Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


Dr Michele Allan  BAppSc (UTS), MMgtTec (Melb), DBA (RMIT), MComLaw (Deakin), FAICD

Michele Allan photo


  • Chair, University Council
  • Chair, Chancellor's Foresighting Committee
  • Chair, Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Investment Committee

Term: 3 December 2014 to 2 December 2018
Most recent appointment: 3 December 2014

Dr Michele Allan is a food industry and agribusiness specialist who has held senior executive and director positions in the food and education sectors, and has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law.

Dr Allan is the current Chair of Apple and Pear Australia Limited and current Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia.  Her current board positions include Grain Growers Limited, Innovation and Science Australia, CSIRO and Nuffield Australia.

Dr Allan has held non-executive director positions with the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council (formerly Go Grains Health & Nutrition), Patties Foods Limited, the Dairy Research and Development Corporation (now part of Dairy Australia), Forest and Wood Products Australia, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, Tasmanian Irrigation, Callaghan Innovation, RuralCo and Birchip Cropping Group.

In 2013, she was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture to chair the Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce. In 2014, she was appointed by the Federal Government to lead the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce. In 2016, she was appointed by the Federal Government to the Expert Panel, Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education.

Prior to commencing her board career, Dr Allan was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Patties Foods Limited until 2008, and held executive roles with Amcor Limited, Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence, Bonlac Foods Limited, Kraft Foods and ICI Dulux.

Dr Allan has a Bachelor of Applied Science Major – Biomedical Science – Cytology from University Technology Sydney, Master of Management (Technology) from the University of Melbourne, Doctor of Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of Commercial Law from Deakin University. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mr Peter Hayes AM  BSc (Melb), DipEd (Monash), BAppSc (CSturt), MSc(Hort) (UCD), FASVO

Peter Hayes

Deputy Chancellor 

  • Deputy Chair, University Council
  • Deputy Chair, Chancellor's Foresighting Committee
  • Deputy Chair, Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Term: 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2019
Most recent appointment: 1 June 2015 

Mr Peter Hayes has extensive experience across education and training, R&D investment and management, viticultural operations, irrigation sector and government and industry affairs in a 30+ year career in the wine industry.

Working across the public and private sector, career appointments include Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Vice Principal, Dookie Agricultural College; State Viticulturist and Statewide Industry Officer (Fruit and Vines), Victoria; Executive Director, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC); Acting Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture (CRCV); Director of Viticulture, Rosemount Estates; National Viticulturist and Industry Affairs Manager, Southcorp Wines.

He has been an active promoter and developer of personnel training and development activity including short-courses on vineyard development, spray machinery operation/calibration, disease monitoring and management and he initiated development of the CRCV's most successful "Research to Practice" series of professional development activities.

Industry positions held in the past include Council Member, Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI); President, Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO); President and 1st Vice-President of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV); Chairman, CRC for Irrigation Futures; board member, GWRDC and Independent Chairman of McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association amongst others.

In 2016, Mr Hayes was awarded the member of the Order of Australia (AM) "For significant service to the Australian winemaking and grape growing industry, to viticultural research and to tertiary education". He is also a society 'fellow' of the ASVO, a title given to members who have made a particularly outstanding and meritorious contribution to the grape and wine industry. The criteria for this award include making a major contribution in an industry, scientific, educational or Society role and having been a member of the Society for at least 10 years.

At present he operates as an independent Wine Industry Strategist and Advisor with activity in Australia, India and most recently the UK. He is also a council member of Charles Sturt University (CSU), a board member of IAL (Irrigation Australia Ltd) and is an Honorary President of the OIV.
Qualifications held are B.Sc. (University of Melbourne), Dip.Ed. (Monash University), B.App.Sci-Wine Science (Riverina College/CSU); MS-Horticulture (UCD).

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Professor Andrew Vann  BEng (Hons) (NTU), PhD (Bris), GradCertBusAd (Sunshine Coast), FIEAust, FAIM, FAICD, AFARL

Andrew Vann


  • Member, Chancellor's Foresighting Committee
  • Member, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Term: 31 December 2011 to 24 December 2021
Most recent appointment: 1 January 2017

Professor Vann trained as a civil engineer and worked in engineering consultancy before completing a PhD in the Civil Engineering Systems Group at University of Bristol in 1994.

