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Dr Alan Finkel AO

Current Term: 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016

Dr Alan Finkel has served as Chancellor of Monash University since January 2008.

Dr Finkel is a respected engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Dr Finkel completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in engineering at Monash University before serving for two years as a neuroscience research fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at The Australian National University. In 1983, Dr Finkel established Axon Instruments, a supplier of electronic and robotic instruments and software for use in cellular neuroscience, genomics and drug discovery. In 2000 Axon was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. It was acquired by the US firm Molecular Devices Corporation in 2004. Post Axon, Dr Finkel co-founded COSMOS and G magazines to promote science awareness and sustainability; led the establishment of the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience; fostered initiatives to reinvigorate secondary school science education; and co-founded a company distributing educational toys and books for children.

Dr Finkel is a Fellow and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE).  He formerly held governance roles at the ATSE Clunies Ross Foundation in child-abuse research and medical research. Dr Finkel currently serves as the CEO of Stile Education Pty Ltd and as the Chairman of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.


Dr Alan Finkel

President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
BEcon(Hons) PhD DUniv FAIM GAICD

Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014.

Prior to joining Monash, she was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gardner currently chairs the Museums Board of Victoria, the Strategic Advisory Committee of the federal Office for Learning and Teaching, and is a director of the Fulbright Commission Advisory Board and Universities Australia.

She has been a member of various Committees in the areas of the arts, education and industrial relations, including the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board (COALAR), LH Martin Institute Advisory Board, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and International Education Advisory Committee which led to the ‘Chaney Report'.

In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.


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President of the Academic Board

Professor Ben Canny
BMedSc (Hons) MBBS PhD

Current Term: 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2015

Professor Ben Canny is President of the Academic Board of Monash University, which is responsible to the Council of Monash University for the maintenance of high standards in teaching and research.  As Associate Dean (MBBS International) – Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Canny is responsible for international relationships involving the MBBS degree, including in Malaysia and the Middle East.

Prior to assuming these roles in early 2014, Professor Canny was Deputy Dean (MBBS) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.  In this role, he was responsible for the overall academic governance of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (medical) degree, working closely with colleagues in the Central medical program at Clayton, the Gippsland graduate entry course, the Malaysia Medical School, and the Northern Victorian Rural Medical Education Network (NVRMEN), which oversees the Extended Rural Cohort.

Professor Canny obtained his MBBS and BMedSc from the University of Adelaide, before completing his internship. After studying in the Department of Medicine at Prince Henry's Hospital, he obtained his PhD in stress endocrinology from Monash. A two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia followed, after which Professor Canny returned to Australia to take up an academic position within the Department of Physiology in 1992. He maintained an active research and teaching profile, focusing on various aspects of stress, reproductive and metabolic endocrinology, as well as on ethics and professional and clinical skills.

Professor Canny has occupied a number of other important roles, including Chair of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee, and is a past Vice-President of the Monash University Academic Board. He was President of the Endocrine Society of Australia between 2002 and 2004.

Ben Canny 

Appointed by the Governor-in-Council

Ms Heather Carmody
BSocSc Grad-DipHlthSc GradDipOrgnDev MAICD

Current Term: 05/02/2013 - 31/12/2015

Ms Carmody has been a member of Monash University Council since 2010.  She is Principal Consultant with Nous Group, who provide expertise in strategy, public policy, leadership and management development, and organisational design and change.

Ms Carmody's previous roles include:

  • Senate, University of Western Australia
  • RMIT University (Deputy Chancellor)
  • Williamson Community Leadership Program (now Leadership Victoria)
  • Western Australian Council of Social Services
  • Australian Frontier
  • Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust (WA)
  • NRMA (Vic) Advisory Board

Other experience includes:

  • Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee (Vic)
  • Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee
  • Minister for Workplace Relations' Industry Advisory Board on Work Choices
  • RMIT Graduate Business School Advisory Committee
  • AGSM Graduate School of Business Advisory Committee
  • Federal Government's Affirmative Action Legislation Review Committee

Based in Melbourne, Ms Carmody was born and educated in Western Australia.  She has lived and worked in Canada, the USA and New Zealand.  Her recreational passions are gardening, travel, music and theatre, cooking and bushwalking.

 Ms Heather Carmody

Dr Megan Clark AC

Current Term:  01/10/2015 - 31/12/2015

Dr Megan Clark joined the Monash University Council in April 2015.

Dr Clark is a non-executive director of Rio Tinto and a member of the Australian advisory board to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  She was the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national research agency, from 2009 to 2014 and prior to that vice president Technology and later vice president Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton.  Prior to 2009, Dr Clark was CEO of a small venture capital fund with NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) investing in high-tech start-up companies.

