Whitlam Institute Board
The Whitlam Institute is established as a separate entity within the University of Western Sydney (now known as Western Sydney University). Responsibility for the Whitlam Institute Trust resides with the Board of Directors. The Board is politically bi-partisan and includes leaders in academia, business and government organisations.
Chair, the Hon. John Faulkner was a Labor Senator for New South Wales from 1989 to 2015. Following his election to the Senate in 1989, Senator Faulkner held a number of ministries, serving as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, Cabinet Secretary, Special Minister of State and Minister for Defence. He served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1996 to 2004.
He has also held a range of senior positions within the Australian Labor Party, including National President of the party, twenty years as a member of its National Executive and nine years as Assistant General Secretary of the New South Wales Branch.
John Faulkner is well versed in, and passionate about the history of the Australian Labor Party. Prior to his political career, John Faulkner worked as a teacher of children with severe disabilities.
Professor Barney Glover is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University. He commenced in this role on 1 January 2014. Professor Glover is an accomplished academic leader and experienced Vice-Chancellor. Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013, he has a long record of success in university management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects.
Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 Professor Glover was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, he held several positions at Perth's Curtin University of Technology including Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Before his appointment at Curtin Professor Glover held a number of positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria. Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.
Patricia Amphlett OAM is the Federal President of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, a position she has held since 2002.
With a succession of hits and as a long standing member of the Bandstand Family, Patricia established herself as a prominent force in the Australian music industry. Her musical talents are credited with many industry awards including Best Female Singer, Most Popular Female Performer, TV Logie for Best Teenage Personality and a succession of Gold Records.
A definite 'all rounder' in the music and entertainment industry, Patricia's talent spans a broad spectrum from writing, producing and performing shows for children, and hosting charity and corporate events. She maintains a high profile in the music industry, with many live performances at Festivals, Corporate Events, Clubs and Television shows.
Patricia has a strong commitment to music education. She is a consultant for the NSW Government's Talent Development Project. She is a member of the Board of the National Film & Sound Archives.
Ms Catherine Dovey worked in the New South Wales public service in public policy formulation and administration. Her roles include an early period as a probation and parole officer with the NSW Corrections system and later as a member of the parole Board of NSW. In the interim she served in a variety of positions at Sydney Water. Catherine graduated from the University of New South Wales as a Bachelor of Arts and with a Diploma of Education from the then Sydney Teachers' College.
Catherine has always reflected a spirited engagement with community and education issues which included serving a decade as a Board member of the International Grammar School.
Geoffrey Roberson is Chairman and Managing Director of Champion Legal. He has over 40 years experience as a Commercial Lawyer and litigator. He is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation, holds an Honorary Doctorate awarded by the University of Western Sydney and is an Emeritus Member of The College of Law.
He is a former President of the Law Society of New South Wales and former Deputy Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney, where he continues to serve on a number of University Boards.
Geoff provides strategic advice to a number of Boards in all aspects of the Corporations Act, including Constitutions, Board and Committee roles and processes, Director's duties and employee incentive schemes, conflicts and disclosure.
He has conducted matters in the High Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and Local Courts and various Tribunals.
Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor. Her chair and director roles have spanned organisations in urban development, transport, education, public interest law, tourism, culture and sport.
She was a founding partner and co-owner of specialist consultancy John Connolly & Partners and over 25 years advised large listed companies on the management of major transactions and significant issues across stakeholder groups including in capital markets, government, NGO's and other influencers. She is a member of the board of Leighton Contractors (advisory board), a director of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Business Events Sydney, Cape York Group, the Aurora Education Foundation and is a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Education Trust. She is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Western Sydney. She is Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and Chair of Barnardo's Australia.
Gabrielle co-chaired the 2012 Federal Government review of the Australia Council for the Arts. She has had a long term involvement in indigenous affairs, including as director of Cape York Partnerships and a member of the Victorian Government's Aboriginal Economic Development Group which reported in 2010.
She was educated as Ll.B at the University of Melbourne and was awarded a 1986 Churchill Fellowship. She studied in the USA and UK, including as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. She is an Honorary Associate in the Graduate School of Government at Sydney University and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John Wells is Chairman of Wells Haslem Pty Ltd. His career has embraced journalism at the most senior levels in Australia and overseas, senior media involvement in newspapers, television and radio, policy advice to Federal political leaders and public affairs consulting. His major interests are in government and media and the operational elements of strategic communication campaigns. He works for all of Wells Haslem's major clients in these and many other roles.
Talal Yassine is an experienced lawyer, banker and Non-Executive
After 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Director and strategist, Talal joined investment firm Babcock & Brown Ltd in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia and is currently the Managing Director of Crescent Wealth.
Talal currently serves on the Board of Council of Australian-Arab Relations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is the Chairman of Medina Capital Pty Ltd. Talal has also served on the Board of Macquarie University; and as the Deputy Chairman of a government regulator, and as Chairman as Platinum Sound Pty Ltd.
Talal holds a Master of Laws, a Master of Business Administration which was focused on international business strategy, as well as holding degrees in law and diplomas from the AICD and UNE in directorship.
In November 2012, Talal was appointed as a Professorial Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, at the Australian National University.
On Australia Day 2010, Talal was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to business and to the community through a range of education, health and multicultural organisations.
Company Secretary, Sandra Stevenson is the Senior Program Manager at the Whitlam Institute.