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People and Culture Committee

Monitoring the University's human resources, culture and safety
The People and Culture Committee monitors and advises Senate on the University's human resources, Senate governance, culture, and safety, health and wellbeing.

The People and Culture Committee monitors and advises Senate on:

  • human resources (HR) policies, structures and processes that support the University’s strategic objectives in:
    • University culture and values;
    • the attraction, development and retention of academic and professional staff;
    • remuneration and reward;
    • diversity and inclusion;
    • workplace relations; and
    • performance management, succession planning and development programs for senior executive roles including the Vice-Chancellor and his or her executive direct reports;
  • the culture at the University, including the need for any reviews or external advice;
  • effective risk management in areas covered by the Committee’s Terms of Reference, including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; and
  • conducting reviews in the areas covered by the Committee’s Terms of Reference, including the need for any external advice

Full terms of reference (pdf, 67.7KB)

Agenda items due Meeting date Meeting time
Friday 5 February 2021 Friday 19 February 2021 3.00pm -6.00pm 
Wednesday 26 May 2021 Wednesday 9 June 2021 9.30am -12.30pm 
Wednesday 18 August 2021 Wednesday 1 September 2021 9.00am- 12noon
Wednesday 10 November 2021 Wednesday 24 November 2021 9.30am- 12:30pm
Chair and ex-officio members

Chair is appointed by Senate from the Fellows of Senate (not a staff or student Fellow).

Member Term of office
Emeritus Professor Alan Pettigrew
Current term as Chair
May 2019 – May 2021

Belinda Hutchinson AC
ex-officio member

Current term as Chancellor
Feb 2017 – Feb 2025

Previous term as Chancellor
Feb 2013 – Feb 2017

Richard Freudenstein
Deputy Chancellor
ex-officio member

Current term as Deputy Chancellor
April 2020 – Mar 2022

Previous term as Deputy Chancellor
Dec 2017 – Mar 2020

Professor Stephen Garton AM
ex-officio member

Current term as Vice-Chancellor
Dec 2020 -
Fellows of Senate

Three Fellows of Senate are appointed by Senate after consultation by the chair of the committee with the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor.

Member Term of office

Kate McClymont AM

Current term
Jun 2019 – May 2021

Previous terms as member of the Nominations and Appointments Committee
Jan 2018 – May 2019

May 2016 – Dec 2017

May 2014 – May 2016

Jason Yat-sen Li

Current term
Jun 2020– May 2022

Previous term
Jan 2018 – Dec 2020

As the Chair of Academic Board is an ex-officio member as required by clause 46A of the University of Sydney By-law 1999 (as amended), the three Fellows are the Committee Chair, and two additional Fellows.  
External members

A minimum of two and up to three external members with appropriate professional expertise and experience appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the chair of the committee.

Senate may, on the advice of the committee, or on its own volition, co-opt additional members as required.

Member Term of office

Vincent Graham AM

Current term
Jun 2019 – May 2021

Previous term
Jan 2018 – May 2019

Jenni Smith

Current term
Jun 2020 – May 2022

Previous term
May 2018 – May 2020


Rosie Biasi

Committee Officer
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