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Distinguished service

Congratulations to Women’s College Council member Richard Alcock, who has been appointed to the prestigious position as Chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District board with effect 1 January, 2017. Richard succeeds Stephen Leeder AO, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Richard Alcock with College students (from left) Lucy Thawley, Winnie Hsu, Natalie Klug and Rebekah Kwa studying various courses in the medical field

Richard Alcock with College students (from left) Lucy Thawley, Winnie Hsu, Natalie Klug and Rebekah Kwa studying various courses in the medical field

Richard Alcock is Managing Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch International (Australia) Limited, and has been a member of the Women’s College Council since May 2014. He will conclude his term on the College Council at the end of this year, having contributed considerable financial and governance expertise to the College’s strategic plan and in particular, to the Langley Precinct project. Richard states:

It has been a privilege to work with so many visionary leaders on the Council, with Dr Bell, Dr Donnelly and their executive team on the Langley Precinct project. Future generations will look back at this period in the College’s history as a most significant step forward in the College’s advancement of women leaders in the workforce.  As a parent of past College student Emma Alcock and then as Council member I was so fortunate to have been a participant.

In addition, Richard has been a leading advocate for the College within the corporate sector and the community. He is committed to the advancement of women’s leadership through dedicated mentoring and internship programs. The College is immensely grateful for his support.

Richard’s other key roles include as a Director of the University of New South Wales Foundation Limited, Art Exhibitions Australia Limited and the Council of Knox Grammar School. He is a former Director of Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Limited, the Australia Indonesia Institute and immediate past Deputy Chair of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network board, where he has worked alongside its Chair, Women’s College alumna Professor Christine Bennett AO.

Richard’s distinguished appointment to the Western Sydney Local Health District continues a long tradition of service between Women’s College and Westmead Hospital, including Professor Margaret Burgess AO, (an Honorary Medical Officer in Infectious Diseases), Professor Kathryn North AM, (Honorary Medical Officer in Clinical Genetics) and Emeritus Professor Miles Little AM, the Foundation Professor of Surgery at Westmead, who was a tutor in surgery at the College in the 1960s. “From its conception in the mid 1970s as a purpose-built University Hospital, Westmead’s foundation has been within the University of Sydney and the College,” notes Richard. “It is very exciting that present and future medical science students of the College will continue the translation of discoveries by clinician researchers at Westmead Hospital to advance health benefits at a national and international level.”

Women’s College has an extensive honour roll across its 125-year history of alumnae in medicine—clinical and research—nursing and allied health. Today, the College has a number of students studying medical science, post graduate medicine, nursing and medical research. A number of these students are supported with scholarships through the generous benefaction of our alumnae and wider community.

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