Mr David Gonski AC

Chancellor of the University of New South Wales

Mr David Gonski AC was elected by the University of New South Wales Council as its Chancellor of the University in 2005. He has since been reappointed until July 2021.

Mr David Gonski graduated in Commerce and Law from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1975 and 1976 respectively. He is a solicitor and was a partner at Freehills (now called Herbert Smith Freehills). David is Chairman of ANZ Banking Group.

David is also Chairman of the UNSW Foundation, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, a Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a Director of the Sydney Airport Corporation Board.

He was Chairman of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools and was Chairman of the Review of Funding for Schooling. In addition, he was a member of the Takeovers Panel, the Committee of Inquiry into Charitable Related Organizations and of the Nugent Committee, which examined the major arts organisations in Australia.

David was previously Chairman of ASX Ltd, Coca-Cola Amatil, the Guardians of the Future Fund, Sydney Theatre Company, the Australia Council for the Arts, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, the Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) and was a Director of Singapore Airlines, the Westfield Group and Infrastructure NSW.


University Profile

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, the University of New South Wales is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success.

UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focusing on areas critical to its future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. In the social sciences, UNSW research informs policy and expert commentary in key issues facing society ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.

UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs and attracts talented students from across Australia and around the world. 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making UNSW one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. UNSW’s emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards with record demand from the State’s top school leavers.

To find out more, visit the University of New South Wales website www.unsw.edu.au 



The University of New South Wales Council

The governing authority of the University is the Council, established under the University of New South Wales Act 1989 (NSW). The Council:

  • acts for and on behalf of the University in the exercise of the University’s functions, and

  • has the control and management of the affairs and concerns of the University, and

  • may act in all matters concerning the University in such manner as appears to the Council to be best calculated to promote the object and interests of the University.

Membership of the UNSW’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Mr David Gonski AC – Chancellor (to 31 July 2021)
Professor Ian Jacobs – President and Vice-Chancellor
Associate Professor David Cohen – President of Academic Board (to 31 December 2020)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Ms Jillian Segal AM – Deputy Chancellor (to 30 June 2020)
Mr Brian Long (to 30 June 2020)

Appointed Members – Council

Dr Jennifer Alexander (to 30 June 2022)
Ms Maxine Brenner (to 30 June 2020)
Mr Nicholas Carney (to 30 June 2020)
Mr Matthew Grounds (to 30 June 2022)
Mr Warwick Negus (to 30 June 2020)

Elected Members

Professor Kristy Muir – Academic Staff (to 30 June 2020)
Professor David Carmichael – Academic Staff (to 30 June 2020)
Mr Aaron Magner – Professional Staff (to 30 June 2020)
Mr Nicholas Gurieff – Postgraduate Student (to 30 June 2020)
Mr Ike Schwatrz – Undergraduate Student (to 30 June 2020)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Academic Board

Chair – Associate Professor David Cohen

Audit Committee

Chair – Mr Brian Long

Finance and Business Committee

Chair – Mr Warwick Negus

Investment Committee (Finance Sub-Committee)

Chair – Mr Rob Barry

Honorary Degrees Committee

Chair – Mr David Gonski AC, Chancellor

Remuneration and People Committee

Chair – Mr David Gonski AC, Chancellor

Risk Committee

Chair – Mr Nicholas Carney

2025 Council Sub-Committee

Chair – Mr David Gonski AC, Chancellor