Prof. James Angus AO FAA (Chair)

James Angus is now an Honorary Professorial Fellow and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), University of Melbourne. In July 2013 he completed a 10-year term as Dean of the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. Before becoming Dean, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of MDHS. At the University of Melbourne, Professor Angus has been President of the Academic Board (2000-2001), Pro Vice-Chancellor (1999-2001) and member of University Council (1999-2001).

Professor Angus was awarded the Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science (1984), is a Fellow of the Academy (FAA) and has been a member of its Council. In 2003 he was awarded Australia's Centenary Medal for contribution to Pharmacology and the Community.

Professor Angus was a First Vice-President of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and was President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. From 2009-2011 he was President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

His current roles include Senior Advisor to the Minister’s Health Innovation and Reform Council, Board Member of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and President of the National Stroke Foundation Board.

He was appointed an officer to The Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations both nationally and internationally.

Appointed May 2015.

Mr James Marburg

James Marburg comes to the role with an extensive background in the sport of rowing. His career at University Boat Club started in 2001, and he has been a member of national teams since 2002, competing in the past two Olympic games (London, Beijing) and winning a Silver Medal in Beijing.

He was also captain of the men's eight at varsity competitions in 2011 and 2012 and rowed at the University of Melbourne vs University of Sydney Annual Boat Race. He remains heavily involved in rowing through the University boat club and as a panel member of the Rowing Australia tribunal.

After studying law at Melbourne James currently works as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. He previously worked in Marketing and Communications at ANZ Institutional. He has been a contributing writer to The Age and engages in public debates and discourse regarding issues in sport from an athlete's perspective.

Appointed May 2015.

Ms Alex Lawlor

Alex is a property portfolio and development professional with extensive major projects experience in the arts, education, health and commercial sectors. A qualified architect, Alex has worked with Melbourne's leading design practices as well as developing projects for the public and private sectors including Federation Square, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as numerous regional development, residential, resort, office, and hospitality projects.

Currently with the University of Melbourne, Alex is responsible for leading the Property & Sustainability portfolio to ensure the quality of the campus experience meets the goals of the organisational strategy - identifying and enabling the critical infrastructure that supports the University's vision. Alex works on a range of city shaping projects – with state and local government, NGO’s, and industry – to mobilise discussion, resources, and investment, that can unlock lasting outcomes.

Alex also mentors women in the construction and development industry.

Appointed November 2017.

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 Anna Traill (Student member)

Anna is currently in her third year of Medicine and plays AFL with the Melbourne University women’s football club. She previously taught high school science in Darwin with the Teach for Australia program and studied her undergraduate degree in Science at the University of Melbourne where she was involved in a variety of intercollegiate sports and represented the University in netball and rowing.

Anna joins the Board with a passion for facilitating broader student engagement in University sport programs as a vehicle for enhancing mental, social, and physical wellbeing.

Mr Shawn Ingle (Student member)

Shawn Ingle is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. He is also an avid rugby player. Playing with the University Rugby Club's Under 20 team in 2017, he helped the side in their campaign to win the Championship. He Vice-Captained the Club's First Grade team in 2018.

In 2017, Shawn was awarded the Rugby Club's Peter Hone Scholarship for leadership, academic endeavour and sporting excellence. Shawn has represented Victoria in Rugby Union and been actively involved with the Melbourne Rebels as part of their Emerging Player Program.

As a member of the Elite Athlete Program, he began his journey with Melbourne University Sport in 2017. Shawn has twice represented the University for Rugby 7s at the Australian University Nationals. In 2018, he led the team as Team Manager and was awarded a University Blue. He has also represented the University in several Varsity Challenge cricket matches.

Plying his leadership skills towards strategic management, Shawn recently underwent an internship with Nasdaq, innovating technology ideas with their Strategy team. He continues to develop his skills as a Student Ambassador at the University, using the role to champion sport and academic endeavours at the University.

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 highly successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games before returning to higher education as Master of Ormond College in August this year.

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 Timothy Lee

Tim has been involved in the delivery of sporting, recreational and fitness services in the university and community sectors for 25 years, the last six years 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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