The Chancellor’s role is to facilitate work carried out by the Senate to support the wellbeing of our University and ensure our high standing in the wider community.
Belinda Hutchinson AC became the 18th Chancellor of the University of Sydney in 2013. She is a strong advocate for the critical role of world-class education and research in securing Australia’s social and economic future.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics and in 2012 received a University Alumni Award for professional achievement.
She has a deep interest in developing a culture of philanthropy and sits on the not-for-profit board of Australian Philanthropic Services as well as being a Trustee of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation. Her family foundation supports a variety of community-based initiatives such as the Hunger Project in Malawi, Africa.
In the business sphere she is a non-executive director of Qantas Australia and Thales Australia Limited and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She was previously Chairman of Future Generation Global and QBE Insurance Group, and a director of AGL Energy, Telstra Corporation, Coles Myer, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Crane Group, Energy Australia, TAB, Snowy Hydro Trading, Sydney Water. She has served as President of the Council of the State Library of New South Wales and Chief Executive Women.
She was named a Companion in the Order of Australia in June 2020 in recognition of her eminent service to business, tertiary education and scientific research and for her philanthropic endeavours to address social disadvantage.