UNE Council member honoured in Queen’s Birthday List

Published 10 June 2008

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Dr Col Gellatly, a graduate of the University of New England and a current member of the UNE Council, has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Dr Gellatly, who was Director-General of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet in 1994/95 and then from1996 until his retirement in 2007, received the honour “for service to the community as a leader in policy reform and administration in the NSW public sector, particularly through the coordination of whole-of-government program initiatives”.

After joining the NSW Public Service as a trainee in 1968, Dr Gellatly gained an Honours degree in Agricultural Economics from UNE in 1972, followed by a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from North Carolina State University in the United States.

He served the State of NSW in a series of senior positions, including Director-General of the Department of Industrial Relations, Employment, Training and Further Education (1989-1994), and Director-General of the Department of Land and Water Conservation (1995-1996). In 1995 he successfully managed the merger of the NSW Departments of Water Resources and Conservation and Land Management with elements of the Public Works Department.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to public sector management he was made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration in 1997.

UNE’s Chancellor, Mr John Cassidy, was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. (The medal associated with the Officer of the Order of Australia award is pictured here.)

Among those named yesterday as Members of the Order of Australia (AM) are six UNE graduates and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University – Karen Wilson. Professor Wilson, who is Acting Manager, Plant Diversity Section, of the Botanic Gardens Trust in Sydney, received her award “for service to botany as a researcher and through the recording and documentation of Australian biodiversity”. Another UNE graduate, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Nothard CSC, was named a Member (AM) in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for his “exceptional service” as Commander and Staff Officer, described as being “in the finest traditions of the Australian Army”.

Among the UNE graduates named as recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) are the former UNE history lecturer and New England local historian Graham Wilson (“for service to the community of Armidale through roles in heritage organisations”), and Andrew Lu, winner of UNE’s Young Distinguished Alumni Award for 2007.

Mr Lu, who holds a Master of Laws degree from UNE, is a Senior Associate with Minter Ellison Lawyers. His award, “for service to the arts through a range of administrative roles, and to the community”, recognises his contributions to cultural, legal and philanthropic organisations around Australia. His current positions include those of Deputy Chairman of Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Chairman of the Canberra-based Jigsaw Theatre Company. He is a Life Governor of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and a Governor of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation