University of MelbourneSenior Executive

Elizabeth A Alexander AM


In April 2011, the University was delighted to invite Ms Elizabeth A. Alexander AM to become Chancellor, following the departure of the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC. Ms Alexander was re-elected Chancellor in January 2014. 

Ms Alexander is Chair of Medibank, Chair of Dexus Wholesale Property Ltd, and Director of Dexus Property Group. She is an Advisor to international law firm, Ashurst. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a life member of CPA Australia, a life member of the Institute of Directors in Australia, and a Board member of the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority. 

As a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (1977 to 2002), she specialised in the area of risk management and corporate governance issues, and was responsible for the establishment of these practices within Australia. 

Ms Alexander is a former National President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former National President of CPA Australia. It was during her Presidency of CPA Australia that the drive for legal backing to accounting standards in Australia was achieved. 

Following a lifelong interest in accounting standards, she was a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, and helped to write our national standards. 

Ms Alexander has also been a Member of the Takeovers Panel, Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Council, Panel Member of the McKeon Strategic Review of Health & Medical Research, a Director of Amcor and Boral, and Chairman of CSL Limited. She was previously National President of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and is a former Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year. 

In 1990 Ms Alexander was named a Member of the Order of Australia. Ms Alexander has had a long-standing connection with the University, having both studied (BCom 1964) and taught here. She has served on the University Council since October 2004 and was previously Deputy Chancellor.

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