Whitlam Institute

Whitlam Institute Board

Whitlam Institute Board


Chair, The Hon John Faulkner

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 AO

Professor Barney Glover AO 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

Patricia Amphlett OAM was until recently the Federal President of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, a position she had 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 has served as a member of the Board of the National Film & Sound Archives.


Cameron Clyne

Cameron Clyne is currently Chairman of Camel Partners, a private advisory firm and the Camel Foundation. He is Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union; a director of SANZAAR Pty Ltd;  the Western Sydney University Foundation; Camp Quality; a Patron of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, and an Adjunct Professor at the WSU Business School.

Cameron was Group Chief Executive Officer of National Australia Bank (NAB) from January 2009 until August 2014. He was also Chairman of Clydesdale Bank in the United Kingdom and a Director of the Bank of New Zealand. Prior to NAB Cameron was a Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  He worked in their Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco and New York offices. In 2008 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.


Catherine Dovey

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.


Dr Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies. For nearly nine years, Rebecca was at the global research firm Ipsos. From 2006 until 2015, she was the Director of the Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report. She is the author of numerous books, and was a feature writer for Australian Vogue, a columnist for BRW and the presenter of Drive on a Friday on Radio National. She is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company and is an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales. Rebecca is currently the Head of Research at Essential Media, an integrated research and communications agency in Australia and New Zealand. Her latest book, Still Lucky: why you should be optimistic about Australia and its people was published by Penguin in January 2017.


Gabrielle Trainor AO

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 Western Sydney University. 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.


Talal Yassine OAM

Talal Yassine is an experienced lawyer, banker and Non-Executive Director.

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. 


The Hon Peter Collins AM QC

Peter Collins was Leader of the Opposition (and leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party) for more than three years from April 1995, having previously been a senior Minister in the Greiner/Fahey Coalition Government. He delivered two budgets as Treasurer of NSW in 1993 and 1994 and served terms as the Minister for Health, Attorney General, Minister for State Development, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Consumer Affairs between 1988 and 1993. He was a member of the NSW Parliament for more than 22 years. 

Prior to entering Parliament, Peter was a Barrister and founding member of Edmund Barton Chambers. During the Whitlam Government, he was an ABCTV Journalist with This Day Tonight (now 7.30 Report); following which he was Policy Research Manager for the NSW Liberal Party. 

A keen Army and later Navy Reserve officer, he is the only former Minister - Federal or State- to see Active Service since 1945 with a 3 month deployment to IRAQ in 2007. He left the Navy as a Captain in 2012.

Peter established and chaired Barton Deakin Government Relations 2009-17; has chaired several public sector boards; and, is Chairman of Industry Super Australia and Director of HOSTPLUS.