Special Guest Speakers for the 2018 Narrabri Chamber of Commerce Whitehaven Coal Business Awards

Professor Annabelle Duncan

The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by Council as the University’s Chief Executive Officer and is also the University’s principal academic officer.  The Vice-Chancellor is supported and assisted by a team of senior executives, who provide strategic, policy and operational advice relating to their individual portfolios.

Professor Annabelle Duncan is Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England.  She joined the University in September 2010, initially as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Prior to joining UNE, Professor Duncan spent 16 years in the CSIRO, including six years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science.  She has also served in managerial roles within the Bio21 Institute at University of Melbourne and AgriBio Institute at La Trobe University.

Professor Duncan acted as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control, representing Australia at international arms control meetings and acting as a biological weapons inspector with the United Nations in Iraq.

She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1996, and Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Murdoch University in 2005 for her work in arms control.


Duncan Mitchell

Program Manager, Central – Inland Rail

A Program Manager with over 15 years’ experience delivering a range of major infrastructure projects across civil, rail and structural, Duncan Mitchell is a degree qualified Civil Engineer with a track record of managing multi-disciplined projects for contracting and client-side teams throughout all phases of the project lifecycle.

Following six years on-site in the Pilbara Western Australia constructing rail projects for Rio Tinto and BHP Iron Ore, Duncan’s experience progressed to developing the $700M civil package for Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project and the $140M enabling works for the Woodside-led Browse LNG project. He then returned to Queensland to join Aurizon as a Project Manager to implement an annual $40M track upgrade across the 2,760km Queensland Coal Network.

Duncan is now part of the ARTC team where he holds the role of Program Manager, Central in New South Wales, responsible for the delivery of 300km of new rail and 300km of track upgrades from Parkes through to North Star.