Board CV

Professor SHIRLEY RANDELL AO, PhD, Hon.DLitt


A highly experienced board and committee member of government and non-government-organisations across Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa, with strong skills in multi-party stakeholder negotiations, crisis management and operating in high risk environments.

Internationally renowned for her work advancing the status and rights of women, with many years of distinguished service to international relations through education, public sector and institutional reform.  Awarded for demonstrating significant influence globally, contributing to driving positive change in Australia and contributing to economic empowerment of women in the community.

Deep and significant policy experience at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels in Australia and in inclusive education and public service internationally.

  • Policy development
  • Complex Negotiations
  • Decision-making Processes
  • Strategic Planning
  • Facilitating team results
  • Stakeholder / Community Relations


  • President, Empowering Women in Education Inc., 2021-
  • President, Independent Scholars Association of Australia, 2020-, Vice-President 2019-, ISAA NSW Council member, 2016-
  • Convener of International Relations, Australian Graduate Women 2019- , NSW Council, Australian Federation of Graduate Women – NSW, 2017-2019, Vice-President GW-NSW City Branch, 2020-
  • Director and Vice-Chair of the Board, Sport Matters
  • Board member and Chair, Development Committee, indigo foundation  2016-2020
  • Council member, National Economic Security for Women Alliance 2016-
  • President, National Council 2020-,  Vice-President 2019-, NSW Branch Council member, Independent Scholars Association of Australia 2016-
  • World Vice President, 2007-2010, Convener (2004-2007) and Member (2016-2019) World Projects Committee  Graduate Women International (GWI), Switzerland 
  • International Board member, and member Nominations, Projects, Development, Membership and Governance Committees Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund, USA 2006–2018
  • Advisory Committee member, Women’s Hub & Founding member of 1Earth Institute 2013-
  • Associate, Equality in Tourism 2013-
  • Council member, ACT Division, Institute of Public Administration Australia 2013-2014

International Board and Committee Roles, Rwanda, Vanuatu and Bangladesh

  • Advisory Board member, Abari B’Inyamata, (formerly Richards Rwanda) 2016-
  • Board member, Paper Crown Institute, Canada, (empowering girls in Rwanda) 2014-2020, PCI Rwanda 2020-
  • Advisory Council Member, Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda 2011-
  • Founder, Secretary General and Board Member, Rwanda Association of University Women 2006-2016
  • Advisory Member, Rwanda Gender Monitoring Office Gender Reference Group 2014-2016
  • Board Member, YES Rwanda (NGO empowering youth to create sustainable livelihoods) 2008-2010
  • Advisory Board member, Film Bangladesh – Theatre Asia 2004-2005
  • Founder, Secretary General and Board member, Vanuatu Association of University Women 1999-2003

Patron and Ambassador Roles

  • Ambassador, Christian University of Rwanda Appointed 2018
  • National Ambassador, National Older Women’s Network Appointed 2017
  • Ambassador, Dignity: Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness Appointed 2017
  • Ambassador, FairBreak Global/ Women’s International Cricket League Appointed 2015
  • Patron, Graduate Women International Appointed 2015
  • Global Ambassador, The International Alliance for Women Appointed 2013
  • Ambassador, Australian Centre for Leadership for Women Pty Ltd Appointed 2013
  • Patron, Sunshine Foundation Appointed 2010


  • Honorary Professor of Practice, School of Education, Faculty of Education and the Arts, 2017-, Member, Executive Leadership Team, Centre for Africa Research, Engagement and Partnerships, 2019-, University of Newcastle
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, 2018-2020,  Associate, Centre for Sustainable Communities, 2020-, University of Canberra
  • Founder and Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of Education, now Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda, 2009-2013
  • CEO, Council of Adult Education, Victoria, 1991-1994
  • Dean of Academic Affairs, and A/Dean of Arts, Education and Humanities, Ballarat University College now University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1989-1990
  • Foundation Member, National Board of Employment, Education & Training, and Schools Council, 1988-89
  • Supervisor and Chairperson, Teaching Methods and Materials Centre, University of PNG, 1972-74


  • University of Newcastle. Australian Fellowships Program for Kenyan Public Service Commission. Designed and delivered Mentorship program and Gender Equality and Annual Plan session, Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle Australia, 17 February to 3 March 2018
  • UN Women Bangladesh. Facilitated Mid-Term Review of Bangladesh 2014-2016 Strategic Note, 2015
  • Asian Development Bank. Pre-service Secondary Training Program Specialist, Bangladesh Teacher Quality Improvement Project ll, Designed policies for pre-service education and teacher training and partnerships between teachers’ training colleges and universities, with inclusive education and gender equality, 2014-15
  • New Zealand Agency for International Development, Contractor. Conducted a gender analysis and action plan for Bris Kanda, a public private partnership in Lae, to facilitate better economic opportunities for smallholder producers in Huon District to enable the full participation of women in its activities, 2010.
  • United Nations Fund for Women, PNG Technical Adviser. Conducted a capacity/training needs assessment for the National Capital District Gender Office and Women Councillors of the City of Port Moresby, 2008.
  • Netherlands Development Agency (Rwanda). Senior Advisor, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (2006), Gender and Education (2007) and Governance for Empowerment (2008).
  • UNDP/ Government of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Project Implementation Specialist, Bangladesh, 2004-2005. Chief Technical Adviser for the Capacity Building for Gender Mainstreaming Project. Promoted gender responsive governance by engendering major civil service training courses in the four peak public sector training institutions and advised MWCA on a program approach to gender mainstreaming.
  • Managing Director, SRIA (SRI & Associates) Rwanda & SRI Public Sector Reform Pty Ltd, 1997-2016.


  • FAICD, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • FIML, Institute of Management and Leadership (Past ACT Director, Australian Institute of Management)
  • FACE, Australian College of Educators (Past National President)
  • PhD, University of New England, Armidale, 1987
  • BEd, UPNG (Education, Social Work, Anthropology, Comparative Religion) 1973


  • Sir John Storey Inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Leadership Award, Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand, 2018
  • AO, Officer of the Division of the Order of Australia 2010
  • DLitt, Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of New England, 2015
  • Distinguished Alumna, University of Canberra, 2001 and University of New England, 2013
  • International Alliance of Women 100 World of Difference Award 2013
  • International Honorary Member, Zonta International, 2013
  • Inaugural Australian 100 Women of Influence Award. 2012
  • Global Honor Roll of Leaders for Women’s Human Rights, USA 2011
  • Honorary member, Business and Professional Women Australia, 2010
  • AM, Member of the Division of the Order of Australia, 1988


  • ACE, Australian College of Educators (Past President and Life Member)
  • AIIA, Australian Institute for International Affairs (Past Director)
  • IPAA, Institute of Public Administration Australia (Past Director)
  • ICAE, International Council of Adult Education (Life Member)
  • ASPAEA, Commonwealth and Asian South Pacific Adult Education Associations (Life member)
  • ACEL, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Past Director)
  • CCIA, Australian Council of Churches’ Commission on International Affairs (Past Chair)
  • YWCA of Australia (Past Convener, National Vice President)
  • WCEI, Women Chiefs of Enterprises International
  • TIV, Transparency International Vanuatu (Foundation Director)


  • Long term: Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Rwanda, Bangladesh
  • Short term: Niue, Solomon Islands, Fiji Islands, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Uganda, Kenya


  • Workable fluency in PNG Tok Pisin, Solomon Islands Pidgin and Vanuatu Bislama