The Charles Sturt University Council is the governing body of the University and constituted in accordance with the Charles Sturt University Act 1989 to ensure the proper stewardship and strategic direction of the University. The Council is directly accountable for the stakeholders of the University for creating and delivering value and improved performance through effective governance.
Charles Sturt University is committed to delivering the highest standards of governance and to establishing the culture required to assure our stakeholders of our strategic focus, operational performance and institutional accountability.
The Council has 16 members who reflect the perspectives and capabilities of our various stakeholders, our students, graduates, staff and our communities. Members must have the skills, qualifications and experience necessary for the good governance and stewardship of the University.
The University Secretary is responsible for the oversight and overall management of corporate governance services to the Council and its committees. The Director, Governance is responsible for the operational management and performance of the Governance Services Unit.
The Council has established principal Committees to assist it in exercising its responsibilities, including monitoring the performance of the University against the objectives and performance indicators set out in the University Strategy and other institutional planning documents.
Dr Michele Allan, Chancellor
BAppSc (UTS), MMgtTec (Melb), DBA (RMIT), MComLaw (Deakin), FAIDC, FATSE
Term: 3 December 2014 to December 2023
Dr Michele Allan is a food industry and agribusiness specialist who has held senior executive and director positions in the food and education sector, and has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law.
Dr Saranne Cooke, Deputy Chancellor and Council Appointed Graduate Member
PhD, MComLaw (Deakin), MBus(Mkt) (Csturt), BCom (ANU), FCPA, FAICD, FAMI, CPM, GAIST
Term: 1 March 2021 to 31 December 2023
Dr Saranne Cooke is a professional director and chair with experience on a variety of boards across the education, health, sport, superannuation and not-for-profit sectors. Dr Cooke is a Racing NSW Board Member, a HESTA Trustee Board member, a Director of Western Health Alliance Ltd (Western NSW Primary Health Network), a Director of Leading Age Services Australia, and the inaugural Chair of the Western Region NSW Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Renée Leon PSM, Vice-Chancellor
BA, LLB (ANU), LLM (Cambridge)
Term: 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2026
Professor Renée Leon is the University’s fifth Vice-Chancellor and President. Professor Leon has extensive experience in Commonwealth and State public administration, covering policy, program management and service delivery. Professor Leon has been the Secretary of two Commonwealth Departments – the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment – and has served as the CEO of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety. Professor Leon’s expertise in leadership and change management underpinned the establishment of the Department of Employment as a high-performing organisation and the transformation of services and culture in the Department of Human Services.
Professor Leon holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge, where she was selected as the Menzies Foundation Law Scholar in 1995. Professor Leon was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth. Professor Leon is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and a member of Chief Executive Women Australia.
Emeritus Professor Joyce Kirk, Chair, Academic Senate
BA (USyd), DipEd (USyd), MLitt (UNE), MA (Lib) (UCan), CCAE, PhD (UTS), GAICD
Term: 28 September 2018 to 31 December 2021
Following appointments as a secondary school teacher, Emeritus Professor Joyce Kirk moved into the tertiary education sector as a Lecturer at Goulburn Teachers College in New South Wales. She then pursued her interests in library and information management with appointments at Riverina College of Advanced Education, now Charles Sturt University, and at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education, now the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Professor Kirk has held senior leadership and executive positions as Head of School, Associate Dean and Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where he also served as Chair of the Academic Board. She also held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at RMIT where she was responsible for academic policies, services to students and the quality of the student experience beyond the teaching programs. Professor Kirk's most recent appointment was President RMIT Vietnam and since 2014 she has been working as a consultant.
