Athena SWAN Committee


Monash University Athena SWAN Committee was established in January 2016 under the leadership of Professor John Carroll, Dean Biomedical Sciences. The Committee reports to the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is chaired by the and Senior Vice-President (Education).

The purpose of the Athena SWAN Committee is to:

a) Oversee, prepare and submit Monash University’s Bronze Award application
b) Oversee the implementation of Monash University Athena SWAN Action Plan (2018-2021)
c) Oversee, prepare and submit Monash University’s Silver Award application (2022-2025)
d) Continue driving positive change in advancing gender equality, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University, and to contribute to the implementation of the Gender Equality Action Plan (2022-2025).


We are a diverse group of individuals representing all levels of the academic community, ranging from a postgraduate student to a Dean, as well as representatives from Human Resources and Strategic Communication. Committee members also represent an appropriate balance of STEMM disciplines, gender, career stages as well as cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Chair, Athena SWAN Committee

    Position vacant



Prof Maria Garcia de la Banda

Professor, Information Technology

A Prof Michael Brown

Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Science

A/Prof Edwina McGlinn

EMBL Australia Group Leader,
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Prof Umesh Sharma

Prof Jane Maree Maher

Associate Dean Academic Development; Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Sociology, Arts

Prof  Umesh Sharma

Associate Dean Equity and Inclusion

Prof Yolande Strengers

Associate Dean Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Information Technology

Nick McGuigan

Caroline Gurvich

Prof Nick McGuigan

Director of Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Monash Business School

A Prof Caroline Gurvich

Department of Psychiatry Central Clinical School

A Prof Daniel Edgington-Mitchell

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Anne Fletcher  Jess Borger 

Dr Anne Fletcher

Chair, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute Diversity and Inclusion committee

Dr Betty Exintaris

Drug Discovery Biology
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Jessica Borger

Chair, Central Clinical School Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee

 Susie Ho  

Associate Professor Caroline Henckels

Director Indigenous, Equity and Diversity, Faculty of Law

Dr Susie Siew Yuen  Ho

Monash Innovation Guarantee
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education

Dr Grace Lee Hooi Yean  Dr Susilawati   

A Prof Grace Lee Hooi Yean

School of Business 
Monash Malaysia

Dr Susilawati

Civil Engineering (Transport)
School of Engineering
Monash Malaysia


Lucie Joschko

Anthea Hall

Dr Lucie Joschko

Director, Staff Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Anthea Hall

Senior Advisor, Staff Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Meleea Tomlinson

Senior Engagement and Event Coordinator


The Committee will:

(i) Formulate and drive the implementation of Athena SWAN initiatives while taking into consideration the wider context of Monash University gender equity strategy.
(ii) Coordinate the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to identify challenges and opportunities that will feed into action planning and advancing gender equality across the University.
(iii) Oversee, monitor and report on progress of Athena SWAN-led actions and initiatives.
(iv) Support faculties in developing and implementing activities aimed at advancing gender equality and inclusive culture.
(v) Facilitate information sharing within faculties and act as a channel for communication with senior management on gender equity matters as well as diversity and inclusion more broadly.

Terms of Reference 2022 [692kb, PDF]