Here are your nominees for the Alumni Council from the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science.
Mr David Baker - BSc (Hons)(1986), MEngSc (1991)
I bring a wealth of experience inside and outside of the University. I spent 10 years as a student in the Science and Engineering Faculties.
In addition I spent five years as a staff member in the Commerce Faculty.
Subsequently I have spent 25 years in commercial roles with large scale technology companies including five years working in Silicon Valley. One of the key skills I have developed is mentoring. Currently I am mentoring two University of Melbourne students.
Mr Leon Holt - BASc (2011), PGDip Bushfire Plan&Mgmt (2014), MForEcosysSc (2016)
I am a recent graduate of the University’s small but distinguished Forest Science program, and since completing my studies I have taken up a career as a forester.
In my current role I am tasked with the responsible management of some of Victoria’s most unique and beautiful forests. I’ve found my calling in life, in large part thanks to what I gained in my time at the University of Melbourne.
Born and bred in country Victoria, I’m a passionate advocate for rural education and believe that our University can do more as a leader in educating and empowering our rural communities. I love getting involved to help change my industry for the better, and I’m a founding member of the Future Foresters Initiative, within the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
I am also an active alumnus, being involved with the STEM mentoring program over the past two years, during which time I have mentored four science and environment students. I will bring a fresh perspective to the Alumni Council, and I will be an excellent representative for sections of the University community which are often under-represented or have no voice at all.
Mr Ashwyn Perera - BSc(Hons) (2014), Diploma in Languages (2013)
I am very fond of my time at the University of Melbourne and appreciated the opportunities presented to students to venture beyond the scope of their studies. I look forward to encouraging others to have a similar positive experience. Alumni are well placed to contribute meaningfully to the University community with views and opinions informed by their own experiences at the University of Melbourne.
After working in biomedical research in Melbourne upon graduation, I am currently based overseas at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. I have just completed my term on the Student Council of the University of Heidelberg and have seen the inner workings of a foreign university, allowing intriguing comparisons between university institution structures.
Through past mentor roles in the Global Mobility Office and Access Melbourne programs at the University of Melbourne, I have come to appreciate the value of ongoing feedback and improvement within the university; essential to maintaining excellent academic standards and a rich student experience. I look forward to furthering my involvement in the University community by providing fresh insights and opinions to the University Alumni Council.
Ms Jane Wayland - BSc (1994)
This year, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with the University of Melbourne in a professional capacity. I've met faculty leaders, strategic and operational teams and spent a large amount of time traversing the Parkville campus. What I have seen is an organisation brimming with passionate people who want to improve the student experience and promote research excellence.
I am seeking election to the Alumni Council as I am committed to the contribution alumni can make to the University to enrich student experience and to further the support for research. I will make a strong contribution to the Council drawing on my professional capabilities and my not-for-profit directorship experience.
As a management consultant, I work with public sector and corporate organisations in a range of industries. I contribute to major transformations by collaborating with senior leaders, engaging with workforce and customers and planning effective change programs. I have strong stakeholder engagement, consultation, facilitation and project management skills. I foster capability development for my teams and for my clients.
My board experience is as a director of Triple R Broadcasters, where I collaborate with a range of academic and independent directors to contribute to Australia's largest community radio station.