UNE Foundation

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The UNE Foundation maintains the vision of the University's founders by ensuring that donations by community members are used according to their wishes.

The UNE Foundation receives donations from individuals, corporations and public entities to fund scholarships and contribute to the University's teaching and research priorities. While it is administratively supported by the University, the Foundation is managed by an independent Board of Directors — a group of dedicated professionals who volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of UNE and its students.

Audited financial statements of the trust are publicly available.

Not-for-profit director opportunities with the University of New England Foundation (October 2018)

Current Directors of the Foundation

The board of directors includes prominent UNE alumni, the Vice-Chancellor (ex-officio), and a nominee of the UNE Council:

Mr Paul Barratt

Paul BarrattChair


Paul Barratt joined the Department of Defence in 1966.  He spent the next 25 years of his career in the Commonwealth Public Service, mainly in areas relating to resources, energy and international trade, becoming Deputy Secretary of the Department of Trade and Resources (1978-85); Special Trade Representative for North Asia (1985-88); and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1988-91).

In 1992 he became Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, a body consisting of the Chief Executive Officers of about 90 of the 100 largest companies in Australia.

In 1996 he returned to the Public Service, becoming Secretary to the Departments of Primary Industries and Energy (1996-98) and Defence (1998-9).

In 1997 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of New England.  In 1999 he was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1999, for service to public administration, public policy development, business and international trade.

He now runs his own consulting business, and is a director of Australia 21, a non-profit company dedicated to stimulating research and development on issues of strategic importance to Australia in the 21st century.

Appointed a Director of UNE Foundation Ltd on 5 September 2006.

Mr Martin Dolan

Mr Martin DolanMartin Dolan was born in Scotland in 1957 and was raised in Armidale, where his parents both taught at the university.  He was educated at Armidale High School and the University of New England, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in French.

Martin subsequently had a thirty-six year career with the Australian Government.  He started his public service career in 1980 with AusAid, managing aid projects in developing countries, including a two-year posting to Bangladesh.

He then undertook various corporate management roles in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, including as Chief Finance Officer and Head of Corporate Management.

From 2001–2005 he was Executive Director, Aviation and Airports at the Department of Transport and Regional Services, with responsibility for airport sales and regulation, aviation security, aviation safety policy and international aviation negotiations.  He was given charge of aviation security for two years in the aftermath of the events of 11 September 2001.

In 2006, Martin was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Energy Markets Commission.  Following that, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and then CEO of Comcare, with responsibility for the occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation of Commonwealth employees.

In July 2009, Martin was appointed as the first Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for a term of five years, which was later extended for a further two years.  The ATSB investigates transport accidents in the air, rail and marine sectors. In addition, it had led the search for the missing Malaysia Airliners flight MH 370.

Martin retired from the Australian Public Service in 2016 to focus on his writing.  He is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Canberra.

Martin was appointed as a Director of UNE Foundation Limited at the Annual General Meeting on 28 February 2017.

Professor Annabelle Duncan

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle DuncanBSc DipSc MSc (Otago) PhD (La Trobe) HonDsc (Murdoch) PSM

Professor Annabelle Duncan is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England.  She joined the University in September 2010, initially as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Prior to joining UNE, Professor Duncan spent 16 years in the CSIRO, including 6 years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science.  She has also served in managerial roles within the Bio21 Institute at University of Melbourne and AgriBio Institute at La Trobe University.

Professor Duncan acted as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control, representing Australia at international arms control meetings and acting as a biological weapons inspector with the United Nations in Iraq.

She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1996 and Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Murdoch University in 2005, for her work in arms control.

Appointed a Director of UNE Foundation Ltd on 12 March 2014.

Mr Geoff Gorrie

Geoff GorrieBEc BA (ANU) BSc DipEd (UNE) PSM

Geoff Gorrie has a long history in agricultural policy and programs, food policy, regional development and natural resources management at Australian Government level as well as extensive experience in change management and administration.  He was involved in the implementation of food regulation reforms, water reform policies, water management in the Murray Darling Basin, the establishment of the Regional Forest Agreements and the Decade of Landcare which led into the establishment of the Natural Heritage Trust.

Geoff is a former Chair of the Board of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.  He is a Director of Australia 21.  He has held directorships with Safe Food Production Queensland, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, the Australian Wheat Board, AWB Ltd, the Wheat Export Authority, Landcare Australia Ltd, the Forests and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation and the Woolmark Company.  He was Commonwealth Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission between 1994 and 1998, Chair of the National Land and Water Resources Audit Advisory Council between 2003 and 2008, and a Director of the Co-operative Research Centre on Biosecurity.

Geoff has a very high affinity with rural Australia - he was born in Gulgong, grew up in Binnaway and then attended high school in Bathurst and went on to university in Armidale and Canberra.  From the mid 1970s Geoff's public sector work dealt with aspects of rural and regional Australia.

Geoff was awarded the Public Service Medal on Australia Day 2002.  He retired as Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in January 2003.

Appointed a Director of UNE Foundation Ltd on 12 May 2009.

Ms Meredith Symons

Meredith SymonsMeredith Symons is a UNE Graduate (Bachelor of Financial Administration, Accounting and Finance) and ACA, who has lived on-campus at Earle Page College and loved all aspects of the UNE college experience.

A corporate financial services professional with extensive domestic and international experience, Meredith has a global mindset with expertise in the treasury, tax, finance and shared services aspects of corporate financial management.

Meredith sits on a number of subsidiary boards at Goodman Fielder, as well as a Joint Venture board based in Indonesia.  She has a group perspective, is skilled at considering the business implications from the numbers and has experience with technology including introducing new systems.

Meredith's career has taken her overseas and she has had responsibility for overseeing international portfolios.  She has held senior financial positions at some of Australia's top corporations including Goodman Fielder (FMCG, Food manufacturing), Macquarie Bank, UBS and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Meredith is looking forward to contributing her expertise to the University of New England Council and UNE Foundation.