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Giles Pickford BA (Hons) was born in Bombay in 1941. However, he spent most of his early years growing up on a farm near Albany, WA. Because of that he has been a hunter of rabbits and other ferals since the age of twelve. He was educated at Albany High School (1953-58) and the University of Western Australia (1959-63) where he obtained a BA first class Honours degree majoring in English Literature. He learnt the piano under the instruction of Madame Heidi Rosenthal for seven years in Albany, paying for his lessons in kind because Madame Rosenthal had a predilection for rabbit stew. He represented his school as an 'A Grade' Hockey goalie and in the School rifle team.

After graduation he spent sometime in a droving team near Shark Bay, WA, before succumbing to a career as a university administrator, specialising in the fields of event organisation, fund raising and public relations in general. He has worked at the University of WA, University of New England, Australian Vice-Chancellor's Committee, James Cook University of North Queensland, the Australian Cancer Society, the University of Wollongong (where he also served four years as Alderman on the Wollongong City Council) and the ANU. He has served two terms with the ACT Cultural Council from 1991-96.

His poems where published by the ANU Emeritus Faculty in 2013.  
Title: The muse as I hear her / Giles Pickford.
ISBN: 9781921934131 (paperback) 9781921934148 (ebook)
Subjects: Australian poetry.
Dewey Number: A821.4 

His special loves are poetry, hunting, theology, music, red wine and Irish whiskey. Deeply in marriage, four children, four grand children.

DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Performances (at UWA)

  • Played Proculeius in Shakespeare's 'Anthony and Cleopatra' St George's College Play 1960. 
  • Played Hyppolite in Racine's 'Phedre', University of WA French Club 1962.
  • Played the Evil Barber in Berthold Brecht's 'The Good Woman of Szechuan'.
  • Played Mio in Maxwell Anderson's 'Winterset' University of WA Dramatic Society 1963.

 Awards

  • Western Australian Champion, General Purpose 14 foot Dinghies, 1965
  • Alderman of the Year, awarded by the Junior Council of the City of Wollongong, 1988
  • Winner of the traditional bush verse section, Binalong Banjo Paterson Poetry Prize, 1990
  • ANU Council Medal for General Staff Excellence, 1997
  • Meritorious Service Award, Association for Tertiary Education Management, 1998
  • ATEM President’s Award 2011

Associations

Professional Organisations

  • Member of the Australasian Institute of Fundraising (1975 - 78)
  • Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (1981 - 94)
  • Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science (1989 - 98)
  • Member of the Association for Tertiary Education Management (1982 - 05)  Associate Fellow (2005 - 2013), and: Member of the Training Committee, NSW Branch (1987-88); Member of the Executive Committee, Canberra Branch (1989 - 98); Vice-President, Canberra Branch (1990 - 92); President, Canberra Branch (1992 - 94); Immediate Past President, Canberra Branch (1994 - 98); Secretary, Canberra Branch (1997 - 98); Member ATEM 2000 Group (1996 - 98); Founder, ATEM Ghosts 1998; Convenor, ATEM Emeritus Chapter (2008 - 2013)
  • Member, National Association of Prospective Student Advisers and Founding Convenor ACT Branch (1991 - 98)

Community Organisations

  • Distinguished Member, ANU Endowment for Excellence, 1998
  • Member of the ACT Cultural Council and Chair Community Arts and Festive Events Committee (1991 - 96). Deputy Chair, Practices Committee (1994 - 96). Member, Australian Science Festival Performance Agreement Panel (1996).
  • Patron, ANU Drill Hall Gallery (1998 - 2013).
  • Member, ArtSound FM Community Radio Station (1994 - 2000)
  • Master of Ceremonies, ACT Tournament of Minds (1989 - 98)
  • Master of Ceremonies, Lions Student Oratory Contest (1995 - 98)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Canberra Festival (1989 - 91)
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Australian Science Festival (1991)
  • Vice-President of the Careers Display Society of the ACT (1990- 92)
  • Member of the National Capital Attractions Association (1989 - 98)
  • Member, Committee of the National Sculpture Forum (1997 - 98)
  • Life Member, Friends of the ANU Classics Museum
  • Member, Senior Common Room, John XXIII College
  • Member, ANU Arts Centre Angels (1998 - 1999)
  • Member, Friends of the ANU Library (1999 - 2000)
  • Secretary, Emeritus Faculty ANU (2000 - 2004)
  • Events Officer, Emeritus Faculty ANU (2004)
  • Secretary, Emeritus Faculty ANU (2005 - 2012)
  • Patron, Tarrawanna Soccer Club (2009 - 2013)
  • Member, Reference Group for the Wollongong City Art Gallery (2010 - 2012)

