Governance Institute awards scholarships to boost careers of five high-achievers

Governance Institute has awarded five worthy applicants the Leonard Watson Chant Legacy postgraduate governance scholarships for 2015. 

The scholarship covers the fees for each student’s preferred governance course, up to a maximum of AUD$12,600. 

“The calibre of applicants this year was outstanding”, observed Mr Tim Sheehy, chief executive of Governance Institute of Australia, “and the winners can be justifiably proud of their achievement. 

“While this year’s recipients come from diverse backgrounds and professions, each has recognised the importance of good governance to the success of any organisation. 

“They plan to use their scholarships to enhance their own expertise and improve standards within the communities and sectors in which they operate.” 

Mr Sheehy announced that the 2015 winners were: 

  • Kelly Shacklock (VIC), team leader, prevention & education at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
  • Matthew Hansen (WA), principal of Extent Legal
  • Dr Rebekah Moore (ACT), policy officer with the Federal Department of Health
  • Angela Watson (QLD), site financial supervisor with CS Energy,and
  • Me’ad Assan (VIC), policy officer with the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. 

“This year’s recipients take to 26 the number of scholarships given in the three years since the Legacy Awards were established”, Mr Sheehy said. 

“I am pleased that there are so many passionate and talented professionals who wish to become catalysts for positive organisational change.” 

The successful scholars see good governance practices as essential to their current roles. 

Ms Shacklock from the IBAC in Victoria observed that “an organisation can dramatically reduce opportunities for fraud and corruption, simply by implementing policies and processes that establish strong checks and balances. 

“The Chant Legacy Scholarship will allow me to solidify my governance skills, to share them with my team, and apply them to the ultimate goal of strengthening the integrity of the Victorian public service across the board.”

Mr Hansen is an indigenous Australian providing legal services to indigenous businesses and traditional land owners involved in the energy and resources industry.  He sees good governance as a stepping stone to putting communities on an equal footing with larger, more sophisticated mining companies or government departments. 

“I’m very pleased to be awarded the Chant Legacy Scholarship and to have the chance to deepen my governance knowledge and help my indigenous clients to develop more successful ‘win-win’ relationships with industry”, Mr Hansen said.

Mr Sheehy said that the decision by four of the five recipients to undertake a postgraduate course offered by Governance Institute was a welcome endorsement, and testament to the strength of its professional development program.

“These scholars could choose to fund a course at any accredited institution anywhere in the world, but the vast majority have elected to study with us. 

“It is wonderful to see the commitment of these students to their own self-improvement and to the pursuit of good governance. 

“It bodes very well for the future of Australia’s governance sector,” he said.   

For further information contact Viv Hardy at CallidusPR on (02) 9283-4113 or Tim Sheehy on (02) 9223-5744 or 0419-490-594.


Applications were judged by an independent committee of widely respected governance and educational professionals, comprised of: 

  • Professor Thomas Clarke, Director of the UTS Centre for Corporate Governance
  • Ms Julie Hare, higher education editor at News Limited, and
  • Mr Douglas Gration, Governance Institute board member. 

Scholarships are available to applicants keen to pursue postgraduate governance studies at any government-accredited tertiary institution anywhere in the world and are based on merit and financial need.

Successful applicants receive payments to cover course fees of up to AUD$2,100 per subject, to a maximum of AUD$12,600 for the whole course. 

Applications for the next round of scholarships will open in September and October 2015.

About Governance Institute of Australia

Governance Institute of Australia is the only independent professional association with a sole focus on the practice of governance.  We provide the best education and support for practising chartered secretaries, governance advisers and risk managers to drive responsible performance in their organisations. 


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