Meet your Alumni Advisory Committee Members

Committee Chair

Janine Arnold, Associate Director Alumni and Events

Janine Arnold

Janine has held several senior roles throughout her career and brings to the University of Tasmania a diverse background in strategy and general business management in the private, corporate, not-for-profit and political sectors including a role as Senior Adviser to a Minister of the Tasmanian Government.  Her most recent role was as CEO of a membership based organisation that was funded by the Federal Government. Janine is a past volunteer President of Make-A-Wish Australia's Hobart branch, and has served on several other not-for-profit Boards and Committee’s in the past. Janine is currently a member of the Board of the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS).

Janine is a recipient of the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award (2007 and 2017) as well as the Emerging Female Director scholarship award through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  A graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Programme and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Janine is also a proud alumnus of the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business.  

Working at the University of Tasmania has been a long-held goal of Janine’s, ever since embarking on an undergraduate degree as a mature-aged student. The experience was literally life-changing, and reinforces Janine’s personal beliefs that having a strong economy and thriving community is partly achieved by supporting and enabling individuals through education.

Colleges, Faculties and Institute members

Lee-Anne Britcliffe, Student Experience Liaison Officer, AMC

Lee-Anne Britcliffe

In Lee-Anne’s 19 years of employment with the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the University, she has worked in a number of different positions in both student and academic services.  In February 2014, Lee-Anne moved from the AMC to Student Services to take on the role as AMC Faculty Officer and subsequently acted in the role of Manager, Academic Administration/Student Services Business Partner for AMC.  The experience and knowledge that Lee-Anne acquired in this role has equipped her well for her current role as AMC Student Experience Liaison Officer, which she commenced in 2016.

Lee-Anne is passionate about the AMC and gains great satisfaction in being able to assist the AMC students in achieving their goals.  Students and staff come to the AMC from overseas, interstate and from across Tasmania. It is this mix of cultures, backgrounds and experiences that makes the AMC an interesting and enjoyable place for her to work.  She recognises the importance of AMC alumni who are employed in positions around the globe and believes in the benefits of ongoing contact with them.

Lee-Anne is the proud mother of a son and daughter who are both alumni of the University of Tasmania.  Attending their graduation ceremonies last December was a very special time for Lee-Anne and her family.  Lee-Anne believes her son and daughter, as alumni of the University of Tasmania, will benefit greatly from their continued connection with the University.

Scott Sullivan, Faculty General Manager, Faculty of Education

Scott Sullivan

Scott is the General Manager of the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania and is based at the Newnham Campus in Launceston.

Scott has over twenty years’ experience in leadership and management roles within the higher education sector, at the University of Tasmania, the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.  He has had a strong interest in the effective maintenance and ongoing development of alumni relationships throughout his career.  Scott has a BA (Hons) (Classics and Ancient History) from the University of Western Australia.  He is also very much involved in the development of Tasmanian youth through his current Army Reserve appointment, leading the Australian Army Cadets organisation in Tasmania.

Scott moved to Tasmania with his wife in 2014 and has no intention of leaving.

Professor Nathan Bindoff, Associate Director, IMAS Oceans & Cryosphere, IMAS

 Nathan Bindoff

Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania in Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, head of Oceans and Crysophere Centre, and associate Director of IMAS.
Nathan is also leader of the Climate Futures program in the ACE CRC, Director of the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing and Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science.

The Climate Futures projects are all about understanding the consequences of climate change on Australian climate at regional scale. In particular, the impacts of human influence on extreme temperatures, rainfall, runoff, agriculture and ecosystems.

Nathan is also physical oceanographer, specializing in ocean climate and the earth’s climate system, with a focus on understanding the causes of change in the oceans. He was the coordinating lead author for the ocean chapter in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report and Fifth Assessment reports. Nathan and colleagues documented some of the first evidence for changes in the oceans in the Indian, North Pacific, South Pacific and Southern Ocean’s and the first evidence of changes in the Earths hydrological cycle from ocean salinity. His most recent work is on documenting the decline in oxygen content of the oceans and dynamics of the Southern Ocean.

He contributed to the Inter-Governmental Panel for Climate Change winning the Noble Peace Prize in 2007, shared with Al Gore. Professor Bindoff has served on 13 international committees, invited speaker at 25 conferences and workshops, co-chaired 2 workshops and was guest editor on two special volumes of Deep Sea Research, and convened Oceans session of the Climate Change Congress, Copenhagen March 2009. He has published more than 110 peer reviewed papers and more than 44 reports.

