Election to Council of a professional staff member

Council professional staff election 2022

With the expiry on 25 May 2022 of the term of office of Ms Caterina Giugovaz it was necessary to hold an election in order to elect one member of the professional staff of the University to the ANU Council.

The member elected holds office for a term of two years from 26 May 2022 to 25 May 2024.

The ANU Council is the governing body of the University. The role of the ANU Council and its committees is to ensure effective overall governance and management of the University.  There are currently 15 positions on the ANU Council, consisting of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, members elected by the academic and professional staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as seven external members appointed by the Federal Minister for Education & Youth.  The Chair of the Academic Board is a non-voting member of the ANU Council.

Report of the Returning Officer on the election of a Member of Council by Members of the Professional Staff of the University

The 2022 election of a member of Council by members of the professional staff of the University was held in accordance with the Australian National University Act 1991, the Australian National University (Governance) Statute 2020 and the Governance Rule 2020.

Five candidates were nominated for election to Council. All candidates and their nominators were checked against the professional staff roll comprising those holding a full-time or part-time standard or fixed term professional staff appointment in the University on pay day 3 March 2022 and who were paid a salary by the University on that day. All nominations were in order.

The candidates were Suzie Alcorn, Sally-Anne Henfry, Liane Joubert, Debra Mewett and Millan Pintos-Lopez.

An electronic ballot was conducted, using the University's APOLLO system. By the close of the poll, at 5pm on Thursday 28 April, 423 professional staff had registered a vote. 

The scrutiny of the electronic count was conducted by the Returning Officer (Corporate Governance & Risk Office) via a Zoom videoconference at 10:00am on Friday 29 April 2022.  Ms Leslie McDonald and Ms Emma Murrell from the Corporate Governance & Risk Office, Ms Cate Rawson from the Office of the Chair of Academic Board, and Ms Jacqueline Zhang, a nominated scrutineer, verified the results of the count.

Following the count of preferences, I declare Mr Millan Pintos-Lopez elected.

Mr Pintos-Lopez will hold office from 26 May 2022 until 25 May 2024.

For more information regarding ANU Council Elections, timetables and election rules, please direct all enquiries to me via email returning.officer@anu.edu.au.


Chris Reid
Returning Officer
Director, Corporate Governance and Risk Office
Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Election Timetable


Call for Nominations commences


5pm Nominations close


Voting links to be sent to eligible staff


Voting Closes 5pm


Scrutiny of final results & announcement of elected member