Dr Clark has been a member of the Australian Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and a member of the World Economic Forum Advisory Panel to the 2015 Global Risk Report. 

Dr Clark is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  In 2014, Dr Clark was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to scientific research and development. 



Mr Mark Cubit
BEc Monash

Current Term: 21/10/2014 - 31/12/2016

A graduate of Monash University, Mr Cubit was appointed to the Monash University Council in 2014, following membership of the Investment Advisory Committee since 2013.

Mr Cubit’s early years included five years in Japan, first as a student, then with the Australian Tourist Commission and McIntosh Securities, which later became Merrill Lynch Australia.  At Merrill Lynch a variety of Investment Advisory roles in London and Melbourne culminated with responsibility for Institutional Equity Sales to Melbourne and Asian based clients of the firm.  

He retired from Merrill Lynch in 2002 to pursue a role in the not-for-profit sector. Mark has been involved in the establishment of both The Cubit Family Foundation and Planet Wheeler Foundation, and has a key role in both the giving program and investment strategies of both foundations. 

Mr Cubit has also served on the boards of Beacon Foundation and Good Beginnings Australia. He is currently Chairman of The East African Fund, the Australian support arm of the School of St Judes Tanzania, as well as serving on the Tanzanian board of the school.



Dr Helen Drennen

Current Term: 01/10/2015 - 31/12/2015

A graduate of Monash University, the Australian National University and The University of Melbourne, Dr Drennen was appointed Principal of Wesley College Melbourne in 2003.

Since her appointment as Principal, Dr Drennen has established the Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education, the first research-based institute of its type in a school and has also played a leading role, alongside her Aboriginal partners in the Kimberley, Western Australia, in establishing the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School for students in Years 10 –12 on Leopold Downs Cattle Station.

Prior to becoming Principal of Wesley College Melbourne, Dr Drennen was the Academic Director for the International Baccalaureate, based in Cardiff, Wales, UK from 1997 – 2002 and the Director of the Asia Pacific Region from 2002 – 2003.  Before these two international appointments, Dr Drennen held the position of Head of Campus, Glen Waverley at Wesley College Melbourne 1994 – 1997.

Dr Drennen is currently a member of the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors, a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria and has published on areas including learning and visual pathway development and more recently on developments in international education.  


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Mr John Simpson

Current Term: 21/10/2014 - 31/12/2016

Mr Simpson was appointed President of ESSSuper in November 2012 - ESSSuper is the Victorian Emergency Services & State Superannuation Fund.  He has been a Director of the Fund since February 2012.


Most recently, Mr Simpson was Strategic Adviser in the Office of CEO at National Australia Bank having also held the position as Group General Manager - Corporate Affairs at NAB for 3+ years.  


Mr Simpson spent the majority of his career with Shell - working in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.   He was Director - External Affairs at Shell, and was appointed a Director of Shell Australia Limited in 2002 and Shell Energy Holdings (Australia) Limited in 2003.    He worked with Shell International for three years in the mid-1990s.


Mr Simpson has a particular interest in education and serves on the Board of Scotch College where he has been a Director for 15 years. He recently retired from the Board of the National Science & Technology Centre (Questacon) - where he was Deputy Chairman for 8 years. 


In the Not-for-Profit sector – Mr Simpson serves as a Trustee of the H V McKay Charitable Trust.  He is on the Advisory Board of The Global Foundation and recently retired from the Food Rescue organisation – SecondBite - where he was a Director for 10 years.


Mr Simpson has previously been a Director of: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Shell Foundation (Chair), The Australian National Maritime Museum, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation.


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Ministerial Appointee

The Hon Peter Young QC
BJuris LLB Monash

Current Term: 01/07/2014 - 31/12/2016

A graduate of Monash University, Mr Young joined the Victorian Bar in 1975 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997.

In August 2002, he was appointed by the Federal Government to the Bench of the Family Court of Australia and served the community in that position until his retirement in mid-2013.

Mr Young has now returned to practise as a Queen's Counsel in Court ordered and other private mediations, specialising in family property, commercial and other financial disputes.

Mr Young is a past Chairman of the Melbourne Racing Club and presently is a member of the Epworth Hospital Ethics and Medical Research Committee.
Mr Young is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, a subcommittee of Monash University Council.

 peter young

Appointed by Council

Mr Yehudi Blacher PSM

Current Term: 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016

Mr Blacher has been a member of Monash University Council since 2008 and commenced as Deputy Chancellor in 2014.