Professor Andrew Chan, Head of School,  Engineering & ICT

Andrew Chan

Professor Chan joined the University of Tasmania, Australia, in March 2015 to take up the position of Professor and Head, School of Engineering and ICT. He received his BSc(Eng) and MPhil from university of Hong Kong then he completed his PhD study at the University of Wales, Swansea. He has spent time working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Cambridge University, and has lectured in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Prof. Chan was then appointed Reader and Professor in Computational Engineering at University of Birmingham. When moved to Australia, he took up a professorial and deputy dean position at University of Ballarat (later renamed Federation University Australia) before moving to Tasmania.

He is the author or the co-author of over 230 published technical journal and conference papers as well as chapters in edited books. He has also co-authored a book entitled “Computational geomechanics with special reference to earthquake engineering” with the late Professor Zienkiewicz and others published in Feb 1999. He is one of the world leading experts in the use of the finite element method for static and dynamic fully coupled soil and pore-fluid interaction and the author of two comprehensive Finite Element packages for deformable porous media and pore fluid interaction.

He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and registrant on the National Engineering Register, Engineering Executive and Fellow of Engineers Australia. He is also a Member of the British Computer Society, Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council, a European Engineer with the European Federation of National Engineering Associations. He reviews for many journals and a subject editor for Applied Mathematical Modelling, an international journal. He also reviews for many grant agencies such as EPSRC, UK and the Hong Kong Research Grant Council. He is also a Fellow of the “Higher Education Academy”.

Associate Professor Martin Grimmer, Deputy Dean, TSBE

Martin Grimmer

Associate Professor Martin Grimmer is the Deputy Dean of the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) and has held this role since 2012. Prior to this, he was Head of the School of Management from 2006-2008, and Dean of the then Faculty of Business from 2009-2010. Martin began his academic career in Queensland and has worked at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. At Griffith University, he was one of the founding members of the School of Applied Psychology.

Martin has a BSc(Hons) degree, in psychology, and a Masters of Organisational Psychology from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in early medieval British history from the University of Tasmania. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, and a Companion of the British Academy of Management.

Martin researches and teaches in consumer behaviour, specifically ethical and pro-environmental/sustainable consumer behaviour. He has conducted research into the effect of corporate reputation and marketing communications on purchase behaviour, and factors that impact upon consumer attitudes towards, and purchase of, green products amongst other things. Martin has also maintained an interest in research methodologies, and has published papers on trends in the use of research methods in marketing.

Matthew Stevenson, Faculty Executive Officer, Faculty of Health & Menzies Institute

Matthew Stevenson

Graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance, Matthew is an Executive Officer in the Faculty of Health overseeing the co-ordination of International Marketing and Student Recruitment within the Faculty, analysis of load generation activities and other special projects.

Previously Matthew has worked across a range of industries in Finance, Politics, Sports Administration and now Higher Education.  He has owned several small businesses, and currently owns a local entertainment start-up developing popup events.

Matthew is an Alderman at the Glenorchy City Council, board member of the St Therese’s Catholic School in Moonah, and member of the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council.

College of Arts & Law

Pending appointment

Divisional members

Danielle Kidd, General Manager, Cradle Coast, Community Partnerships & Regional Development

Danielle Kidd

Danielle Kidd is the General Manager of the University’s Cradle Coast campus in Burnie and is the representative of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Community, Partnerships and Regional Development on the Alumni Advisory Committee.

Danielle is responsible for the day to day management of the University’s campus located in Burnie, including the Makers’ Workshop at West Park.  Danielle represents the University on a number of educational committees across the region and leads the campus’s community engagement activities.

Danielle was born and raised on the North West Coast of Tasmania and received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Tasmania.  Following a career as a Ministerial staffer, Danielle spent some time in Melbourne working in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, responsible for Executive Government service delivery and Parliamentary and Legislative coordination and support to the Premier and Ministers.  While in Melbourne, Danielle completed a  Master of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne.

Danielle has worked for the University of Tasmania since her return to the North West Coast four years ago, first as the Manager of the Rural Clinical School and now as General Manager of the campus.

Sara Franz, Manager, Global Engagement, Office of DVC (Global)

Sara Franz

Sara has extensive experience in government and non-government sectors stemming from an early career in health and human services policy, program management and service delivery.  She spent several years in departmental liaison to ministerial offices before moving to higher education in the late 1990s.  Initially working as a junior research fellow within the Centre for Public Management and Policy, she subsequently transferred to higher education management.

Sara has held positions spanning all aspects of academic administration including research higher degrees management, domestic and international admissions, enrolments, fees, scholarships, prizes, government reporting, and client services.  Most recently Sara has been appointed to head the University’s Global Engagement Office encompassing the University’s international relations team, global partnerships and international student exchange and study abroad.