He lectured in structural engineering at University of Bristol prior to coming to Australia in 1996 where he took up a similar post in the Faculty of Engineering at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. During this time he pursued research interests in structural monitoring and artificial intelligence as well as leading pedagogical change in moving the Bachelor of Engineering at CQU to a project-based format.

He held various senior academic and administrative roles at CQU before joining James Cook University in North Queensland in 2004 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Information Services and Technologies, subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor and, from 2008, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties and Teaching and Learning.

Professor Vann joined Charles Sturt University as Vice-Chancellor in December 2011.

He has held a number of board and community leadership roles, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

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Professor Jo-Anne Reid  BA, DipEd (Qld), GCertEd, (Ballarat), BEd, PhD (Deakin)

Jo-Anne Reid

Presiding Officer, Academic Senate 

  • Member, Chancellor's Foresighting Committee
  • Member, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Term: 3 December 2014 to 2 December 2018
Most recent appointment: 3 December 2014 

Professor Jo-Anne Reid is Presiding Officer of Academic Senate and Professor of Education. She was previously Associate Dean, Teacher Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

A graduate of the University of Queensland, she worked first as a secondary English teacher, and became a Curriculum Advisory Consultant for rural teachers in WA before being appointed to Curriculum Branch in that state. From there she moved to Murdoch University completing her PhD at Deakin. She has worked as a literacy teacher educator in two other regional universities (Ballarat, New England) and is committed to improving the preparation of teachers for schools in rural and remote locations. She joined Charles Sturt University in 2002 as Head of the School of Teacher Education.

She has won a range of National Competitive Grants over her career, several of which have focussed on English teaching, and teacher education, immigrant teachers, and Indigenous teachers, as well as on literacy and the environment and rural teacher education. She has published in these fields, and served as co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

She is past president of the Australian Teacher Education Association, the Australian Association for Research in Education, the NSW Teacher Education Council, and was Vice President of the World Association of Research in Education (WERA) in 2011-12.

She was a Ministerial Appointment to the inaugural NSW Quality Teaching Council, has chaired the NSWIT Initial Teacher Education Committee, and served as the NSW Vice-Chancellors' Committee representative on the NSW Board of Studies during 2012 and 2013. She is also a Board member of St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst.

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Mr Neville Page  BCom, MCom (UNSW), FCPA, FIPA

Neville Page

Council Member (s 8G(1)) 

  • Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Term: 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2017
Most recent appointment: 1 July 2013

Mr Neville Page's career spans over forty years in investment management and corporate treasury roles.

Mr Page's most recent executive role was as Chief Executive Officer of Wilshire Global Advisors Ltd and Wilshire Australia, a specialist private equity manager.  Prior to joining Wilshire, he was Chief Executive Officer of Total Risk Management Pty Limited, and Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Funds Management Limited.  Mr Page also served as Finance Manager at Philips Industries Holdings Limited, including a period in the International Treasury Department of the company in The Netherlands.

He is Managing Director of a family owned company, Abels Music Associates Pty Limited, which is a wholesale exporter of recorded classical music.

Mr Page received both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Commerce from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.

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Mr Graeme Bailey  BCom (UNSW), FCA

Graeme Bailey

Council Member (s 8G(1)) 

  • Chair, Investment Committee 

Term: 19 September 2014 to 30 June 2018
Most recent appointment: 19 September 2014

Mr Graeme Bailey has had over 35 years in a professional services environment, rising initially to the position of National Managing Partner, Tax and Legal, of KPMG Australia in 1997.  During the time in leadership and management positions in the NSW Practice and the Australian firm, Mr Bailey was a member of the Sydney Office Executive Committee, the National Executive Committee, KPMG's Asia Pacific Tax Committee and the KPMG International Tax Steering Group.

Mr Bailey was then appointed as Chief Operating officer of KPMG Asia Pacific in July 2002 and a member of the KPMG Asia Pacific Board.  He also sat on Oversight Boards which reviewed and monitored the performance of KPMG practices in Vietnam, Cambodia and KPMG China which determined the overall strategic direction of those organisations.

Mr Bailey personally monitored the performance of all KPMG member Firms in Asia and had a special role in driving the integration of the KPMG and Arthur Andersen Member Firms in various countries after the merger with the Andersen practices in 2003.  In his regional position with KPMG International he was responsible for ensuring that all KPMG Member Firms in Asia Pacific were performing in accordance with KPMG International's standards.

