Mr Ian Marshman (Chair)

Ian was previously the University’s Academic Registrar from 1990 to 1999 where he had oversight of MU Sport for a number of years. He also served as a member of the Sport and Physical Recreation Committee (SPRC) which was previously the governing body for sport at the University. In 1999, Ian was appointed the University’s Senior Vice-Principal (Chief Operating Officer), a role he held until his retirement in 2015. Across his career in public service, Ian has held Board and Chair positions for the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Melbourne Theatre Company, Grattan Institute, Australian National Academy of Music. Ian also has a Blue in Lacrosse and has deep connections with many of our sporting alumni and an interest in sport.

Appointed May 2021.

Ms Joanna Weston

Joanna is a current member of the Australian National Netball team (the Diamonds) and the Melbourne Vixens in the Suncorp Super Netball League. In 2018 she proudly represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games helping the country bring home a silver medal. Off the court, Joanna graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelors of Commerce and previously worked within the Private Enterprise Division at Deloitte. She is also Vice-President of the Australian Netball Players’ Association which seeks to promote the interests of the country’s elite netballers. Joanna joins the Board with a wealth of knowledge and is a strong advocate for our athletes and athlete support program.

Appointed March 2019.

Mr Shawn Ingle (Student member)

Shawn is currently studying a Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business) and plays with the Melbourne University Rugby Football Club. He's played at the Club for the last 5 years, winning the colts Premiership in 2017. In recent years, Shawn featured in the Victorian U19 side, the Melbourne Rising side and the Rebels' Emerging Player Program. A scholarship holder as part of the University's Elite Athlete Program, Shawn has accrued two University Blues. He has also represented the University in several Varsity Challenge cricket matches and enjoyed taking part in a smorgasbord of intercollegiate sports.

Shawn previously studied a Bachelor of Commerce, gaining a strategic management introduction through an internship with the Strategy team at Nasdaq, the US tech stock exchange. In his free time, Shawn volunteers as a Student Ambassador at the University to champion sport and academic endeavours, and coaches budding young rugby players at Scotch College.

Shawn joins the Board as an advocate for student athletes. He has a passion for facilitating broader student engagement in University sport programs as a vehicle for enhancing overall wellbeing.

Ms Lara McKay

Lara McKay has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector including leadership positions in higher education, public health administration and state government departments. In 2017-18 Lara worked as the General Manager Marketing and Communications for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games before returning to higher education as Master of Ormond College in 2018.

Lara spent almost five years heading up Communications and Marketing at the University of Melbourne where she led the development of the Collisions and Made Possible by Melbourne campaigns which have become the most awarded higher education campaigns in history, winning over 60 awards internationally. While in this role, Lara also led the realignment of marketing and communications functions in line with the revised Melbourne Operating Model.

Prior to working at the University, Lara held senior executive positions in state government departments in both Victoria and Queensland including the departments of Health and also the Premier’s Department, Queensland. Lara also has senior experience working in public health in one of Victoria’s largest health services, Austin Health spread over three campuses in North East of Melbourne.

Lara is currently the Master of Ormond College, the largest of the Colleges at the University of Melbourne where she is relishing the opportunity to work closely with its over 500 resident and non-resident students to have a direct impact on their college experience.

Prof. Sarah Biddulph

Sarah is the Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor International (China) and Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. Sarah’s research focuses on the Chinese legal system with a particular emphasis on legal policy, law making and enforcement as they affect the administration of justice in China. Her particular areas of research are contemporary Chinese administrative law, criminal procedure, labour, comparative law and the law regulating social and economic rights. She was a solicitor with Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) between 1986 and 1992 in Sydney and Melbourne and again between 1998 and 2001 in the firm’s Shanghai representative office. Sporting and recreation wise, Sarah has interests in Wushu, Taiqi, Sailing and Cycling. In her spare time, she never misses a chance to walk her dog and play silly games with him.

Prof. Richard James

Richard James is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, a leading centre for policy research in higher education. His research program spans access and equity, the transition to university, student finances, student engagement, quality assurance and academic standards. He has published widely on the effects of social class on higher education aspirations and participation.

He is a regular public commentator on higher education policy and is a member of the inaugural Higher Education Standards Panel, the national body that sets standards for the regulation of universities and other higher education providers.

Sporting-wise, in the 1970s and 1980s he represented Australia in track and field and was the Australian 100 metres sprint champion in 1980. He remains active in sport for fitness purposes.

Mr Michael Dardis

Michael is currently in his final year of the Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and the University of Melbourne Extension Program (Mathematics). Having spent significant parts of his life as a competitive but not elite athlete in distance running, swimming, triathlon, and orienteering, he brings with him a passion for encouraging and supporting sport at all levels.

Michael joined the Melbourne University Athletics Club (MUAC) in his first week of university and has been an active member ever since, taking up the role of Vice-President in 2020. He also represented the University in Cross Country at the 2016/17 Southern University Games, helping the team bring home silver on both occasions.

Outside of sport/university, Michael has gained clerkships at three of Australia’s top-tier law firms and is managing director of his own software company — a role which has taught him a great deal. He hopes to use this diverse experience of his to aid his work on the Board as an advocate for students and clubs generally.

Mr Paul Holland

Paul is the Director of Commercial Services which manages all supply chain engagements across the University.

Since joining the University in 2015, Paul has focused on improving the University’s approach to commercial management to ensure the most value is received considering both expenditure and revenue. One critical achievement has been developing and driving the Universities social & indigenous procurement strategy.

Prior to joining the University, Paul worked in infrastructure, professional services and defence, working on initiatives that have led to significant organisational change, delivery of large complex projects, mergers and acquisitions, and the re-engineering and implementation of processes and systems.

Paul holds a Commerce Degree from Deakin University and an Executive MBA from Monash University.

On a sporting front, Paul played in the amateurs for St Bernard (203 games) and then moved to Richmond Centrals. Since ending his “playing days”, Paul now plays for St Kevin’s in the Masters league as a way to keep fit. Off the field, Paul was a board member at St Bernard’s for two years and now coaches his son’s in Basketball and AusKick.

Prof. Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Life at the University of Melbourne, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA).

Sarah’s research seeks to understand relationships between the mind, brain, human behaviour and its disorders, drawing on her expertise as a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has pioneered music neuroscience research in Australia, and was Founding Director of Music Mind & Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary initiative linking neuroscience with music and emotional and social wellbeing, fostering research spanning music, science, health and education.

She is Chair of the ILAE Diagnostic Methods Commission (2017-21) and previous Chair of the ILAE Neuropsychology Task Force (2013-17), where she established the first set of international standards for neuropsychological practice in epilepsy. In the field of Clinical Neuropsychology, Sarah is currently listed in the top 10 most cited researchers on Google Scholar. Before taking up the role of PVC Student Life in April 2021, Sarah was the Head of School, Psychological Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Mr Timothy Lee

Tim has been involved in the delivery of sporting, recreational and fitness services in the university and community sectors for over 30 years, and since 2009 as the Director of Sport at the University of Melbourne (MU Sport). Tim has led the repositioning of sport at the University and with his team increased student participation and sport performance, completed a major capital plan and significantly improved the financial position of the organisation. MU Sport is considered an exemplar for good governance and management and regularly hosts national and international industry visitors.

Tim has been a key player in the development of national industry benchmarking and several national sporting initiatives whilst also serving on a number boards and committees with the national body, Australian University Sport, including as a Board Director from 2002 to 2012.

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