Bill Scales re-appointed Chancellor
Date posted: Tuesday 14 Dec 2010
In a motion passed by Swinburne University’s Council, Mr Bill Scales' appointment as Chancellor has been extended for another five years – from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016.
Since he was installed as Swinburne's third Chancellor in 2005, Mr Scales has made a significant contribution to the development and achievement of the university's vision.
Acknowledged as one of Australia's most influential public policy reformers, he has provided outstanding leadership to Council and strong governance to the university during a period of exciting change.
Over the past forty years, Mr Scales has held a range of senior executive positions and has been involved with many boards and committees.
In addition to his role at Swinburne, Mr Scales is currently Chair of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Council Member of the Victorian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Member of the AICD's National Education Advisory Committee.
He was also recently appointed to the expert panel established by the Australian Government to conduct the Review of Funding for Schooling.
In 2009, Mr Scales was appointed by the Victorian Government as an inspector of municipal administration to monitor the activities of the Brimbank City Council. He was subsequently selected as the interim administrator of the City of Brimbank prior to the appointment of a panel of administrators.
In 2008 he was appointed by the Australian Government to the panel to review Australia's Higher Education Sector, and then to the reference group advising the Government on regulation for the sector. In 2006 he was made Chair of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) review into Australia's Energy Sector. He also served for three years as a board member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
Mr Scales' previous positions include Group Managing Director - Regulatory, Corporate and Human Relations and Chief of Staff, Telstra Corporation; Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Productivity Commission / Industry Commission, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Automotive Industry Authority.
In 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to industry and in 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding service to Business and Commerce.
In addition to Mr Scales’ re-appointment, last week Professor Andy Flitman was appointed to the role of Swinburne’s Acting Vice-Chancellor.