Nine exceptional UTS Alumni recognised in the 2016 Queens Honours List

30 June 2016

The 2016 Queens Birthday Honours list saw nine UTS alumni gain recognition for their outstanding contribution to the Australian community in a range of areas such as community, disability services, education, emergency management, health, information technology and sport.

“We are delighted and proud to hear our alumni honoured by their inclusion in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List. From UTS’s beginnings, we have been committed to producing graduates for whom service to society, whether it be on a local or global level, be a vital part of their work.”
Professor Attila Brungs
UTS Vice Chancellor

Diploma in Teaching (1982) graduate Mrs Marelle Ann Thornton was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to people with a disability, as a global leader and advocate for support services and increased research funding to prevent cerebral palsy.

Mrs Thornton is the former President and Chairman of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, former president of the Asian and Pacific Cerebral Palsy Association and Vice-President of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association.

Mrs Thornton’s accolades include being a Member (AM) in the General Division (awarded 10 years ago), Australian Cerebral Palsy Association’s Distinguished Service Medal and the Centenary Medal for Outstanding Australians.

Bachelor of Laws (1998) alumnus Dr John Colin Dewdney was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education as an academic, researcher and administrator, particularly in the field of public health development.

Dr Dewdney has been contributing to public health sector for more than 40 years as a practitioner, consultant, researcher and trainer in health service development. He has engaged in international organisation funded health development projects in more than thirty countries through roles at the World Bank, World Health Organisation, Department for International Development (DFID), Asian Development Bank and AusAID. His work has made a positive impact on a global scale with the adoption of his computer based health workforce planning model in countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and Oceania.

Honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia

  • Ms Beverley Elaine Earnshaw (Master of Arts in Applied History 1994) for service to historical organisations, and as an author. This alumna completed her Masters in Applied History from UTS in 1994.
  • Mr Richard Stephan Adams (Diploma in Adult Education in Training 1989) for service to veterans and their families, and to the community. Richard was awarded the Diploma in Adult Education in Training from UTS in 1989.
  • Mr Peter Bolice Lozan (Diploma in Technology (Public Administration) 1978) was awarded the MOA for his service to swimming and to surf lifesaving.
  • Ms Stephanie Schwarz (Graduate Diploma in Technical Education 1984) received a MOA for her dedicated service to veterans and their families, and to the community.

Other outstanding alumni recognised on the day

  • Mr Stephen Robert Frost (Graduate Diploma in Administration 1987) -meritorious - Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to emergency management in New South Wales, particularly to community welfare in times of natural disasters. Stephen completed a Graduate Diploma in Administration at UTS in 1987.
  • Major Joanne Therese Baker (Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Science 1993) - Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for meritorious devotion to duty as a Specialist Recruiting Team - Health member in Defence Force Recruiting from 2014 to 2015. This admirable alumna graduated from UTS in 1993 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Science.
  • Mr Dennis Keith Buck (Bachelor of Education in Technical Education 1991) - Meritorious - Emergency Services Medal (ESM).  Mr Buck has been a member of the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) for over 18 years and plays an integral role in the area of training and leadership. In 1991 Dennis graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Technical Education.

“We are delighted and proud to hear our alumni honoured by their inclusion in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List” said Professor Attila Brungs, Vice Chancellor. “From UTS’s beginnings, we have been committed to producing graduates for whom service to society, whether it be on a local or global level, be a vital part of their work”.

Congratulations to these remarkable alumni for their exemplary leadership and service to Australia.

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