UQ recognises exceptional BEL alumni

11 September 2017

What do a managing director in finance, a business leader and philanthropist, a lawyer and company director, and two entrepreneurs have in common?

These five distinguished individuals are alumni from The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law – and they have each been honoured with UQ Alumni Awards for their efforts to create change in their fields and the world at large.  

Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award winner, Ms Susan Buckley

As in previous years, BEL alumni were well-represented in the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence category, picking up two of the five awards on offer. The 2017 recipients were Chair of Orica and non-executive director of BHP Billiton Ltd and BHP Billiton Plc Malcolm Broomhead, and managing director of QIC’s Global Liquid Strategies Susan Buckley.

BEL alumni were also recognised in the Distinguished Young Alumni and Alumni Friends UQ Alumnus of the Year categories.

BEL Faculty Executive Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the five Faculty recipients were to be commended for their professional accomplishments and strong community engagement.  

“Each of our BEL awardees has used their platform to give back in some way,” he said.

“Whether that is through mentoring, advocacy, philanthropy or social enterprise, we are incredibly proud of their efforts to make the world a better place.”

All 2017 UQ Alumni Award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee led by UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj.

The awards will be formally presented at UQ’s Courting the Greats ceremony on Wednesday 11 October.  

Congratulations to the following BEL recipients:


Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards

Mr Malcolm Broomhead – Master of Business Administration (1984)

Mr Malcolm Broomhead is a business leader and philanthropist who has driven change in the education and resource sectors through a track-record of hard work and generosity. Broomhead is Chair of Orica and a non-executive director of BHP Billiton Ltd and BHP Billiton Plc.


Ms Susan Buckley – Bachelor of Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (2010)

Ms Susan Buckley is an industry leader and pioneer of women in finance who is responsible for managing more than $100 billion in effective market exposure for clients’ portfolios. As the managing director of QIC’s Global Liquid Strategies (GLS), Buckley oversees a team of 28 investment professionals based in Brisbane and London.


Dr Andrew Barnes

Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

Dr Andrew Barnes – Bachelor of Economics (2009), Bachelor of Business Management (First Class Honours) (2011), Doctor of Philosophy (Business Management) (2017)

Dr Andrew Barnes is an entrepreneur, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of two successful start-ups focused on educational tools and resources.


Mr Carl Hartmann – Bachelor of Business Management (2005)

Mr Carl Hartmann is a multi-award winning Australian entrepreneur best known for his work as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Temando.


Alumni Friends UQ Alumnus of the Year Award

Adjunct Professor John Story AO – Bachelor of Laws (1969)

Adjunct Professor John Story AO is a distinguished lawyer and company director; he was formerly the Chancellor, a Senator and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at UQ.


See the full list of UQ Alumni Award winners here