Associate Professor Dianne McGrath, Elected (Academic Staff) Member
BEc (ANU), MCom (LaTrobe), PHD (CSU)
Term: 16 August 2021 to 30 June 2022
Dr Dianne McGrath has been part of Charles Sturt as an academic for 18 years with prior experience, including as Deputy Head of School, at La Trobe University. Dianne returned to a teaching and research role in Accounting and Finance in 2020 after a period as a Course Director across a number of portfolios in the Faculty of Business Justice and Behavioural Sciences. Most recently she accepted the role of Associate Head of School in the School of Business. During her time at Charles Sturt she has worked with teams including both academic and professional colleagues across a wide range of areas from recruitment to graduation and including partner organisations.
Dianne also has broad experience in governance roles external to the university including as a Board member for Flying Fruit Fly Circus (current) and WAW Credit Union (2011-2016). At the Fruit Fly’s Dianne is on the Finance Committee and sits on the Emergency Committee managing the pandemic response which has been complicated by its location in a border community with locations in both NSW and VIC. Dianne bring to Council the academic background and skill set, including financial expertise to be a valuable contributor to the Council and representative of Academic colleagues.
Ms Julie Cleary, Elected (General Staff) Member
BEd (LaTrobe), GradCertMgt (LaTrobe), MEd (LaTrobe), MATEM
Term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022
Julie Cleary is the Director, Innovation and Improvement of the Division of Student Administration, Charles Sturt University (CSU). Ms Cleary's responsibilities include overseeing Student Central, Student Innovations and Systems, Graduation, Examinations and Timetabling.
Mr Benjamin Fry, Elected (Student) Member
Term: 14 February 2020 to 30 June 2022
Mr Benjamin Fry is currently studying the Bachelor of Communications at Charles Sturt University.
Ms Leanne Heywood OAM, Council Appointed Graduate Member
B.Bus(Acc), MBA, FCPA, GAICD
Term: 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2025
Leanne is an experienced ASX non-executive director and Audit and Risk Committee chair, with broad general management experience gained through an international career in the mining sector, including 10 years with Rio Tinto. Her experience includes strategic marketing, business finance and compliance and she has led organisational restructures, disposals and acquisitions. Additionally, she has had significant experience in complex cross-cultural negotiations and international customer and stakeholder relationship management (including governments, communities, and investment partners).
Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of CPA Australia. She is a director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE), Midway Limited (ASX:MWY), Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX: QHL) a director and Nominations and Remuneration Committee Chair of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation Ltd and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Protection Authority (ARPANSA).
Dr Lyndal Thorburn, Council Appointed Graduate Member
BSc (Hons) (USyd), Grad Dip Legal Studies (UCanberra), Grad Dip Ed (CSturt) Dip Accounting (TAFE), PhD (Macquarie), FAICD, MIPA
Term: 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2023
Dr Lyndal Thorburn is Managing Director of Viria Pty Ltd, a professional services firm, and None-Executive Director for Capital Health Network Ltd and Enabled Employment Pty Ltd. She is also a mentor for the Griffin Accelerator and Victoria' Medtech Actuator, helping start-up companies bring new products to market.
Mr Graeme Bailey, Council Appointed Member
BCom (UNSW), FCA
Term: 19 September 2014 to 30 June 2022
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.
Dr Kate Cornick, Council Appointed Member
PhD (Melb), BE/BSc (Elec) (NICTA/Melb)
Term: 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2026
Dr Kate Cornick is currently the Chief Executive Officer at LaunchVic, which is the Victorian Government’s $60M initiative to accelerate start-ups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. LaunchVic works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and educational institutions to strengthen Victoria’s entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem.
Mr Philip Marcus Clark AO, Council Appointed Member
MBA (Columbia), BA, LLB (USyd), Hon LLD (UOW)
Term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023
Philip Marcus Clark AO is a member of the J P Morgan Advisory Council.
Government, university and community and advisory boards including:
His work in the not-for profit sector has included serving as a Director of High Resolves Foundation from 2007 to 2016; of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience Indigenous Corporation (AIME) from 2010 to 2015; of the Garvan Foundation from 2005 to 2008; and of St James Ethics Centre from 2004 to 2013.
