Western Australia’s Governor, a Supreme Court judge, an Australian hockey legend and one of Perth’s leading businessmen are among 18 graduates and a staff member of The University of Western Australia who have been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Three UWA graduates were among only 13 Australians to receive the top honour of Companion in the General Division (AC) of the Order of Australia, including Western Australia’s Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Kerry Sanderson, the Honourable Justice Carmel McLure, President of the WA Court of Appeal and Professor Alan Lopez, who works for the University of Melbourne researching causes of death.
An economics and science graduate of the University, Mrs Sanderson was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2005 and was recognised for “eminent service to the people of Western Australia, to the promotion of international investment, scientific research and export opportunities, and through roles with maritime, mining, emergency management and not-for-profit organisations”.
A graduate of UWA’s Law School, Justice McLure was recognised for “eminent service to the law and to the judiciary in Western Australia, to legal administration and professional development, and to the community through contributions to tertiary education and arts organisations”.
Professor Lopez, a science graduate, was recognised for “eminent service to science, both nationally and internationally, as an academic, researcher and author, and to the advancement of planning and policy development to improve public health in developing countries”.
UWA graduates appointed Officers in the General Division (AO) were Dr Dawn Butterworth (Arts, Education), former Australian hockey player, coach and federal MP Dr Ric Charlesworth (Medicine), business leader John Poynton (Commerce) and Adjunct Professor Colin Raston (Science).
Dr Butterworth, who also obtained a PhD from UWA, was recognised for “distinguished service to early childhood education, to learning programs for Indigenous youth, as an advocate for the health and well-being of children, and to women”.
Dr Charlesworth, who also has an arts degree and honorary doctorate from UWA, was recognised for “distinguished service to sport, particularly field hockey, through coaching and mentoring roles for men’s and women’s national teams, as a high performance consultant and technical advisor, and to the Parliament of Australia.
Mr Poynton, who also received an honorary doctorate from UWA in 2008, was recognised for “distinguished service to the community through leadership in the not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors, as a supporter of charitable organisations, and to business”.
Professor Raston, who is now based at Flinders University in South Australia, was recognised for “distinguished service to science through seminal contributions to the field of chemistry as a researcher and academic, and to professional associations”.
Five graduates were awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division: Dr Jack Edelman (Medicine), the Honourable Cheryl Edwardes (Law), Ian Fletcher (Arts), Professor John Fletcher (Medicine) and Dr Michael McGuinness (Dentistry).
Another five graduates were awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division: Dr Hannes Gebauer (Medicine), Bart Kakulas and Carmelo Randazzo (Law), Faith Richardson and Debbie Schaffer (Arts).
Arts graduate Peter Harper and Law and MBA graduate John Lightowlers were honoured with a Public Service Medal. Mr Harper was recognised for “outstanding public service through contributions to Australian and international statistics” and Mr Lightowlers for “outstanding public service through the provision of high level strategic legal advice in Western Australia”.
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716