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 of Technology. 

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, Remuneration and Nominations Committee Chair (2022–current, member since 2021)
  • Finance and Operations Committee member (2022–current)

Previous committees: 

  • Philanthropy, Infrastructure and Investments Committee member (2021)
  • Executive and Remuneration Committee member (2015–2020)
  • Resources Committee member (2015–2020)
  • Governance, Nominations and Conferral Committee member (2014)  

Mr William Lye OAM KC FRI 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 a Nationally Accredited Mediator; a Fellow of Resolution Institute; 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)
  • Finance and Operations Committee member (2022-current)

Previous Committees:

  • Philanthropy, Infrastructure and Investments Committee member (2021)
  • Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee member (2022-2023)

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: 

  • Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee member (2021–current)
  • Finance and Operations Committee member (2022-current)

Previous committees: 

  • Philanthropy, Infrastructure and Investments Committee member (2021)
  • Resources Committee member (2020)

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.

Current committees:

  • Finance and Operations Committee member (2022-current)
  • Audit and Risk Committee member (2021–current)

Previous committees:

  • Philanthropy, Infrastructure and Investments Committee member (2021)
  • Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee member (2022-2023)

John is a graduate of Macquarie University, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Economics and Business Law. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is currently an advisory board member of Indigitek, and was previously a non-executive director at Smiling Mind, as well as holding board roles at the Aboriginal Economic Board (Vic Govt) and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

John is currently Executive General Manager of Future Business and Technology at AGL, and previously held senior executive positions at Telstra, including Executive Director of Product Innovation. Johns’ startup companies include TAPPL (providing Future of Work capability), Moorup Technology, a green tech devices marketplace, and Fresh Ventures Advisory, which was acquired by IE Digital in February 2019.

Current committees:

  • Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee Chair (2021–current)
  • Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee member (2021–current)

Uzair Bin Tahir is a current PhD student, and his area of expertise covers the practical applications of wind and wave energy. His thesis focuses on designing an efficient infrastructure for offshore windfarms and WECs (Wave Energy Converter) farms and he is working in partnership with research centres both in Australia and China.

He is also a sessional instructor in the School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies specialising in the fields of Electrical Power Systems to EVs (Electric Vehicles).

Uzair is an active member of the SPRA Club (Swinburne Postgraduate Research Association) and is involved in the development of the peer mentor program. He has a special interest in assisting international students struggling with settling into a new country and culture.

Bronwyn is a professional staff member working in the area of industry and government research engagement and business development. Her portfolio covers the research related areas of Government, Health and Community across Swinburne. Bronwyn has over 20 years’ experience in Australian universities, both in academic and professional roles. Her background is in Psychology; she holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1) and Graduate Certificate of Education. Bronwyn has extensive experience in working closely with academic and professional colleagues across the university.

Bronwyn is also the Vice-President (Professional Staff) of the NTEU’s Swinburne Branch, a member of the Victorian State Division’s executive and NTEU National Councillor. She is passionate about Australia’s public higher education sector and committed to representing all the Swinburne community on the Council.

Rae is a proud Wiradjuri woman born and raised on Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney. She is a multi-award-winning journalist with a special focus on STEM and advocating for women and Indigenous communities on technology careers and applications. 

Rae was the first Science and Technology Editor for NITV at SBS. Her work over a decade appears across television, radio and on-line and is frequently called upon to make regular appearances on ABC, SBS and Network 10.

She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Rae simplifies, translates and amplifies technology advantages for students and communities, highlighting the benefits for society.

Karen holds a Master of Commerce from Swinburne University of Technology, a Graduate Certificate of Emerging Technology and Law from RMIT and is an active CPA member in Australia. 

She has worked in energy management, manufacturing, international trade, corporate finance, agriculture and in the aerospace industries. 

Karen’s career spans both Australia and the United States of America where her skills building high-performing organizations based on trust and inclusion, digital transformation, driving profitable investment decisions, and remediating complex business issues are internationally recognized. 

Karen is currently a Senior Vice-President of Schneider Electric, the world’s most sustainable company in 2021. It is a leading provider of products, services and software solutions in energy management and automation, and she is among the top tier of 150 global executives.

Current committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee Chair (2023–current)
  • Finance and Operations Committee Chair (2023-current)
  • Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee member (2023-current)

Council meetings

Council and its committees meet several times a year. Please contact for meeting dates.

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 committees

Council delegates some of its work to four 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 financial reporting process, risk management and internal control, external audit, internal audit and compliance.

Membership includes the Chancellor, the number of independent non-executive Council members determined by Council and the number of co-opted members determined by Council (no greater than 50% of Committee membership).

For enquiries about the Audit and Risk Committee, contact Emma Lincoln via


Standing invitations

  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Internal audit
  • External audit

Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee 

The Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee provides oversight and advice to Council regarding nominations, senior remuneration and performance, as well as some human resources matters, and handle certain urgent matters referred to the Committee from time-to-time.

Membership includes the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Council members who are Chairs of other standing committees.

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


Executive, Remuneration and Nominations Committee members

Finance and Operations Committee

The purpose of the Finance and Operations Committee is to oversee, monitor and provide advice to Council on:

  • The financial and business affairs of the University
  • Reviewing the University’s budgets, financial forecasts and capital plan in accordance with the University’s approved strategic plan
  • Management of the University’s investment portfolio
  • The University’s infrastructure and other major capital investment plans.

Membership includes the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, the number of non-executive Council members determined by Council and the number of co-opted members determined by Council (no greater than 50% of Committee membership).

For enquiries about the Finance and Operations Committee, contact Emma Lincoln via


Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee

The Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee provides oversight and strategic advice to Council on the University’s technology and innovation focus, emerging technology and technology provider trends, opportunities and potential relevant technology disruption.

Membership includes the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, the number of non-executive Council members determined by Council and the number of co-opted members determined by Council (no greater than 50% of Committee membership).

For enquiries about the Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee, contact Emma Lincoln via


Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee members

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 
+61 3 9214 5073