Dr Peter Woodgate, Council Appointed Member
DBA (RMIT), MAppSc (UNSW), BForSc (Melb), DipFor (VicSchFor), GAID, FSSI (Hon)
Term: 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2026
Dr Peter Woodgate is currently the Chair of SmartSat CRC; Chair of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN); Chair of Cancer Therapeutics; a Board member of Geoscape Australia Ltd; a member of the Australian Space Agency’s Industry Leaders Forum; and Chair of Australia’s 2030 Space and Spatial Industry Growth Roadmap. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Australia New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) from 2003 to 2017, a collaboration of over 100 organisations from the government, private and research sectors.
Dr Woodgate has 35 years of professional and academic experience in a range of disciplines spanning the environmental sciences (forestry and natural resources), space and spatial sciences (particularly satellite imaging), geosciences, business, and public policy. He has focused on the role of innovation in stimulating industry growth.
Dr Woodgate commenced his career with the Forests Commission of Victoria, where he spent time in forest research and forest assessment. He helped lead the introduction of remote sensing and GIS capabilities for the Victorian Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. As the CEO of the Geospatial Science Initiative at RMIT University, he helped create Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd, RMIT’s first ever spin-off, the Risk and Community Safety Research Centre, and RMIT’s Global Sustainability Institute. He was a founding Council member of the International Society for Digital Earth and served as a founding Board Member of the UNESCO International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage.
Dr Woodgate has a Doctorate in Business Administration from RMIT University (majoring in innovation in sme’s), a Master of Applied Science from the University of New South Wales (majoring in satellite imaging and remote sensing), a Degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne, is an Honorary Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr John Lloyd, Ministerial Appointed Member
BSc (UNSW), MBA (Macquarie)
Term: 14 October 2019 to 13 October 2023
John Lloyd is the former CEO of Horticulture Innovation Australia/HAL leading both organisations over a nine year period of significant growth, change and transition. He is a current director of Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, Agribusiness Australia and Menari Business Solutions Pty Ltd. He has been nominated as a director for Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd. After a long corporate career that took him to most parts of Australia, as well as extensive experience overseas, John and his wife now run a small agricultural enterprise at Borenore NSW.
Dr Robin Williams, Ministerial Appointed Member
Term: 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2025
Dr Williams is a General Practitioner (GP) and hospital Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at Molong and Yeoval, and Chair of the Western NSW Primary Health Network. Dr Williams emigrated to Australia in 1997 settling as a GP in Gulgong. He was Chairman of the Dubbo/Plains Division of General Practice from 2000 to 2016. He has also served as a Director and past Chair of the NSW Rural Doctors Network. Dr Williams was the Chair of the Western NSW Local Health District Board until his term finished at the end of 2016, and was also a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health. He has been a GP VMO at Molong Health Service and Yeoval UPA since 2007 and is a Clinical Lecturer for the School of Rural Health, University of Sydney. Dr Williams holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He resides in Central West NSW.
Ms Michelle Beveridge, Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
FGIA, FACS, FCPA, GAICD, MBA(Exec), BBus
Term: 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2025
Michelle Beveridge is a proud Charles Sturt University graduate from the mid-1990's, studying Business via distance education. She is now a Non-executive Director with noteworthy experience in the superannuation, technology, ESG, travel and education industries. Agile, pragmatic, curious and with a bias for action, Michelle brings digital insight and governance expertise to grow organisations through transformation focused on customer engagement, optimising work systems, risk management and achieving purpose and profit.
