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 is now Chair of Universities Australia (UA), the peak body representing the university sector, having previously served as UA’s lead Vice-Chancellor: Indigenous and lead Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation. He was previously appointed to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Advisory Council to provide advice to the ARC on key research policy issues, and to lend independent strategic guidance and experience that will strengthen the ARC’s ability to support research and innovation in Australia.

Before joining the University of South Australia, Professor Lloyd was Vice-president for Research and later Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Lloyd was Chair of the Irish Research Council and prior to academia, worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK. 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.

Professor Lloyd qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Organic Chemistry from Dublin City University. He additionally holds an MA (j.o.) from Trinity College and an Honorary Doctorate from the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s Unseen University.

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.

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.

Carolyn Mitchell

Ms Carolyn Mitchell

Member appointed by Council

Carolyn is a commercial lawyer specialising in the areas of commercial advice, insolvency and trade practices. These areas of practice allow a rare insight into ‘How not to run a business’, and how to identify major issues of governance, risk management and legal compliance. 

As the Chair of The Executive Connection (TEC) Group 6 in Adelaide, Carolyn mentored and coached a group of business owners and CEO’s with businesses ranging in size from $10million to $80million annual revenue, in a wide variety of industries and sectors. 

As Acting Executive Director of WCHRI Carolyn undertook a restructure of the organisation resulting in a long term funding and research agreement being entered into between WCHRI, The University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) to ensure continuation of WCHRI’s research within the Healthy Mothers Babies and Children Theme at SAHMRI and within the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. 

As Managing Partner of Cowell Clarke from 2002 to 2009, Carolyn doubled the size of the business, introduced mechanisms to increase accountability between partners and significantly improved the profitability of the business. Carolyn worked extensively within Cowell Clarke on cultural issues, including communication skills for lawyers and change management.

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.

Benjamin Opiyo

Mr Benjamin Opiyo

USASA Postgraduate Representative

Benjamin Opiyo is a Master of Communication student and is the Post Graduate Representative for 2024.

Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Journalism, specialising in Broadcast Journalism, from Kenya. He has had brief stints as a news producer and writer. Benjamin’s postgraduate studies focus on stakeholder engagement, issues management and communication planning. While he has a background in journalism, Benjamin has become drawn to the application of communication in a multilateral world. He sees himself as a global citizen and looks forward to a career in strategic communication, foreign affairs, and public service. 

Benjamin is a student representative on the UniSA Creative Academic Unit Board and President of the African Society Club, a student-run club that fosters relations and engagements with various nationalities in a multicultural Australia.  Benjamin has served in community and church organisations. He currently serves as a Subdeacon at the St Peters Cathedral Adelaide.  He is trilingual. He brings to the board insights into international education drawing from his experiences and engagement with international students.

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.

Oliver Shephard-Bayly

Mr Oliver Shephard-Bayly

USASA President, Student Representative

Oliver is a Social Work Student and the University of South Australia Student Association (USASA) Student President for 2024.

He brings a wide range of experience previously being Magill student representative and has a strong interest in governance and advocacy.

Oliver is also currently the State Branch President of the National Union of Students and is actively involved in the trade union movement having worked as a Union Representative for the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association.

He is also an active member of many student clubs, currently being the Treasurer of BET (Beer Enthusiast Team).

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.

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.

Craig Williams

Professor Craig Williams

Academic Staff Member

Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Zoology and a major in Microbiology from the University of Adelaide. After a few years working in research he took a Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Adelaide) and a PhD (University of South Australia), before working as a school teacher. After post-doctoral research work at James Cook University he returned to an academic position at the University of South Australia.

Throughout his academic career of more than 20 years Craig has combined skills in education and communication with his research studying the interface between environmental and public health. His particular focus is on mosquito-borne diseases. This academic work has been recognised through awards such as the South Australian Young Scientist of the Year (2007), an IgNobel Prize in Biology (2005, for science that makes you laugh, then think), and a Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2013).

Craig continues to teach undergraduate courses, and manages postgraduate research programs. He has held a number of leadership roles at UniSA: as Dean of Research Education in Health Sciences, Associate Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit, and Associate Head of School for Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, in both the Research and Academic portfolios. Craig then spent a period as Dean of Programs in UniSA: Clinical and Health Sciences, with responsibility for degrees in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Biomedical Science, Nutrition and Food, and Health Sciences. He is now Dean of Programs in UniSA: STEM (Science, Construction and Project Management).