Former Vice-Chancellor and UTS alumni take Queen’s Birthday Honours

17 June 2015

Ross MilbourneNine outstanding UTS alumni were amongst those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours announced this month, with contributions spanning health, the law, building and architecture, community, and police and emergency services. In addition, a remarkable contribution to higher education saw former UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne named an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

The Honourable Justice Robert Benjamin (Master of Laws, 1997) was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the judiciary and to the law, to legal education, mediation and arbitration, and to professional standards.

A Resident Judge for Tasmania in the Family Court of Australia since 2005, Justice Benjamin was also recognised for his executive and membership roles with the Law Society of NSW, College of Law, NSW Legal Practitioners Admission Board and the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, among others. He is currently Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee, a Member of the Family Law Council, and Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Justice Benjamin spent 30 years as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW.

Mark Brandon (Graduate Diploma in Employment Relations, 1995), former CEO of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his contribution to public administration, and to health and aged care standards. Mr Brandon has also been a member of the Australian Government’s Ageing Consultative Committee, and participated in a strategic review of aged care training.

Also honoured with Medal of the Order of Australia were:

  • Allan Harriman (Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying and Assessment, 1996), for service to the building and construction industry through professional associations;
  • Marina Ritossa (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 1991), for service to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia through fundraising and to the international community;
  • Suzanne Thomas (Diploma in Teaching Technical Education, 1991), for service to the community of the Hunter Valley; and
  • Malcolm Levy (Graduate Diploma in Urban and Estate Management, 1982), for service to sailing and to architecture.

Other alumni recognised on the day include:

  • Mark Wilson (Master of Education in Adult Education, 2007) – Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for meritorious achievement as a Military Liaison Officer serving on Operation ASLAN as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
  • Peter Agnew (Master of Education in Adult Education, 2001) – Emergency Services Medal (ESM), Federal
  • Detective Inspector Mark Henney (Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, 1998) – Australian Police Medal (APM)

UTS Council member Russell Taylor was also recognised as a Member (AM) of the Order Of Australia. For the full story, visit UTS:Newsroom.

Find out more about other UTS Alumni making a difference in our profiles section.