The UNSW Science Advisory Council is comprised of leaders from government, public service and industry. They lend their energy, expertise and influence to pursue UNSW Science’s vision to be recognised globally as a leading faculty renowned for its high calibre graduates, innovative teaching methods and research creating global impact. 

The Advisory Council acts as an invaluable source of advice, support and information to the Dean to carry out the faculty’s vision. They recognise that business, government and management organisations are important stakeholders in our success. Our members commit to a program of active engagement with UNSW Science and convene as a collective body three times per year.

  • Professor Scott Kable

    Acting Dean of UNSW Science

    Prof Scott Kable is the current Head of School of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney.  He has a PhD from Griffith University. Postdoctoral research at Cornell University followed. After a short stint in industry with Procter and Gamble in London, he started his independent academic career at the University of Sydney in 1992.  In 2014, he moved to UNSW as a research professor and was appointed Head of School in 2015.

    As a researcher, Prof Kable studies fundamental chemical reaction dynamics, especially with relevance to atmospheric chemistry. His research group have discovered new chemical pathways that improve our understanding of important atmospheric processes, such as climate change, ozone depletion and pollution. He is a recipient of the Le Fevre Medal of the Australian Academy of Science, the Physical Chemistry Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and a Fulbright Senior Fellowship. He has twice served on the ARC College of Experts and was Chair of the Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Panel in 2015.

  • Denise Ora, Chairperson

    Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Australian Institute of Botanical Science

    Denise has extensive experience working in complex commercial and regulated government cultural institutions of national significance in Australia and the United Kingdom. Denise leads a diverse team responsible for over 1100 hectares of Sydney’s prime public parklands and botanic gardens.

  • Dr Juliet Andrews

    People Advisory Services Partner, Ernst & Young

    Juliet is a consulting Partner at EY and is responsible for advising public and private sector clients on workforce development strategy. A registered psychologist, Juliet holds a PhD from UNSW in organisation and management and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in education and leadership.

  • John Barbagallo

    Chief Executive Officer, CQMS Razer

    John works for the New York-based Private Equity firm, American Industrial Partners (AIP), and is currently the CEO of CQMS Razer, an AIP portfolio company. John trained as a Chemical Engineer and has an MBA through the University of Queensland.

  • Matthew Connell

    Principal Curator, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

    Matthew Connell is the Principal Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema. Matthew has a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (Physics) and worked in geophysics, microelectronics research and computing.

  • Trevor Danos AM

    Chairperson, Northern Sydney Local Health District Board

    Trevor Danos AM is a lawyer, company director and strategic advisor. He chairs Northern Sydney Local Health District and the NSW Treasury Social Investment Expert Advisory Group. He is a director of Endeavour Energy and is a member of the ANZ Square Kilometre Array Coordination Committee.

  • Justin Di Lollo

    Partner, Hakluyt & Company

    Justin is the founder and head of the Australian office of Hakluyt, a boutique global management consultancy. Justin is well-known for his long history in politics and corporate advisory, and was a recognised leader in the national government relations industry for almost two decades before joining Hakluyt.

  • Cameron Kerr AO

    Director and Chief Executive, Taronga Conservation Society

    Cameron commenced his career as an agricultural scientist in animal health then moved into business roles in FMCG and consumer healthcare. He joined the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in 2000 and has held various senior management positions responsible in life sciences, conservation, education, communications and stakeholder management.

  • Kim McKay AO

    Director & CEO of the Australian Museum

    As Director and CEO of the Australian Museum, Kim is responsible for strategic planning and management of the nation’s first museum, including a collection of over 18 million natural science and cultural objects. Since being appointed to the Director’s role in April 2014, Kim has initiated an impressive transformation program. 

  • Dr Simone Richter

    Group Executive, Nuclear Science & Technology & Landmark Infrastructure, ANSTO

    Dr Simone Richter holds a PhD in Physics from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, a Master of Management from Malik Management Center and joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in February 2016, having built a distinguished career in nuclear and accelerator physics and as a senior science manager driving transformational change.

  • Paul Verschuer

    Former Deputy Secretary, The Treasury 

    Paul’s executive career spans 30 years, having commenced with Macquarie Bank. Paul led global financial markets businesses for Bankers Trust, Zurich Capital Markets and Westpac. Paul also has extensive government experience, including as an advisor to the NSW Secretary of the Treasury through his membership of the NSW State ALCO and as General Manager, Financial Markets, for the NSW Treasury Corporation. Paul also serves on the Policy Council of the Banking and Finance Oath.

  • Robyn Williams AO

    Science Journalist and Broadcaster, ABC

    Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents RN's The Science Show and Ockham's Razor. Early in his career, he made guest appearances in The Goodies, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Doctor Who, and stood in for Tom Jones for four months in his TV series.

  • Holstein Wong

    Business Development Manager, Emesent

    Holstein started her career in the mining sector as a process engineer and now works as a Business Development Manager at Emesent, a robotics and automation startup in Brisbane. She studied Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW and is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity in STEM.

  • Cathy Ma

    Senior Manager Program Design, Qantas Loyalty

    Cathy is a UNSW Alumni with a Bachelor in Aviation (Management) and ten years of experience working within the Aviation industry. She's held several roles at Qantas and, in her current role, she is responsible for leading the execution of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program strategy. 

  • Dr Emma Mitchell

    Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

    Dr Emma Mitchell is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader for Quantum Devices & Materials at CSIRO Manufacturing, Lindfield. Her research is focussed on the development of superconducting electronics capability, including the manufacture, characterization, design and development of Josephson junction-based sensors such as Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs). Most recently her work has focussed on extending this research to arrays of SQUIDs for applications requiring ultra-sensitive magnetic field detectors in the exploration, defence, medical and aerospace industries. Emma Mitchell received her undergraduate honours degree in physics from Macquarie University and completed her PhD on low dimensional semiconductor systems in the quantum limit at the University of NSW. She has previously worked on the biophysics of artificial lipid membranes, and the surface physics of emulsions and organic monolayers.