Council

Council members

The University's principal governing body is the Council, comprising 15 members. The Council is led by the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor, elected by the Council members. It is responsible for the governance of the University, acts in its best interest, drives performance through strategy and stewardship, provides overall strategic guidance and oversees senior management in carrying out that strategic direction.

The Council operates in accordance with the Charles Darwin University Act 2003 which sets out the powers and functions of the University and how these must be performed. 

The Council meets regularly, and meeting agendas include matters that require Council's attention and decision. Papers are prepared for Council's consideration in advance of these meetings. In some cases, management will be invited to attend meetings to present on relevant items.

Council papers should be concise standalone documents that provide the information that the Council requires to fully understand the issues being raised and where required, to make an appropriately informed decision that meets the needs of the University.

See the Council meeting dates.

The Council is served by the University Secretary, and demonstrates a commitment to good governance practices. For further information about any aspect of the Council, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au

Procedures for the appointment and election of members are prescribed under the Charles Darwin University Election of Members of Council By-laws 2009 (PDF 46KB).

Council membership consists of:

  • Chancellor
  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Chairperson of the Academic Board
  • eight members appointed by the Administrator
  • four elected members, comprised of:
    • one person elected by and from the full-time higher education academic staff of the University
    • one person elected by and from the full-time VET (TAFE) academic staff of the University
    • one person elected by and from the undergraduate students of the University
    • one person elected by and from the postgraduate students of the University

The Council is also required to ensure that among its members, there is a diverse range of skills and experience with a broad range of community interests, including expertise in education and vocational training, research and technology, and financial and commercial expertise.

Council members must act solely in the interests of the University and not as a delegate or representative of a particular constituency when exercising a power or performing a function of office.

University Chancellors Council

MemberAppointmentTerm
Mr Neil Balnaves AOChancellor22 April 2016 - 31 December 2018
Professor Simon MaddocksVice-Chancellorex-officio
Associate Professor Steve ShanahanChair Academic Boardex-officio
Members Appointed by the Administrator(Term  - 3 Years to and From Date Appointed) 
Professor Judith Whitworth AC 29 September 2015 - 29 September 2018
Mr Lorenzo Strano OAM 29 September 2015 - 29 September 2018
Mr Alan Morris 29 September 2015 - 29 September 2018
Mr Richard Ryan AODeputy Chancellor18 April 2016 - 18 April 2019
Mr Ken Davies 18 April 2016 - 18 April 2019
Ms Jodie Ryan 11 August 2014 - 11 August 2017
Ms Marion Scrymgour 18 April 2016 – 18 April 2019
Vacant  
Members Elected by the Academic Staff(Term - 3 Years From 1 Jan After Election) 
Dr Aggie WegnerFull-time higher education academic staff01 January 2017 - 31 December 2019
Mr Raymond SimpsonFull-time VET academic staff01 January 2017 - 31 December 2019
Members Elected by the Students(Term - 1 Year From 1 Jan After Election) 
Ms Catherine JonesUndergraduate student01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
Mr Bryan BakerPostgraduate student01 January 2016 7 31 December 2017
Council Secretary  
Mr Ross SpringoloUniversity Secretary 

Under the Charles Darwin University Act 2003, Council has the authority to establish committees to assist in the exercise of its functions.

There are seven standing Committees of Council:

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Audit and Risk Committee

For further information on any aspect of the Audit and Risk Committee, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au

Executive Committee of Council

For further information on any aspect of the Executive Committee of Council, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au

Finance and Infrastructure Development Committee

For further information on any aspect of the Finance and Infrastructure Development Committee, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au

Nominations, Honorary Awards and Legislative (NHAL) Committee

For further information on any aspect of the Nominations, Honorary Awards and Legislative (NHAL) Committee, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au

Remuneration Committee of Council

For further information on any aspect of the Remuneration Committee of Council, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au

Tender Committee

For further information on any aspect of the Tender Committee, including scheduling or submission of papers, contact:

Mr Ross Springolo
University Secretary
T: 08 8946 7790
E: ross.springolo@cdu.edu.au