Mr Simon McKeon AO
BCom LLB HonDPH La Trobe

Current Term: 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2020

Simon McKeon is the Chancellor of Monash University and was also the 2011 Australian of the Year.

He has been with the Macquarie Group in a variety of senior roles for more than 30 years, including as Executive Chairman (Melbourne office). He is presently retained as a consultant.

Simon is also Chairman of Summer Housing which provides housing options for young people with a disability. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of The Big Issue, Blackmagic Design and GFG Alliance Australia, owner of Liberty OneSteel. He is inaugural President of the banking industry’s Review Panel for the Banking and Finance Oath and is also an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government.

He is a Director (as well as the Senior Independent Director) of Spotless Group, previously served as Chairman of AMP and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust.

Simon is also Chairman of South East Melbourne, an alliance of seven Councils and Shires representing more than 1 million residents and 25% of Victoria’s GDP.

He served as Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel to the Australian Republic Movement and was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Panel which in 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.

Simon is the Co-Founder, Chairman and a proprietor of the Arthurs Seat Eagle which was named as Victoria’s Best New Tourism Business in 2017 and won the Bronze medal at the Australian Tourism Awards.


Simon McKeon

President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
BEcon(Hons) PhD DUniv FAIM GAICD

Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014.

Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014.  She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gardner was appointed Chair of Universities Australia in 2017 and she is a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and was recently made a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Professor Gardner has previously been chair of Museum Victoria and chaired the Strategic Advisory Committee and the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training). She has also been a member of various other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Committee, which led to the Chaney Report.

In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.


Margaret Gardner

President of the Academic Board

Professor Chris Davies

Current Term: 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2019

Professor Chris Davies is President of Academic Board, the body responsible for governance of quality in teaching and research, and an ex officio member of the Monash University Council.

Professor Davies is also Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a role he has occupied since 2012.  Between 2008 and 2012 he was Associate Dean Research Training for the Faculty of Engineering. He is a chartered engineer.

Professor Davies is a former board member of the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Future Materials Australia, and former member of the board of management of the Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia.



Appointed by the Governor-in-Council

Mr Yehudi Blacher PSM

Current Term: 01/04/2017 - 31/12/2019

Mr Blacher has been a member of Monash University Council since 2008 and commenced as Deputy Chancellor in 2014.

Mr Blacher was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development from 2007 until his retirement in September 2011.  From 2002 to 2007 he was Secretary, Department for Victorian Communities.  Mr Blacher is currently Chair, Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (previously the Victorian Taxi Services Commission).  He is also a Professorial Fellow (honorary) at Melbourne University.

Mr Blacher was Chair, Port of Hastings Development Authority (2012-16), Chair and Deputy Chair, Victrak (2012-18).  From 2011 to 2013 he was National Vice President, Institute of Public Administration Australia.


Mr Yehudi Blacher

Dr Megan Clark AC

Current Term: 01/07/2019 - 30/06/2022

Dr Megan Clark joined the Monash University Council in April 2015.

Dr Clark is currently the Head of the Australian Space Agency and a non-executive director of Rio Tinto, CSL Limited and CARE Australia. She is a member of the Australian advisory board to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  She was the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national research agency, from 2009 to 2014 and prior to that vice president Technology and later vice president Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton.  Prior to 2009 Dr Clark was CEO of a small venture capital fund with NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) investing in high-tech start-up companies.

Dr Clark has been a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and a member of the World Economic Forum Advisory Panel to the 2015 Global Risk Report.

Dr Clark is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  In 2014, Dr Clark was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to scientific research and development.



Ms Geraldine Johns-Putra

Current Term:  01/07/2019 – 30/06/2022

Geraldine Johns-Putra was appointed to the Monash University Council in 2019.

Geraldine is a graduate of Monash University and a partner of MinterEllison. As a lawyer with over 20 years' experience in Australia, Asia and the UK, she advises on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.

She specialises in evolving corporate governance matters, including ESG (environmental, social and governance), directors' duties in managing multiple stakeholder interests, and the intersection of business and human rights.

Geraldine spent almost a decade working in Shanghai and Hong Kong and her professional experience extends to legal issues that are key to organisations operating in the Greater China region.

She supports and participates in mentoring and development programs for the not-for-profit sector and educational initiatives for young people. She has been a supporter and the principal sponsor of the national junior elite training squad for chess players for over ten years.



Ms Julie Ligeti
BA/LLB Monash

Current Term: 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020

Julie Ligeti is Global Manager Public Advocacy for Cochlear Ltd and is a graduate of Monash University.  Julie is an experienced private and public sector executive and prior to joining Cochlear, worked in the law and as a Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to State and Federal Government Ministers. Julie has extensive experience in public policy development and public and government affairs. Her career focus has been in the areas social policy, aged and disability care, health and hearing health care and justice policy.

Julie is the Chair of the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) and inaugural Chair and current member of the Board of the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS).  Julie is Chair of the Executive Remuneration Committee and the Research and Policy Advisory subcommittees of the VRGF Board and is a member of the Executive Remuneration subcommittee of the ACCS Board.

