Newsletter November 2018
60 seconds with ...
Joining the Macquarie University Property team as Executive Officer in January this year, Adam Anderson shares a bit about himself in our 60-second profile that asks the hard questions.
What’s your job in a nutshell? I manage reporting for Property, oversee the implementation of the Property Strategy, triage issues for the Director and undertake side projects.
Where were you before joining the Uni? Before here, I worked for the state government, in the NSW Transport Cluster, primarily in program and project management, stakeholder engagement and initially in public policy.
What are the current top three things on your to-do list? Drafting an incoming brief for the new Vice President University Services and Strategy, finalising the next round of papers for the Finance and Facilities Committee and ensuring that we deliver on what we said we would before Christmas in the Property Strategy.
Assuming instant qualifications, what other area of Macquarie University would you like to try for a day? I would love to step into the shoes of the Head of Macquarie International School for a day because I’m interested in education as an Australian export and would like to see, first-hand, the value of the relationships, links and opportunities that overseas students can access at Macquarie and build on in Australia or use internationally.
What are you looking forward to? The continued roll out of the Information Series of talks as they bring all of Property together and provide a platform for our senior leaders to share their knowledge and experience. I’m also looking forward to the Christmas party.
What’s the most amazing place you’ve visited? There are two. Brindisi in Italy for sheer weirdness because I saw a man walking down the street with a monkey on a leash and nobody batted an eyelid; and Japan for the most enjoyable holiday with the best food, scenery, first class transport but mostly because it was a special time with my family.
My wife is from Indonesia, and the diversity of that country and the warmth of its people is special too.
Where are you most likely to be found on a Sunday afternoon? At the park with my daughter.
What’s the last movie you watched (and liked)? Chappaquiddick. I am fascinated with the Kennedy family and the film is based on the incident that involved Senator Ted Kennedy and former staff member Mary Jo Kopechne. Senator Kennedy drives his car off a bridge into a lake, is able to get out of the car and swim to safety, whilst Mary Jo cannot get out and is left to die.
The film demonstrates the power of celebrity and the benefit of having all the public relations and legal resources at your disposal.