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Current University Council Members

Ms Denise Goldsworthy AO

Ms Denise Goldsworthy AO


Ms Goldsworthy AO has more than 10 years’ experience as a non-executive director, covering ASX200, Federal and State Government, private and charity organisations.  The area of focus they have in common is that they are typically operating at the intersection between science and technology innovation with business and leadership for successful delivery of the corporate strategy.

Her expertise in innovation was honed during her executive career rising to leadership roles in operations and technology for ironmaking and steelmaking at BHP Steel before joining Rio Tinto Iron Ore, ultimately moving into executive roles including CCO Autonomous Haul Trucks, MD Dampier Salt, MD HIsmelt and Director Major Projects.

Denise’s current portfolio of NED roles includes Chair of Western Power, Gascoyne Gateway and Navy Clearance Diver Trust, and the Boards of ASC, and Leichhardt Industrials. She is also a member of the Cooperative Research Centres Advisory Committee (CRCAC).

She was awarded Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year in 2010 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ms Kelly Reynolds

Ms Kelly Reynolds

Ms Kelly Reynolds is an international senior executive leader with 25 years of Professional Services, Human Capital, and Technology consulting experience across global, multi-national and mid-cap clients in Resource, Mining, Energy and Utilities, Financial and Professional Services, Fast-moving consumer goods, Healthcare and Education.

Kelly is recognised as a global business leader in Business Transformation, Human Capital and Workforce Optimisation, Talent, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, having held senior executive roles in Fortune 100 companies, and having built and sold her own successful private company in Australia, Harrier Group. Kelly has led and advised boards on strategy development, capital markets - debt and equity, corporate governance, risk management, mergers and acquisitions pursuit, and complex large-scale transformation.

Kelly is currently a Managing Director for Accenture, Strategy and Consulting in Growth Markets and a Non-Executive Director of Golf Australia. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia, Kelly holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Risk & Governance, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Medical Science from University of Portsmouth and is a Professionally Certified (PCC) Executive Coach.

Ms Pia Turcinov

Ms Pia Turcinov AM

Ms Pia Turcinov manages a portfolio career, holding a number of positions which are connected through a common focus on the opportunities which innovation, technology and diversification offer. She joined ECU as a member of the Quality, Audit and Risk Committee in August 2021 and was appointed Deputy Chair of the Committee in January 2022. Ms Turcinov commenced as a Member of Council in April 2022.

Ms Turcinov began her career as a corporate lawyer in Sydney and later practiced commercial law in Western Australia. Evolving from legal advisor to commercial director, Ms Turcinov held senior positions within industry, provided leadership and governance as a company director across a range of businesses, and facilitated innovation through various State and Federal Government initiatives.

Ms Turcinov holds several board positions and is the immediate past Chair of Women in Technology WA. Ms Turcinov holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of NSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As an active diversity champion and promoter of female entrepreneurship, Ms Turcinov was awarded the Excellence in Gender Equity Promotion Award by the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Division) Inc. in 2018.

In June 2023, Ms Turcinov was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the King's Birthday 2023 Honours List for significant service to technology and innovation, and to women in STEM.

Mr Michael Rundus

Mr Mike Rundus

Mr Michael Rundus is the Global Mining and Metals Robotic Process Automation Leader as well as the Oceania Mining and Metals Advisory Services Leader. He also leads the Western Australia Advisory Services team.

With over 20 years advisory experience, primarily in the mining sector, he has significant experience in global enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), cyber security, risk management and internal audit. Michael has significant Australian and international experience having worked in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.


Professor Steve Chapman

Professor Steve Chapman CBE

Professor Steve Chapman commenced his role as Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University (ECU) in April 2015.

Prior to joining ECU, Professor Chapman was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from 2009, and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006.

Professor Chapman holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Newcastle University. In 2001 he received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his ground-breaking work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous Plenary Lectures at International Conferences. He was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland.

Among his board and committee memberships while Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Professor Chapman chaired the Funding Policy Committee of Universities Scotland and was a member of the Board of the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association.

In Australia, Professor Chapman is Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel (Member since 2020, Chair from 2021) appointed by the Minister for Education to provide expert advice to the Commonwealth Government on maintaining and improving the quality and standards of Australia’s higher education and research; a Director of the Universities Australia Board (since 2020); a Member of the Board of Governors of the Forrest Research Foundation (since 2020); a Member of the Mindarie Senior College Board (since 2015) and a former Non-Executive Director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Board (2017 to 2020).

In 2005, Professor Chapman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2011 he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire  (CBE) for his services to higher education.

Chair, Academic Board

Associate Professor Madeleine Ogilvie

Associate Professor Madeleine Ogilvie

Associate Professor Madeleine Ogilvie is an Associate Professor in the field of Marketing in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University. She has worked in the higher education sector for 24 years and most recently as Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the School of Business and Law. She has coordinated, taught and developed programs across a range of different disciplines at both the national and international level and worked extensively in the International Education market. She has served on the Executive for the Australian Business Deans’ Council International Network and held roles including Associate Dean International and Client Manager China over her academic career. Madeleine is a registered TEQSA Expert and judge for the national Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Her major research interests are in the fields of semiotics, consumer research, visual research methodologies and new product development. Prior to working at ECU, Madeleine originally trained as a Registered Nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before working extensively in the pharmaceutical industry for multinational organisations Roussel Uclaf, Novo Nordisk and Pharmacia in marketing and sales management roles. She has consulted for both public and private organisations on many facets of  marketing and management.

