Pauline Carr

Ms Pauline Carr


Member appointed by Council

South Australian born Pauline Carr has built a 35 plus year career bringing her executive experience, business improvement, governance, compliance and risk management consultancy services to a range of companies in the resources, construction, superannuation, education, retail and community health care sectors. She was invited onto UniSA’s Council in 2010 and was appointed Chancellor in August 2018. Prior to being appointed as Chancellor she was Chair of the Council’s Audit and Risk Committee (2011–2018) and a member of both the Finance Committee and the Senior Remuneration Committee. She currently chairs the Senior Remuneration Committee and the Governance and Nominations Committee. 

A graduate of ANU, Pauline has a Bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA. As a graduate she joined an international resources company where she worked as a financial analyst, accountant, internal auditor and in government and community relations. Some years later Pauline returned to Adelaide to a divisional accounting leadership role with Normandy Mining Limited. She assumed increasing responsibilities for a range of areas and became a member of its executive team and was an integral part of the company's growth and international expansion through mergers and acquisitions. She took an executive role with Newmont Mining Asia Pacific (part of Newmont Mining Corporation) the world's largest gold miner, following its take over of Normandy.

In addition to being Chancellor, Pauline's current board positions include chairing the board of National Pharmacies and being a non-executive director of ASX-listed companies Highfield Resources Limited and Australian Rare Earths Limited. 

David Lloyd

Professor David Lloyd

Vice Chancellor & President

David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist who specialises in computer-aided drug design, Professor Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia’s university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Professor Lloyd was a member of the South Australia Economic Development Board (EDB) from 2014 to 2018. A past Chair of the Australian Technology Network group of technology-focused universities, he now sits on the board of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector where he is now Deputy Chair. He was also appointed to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Advisory Council to provide advice to the ARC on key research policy issues, to lend independent strategic guidance and experience that will strengthen the ARC’s ability to support research and innovation in Australia. In 2019 he was appointed as chair of the Committee for Adelaide which is dedicated to meeting 21st century challenges and opportunities.

Professor Lloyd qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Organic Chemistry from Dublin City University. He holds an honorary Professorship from Tianjin University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

John Hill

Hon John Hill

Deputy Chancellor

Member appointed by Council

John Hill’s Parliamentary career began in 1997. John Hill has served in a number of ministerial roles – including Minister for Environment and Conservation [2002–2006], Minister for Health [2005–2013] and assistant Minister and Minister for the Arts [2002–2013]. John retired from the Cabinet in 2013 and Parliament in 2014 and is a member of various boards – including:  Bellberry Ltd and Private Healthcare Australia.

John was appointed as Deputy Chancellor in December 2018.

Jim Hazel

Mr James (Jim) Hazel

Pro Chancellor

Member appointed by Council

Jim Hazel holds a number of non-executive board positions, following an extensive national and international career in banking and investment banking. He is a director of ASX listed company Ingenia Communities Group (Chairman). He is also a director of Coopers Brewery Limited and Precision Group, as well as Chair of the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network. 

His past board experience is extensive, and he has regularly Chaired board committees in the areas of Audit, Risk, Finance, Credit, Governance and Remuneration.

Jim was appointed as Pro Chancellor in December 2018.

Michael Abbott

Mr Michael Abbott AO KC

Member appointed by Council 

Michael Abbott graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Adelaide in 1964 and in 1966 was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. He has appeared in the High Court and in the Supreme Courts of all States and Territories of Australia and was initially appointed as Queens Counsel in South Australia in 1984. He has held the position of Chairman of the Legal Services Commission of South Australia, the Bar Association of South Australia, the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia and acted as Human Rights Observer for the Law Council of Australia. 

Michael was subsequently awarded an AO (Officer of the Order Of Australia) for his services to the law, the arts and international relations, particularly international cultural relations. 

Michael is an enthusiastic promoter of increased cultural contacts between Australia, particularly South Australia and India, Asia and South East Asia. Michael believes that increased cultural contact will not only lead to increased trade but will benefit South Australian Society in every way.

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Ms Riya Kaur Bhaizada

USASA Postgraduate Student Representative

Riya Kaur Bhaizada is a Master of Design student specializing in Interior Architecture and is the Post Graduate Student Representative for 2023.

Riya holds a Bachelor of Architecture from India and has worked with an esteemed architectural firm in Mumbai, India for one year. She likes to spend the majority of her free time sketching various interior spaces in her drawing journal. She believes she is more interested in the creative aspect of buildings and spaces rather than technicality which made her shift her discipline from architecture to interior architecture.

Along with her love for design, Riya has enriched herself with great leadership qualities and a sense of responsibility while working for various NGOs during her academic years.

Riya has always been enthusiastic for learning about different cultures and communities and speaks five different languages.

She aims to have her own creative firm after completing her masters and wants to help people design their dream space. 

Vanessa Matthews

Ms Vanessa Matthews 

Professional Staff Member

Vanessa Matthews is the University's Students and Research Registrar and has extensive experience in student and academic services, human resource management, and customer service. Vanessa has a passion for supporting the academic and research success of UniSA's students, and currently leads a large student services portfolio, including scholarships, student services and support, coursework and research student administration, student reporting and systems, and graduations and records.

Vanessa has worked for the University for 20 years, and holds a Master of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts.

Kit MacFarlane

Dr Kit MacFarlane

Academic Staff Member 

Kit MacFarlane is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature in UniSA Creative and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Diploma in Language from Flinders University and a PhD from La Trobe University. Kit's writing and research interests lie in media and pop culture history and include regular publication in these areas. As a Teaching Academic, Kit has a strong belief in the transformative role of tertiary education, the vital roles that teaching and research play in a university, and the importance of universities serving the public good.

