Tanya Hosch is joining the AFTRS council while Vaughan Dai Rees, Christine Burton and Professor Mark Rose will join the academic board, with Rose as named chair following the departure of Robin Ewing.
In addition, former ANU and WIN CFO David Sturgiss will join the school’s finance and risk management (FARM) committee.
Hosch is the first Indigenous person and the second woman to ever work in the executive team for the AFL, where she is general manager of inclusion and social policy. Prior to this she was the joint campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional reform, and is also a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group for NAB and board director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, Circus Oz, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. She was also a member of the Referendum Council that led the process and final recommendation that resulted in The Statement from the Heart in May 2017.
Professor Rose, who is based at RMIT, takes the reins of AFTRS’ academic board as University of Sydney’s Ewing finishes her second term.
Professor Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria, and for the last decade has taught in predominantly postgraduate leadership programs for RMIT University’s Faculty of Business in Australia as well as Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He is also Chair of the NT-based Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Education.
Dai Rees is UNSW’s associate dean international and engagement at UNSW Art & Design, and Christine Burton is associate dean education at the UTS Business School. They join Rachael Weiss who is currently university quality manager at University of Sydney, and replace independent members members Graham Forsyth and Graham Hendry who have completed their terms.
“These are significant appointments to both the Council, FARM and the Academic Board of AFTRS. It is essential that we have Indigenous representation on the two key boards that oversee the school to ensure we are reflecting and considering first nation storytellers. I look forward to working with Tanya Hosch and Mark Rose and welcome their contributions,” AFTRS council chair Russel Howcroft said.
“It is also pleasing to note that the Academic Board appointments have boosted the Board’s range of skills across creativity, business and representation that will help the School achieve excellence.”
Other AFTRS Council members are Howcroft (chair), Katrina Sedgwick, Annabelle Herd, Carole Campbell, Peter Tonagh, Neil Peplow), Pearl Tan (staff representative) and Adam Boys (student representative).