Mr Bailey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of NSW and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Ms Elise McMahon

Elise McMahon

Council Member (s 8E(2)(c))  

Term: 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018
Most recent appointment: 1 July 2016

Ms Elise McMahon is a first year Physiotherapist student at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and has a strong interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Post study, she hopes to pursue a career working with elite level dancers and injury, combining her love of science and dance. 

Beginning as a Bachelor of Laws/Science student at La Trobe University, Ms McMahon sat on numerous committees that initiated her interest in leadership and governance. In 2016, she moved to CSU in Albury-Wodonga to pursue her goal of studying physiotherapy where she continued her interest in governance and leadership by being successfully elected by her peers to the membership of the University Council.

Ms McMahon has received numerous academic awards for her achievements extending from her school years into tertiary study. She was Dux of three Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects at Santa Maria College and received scholarships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to assist in her academic studies at university. Ms McMahon is also an ambassador for the 2016 Choose Maths awards that is run by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI).

She has a strong interest in the encouragement of STEM subjects in young women and the promotion of women in STEM.

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Ms Liz Smith Dip T (C Sturt), B Ed (CSturt), Grad Cert Inst Design (Deakin), Grad Dip App Sci (Deakin), M Ed (USQ)

Liz Smith

Council Member (s 8E(2)(b))  

Term: 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018
Most recent appointment: 1 July 2016

Ms Liz Smith is currently the Director, Academic Success at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and is an experienced leader and administrator within higher education. With more than 25 years' experience in the education sector, Ms Smith has had a variety of teaching experience to inform her practice including the K-6, special education, TAFE and University settings.

Ms Smith has been nationally recognised for her work in supporting the first year experience, diverse student cohorts and student learning including a CUTSD Grant, an ASCILITE Award for Exemplary Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education, two ALTC Citations, a National Program Award, a finalist in the Australian Financial Review Awards and a CSU Vice Chancellor's Award.

Ms Smith speaks regularly at national events. She was an OLT Grants and Awards assessor, a member of the organising committee of the STARs Conference and is a reviewer for the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education. She has worked on numerous national projects including the Effective Support of Students from Low Socio Economic Status Backgrounds, the Experiences of First Time Distance Learners and most recently Shaping the 21st Century Student Experience at Regional Universities. Ms Smith actively contributes to the University through her membership on numerous internal committees and working groups.

Ms Smith graduated from Charles Sturt University with distinction from her undergraduate degree in Education and went on to postgraduate studies in Applied Science at Deakin University and a Master of Education at the University of Southern Queensland.

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Ms Saranne Cooke  BCom (ANU), MBus(Mkt) (CSturt), MComLaw (Deakin), FCPA, AFAMI, GAICD, CPM

Saranne Cooke

Council Member (s 8H(1)) 

  • Member, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee 

Term: 14 September 2013 to 31 August 2017
Most recent appointment: 14 September 2013 

Ms Saranne Cooke is a professional director currently serving on a number of boards across a variety of industries including education, health, racing and charities. Ms Cooke is a Racing NSW Board Member, a Director of Western Health Alliance Ltd, a Director of General Practice Registrars Australia, a Director of Leading Age Services Australia, and the inaugural Chair of the Western Region NSW Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to her career as a professional director, Ms Cooke held a number of senior roles within energy, banking and manufacturing industries. Her most recent senior management role was as Project Director, Industry Reform, where she led the Network Electricity Reform Program for Essential Energy.

Ms Cooke holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business (Marketing), and a Master of Commercial Law. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Certified Practising Marketer and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She is also currently undertaking a PhD in Board Governance.

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Dr Susan Wood Dip Teach (STC), BA (CSturt), MA (CSturt), PhD (RMIT)

Sue Wood

Council Member (s 8E(2)(a)) 

Term: 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018
Most recent appointment: 1 July 2016 

Dr Susan Wood is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and is currently Acting Head of School of Communication and Creative Industries. Dr Wood took up her academic position at CSU in 1998 after three years as a general staff member of the University. Prior to joining Charles Sturt University, Dr Wood worked as a high school teacher in south western Sydney, as a part-time TAFE teacher and as a casual academic at the University of Wollongong.

