Alumni Profiles and Stories

There are more than 14,000 UNSW Canberra graduates located in over 140 countries around the world, reflecting the progressive spirit and diversity that our University is known for. UNSW Canberra graduates shape Australia, the region and the international community as leaders in defence, government, and industry.

Take a look at these alumni snapshots to learn about the journey they took after graduation and where they are now. 

Dr Sandra Burchill

Dr Sandra Burchill completed a PhD in English in 1988. She was the first female to have completed a PhD with UNSW Canberra.  

She is retired and was formerly an Executive Officer in the Rector’s Office at UNSW Canberra.

In honour of International Women’s Day 2018, we reached out to Dr. Burchill to ask her about her experiences as a... read more

Commodore Katherine Richards

Commodore Katherine Richards is the Chief Of Staff of the Royal Australian Navy’s Strategic Command.  She recently completed a three year posting as the Director General of Engineering of the Royal Australian Navy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors in 1992.

In honour of International Women’s Day 2018, we reached out to Katherine to ask her about her experiences as a woman... read more

Kathryn Campbell

Kathryn Campbell joined the Department of Human Services as Secretary on 7 March 2011.

Prior to her current appointment, Kathryn was the Deputy Secretary, Tertiary, Youth and International at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 2010 to 2011. 

Kathryn also held the positions of Deputy Secretary, Budget and Deputy Secretary, Financial Management in the Department of Finance and Deregulation (... read more

Michael Easson AM

Michael is co-founding Director and Executive Chairman of EG, a leading Funds Management and Property Advisory company. Michael has extensive experience in infrastructure, funds management and development, with over 30 years in the industry.

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Ms Gayle Ginnane

Ms Gayle Ginnane has over 30 years experience in Public Sector, 12 years as the CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council (PHIAC). Ms Ginnane has broad experience as a senior manager in an insurance and regulatory environment, and an in depth understanding of governance, risk management and finance.

Ms Ginnane has considerable experience as an independent director on a number of Boards, both commercial and not for... read more

David John Hurley

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014.

Prior to his appointment as Governor, General Hurley served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. General Hurley was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force... read more

David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen is an Australian author, strategist and counterinsurgency expert and is currently the non-executive Chairman and a Founder of Caerus Associates, a strategy and design consulting firm.

Building on his experience as a strategist and soldier, he was motivated by the idea that conflict is dynamic and hyper-local. Dr. Kilcullen served 25 years as a light infantry officer in the... read more