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Each year, The Graduate Union of The University of Melbourne Incorporated (the Association) holds an election of Members to Council, the governing body of the Association.

For the 2019 Election to Council, and as a result of the call for nominations published in the January/February newsletter and on the website of The Graduate Union, five valid nominations had been received for three vacancies. A further vacancy has since arisen, so that there are now four positions to be filled. A poll will therefore be held, with voting closing at 4:00PM on Friday, 24th May 2019.

Candidates are listed here, and on the voting paper which has been sent to members who are eligible to vote, in the order in which names were determined by lot in the presence of witnesses:

Stephens, Max

Stephens, Max

Proposer — Mary Kelleher
Seconder — David McCredie

I am a life member of the Graduate Union, and an active member of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

In 2015–16, I was a member of the Graduate Union working party setting out a vision to involve and support early-career graduates through a multidisciplinary life stage development. We are uniquely placed to connect graduates through opportunities for mentoring, volunteering and networking. Moreover, involving and engaging early-career graduates are vital for our continued success and viability. Welcoming, connecting and supporting are key elements that we can offer.

At Graduate House, I have also been a mentor to the United Board academic fellowship program since its inception. I regularly meet residents and academic visitors. I have strong connections to universities in China and Japan, and several other Asian countries. If elected to the council, I believe that these experiences can support our vision and assist our future development.

*Mirabelli, Vincent

*Mirabelli, Vincent

Proposer — Gaetano (Tony) Pagone
Seconder — Leonard Santalucia

I am a Senior Consultant with MDM Lawyers and have practiced in the areas of commercial, civil and common law litigation since 1975. I am a director of various companies and was previously on the board of CO.AS.IT. I am a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, CO.AS.IT, the RACV City Club, the East Melbourne Group and the Australian Italian Lawyers Association.

I am grateful for my university education at The University of Melbourne and am passionate about the needs of graduates at all career stages. Across all sectors, postgraduate education through life is essential in today’s competitive job market and to maintain the agility of mind needed to work with people from different disciplines globally.

I hope to contribute to The Graduate Union with not only my legal and governance expertise, but also by tapping into my national and global networks for the benefit of earlier career graduates.

*Ryall, Keith

*Ryall, Keith

Proposer — Roy T. A. Hardcastle
Seconder — John Edward Elligate

I am passionate about graduates, the Graduate Union and Graduate House in general, but specifically the potential for growth of each one. Much has been achieved but much remains to be done.

We are in the process of implementing the outcomes of the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, the third for this Association. I am proud to have been involved with the Council over the past six years and if re-elected, will work with our members/stakeholders to ensure we deliver on what we promised.

We have five Key Result Areas which we must never lose sight of as they have provided a blueprint for the way forward to ensure that Graduate House and the Graduate Union will be vibrant, thriving and relevant, and existing way beyond my lifetime.

My experience with professional associations and service organisations has given me insights as to how to ensure visions become reality. I hereby pledge my enthusiastic and total support.

Lim, Muan

Lim, Muan

Proposer — Gaetano (Tony) Pagone
Seconder — Rhys Watson

Muan Lim graduated with a B.Com (Hons) Melbourne University in 1977. Working with KPMG and PWC, Muan was accepted as an Associate of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

A 22-year veteran of HP, Muan has served many roles in Finance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Leasing. Muan set up the first joint venture leasing company in China, HP China Leasing and the first wholly owned manufacturing arm for China’s domestic PC and Server business, HP Shanghai. Muan had served as Finance Director Asia-Pacific, VP Supply Chain Asia-Pacific PSG, Global VP Finance and Remarketing.

Currently Muan chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Asian Business and Economics, Advisory Board member of the Department of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), and lifetime member of the Chancellor’s Circle at the Melbourne University.

Muan has been appointed to Council and serves on the Benefaction and Finance and Audit sub-committees.

Green, John

Green, John

Proposer — Leonard Santalucia
Seconder — Vincent Mirabelli

I have been a Life Member of The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne Inc. since 2006 and actively involved in its affairs as current Vice-Chairman of the Governance and Nominations Sub Committee and member of the Finance and Audit Sub Committee and former Councillor in 2016 and 2017.

I have more than 30 years’ experience as a senior university administrator, including six years as the Deputy University Secretary at The University of Melbourne. I have degrees in Law and Commerce and Fellowship membership of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK), Australian Institute of Governance, Certified Practising Accountants and Institute of Company Directors.

If re-elected, I would be keen to continue to contribute to the Council’s engagement with the graduate community and ensuring that our global international collegium have a rich and rewarding experience at Graduate House.

An asterisk* indicates a retiring Council Member seeking re-election.

Click on each name above to see the personal statement and additional information supplied by each candidate.

The four members elected in this poll will have terms expiring in May 2022.

Please contact the Returning Officer by email to if you are a financial member eligible to vote and have not received the voting paper and reply-paid envelopes or you wish to complete an electronic (rather than postal) vote.