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STAFF CATEGORY

Professor Barry J Cooper

Qualifications and professional memberships B Com, M Ed (Melb), PhD (RMIT), FCPA, FCCA

Statement against the criteria for appointment to Council

The knowledge, skills and experience required for the effective working of Council
I have had 40 years of experience in academia, including three times as Head of School in three different universities. I thus have a good grasp of the issues facing the Higher Education Sector at the macro and operational level.

For the past 8 years, I have been on the Council of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with 156,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, which generally meets in London. During my period on ACCA Council I have been on a number of ACCA Council committees, including Chair of the Finance Committee for 3 years. I was responsible for getting the annual budget through Council, which was done successfully on each occasion. The budget for 2012 was equivalent to approx. A$300 million. I am currently the Chair of the Nominating Committee and ACCA’s Global President, only the second person outside the UK and Ireland to be elected President in ACCA’s 108 year history.

I worked in Hong Kong for four years and have travelled extensively though China and other Asian countries. I established RMIT University’s first twinning programme in Malaysia and later in Singapore. Accordingly, I have a good appreciation of the Asian market that is very important to Deakin. I have also travelled and met with professionals in a number of African countries.

An appreciation of the values of a university relating to teaching, research, independence and academic freedom
With 40 years in academia, I have had substantial experience in teaching, research and service in three different universities and have been through a great period of change which I have always embraced. I have also held a number of managerial roles and mentored many colleagues. The values associated with teaching, research, independence and academic freedom are completely embedded in how I work and my view of the academic world. I am also a great supporter of the Deakin LIVE the future strategy and am actively implementing Cloud and Located Learning strategies as Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. During the University’s CReATE project, I was chair of the Academy of the Future working group.

The capacity to recognise the needs of the external community served by the University
In my professional field of accounting and finance, I am very well networked and constantly engage with practitioners. This is evident in my global role as President of the ACCA and my close relations with key people at CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants. Also through two recent ARC projects on the provision of rural and regional financial services and risk management systems for carbon reporting, I have dealt with a wider group of stakeholders. I have a good grasp of the issues externally in my profession and business generally.

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Professor Jean du Plessis

Qualifications and professional memberships BProc, LLB, LLM, LLD (UOFS), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Law Teachers Association and Geelong Law Association (2001-2008)

Statement against the criteria for appointment to Council

The knowledge, skills and experience required for the effective working of Council
In 1996, 1997 and 1998 I was the legal adviser to the executive of the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) on a multi-million Rand development of University property. In that capacity I addressed the University Council on legal structures and risks associated with this project. My area of specialisation is corporate law and corporate governance and I have an extensive knowledge of the working of boards, including the role and functions of supervisory boards and management boards. The Deakin Council is comparable to the supervisory board under German law. I gained invaluable knowledge of the working of unitary boards by completing the Company Directors Course in 2011 and passing the examination to become a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012 I have served on the Deakin University Council as elected member for the Professoriate.

An appreciation of the values of a university relating to teaching, research, independence and academic freedom
My academic career commenced as a part-time and paid (working hours 8am-1pm during the academic year) Academic Assistant in the Department of Private Law at the University of the Orange Free State (UOFS) in 1982 and 1983. I was then appointed Senior Lecturer at the same University in 1986 and Associate Professor at that University in 1991. In 1991 I was offered a Chair at the RAU, which I held until 1998. I was Head of the Deakin Law School (2000-2002) and held a Chair in Law at Deakin since 2000. I have served as member of the Senate at the UOFS and the RAU and as a member of the Deakin Academic Board since 1999. I have developed and taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate units and programs since 1986. I am an active researcher with more than 100 articles published in academic journals. I have been co-author of four leading scholarly works. At the end of 2012 I was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award from the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research into the further internationalisation of the German corporate law and corporate governance model. As an academic since 1986 I have gained a deep appreciation of the values of a university and the importance of independence and academic freedom.

The capacity to recognise the needs of the external community served by the University
I became acutely aware of the needs of the external community served by the University when I was Head of the Law School. I worked closely with the Legal Profession (Victoria Law Institute, Council of Legal Education, Victoria and the Geelong Law Association) in understanding and furthering the needs of the direct communities a Law School serves. In addition, I played a key role in getting the Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice established as I realised the importance of the rural and regional communities Deakin University serves. I have also maintained very good relationships with the Koorie Institute of Education as I recognise the importance of Deakin also serving the needs of special minority and cultural groups. I regularly attend events held by the AICD, Geelong Chamber of Commerce and the Geelong Business Forum as recognition that academics should foster close relationships with the Professions and business generally.

