News story 15th Jun 2015

Alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours

Monash Business School alumna Ms Helen Silver AO (BEc (Hons) 1980, MEc 1988) has been honoured with an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ms Silver was conferred with the award for her service to public administration, business and commerce, and the community of Victoria.

Ms Silver is a member of the board of the Monash Business Policy Forum (MBPF) and was made a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash University in 2010.

Helen Silver

In her roles as a board member of the MBPF and a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Ms Silver is assisting in the development of public policy 'think tank' capacity at Monash. She has also contributed to student leadership programs.

Ms Silver said she was very proud to receive the award.

"I am really proud and humbled by this honour," she said.

"It would not have been possible without the enormous support and trust of so many people throughout my career. From the Victorian Premier through to community and business leaders, I have been fortunate to work with so many committed, talented, passionate and knowledgeable people.

Monash has played a big role in my career

"Monash University and my degrees from Monash were an important start in my career and have been at different times significant in achieving my career aspirations.

"I feel Monash is a very important Victorian institution and we are extremely lucky to have such an internationally renowned university in our state."

Ms Silver has held senior management positions with the Australian and Victorian Governments and in the private sector. Her eminent appointments have included: Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria; First Assistant Commissioner with the Australian Government's Productivity Commission; and Chief General Manager, Workers Compensation, Allianz Australia Insurance.

Among her prominent community engagements has been her work as a Director on the board of the Grattan Institute and as Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Ms Silver is currently a director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Monash University and my degrees from Monash were an important start in my career and have been at different times significant in achieving my career aspirations.

Helen Silver

Monash Business School aluma

Recognition for fellow alumni

Other Monash Business School alumni to be recognised in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours were Anthony (Jock) Mackay AM (BEc 1971, DipEd 1972, BEd 1974), Karen Mahlab AM (BEc 1984), and Mr Steven Barling AFSM (DipBus(GenAdmin) 1990).

Mr Mackay receive his Member of the Order of Australia honour for significant service to education through reform in the teaching profession, leadership in curriculum development and innovation in assessment and reporting.

Ms Mahlab received her Member of the Order of Australia honour for significant service to the community through support for the not-for-profit sector and contributions to philanthropic initiatives.

Mr Barling received an Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).