Members appointed by Council


Mr James Nicol

Ms Helen Buckingham

Ms Helen Buckingham has been a teacher, a careers counsellor, Local Councillor and Member of Parliament.

Helen trained as a history and politics secondary school teacher and later as a careers counsellor. She was the Careers Counsellor at Presbyterian Ladies College for ten years. She was a member of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Association of Careers Counsellors.

Helen was an elected Councillor in the City of Whitehorse from 1997 to 2002 and served as Mayor from 1998 to 1999. In 2002 she was elected to the Victorian Parliament as the member for Koonung Province. While a Member of Parliament she served on the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Education and Training. She also chaired the Parliamentary Review of the Body Corporate Legislation and Regulations culminating in the Owners Corporation Act 2006. Helen retired from Parliament in 2006.

Helen is a member of the Boards of Box Hill Institute and the Council of Adult Education. She has also held membership of the Board of Box Hill Hospital (1991-1995), the Monash University Department of Physiology Animal Ethics Committee (1995-2000), the Board of the Whitehorse Manningham Library Corporate (1997-2001), Box Hill Central Rotary Club (1997-2000), the Victorian Women's Planning Network (1998-2002), and the Municipal Association of Victoria's Women's Steering Committee (1998-2002) and Professional Development Committee (2001-2003).

Helen was a board member of the Family Access Network for four years and the Vice-President of the Myeloma Foundation of Australia for four years. She is currently a Director of the Snowdome Foundation which raises money for blood cancer research.

Helen is a member of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee and Legislation Committee.

BA, DipEd LaTrobe, DipAICD NSW, GradDip Careers Deakin


Ms Kathy Grigg

Ms Kathy Grigg is a non executive director on company boards in a range of industries including financial services, agri-business and health. Her current roles include Chair of CoINVEST Ltd, Director of Australian Pork Limited and Navy Health Ltd as well as a member of the Audit Committees at the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries. She was previously global Director Finance and Administration for The Woolmark Company/International Wool Secretariat and Australian Wool Corporation.

Kathy is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kathy is Chair of the Investment Committee, Deputy Chair of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

BEc (Adel), DipEd (Adel)


Mr Stuart Hamilton AO

Mr Stuart Hamilton has held leadership positions in public administration and the education sector, recently with a focus on the application of new technologiew to learning. He was Chief Executive Officer of Open Universities Australia from 2003 to 2012 and is a member of the expert panel on information for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Previously he was Executive Director to the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, the forerunner to Universities Australia.

Stuart was Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training from 2001 to 2002, Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority from 2004 to 2006, Chair of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority from 2006 to 2012 and a member of the Victorian Skills Commission from 2006 to 2012.

Stuart is a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Chamber Choir and a community member of the Yarra Park Advisory Committee.

Stuart is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

BArts (Hons), BEc


Mr David Joyce

Mr David Joyce is a third year Commerce/International Studies student. He is the President of Deakin University Student Association (DUSA), an incorporated association with an annual turnover of $16 million. Previously David served as the Clubs and Societies officer for DUSA, overseeing all clubs and societies at Deakin. He has completed training in the legal responsibilities of board members and in strategy, risk, innovation, leadership and governance.

David has served on various University committees and working groups, including the Planning and Resources Committee, Alumni Relations Committee, the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Engaged and eRich Learning component of the curriculum renewal project.

David is a member of the Legislation Committee.


Ms Philippa Kelly

Ms Philippa Kelly is the Chief Operating Officer of Juilliard, a private property group which owns and manages a range of Melbourne CBD and suburban office buildings, semi-industrial sites and a regional shopping centre.

Philippa has a longstanding exposure and involvement with public boards, with a strong governance and risk management focus.

Previously she held positions with Centro Property Group, including working on the refinancing of the group, the Grand Hotel Group and Goldman Sachs JBWere, where she was involved in equity raisings, corporate structuring and acquisitions and mergers. As a lawyer, she practised for five years in both Perth and Melbourne in the areas of securities industry, corporate and commercial law, equity raisings, mergers and acquisitions and public trusts.

Philippa qualified with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Laws from the University of Western Australia. She has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Non-Executive Director of 3D Oil Ltd and Treasurer of the Australian Drug Foundation.

Philippa is Chair of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.


Ms Jennifer Lightowlers

Ms Jennifer Lightowlers

Ms Jenni Lightowlers graduated from the University of Melbourne with an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters of Law. She is admitted to practice in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. She is also a qualified mediator. Prior to being in the law, Jenni taught English at secondary school level in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education from the University of Western Australia and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies at the University of South Australia.

As a lawyer, Jenni worked initially in a major commercial law firm in Melbourne before moving on to work in-house as a corporate lawyer at both Sirotech and CSIRO. In 1993, she became a foundation partner of Francis Abourizk Lightowlers. She provides advice in the areas of corporate governance, fiduciary obligations, space law, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property generally, mining law, establishment of international consortia, corporate restructuring, co-operative research centres and other grant funded operations including the establishment and operational issues associated with them; labelling laws and comparative advertising, patent and trade mark portfolio management and agreements and assignments of intellectual and industrial property. Jenni has drafted intellectual property statutes under the direction of the relevant intellectual property committees for the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts and legislation for remote sensing for the WA Government.

Jenni is also a director and company secretary of International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) Limited, a public company established by a consortia of international mining companies; and is company secretary to the Vision CRC Limited.

Jenni is a Deputy Chancellor, Chair of the Legislation Committee and member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Remuneration Committee and Remuneration Subcommittee.

BA, Dip Ed, LLB (Hons), LLM


Mr Peter Meehan

Mr Peter Meehan

Mr Peter Meehan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Group of 100, an association of Australia's senior finance executives from the nation's largest business enterprises with the objective of advancing Australia's financial competitiveness.

Prior to this Peter was Australia Post's Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities covered financial policy and management, management of the Shared Services Division, Superannuation Group, Treasury Group, Revenue Protection and Risk Management areas. Peter was also a Board member and Trustee of the Australia Post Superannuation Scheme and a Board member of Star Track Express Pty Ltd.

Previously, Peter was the Group Finance Manager, National Mutual Holdings (now AXA), and has over twenty five years' experience in senior finance and administration roles including Chief Information Officer.

He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Certified Practising Accountants.

Through his participation in Financial Executives International of Australia, Peter mentors aspiring young financial executives from various corporations.

Peter is a Deputy Chancellor, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Remuneration Committee and Remuneration Subcommittee.

BBus (RMIT), Institute of Chartered Accountants (Fellow), Institute of Certified Practising Accountants (Fellow)



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