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Advisory Council Members

Our Advisory Council plays an important role in our community. 

Below are the profiles of some of the people who are helping us to shape the education of tomorrow. 

A highly accomplished journalist and manager in the magazine industry, Kathy Bail is the Chief Executive Officer of UNSW Press.  She was the former editor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine. She has also been editor of The Bulletin, HQ Magazine and of the Australian edition of Rolling Stone.

She was a board director of Melbourne University Publishing from 2003 to 2006, and editor of D.I.Y Feminism, published by Allen&Unwin in 1996.

UNSW Press is one of Australia's largest independent publishers, with a multi-award winning list of non-fiction titles.

Passionate about innovative solutions to poverty and transforming the not-for-profit sector, Caitlin Barrett loves helping people reach their potential to make a difference in the world. As a founding CEO of the Love Mercy Foundation in 2009, she became the first full time employee in the fourth year of operations, and has driven the strategy and creation of ground-breaking projects in Uganda. Most recently Caitlin was awarded the Waislitz Global Citizen Youth Innovation Award for her work creating Cents for Seeds, and also recently briefed the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation conference on World Food Security in Rome 2018. She was 2017 UNSW Young Alumni of the Year, and became a finalist in the charity sector for the Telstra Business Awards.

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Masters of International Development Studies from UNSW.

“The value of a humanities degree is limitless. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences teaches people not only to think critically but to continually reassess the world in which we live. It creates future careers and solves future problems in a way that places the value of humanity at the centre of the process.”

Professor Jack Beetson is Executive Director of the Literacy for Life Foundation.  
He’s a Ngemba man who has been working in Indigenous education for many years. Jack’s expertise has been recognised around the globe – he has received a United Nations Unsung Hero Award, a Cuba Award and several other honours. He is the first Indigenous Australian to be inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in recognition of leadership that includes helping an estimated 5,000 Indigenous students take up education in later life.

The Literacy for Life Foundation works alongside Aboriginal communities to teach reading and writing to adults with low English language literacy. An estimated 40-70% of Aboriginal adults have low literacy, contributing to poor results in areas such as health, justice, employment and education.

Malcolm is the chair of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Council.

Malcolm Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Master of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of New South Wales. Malcolm has also completed a General Management Program at Stanford University. Malcolm entered the field of Executive Search in 1988 as an Associate in a leading international Executive Search group. In 1991 he was made a Principal of the firm. During this period Malcolm worked principally in the areas of government, professional services and with leading industrial companies.

Malcolm co-founded The Insight Group in 1994 and continues to provide executive search and consulting services in the above areas and also for NGOs and Not For Profits. 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.

Susan Horwitz currently Chairs Sport NSW's Women's Program Advisory Council. She is the former President of Womensport and Recreation NSW, an organisation that for many years championed sporting opportunities for women and girls in NSW.

Susan is also an experienced publisher with strong commercial management and corporate experience in media, the arts and communications. She is a past Director and Shareholder of Horwitz Publications Pty Ltd., and for many years oversaw and spearheaded the publication of a diverse range of popular books, educational titles and consumer magazines.

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 Chair of Chief Executive Women’s NSW Events Committee.  In October 2015, she was appointed to Chief Executive Women's Leaders Program, Advisory Board.

Susan is currently 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 in for services to Australian society in business leadership.

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, facilitator and presenter.

She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. She has conducted radio interviews and presented programs on ABC RN, Classic FM & Local Radio and for ABC TV. She regularly facilitates panels and conducts interviews at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, UNSW, for local libraries and community organisations.

Michaela also produces and moderates the Woollahra School of Philosophy discussion series that’s been running in Sydney since 2017. Recently she was Festival Curator for ABC RN’s Big Weekend of Books – Radio National’s first ever on-air writers’ festival and she worked for many years in the film industry as a Music Supervisor (Romulus, My Father, Balibo) and producer. She also produced theatre in Sydney for 15 years.

Michaela holds an Arts/Law degree from UNSW.

"A humanities degree gives you a superb foundation from which to see the world through different lenses (historical, sociological, imaginative) and to have a way to navigate the ever increasing interdisciplinary nature of work. The further I moved into my working life and career the clearer it became that the Arts and Social Sciences gave me languages and frameworks that enabled me to ask different questions, think more deeply and make connections that enriched everything I did, in life and in work." 

Christine McNamee Liddy is a former Board Member and Past President of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (South Eastern Section) and a Former National Vice-President of the RFDS. She is Board member of the Australasian Gastro –Intestinal Trials Group (GI Cancer Institute) and is also on the Board of the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute of New Zealand. She is a Board Member of the Dame Pattie Menzies Foundation.

Christine was the Founder of All Purpose Indoor Plant Hire, which she owned and ran for thirty seven years before selling to a multinational in 2010. She remains a Partner in 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 and a former member of the Capital Campaign Committee of the State Library of NSW. She is a member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Capital Campaign Committee (Friends of the RFDS) and a member of the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Council.

Christine’s former roles include, Board Member Frontline Defence Services for the Australian Army and Air Force, 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 for Classical Archaeology Sydney University, a member of the Aircraft Replacement Committee (Royal Flying Doctor Service). Christine is a former Chairman of St John’s College within the University of Sydney and she is a fellow of SJC and remains a member of Council.

Matt Noffs is the co-founder of the Street Universities and CEO of the Noffs Foundation, Australia’s largest drug and alcohol treatment service provider for young people under 25.

The Street Universities focus on issues related to drugs, mental health, employment, education and crime, and over 10,000 young people frequent one of their seven locations across Australia each year. In 2011, the Federal Government wrote to the Noffs Foundation stating that the Liverpool Street University had significantly contributed to crime reduction in the Liverpool/Fairfield areas.

Matt is the author of the bestselling ‘Breaking The Ice’. His latest book ‘Addicted?’, is co-authored with Kieran Palmer and explores how addiction affects all of us, while restoring humanity to the word ‘addict’.

Matt, both in his role at Noffs Foundation and as advocate at Harm Reduction Australia, was recently one of the driving forces behind Australia’s first pill-testing trial.

Matt graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts and is currently doing a Masters in Criminal Justice.

“In a time when the government seems to be going to war with the arts, there is a great need - an urgency - for another perspective. This pandemic has taught us that we are, without a doubt, one of the healthiest and safest countries on the face of the planet. Therefore, we must ask ourselves - are we this well off because of our wealth? No, money alone does not make us safe or healthy - nor does it make us unique. We are in this state because we think and act in humane ways. And it is our strong arts and humanities institutions and communities that pose the questions about what it is to be human.”

As a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Economics practice, Ms Vo-Phuoc’s career is motivated by the principles of equal access to health care and equal health outcomes. At PwC, she works with clients to provide economic and policy advice and interpret data to draw insights to support improved health outcomes.

According to Ms Vo-Phuoc, her time at UNSW gave her the opportunity “to step upon the shoulders of giants – to learn, to understand and I challenge myself.” In her work, she employs these tools to continue empathising, questioning and growing. She continues to be involved with her alma mater, and serves as a UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Ambassador.

Ms Vo-Phuoc is a UNSW alumna, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008, and a Master of Public Health in 2012. She participated in the inaugural Arts and Social Sciences Facing Equality portrait series.