Queen’s Birthday Honours for ANU staff and alumni

13 June 2018

The Australian National University (ANU) has welcomed the inclusion of some of its distinguished staff and alumni in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Top honours were shared by Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke from the ANU College of Law and Mrs Jennifer Bowker, a former ANU academic and alumni.

Both were appointed an Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia. Emeritus Professor Creyke was recognised for her distinguished service to administrative law, education, public administration and tribunal practice.

Mrs Bowker was acknowledged for her distinguished service to Australia-Middle East cultural relations through the preservation of traditional creative and visual arts, and as a textile artist and educator.

Associate Professor Andrew Singer and Dr Andrew Skeels, both from the ANU School of Medicine were appointed a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia for their services to medicine. Associate Professor Singer is an emergency care clinician, educator and administrator. Dr Skeels specialises in palliative care as a clinician and educator.

Historian Dr Barry McGowan was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the Order of Australia for his services to community history. Dr McGowan works across the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt congratulated all the staff and alumni whose service to the community was acknowledged in the awards.

"As Australia's national university, we attract staff and students who genuinely want to contribute to the broader community through their fields of endeavour," Professor Schmidt said.

"I am delighted to see their efforts recognised formally in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate Robin, Jennifer, Andrew, Barry and Andrew on their achievement and for helping to inspire the next generation of leaders.

"I also congratulate all ANU alumni and friends of the University who have been honoured on the Queen's Birthday."

The Vice Chancellor also noted Canberra high school teacher Geoff McNamara who was made a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia for his service to secondary education, particularly in the disciplines of science and astronomy.

"Getting young people enthused about science and astronomy is critical, not just for Australia but for the world," Professor Schmidt said.

"Teachers at all stages of life make an invaluable contribution to our society."