Dr Amanda Bell AM and Allan Myers AC, KC join Centre Board Statement from Chairman the Hon John Howard OM AC

Aug 25, 2021 | Announcements

Sydney, Wednesday 25 August 2021

On behalf of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation board, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Amanda Bell AM and Allan Myers AC, KC as non-executive directors.

Both Dr Bell and Mr Myers are outstanding additions to our board. We will benefit greatly from their insights into the tertiary education sector, their leadership skills, and their academic interests in the arts, education and law. We welcome Dr Bell’s considerable experience in scholarships and mentoring of young women, and Mr Myers’ significant knowledge of and contribution to philanthropy in Australia.

The appointment of Dr Bell and Mr Myers expands the board to 11 directors.

Dr Amanda Bell AM

Dr Bell is Governor and Chair of Queenwood School, and a director of Art Exhibitions Australia Ltd.  She is currently the interim Principal of Kambala. Previous leadership roles include Principal of The Women’s College within the University of Sydney, Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, and Director of the S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Dr Bell holds a BA degree and Dip.Ed in Art History and English Literature from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D in Feminist Biography, Education and The Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has held numerous positions on boards, including Chair of the UTS International Centre for Youth Futures and Trustee/Deputy Chair of the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA Board. She has served on the Rhodes Scholarship Trust (NSW) and on the Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships selection panel.

Dr Bell is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017 she was named a Member in the Order of Australia for significant service to education as a leader and academic, particularly to young women, and to the visual arts.

Allan Myers AC, KC

Mr Myers is the Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, one of His Majesty’s Counsel in all States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand, and a barrister in England and Papua New Guinea.

For 46 years he has practiced continuously as a barrister, principally in Victoria, predominantly in aspects of commercial law. He has frequently advised in relation to transactions under the laws of other countries, and he sits as an arbitrator in many international arbitrations.

Mr Myers holds degrees from the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons)) and Oxford University (BCL). He holds the honorary degrees of Doctor of the University from the Australian Catholic University (DUniv (ACU)), and Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne (Hon LL.D (Melb)). Mr Myers was appointed the first Fellow of the University of Melbourne in 2015, and in 2017 became its Chancellor.

Mr Myers was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to philanthropy and business achievements. He became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007, and in 2016 a Companion of the Order of Australia.

The Ramsay Centre is dedicated to the study of Western Civilisation and was established in March 2017 through an extraordinary endowment by the late Mr Paul Ramsay AO, founder of Ramsay Health Care.  For more information on the centre visit our website: www.ramsaycentre.org

Media contact: Sarah Switzer 0407 816 098/ sarah.switzer@ramsaycentre.org