Mr Ian Marshman AM (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.

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 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.

Ms Rosemary Bissett

Ms Bissett is a graduate of the University and a long time competitor and club administrator at the Volleyball club and an active member of the Club Advisory Group. Rosemary is the Head of ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Risk Management at the National Australia Bank, a Director of North East Water and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia. Rosemary has been a member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board, the National Environmental Science Program Threatened Species Research Hub Steering Committee, United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative Banking Committee and the Natural Capital Coalition’s Advisory Panel and Biodiversity Steering Group. She previously worked as a Board Secretary for a Victorian Government agency and in various roles in the water industry and has an MBA and Master of Applied Science in analytical chemistry.

Appointed March 2022.

Professor Pip Nicholson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (People and Community)

Working across the breadth of the University, the DVC (P&C) provides focused leadership and direction for the ‘Community’ pillar of Advancing Melbourne. The DVC (P&C) focuses on the connections between the student experience and staff experience across the University, and integrates the University’s people and academic strategies.

Before being appointed as DVC (People and Community) on 26 April 2022, Professor Nicholson served as Dean of the Melbourne Law School (MLS) from 2018 to March 2022, and also previously served as the Director of the Asian Law Centre.

Pip has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the university community, having served as Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President of Academic Board between 2015 and 2017 and Chair of the Respect Taskforce in 2019.

For over 20 years, Professor Nicholson’s research has focused on the Vietnamese legal system and comparative approaches to development aid. A former barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia, Professor Nicholson’s professional experience spans commercial lawyering, legal aid and international consultancy, with a focus on development aid in Asia. Across this period, Pip has consistently taken insights from her research into her teaching at the MLS in the Juris Doctor and the Melbourne Law Masters programs.

Ms Meezaan Dickinson (student member)

Meezaan is currently studying a Masters of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne after having completed a Bachelor of Science (Physics). Meezaan is also an elite karate athlete in the discipline of kata, and has represented at state, national and international level for years. This includes competing at the 2018 Senior World Championships in Madrid to a 3rd round finish, and coming away with a silver medal at the 2022 Oceania Championships in Noumea. Aside from competing, Meezaan is also a Victorian State Team coach and senior captain of the Karate Victoria State Team leadership group.

Seeking out further leadership opportunities has led to her involvement in the foundation of a National Athlete’s Commission as part of the Australian Karate Federation. She has also taken on a mentorship role as a member of the Elite Athlete Program at the University of Melbourne. Meezaan joins the board with the goal of representing the interests of student athletes, and to drive greater collaboration and involvement between students and various sporting opportunities at the University.

Appointed June 2022

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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