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2016 GUEST SPEAKER
Mr Paul Jeans BE, FIE Aust, FAICD, a fourth-generation Novocastrian with a leadership career in business spanning more than four decades, has been appointed the University of Newcastle's seventh Chancellor.
"I am proud to be Chancellor of this great University that consistently ranks in the top three per cent of universities in the world," Mr Jeans said.
Schooled at Newcastle Boys High School, Mr Jeans completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Newcastle University College at Tighes Hill, the antecedent institution to the University of Newcastle. His professional background includes more than 40 years with BHP in a number of leadership roles, including Executive General Manager and CEO of its Ferrous Minerals business and three of its steel businesses. Over a 20 year period, he also served as a director of the University of Sydney's Warren Centre of Advanced Engineering, later being honoured with the title of Honorary Governor of the Warren Centre.
Mr Jeans has a remarkable record of service on the boards of a range of organisations including Fosters Brewing Group and Ausgrid. He was also President of the Australia Korea Business Council and a member of the Council of the University of Wollongong.
2015 GUEST SPEAKER - Trevor Sorensen - biography
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Attended Newcastle Boys’ High School 1964-1969, then moved to the USA in November, 1969 to attend university.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Sorensen received his BS. (1973), M.S. (1976) and Doctor of Engineering (1979) degrees in Aerospace Engineering from University of Kansas (KU).
He did his doctoral project on Pioneer Venus at NASA Ames.
He then was a Space Shuttle guidance and control engineer, worked in Mission Control as assistant Flight Director, and finally was a software engineering manager supporting Shuttle missions.
In 1990 he joined Bendix Field Engineering (now Honeywell, Inc.) in Alexandria, Virginia, as Observations Manager of the Department of Defense’s LACE satellite.
In 1994, Dr. Sorensen was the Lunar Mission Manager for the DoD/NASA Clementine lunar mission for which he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and nominated Engineer of the Year by Design News magazine.
Dr Sorensen was the program manager for the $23 million Space Systems R&D contract with the Naval Research Laboratory under which the USAF MSTI-3 satellite was operated ... more
Trevor Sorensen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our previous Guest Speakers
2014 Guest Speaker - NBHS Old Boy, Paul Bevan
Paul has worked in radio for 20 years producing and presenting current affairs programs on 1233 ABC Newcastle, and for the past few years he has presented the weekday afternoon program for ABC Classic FM. Since June 2008 Paul was the first to present the Saturday morning Treasure Hunter program on 1233 ABC Newcastle. In 2010 Paul Bevan returns to ABC Newcastle to present the drive program.Paul has a degree with honours from the University of Newcastle, majoring in Psychology, and lives in Lake Macquarie with hiswife, two children and one dog.
2013 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy, Johnathan Biggins
The well known Australian actor, singer, writer and comedian. He has appeared on film, stage and television, as well as in satirical sketch comedy television programs. Jonathan currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
2012 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Lauchlan Mcintosh
President of the Australasian College of Road Safety Chairman of Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and Asia Pacific Ambassador for the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP).
2011 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Professor Patrick McGorry
Australian of the Year 2010 & Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
2009 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Economist Ross Gittins
Economics Editor Sydney Morning Herald. Transcript -"Give My Regrets to Waratah High".
2008 NBHS Old Boy - Paul Cave
1995 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Arthur Morris
Arthur Robert Morris MBE played 46 Test matches between 1946 and 1955. An opener, Morris is regarded as one of Australia's greatest left-handed batsmen.
Arthur played in our First Cricket Team at age 12, as a slow bowler (from memory).
He was our after Dinner speaker in 1995.
I had the pleasure of driving him back to his motel that night.
He was very pleased with his engraved wine glass, which depicted a left handed batsman.
That year he was also the after dinner speaker at the Father and Son night at the Newcastle Club.
2007 Dick Sanders - Geologist, former President of NBHS OBA
2006 Trevor Dunn - Solicitor and Founding President of NBHS OBA
2005 Brian Donegan - Maths Teacher and raconteur
Lew MacLeod - Military nurse and OH&S expert
2003 Peter Morris - Year of '48, Federal Labor Minister
2002 Ian Jones - Year of '44, Ned Kelly expert, former scriptwriter
2001 Prof. Robert Beal - A leading Australian haematologist
2000 Paul Jessop - Old Boy
1999 Dr David Stewart - Rhodes Scholar
1998 Richard Owens - Newcastle businessman
1997 Ted Morrisby - TV producer and author
1996 Charles Grahame - Retired from ABC, father was Mayor of Wickham
1995 Arthur Morris - Renowned Test cricketer
1994 Peter Cave - Award winning ABC journalist
1993 Justice Jack Lee - School Captain in 1937
1992 Gary “Gus” Gilmour - Test Cricketer
1991 Dr Jim Kirk AC DSc - Chairman of Esso, Chairman of Australian Bicentennial Authority, Chairman Landcare Australia.
1990 Justice Jeffrey Miles - Chief Justice of the The Supreme Court of The A.C.T.
1989 Kevan Gosper - Former student, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and Olympic Silver medallist, Chief Executive of Shell Australia, President of the Olympic Games Committee.
1988 Vic Rooney - Former teacher and renowned thespian.
1987 Charlie Goffett - Beloved former teacher and raconteur par excellence!