Works

Publications

  • Giles Pickford and Roger Britten, 'Demands on Student Time by Australian Science Courses', The Australian Journal of Higher Education Vol 4 No 3 (December 1972) pp 225-227
  • D. J. Hill, P. Todd, C. J. Magarey, G. Pickford, N. Lickiss, B. Hetzel, S. J. Krister, 'A Survey of Doctors' Attitudes to Breast Cancer and Self Detection Methods', The Australian Family Physician, Vol 5 (July 1976)
  • G. Pickford, 'Assistance to Cancer Patients', Cancer Forum No 10 (March 1977) pp 344-347
  • G. Pickford, 'A Campaign Against Fear of Cancer in the Community', Cancer Forum No 8 (July 1976) pp 108-111
  • The Editorials in Cancer Forum Nos 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 and various other anonymous pieces in Cancer Forum Nos 1-11
  • G Pickford, 'Town Gown Relations', The Journal of Educational Administration. Vol 11 No 2 (October 1989) pp 201-210. Reprinted under the title 'Town Gown Relations: a question of leaders' in University Public Relations Vol 1 No 1, Winter 1993.
  • Giles Pickford, Colin Plowman, Warwick Williams and Frank Hambly 'A Suggested Reading List of the Classics in Tertiary Management'. A monograph published by the English Department, University College, Australian Defence Force Academy, for ACT AITEA, Canberra 1992. Second Edition 1993. Third Edition published for the Association of Tertiary Education Management 1998.  Now an electronic book on the ATEM web site from 2004. 
  • Ian Knox and Giles Pickford 'The Use of Television in the Promotion of Universities'. University Public Relations Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1993.
  • Giles Pickford 'Volunteers: contributing because they want to' University Public Relations Vol 2 No 1 (1995).
  • Author of the Ægidius column in the Journal University Public Relations
  • Giles Pickford ‘New Zealand Follows Australia Down The Cul de Sac’ Campus Review 18 July 2002.
  • Giles Pickford ‘The Birth of an Organisation: ATEM and the principle of subsidiarity, love and other ideals’ Journal of Higher Education, Policy and Management. Vol. 25, No. 1, May 2003
  • Giles Pickford ‘Thinking Freely: what is motivating the war against higher education?’ Campus Review Vol 13 No 45 November 19-25, 2003, page 27.
  • Tom Gregg and Giles Pickford ‘A Body of Knowledge’ Campus Review March 5, Vol 13 No 8, page 20
  • Tom Gregg and Giles Pickford ‘Why do Organisations Die’ Campus Review October 29, 2003: page 16
  • Tom Gregg and Giles Pickford ‘Science Policy and the Fractal Random Walk of Ants’ Campus Review February 25, 2004: page 16
  • Tom Gregg and Giles Pickford ‘Tertiary Education Management: a Profession for many Professionals’ Education Review March 17, Vol 7 No 2 2004: page 18
  • Book Review 'Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus' by Donald Alexander Downs. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management Vol 28 No 3 November 2006
  • 'The Single Malt Job' by Giles Pickford - A series of short stories about the finest Single Malt Scotch October 2006
  • 'Why can't Universities be run more like Businesses?' Campus Review on 18 April 2011
  • 'Managerialism and its Foes' Campus Review 3 May 2011

