Advisory Board

National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education Advisory Board members

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education’s Advisory Board comprises an experienced and knowledgeable group of former politicians, academics, spokespeople, and equity advocates.

Ms Erin Watson-Lynn


Ms Erin Watson-Lynn is Director, Asialink Diplomacy, at the University of Melbourne and a PhD Candidate in South Asia studies at Monash University. She is the co-founder of DICE Kids, whose Patron is Lucy Turnbull AO. Ms Watson-Lynn is also the founder of Generate Worldwide, which delivers work-integrated learning opportunities in India.

Prof. Bruce Chapman

Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Professor Chapman is a renowned expert in the economics of higher education and acknowledged as the ‘father’ of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS).

Prof. Carmen Lawrence

School of Psychology, University of Western Australia

Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. Retiring from politics in 2007, she is now Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.

Prof. Colleen Hayward

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous), Edith Cowan University

For more than 30 years, Professor Hayward has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels.

Mr Paul Nicholls

Director of Strategic Projects (R&D), Curtin University

Mr Nicholls has a strong interest in developing outcomes-focused working relationships between education stakeholders and also the development of evidence based policy and programs that support all Australian students to achieve their full potential.

Prof. Kerri-Lee Krause

Universities Australia Nominee

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause's portfolio responsibilities focus on enhancing the quality of learning, teaching and academic quality across the University of Western Sydney. She is internationally recognised for her research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards.

Ms Gabrielle O'Brien

Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia

Ms O'Brien has over 20 years experience in Higher Education across various areas. She is currently the President of the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA), a position she has held for over 2 years. She has been on the EPHEA Executive Committee since 2013 and a member since 2007. Ms O'Brien has worked in both staff and student equity roles in a number of Queensland Universities for over 16 years with particular focus on widening participation, access and retention for equity groups, gender equity, diversity training and disability. She is currently the Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion at Griffith University.

Mr Robert Latta

Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Mr Latta manages the Governance, Quality and Access Branch in the Higher Education Group within the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. In this role, he manages equity and access programs, governance and system design. Mr Latta has held various positions in the department, including Parliamentary coordination, business improvement, the management of financial and corporate systems and international education. Earlier employment includes various roles in the private sector (largely IT focussed) and the higher education sector (with a particular focus on international education).

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