Academic Staff

Professor Craig Speelman

Professor Craig Speelman

Professor Craig Speelman received his Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1985) and PhD (1992) in Cognitive Psychology from UWA. After a postdoctoral research fellowship at UWA, he held academic posts at the University of New England and Griffith University. He joined Edith Cowan University in 1997. He was Head of the School of Psychology and Social Science (2002-2011) and is currently the Associate Dean Research in the School of Arts and Humanities. Craig Speelman conducts research in the general area of Cognitive Psychology, but much of his research has focussed on the topic of skill acquisition and transfer, including the effects of transfer on the shape of learning functions, the relationship between skill acquisition and implicit memory, and the specificity of skill acquisition and transfer. Speelman has applied this expertise to developing a training program for the acquisition of skin cancer detection skills, and the development of basic arithmetic skills, where he produced the commercial app Numbeat. He has been awarded ARC Large Grants/Discovery Grants previously to investigate the effects of different types of skill acquisition on the nature of expertise, and an ARC Linkage project to investigate ways of improving the financial literacy skills of Western Australian Police recruits. He is currently researching the relationship between skill automaticity and transfer of training, and the cognitive load of cyber security first responders.

Salaried staff

Mr Colin Watson

Mr Colin Watson

Prior to joining ECU Colin worked as a Cabin Crew Manager for Qantas, he spent 7 years with the company and occupied a variety of roles during this time. Colin joined ECU in July 2016 in the Student Services Directorate as a Course Information Adviser. Since joining Colin has held a variety of roles within the university, he is currently the School Manager within the School of Business and Law.

Enrolled Students

Mr Faizan Akram

Mr Faizan Akram


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Ms Sarah Rizwan

Ms Sarah Rizwan


Ms Sarah Rizwan is a Final Year Mechanical Engineering student at Edith Cowan University. She is passionate about aeroplanes and aspires to be an Aeronautical Engineer. Throughout her journey at ECU, Sarah has been involved in student advocacy and representation, which has been the highlight of her university life. Sarah is currently the President of the ECU Student Guild (from December 2022 to December 2023) and hopes to use this role to enrich the university life of students.


Ms Pearl Proud

Ms Pearl Proud

Ms Pearl Proud was elected to University Council in 2023 for a term commencing 1 January 2024.

Mr Damon Brown

Mr Damon Brown

Mr Damon Brown received his Bachelor of Business (Finance, Economics) in 2003 from Edith Cowan University and an MBA from UWA in 2008. Damon has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry in corporate relations positions. Damon has been a sessional lecturer at ECU since 2019 teaching Financial Planning at the School of Business and Law. Being passionate about delivering quality higher education gives purpose to his position on Council.

Mr Monish Paul

Mr Monish Paul was appointed to University Council on 20 October 2022. Mr Paul has been a member of the ECU Resources Committee since 23 June 2022.

Ms Gaye McMath

Ms Gaye McMath

Ms Gaye McMath has over 25 years experience as a Non-Executive Director in a broad range of organisations including Listed Companies, Government Trading Enterprises and Not-for-Profit organisations. She also has nearly 40 years of executive experience including a 23 year career in mining and resources where she held a range of senior executive roles with BHP in strategy, planning, accounting, finance, commercial and treasury management.

Ms McMath’s executive career included 15 years in higher and international education where she was the Chief Operating Officer (formerly Executive Director, Finance and Resources and Chief Financial Officer) at the University of Western Australia (UWA) for 12 years. Prior to joining UWA, Gaye was Pro-Vice Chancellor Resources and CFO at Murdoch University for 3 years.

Ms McMath holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.  She has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of CPA  Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Robert Radley

Mr Robert Radley

Deputy Chancellor

Mr Robert Radley is a Partner at Oliver Wyman. Prior to this, Robert was Managing Partner of Azure Consulting (before its acquisition by Oliver Wyman), a Partner at Bain & Company, Partner & Perth Advisory Leader at PwC, and Managing Director of Poynton & Partners/GEM Consulting. He has been a management consultant for over 28 years before which he held senior management roles in information technology and R&D.

Robert has extensive strategy development, organisation transformation and performance improvement experience in a wide range of industry sectors. His consulting career has enabled him to work in Europe, North America, South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Robert has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Rhodes University (South Africa), a Graduate Diploma & Master of Science in Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a MBA (cum laude) from the Wits Business School. Robert attended the Executive Development Programme (EDP) at Cornell University (USA) in 2001. He a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Robert is the CSIRO appointed Director of Coogee Titanium, Director of AbilityWA, Director of Adcorp Holdings Australia (subsidiary of JSE listed Adcorp Group); a former Chairman of Azure Capital, and former Board member of Silver Chain & the Royal District Nursing Service of SA, Aquinas College and Autism West.

Ms Elizabeth Tylich

Ms Elizabeth Tylich

Ms Elizabeth Tylich is a commercial lawyer with over 18 years’ experience and a focus on regulatory and legislative compliance, statutory interpretation, contract drafting and advice and corporate governance. She has considerable experience in advising government, private companies, Universities and other education institutions and not-for-profit organisations on matters of statutory interpretation relating to their relevant governing statutory framework, but also in the areas of privacy, competition and consumer law and intellectual property.

Ms Tylich has served on ECU’s Legislative Committee since August 2015 and was appointed Chair of the Committee on 31 August 2022.

Ms Gningala Yarran-Mark

Mrs Gningala Yarran-Mark

Gningala is a qualified lawyer with a Master of Business Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Indigenous Australian Research Methodologies. Gningala has worked as an Associate to Justice French at the Federal Court, and as the first Aboriginal State Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia.

Gningala has extensive board director experience with organisations such as Water Corporation, Fairbridge and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services. Gningala has had a successful career working across the resources, health, education, justice, employment and economic sectors.

Gningala was a recipient of the Aurora Scholarship travelling to Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Business, London School of Economics in 2018.

Gningala is currently a Doctorial Candidate undertaking research in the area of social procurement.

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