Julie is representative for Cochlear Ltd on the World Health Organisation Prevention of Deafness Global Stakeholder Group.  She has been a member of the Law Council of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme Working Group, and the National Injury Insurance Scheme Ministerial Advisory Group (2012-2015).

Julie is involved in the not-for-profit sector as a Western Chances volunteer and Human Rights Law Centre Ambassador.  Until recently Julie served on the Board of the Newport Substation Community Arts Facility (2012-2017) and is a past volunteer for the St Kilda Legal Service and member of Migrant Resource Centre Committees Management.

Julie qualified in Law and Arts at Monash University.


Julie Ligeti 

Ministerial Appointee

The Hon Simon Crean
BEc LLB HonDLitt Deakin

Current Term: 01/04/2017 - 31/12/2019

Mr Simon Crean was a member for the South Eastern Melbourne seat of Hotham and served in the Federal Parliament for 23 years from 1990 to 2013.

Mr Crean spent all of those years on the front bench and was in the Cabinets of four Labor Prime Ministers (Hawke, Keating, Rudd and Gillard) as well as shadow minister in the Labor Opposition from 1996 to 2007, including as Leader of the Opposition.

His Ministerial and shadow Ministerial career covered a broad range of portfolios including, science and technology, primary industries, energy, treasury (as Assistant Treasurer), employment, education and training, trade industrial relations, social inclusion, regional development, local government and the arts.

Mr Crean's parliamentary career followed a distinguished career over 20 years in the trade union movement including as ACTU president from 1985 to 1990 and General Secretary of the Federated Storemen and Packers Union from 1979 to 1985.  During this time he served on many National and International governing and advisory bodies. He has also served on the boards of Qantas and the Australian Industry Development Corporation.

Simon Crean

Appointed by Council

Mr Mark Cubit
BEc Monash

Current Term: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019

A graduate of Monash University, Mr Cubit was appointed to the Monash University Council in 2014, following membership of the Investment Advisory Committee since 2013.

Mr Cubit's early years included five years in Japan, first as a student, then with the Australian Tourist Commission and McIntosh Securities, which later became Merrill Lynch Australia.  At Merrill Lynch a variety of Investment Advisory roles in London and Melbourne culminated with responsibility for Institutional Equity Sales to Melbourne and Asian based clients of the firm.

He retired from Merrill Lynch in 2002 to pursue a role in the not-for-profit sector. Mark has been involved in the establishment of both The Cubit Family Foundation and Planet Wheeler Foundation, and has a key role in both the giving program and investment strategies of both foundations.

Mr Cubit has also served on the boards of Beacon Foundation and Good Beginnings Australia. He is currently Chairman of The East African Fund, the Australian support arm of the School of St Judes Tanzania, as well as serving on the Tanzanian board of the school.


Mark Cubit 

Mr Peter Marriott
BEc (Hons) Monash

Current Term:  01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

A graduate of Monash University, Mr Marriott was appointed to the Monash University Council in 2019.

Mr Marriott is a Non-Executive director and currently serves on the boards of ASX Limited including as Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee and Westpac Banking Corporation where he is also Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He is also on the Council of St Catherine’s School.

He worked for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) for 19 years including as Chief Financial Officer for 15 years and held earlier roles as Group General Manager Risk Management and Financial Controller.

Mr Marriott commenced his professional career at KPMG where he spent 13 years including 6 years as a partner and specialised in auditing and consulting in financial services, risk management and technology.



Dr Christine Nixon APM
DipLabRel&Law Syd. BA Macq. MPA Harv. HonDLitt Macq. HonDUniv Ballarat HonLLD Monash HonDLitt Woll. FIPAA FAIM FAIPM

Current Term:  01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020

Dr Christine Nixon has been a member of Monash University Council since 2009 and commenced as Deputy Chancellor in 2014.

Additional honours and memberships:

  • Chair, Monash College Pty Ltd
  • Inaugural Chair, Good Shepherd Microfinance Board
  • Fellow, Australian and New Zealand School of Government
  • National Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Police Management

As the former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine is an experienced leader with a history of managing organisational reform and cultural change.

Christine is also a respected teacher, specialising in leadership, regulation, corruption prevention and communications. An advocate for women, disadvantaged youth and multi-faith and multicultural communities, she has received numerous awards in recognition of her contributions.

With more than 30 years in leadership, both with the police and in business, Christine has earned a reputation for excellence in risk management, crisis management, corruption prevention and human resource management.

She develops and delivers leadership programs and has also independently presented to numerous prominent organisations, including:

  • Leadership Victoria
  • Hong Kong Government
  • European Union
  • New Zealand and Pacific Island nations.


christine-nixon.jpgChristine Nixon

Mr John Simpson

Current Term: 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020

Mr Simpson stepped down as President of ESSSuper in February 2016.  ESSSuper is the Victorian Emergency Services & State Superannuation Fund. He has been a Director of the Fund since February 2012.

