In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology’s fourth Chancellor, Graham Goldsmith, has been installed in a ceremony presided over by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC.

Mr Goldsmith was appointed as the Chancellor in August 2014, having served on the Council of Swinburne since 2010.

He is a highly respected figure in the Australian financial services industry and an experienced company director and community leader with a deep commitment to education.

Mr Goldsmith was educated at Swinburne Institute of Technology, as it then was, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) in 1983. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in Boston.

“I am honoured to be taking up this exciting new role,” Mr Goldsmith said. “I hope that during my period as Chancellor of Swinburne that I might be able to make at least a modest contribution to this university and to the future of all who come in contact with it.

“I acknowledge the great strides the university has made in the last four years under the leadership of Vice Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, and her team and look forward to working with them and assisting in whatever way possible in the years ahead.

“I also want to acknowledge my two immediate predecessors, Bill Scales and Doug Mitchell, who, together with the late Richard Pratt, are the group of Chancellors that have led Swinburne so ably since its formation as a university in 1992.”  

Mr Goldsmith’s career began with National Australia Bank in Melbourne before joining JBWere and Son in 1987, working in Melbourne and London.  Following the merger of JBWere with the Australian operations of Goldman Sachs & Co in 2003, Mr Goldsmith held a number of senior roles, including as Chair of the Goldman Sachs Australia Foundation. Mr Goldsmith retired in 2012 as Vice-Chairman and a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Australia after a 25-year career with the firm.

In addition to being Chancellor at Swinburne, Mr Goldsmith is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed companies Djerriwarrh Investments Limited and SEEK Limited, and NYSE listed Zhaopin Limited.

Mr Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Financial Services Institute of Australia (FFin), and Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA).

Watch the installation here.