Ms Catherine Livingstone AO

Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney

Ms Livingstone was elected to the role of Chancellor by the UTS Council with her four year term commencing on 1 December 2016.

 Ms Livingstone is a highly respected company director with extensive business and finance experience across a broad range of industries and organisations. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

 In addition to being Chancellor of UTS, Ms Livingstone is currently:

  • Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  • Member, Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Director, WorleyParsons Ltd

  • Director, Saluda Medical Pty Ltd

  • Director, Australian Ballet

Her executive career spanned more than 22 years in which she held general management and finance leadership roles, primarily in the medical devices sector and including six years as the Chief Executive Officer of Cochlear Limited.

Ms Livingstone was the former Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited and CS IRO. She has served on the Boards of Macquarie Group, Goodman Fielder, Rural Press, The George Institute for Global Health and was a member of the Innovation and Productivity Council for the New South Wales Government.  She was also the former President of the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Museum Trust.

In 2008, Catherine was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the development of Australian science, technology and innovation policies, to the business sector through leadership and management roles and as a contributor to professional organisations.

Qualifications:  BA (Accounting) (Hons) (Macquarie), HonDBus (Macquarie), HonDSc (Murdoch), HonDBus (UTS), HonDLitt (Sydney), HonDSc (Wollongong), FCAANZ, ATSE, FAICD, FAAS.


University Profile

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a vibrant young university located in a vibrant young global city.

The university is considered among the top 200 universities in the world by both the QS and Times Higher Education global rankings, who have also named UTS Australia’s No. 1 Young University through each of the past four years.

UTS is widely known for its innovative learning and teaching approach, which integrates the best of online and face-to-face experiences. Students benefit from an immersive career-focused education, coupled with strong links to industry. They’re prepared for tomorrow, in a way which is relevant today.

It’s therefore not surprising that UTS alumni experience among the highest rates of full-time employment and salary levels three years out from graduation, ranking third and fourth on these measures from 39 universities nationally.

The university’s inner-city campus has recently been transformed through a $1.3 billion investment, which has delivered four award-winning buildings including internationally-renowned architect Frank Gehry’s first Australian venture.

Imbued with collaborative spaces and technological capabilities, the distinctive campus is a physical embodiment of UTS’s progressive traits.

Socially and culturally diverse, one third of UTS’ 42,000 students originate from overseas. Some of the university’s previous students include actor and producer Hugh Jackman, Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party, the Honorable Tanya Plibersek MP, and Sydney Peace Prize winner Sekai Holland. 

UTS keeps good company. Over 150 companies partner with UTS, sharing their resources and expertise in exchange for research, innovation programs, development and commercialisation, staff education, and, of course, direct contact with the university’s sought-after students.

The university is also well known for its rich contribution to the research sector. Its research spans a range of disciplines, including health, data sciences, sustainability, applied economics, social futures, robotics, civil engineering, future work, microbiology and quantum computation. 94% of UTS’ broad areas of research are benchmarked by the Australian Government at world standard or above.

Above all, UTS believes in the value of real-world experience and innovation for its students, and making a positive impact on the world around us.

To find out more, visit the University of Technology Sydney website 



University of Technology Sydney Council

Council is the governing body of UTS, and is established in accordance with the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) and the University of Technology Sydney By-law 1995 (NSW)  and relevant UTS Rules .

Council’s powers and functions include management and control of the University’s affairs, concerns and property. Council acts in all matters that best promote the objectives and interests of the University.

Membership of the UTS Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Ms Catherine Livingstone AO – Chancellor (to 30 November 2020)
Professor Attila Brungs – Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Joanne Gray – Chair of Academic Board (to 31 December 2020)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Mr Tony Tobin (to 31 October 2022)
Dr Sue Barrell (to 31 October 2022)

Appointed Members – Council

Mr Peter Bennett (to 31 October 2020)
Ms Michelene Collopy (to 31 October 2020)
Dr John Laker AO (to 31 October 2022)
Dr Ron Sandland AM (to 31 October 2020)
Dr Merilyn Sleigh (to 31 October 2022)
Mr Aden Ridgeway (to 31 October 2022)

Elected Members

Professor Larissa Behrendt – Academic Staff (to 31 October 2020)
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine – Academic Staff (to 31 October 2020)
Ms Alicia Pearce – Professional Staff (to 31 October 2020)
Mr Priyanshu Bhardwaj – Undergraduate Student (to 31 October 2020)
Mr Aaron Ngan – Postgraduate Student (to 31 October 2020)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Academic Board

Chair – Professor Joanne Gray

Audit and Risk Committee

Chair – Ms Michelene Collopy

Commercial Activities Committee

Chair – Dr Ron Sandland AM

Finance Committee

Chair – Dr John Laker AO

Governance Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Nominations Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Physical Infrastructure Committee

Chair – Mr Toby Tobin

Remuneration Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Social Justice Committee

Chair – Mr Russell Taylor AM

Student Council Liaison Group

Chair – Ms Michelene Collopy