UTS alumni and staff honoured on Queen's Birthday

15 June 2017

UTS alumni and staff are among the Australians celebrated in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding contributions to medicine, infrastructure, the arts, education, business, finance and the community.

UTS is delighted to congratulate the alumni, staff and other distinguished members of the UTS community recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Those honoured include:

  • Jeremy Fisher, (Doctor of Creative Arts, 2003) was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his “service to literature, to education and to professional organisations”.  Dr Fisher’s published works include Perfect Timing (1993), Music from Another Country (2009), How to Tell Your Father to Drop Dead (2013) and The Dirty Little Dog (2016). Dr Fisher is a former Executive Director and of the Australian Society of Authors (2004 to 2009), and a former ASOA Board Member.  He has multiple degrees from UTS and was awarded a Literature Board grant from the Australian Council for the Arts in 2007. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Writing at the University of New England, and has made significant contributions to Australian gay literature and the advocacy of LGBT rights. 
  • Vincent Graham, (Diploma of Technology Management, 1980) was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to public administration in New South Wales, particularly through reform of the rail and electricity sectors”. Mr Graham is the former CEO of Networks NSW, Endeavour Energy Australia, Rail Corp NSW and the former Managing Director of National Rail Corp Ltd. Mr Graham retired in December 2015 after 47 years in public infrastructure and was celebrated for his leadership and commitment to worker and public safety, and reducing costs and ensuring reliability for customers.
  • Caroline Homer, (Doctor of Philosophy in Midwifery, 2001) was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to medicine in the field of midwifery as a clinician, researcher, author and educator, through the development of worldwide education standards, and to professional organisations". Professor Homer is the Director of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health in the Faculty of Health, and the Associate Head of UTS's WHO Collaborating Centre in Nursing, Midwifery and Health. She is also the current President of the Australian College of Midwives. Professor Homer has made critical contributions to the development and evaluation of midwifery and maternity services in Australia and various countries in the Asia Pacific region, has been published in over 190 peer reviewed journals and was the only Australian author in The Lancet’s Series on Midwifery in 2014.
  • Patricia Hughes, (Diploma of Adult Education in Community Education, 1989) was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the community, and to youth. Ms Hughes has been a dedicated member of the Country Womens' Association, the Southern Highlands Endurance Ride, the Bundanoon Highland Gathering, Friendship Force Australia and has also devoted more than 55 years of her life to The Girl Guides Association of Australia.
  • Craig Jarvis, (Diploma of Recreation, 1992) also received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for “service to wheelchair sports”. Mr Jarvis is a life member and the Vice Chair of Wheelchair Sports NSW and is the Sport and Recreation Officer at The Prince of Wales Spinal Cord Injuries Unit. He is a passionate believer in introducing newly injured people to sport. Mr Jarvis was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2012 and has worked with various Wheelchair Sports NSW teams and several Paralympic teams.
  • Stephen Page, (Honorary Doctorate in Creative Arts, 2015) was made an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the performing arts and contemporary dance, through enriching Australia’s cultural environment, and by presenting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts to the world”. Mr Page has been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Company since 1991, which has been internationally acclaimed for its body of work that celebrates and reinvents Australian Indigenous storytelling and performing arts. Mr Page is a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South-East Queensland.
  • John Sheehan is an Adjunct UTS Professor in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for "significant service to the real estate and property planning sectors, to professional institutes, and to educational and legal bodies". Professor Sheehan is an Acting Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court, the Director of Sarasan Consulting, and is a leader in the field of complex property rights. He is also the Chair of the Australian Property Institute’s Liaison Committee.
  • Brian Wilson, UTS's Deputy Chancellor who served as UTS Chancellor during 2016, was also appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to the financial and banking sectors through public policy advisory roles in the areas of foreign investment, taxation and superannuation reform, and to higher education administration". Mr Wilson is a former Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board, a UTS Council member and, since 2007, has been the Chair of the UTS Finance Committee, which was instrumental in driving the physical transformation of the UTS campus, overseeing a $1.3 billion infrastructure investment.
  • Katherine Woodthorpe (Honorary Doctorate, 2011) is a former UTS Council Member and was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to business through venture capital, management and commercialization initiatives for research and technology based enterprises, and to industry organisations”. Dr Woodthorpe was a member of the UTS Council and the UTS Board, and is the former Chair of the UTS Commercial Activities Committee and the former Chair of UTS:INSEARCH. Dr Woodthorpe’s business expertise spans public affairs, private equity and superannuation industries, and technology industries such as health and mining.

Read more about UTS Distinguished Professor Caroline Homer's and Deputy Chancellor Brian Wilson's contributions to world leading education and research via the UTS Newsroom.