UTS: Alumni Awards 2015

Be inspired by this year's UTS: Alumni Awards winners - entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and change-makers, making their mark here in Australia and around the world.

Highlights of the 2015 UTS Alumni Awards Ceremony

2015 Winners

Lance Kalish and Ido Leffler

Lance Kalish and Ido Leffler

UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
UTS Alumni Award for Excellence – UTS Business School

Bachelor of Business (2000)

Co-Founders, Yes To Inc

“Understanding that the more successful your business is, the more you are able to give away and make an impact on society – it’s the best driver you can set for yourself and your employees.”

Lance Kalish and Ido Leffler embody the passion for innovation, agility and entrepreneurship that are at the heart of the UTS Business School ethos – and one of the faculty’s outstanding success stories.

Ralph Kelly

Ralph Kelly

UTS Community Alumni Award 2015

Bachelor of Business in Marketing (1991)
Master of Business Administration (1998)

Founder and Director, Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation

“Our vision is to foster change and provide new strategies in creating a more responsible drinking culture, ultimately providing a safer and healthier community.”

Genevieve Clay-Smith Genevieve Clay-Smith

UTS Young Alumni Award 2015

Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Production (2009)

Director and Co-founder, Bus Stop Films and Taste Creative
"I wanted to make film studies accessible to those who might not usually get the opportunity to learn about the subject at university or TAFE.”

Rong He Justice Rong He

UTS International Alumni Award 2015

Master of Laws (2004)

Deputy Vice President, People’s Republic of China Supreme People’s Court
Justice He has played an important role as China embarks on comprehensive reforms to deepen the rule of law, build a more open and independent judiciary and provide greater protection of human rights by preventing miscarriages of justice.

Chris Bulmer

Chris Bulmer

UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2015 - Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building

Bachelor of Applied Science in Building (1991)

Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Group Holdings Pty Ltd
"We not only create a strong Indigenous supply chain, but help our fellow Indigenous businesses to build their own reputation and long-term success."

Andrea Myles

Andrea Myles

UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2015 - Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Master of Arts in International Studies (2007)
Master of Arts in China Studies (2011)

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, China Australia Millennial Project

"The rise, or return, of China is up there with the digital revolution as the greatest moments shaping the 21st century, and it’s time to get on board."

Chris Bulmer

Carolyn McGregor AM

UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2015 - Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology

Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing Science (1991)
PhD in Computing Sciences (2003)

Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
"I'm just amazed at the pathway that I've been on, the doors that open, and what we've been able to achieve."

Tanya Farrell

Tanya Farrell

UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2015 - Faculty of Health

Master of Nursing in Midwifery (2000)

Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

"My challenge every day is to ensure that we are able to both meet the needs of our nurses and midwives, and ensure that women, babies and their families receive the best care possible."

Jane Needham

Jane Needham SC

UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2015 - Faculty of Law

Bachelor of Laws (1991)

President, NSW Bar Association
"There is a real impetus around making the legal profession a better place to work as a whole, not just for women but for everyone."

Lacey Johnson

Dr Lacey Johnson

UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2015 – Faculty of Science

Bachelor of Medical Science (2002)
Bachelor of Medical Science (First Class Hons) (2003)

Principal Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Blood Services
"My goal as a research scientist is to contribute to society in a positive way. That is why I love the applied research area, as you really get to see the work you do get translated into the real world."