See Section 4 of the Governance Framework for more information about Swinburne’s corporate governance, including Council responsibilities, membership, meetings and committees.

The primary responsibilities of the Council include: 
  • appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice- Chancellor 
  • approving the mission and the strategic direction of the University and the annual budget and business plan 
  • overseeing and reviewing the management of the University and its performance 
  • establishing policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any controlled entities 
  • overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings 
  • overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of the University via the Academic Senate 
  • approving significant commercial activities of the University. 

Council members

Council members are appointed to oversee and support the governing of Swinburne University. 

Anthony Mackay AM, is CEO and President of the National Centre on Education and the Economy, Washington DC. He is Co-Chair of Learning Creates Australia, Deputy Chancellor Swinburne University, Chair of the Song Room, Board Director of High Resolves Global, Board Director of Schools Plus and Honorary Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. 

Anthony is a Council Member of Asia Society’s Centre for Global Education, an expert consultant to OECD, Co-Chair Global Education Leaders Partnership and Senior Fellow IBE UNESCO. 

He is the immediate Past Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research and Immediate Past Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Education Council. He was the Inaugural Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and the Inaugural Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 

Current committees: 

  • Executive and Remuneration Committee member (2015–current) 
  • Resources Committee member (2015–current) 

Previous committees: 

  • Governance, Nominations and Conferral Committee member (2014) 

Geraldine was educated at Monash University and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Laws in Intellectual Property. She is currently studying for a Masters of Corporate Governance at Swinburne. 

Geraldine is currently Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary, Cann Group Limited, an ASX listed medicinal cannabis company, and she also consults to several Australian-based biotechnology and medical device companies on legal, IP and operational issues. She was previously general counsel and company secretary for an Australian and Irish biotechnology company listed on NASDAQ. Prior to her executive roles, Geraldine worked as a lawyer in private practice for almost 19 years, specialising in intellectual property and technology commercialisation. 

Geraldine has specialisation in company secretarial work, corporate operations, governance and IP strategy. Geraldine's experience also includes the licensing of intellectual property rights, litigation and dispute resolution, technology commercialisation strategies, technology transfer agreements, research and development and collaborative research agreements and working for several entities in the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) program. Her work has involved the commercialisation of various technologies from the university and public research sector. 

Geraldine is an associate member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a member of the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand. 

Current committees: 

  • Resources Committee Chair (2015–current) 
  • Executive and Remuneration Committee member (2014–current) 

Previous committees: 

  • Governance, Nominations and Conferral Committee Chair (2014) 
  • Governance, Nominations and Conferral Committee member (2013) 
  • Governance, and Nominations Committee member (2010–2013) 
  • Student Management System Committee member (2010–2014) 
  • Chair of SSAA Academic Advice and Advocacy Audit Panel (2010–2012) 
  • Audit and Risk Committee member (2010–2013) 

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, Economics, and Commercial Law. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Columbia University in New York. 

Andrew was a member of the Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors in Australia from 2005 until 2012 and served as National President in 2009/2011. During that time he participated in global forums determining the strategic direction for the Institute, and with the local Board in relating that back to Australia. He also chaired a Revenue Audit Steering Forum for the Victorian Department of Transport in 2012. 

Andrew retired from Telstra Corporation in 2013 where his most recent role was as the Executive Director responsible for Risk Management and Internal Audit. Earlier roles at Telstra were as the Chief Financial Officer, for a number of the major operating business units. His early career was with chartered accounting firm Price Waterhouse. 

At Telstra, Andrew was involved with the Boards/Audit Committees of a number of offshore subsidiaries including Reach Ltd and CSL Ltd (Hong Kong), Mobitel (Sri Lanka) and Telstra New Zealand. 

Since leaving Telstra, Andrew has embarked on a non-executive career. In addition to Swinburne University of Technology, Andrew is on the Board of Western Leisure Services Pty Ltd and the Victorian Farmers Federation. Other major roles include Audit and Risk Committee Chair at the Bureau of Meteorology and Member at Services Australia (previously the Department of Human Services). He also serves on a number of State and Local Government Audit and Risk Committees. 