Mr Blacher was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development from 2007 until his retirement in September 2011.  From 2002 to 2007 he was Secretary, Department for Victorian Communities. Mr Blacher is currently the Chair, Port of Hastings Development Authority, Deputy Chair, Victrak, and is an Advisory Council Member of The Centre for Social Impact. He was the Regional Secretary (Asia-Pacific) of Metropolis, the World Association of Major Metropolises from 2007 to 2011.

Mr Blacher has served on a number of boards including JewishCare and the M2006 Corporation. From 2011 to 2013 he was National Vice President, Institute of Public Administration Australia. He has also been the Victorian Government representative on numerous intergovernmental committees.


 Mr Yehudi Blacher

Professor Rebekah Brown
BEng (Hons) PhD

Current Term:  01/01/2014 - 31/12/2015

Professor Brown is Professor of Environmental Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and a Director of Monash University’s Centre for Water Sensitive Cities where she leads interdisciplinary research focused at the interface between society and technology.

With a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD (UNSW) in the area of environmental sociology, Professor Brown specialises in sustainable urban water management, adaptive environmental governance and socio-technical transitions.

Professor Brown’s expertise includes cross-disciplinary research, leading multi-stakeholder consortia, publication of over 100 scholarly papers while also teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.


rebekah brown

Mr Shane Buggle

Current Term:  01/01/2013 - 31/12/2015

Mr Buggle has been a member of Monash University Council since 2007 and commenced as Deputy Chancellor in 2015.

Mr Buggle's current position is Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.  Prior to this, Mr Buggle was CFO Institutional Division, Group General Manager Finance, CFO Personal and also CFO Consumer Finance.

Mr Buggle has also held senior finance roles with Zurich Financial Services, PWC and CPA Australia.


The Hon Simon Crean
BEc LLB HonDLitt Deakin

Current Term: 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016

Mr Simon Crean was a member for the South Eastern Melbourne seat of Hotham and served in the Federal Parliament for 23 years from 1990 to 2013.

Mr Crean spent all of those years on the front bench and was in the Cabinets of four Labor Prime Ministers (Hawke, Keating, Rudd and Gillard) as well as shadow minister in the Labor Opposition from 1996 to 2007, including as Leader of the Opposition.

His Ministerial and shadow Ministerial career covered a broad range of portfolios including, science and technology, primary industries, energy, treasury (as Assistant Treasurer), employment, education and training, trade industrial relations, social inclusion, regional development, local government and the arts.

Mr Crean’s parliamentary career followed a distinguished career over 20 years in the trade union movement including as ACTU president from 1985 to 1990 and General Secretary of the Federated Storemen and Packers Union from 1979 to 1985.  During this time he served on many National and International governing and advisory bodies.  He has also served on the boards of Qantas and the Australian Industry Development Corporation.


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Ms Meghan B. Hopper
BA RMIT AssocDegBusComm GradDipArts(Research) GAICD

Current Term:  01/01/2015 - 31/12/2016                    

Ms Hopper is currently serving as the Mayor of the City of Moreland (2014-15). She is Moreland's youngest female Mayor and one of just a handful of women under 30 to have been elected Mayor Australia-wide. She was originally elected to Moreland Council in October 2012 and sits on committees relating to the arts, the status of women and libraries, and on the Board of CERES Environment Park. She has previously worked in student representation, higher education policy and student recruitment, with her most recent role having been as National President of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (October 2012 - December 2014). Prior roles held at Monash University include President of the Monash University Gippsland Student Union, Higher Degree by Research Representative to Academic Board, Student Representative to Faculty of Business and Economics Board, and General Member of Monash Postgraduate Association.

Ms Hopper has been a member of various Office for Learning and Teaching Project Advisory Groups, the Office for Learning and Teaching Awards Standing Committee, and the Editorial Board of the Australian Universities Review.

Ms Hopper is currently undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University specialising in political journalism and gender studies, supervised by Dr Mia Lindgren and Dr Susan Yell.


meghan hopper 

Dr Christine Nixon APM
BA Macq. DipLabRel&Law Syd. MPA Harv. HonDLitt Woll. HonLLD Monash FAIPM FAIM FIPAA

Current Term:  01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017               

Dr Nixon has been a member of Monash University Council since 2009 and commenced as Deputy Chancellor in 2014.

Dr Nixon currently lectures at various institutions and is a well known public speaker. Until July 2010 Dr Nixon was the Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, overseeing the largest recovery and rebuilding operation undertaken in Victoria.

Prior to joining the Authority, Dr Nixon was the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, leading a staff of 14,000 working across more than 500 locations. She joined Victoria Police in April 2001, after serving with the New South Wales Police from 1972.

Dr Nixon is Chair of Monash College Pty Ltd, Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance and is also a member of the Monash Foundation.

Christine Nixon

Secretary to Council

Mr Tony Calder