Social Sciences Building

Industry Advisory Board

Our board members play a pivotal role in shaping our strategies
With a storied history of more than 165 years of teaching and research excellence, our faculty strives to remain at the forefront of tertiary education.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences maintains strong alignment with industry, government and community needs through discussion with our Industry Advisory Board. It is made up of thought leaders from diverse fields of practice important to the arts and humanities, social sciences and education. Our board members have a strong commitment to our University and play a pivotal advisory role in shaping our strategies.

Board members

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Nicholas Chambers
Senior Curator, The Art Gallery of NSW

Nicholas Chambers has over 20 years’ experience in the arts sector. He has developed and contributed to exhibitions and publications for museums in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. Nicholas is currently employed as Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and has previously held the positions of Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh; and Curator of Contemporary International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. He is an Alumni of the University of Sydney.

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Mathew Demetriou
General Manager, Australian and New Zealand Experian

Mathew is a General Manager for Experian, a leading global technology and information services company. With extensive experience in the technology sector across both corporate and start-up environments Mathew is passionate about helping companies grow and succeed by building high performance teams and culture. He also has a strong commitment to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in his role as Experian’s Regional Executive DEI Sponsor.

Mathew is a proud University of Sydney graduate, was the recipient of the Sydney University Sport - Business School Scholarship, part of the Elite Athlete Program as an Undergraduate and Masters student and awarded a University Blue. He is one of the soccer club's most capped elite players, a former club captain and post his playing career served as an Executive Board Member.

He is also the Deputy President of the Alumni Council, is a guest speaker at the Business School and actively involved in several mentoring programs.

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Hanna Ebeling
Chief Executive Officer, Social Enterprise Finance Australia

Hanna is the Chief Executive Officer at Sefa (Social Enterprise Finance Australia), working with purpose-driven organisations on capital solutions and capability support to suit their needs, and helping these organisations build organisational resilience and access resources from a range of impact investors. Her passions include blended finance in partnership with foundations, community-led enterprises, and ground-breaking housing models. She is on the board of disability service provider Woodville Alliance and social enterprise Vanguard Laundry, and as a member.

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Simon Hannigan
Partner, Ernst and Young

Simon has more than 15 years of professional firm experience with Ernst and Young (EY) and has been a Partner since 2018.

He works with listed and other public interest entities, across the media, technology, mining, agricultural and consumer products sectors, both in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific.

In addition to his time at Ernst and Young, Simon successfully co-founded Grow Inc, a financial services technology company focussed on improving Australian superannuation member outcomes. He is also a current Board Member of the Lysicrates Foundation.

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Fiona McLean
CEO and Managing Director, The Social Index

Fiona Mclean is an innovative HR and business leader with deep experience in creating value for global companies across financial services, technology and infrastructure industries. She is passionate about helping businesses achieve a competitive edge by aligning talent and culture with innovation and technology. She is also successful entrepreneur, having built new HR revenue generating products for businesses as well as being the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Social Index - an organisation that help companies and individuals navigate the merging of online and offline reputations to make better career decisions. Fiona is an Alumni of The University of Sydney and is also focused on helping emerging talent realise their potential and improving opportunities for diversity and equity in businesse.

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Lucy Newcomb
Director, Salt & Shein

Lucy is well recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and influential executive recruiters and talent advisors for corporate affairs, communications, sustainability, government affairs and investor relations.

Lucy was born in New Zealand, where she completed her Bachelor of Business degree before gaining valuable experience in a range of consumer brand and marketing management positions.

In 1997, she relocated to Australia to start her recruitment career with Morgan & Banks. She has established an enviable network in both Australia and internationally. Now are Director of Salt & Shein, a boutique recruitment firm working with a broad range of clients across large publicly listed companies, private enterprise, Government and Not for Profit.

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Phoebe Saintilan-Stocks
Founder and Chair of Board, Missing Perspectives

Phoebe is the founder of Missing Perspectives – a media startup using news reporting and storytelling to tackle the underrepresentation of young female voices in the news industry. Since launching 2021, Missing Perspective has built an audience across the globe, worked with a range of leading global brands to elevate voices of marginalised women and the stories have led to real world social impact and policy change. Phoebe is an Alumni of The University of Sydney, has human rights policy experience across the public and private sector. She is passionate about using technology and media to accelerate gender equality for young women around the world.

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Mariam Veiszadeh
Chief Executive Officer, Media Diversity Australia

Mariam is the Chief Executive Officer at Media Diversity Australia. She has worked as radio commentator for the ABC radio and as a columnist for Fairfax media. Mariam is also an award winning human rights champion, lawyer, diversity and inclusion practitioner, contributing author and social commentator. As the 2016 Fairfax Daily Life Women of the Year, Mariam is an award-winner change maker and inclusive thought leader. Mariam founded the Islamophobia Register Australia, and has held multiple board positions including formerly as Co-Chair of Australia Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and Our Watch.

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Rodney Williams
Principal, Nous Group

Rodney is a Guwa (Koa) man and has diverse industry experience across the corporate, public and community sectors where he has held board, senior executive and management roles. He brings over 23 years’ professional experience in management consulting, banking and finance, Indigenous economic development, employment services, and design. Rodney applies strategic thinking and well-developed commercial skills to solve challenging client problems across a broad range of sectors. He has expertise in evaluation, strategy, business performance, leadership, stakeholder engagement and capacity building. Prior to Nous, Rodney was CEO of CareerTrackers, a national not-for-profit organisation supporting First Nations university students to accelerate their careers.