In her prior executive capacity as Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer in diverse industries, Michelle designed, implemented and sustained digital strategies that contributed to double digit growth and EBITDA improvements, and provided leadership to diverse international teams. She was listed in the Australian CIO50 as one of the top Chief Information Officers in 2016 and 2018. Michelle’s current board and committee roles include REI Superannuation Fund Ltd, Leukaemia Foundation, Essential Services Commission (Vic), EPA Victoria and Melbourne Forum.
|Date||Time||Location||Agenda Close||Meeting Records|
|24 February 2022||9.00am - 2.00pm||Videoconference||10 February 2022|
|14 April 2022||10.00am - 12.00pm||Videoconference||31 Mar 2022|
|19 May 2022||9.00am - 2.00pm||Port Macquarie||5 May 2022|
|21 July 2022||9.00am - 2.00pm||Videoconference||7 July 2022|
|25 August 2022||9.00am - 2.00pm||Wagga Wagga||11 August 2022|
|6 October 2022||10.00am - 12.00pm||Videoconference||22 September 2022|
|25 November 2022||9.00am - 2.00pm||Orange||20 October 2022|
|15 December 2022||9.00am - 2.00pm||Videoconference||1 December 2022|
Refer to the 2022 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule for the meeting and agenda close dates for all Council and Committee meetings.
|Date||Time||Location||Agenda Close||Meeting Records|
|25 January 2021||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A||CNL155 - 156 |
(PDF, 243.67 KB)
|26 February 2021||1.00pm - 4.00pm||Videoconference||12 February 2021|
|19 April 2021 (annual accounts)||2.00pm - 3.00pm||Videoconference||N/A||CNL157 - 161 |
(PDF, 141.04 KB)
|6 May 2021||10.00am - 1.00pm||Videoconference||22 April 2021|
|20 May 2021||11.00am - 3.30pm||Albury||6 May 2021|
|1 July 2021||9.00am - 1.00pm (TBC)||Videoconference||17 June 2021||CNL162-164 |
(PDF, 140.73 KB)
|26 August 2021||9am - 1.00pm||Videoconference||12 August 2021||CNL165-167 Meeting Summary|
(PDF, 155.24 KB)
|28 October 2021||10.00am - 1.00pm||Canberra||14 October 2021|
|16 December 2021||8.30am - 4.00pm||Canberra||2 December 2021|
Refer to the current Governance Services Meeting Schedule for the meeting and agenda close dates for all governance committees supported by the Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs.
|Date||Time||Location||Agenda Close||Meeting Records|
|20 February 2020||8.00am - 3.30pm||Canberra||6 February 2020||CNL134 Meeting Summary|
|14 February 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A||CNL135 - 137|
|27 February 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|27 March 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|16 April 2020 (annual accounts)||9.00am - 12.30pm||Videoconference||N/A||CNL138 - 140|
|16 April 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|13 May 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|18 May 2020||2.00pm - 3.30pm||Videoconference||N/A (Extraordinary Meeting)||CNL141 - 144|
|31 May 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|2 June 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|9 June 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|18 June 2020||9.00am - 12.30pm||Videoconference||4 June 2020||CNL145 - 148|
|19 June 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|22 June 2020||4.00pm - 5.30pm||Videoconference||N/A (Extraordinary Meeting)|
|24 July 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A|
|23 July 2020||5.00pm - 7.00pm||Videoconference||N/A (Extraordinary Meeting)||CNL149 (confidential)|
|17 August 2020||N/A||Flying Minute||N/A||CNL150 (confidential)|
|26 August 2020||10.00am - 2.00pm||Videoconference||12 August 2020||CNL151 Meeting Summary|
|30 September 2020||10.00am - 2.00pm||Videoconference||16 September 2020||CNL152 Meeting Summary|
KPMG Sustainable Futures Report Summary
|18 November 2020||9.00am - 2.00pm||Videoconference||4 November 2020||CNL153 Meeting Summary|
|9 December 2020||10.00am - 3.00pm||Videoconference||25 November 2020||CNL154 Meeting Summary|
All submissions to the University Council (excluding submissions by members of Council) must be submitted to in accordance with the Reporting to Council Procedure.
To find the meeting and close of agenda dates please refer to the Governance Services Meeting Schedule.
Submissions must be prepared using the approved templates.
Submissions received by the Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs after the close of agenda will require approval of the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor/Chair, and may not be considered by the Council or the relevant committee.