Get to know the Tuckwell team and their roles.


Friends of the Program 

The Program is grateful for the support provided by staff across ANU and supporters around the nation, many of whom contribute to our community by attending events or participating in our scholar selection process.

Ryan Goss

Head of Scholars House 

Ryan Goss is the Head of Scholars House for the Tuckwell Scholarship Program and an Associate Professor at the ANU Law School. As Head of Scholars House, Ryan is supported by a terrific team of professional and academic staff to deliver an enriching and rewarding program for our Tuckwell Scholars, and to ensure our Program goes from strength to strength. At the Law School, Ryan writes and teaches about constitutional law and human rights law. Ryan came to the ANU after undergraduate degrees at the University of Queensland and postgrad at the University of Oxford, where he studied with the support of a Rhodes Scholarship. 

Alongside his ANU work, Ryan takes a great interest in the Brisbane Broncos, history and politics, far too many podcasts, and entertaining his two young children.

Dr Fiona Scotney

Program Director 

Dr Fiona Scotney is the Director of the Tuckwell Scholarship Program. Fiona has worked as a secondary teacher and university tutor, and held management and leadership roles the public and tertiary sectors. She has a specific interest in learning and development, capability and leadership development, and scholarship programs. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (secondary), Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) , and Graduate Certificate in Business.

Fiona enjoys visiting art galleries and museums, modernist design and architecture, and reading Australian literature.

Lois Carlton

Senior Administration Officer 

Lois Carlton is the Senior Administration Officer of the program. Lois has worked as a secondary school teacher, taught at TAFE and has over twenty years' experience in student recruitment at both TAFE and The University of Melbourne. Her last role at the university was managing the development program in the Hansen Scholarship Program. One of the joys of her time at university was the opportunity to work closely with tertiary students. She is excited to be in Tuckwell Program as it will keep her in contact with bright young minds and amazing young people. Lois has relocated to Canberra to be closer to her family and her beautiful granddaughter. In her spare time, she likes to sew clothes for her and spends a lot of time reading the same book over and over again to her.

Kimberley Haines

Communications and Engagement Officer 

Kimberley Haines is the Communications and Engagement Officer of the Tuckwell Scholarship Program. Kimberley has held roles in human resources, capability and learning, and has worked with many development programs across Canberra. Her favourite part of her position is the opportunity to foster connections between Tuckwell scholars, Scholars House and the ANU community.

In her free time Kimberley enjoys gardening, crafting and making elaborate Hot Wheels tracks with her two young children.

Dr Rebecca (Bec) Clode

Tuckwell Fellow 

Rebecca (Bec) Clode is a Lecturer in English and Drama in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. As well as teaching across a range of related subjects, including First Year English, Victorian Literature, Creative Writing and Drama, Bec undertakes research on contemporary playwriting practices. Prior to her academic career, she was a theatre practitioner (directing and dramaturgy), and Bec maintains her practice locally, for example as dramaturg for playwriting development projects with The Street Theatre. 

Outside of the university, Bec enjoys visiting galleries, making art, gardening and various domestic projects. As a parent to two young kids she is a wiz at the art of swing set assembly, ikea furniture construction and face painting.

Richard Burns

Tuckwell Fellow 

Richard Burns is a Fellow at the Research School of Population Health (RSPH) at the ANU. Having grown up in England, South Africa and Australia, Richard spent several years teaching in high schools in Australia, the UK and Scandinavia whilst completing his PhD in organisational psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in 2009. Richard came to ANU as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Mental Health Research in 2007 before commencing postdoctoral research into mental health and wellbeing across the adult life course in 2010. Currently, Richard is HDR convenor at RSPH and convenes an introductory Population Health course.  Richard has published over 75 peer-review articles and a research methods textbook that is frequently photocopied but rarely purchased.

Outside of work, Richard enjoys international travel, tennis, rugby (union and head-high) and music. Richard is a proud father to an infant who is just learning to walk and Gracie the Maremma who is now learning to run from said infant... 

iain henry

Tuckwell Fellow 

Iain Henry is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. Iain completed his PhD and MA at the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New South Wales. In 2014 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include alliance theory, Asian security, the Cold War in Asia, diplomatic history and Australian strategic policy. 

A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Iain has previously worked for the Australian Army, the Australian Public Service, and Qantas Airways.

Esmé Shirlow

Tuckwell Fellow 

Esmé Shirlow is a Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, where she teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, and international investment law and arbitration. She maintains a practice in the field of international law, has been involved as an advisor to parties to investment treaty claims and in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, and has served as an assistant to several investment treaty tribunals. Prior to joining the ANU, Esmé worked in the Australian Government’s Office of International Law. 

In addition to her work at the ANU, Esmé enjoys bushwalking, time with family and friends, and gardening.