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Professor Stuart Christopher Orr

Qualifications and professional memberships PhD (Monash), MEng/Sci, B Eng (Hons)
DSI (Board), APDSI (Board), FFTP (Hon), Fellow WBI

Statement against the criteria for appointment to Council

The knowledge, skills and experience required for the effective working of Council
Twenty years of university leadership positions and committee and project roles has given me a deep understanding of the fundamental purpose of universities and the issues that they face. The knowledge I can bring to Council is derived from the following sources.

Knowledge, skills: My research in strategic management is internationally known and I have a particular focus on board function and organisational effectiveness. My practical knowledge of university administration comes from working with many of the university’s operations and processes over the last 12 years as:

  • Deputy Chair Academic Board
  • Chair Course Standards Committee
  • Deputy Chair University Appeals Committee
  • Member Course Management Group
  • Member Academic Board (12 years)
  • Member BusLaw Faculty Board (12 years)
  • Director MBA and Master of Commerce

Experience:  I have practical experience as a board and council member though roles including:

  • Vice President of the Decision Sciences Institute (30,000 members globally) - current
  • President and Board Chair Australian NGO with 400,000 members - past

I have also completed training with and deliver courses at Leadership Victoria which is arguably the peak non-commercial board member training organisation in Victoria.

An appreciation of the values of a university relating to teaching, research, independence and academic freedom

Teaching: I have experience of promoting and applying the university’s teaching values though the following memberships and roles:

  • Course Management Group (member)
  • Course Standards Committee (chair)
  • Continuous Improvement Committee (member)
  • Director of Deakin’s MBA and Master of Commerce

I have also applied the teaching values of my previous universities as a Head of School and university committee member.

Research: I have experience in promoting and applying Deakin’s research values as a:

  • Supervisor and research project mentor
  • discipline team coordinator
  • member of many professorial research academic selection panels

I have also applied the research values of my previous universities as a Head of School and supervisor.

Independence and academic freedom: I have experience in promoting and applying Deakin’s academic values though the following memberships and roles:

  • Access, Equity And Equal Opportunity Subcommittee of the Planning and Resources Committee
  • Academic Board (last 12 years)
  • Board member of academic associations
  • Journal editor, supervisor, conference chair and doctoral symposium chair

The capacity to recognise the needs of the external community served by the University
My experience as a Head of School, course director and board member of academic associations has provided me with a deep understanding of student, industry and the education sector needs and the services that universities provide to the broader international community. I have used this knowledge to improve the services offered in both the MBA program and the NGO that I directed (leading to a doubling of students/members in both cases and their internationalisation). I am currently bringing this perspective to a large global academic association (the Decision Sciences Institute) which is seeking to increase its international appeal.

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Ms Helen Keogh

Qualifications and professional memberships Bachelor of Economics (Monash)

Statement against the criteria for appointment to Council

The knowledge, skills and experience required for the effective working of Council
I have served as an elected staff member on Council for 4 years. This experience has given me a rich appreciation of the role of Council and its members. I have developed practical skills in the operation of Council by actively participating in its workings, including 4 years on the Finance and Business Affairs Committee. It’s been an amazing opportunity to learn about the breadth and depth of the activities of the University.

I have worked in administration at Deakin for 15 years, starting in the Division of Student Administration, then the Faculty of Health, and now as School Executive Officer in the School of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Law. As a School Executive Officer, I work closely with a wide range of professional and academic staff across the University. I have been an active member of the NTEU for many years.

I have a clear understanding and commitment to the vital role that staff and students members play on Council, as representatives of the members of the University. I bring to Council knowledge and experience of the grassroots operation of the University, which complements the expertise in business, community and other fields contributed by external members.

An appreciation of the values of a university relating to teaching, research, independence and academic freedom
I have developed an appreciation of the values of a university relating to teaching, research, independence and academic freedom through my own education, and from working in universities for 18 years.

As a School Executive Officer, my everyday work is directly concerned with maintaining and enhancing the quality, standards and integrity of teaching, learning and research.

My experience as a member of Council has further developed my understanding of the University’s activities beyond the School and Faculty I work in. I am very proud to be part of Deakin.

I strongly support the principles of academic freedom, and believe that universities have an important role in a democracy, above and beyond their economic contribution.

The capacity to recognise the needs of the external community served by the University
I am passionate about the values of the University, the capacity of education to transform the lives of individuals, and the importance of higher education in the economy and society.

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