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Governor of Tasmania and Professor of Law, University of Tasmania

Headshot of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner

Tasmania's 28th Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014. Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute.  She had also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. On 26 January 2014 Her Excellency was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the law, particularly in the areas of law reform and education.

Her teaching interests included Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminology and Sentencing, and her research interests included Sentencing and Criminal Justice. In addition to working with the Tasmania Law Reform Institute on its projects, she had been involved in providing advice and submissions on rape law reform, drug diversion and mental health diversion programs and abortion law reform. She also assisted other law reform bodies nationally including the New South Wales Law Reform Commission and the Australian Law Reform Commission.

She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007; Visiting Fellow All Souls College Oxford in 2009; the University of Tasmania Distinguished Service Medal in 2013; and the Women Lawyers Award for Leadership in 2013. She has been nominated as a finalist in the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards for her contributions to the law, law reform and legal education.

Professor of Public Health & Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

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Fran Baum is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. Professor Baum is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and one of Australia's leading researchers on the social and economic determinants of health.

In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship focusing on development of effective government and community responses to social determinants of health inequity and social exclusion. She holds several other national competitive grants investigating aspects of health inequity, and has an extensive teaching career in public health.

Professor Baum's numerous publications relate to social determinants of health, including Aboriginal people's health, health inequities, primary health care, health promotion, Healthy Cities, and social capital. Her text book The New Public Health (3rd ed. 2008 OUP) is widely used as a core public health text.

Professor of Cultural Society and Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University

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Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Prior to his appointment at Griffith, he held posts at Brock University (Canada) and the Universities of Surrey, Kent, Glasgow, and Durham (UK) and spent two years in Germany working as a music teacher with the Frankfurt Rockmobil project.

Andy is author and editor of numerous books including, Music, Style and Aging, Culture and Everyday Life, Popular Music and Youth Culture, After Subculture and Music Scenes (with Richard A. Peterson), and has published articles in various peer-reviewed journals, including The British Journal of Sociology, Sociology, Sociological Review, Media Culture and Society, Journal of Youth Studies, Popular Music, and Poetics. Andy is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) (and a former Chair of the UK and Ireland IASPM branch).

As a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) (1994 – 2006) he was co-founder of the BSA Youth Study Group. He is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and an Associate of PopuLUs, the Centre for the Study of the World's Popular Music at Leeds University. Andy was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology (the official TASA journal) between 2009 and 2012. He is currently a member of the Editorial Boards for the journals Cultural Sociology, Journal of Youth Studies, Continuum, Sociology Compass, Perfect Beat and Canadian Journal of Popular Culture.

National Director of Australian Marriage Equality

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Rodney Croome founded Australian Marriage Equality in 2004 and has been one of Australia's highest profile advocate and lobbyist for the reform ever since. Rodney was a founding board member of AME, its campaign co-ordinator, and following the departure of Alex Greenwich in 2012, National Director. In 2010 Rodney co-authored the first book on marriage equality in Australia Why v Why: gay marriage.

Prior to his involvement in marriage equality Rodney was well known to many Australians as a spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group. In that capacity he fronted the long and ultimately successful campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania. That campaign saw Tasmanian activists take their case for equality not only to the parliament and people of Tasmania, but to the United Nations, the Federal Government and the High Court; the island state has been transformed from having Australia's worst laws and attitudes on homosexuality to having the best.

He was the project officer of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's rural LGBT youth network, Outlink, and Co-convenor of the Australia Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In this latter capacity in 1993 Rodney became the first gay advocate to speak at a United Nations forum. Currently Rodney has a member of Tasmania's four LGBT community / government liaison committees, and a Board Member of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association and the Tasmanian LGBT support organisation, Working It Out.

In this latter position Rodney has taken a leading role in establishing a standard challenging-homophobia curriculum in Tasmanian state schools. In recognition of his work Rodney was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 and named Tasmanian Australia of the year for 2015. He has been the editor of the Tasmanian literary journal Island, and a research consultant.

Independent Economist and former Chief Economist of the ANZ Banking Group and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and Inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, University of Tasmania

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Saul Eslake is currently the Chief Economist of the Australian arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Saul's previous roles include economic advisor to Jeff Kennett, economist at a merchant banking joint venture between the National Australia Bank and Chase Manhattan (1984-86), Chief Economist of McIntosh Securities Ltd (1986-91) and Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management (1991-95).