Papers

  • 'Cancer Education; The General Public, Patients, Relatives and the Nurse's Role'. A Paper given to the Nursing Oncology Seminar, 11 November 1978 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and later published in the RPAH Journal.
  • 'Getting the Patients to the Doctor'. A Paper given to the NSW Branch of the Australian Public Health Association, Wagga Wagga, 16 August 1978.
  • 'Community Relations and Fund Raising'. A Paper given to the National Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Hobart, August 1986.
  • 'The Tertiary Institution and the Volunteer Worker'. A Paper given to the National Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Sydney, August 1988.
  • 'Town Gown Relations'. The Keynote Address given to the International Conference of the Association of College Unions International, Wollongong, May 1989.
  • 'Open Days: Why, When and How in Australian and New Zealand Universities'. A Paper given to the National Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Darwin, August 1991.
  • 'How to Market an Alumni Association'. A Paper given to the National Conference of the Australian University Graduate Council, Wollongong, October 1991.
  • 'Marketing the Alumni Association to Five Constituencies'. A Paper given to the AVCC National Conference of University Public Relations Officers. Brisbane, February 1992.
  • 'How to Convince your Vice-Chancellor of the Worth of Student Attraction Programs'. A Paper given to the International Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Ballarat, October 1992.
  • 'The Development of Tertiary Education Public Relations in Australia since the White Paper'. A Joint Paper by Helen Trinca and Giles Pickford given at the International Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Ballarat, October 1992.
  • 'A Proposal for Comparable Performance Indicators and Market Research Strategies for Alumni Associations in Australian Universities'. A Joint Paper by Giles Pickford, Professor Russell Linke and Mr Alistair Marshall given to the National Conference of the Australian University Graduate Council, Melbourne, October 1992.
  • 'The Use of Television in the Promotion of Universities'. A Joint Paper by Ian Knox and Giles Pickford, International Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Surfer's Paradise, September 1993.
  • 'The Power of Television'. A Workshop given at the 7th University Public Relations Conference, Adelaide, May 1994.
  • 'A Scandinavian Style Funding Model for Universities'. A paper given at the International Conference of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators, Hobart, September 1995
  • 'Anniversaries and Coming of Age'. A paper given at the International Conference of the Association of Tertiary Education Management, Sydney, September 1997
  • 'Graduation: Is Change Possible? Is it Necessary?', paper given at the International Conference of the Association for Tertiary Education Management, Darwin, September 1998.
  • 'Tertiary Life' key note address given at the Australian Tertiary Expo for South Australian Independent Schools, Annesley College, Adelaide, June 2000.
  • 'Finding the Minotaur: or how to find the secrets hidden in the Labyrinth of the ATEM Web Site', paper given at the International Conference of the Association for Tertiary Education Management, Melbourne, September 2000.  Paper repeated for the Queensland Branch of ATEM, November 2000.
  • 'Event Organisation', paper given at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Prospective Student Advisers,  Melbourne, November 2000.
  • 'Collaborating with Ghosts', paper given at the New Zealand branch conference or the Association for Tertiary Education Management, Palmerston North, July 2001. Later an edited version of this paper was published in Advocate, The Journal of the National Tertiary Education Union, Vol 8, No 2, November 2001
  • 'The Principle of Subsidiarity, Love, and the Birth of An Organisation', paper given at the New Zealand Branch conference, Association for Tertiary Education Management, Dunedin, 4 July 2002.  Also given to the ANU Emeritus Faculty, November 2002; the ATEM NSW Branch Higher Education Update, July 2003; the ATEM NSW Orientation Program, 26-28 November 2003.
  • ‘Quality and the Residential Student’, paper given at the Queensland Branch of the Association for Tertiary Education Management, Brisbane March 2004 and later at the Victorian Branch Conference in May 2004.
  • 'A Different Training Model: ‘Daring to see TEM as a Profession’, paper given at the TEM Conference, Hobart, 27 September 2004
  • ‘In Memory of my Grandfather Herbert Allen Giles’, keynote address given at the invitation of the Government of Taiwan to mark the opening of the Fort San Domingo Museum in Tamsui, Taiwan: October 2005.
  • 'Will Universities ever be fully privatized?’ Paper given at the Tertiary Education Management Conference in September 2007

Employment History

  • 1964 Graduate Trainee, Commonwealth Public Service Board
  • 1964-66 Administrative Assistant, University of Western Australia
  • 1966-68 Graduate Assistant, University of New England
  • 1968-71 Assistant Secretary, Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee
  • 1971-73 Senior Administrative Officer, James Cook University of North Queensland
  • 1973-78 Executive Director, Australian Cancer Society
  • 1979-88 Executive Officer, Friends of the University of Wollongong
  • 1985-88 Alderman, Wollongong City Council. During this time I was Chairman of Industrial Lands Task Force 85-88, Chairman of Town Planning and Development 87-88, Director of the Wollongong Committee 81-88 (this group organised the 1984 Wollongong Sesquicentenary, the Wollongong contribution to the 1988 Bicentennial, the Wollongong Festival, Australia Day and the Blessing of the Fleet), Executive Member of the Port Kembla Harbour Task Force 87-88, Member of the Illawarra Development Board 88, Director of the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre 88, Trustee of the Wollongong City Gallery 80-88, Director of the Conservatorium of Music 88, Director of the Illawarra Regional Information Service 88, Director of the Leisure Coast Tourist Association 87-88, Secretary of the Wollongong Chamber of Commerce and Industry 79-88.
  • 1988-92 Public Affairs Officer, Australian National University.
  • 1993-98 Manager, Community Relations, Australian National University.
  • 1998- Proprietor: Odd Jobs in University Public Relations.
  • 1999-2011 Secretariat: Association for Tertiary Education Management.
  • 1999-2012 Founding Secretary: ANU Emeritus Faculty
  • 2008-2010 Secretariat: Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association

 
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Contact Details

Mail:                    Unit 3, No 1, Towradgi Road, Towradgi NSW 2518 Australia
Phone:                0411 186 199
E-mail:                giles.pickford@bigpond.com
Web:                   www.gilespickford.net

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