Thirteen UTS alumni honoured in 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List

25 June 2018

Thirteen UTS graduates and an Adjunct Professor were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their remarkable contributions to the fields of education, health, the arts, engineering, social welfare and public policy.

Recipients included Bernard Fehon, founder of the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout; respected policymaker and career public servant Robyn Kruk; founder and artistic director of the Head On Photo Festival Moshe Rosenzveig; and current UTS School of Law Adjunct Professor, the Honourable Judge John Hatzistergos.

“These outstanding individuals have made a significant impact both within their professional fields and beyond,” says UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs. “The UTS community is proud to count these alumni as graduates and we would like to offer our congratulations on having their contributions recognised in such a distinguished way.”

The 14 individuals were honoured in both the Order of Australia and Meritorious gazettes.

Ms Robyn Caroline Kruk AM (MBA, 1986), was appointed Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to public administration, particularly through mental health reform, environmental resource management and food standards. Across an array of roles including Director-General of the NSW Department of Health, Director-General of NSW Premier and Cabinet, inaugural CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and numerous board appointments, Robyn has worked tirelessly to lead reform, shape policy and effect change. Robyn was previously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Emeritus Professor Michael Jeffrey Atherton , a Professor in Strategic Management and T(Doctor of Philosophy, 2017), was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the performing arts, particularly through music composition, performance and education. The author of several musical history books, his career has included research and education positions at several universities including UTS; serving on the board of the Australia Council; and as a founder-leader of the Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre and Teaching Facility.

The Honourable Judge John Hatzistergos, an Adjunct Professor in the UTS School of Law, was also appointed Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the law and the judiciary, including for the Parliament of NSW through a range of ministerial roles. The former NSW Attorney-General (2007-2011) has also served as Minister for six different portfolios including Citizenship, Industrial Relations and Health, and is a former Deputy Mayor of Canterbury City Council (1998-1999). Since 2014 he has served as a Judge in the District Court of NSW.

Mr Geoffrey Roger McNamara (Diploma of Teaching Technical Education, 1988; Bachelor of Adult Education, 1997; Graduate Certificate Design Technology, 2000), was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to secondary education, particularly in the disciplines of science and astronomy. His accomplishments include authoring over 100 papers in Australian and international science magazines and being honoured with several prestigious awards including the Eureka Prize for Science Teaching in 2012 and the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Teaching in Secondary Schools in 2014.

Emeritus Professor Brian James Morris (Diploma of Adult Education, 1988), was similarly appointed Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to health education, scientific research and professional organisations including the High Blood Pressure Research Council Australia. He has authored over 380 academic publications and developed a significant international reputation for his work on the molecular mechanics of ageing, hypertension, male circumcision and cervical cancer – including being the first in the world to patent the use of PCR in cervical screenings to detect cancer-causing types of HPV in 1987.

The following exceptional alumni were also recognised:

  • Mr Gregory Wilson Blaze (Masters of Local Government Management, 1993), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to civil engineering. Greg has applied his engineering expertise to the humanitarian sphere including consulting for the United Nations on a World Food Program in Somalia, and authoring the book There Are No Waves in Mogadishu about his experiences in East Africa.
  • Mrs Mary Rose Bryant (Graduate Diploma in Communications Management, 1989), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to veterans and their families. A former university lecturer, Mary has been closely associated with the Ashfield Returned and Services League of Australia for over 18 years where she currently serves as President.
  • Ms Kim Rosemary Buhagiar (Diploma in Community Organisations, 1997), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community. For close to 20 years Kim has led and shaped the diversification of services and support networks offered by community centres in the South Sydney Region including in Riverwood, Menai and Penshurst.
  • Mr Bernard Philip Fehon (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1998), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through social welfare programs, including founding the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. The current CEO of Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise created the annual fundraising event in 2006, which has gone on to raise millions of dollars to support the many Australians who experience homelessness.
  • Mrs Jane Mary Griffith (Graduate Certificate of Nursing and Midwifery, 2004), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to nursing. Mary is a highly experienced clinical nurse specialist who has contributed to several clinical trials and research projects, particularly in the areas of Neuroscience, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Dr William Patrick Howey (Graduate Diploma Teaching Education, 1992), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to veterinary science. Since immigrating to Australia from Britain over 50 years ago, Dr Howey has dedicated his career to providing specialist equine veterinarian services in the regional NSW town of Scone and was instrumental in establishing the Scone Equine Group – Australia’s leading provider of its kind.
  • Mr Moshe Rafael Rosenzveig (Master of Arts – Journalism, 1999), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the visual arts, particularly to photography. The former SBS producer and director has lectured at universities including UTS; is a jury member for the Walkley Prize of Photojournalism; and is the founder and current artistic director of Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s premier photography event.
  • Ms Michelle Jasia Sloane (MBA, 1999), was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community. Michelle has held many senior executive positions at Westpac, IBM and Unilever and is currently the Director of the Baird Institute for Applied Heart and Lung Surgical Research. Over the past 20 years she has extensively served her community including at Willoughby Council as Councillor and Deputy Mayor (2015-2016); the Artarmon Progress Association; the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare; and the Blue Knot Foundation.
  • Mr Kent Robert Boyd (Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1992), was honoured with a Public Service Medal NSW for outstanding service to local government in NSW. Over a period of 40 years Kent has served the local communities working for Councils in the Narromine Shire, Warringah Shire and now Parkes Shire where he has held the position of General Manager since 2010.