In 1995 Saul was appointed Chief Economist of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). After leaving ANZ in August 2009, Saul worked part-time for the Grattan Institute (a non-aligned public policy 'think tank' affiliated with the University of Melbourne) as Director of its Productivity Growth program, and also as an advisor to the Economics and Policy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Saul has written regular columns for the Melbourne Age and Launceston Examiner newspapers, for Charter (the monthly magazine of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia) and for Management Today (the journal of the Australian Institute of Management); and doing some freelance speaking at conferences and seminars. In addition to his paid employment, at different times over the past decade Saul has been a member of the Howard Government's Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy Advisory Councils, the Rudd Government's Long Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee, the Tasmanian Government's Digital Futures Advisory Council, and a steering Committee established by the Tasmanian Government to oversee the preparation of a business case for a Tasmanian team in the Australian Football League.  Saul is currently a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania and a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council. Saul has a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Tasmania, and in 2012 UTAS awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

In April 2016 Saul was appointed by the University of Tasmania's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Fellow. We are delighted that in this role, Saul will be positioned within the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Professor of Policy Analysis and Sustainability Research, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland

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Professor Brian Head joined the Institute for Social Science Research in mid-2007 after holding senior roles in government, universities, and the non-government sector. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on public management, governance, social issues and environmental policy.

His major interests are evidence-based policy, program evaluation, early intervention and prevention, collaboration and consultation, service delivery, accountability and leadership. He has undertaken several consultancies on program evaluation, policy review and, organisational performance, and good governance processes for governmental, academic and NGO bodies. He has strong interests in applied research across many areas of public policy and governance, and is committed to building closer links between the research and policy sectors.

He is currently an ARC Professorial Research Fellow, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, past President of the Australian Political Studies Association in 2013-14, and a member of the ARC College of Experts in 2012-14.

Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania

Professor Tim McCormack

Tim McCormack is Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. He is also Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, inaugural DFAT Visiting Legal Fellow (appointed jointly with Assoc Prof Anthea Roberts from ANU), New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a Director of World Vision Australia. Tim was also appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2010.

Tim graduated from the University of Tasmania with honours in Law in 1982 and completed his PhD in international law at Monash University in 1990. He was the inaugural Australian recipient of the Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and developed a global reputation for his expertise in international humanitarian law and in international criminal law during 28 years at Melbourne Law School.

Tim has developed an international reputation for his expertise in International Humanitarian Law and in International Criminal Law. Tim is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (LL.B. Hons. - 1982) and of Monash University (Ph.D. - 1990).

He was the first Australian recipient of the Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1989 and in 2003 he was awarded a University of Tasmania Foundation 'Outstanding Graduate' Award. In 2005 Tim was awarded the President of the Law Institute of Victoria's Pro Bono Award (in recognition of the provision of International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law Advice to Major Dan Mori, US Military Defence Counsel for David Hicks) and in 2008 Tim received the Law Institute of Victoria's Paul Baker Award for his 'sustained outstanding contribution to international humanitarian and human rights law through publication, teaching and public advocacy'.

In 2010 Tim was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts and Law, University of Tasmania

Professor Kate Darian-Smith

Professor Kate Darian-Smith took up the position of Executive Dean and PVC, College of Arts, Law and Education in December 2017. She is a cultural and social historian and cross-disciplinary scholar and her research has been supported by continuous ARC grants since 1999, and by other competitive research funds. She publishes in Australian and imperial histories; memory studies and oral history; histories of childhood, war, media, migration and design; and museology, public history and cultural heritage.

Before joining the University of Tasmania in late 2017, Kate held a joint appointment at the University of Melbourne as Professor of Australian Studies and History, Faculty of Arts and Professor of Cultural Heritage and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Kate was employed at the University of Melbourne from 1995, holding senior leadership positions including the Director of The Australian Centre; Head of the History Program; Head of School; Associate Dean (International); Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Arts. Previous positions were as Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London (1991-94).

Kate has held funded visiting professorial appointments in Australia and overseas, including at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU (2014); as Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China (2011); as Visiting Professor, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan (2009); and as Visiting Professor in History, San Diego University, USA (2005).

Director, Tasmanian Policy Exchange, Professor of Political Science, University of Tasmania

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Richard was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Social Change 2013-2019.

Before joining the University of Tasmania Professor Richard Eccleston completed a PhD from the University of Queensland and was a member of Griffith University's Centre for Governance and Public Policy and held the positions of Senior Lecturer (2004-2006) and Associate Lecturer/Lecturer (2002-2003) in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University.

Since joining the University he has held positions as Senior Lecturer (2007-2009) and 2010 -13 Associate Professor (2010-2013) in the School of Government, University of Tasmania. Richard is the author of six books and over 50 articles and chapters on various aspects of comparative politics and economic policy. His specific expertise is in the politics of public finance and taxation reform having researched these topics around the world in recent years. He has been awarded 3 ARC Discovery grants since 2010 and was a 2014 Fulbright Senior Scholar (based in Washington DC).

His most recent books are The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance (2014) which examines the origins and effectiveness of attempts to regulate tax havens in the aftermath of the GFC and The Future of Federalism: Multi-level governance in an age of austerity (forthcoming 2015). Richard takes a keen interest in Tasmanian politics and is a respected commentator on local and national political affairs.


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