Western Sydney University pays tribute to former Board of Trustees members

Gillian Shadwick

Educator and senior executive, Gillian Shadwick, and senior public servant Michael Pratt AM, will each be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters during Western Sydney University’s upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Gillian Shadwick will be recognised for her contribution in senior executive roles at TAFE NSW’s Western Sydney Institute and the NSW Department of Education, where she worked to strengthen the standards in public education and helped to advance an international UNESCO project for illiterate women. Also to be acknowledged is Ms Shadwick’s membership on Western Sydney University’s Board of Trustees and her work as Deputy Chancellor from 2009 until 2013.

Michael Pratt AM currently serves as the 27th Secretary of the NSW Treasury and NSW Industrial Relations and, previous to this, worked as NSW Customer Service Commissioner. Before public life, Mr Pratt held various positions within the banking and wealth management sector across Australia, Asia and New Zealand. He has also served as a member of Western Sydney University’s Board of Trustees, as Deputy Chancellor from 2014 - 2017, and as Chair of the University Infrastructure Committee.

Michael Pratt

Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, Professor Barney Glover, said the University is indebted to Gillian Shadwick and Michael Pratt for their outstanding service to the University and the community.

“Their invaluable experience has helped shape Western Sydney University into the future-focused higher education leader it is today,” said Professor Glover.

Michael Pratt AM will be awarded with an Honorary Doctorate at 9.30am on Monday, 30 April, and Gillian Shadwick will be awarded on Tuesday, 1 May at 12.00pm, at the University’s Parramatta South campus.

For more information, please contact Western Sydney University’s media unit media@westernsydney.edu.au.


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