Dr Wood has extensive experience on University committees including School and Faculty Boards, Faculty Courses committees and Learning and Teaching committees at School, Faculty and University levels. She received an ALTC citation for teaching excellence in 2008 and a Faculty of Arts award for excellence in teaching and research in 2009.

Dr Wood has a PhD from RMIT University, an MA from Charles Sturt University and a Diploma of Teaching from Sydney Teacher's College. Her research interests focus on Australian women artists, designers and embroiderers. She is also a practicing visual artist whose work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas.

Dr Wood was a previous elected member of the Charles Sturt University Council from 2012 to 2014.

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Mrs Jennifer Hayes  BBus (Acc), MBus (CSturt), CPA, GAICD

Jennifer Hayes

Council Member (s 8H(1)) 

  • Member, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee 

Term: 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2019
Most recent appointment: 1 July 2015

Mrs Jennifer Hayes has over 20 years' experience working in senior roles in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and the utilities sector in Australia.  From 2008 until 2012, she was an Executive Manager for North East Water where she had responsibility for Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Marketing & Communications, Sustainability & Environment, and Human Resources.  She has formerly held positions with Mars, Incorporated, as Finance Director Central Europe and Group Financial Controller Australia/New Zealand.

Mrs Hayes is a Certified Practising Accountant and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Mrs Hayes lives in Muswellbrook, New South Wales.  She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and Master of Business from Charles Sturt University.

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Mr Jamie Newman  BHlthSc (Community&PubHlth)

Jamie Newman

Council Member (s 8F(1)) 

  • Member, Nomination and Remuneration Committee 

Term: 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017
Most recent appointment: 1 July 2013

Mr Jamie Newman is the CEO of Orange Aboriginal Medical Services, Chairperson, Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Incorporated and Chairperson, Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, and Director, Kenjarhy Aboriginal Mining Services. He has extensive experience in Indigenous health.

Mr Newman is a descendant of the Kalar tribe, of the Wiradjuri Nation, has over twenty years' experience working with and for Aboriginal communities at all levels of the Government and Non-Government sector, and is a well-respected leader in the Aboriginal community.

Mr Newman holds a Bachelor of Health Science, Community and Public Health degree from Charles Sturt University. He lives in Orange, New South Wales.

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Dr Rowan O'Hagan  BAgricSc (Melb), MAgricSc (La Trobe), MAcc (CSturt), PhD (Melb), FAICD

Rowan O'Hagan

Council Member (s 8F(1)) 

  • Member, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee 

Term: 25 August 2014 to 30 June 2018
Most recent appointment: 25 August 2014

Dr Rowan O'Hagan is passionate about regional communities and the vital role of quality education and governance in sustainable economic and community development. She has taught financial management and accounting at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and post-graduate Business Economics at CSU.

With 20 years experience as a primary producer and small business manager, Dr O'Hagan undertakes research and project management across a range of sectors and is instrumental in community and environmental sustainability initiatives both locally and nationally.

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Ms Lisa Schofield  BA(Comm) (CSturt)

Lisa Schofield

Council Member (s 8F(1)) 

Term: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019
Most recent appointment: 1 January 2016

Ms Lisa Schofield, General Manager of the Commercialisation Policy Branch in the Science and Commercialisation Policy Division of the Department of Industry and Science, has over fifteen years experience working in the Australian public policy and higher education sectors.

Since 2012 Lisa has been advising the government on policy to encourage collaboration between the research sector and business to generate solutions that lead to improved productivity, international competitiveness and address national and international challenges. She also works to support entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. This includes advice on collaborative research in science and technology; industry-research linkages; the new Entrepreneurs'' Infrastructure Programme; and the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

Previously, Lisa led the taskforce to develop the new quality assurance and regulatory framework for Australian higher education, including the successful establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the development of the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Lisa was also the Higher Education Advisor to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations during the 2010 Australian federal election. Her other significant roles include Director of the Education Investment Fund in DEEWR, various roles in the Australian Government Department of Finance and Deregulation, and a key role in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at Charles Sturt University.

Ms Schofield holds a Bachelor of Arts – Communications from Charles Sturt University. She has been a local City Councillor and the Chair of a number of community organisations.

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