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Certified Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Current committees: 

  • Audit and Risk Committee Chair (2014–current) 
  • Executive and Remuneration Committee member (2014–current) 

Previous committees: 

  • Audit and Risk Committee member (2013) 

Vi is a multi-cultural/multi-lingual business consultant. She has extensive private sector and public sector experience in the field of banking and finance; trade diplomacy; trade and investment facilitation and project development in emerging markets. 

Vi is currently a co-founder and director of Peterson International, Inc., a US-based consultancy firm specialising in the provision of strategic advice and business solutions to companies involved in trade and investment in emerging markets, with a special focus on Vietnam and Thailand. 

While living and working in Vietnam from 1997–2001, Vi and her husband became aware of the enormous public health burden caused by preventable injuries in Vietnam. Together they set out to address the problem by advocating action and mobilising the diplomatic and development community in Hanoi. As a result of this experience and upon their return to the United States, they co-founded The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) in 2002, a US not-for-profit organisation dealing with child injury prevention in the developing world. 

TASC has formed strong collaborations with various Asian ministries of health and education, research centres, UNICEF, WHO, and the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). TASC is now recognised as a global advocate for child injury prevention in Asia. 

Prior to her current international activities, Vi had a 15 year banking career with the ANZ Bank covering business, corporate and international banking. She played a key role in the successful establishment of ANZ’s greenfield operations in Vietnam in 1993. Following resignation from ANZ, she served as Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Vietnam from 1996–1999 where she was heavily involved in trade diplomacy, promoting Australian exports and investments into Vietnam and providing input and advice on Australia/Vietnam trade policy to the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Vi holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Finance from Swinburne. She is based in Melbourne but continues to be actively engaged in international business affairs and philanthropic activities in Asia and the USA. 

Current committees: 

  • Resources Committee member (2015-current) 

The theme running through Renée’s career is one of transforming a business’s operations, performance and culture, through a focus on customer and business outcomes by ensuring a healthy and mindful workplace. 

Renée commenced as the Executive Director of the Policy and Advice Division of the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) in May 2020. The Policy and Advice division provides technical interpretations, legal, licensing, policy and regulatory liaison and advice to APRA and manages APRA’s licensing, enforcement, crisis management and prudential frameworks.  

She has over 30 years’ experience spanning the financial services industry in areas such as executive leadership, risk management, transformation, operations management, customer experience, strategy and finance. Prior to her role at APRA, she was the Chief Operating Officer at QBE Insurance AUSPAC.  

Renée holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University, and a Master of Applied Finance, Macquarie University, NSW. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a certified executive coach and a Harvard Business School Alumni. Renée has held various not for profit board roles in education, financial services, public health research, youth and family services.  

Current committees: 

  • Resources Committee member (2016-current) 
  • Audit and Risk Committee member (2017-current)

Mr William Lye OAM QC is a barrister practising at the Victorian Bar and is admitted to practice in all Australian States and Territories. His areas of legal practice include general commercial and corporate law, copyright and trademarks, computer and internet related matters, cross border disputes, and international commercial arbitration.

Mr Lye has a Bachelor of Science (Computers), Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws (specialising in Intellectual Property) from Monash University. He also has a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne.  He is currently Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology. 

He is an accredited mediator and an arbitrator on the foreign panel of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, which acts as an independent arbitration institute to resolve commercial disputes. He is also on the panel of arbitrators of the Czech Arbitration Centre dealing with disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Disputes Resolution Policy (UDRP) established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Mr Lye serves as a national board member of The Order of Australia Association Limited, and is also on the Victoria Branch of The Order of Australia Association.

He is a founding member and the Immediate Past National Vice President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. He is also one of the Patrons of the North American Australian Lawyers Alliance Incorporated.

On Australia Day 2017, Mr Lye was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘service to the law, to business, and to the promotion of cultural diversity’.

In the same year, at the 2017 Australian Law Awards, Mr Lye won the Barrister of the Year Award and the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award.

