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 February 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 degree from the University of Sydney 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 a number of not-for-profit boards, including Australian Philanthropic Services and St Vincent’s Health Australia’s NSW Advisory board. She is currently also Chairman of Future Generation Global Investment Company, Australia’s largest impact investing fund with a focus on child and youth mental health. Her family foundation supports a variety of community-based initiatives such as the Hunger Project in Malawi, Africa.
In the business sphere, she is Chairman of Thales Australia Limited, a non-executive director of Qantas and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Company Directors.
She was previously Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, a director of Telstra, Coles Myer, Energy Australia, TAB, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Crane Group, a non-executive director of AGL Energy and President of the NSW State Library Council.
Belinda is a champion for increasing opportunities for women in leadership positions and is a past president of Chief Executive Women, which comprises more than 400 of the country’s women leaders.