Mr Simpson spent the majority of his career with Shell - working in Australia, Asia and for four years in the United Kingdom.  He was Director - External Affairs at Shell, and was appointed to the Board of Shell Australia Limited in 2002 and Shell Energy Holdings (Australia) Limited in 2003.  He worked with Shell International for four years in the mid-1990s.  Later, in his executive career, Mr Simpson worked in senior roles at National Australia Bank - mostly as Strategic Adviser to the CEO.

Mr Simpson has a particular interest in education and served on the Board of Scotch College for 16 years.  He recently retired from the Board of the National Science & Technology Centre (Questacon) - where he was Deputy Chairman for 8 years.

In the Not-for-Profit sector - Mr Simpson is a Trustee of the H V McKay Charitable Trust.  He is on the Advisory Board of The Global Foundation and recently retired from the Food Rescue organisation - SecondBite - where he was a Director for 10 years.

Mr Simpson has previously been a Director of: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian National Maritime Museum, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, The Shell Foundation (Chair), and the NGV Foundation (Vic).


John Simpson

The Hon Peter Young AM QC
BJuris LLB Monash

Current Term: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019

Mr Young has been a member of Monash University Council since 2014 and commenced as Deputy Chancellor in 2019.

A graduate of Monash University, Mr Young joined the Victorian Bar in 1975 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997.

In August 2002, he was appointed by the Federal Government to the Bench of the Family Court of Australia and served the community in that position until his retirement in mid-2013.

Mr Young now practises as a Queen's Counsel in Court ordered and other private mediations and arbitrations, specialising in family property, commercial and other financial disputes.

Mr Young is a past Chairman of the Melbourne Racing Club and for five years (2013-2018) was a member of the Epworth Hospital Ethics and Medical Research Committee.

Mr Young is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Honorary Degrees Committee and the Selection and Remuneration Committee, which are sub-committees of Monash University Council.

In February 2018 Mr Young was appointed by the Attorney General and Minister for Racing as a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Integrity Council.


Peter Young

Elected Student Member

Mr Henry Fox

Current Term: 05/04/2019 - 31/10/2020

Henry Fox is a current student at Monash University. Having commenced at Monash in 2016 after graduating high school in regional Victoria, he is enrolled in a double degree of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Commerce, majoring in finance.

Throughout his time at Monash, Henry has been a recipient of the Engineering Excellence Award Scholarship, a member of Monash’s Engineering Leadership Program and a two-time recipient of the Cardinal Knox Scholarship for academic excellence.

In 2019, Henry took a year off his studies to serve as the President of the Monash Student Association, the peak representative body for Clayton students, after spending 2018 on the student council.

Henry was recently invited to join the AMP Capital Youth Advisory Committee, a position he will commence in 2020.


Elected Staff Member

Professor Ross L. Coppel

Current Term:  01/11/2018 - 31/10/2020

Professor Ross Coppel is currently Senior Deputy Dean and Director Research of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. He is a medical graduate and an internationally recognized scientist in the fields of tropical infectious diseases and primary biliary cirrhosis. He is a recipient of the Glaxo Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Fellow. He has authored or co-authored more than 480 scientific publications, has over 25,000 citations and has an h-index of 88. Ross has had a longstanding interest in bioinformatics and he administered the malaria sequence database for the WHO and was a cofounder of the PlasmoDB consortium for the malaria genome. He directed the Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium for 15 years. His current research interests also include understanding the synthesis of the major virulence structure of tuberculosis, the cell wall.

He has had consistent funding support of his research program receiving funds from a diverse group of funders including long-term support from the National Institutes of Health since the mid-eighties for work in malaria and autoimmune liver disease. Other funders include the NHMRC, ARC, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USAID, the WHO and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ross has extensive commercial experience, is the named inventor on 11 patents and has co-founded two biotechnology companies, one of which he took through two rounds of capital raising before selling the company. He has worked in biotechnology consulting and in a venture capital company. He served as a court-appointed advisor to the Federal Court of Australia.

Ross has worked extensively in reviewing research programs for the Institute of Medicine, the Wellcome Trust and others. He has served on the NHRMC academy, as a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and as a member of the ARC ERA REC panel in addition to grant reviewing work for national and international agencies. He was the inaugural expert in residence of the Wellcome Trust Technology Transfer Division and continues to serve as a member of their Expert Advisory Group. Currently he is chairman of the Wellcome Trust Translation Fund. He has been a member of advisory boards for CRCs, the Malaria Resource organization MR4 and institutions including the John Curtin School. He has represented Australia at scientific working groups at the OECD and been invited as an independent advisor to the same organization. He has worked extensively with various community groups and has been involved in continuing education of Federal Court justices, briefed politicians on biotechnology and talked extensively to community groups. He has co-authored a book on genetic engineering for the layperson with Professor Sir Gustav Nossal.


Ross Coppel 

Secretary to Council

Mr Richard Long