In 2018 Mr Lye was the first barrister of Malaysian Chinese descent appointed Senior Counsel in Australia.

Current Committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee member (2019-current)

Dr. Leonie Walsh, former Victorian Lead Scientist, has extensive experience in management and commercialisation of research and development and has had a long association with Swinburne. 

Dr. Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Swinburne and received an Honorary Doctorate from the university in November 2014 for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community. She also holds a Master in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. 

From 2013-2016 she was the first Lead Scientist in Victoria. She was also the inaugural Women in STEMM Ambassador, supporting gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, and the first woman president of the Australasian Industrial Research Group. 

Over a career spanning 30 years, she has worked in Australia and internationally, building a reputation for driving strategic commercial improvements and innovation in the organisations in which she has worked. 

Prior to her appointment as Lead Scientist, Dr. Walsh worked for Dow Chemical both locally and internationally and also for companies including Visy Industries, South East Water and Henkel in Victoria. She has led a broad range of research and development (R&D) groups, business functions and has also provided support to technology-based start-up companies. 

Leonie has combined her professional career with honorary roles as the Chair and President of the Fight Cancer Foundation and a non-executive Director of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry providing care, services and support for cancer patients and their families and funding vital research into cancer treatment. 

Dr Walsh’s current areas of activity help to bridge industry, government and academia across sectors including education, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, clean technology, the circular economy and health services.  

Current Committees: 

  • Resources Committee member (2020 – current) 

Richard is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical (Hons). He also completed the Advanced Management Program, Business Management, Oxford University, Saïd Business School. 

Richard is the Managing Director of Furnace Engineering Pty Ltd, holding this position for 20 years. From a background in automotive engineering (Ford Australia), Richard joined Furnace Engineering in 1994, starting in engineering design and project management, then sales, before leading the company. 

Furnace Engineering is an Australian engineering company specialising in the design and manufacture of heat processing equipment for the industrial and research markets. The company has a significant export activity, and has been honoured several times in the Governor of Victoria Export Awards. Furnace Engineering has a long history of developing specialised heat processing equipment, most recently several novel high temperature technologies, and holds several patents covering key technology developed in-house. 

Richard is also a director of two import/distribution businesses and one manufacturing business related to Furnace Engineering. He has served as an advisory board member on the Swinburne Innovation Precinct and Swinburne Leadership Institute. Richard is currently a non-executive director of Accutherm International Pty Ltd, Stork AWD Pty Ltd, Tetlow Kiln Pty Ltd, as well as Vice-President and board member of The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club and a director of The Jolimont Foundation. 

Junaid M. Azhar has been studying at Swinburne since 2016 and is committed to helping students and the wider university community. 

He has been an active member of the Student Representative Council (SRC) since 2017, representing the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. In recognition of his efforts in this role, he was awarded Outstanding Representative for 2017. He has also been awarded the Vice- Chancellor’s Volunteering and Leadership Award for 2016 and 2017. 

As a member of the SRC, Junaid is a strong advocate for students and has organised important initiatives such as the Have a Say Day (an event where students are able to share their views on key university issues). He strongly believes in a collaborative environment, where students and university staff work together to create a positive and welcoming learning environment for all. 

He has also been actively involved in assisting others through Swin-Mentors, Swinburne Peer Assistants, as a Student Learning Assistant and as a Study Group Leader. These programs provide advice and support to students that benefit them both personally and academically. Working closely with students through these initiatives has provided Junaid with insight into a broad range of student needs. 

Outside of his studies, Junaid has been a participant of the Swinburne Lawn Bowls Team at the Southern University Games, is the current Treasurer and an active team member of the Swinburne University Bowling Club. He plans to continue his involvement in these areas into the future and welcomes feedback from students and staff about university matters. 

Dr. Samir Shrivastava is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Human Resources Management (HRM) with the Faculty of Business and Law. Samir has taught across a range of subjects at the undergraduate and postgraduate level including Organisational Behaviour (OB), Strategy, Knowledge Management, and Strategic HRM. His research interests lie at the cusp of Strategy, OB and HR. 

