Alumni Profiles and Stories

Dr Sandra Burchill

Dr Sandra Burchill completed a PhD in English in 1988. She was the first female to have completed a PhD with UNSW Canberra.  

She is retired and was formerly an Executive Officer in the Rector’s Office at UNSW Canberra.


Commodore Katherine Richards

Commodore Katherine Richards is the Chief Of Staff of the Royal Australian Navy’s Strategic Command.  She recently completed a three year posting as the Director General of Engineering of the Royal Australian Navy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors in 1992.


Kathryn Campbell

Kathryn Campbell joined the Department of Human Services as Secretary on 7 March 2011.

Prior to her current appointment, Kathryn was the Deputy Secretary, Tertiary, Youth and International at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 2010 to 2011. 

Kathryn also held the positions of Deputy Secretary, Budget and Deputy Secretary, Financial Management in the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) from 2005 to 2010. From 1998 to 2005 Kathryn held a variety of Branch Manager and Division Manager positions within the Budget and Property Groups of Finance.

During her earlier career, Kathryn held various corporate, strategic planning, information technology and resource management positions within the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Defence.

Kathryn holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Information Science, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Mathematics). She completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2008.


Michael Easson AM

Michael is co-founding Director and Executive Chairman of EG, a leading Funds Management and Property Advisory company. Michael has extensive experience in infrastructure, funds management and development, with over 30 years in the industry.

Michael is currently independent Chair of the City Renewal Authority (Canberra) and of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), as well as a founder and co-owner of Ridley & Co. and Willow Inc.

His past directorships include Icon Water, ActewAGL, the ANZ (2000 Olympic) Stadium, ING RE, State Super, NRMA Insurance, State Rail Authority of NSW, Sydney Metro Transport, Macquarie Infrastructure Group and Macquarie Goodman.

Michael was an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management’s Centre for Corporate Change and to 1994 Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and Secretary of the NSW Labor Council.

Michael holds a First Class Honours in Politics from UNSW, Management and Finance programs from Harvard and Stanford University Business Schools, a Masters in Science in Sustainable Development from University of Oxford, a PhD in history from UNSW and a PhD in transport and urban planning from the University of Melbourne.

Ms Gayle Ginnane

Ms Gayle Ginnane has over 30 years experience in Public Sector, 12 years as the CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council (PHIAC). Ms Ginnane has broad experience as a senior manager in an insurance and regulatory environment, and an in depth understanding of governance, risk management and finance.

Ms Ginnane has considerable experience as an independent director on a number of Boards, both commercial and not for profit, in the voluntary, government and private sectors.

As well as Chair of the National Blood Authority, Ms Ginnane is a Councillor on the Australian Pharmacy Council and a director on the Boards of the ACT Medicare Local, CIT Solutions, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority and Police Health. She is also the independent Chair of a number of Audit Committees.

She has also contributed to a number of voluntary organisations at senior and Board levels including Scouts ACT, the Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting and the Community Living Project.

Ms Ginnane holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Economics from the University of Queensland and a Master's Degree in Defence Studies from UNSW Australia.

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His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley, AC, DSC (Retd)

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014.

Prior to his appointment as Governor, General Hurley served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. General Hurley was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and a Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.

David Hurley graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and holds  the Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies from UNSW. He served in the Royal Australian Regiment and early in his career as the exchange officer with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (British Army).

David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen is an Australian author, strategist and counterinsurgency expert and is currently the non-executive Chairman and a Founder of Caerus Associates, a strategy and design consulting firm.

Building on his experience as a strategist and soldier, he was motivated by the idea that conflict is dynamic and hyper-local. Dr. Kilcullen served 25 years as a light infantry officer in the Australian Army.

Dr. Kilcullen is one of the world’s leading experts on guerrilla warfare. He has served in every theatre of the ‘War on Terror’ since 9/11, as special advisor for counter-insurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, and chief counter-terrorism strategist for the US State Department. He is a former Australian Army officer with combat experience in South-East Asia and the Middle East.

Dr Kilcullen completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Military Art and Science at UNSW. In 1993 Kilcullen graduated from the Australian Defence Force School of Languages with an Advanced Diploma in Applied Linguistics. He is fluent in Indonesian and speaks some Arabic and French. Kilcullen received a PhD in politics from the UNSW in 2000.