Ms Catherine Livingstone AO

Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney

Ms Livingstone was elected to the role of Chancellor by the UTS Council with her four year term commencing on 1 December 2016.

Ms Livingstone is a highly respected company director with extensive business and finance experience across a broad range of industries and organisations. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

In addition to being Chancellor of UTS, Ms Livingstone is currently:

  • Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Member, Commonwealth Science Council
  • Member, Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • President, Australian Museum Trust
  • Director, WorleyParsons Ltd
  • Director, The George Institute for Global Health
  • Director, Saluda Medical Pty Ltd

Her executive career spanned more than 22 years in which she held general management and finance leadership roles, primarily in the medical devices sector and including six years as the Chief Executive Officer of Cochlear Limited.

Ms Livingstone was the former Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited and of the CSIRO. She has served on the Boards of Macquarie Group Limited, Goodman Fielder Limited and Rural Press Limited and has contributed to the work of the Innovation and Productivity Council for the New South Wales Government.  She was also the former President of the Business Council of Australia.

In 2008, Catherine was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the development of Australian science, technology and innovation policies, to the business sector through leadership and management roles and as a contributor to professional organisations.

Qualifications:  BA (Accounting) (Hons) (Macquarie), HonDBus (Macquarie), HonDSc (Murdoch), HonDBus (UTS), HonDLitt (Sydney), HonDSc (Wollongong), FCAANZ, FAATSE, FAICD, FAAS.

Forward thinking and dynamic, the University of Technology Sydney is aptly located in Ultimo, a vibrant creative and start up precinct. Its innovative learning and teaching model integrates the best of online and face-to-face experiences. Students benefit from an immersive career-focused education, coupled with strong links to industry. They’re prepared for tomorrow, in a way which is relevant today.

UTS’s vision is to become a world-leading university of technology. Its status as Australia’s number one young university, according to both the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017 and the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ ranking 2017­­-2018, suggests that its well on its way to achieving this ambition.

With its focus on high-impact research, UTS has rapidly gained a reputation for research excellence, and is well placed among the world’s top universities in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. The Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 initiative classifies two-thirds of UTS research as ‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard.

UTS’s research spans a range of disciplines, including health, data sciences, sustainability, social futures, future work and industry, applied economics, environmental sciences, robotics, civil engineering, microbiology and quantum computation. Its researchers pride themselves on providing practical and relevant solutions to issues of national and international importance, and equipping graduates with the latest discipline-specific skills and practices.

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(Times Higher Education Young University Rankings)


(QS Reimagine Education Awards 2015)


In eight out of eight categories of higher education
(QS for 2015-2017)


Into a campus that supports learning, teaching and research
strategic objectives.

The university is internationally-recognised for its innovative teaching and learning model, which is both practice-oriented and research inspired, and which integrates the best of online and face-to-face experiences. UTS won the Hybrid Learning Innovation category of the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia for its learning.futures initiative, a several-year-long program aligning future-focused curriculum with informed technology use, designed in tandem with a $1.3 billion transformation of the UTS City campus.

UTS’s state-of-the-art campus, including the first Frank Gehry designed building in Australia, was built to meet the dynamic needs of 21st century students. It features innovative spaces to support new ways of thinking, and utilises new technologies to equip students for tomorrow’s world.

UTS has developed extensive research collaborations with organisations around the world. More than 150 companies partner with UTS, sharing their resources and expertise in exchange for leading research outcomes, programs of innovation, development and commercialisation, staff education, and access to the university’s best graduates.

UTS graduates include acclaimed actor and producer Hugh Jackman; Sydney Peace Prize winner Sekai Holland; author and Miles Franklin Award winner, Anna Funder; Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, the Honorable Tanya Plibersek MP; 2015 Advance Award winners Professor Carolyn McGregor AM and Afghan women’s rights advocate Nasima Rahmani; and founder of China’s largest NGO, the Zhicheng Public Interest Law Organisation and winner of the 2015 Australia China Alumni Award, Lihua Tong.

The social and cultural diversity of students, staff and partners in the professions and the community is another key strength of UTS. Of its 44,753 students, 14,148 are international students from 120 countries. This diversity creates a vibrant and rich learning environment, preparing graduates for workplaces of today and the future.

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University of Technology Sydney Council

Council is the governing body of UTS, and is established in accordance with the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) and the University of Technology Sydney By-law 1995 (NSW) opens-in-a-new-window and relevant UTS Rules opens-in-a-new-window.

Council’s powers and functions include management and control of the University’s affairs, concerns and property. Council acts in all matters that best promote the objectives and interests of the University.

Membership of the UTS Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Ms Catherine Livingstone AO – Chancellor (to 30 November 2020)
Professor Attila Brungs – Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Joanne Gray – Chair of Academic Board (to 31 December 2018)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Mr Tony Tobin (to 31 October 2018)
Mr Brian Wilson AO (to 31 October 2018)

Appointed Members – Council

Mr Peter Bennett (to 31 October 2020)
Ms Michelene Collopy (to 31 October 2020)
Mr Robert Kelly (to 31 October 2018)
Dr John Laker AO (to 31 October 2018)
Dr Ron Sandland AM (to 31 October 2020)
Dr Merilyn Sleigh (to 31 October 2018)
Mr Russell Taylor AM (to 31 October 2018)
Mr Brett Clegg (to 31 October 2020)

Elected Members

Professor Anthony Dooley – Academic Staff (to 31 October 2018)
Professor Sally Varnham – Academic Staff (to 31 October 2018)
Mr Daniel Willis – Professional Staff (to 31 October 2018)
Mr Bijay Sapkota – Undergraduate Student (to 31 October 2018)
Mr Michael Rosser – Postgraduate Student (to 31 October 2018)

Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Academic Board

Chair – Professor Joanne Gray

Audit and Risk Committee

Chair – Mr Robert Kelly

Commercial Activities Committee

Chair – Dr Ron Sandland AM

Finance Committee

Chair – Mr Brian Wilson AO

Governance Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Nominations Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Physical Infrastructure Committee

Chair – Mr Toby Tobin

Remuneration Committee

Chair – Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor

Social Justice Committee

Chair – Mr Russell Taylor AM

Student Council Liaison Group

Chair – Ms Michelene Collopy

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