CAUL Board

Topics CAUL Business

Jill BennBob GerrityConstance Wiebrands

Carmel O'SullivanCatherine ClarkHarry RolfMark Sutherland

Photos (left to right from top left hand corner): Jill Benn, Bob Gerrity, Constance Wiebrands, Gwenda Thomas, Carmel O'Sullivan, Catherine Clark, Harry Rolf, Mark Sutherland

Board Membership

The Board consists of four (4) Directors elected from amoung the full members of CAUL and three (3) Directors appointed by the Board for their skills and experience (not required to be a member of CAUL). Elections are held each year for at least two members of the Board. Terms of office are for two years, for a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Board Members (Elected):

  • Jill Benn (2018 - Sep 2021), Chair of the Board/CAUL
  • Constance Wiebrands (2016 - Sep 2020), Chair of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee
  • Robert Gerrity (2017 - Sep 2021), Program Director for CAUL's Content Procurement Program'
  • Gwenda Thomas (2019 - Sep 2021), Director of the Board

Board Members (Appointed):

  • Catherine Clark (2018 -  Sep 2020), Program Director for Fair, affordable and open access to knowledge) 
  • Carmel O'Sullivan (2018 - Sep 2020) Program Director for Digital Dexterity – the new skills for learning and research excellence.
  • Casual Vacancy (filled by appointment)

Executive Director: Mark Sutherland (Interim)

Communication & Policy Officer: Harry Rolf

Board Calendar

The 2019 Board Calendar lists meeting dates and times, along with the key agenda items for those meetings.

See Board Information & Meetings Calendar.

Changes to Board Membership

In 2019 the Officer Roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Chair of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee and Program Director(s) were separated from the elected and appointed positions of Director of the Board. The role of President was changed to Chair when CAUL incorporated in 2019.

In 2017, new roles of Program Directors were instituted, ex officio members of the Executive, with the two areas of work:

  • Fair, affordable and open access to knowledge
  • Digital Dexterity – the new skills for learning and research excellence


Communication and Policy Officer at CAUL
University Librarian at Edith Cowan University
Sep 2016-2020, Treasurer
University Librarian at University of Western Australia
Director Library Services at University of Southern Queensland
Feb 2018-2020
University Librarian at Curtin University
Oct 2018-2020
Director, Scholarly Services (University Librarian) at University of Melbourne
Oct 2019 - Sep 2021
University Librarian at Monash University
Sep 2017-2019
Content Procurement Manager at CAUL


20 February 2019

On the 18th February 2019 CAUL officially became an incorporated association in the ACT, under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991.

29 November 2018

CAUL and the AOASG have released a joint statement about the importance of Open Scholarship. The statement responds to recommendations in the Australian Government Funding Arrangements for non-NHMRC Research report released by the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training in November 2018.

Author Harry Rolf
Last modified 10 October 2019