Professor Amit Chakma

Prior to commencing at UWA, Professor Chakma completed his second term and 10th year as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.

Prior to that time, he served from 2001 to 2009 as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost of The University of Waterloo in Canada.

Professor Chakma was Inaugural Chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities.  He has served as Chair of the Canadian Government’s Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy, helping guide the development and launch of the Strategy in 2014.

He is a past Chair of the World University Service of Canada and a past member of the Science Technology and Innovation Council of Canada. He has a solid record of achievement in senior leadership roles at both universities. At the University of Western Ontario, he led a research-intensive university of more than 30,000 students, 2000 academic and professional staff and a budget in excess of $1 billion.

Professor Chakma has a substantial record of research. He is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and holds a Master of Applied Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.  His research has covered greenhouse gas control technology, energy and environmental model system modelling, petroleum waste management, gas separation and processing and mass transfer.

Board of Advisors

The University Club is fortunate to have the support and guidance of our Board of Advisors, whose vision and commitment have performed a vital role in the continued success of The University Club of Western Australia.

Mark Paganin (Chair) 

Mark is a Partner of the Australian law firm, Clayton Utz where he is the Perth office Corporate Practice Group Leader and a member of the National Board of Clayton Utz.  He is an Alumnus of The University of Western Australia having completed Law and Commerce degrees and was awarded a Full Blue by UWA for achievement in sport. Mark has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program, is an Alumnus member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel and a former WA Chairman and Board member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). He serves as a member of the Councils of the Hospital Benefit Fund ( HBF ) and is the Chairman of  Scotch College.

Professor Simon Biggs

Professor Simon Biggs is currently the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia, a role he took up at the start of March 2018. Prior to this, and since early 2014, he was the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology at the University of Queensland.

Previously, he was the Royal Academy of Engineering/NNL Chair in Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds from 2002 until 2014. He took this position after spending 8 years at The University of Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia). In his early career, he developed his research through post-doctoral positions at the Institut Charles Sadron (Strasbourg, France) and the University of Melbourne (Australia). His undergraduate and doctoral education was undertaken in the UK at the University of Bristol from where he has a PhD in Colloid Science.

Colin Campbell-Fraser

Colin is a graduate of The University of Western Australia, with extensive knowledge and experience as a professional in communications and marketing in both the private and public sectors. A former senior newspaper journalist he spent eight years with the State Government as media and policy adviser to various Ministers and Premiers. Following three years with ABC Radio as producer of morning current affairs, he joined UWA in 1996, as Director of Public Affairs, and in 2008 was appointed Principal Adviser External Relations and Advocacy to UWA’s Vice-Chancellor and Senior Executive. He now consults privately to organisations, institutions and individuals. Throughout his working life Colin has been an active member and office bearer of a diverse range of community based organisations. These have included: President of University House Inc.(UWA); Member of the UWA Sports Association Board; Member of the Advisory Board of the Trade, Migration and Development Research Centre (UWA Business School); Member of the Advisory Board of the University Club of Western Australia; Councillor of UWA Council of Convocation; Commissioner Lotterywest; Consultative Board Member of the Perth Convention Bureau; Member of Central Institute of Technology Governing Council, and Member of the Board of Fremantle Press.

Professor Alan Harvey

Alan is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Human Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has a PhD from the Australian National University. He was for some years a member of the committee of the old University House and remains a strong supporter of The University Club because it serves as both a gateway to the community and a place on campus where staff can meet and exchange ideas. Alan is a member of a number of international Editorial Boards, is a Board Member and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, and is a Board Member of Perth Symphonic Chorus.

Joseph Chan

Joseph is the President of the Postgraduate Students’ Association at the UWA Student Guild, a non-for-profit organisation that is the peak representative body for postgraduate students at UWA. He has graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and is currently studying the Juris Doctor.

Whilst studying at UWA, Joseph has been on the senior management team of the UWA Student Guild as the Public Affairs Council President and the Guild Vice President. Further Joseph has expressed his passion for law and consulting through the Blackstone Society and WAUC as a Careers Representative and Consultant, respectively.

Through Joseph’s experiences, he has nurtured a broad set of skills, which empowers his ambitions to continue enriching the lives of the community. Joseph’s interests have led him to pursue a career that utilizes strategy and innovation to tackle issues in the emerging world.

Chris Massey

Chris is the Director Student Life at The University of Western Australia.
Prior to his appointment at UWA, Chris had more than 12 years’ experience in the Education Sector encompassing secondary teaching, physical education, and managing an educational self-esteem program within Australia and Singapore. Chris also has more than 5 years’ experience in the Health Sector, including two years at the Cancer Council of WA, and three years as part of the Senior executive team at Medicare Australia.

Nee Nee Ong

Nee Nee Ong is a graduate of UWA with a Masters in Business Administration and a
Bachelor of Engineering. With 22 years’ experience, she currently works as an engineer
managing interdisciplinary teams for the delivery of projects and providing electrical
design work. Nee Nee has continued her association with UWA, as seen more recently
in 2015 as a university accreditation accessor, UWA Convocation Awards Convenor and
with UWA volunteer positions, such as mentoring.
Nee Nee has extensive leadership, governance, marketing, event organisation and
finance experience with not-for-profit and professional organisations. This is evident
with the current positions held with Engineers Australia; member of Congress, Electrical
College Board, College of Leadership and Management; and National Committee
Women in Engineering. She has strong community links and volunteer involvement with
the local community.