Samir is also the Vice-President (Academic Staff) of the NTEU's Swinburne Branch and had been the union's National Councillor for four years. Prior to joining Swinburne, Samir was a postgraduate fellow at Bond University, Queensland. He had earlier served as an infantry officer for over 11 years and was holding the rank of Major when he sought early retirement from the Indian army. 

Samir holds a PhD degree from Swinburne, an MBA from Bond University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Defence Academy affiliated to JNU, New Delhi. 

Council meetings

Council and its committees meet several times a year. Meeting dates and times are listed below. 

Note: No papers are accepted after the specified agenda deadline. 

See Section 4.8 of the Governance Framework for more information about meetings, procedures and protocols. 

Council meetings 2020
Meeting number
Papers due
Monday 10 February
Tuesday 28 January
Thursday 12 March
Thursday 27 February
Thursday 28 May*
Thursday 14 May
Monday 13 July
Friday 26 June
5/2020 Monday 17 August
Friday 31 July
Monday 5 October*
Friday 18 September
Monday 7 December
Friday 20 November

*Includes strategy session

Council committees

Council delegates some of its work to three Council committees:  

Council periodically reviews these committees’ structures, terms of reference and composition. 

See Section 4.6 of the Governance Framework for more information about Council committees.  

Audit and Risk Committee 

The Audit and Risk Committee provides independent assurance and advice to the Council regarding the University’s risk, control and compliance framework and its financial statement responsibilities. 

Membership includes the Chancellor and at least three non-executive Council members, a majority of whom must be independent. 

For enquiries about the Audit and Risk Committee, contact Claire Hart via 


Standing invitations

  • Vice-Chancellor

  • Chief Financial Officer

  • Internal audit

  • External audit

Audit and Risk Committee meetings 2020
Meeting number
Papers due 
Wednesday 19 February
4 – 6pm
Wednesday 5 February 
Wednesday 6 May
4 – 6pm
Wednesday 22 April 
Wednesday 29 July
4 – 6pm
Wednesday 15 July 
Wednesday 11 November
4 – 6pm
Wednesday 28 October 

Executive and Remuneration Committee 

The Executive and Remuneration Committee provides oversight and advice to Council regarding corporate governance, nominations and remuneration. It advises Council about some human resource matters, and handles other matters referred to the Committee from time to time.

Membership includes the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and at least two non-executive Council members. 

For enquiries about the Executive and Remuneration Committee, contact Emma Lincoln via  


Executive and Remuneration Committee meetings 2020
Meeting number
Papers due 
Wednesday 29 January
3 – 5pm
Wednesday 22 January 
Monday 20 April
3 – 4.30pm
Wednesday 8 April 
3/2020 (cancelled)
Wednesday 24 June
3 – 5pm
Wednesday 17 June 
Thursday 10 September
3 – 5pm
Thursday 3 September 
Thursday 26 November
3 – 5pm
Thursday 19 November 

Resources Committee

The Resources Committee provides oversight and advice to Council regarding the management of the University’s assets, ventures and other financial resources.

Membership includes the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and at least three non-executive Council members.

For enquiries about the Resources Committee, contact Claire Hart via


Resources Committee meetings 2020
Meeting number
Papers due 
Thursday 6 February
3 – 5pm
Thursday 23 January 
Monday 11 May
3 – 5pm
Monday 27 April 
Thursday 23 July
3 – 5pm
Thursday 9 July 
Wednesday 21 October
3 – 5pm
Wednesday 7 October 
Monday 16 November
3 – 5pm
Friday 30 October 

How you can reach us

Council’s location

Swinburne Council is located at our Hawthorn campus: 

John Street,
Hawthorn, Victoria 3122

Council’s postal address

Swinburne University of Technology 
Mail No H3 
PO Box 218 
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122 

Contact Swinburne Council

University Secretary and Director, Governance and Assurance

Emma Lincoln 
Also responsible for Controlled Entity boards
+61 3 9214 5073

Governance and Secretariat Officer

Claire Hart 
Also responsible for the Audit and Risk Committee and Resources Committee 
+61 3 9214 8329