Senate

The Senate is the governing body at Murdoch University, and is subject to the Murdoch University Act 1973.


Senate members

  • Chancellor | Ex-officio

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    Mr David Flanagan AM CitWA

    Term expires 7 August 2019

    Senate approved the appointment of Mr David Flanagan as its Chair and new Chancellor on 8 August 2013. He was re-appointed for a further three-year term to 7 August 2019.

    Mr Flanagan is a geologist with more than 25 years’ experience in the multi commodity mining and mineral exploration industry in Australia, Indonesia and Africa.

    Mr Flanagan has a BSc Mining & Minerals Exploration Geology, undertaken at Curtin University, School of Mines in Western Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

    During 2014, Mr Flanagan was named the Western Australian of the Year and Western Australian Business Leader of the Year. He was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2013 and remains active in the not for profit sector.

    In January 2018 Mr Flanagan was awarded the prestigious Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia Award.

  • Vice Chancellor | Ex-officio

    Professor Eeva Leinonen

    Professor Eeva Leinonen

    Ex-officio

    Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Murdoch University as Vice Chancellor and President in April 2016, after three years of service as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong.

    Professor Leinonen has an academic background in linguistics and psychology and has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally. Her academic research focuses on pragmatic deficits of children with autistic spectrum disorders as well as higher education topics relating to curriculum and use of technology in learning.

    Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Professor Leinonen held the position of Vice-President (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King’s College, University of London.

    Professor Leinonen has been actively involved in national and international higher education debates and advisory groups. Which have included: Chair of the UK Higher Education Funding Council/Quality Assurance Agency advisory group into Employer Engagement in Learning, Trustee of IntoUni Charitable Trust, Member of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group in Australia; Director and Board Member of Future Directions International; Forrest Research Foundation Governors Committee Member.

  • One member elected from and by the academic staff
    Gerd Schröder-Turk

    Associate Professor Gerd Schröder-Turk

    Term expires 11 March 2021

    Associate Professor Gerd Schröder-Turk received a PhD from the Australian National University in 2005 for his thesis, “Skeletons in the Labyrinth”, on geometric aspects of the self-assembly of bicontinuous phases in soft matter systems.

    He has held academic appointments at the Australian National University (2005-06), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU, 2006-2015) and Murdoch University (2015-present), and has been a visiting fellow of the Australian National University (2014), Swinburne University (2012), Lund University and Copenhagen University (both 2019).

    He completed a habilition degree at FAU in 2013, and was awarded the Emmy-Noether-Prize in 2014.

    Schröder-Turk is currently an Associate Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, an elected member of the Senate of Murdoch University and a member of the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP).

    He has been the chairman of a number of international conferences, including most recently the Biennial Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics in 2018 in Perth, and the AAS Boden Research Conference Animal, Vegetal, Mineral in 2016, and was chair of the West Australian branch of the Australian Institute of Physics in 2017 and 2018.

  • One member elected from and by non-academic salaried staff

    Ms Julie Whitlock

    Ms Julie Whitlock

    Term expires 8 April 2021

    Julie is an experienced senior leader with a background in strategy, marketing, product development, customer experience, digital and managing large-scale transformation programs. Currently, Julie is Associate Director of Digital Innovations at Murdoch University leading the Digital First Project to transform the Murdoch website and other digital initiatives to help meet the University strategic pillar of Physical and Digital Environment. Of note is the Murdoch University website winning the 2017 Sitefinity Website of the Year award in the Education Category.

    Prior to joining Murdoch University, Julie held a range of positions at HBF Health with the most recent being Head of Digital Strategy & Operations. Outside of work, Julie is a consumer advocate and member of the Health Consumers’ Council of WA and volunteers on a range of research and consumer projects with organisations such as PMH as and Telethon Kids Institute. Most recently, Julie was appointed as the WA consumer representative on the national Child Digital Health Record Committee.

    Julie has completed numerous executive education courses in the areas of leadership and management in addition to holding an Executive Diploma from ECU.

  • Two members who are students

    One member elected by and from the undergraduate students

    Mr Kombo Mashumba

    Term expires 31 December 2019


    One member elected by and from the postgraduate students

    Deneegan Subramanian

    Mr Deneegan Subramanian

    Term expires 31 December 2019

    Deneegan is a financial risk analyst with a qualification in economics, statistics and mathematics.

    Before joining Murdoch University, Deneegan enjoyed working as an assurance risk analyst in the funeral insurance industry in South Africa. He developed quotations based on client’s risk factors, audited unscrupulous clients and authorised claims to be paid out.

    Deneegan holds a Cert IV in Education Assistant and works part-time assisting students who have special needs with their studies.

