GREEN, John    BEc(Tas), LLB(Deakin)

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.

 

Current Council Status: Seeking to Join Council

Length of Continuous Membership of The Graduate Union: 12 years

Explain how your key areas of expertise will contribute to Council.

I have more than 30 years’ experience as a senior university administrator, with extensive experience in corporate governance, board representation and participation in University committees, accounting, risk management, superannuation and insurance. I am a former Deputy University Secretary at the University of Melbourne.

Currently the Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of a major ‘Not for Profit’ service provider in the mental health and disability sector. Immediate Past Chairman of Pulse Credit Union and current Board member. Honorary Secretary of the Committee of Management of MESAC Inc., a ‘Not for Profit’ community based organisation developing a flora and fauna community education centre in the Bayside region. I believe my qualifications and extensive experience in accounting, governance, legal and company secretarial experience enable me to continue to make a very valuable contribution to the activities of the Council, particularly in the areas of business development, committee management and corporate governance.

Outline your view on the development and growth potential of The Graduate Union in the next three years.

I believe The Graduate Union is entering an exciting phase in its planned expansion and the provision of high quality accommodation and facilities to its graduate members. The Graduate Union must continue to provide a diverse range of member activities and continued engagement with the Graduate community, as well as building its international collegium. The Council needs to continually look at avenues of additional external financial support, including bequests and other donations to fund its planned expansion program. The Council also needs to ensure that its composition and operations support sound governance practices and the oversight of good management policies and procedures.

Outline your current involvement with The Graduate Union.

I have been a life member of The Graduate Union since 2006 and currently serve as a Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Governance and Nominations Sub Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit Sub Committee.  In my role as Vice-chairman of the Governance and Nominations Committee I have been heavily involved in the re-drafting of the Associations’ Rules and Regulations. I have attended lectures, member social activities, as well as participating in meetings of members, including AGMs on a regular basis.

State your TWO greatest achievements of relevance to governance (e.g. as a member of a company board or The Graduate Union Council, as a contributor to your community).

I have been the Australian and International President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and the Australian Institute of Governance. I was also the Chairman of the Institute’s International Professional Standards Committee.

I am the Immediate Past Chairman and current Board member of the Pulse Credit Union, a joint credit union between the University of Melbourne Credit Union, LaTrobe University Credit Union and Pulse Credit Union. This combined credit union has a membership of more than 5,000 and $90m under fund management.

List relevant industry and community-based experience.

  • Currently Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel for a major ‘Not for Profit’ service provider in the mental health and disability sector.
  • Currently Honorary Secretary and Treasurer and member of the Committee of Management of MESAC. Inc.
  • Former Deputy University Secretary at the University of Melbourne
  • Former General Manager of a major international shipping operator.
  • Former Chairman of the Pulse Credit Union and current Board member.
  • Former Chairman of a Government Asset Sales Task Force
  • Former Member of an Advisory Committee for the Australian Business Council.

List academic qualifications (year of award, awarding body and name of academic qualification awarded).

  • Bachelor of Economics (University of Tasmania) 1978
  • Bachelor of Laws (Deakin University) 2001
  • Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants 2001
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) 1985
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Governance 1985
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 1998
  • Post graduate studies at the National University of Singapore. 2004