Ms Jillian Broadbent AC

Chancellor of the University of Wollongong

Ms Jillian Broadbent AC became the University of Wollongong’s third Chancellor in October 2009 and, under her leadership, the University has thrived.

Jillian Broadbent AC has had an illustrious career in the banking and finance sector as well as making a significant contribution to the Arts and to education.

Jillian spent 30 years in the banking sector, in Australia and overseas, before leaving her senior executive position at Bankers Trust Australia to become a non-executive director. She has held numerous Board positions, including being a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, ASX Limited, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Westfield Group and Qantas Airways Ltd. Ms Broadbent has chaired the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and the Board of Swiss Re Life & Health Australia Ltd. She is a current member of the Boards of the National Portrait Gallery, Woolworths Limited and the Macquarie Group.

Jillian’s passion for and engagement with the arts is demonstrated by her being a member of the Board of the Sydney Theatre Company, a founding director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and a Trustee, Vice President and Treasurer of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has also been President of Chief Executive Women, a group of professional women leaders in 2005 and 2006.

In 1987, Ms Broadbent was awarded the Qantas/Bulletin Businesswoman of the year and was a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to the community. Jillian was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 for service to economic and financial development in Australia and to the community through administrative support for cultural and charitable groups. She was recently awarded a Companion to the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List for her eminent service to corporate, financial, clean energy and cultural organisations, to higher education, and to women in business.


University Profile

University of Wollongong (UOW) is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, UOW courses and research capacity are geared towards excellence at a global level.

With a belief that universities have an obligation to lead and contribute to society, the University of Wollongong makes a strong and connected presence in its communities. Established as a division of the then New South Wales University of Technology to train the engineers and metallurgists of the local steel industry, UOW was formally established in legislation as an independent university in 1975, supported by a community who could see a stronger future for their region. The University has since grown and evolved to be recognised as one of the best modern universities in the world, ranked 17th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 in 2017.

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres. With the University of Wollongong in Dubai, the UOW College Hong Kong, and with partnerships with INTI International University & Colleges in Malaysia, The Singapore Institute of Management and PSB Academy in Singapore, the University of Wollongong has extended its reach across the Asia Pacific region. UOW is also the Australasian member of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) and is counted amongst the top 100 most international universities by Times Higher Education. Education centres in Southern Sydney, Moss Vale, Bega, Batemans Bay and the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales are evidence of the University’s commitment to bringing tertiary education to regional centres.

The University’s commitment to their students is evident in their graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace. The QS Graduate Employability Rankings consistently rates UOW graduates amongst the top 1%, recognition of the high regard that employers have for UOW alumni, now numbered at more than 138,000.

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a young and vibrant university with undiminished ambitions. Outperforming all other universities in New South Wales in the 2017 QILT data, UOW is home to three study areas rated best in Australia – Communications, Engineering and Teacher Education. The University’s spirit of inquiry drives their research and learning environments and objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

To learn more, visit uow.edu.au 



University of Wollongong Council

The Council is the governing authority of the University.  One of the Council’s obligations is to ensure that the functions of the University, as set out in the University of Wollongong Act 1989 (NSW) (the Act) are met. The Council acts for and on behalf of the University and controls and manages the University’s affairs and concerns.

Council has approved the following Statement of Primary Responsibilities.

In accordance with its legislative responsibilities, Council has approved a statement of primary responsibilities which includes the following complementary responsibilities to those outlined in the Act:

  • through the Performance and Remuneration Committee, assess and determine the remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor;

  • approve key performance indicators for the evaluation of the Vice-Chancellor’s performance;

  • monitor the University’s performance in achieving goals;

  • review the University’s performance against budgets;

  • oversee University policies and practices to ensure consistency with relevant legislation and community expectations;

  • approve major decisions that have not been delegated to executive management;

  • foster and support links between the University and the community and network on behalf of the University to assist in achieving organisational goals;

  • oversee appropriate occupational health and safety policies;

  • manage the Council’s own affairs by:

    • establishing procedures to ensure it is in a position to perform its responsibilities;

    • monitoring and managing potential conflicts of interest;

    • effectively monitoring and managing its own operations, including proper execution by members of their fiduciary duties; and

    • reviewing and assessing Council’s performance through discussion at a confidential session of Council on an annual basis.

Membership of the University of Wollongong’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Ms Jillian Broadbent AC – Chancellor (to 30 September 2019)
Professor Paul Wellings CBE – Vice-Chancellor
Professor Wilma Vialle – Chair of the Academic Senate

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Dr Elizabeth Magassy, Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2019)
Mr Warwick Shanks (to 1 January 2021)

Appointed Members – Council

Mr Robert Ryan, Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2021)
Mr David Groves (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Nieves Murray (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Natasha Nankivell (to 31 December 2021)
Mr Zlatko Todorcevski (to 1 January 2020)
Mr Greg West (to 1 January 2020)

Elected Members

Professor Nan Seuffert – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2020)
Professor Rodney Vickers – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2019)
Mrs Cathy Bale – Professional Staff (to 31 December 2019)
Mr Paul Ell – Graduate (to 31 December 2021)
Mr Yuxi Ruan – Postgraduate Student (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Mia Watson – Undergraduate Student (to 31 December 2020)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Academic Senate

Chair – Professor Wilma Vialle

Finance and Resources Committee

Chair – Mr Robert Ryan, Deputy Chancellor

Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee

Chair – Mr Zlatko Todorcevski

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – Ms Jillian Broadbent AC, Chancellor

Performance and Remuneration Committee

Chair – Ms Jillian Broadbent AC, Chancellor

Council Nominations Committee

Chair – Ms Jillian Broadbent AC, Chancellor

Council Committee of Appeal

Chair – Deputy Chancellor

Student Advisory Council

Chair – Rotating Student Representative