SAGE Expert Advisory Group

The SAGE Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was formed in March 2016, to provide expert strategic and gender equity advice to the SAGE Executive Management Board and Executive Director in supporting a successful implementation and evaluation of the SAGE pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter.
SAGE EAG completed its mission in August 2018.

Below are profiles of the experts who were members of SAGE EAG from 2016 to 2018, and who guided and championed the SAGE Pilot. Thank you to all the experts listed below for their time, effort and expertise as EAG Chair and/or EAG members.


Elizabeth BroderickElizabeth Broderick AO (Chair)  Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.  As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality. She established and convenes the globally recognised “Male Champions of Change” strategy, enlisting a “who’s who” of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, and Co-Chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group. She is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Board, the Australian Rugby Union Board, and formerly a member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council. She is Senior Advisor to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on cultural change. In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Nalini JoshiProfessor Nalini Joshi FAA —University of Sydney, Academy Council member and Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow
Professor Nalini Joshi holds a PhD and MA from Princeton University in Applied Mathematics and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She has held lecturing positions and fellowships at ANU, UNSW, and the University of Adelaide, as well as visiting positions at institutions including Princeton, Kyoto, Manchester and the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University. In 2002, she returned to the University of Sydney to take up the Chair of Applied Mathematics and became the first female mathematician to hold a Chair there. She is currently the Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr Susan PondDr Susan Pond AM FTSE FAHMS — Director of Biotron Ltd, the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and Engineering Sydney  

Dr Susan Pond has a distinguished record in academia and industry. After her tenure as Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Susan held senior executive roles in Johnson & Johnson, including as Chairman and Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Limited. From 2010-2015, Susan led the Alternative Transport Fuels Initiative in the Dow Sustainability Program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and was Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Centre from July-Dec 2015. An experienced company director, Dr Pond was Chair of AusBiotech Ltd for three years until 2008, Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering from 2012-2015, and Chair for the Clean Technology Innovation Program from 2012-2013. She also served as board member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Innovation Australia, the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology and Commercialisation Australia. Currently, Dr Pond is Director of the Australian Institute for Nanoscience and Technology at the University of Sydney and non-Executive Director of Biotron Ltd, Vectus Biosystems Ltd and the Wound Innovation Management Cooperative Research Centre.  Dr Pond also chairs the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Advisory Board and the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network Steering Committee.

Professor Doug HiltonProfessor Douglas Hilton, PhD FAA FTSE FAHMS—Director Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Professor Doug Hilton is the 6th Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. He is best known for his discoveries in four distinct areas of molecular haematology: leukaemia inhibitory factor, cytokine receptor family, suppressors of cytokine signalling, and identification of haematopoietic regulators through a large-scale forward mutagenesis screen. As Institute Director, he introduced mentoring programs for staff at WEHI, and formed a Gender Equity Committee to help alleviate problems faced by women scientists who are combining research with family responsibilities. His generosity and enthusiasm in mentoring was awarded the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Maggie (1)Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea—Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and former Chair of the Academy’s Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum
Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea leads international collaborations that examine disease mechanism, develop novel therapies and identify biomarkers for repeat-associated neurodegenerative diseases at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research aims to develop gene and cell therapies for Friedreich ataxia. Dr Evans-Galea has received young investigator awards from the USA and Australia, and travel awards to present her research internationally. She currently serves on the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Immune Responses Committee, the Australasian Gene and Cell Therapy Society Executive and the Australian Science and Innovation Forum, a partner of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Committed to empowering early career researchers and women in science, Dr Evans-Galea was founding chair of the Early and Mid-Career Researchers Forum with the Australian Academy of Science, serves on the Science in Australia Gender Equity committee and is co-founder of Women in Science AUSTRALIA. A strong advocate for science, Dr Evans-Galea has received an Australian Leadership Award and communicates regularly via social and mainstream media.

Caroline McMillen copyProfessor Caroline McMillen—University of Newcastle, Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Caroline McMillen has dedicated almost 30 years to the higher education sector, holding leadership roles across research, innovation and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, and completed her medical training at the University of Cambridge. As a biomedical researcher, Professor McMillen is internationally recognised for her work into the impact of the nutritional environment before birth on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and obesity in adult life. Professor McMillen is also currently the Chair of the Endocrinology, Reproduction and Development Commission of the International Union of Physiological Societies – the only Australian Chair on this international body. She has served on state government groups focused on: building innovation, climate change, manufacturing and the resources industry.

ProfesTim Wesssor Tim Wess—Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University

Professor Wess was the Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Estates and Chairman of the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre at Cardiff University. He was also a member of the governing body at the University of Newport.  He has held a number of scientific administrative roles at both national and international level, including visiting scientific advisory roles to both France and Slovenia. Professor Wess has previously been a member of the Science Board for STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and was the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for IPANEMA, the ancient materials’ European platform at SOLEIL Synchrotron, France. Tim has vast experience in innovation and engagement, communicating science to the public, advising science and health policy, and has worked with a number of charities. He was trustee for Royal National Institute of Blind People Cymru and Vale for Africa.

Ian Jacobs

Professor Ian Jacobs—President and Vice-Chancellor of University of New South Wales
Prior to this current appointment, Professor Jacobs was Vice-President of the University of Manchester, Dean of the Faculty of Medical/Human Sciences and Director of MAHSC (Manchester Academic Health Science Centre) from 2011-15. He was Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at UCL from 2009-11, Director of the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre at UCLH/UCL (2006-10), Research Director UCL Partners Academic Health Science System (2009-11) and Director of the UCL Institute for Women’s Health from 2004-9. Alongside his leadership roles, he directs a laboratory and clinical research team focused on genetics, proteomics, imaging and biomarkers in detection and screening for gynaecological cancers. Ian was head of Department of Gynaecological Oncology and then Obstetrics and Gynaecology at QMUL from 1996 to 2004 and set up and directed the UCL Institute for Women’s Health between 2004 and 2009. In 2005 he established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative which conducts a series of projects in Uganda including a cervical screening programme.  He is Medical Advisor to the Eve Appeal (Gynaecology Cancer Research fund) which he founded in 1985, a Patron of Safehands for Women, non-Executive Director of Abcodia Ltd and holds an NIHR Senior Investigator Award.

Sarah DickinsonSarah Dickinson Hyams—Head of Equality Charters, Equality Challenge Unit, UK
Sarah Dickinson leads the strategic and operational development of the Athena SWAN Charter at the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in the UK. Prior to joining the ECU, Sarah worked at the University of Cambridge where she managed the Women in Science Engineering and Technology Initiative, a positive action gender equality project aiming to improve the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM. Sarah previously worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Science Policy and Diversity Specialist, where she helped develop the RSC’s programme on good practice and diversity within higher education. Sarah has an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Society from Birkbeck University and a BA (Hons) in Social Science from the University of Brighton.