Get to know the Tuckwell team and their roles.

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. 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, American history and politics, and exploring the structural limits of Duplo towers with his toddler.

Andrew Swan

Program Director 

Andrew Swan is the Program Director; a role he adores because it is never boring. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education at Monash University. Beginning his career in the corporate sector, Andrew then directed his energies to create safe, welcoming, and high-performing university campus communities in the roles of College Head of Campbell Hall and Student Leadership Development Manager at Monash University. He received the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Tertiary Award in 2015 and was selected to facilitate the Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Program before joining ANU in 2019.

Outside of ANU, Andrew enjoys jumping in puddles with his toddler, volunteering, and begging the North Melbourne Kangaroos to play finals (they routinely disappoint him).

Amy McLennan

Tuckwell Fellow 

Amy McLennan is a Research Fellow with the 3A Institute (3Ai) at ANU and is also a Research Affiliate with the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. She is currently involved in projects relating to human wellbeing, technology and society, and is one of the people behind the design and delivery of 3Ai’s courses and masterclasses. Trained in biomedical science, human nutrition and medical anthropology, Amy completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology. She also has experience as a Senior Analyst in the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In addition to her work, Amy is also a rowing enthusiast (read: loves getting up to splash about on cold rivers at 5am), having represented the University of Oxford in the reserve boat ‘Osiris’ at the 2012 Boat Race held annually between Oxford and Cambridge.

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.

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.


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.