    In 2018, Deneegan joined Murdoch University as a postgraduate student, pursuing a Graduate Diploma in teaching to fulfil a passion for teaching mathematics.

    Outside of the University, Deneegan is actively involved in the Young Statisticians where he assists organising workshops for students to meet and build relationships with prospective employers in the field of statistics.

    Deneegan brings his analytical knowledge, audit and risk experience and, and his experience working with students to the Senate.

    Deneegan joined the Senate in 2019 to be the voice for the postgraduate students and is committed to ensuring that Murdoch has advancing opportunities for postgraduate students.

  • Two members elected from and by the graduates of the University

    Mr Roland Belford

    Term expires 31 December 2020


    Mr Abby Agrawal

    Term expires 31 December 2021

  • Three members appointed by the Governor*

    Mr Peter Kerr

    Mr Peter Kerr

    Term expires 21 December 2021

    Peter is an experienced resources industry executive who has worked in the Australian and North American mining sectors for the last 20 years, including hands on finance, corporate and operating roles for precious and base metals, energy and bulk materials businesses. He has held CEO and CFO positions focused upon business strategy, commercial and financial management and reporting, organisational and business development, capital management and investment market activities, and legal and company secretarial matters.

    Peter held the position of CFO of ASX-listed iron ore producer Mount Gibson Iron Limited from 2012, and was appointed CEO in October 2018.

    Peter holds a Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter also sits on the Executive Council of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) and the Corporate, Regulation and Tax committee of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). Outside his business commitments, Peter is Chairman of medical research institution The Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Australia Inc.

    Peter is also Chairman of the Resources Committee of the Murdoch University Senate.

    Rebecca Tomkinson

    Ms Rebecca Tomkinson

    Chief Executive Officer – Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations)

    Term expires 19 November 2021

    Rebecca Tomkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operation), appointed to this role in January 2018. Rebecca is accountable for the sustainability and success of the 84 year old iconic WA business that provides life-saving aero medical health services to the people of Western Australia.

    Rebecca brings a highly strategic, broad sector lens and strong executive experience to her role. Her professional experience includes leading transformational change, building sustainable business models, government relations, strategic policy development and stakeholder engagement.

    Rebecca has held advisory roles across a number of sectors and is deeply committed to the development of regional Western Australia – where she was raised and educated.

    Rebecca is the Chair of the Wheatbelt Development Commission and serves on the Board of Perth Zoo and the Senate of Murdoch University. Her qualifications includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

    Vacant

  • No more than five members co-opted by the Senate*

    Mr Gavin Buckingham

    Mr Gavin Buckingham

    Term expires 17 August 2020

    Gavin is a partner at Ernst & Young has more than 30 years experience providing audit and advisory services to large listed and private organisations in the UK, USA, Africa and Australia.

    Gavin is the Oceania Assurance Mining and Metals Leader responsible for overseeing the development and execution of Ernst & Young’s go to market M&M assurance strategy across Oceania.


    Ms Ricky Burges

    Ms Ricky Burges PSM

    Term expires 10 March 2021

    Prior to joining WALGA as the Chief Executive Officer in February 2000, Ricky was the Director General of the Department for Culture & the Arts, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Zoo, and Director of Human Resources at the WA Tourism Commission.

    Ricky has a Masters in Leadership and Management from Curtin University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development, a Certificate in Psychotherapy, and Diplomas in Coaching.

    Ricky sits on the Board of Nudge (formerly The ROADS Foundation), the Board of MercyCare, the Local Government Insurance Board, the State Emergency Management Committee, and various Local Government committees and Boards. Ricky is a past President of the Australian Institute of Management and the Board of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She was the Western Australian Businesswoman of the Year in 1997 and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2007.


    Mr Ross Holt

    Deputy Chancellor Ross Holt

    Term expires 9 June 2020

    Ross has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and has been a career public servant. He spent 18 years in the Western Australian State Treasury department with his last 4 years as Assistant Under Treasurer. In this role he was responsible for economic and taxation policy, financial relations with the Commonwealth government and the internal IT and corporate functions.

    In 1993 he was appointed CEO of the WA Land Authority (LandCorp) and over his extensive 20 year tenure oversaw its growth into a major land and infrastructure development agency involved in all areas of the Western Australian property industry. With annual revenues in the order of Au$400-500 million and a staff of 220, LandCorp had a portfolio of more than 150 projects involving the residential, commercial, regional and industrial sectors.

    After retiring from the WA public sector in 2014 Ross has been engaged in various property and development related entities. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Murdoch University Senate including, Resources and Chancellor's and Nominations Committees.


