Flinders University Chancellor Stephen Gerlach

Mr Stephen Gerlach AM LLB FAICD

Chancellor of Flinders University

Stephen is an experienced Public Company Director having been the Chairman of Santos Ltd until his retirement in December 2009, and has been Chairman of Elders Ltd until 2010. He is currently the Chairman of Adelaide Capital Partners Pty Ltd, Gerlach Asset Development Pty Ltd, Ebony Energy Ltd and a Director of Beston Global Foods Ltd and Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd.

He was formerly the Chairman of Equatorial Mining Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments Limited, Amdel Ltd and others.  He has also been a Director of a number of other public companies including ASX listed Southcorp Ltd, Independent Holdings Ltd (Group), AMP Australia and companies in the UK, USA and Chile.

He was a partner of the Adelaide legal firm Finlaysons and its Managing Partner from 1985 to 1991.

He has also been actively involved in a large number of community and professional associations and is at the present time a member of the AICD and its Corporate Governance Committee, He is currently a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, a Director of The General Sir John Monash Scholarship Foundation and the Chair of The Psychosis Australia Trust.

He was the inaugural Chairman of Foodbank South Australia Inc from 1999 to 2014, and a Director of Foodbank Australia Ltd. Board

In its 50 year history, Flinders University has made a substantial and distinctive contribution to higher education in South Australia. In recent years it has also achieved a prominent position as a leading education provider in the Northern Territory, particularly in the field of medicine.

Research strengths include biomedical and clinical sciences, culture, policy and society, health and human behaviour, molecular science and technology, engineering, and water and environment. Leading Flinders researchers include biomedical engineer Professor Karen Reynolds, bowel cancer pioneer Professor Graeme Young and hydrogeologist Professor Craig Simmons, each South Australian Scientists of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2015 respectively, and eminent public health specialist Professor Fran Baum.

A state-of-the-art $120 million campus at Tonsley was opened in 2015. It centrally locates the University’s School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Medical Device Research Institute and Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology, within an innovation precinct alongside key businesses. A hub for entrepreneurs, next generation start-ups and employers through Flinders University’s Flinders New Venture Institute, it provides a platform for collaboration with local industries and manufacturers, and an impetus for economic transformation in South Australia.

Flinders University excels in remote area education and has trained medical students in the Northern Territory since 1997. Its Northern Territory Medical Program allows students to complete a Flinders MD while remaining resident in Darwin. Today Flinders is the most significant external provider of tertiary education in the Northern Territory with major facilities on the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University, at Royal Darwin Hospital and in Alice Springs.

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Flinders is ranked 46 in the world’s top 150 universities under
50 (Times Higher Education).


Ranked in the world’s top 10 medical schools 50 years old and
under (2015 QS World University Rankings by subject).


Flinders’ mission is to change lives and change the world.


Research rated at or above world standard in 92% of discipline
groups in health and medicine.

Photographer of the Flinders Hub and Plaza: Peter Barnes.

Flinders University has a proud reputation as one of the most highly regarded international providers of postgraduate education in Asia. Research collaborations in China are focused on Changsha and Shandong provinces. Courses are provided jointly with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Flinders has a particular focus on the delivery of social work and disability services courses in Indonesia, along with nursing, business and international relations. To mark the special relationship Flinders enjoys with Indonesia the Jembatan (bridge) initiative was launched in 2015 to promote cultural engagement between South Australia and Indonesia.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered in 16 schools across four faculties. Flinders University has some 2,700 staff and 25,000 students; 4,000 international students come from over 100 countries. The University’s main campus has on-site housing for 500 students, and its own international pathways college.

The University’s commitment to making a positive difference to the world is captured in the strategic plan ‘The 2025 Agenda – Making a Difference’. It sets out four aspirations: to create a culture that supports students and staff to succeed, to foster research excellence that builds better communities, to inspire education that produces original thinkers, and to promote meaningful engagement that enhances our environment, economy and society.

To find out more, visit the Flinders University website www.flinders.edu.au opens-in-a-new-window

Flinders University Council

The primary responsibilities of Council are to:

  1. Appoint the Chancellor and as considered appropriate other office bearers;
  2. Appoint a Vice-Chancellor as the chief executive officer and Chief Academic of the University and monitor his or her performance;
  3. Approve the mission and strategic direction of the University;
  4. Approve the annual budget and the strategic, operational and financial plans;
  5. Oversee and review the management of the University and its performance;
  6. Establish appropriate policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations;
  7. Approve and monitor systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any entities controlled by the University;
  8. Oversee and monitor the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings;
  9. Oversee and monitor the academic activities of the University;
  10. Approve significant commercial activities of the University.

For further information, refer to the Flinders University Council Charter opens-in-a-new-window.

Membership of Flinders University’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Mr Stephen Gerlach AM – Chancellor (to 28 February 2018)
Professor Colin Stirling – Vice-Chancellor
Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane – Chair of Academic Senate (to 30 June 2017)

Appointed Members – Council

Mrs Leonie J Clyne OAM – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2016)
Mr Douglas Gautier AM (to 31 December 2016)
Ms Kathryn Gramp (to 31 December 2018)
Mr Stephen Hains – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2018)
Mrs Peggy Lau-Flux (to 31 December 2016)
Ms Elizabeth Perry – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2018)
Mr Austin RM Taylor (to 31 December 2016)
Professor Brenda Wilson (to 31 December 2018)
Mrs Christine Zeitz (to 31 December 2018)
Vacancy (to 31 December 2016)

Elected Members

Dr Grant Banfield – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2016)
Vacant – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2016)
Vacant – Professional Staff (to 31 December 2016)
Vacant – Professional Staff (to 31 December 2016)
Dr Kwan Chia – Postgraduate Student (to 31 December 2016)
Ms Simone Jowett – Undergraduate Student (to 31 December 2016)
Mr Caleb Pattinson – Undergraduate Student (to 31 December 2016)

Standing Committees:

Academic Senate

Chair – Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane

Audit Committee

Chair – Mr Austin RM Taylor

Finance and Investment Committee

Chair – Ms Peggy Lau-Flux

Executive Committee

Chair – Mr Stephen Gerlach AM, Chancellor

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