Malcom Duncan

Director, The Insight Group

Malcolm Duncan co-founded The Insight Group in 1994 and continues to provide executive search and consulting services with Top 100 Australian companies and Fortune 500 organisations. Malcolm also works with local and global venture capital groups. This has involved identifying senior executives to run start-up businesses and to provide assessment of teams and organisational reviews in relation to merger and acquisition activities. Malcolm also undertakes independent management assessment of Board members and senior executive teams and coaching of senior executives. Malcolm is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has previously held Board positions with Currency House and KU Children’s Services.

Malcolm holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Master of Arts and Diploma of Education from UNSW. Malcolm has also completed the General Management Program at Stanford University.

Mr Timothy Gartrell

Constitutional Recognition Campaign Director, Reconciliation Australia

Tim Gartrell is the Campaign Director for You Me Unity, the Reconciliation Australia project promoting recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Prior joining YMU Tim was the CEO of Indigenous employment advocacy group GenerationOne and CEO of social research company Auspoll. From 2003 to 2008 Tim was the National Campaign Director and National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party. A highlight of this period was his role as Campaign Director in the successful election of the Rudd Labor Government in 2007. In his early career, Tim held various positions in the Labor movement as a union researcher, political adviser and campaign organiser.

Tim has a Master of Arts (Communications Studies) (UniSA) and a Bachelor of Arts (UNSW).

Ms Susan Horwitz

Director, Horwitz Holdings Pty Ltd

Susan Horwitz is an experienced publisher with strong commercial management and corporate experience in media, the arts and communications. She is a Director of Horwitz Holdings Pty Ltd prior to which she held senior roles in radio broadcasting in the USA, including Vice President and Executive Director of Western Public Radio (San Francisco).

Throughout her career Susan has always been closely aligned with advancing women’s issues. She is a past Vice President of Chief Executive Women and is currently the President at Womensport NSW, a position she’s held since 2011. Susan is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Patron of Sculpture by the Sea. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.

Dr Graeme Innes AM

Disability Discrimination Commissioner (2005-2014), Australian Human Rights Commission

Graeme Innes AM is a lawyer, mediator and company director. He has been a human rights practitioner for more than thirty years, and is a conference presenter and facilitator.

Graeme was a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission for almost nine years, responsible for issues relating to disability, race and human rights.

Graeme chairs the Attitude Australia Foundation, a start-up using media to change attitudes towards Australians with disabilities.

He is a director of

  • Life Without Barriers
  • Livable Housing Australia, and
  • PWC's diversity board

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Canberra in 2014 in recognition of his work as a human rights activist. Honour for human rights advocate.

Graeme is married with two children, loves cricket as a spectator and sailing as a participant, and relaxes by enjoying fine Australian white wine.

Ms Christine McNamee-Liddy AO

UNSW Foundation Board Member

Christine McNamee-Liddy is currently a member of the UNSW Foundation Board. She is also a Board Member and Past President of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (South Eastern Section) and Former National Vice President of the RFDS. She is also a member of the Board of the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (GI Cancer Institute), UNSW Foundation and the Dame Pattie Menzies Foundation. Christine is the Managing Partner of All Purpose Indoor Plant Hire and Australian Plantscapes.

She is also a Council Member of the Friends of the Sydney International Piano Competition and an Advisory Board Member of the Mosman Art Gallery and Cultural Centre. A member of the Capital Campaign Committee of the State Library of NSW and the RFDS Capital Campaign Committee (Friends of RFDS).

Christine’s former roles include Board Member Frontline Defence Services for the Australian Army and Air Force, former Advisory Council member for Irish Studies at UNSW. Council Member of the Art Gallery Society of NSW (for twenty two years) including an eight year period as the Honorary Secretary. Council Member of the Foundation of Classical Archaeology Sydney University and a member of the Aircraft Replacement Committee RFDS.

Dr Richard O’Brien

Former Irish Ambassador to Australia

Richard served as Ambassador of Ireland to Poland, Australia, Egypt and Singapore for the Government of Ireland for 20 years, finishing his post in 2010.

Richard studied at University College Dublin and received a B.A. (Hons), Philosophy and subsequently a Doctor of Letters from the University of Victoria. Rather than embark on a career in philosophy Richard was drawn to the diplomatic service in the early 1970s. The foreign service opened up to Richard the world of international relations, global idea and cultural diversity.

Richard is the former Chair of the UNSW Global Irish Studies Advisory Committee and a tireless supporter of Irish studies and Arts & Social Sciences since the mid-1990s.

Ms Naomi Steer

National Director, Australia for UNHCR

Naomi Steer is the founding National Director of Australia for UNHCR. She has significant experience in international relations, human rights, industrial relations & communications.

She brings this wide-ranging advocacy and international experience and a strong commitment to improving the situation of refugees to her work with UNHCR. Since setting up UNHCR's Australian fundraising operations in 2000 she has travelled to many refugee situations including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Chad and Uganda to speak with and record the stories of refugees. To mark Australia for UNHCR 10th Anniversary she climbed Mt Kenya to raise funds for UNHCR's Safe Mother and Baby programs in Somalia.

She has a BA (Hons - Political Science) and an LLB from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Harvard University Executive program.

Mr Geordie Williamson

Chief Literary Critic, The Australian

Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of The Australian and winner of the 2011 Pascall prize for critical writing. His book about neglected Australian authors, The Burning Library, is published by Text.