Bill Muirhead

Mr William (Bill) Muirhead AO

Member appointed by Council

Bill Muirhead is a Founder and Executive Director of the new Communications Company Act III. Prior to this he was a Founder and Executive Director of M&C Saatchi.

From 2007 to 2021 Bill was the Agent General for the Government of South Australia. He has been a Director of The Australia Day Foundation since it was formed in 2003.

Bill began his advertising career with Ogilvy and Mather before joining Saatchi & Saatchi. He became Worldwide Chief Executive and President in 1988 based in New York. When Bill returned to London in 1995, he co-founded M&C Saatchi.

In 2011 Bill founded the South Australian Club, an international community of people with an active interest in South Australia through business, politics, academia, media and the arts.

In 2023 Bill became an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to the business sector, to the community of South Australia, and to international relations. He has also been involved in the Mentor Me programme in South Australia, an initiative to help young Britons to develop useful skills and to find employment.

Mary Patetsos

Ms Mary Patetsos AM

Member appointed by Council 

A passionate South Australian with strong national and global networks Mary is a professional non-Executive Board Director. Her extensive experience across the private, government and not for profit sectors has resulted in expertise in governance, strategy, stakeholder engagement and leadership. Mary’s leadership and skills in public policy and governance are linked with knowledge and experience in corporate and commercial enterprise.

Mary holds a range of Chairman and board positions including Chair of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia),  Chair, St John Ambulance South Australia Inc, Board Director Northern Area Local Health Network - NALHN,  SA Health, Board Director Consumer Health Forum, Council Member - National Aged Care Advisory Council, Board Director, CANDo for Kids, Board Director Glenelg Community Hospital, Member of the National Aged Care Alliance and Member, National Aged Care Quality Commission Advisory Committee. She is also the Chair of Audit, Risk and Finance Committees and Chair of Clinical Governance at NALHN.

In 2023 Mary became a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia, for her contribution in the field of aged care and commitment to advancing multicultural Australia.

Nicolle Rantanen Reynolds

Ms Nicolle Rantanen Reynolds

Member appointed by Council

Nicolle is an experienced Non-Executive Director of public unlisted companies and various strategic boards. Nicolle is a member of the Credit Union SA Board (Audit Committee Chair), The Grange Golf Club (Vice President and Finance Committee Chair), Cancer Council SA (Finance and Audit Committee Chair), Australian Institute of Company Directors SA/NT Councillor and a member of various Government and Local Government Audit and Finance Committees. She holds a Masters in Commercial Law, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. Nicolle also holds a Bachelor of Commerce.

Nicolle is the South Australian Public Trustee and manages over 200 staff with responsibilities including corporate strategy, financial management and investment of over $1.3billion. Prior to this she was the Chief Operating Officer of the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance.

Ian Smith

Mr Ian Smith AM

Member appointed by Council

Mr Ian Smith is the founding partner of corporate and political advisory firm Bespoke Approach. He is Senior Adviser to Albright Stonebridge Group, a Washington-based strategy consultancy. Ian is involved in refugee advocacy, chairing Barefoot to Boots, a charity assisting refugee camps and their host communities, and a director of Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia. He is a Director of Developing East Arnhem Limited, assisting the remote region’s economic development. Ian is the United Kingdom’s Honorary Consul for South Australia and the Deputy Chair of Prince’s Trust Australia, founded by his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. He became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2018.

Isaac Solomon

Mr Isaac Solomon

USASA President, Student Representative

Isaac Solomon is a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (History) student and the University of South Australia Student Association (USASA) Student President in 2023. He brings a broad range of governance experience from working across both State and local government. Isaac is currently a Councillor on the Town of Gawler Council and has previously been involved in a range of community advocacy forums.

Isaac has a passion for sport, playing and coaching soccer for a number of years, including coaching for the UniSA Soccer Club. He also has a strong love of the arts and acting, having previously worked in professional film and theatre productions.

Isaac started at the University of South Australia in 2020 and aims to become a lawyer upon completing his studies.

Professor Deirdre Tedmanson

Professor Deirdre Tedmanson

Chair of Academic Board

Deirdre Tedmanson is a Professor of Social Policy and Dean of Programs for UniSA Justice & Society at the University of South Australia. She holds a PhD from the ANU, in addition to Masters (Policy and Administration) and Arts (Social Sciences) degrees. Deirdre is an active researcher with a strong focus on social policy, community development, homelessness, Aboriginal governance and wellbeing, and enterprise development. Her research has included ARC Discovery and Linkage projects; extensive CRC work and AHURI research projects, as well as a range of community and industry partnered applied research. Deirdre has had an extensive career at UniSA, with deep and ongoing connections across the sector both internally and externally, prior to which she worked in community development, research, policy and management positions in both the non-government sector and State Government, as well as working in Australia’s Commonwealth Parliament as a senior political advisor.

Jim Whalley

Mr Jim Whalley AO

Member appointed by Council 

Jim is Deputy Chair, Executive Director and co-founder of Nova Group.

He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and a graduate of the Royal Air Force Empire Test Pilots’ School. Amongst other qualifications, he holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree majoring in physics and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program. Jim is active in several business forums including the Australian Naval Infrastructure and is an AROSE Board member, and a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Fund Advisory Committee.

Former roles have included South Australia's inaugural chief entrepreneur Chair of SA, Defence Industry Association, the Defence Teaming Centre, Deputy Chair of the Repatriation Foundation and member of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council, former Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, and Board member of AmCham.

He retains a strong personal interest in aviation as a civilian pilot and flies, flight tests and displays a range of antique, warbird and experimental aircraft and helicopters in his spare time. In 2023 Jim was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), recognised for his distinguished service to business, particularly the defence capability industry, to the public sector, to aviation history, and to the community.