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Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO served as Governor of NSW from 2001 to 2014 and was the first woman to be appointed to the role. Born in Narrandera in the Riverina district of NSW, and educated at the Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School, Marie Bashir completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney in 1956.

Dr Bashir taught at the Universities of Sydney and NSW, increasingly working with children’s services, psychiatry and mental health services, and Indigenous health programs. At the time of her appointment as Governor of NSW, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney; Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney; and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to child and adolescent health, and was invested by Her Majesty, the Queen, with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006.

In June 2014, Her Excellency was named as a Dame of the Order of Australia for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to the administration, public life, and people of New South Wales, to medicine, particularly as an advocate for improved mental health outcomes for the young, marginalised and disadvantaged, to international relations, through the promotion of collaborative health programs, and as a leader in tertiary education.


David Gonski

David Gonski is Chairman of ANZ Bank Limited; Coca-Cola Amatil Limited; the University of New South Wales Foundation Limited; and Sydney Theatre Company Ltd; and Chancellor of the University of New South Wales.

David is also a Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australian Philanthropic Services Limited and a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the Advisory Committee for Optus Limited.

David is a former Chairman of the Guardians of the Future Fund of Australia, Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Swiss Re Life & Health Australia Limited, Investec Holdings Australia Limited, Ingeus Limited, National E-Health Transition Authority Ltd, the Federal Government Review Panel of Funding for Schooling (The Gonski Review), the Advisory Committee to the NSW Government Commission of Audit and ASX Limited. He is also a former Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Investec Property Limited, Infrastructure NSW, Singapore Airlines Limited and Westfield Holdings Limited.


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