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 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 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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