    Mr Ross Hughes

    Mr Ross Hughes

    Term expires 1 September 2020

    Ross graduated from Curtin University (then “WAIT”) in 1980 and joined BankWest’s inaugural graduate recruitment programme, which launched a 25 year career in financial services ranging from branches, to human resources, international lending in Edinburgh, and ultimately Chief Financial Officer of the HBOS Australia Group of companies.

    He joined the West Australian Water Corporation in 2006 in the role of CFO which has enabled him to lead a wide range of areas including finance, pricing, procurement, property, strategy, legal services, insurance and risk.

    Ross was awarded the WS Lonnie Award for Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2009 by the WA Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Australia-wide Public Sector Finance Manager of Year in the 2011 Fairfax Dealbook Awards.

    Ross is a member of the Water Services Association of Australia Utility Excellence Committee and member of the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant Operations and Maintenance Alliance Lead Team.

    Ross is on Fellow of CPA Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


    Mr Glen Kelly

    Mr Glen Kelly

    Term expires 23 May 2021

    Glen Kelly is the CEO of the National Native Title Council and formerly the CEO of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, the native title representative body for the South West of WA. A Nyungar man from the lower south west of WA, Glen has more than 20 years' experience in Aboriginal Affairs, Native Title and Indigenous Land Management at local, national and international levels. This experience has included advocacy, policy development, research and the negotiation of substantial native title agreements.

    Graduating from Murdoch University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree, Glen has held a number of senior positions in Indigenous organisations, both as a director and manager, as well as positions within government agencies. Glen has also sat on a number of high level committees and statutory authorities at State and Commonwealth levels relating to Indigenous land interests and currently sits on the Board of Reconciliation Australia.

    Glen's ethos for Indigenous advancement is about creating opportunity – socially, culturally, politically and economically, and this is the principle around which his work has been constructed. He is of the view that Indigenous culture contains many insights and values that will be of benefit to West Australian society at large, particularly those that are around caring for country and the sustainable development and the land itself.

    Glen is committed to advancing opportunities for Indigenous education, and looks forward to a time where a substantial Indigenous and Noongar academia can provide their insights to broader society.

  • President of Academic Council (ex-officio)

    Parisa Bahri

    Professor Parisa A. Bahri

    Term expires 31 December 2020

    Parisa Bahri is a Professor of Engineering at Murdoch University, the President of Academic Council and the Head of Engineering and Energy.

    Following the completion of her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Sydney University in 1995, Parisa started her academic career as a lecturer in the same department, moving to Murdoch University in 1997 to help setting up engineering programs. Parisa has had a busy career in terms of teaching, research and administrative roles. She has been involved in establishing many of the teaching programs in Engineering at Murdoch University, has supervised numerous postgraduate students and has attracted and administered many industrial and collaborative research grants.

    Since 1997, Parisa has held various administrative roles including chairship and membership of several key University committees, such as University Promotion Committees, Academic Council, and Self Assessment Team for Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, to name a few. 

    Parisa is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (by invitation) and the WA representative on the National Committee on Automation, Control and Instrumentation.

  • Secretary to Senate

    Ms Trudi McGlade

    University Secretary

    t.mcglade@murdoch.edu.au

*As per section 37. Transitional provisions (Senate) for Universities Legislation Amendment Act 2016 as at 02 Jan 2017 (Murdoch University Act 1973)

Charter

Good governance promotes better performance

Our Senate Charter sets out the guiding governance principles and practices that should be upheld at all times, as well as bringing together the policies and procedures that the Senate adopts and which form part of best practice governance.

All of Murdoch’s stakeholders are entitled to demand performance, fairness, transparency, accountability and appropriate disclosure from the Senate. This dictates that a comprehensive professional focus on effective governance must take high priority.

Governance offers a framework for approving the Strategic Plan of the institution, the oversight of its resources, the approval of its policies and procedures, the appointment, review and support of its Vice Chancellor, and an informed understanding of its programs and activities.

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving Murdoch's governance standards, the Senate has adopted this Statement of Governance Principles.

University Chancellors Council

Murdoch University is a participant in the University Chancellors Council (UCC). The UCC comprises Chancellors of all public, not-for-profit universities within Australia. The UCC is used as a means for university Chancellors to discuss key issues and current events surrounding the tertiary education sector in Australia.

Meetings

Meeting datesDocument deadlines
Wednesday 13 March 2019Wednesday 13 February 2019
Wednesday 8 May 2019Wednesday 17 April 2019
Monday 29 July 2019Monday 8 July 2019
Wednesday 25 September 2019 (Senate Retreat)Wednesday 4 September 2019
Wednesday 6 November 2019Wednesday 16 October 2019
Wednesday 18 December 2019Wednesday 27 November 2019