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The Australian Scholarships Foundation Assessment Panel comprises:

Elizabeth Carr

Elizabeth Carr AM BA(Hons), MPA, FAICD

Elizabeth’s background incorporates both the private and public sectors. She has worked in senior executive positions for IBM and Macquarie Group and within senior levels of politics and government in NSW, WA, PNG and the USA.

Elizabeth is a full time non-executive Director with a board portfolio covering Government, Private and Not-For-Profit organisations in both Western Australia and NSW. Her focus is to maximise the inter-dependence of the private and public sectors in order to strengthen the economic and social fabric of our society. 

She chairs a number of community-focused organisations including St Catherine’s Aged Care Services, Seton Villa Disabilities, and icare Foundation. Elizabeth is a Member of The Environmental Protection Authority, Vice-Chair of the Kokoda Track Foundation, and a member of the audit and risk committee for Urban Growth Development Corporation.

In the 2017 Queens Birthday Honours she was recognised as a recipient of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to the community through voluntary contributions to the health, aged care, education and social services sectors.”

Elizabeth holds a BA (Hons) from UWA, a Master's Degree from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Kinninmont

John Kinninmont

As a professional company secretary and administrator, John has worked for the last thirty six years for a number of large listed corporations, in the areas of Banking, Retail and Media. He has recently retired from his role at the Seven Group, where he was responsible for company secretarial, statutory reporting and corporate governance matters for two listed entities and their subsidiary companies and joint ventures.

John has prior experience in financial accounting, financial reporting and special projects, and qualifications from The University of Sydney (Economics and Accounting) and The University of Technology, Sydney (Banking).

Personal interests include a love of Literature and History.

Tricia Vilkinas

Professor Tricia Vilkinas (PhD)

Tricia is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of South Australia. She has held various leadership positions: Head of the International Graduate School of Management, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Director of the International Centre for Management and Organisational Effectiveness and Chair of the Professoriate.

Tricia has also been a member of several University committees such as Academic Council, University Council, Research Policy Committee, and Research Degrees Committee. Her main research area is leadership and its application in various settings such as academia, public and private sectors, and in remote enterprises in desert Australia. She has lead research teams for several Office of Learning and Teaching applied research projects focussed on academic leadership. Over her years in academia she has supervised many doctoral students to completion.

Tricia has also worked with many organisations and boards, such as Telstra, Mobil (Australia), and various government departments in an advisory capacity. She has been involved in the management and delivery of postgraduate programs for over 40 years. Along the way she has gained the following qualifications: B.Sc., B. Comm., Dip. Psych., M.Psych and a PhD.

 Catharine Retter

Catharine Retter

For the past 15 years she has been CEO of Citrus Press publishing. She also co-founded Apptitude Pty Ltd, a digital and print publishing company, and is the Publisher of COAST magazine.

In 1998, Catharine was appointed CEO for Driza-Bone to help ready this iconic Australian company for a successful private equity sale. In 1985, she became the Australian Bicentennial Authority's Director of Marketing, playing a key role in developing and implementing the Authority’s corporate marketing strategies including major events such as the international Tall Ships Australia.

Catharine holds a BA in literature from Macquarie University, an MA in Creative Writing and a post graduate in Editing and Publishing. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Catharine Retter has a career background in marketing, publishing, and senior management as a CEO. She has been a member of a number of boards in the corporate, government and NFP sectors and was a long-standing NED of Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW), now Dementia Australia. She has been a member of the State Government’s Carers Advisory Council and an advisor to the Consumer Dementia Research Network.

She was also executive chairman of the Australian Book Group, an independent book distribution company.