Sara is an alumna of the University of Tasmania having graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1996.  She is once again studying with UTAS, currently undertaking a Master of International Business.

Jessica Robinson, President TUU

Jessica Robinson

Jessica is a recent graduate from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Education (Primary), and is now currently undertaking her Professional Honours in Leadership and Management.

Having returned to Hobart to assume the Presidency of the Tasmanian University Union (having previously served as both Education President and Education Officer – North). She has been an active member within the university at times holding several titles, including the Initial Teacher Education Representative (Faculty of Education, UTAS), Marketing Officer for the Film Society, Residential Services Officer (Student Living) and Student Engagement Leader. Currently Jess’ focus is on making sure to provide students with the best possible experience whilst at UTAS. Within the TUU Jess is responsible for the effective governance and operation of the Union, leading the team of 41 representatives from across the university community in achieving this goal.

Working with people across the university’s diverse community has always been an area of interest for Jessica and she looks forward to continuing that through the Advisory committee.

Student Life (Student Residences)

Pending appointment


Pending appointment

Elected Alumni members

Ms Lisa Morisset - ACT

Lisa Morisset

Lisa is a highly successful fundraiser and leader of strategic communications and engagement. She has fifteen years of experience across higher education, outdoor experiential learning and the cultural sector, as well governance leadership in not for profit cultural organisations.

She has worked at the University of Tasmania, UNSW and the National Library of Australia and chaired or served on boards including Jigsaw Theatre, Friends of Musica Viva Tasmania and the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

Lisa is the Principal of Canberra based consultancy Brunswick Solutions, driving communications and stakeholder engagement solutions for business.

She currently consults into the Canberra Business Chamber, helping businesses capitalise on the opportunities light rail presents through construction, operations and urban renewal.

Previously, Lisa worked in senior leadership at UNSW Canberra at ADFA, providing strategic advice and leading staff on issues, opportunities and strategies to grow relationships, revenue and reputation. Lisa is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She relocated with her family from Tasmania to Canberra in 2010.

Ms Robyn Phillips - Tasmania

Robyn Phillips

Robyn has had a career of being involved in international education over a period of 29 years. This has included working at Director level in two Universities in Australia and as a senior manager in a third. Robyn has identified, developed and managed transnational education program delivery across 7 countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand and extensively in China) and has represented Australian Universities at senior level in a range of countries.

Robyn returned to Tasmania in mid-2016 and now works on international projects across a range of countries, based from her home in northern Tasmania. Prior to returning to Tasmania, Robyn was employed by the Victorian government, where she developed and facilitated strategic projects in international education working with foreign investors, foreign education providers and a range of clients across key growth industries in Victoria, to highlight education and training as an enabler to state growth.

Robyn holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University, a Graduate Certificate in Research and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania and is currently undertaking a PhD through UTAS. Robyn has co-authored publications, which has included being part of a comparative study of selected higher education systems in Asia. Robyn is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Higher Education Research (BHER) in Malaysia (honorary position).

Ms Catherine Williamson - Victoria

Catherine Williamson

Since graduating from UTAS with a Bachelor of Business (Hons) degree in 2006, I have been fortunate to hold senior roles in a number of established and start-up Australian businesses. These roles have allowed me to not only work and live in Australia, but also in Asia and Europe.

My current position is Group Strategy Manager at Country Road Group. In this role my team is responsible for the group strategy across our portfolio of brands and the operational performance of the business, whilst also acting in a consultative capacity to the senior executive team.

Our University is a world-class institution and I believe the Alumni are an essential component of our ongoing success. I am delighted to be a member of the UTAS Alumni Advisory Committee as I have benefitted greatly from my education and I am keen to work with other alumni to ensure UTAS remains in the top tier of institutions both domestically and internationally.

Michaela Lightfoot, Senior Alumni Relations Officer, Committee Administration

Michaela Lightfoot

Michaela commenced employment with the University of Tasmania in 2002 with the Public Relations and University Extension (PR&UE) team. During her time with the University Michaela has worked primarily within the Graduation and Alumni portfolios.

Michaela was a key player in the implementation of Raiser’s Edge which is the current alumni customer relations management database. Over the last 15 years, she has seen substantial changes in the value and delivery of services to alumni relations within the higher education sector.

Michaela’s current responsibilities include the development and implementation of the annual alumni engagement program calendar of activities; data management, analysis, and reporting; coordination of alumni communications and committee administration.

Throughout her career in alumni relations, Michaela has remained passionate about helping provide alumni with meaningful ways to connect to their University.