The Hon. Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC
Past CEW President

The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC is Chairperson of Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Chancellor of Bond University, President of the Anti-Discrimination Board (part-time), Chair of Land Services SA, and Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Director of the Garvan Institute, Member and past President of Chief Executive Women (1999 to 2000), and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Annabelle is a retired Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and was an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, having previously practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property. She also served as Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University.

Dr Bennett completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD in Biochemistry [the latter in the Faculty of Vet Science] at Sydney University and later obtained her law degree at the University of New South Wales.

Her interest in biological sciences has led to membership of the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee, the Biotechnology Task Force, the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales and the Eastern Sydney Area Health Service. She was also a member of the Gene Patenting Advisory Committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission, a Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, past President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, as well as a member of the Reference Group for the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2007 and the Head of Delegation to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2008 in Peru.

Annabelle was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2019 for eminent service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly in the field of intellectual property, to higher education, and to sports arbitration. She is a past President of Chief Executive Women.