Who's Who


Ms Jillian Broadbent AO

The Chancellor is appointed by the University Council which governs the affairs of UOW and oversees the University’s performance and activities. The Chancellor is Chair of the Council and the presiding officer at graduation and other public events. Ms Broadbent became UOW’s third Chancellor on 1 October 2009, following the Foundation Chancellor, the late Justice Robert Hope, who served from 1975 - 1997 and Michael Codd, who served from 1997 - 2009.

Jillian Broadbent is a former Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a Director of Woolworths Limited and Chair of the Board of Swiss Re Lift & Health Australia Ltd, including Chair of the Advisory Board of Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Australia Branch. She maintains an active interest in public policy and regional economic development.

After a 30 year career in banking in Australia and overseas, Jillian left her senior executive position at Bankers Trust Australia to become a non-executive director. In addition to her current Board positions, she has served on the Boards of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, ASX Limited, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Woodside Petroleum Ltd and Qantas Airways Ltd., and was also Chairman of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

Jillian enjoys a strong engagement with the arts, having been on the Board of the Sydney Theatre Company, a founding director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and a Trustee, Vice President and Treasurer of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Jillian has also been President of Chief Executive Women, a group of professional women leaders in 2005 and 2006.

Jillian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics and maths and has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Western Sydney. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003 for service to economic and financial development in Australia and to the community through administrative support for cultural and charitable groups. Jillian was awarded the Qantas/Bulletin Businesswoman of the year in 1987 and was a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to the community.

Last reviewed: 26 June, 2014

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