Australia Day Honours for BEL alumni and staff

7 Feb 2017

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law congratulates the BEL alumni and staff recently honoured with 2017 Australia Day Awards. They have made invaluable contributions to creating change in their communities and the world:


Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Ms Anna Bligh, former Queensland Premier, for eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, particularly as Premier, to infrastructure development and education reform, as an advocate for the role of women in public life, and to the not-for-profit sector. Ms Bligh has a Bachelor of Arts (1981) and a UQ Doctor of Laws honoris causa (2010).

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Mr William “Bill” Bowness, a generous donor to UQ who gave $1 million in 2014 to establish Australia’s first Telerehabilitation Clinic, recognised for distinguished service to the visual and performing arts through philanthropic contributions, fundraising and advisory roles, and to the building and construction industry. Mr Bowness is a UQ alumnus, with a Certificate in Provisional Accountancy (1967), a Bachelor of Commerce (1968), an Associate in Commerce (1969), and a Doctor of Business (2015). 

Ms Roberta “Bobbie” Brazil, former chairman of Land and Water Australia, for distinguished service to tertiary education governance, to agricultural, environmental and resource management organisations, and to women in rural and regional areas. Ms Brazil has three UQ degrees: Bachelor of Arts (1966), Bachelor of Laws (1987) and Master of Laws (1998). 

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Mr Ian Klug, chair of Brisbane Marketing, for significant service to the business sector, to economic development in Queensland, to accountancy, and to the community. Mr Klug is a UQ alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts (1979) and a Bachelor of Commerce (1981)

Mr Allan Pidgeon, director of FA Pidgeon & Son Pty Ltd, for significant service to the community through a range of roles, particularly to the promotion of the Australian national flag. Mr Pidgeon has a UQ Bachelor of Commerce (1979) and Bachelor of Laws (1981)

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

Professor Neal Ashkanasy
UQBS Professor Neal Ashkanasy received a Medal (OAM)

Professor Neal Ashkanasy, a researcher from UQ Business School, for service to tertiary education, to psychology and to the community. Professor Ashkanasy is a UQ alumnus: he has a Diploma in Computer Science (1972), Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours (1982), and a Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology (1989). Professor Ashkanasy is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Mr John Ferguson, a past director of University of Queensland Press, recognised for service to sailing and to the community. Mr Ferguson has a UQ Bachelor of Commerce (1966) and an Associate in Commerce (1966).

Mr Anthony Hickey, chair and founder of Hickey Lawyers, for service to the community of the Gold Coast and to charitable organisations. Mr Hickey is a UQ alumnus with a Bachelor of Laws (1979).

Mr John Johnstone, honorary treasurer of the University of Queensland Rifle Club, for service to rifle shooting. Mr Johnstone has a UQ Bachelor of Commerce (1974) and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting (1976).

Mr Frederick “Jack” Lunn, a former editor of The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, former director and deputy chairman of Queensland Press Limited, and former chair of the UQ Contact magazine editorial board, recognised for service to print media and to the community. Mr Lunn was awarded a UQ Graduate Diploma in Journalism (1963) and a Bachelor of Economics (1968).


Congratulations to the many other UQ alumni, staff and friends who received Australia Day Honours.