Peter Toll

Peter is the Managing Partner of BDO Australia’s Perth office. He works within the Corporate Finance group, focusing on Transactional Services and Mergers & Acquisitions.

He has over 20 years’ experience advising companies ranging in size from ASX 100 to large family operations on identifying and executing transactions. Peter has considerable public market corporate transactions experience, including listing companies on various exchanges, with a particular focus on the ASX, TSX, LSE and AIM exchanges. His strength lies in mergers and acquisitions facilitated by his extensive network in the business community.

Having joined BDO in 1998 and appointed Partner in 2006, Peter has gained additional experience working in BDO’s New York and Melbourne offices. In addition to his Perth office managing partner role, he is also one of the two International Liaison Partners, the National Lead for the Food & Agribusiness industry group and a member of BDO’s Natural Resources industry group for BDO Australia.

Peter completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UWA in 1998.

Heather Zampatti

Heather is Head of Wealth Management, Australia at Bell Potter Securities and has over 30 years’ experience in investment advising, providing investors with professional portfolio management. Heather is Chairman of Lotterywest. She sits on the boards of WA Ballet, Chief Executive Women, Osteoporosis Australia, the Advisers of University of Western Australia University Club, WA Regional Council of FINSIA and ASIC Financial Services Consultative Committee.

The University Club of Western Australia Executive Management Team

General Manager

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 2660
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 1183
Email: gary.ellis

Gary has over 30 years’ experience in hospitality at both Executive Chef and General Management level and has worked in leading restaurants, hotels and private clubs in South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia and England before migrating to Australia, where he was first appointed as General Manager of the exclusive Macquarie Links International Golf Club in Sydney, before joining the University Club in January 2006. Gary is a Member of the West Coast Council of Industry Partners.

Miss Nicole

Membership and Marketing Manager

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 4811
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 4832
Email: nicole.burchett

Nicole has over 22 years’ experience in the management of corporate sales and marketing for the hospitality and tourism industry in Western Australia. Nicole started her career with The Melbourne Hotel Perth and has gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including Little Creatures Brewing, Aarons Hotels and Resorts, Mirvac Hotels and Resorts and Australia’s South West before joining the University Club of Western Australia in early 2007.

Nicole is passionate about stakeholder engagement, corporate communications and corporate social responsibility.

Miss Alexis

Human Resources Manager

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 4285
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 4833
Email: alexis.catelli

Alexis has come to The University Club from a recruitment and community engagement background. She brings with her a keen interest in building community links and training and development within the hospitality industry. Following her studies at UWA, Alexis started her career by working with disadvantaged groups in WA. This lead to recruitment in this field and finally a move into internal Human Resources.

Mr Steve

Financial Controller

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 4288
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 8771
Email: steven.floyd

Having served his professional training years with Ernst & Young, Steve moved to London to work in a financial executive role with progressive home furnishings group, The Malabar Cotton Company for 7 years, before returning to South Africa. Since 1995 Steve has gained extensive all-round experience in the hospitality industry operating his own distribution and retailing businesses specialising in craft beers and cheeses, before immigrating and taking up employment with the Club in June 2005. His role at the Club incorporates all financial responsibilities for the University Club , University Theatres and University Hall Catering.

Conferences and Events Manager

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 4842
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 1183
Email: julie.harrison

Julie has over 10 years’ experience in the hotel industry specialising in events management, as well as an Honours degree from UWA.  She has worked at Hyatt Regency Perth, Sheraton Perth Hotel and Bells Estate, and was most recently employed as Conference and Events Manager for Macdonald Hotels and Resorts in Scotland.

Mr Myles

Operations Manager

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 4838
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 4832
Email: myles.harrison

Myles has 30 years’ experience in hospitality management and has enjoyed a career which has taken him around the world. Myles started his career at the Merlin Hotel Perth in 1984 and stayed on with the Hyatt Perth until 1989.   Myles left the Hyatt to move to London to work for the Milestone Hotel which is part of the Small Luxury Hotels Of The World brand. Myles moved back to Perth to take on the Operations and Sales Manager role at Heyder and Sheers Catering for a number of years before continuing his career overseas in Canada and Ireland where he worked as the Restaurant Manager at The Shelbourne Hotel . Myles moved his young family back to Perth in 2007 to join the University Club as Food and Beverage Manager for four and a half years before moving to the Pilbara to work as Catering Operations Manager for BHP, KJV, Chevron and Woodside. Myles returned to the University Club in mid-2015 as Operations Manager and oversees all of the Food and Beverage Operations at the Club in addition to the University of Western Australia’s Business School Café which is managed by the University Club.

Executive Chef

Direct: +61 (8) 6488 2663
Fax: +61 (8) 6488 4831
Email: costa.simatos

Costa  gained a wealth of experience working in 5 star hotels before settling here in Perth. Prior to his appointment with The University Club, Costa was employed as the opening Executive Sous Chef of the Perth Convention Centre. Previous to this he spent 8 years as the Executive Chef at Hilton hotels in both Kuwait and South Africa. Costa has many years of experience working in the Middle East, South Africa and Australia and his  food is influenced by a combination of his Greek-Cypriot heritage, the multi-cultural flavours of South Africa and classical western cooking.