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About Us

Emeritus Chapter

Vis Exhausta Periculosissima

The most dangerous force is a spent force

The Ghosts are ATEM Members who have retired or otherwise left the profession. We exist for two reasons: to enjoy each other’s company annually at the TEMC, and to raise money for the ATEM Foundation which underwrites the ATEM Grants and Scholarship program.

The 2016 Ghosts Soiree was held at the TEMC in Auckland. It was another triumph with festivities held in the Skytower's elevated restaurant, the Sugar Club restaurant with spectacular views of Auckland.

This Year’s soiree, the 17th such Ghosts' ‘Soiree’, was hosted by Warwick Nicoll from Auckland. Warwick was President of ATEM at the time Giles Pickford and Peter Scardoni were first appointed to the ATEM Secretariat in the late 1990’s.

The Soiree is associated with this year’s TEMC and is a special Ghosts Event as it is part of ATEM’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Check out some pictures of the event here...

Be sure to also check out Giles Pickford’s treatise on the Emeritus Chapter on the ATEM website.

The 16th Ghosts' Soiree was hosted by Giles Pickford and Peter Scardoni, held at the Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, in Wollongong, NSW.

The 15th Ghosts' Soiree was hosted by Barry Cameron held at Salt House, Marina Point in Cairns, QLD.

The 14th Ghosts’ Soiree was hosted by Trevor Short at the Remi de Provence in Hobart, TAS.

Year Venue Host Event Held Donation

Walter's Wine Bar, Melbourne

Bob Speechley Melbourne
2001 University House, ANU Colin Plowman Canberra
2002 The Green Papaya, Brisbane Trevor Short Brisbane
2003 Bradman Room, Adelaide Oval Ion Wallace Adelaide $2,200.00
2004 Shipwrights' Inn, Hobart Carol Harding Hobart $1,690.00
2005 University of Western Australia Club Chris Jeffery Perth $1,591.00
2006 Aria Restaurant, Circular Quay Jim McLauchlan Sydney $1,282.00
2007 Lanyon Homestead, Canberra Colin Plowman Canberra $2,326.00
2008 Riccarton House, Christchurch Warwick Nicoll Christchurch $4,030.00
2009 The Char Restaurant, Darwin Viv Carson Darwin $927.00
2010 Melbourne Cricket Ground Bob Speechley Melbourne $3,283.00
2011 Fellini at The Mirage, Gold Coast John Topley Gold Coast $2,143.00

The Army Navy and Air Force Club

Peter Castleton Adelaide $1,420.00
2013 Remi de Provence, Hobart

Trevor Short

Hobart $606.38
2014 Salt House, Cairns Barry Cameron Cairns $715.45
Towradgi Beach Hotel,


Giles Pickford &

Peter Scardoni

Wollongong $1,742.27
2016 The Sugar Club, Auckland Warwick Nicoll Auckland
Total $22,193.00

What is the Emeritus Chapter?

"Zen enriches no-one. There is no body to be found. The birds of appetite may come and circle for a while in the place where it is thought to be. But they soon go elsewhere. When they are gone, the 'nothing', the 'nobody' that was there, suddenly appears. That is Zen. It was there all the time but the scavengers missed it, because it was not their kind of prey".
From 'Zen and the Birds of Appetite' by Thomas Merton

This quote was an inspiration for one of our members who was about to retire, but who yearned for some sort of continuing involvement with the ATEM tribe. He could not see why retirement needed to end his tribal activities. He understood that he was about to suddenly become insubstantial, or ghost-like: a wraith that the birds of appetite (all of whom have useful jobs) would suddenly no longer be able to see. And yet he knew that Ghosts have the power to move mountains and change the course of rivers. We know this from our Aboriginal heritage.

So he suggested to the ATEM 2000 Group in 1998 that members who retired, or who left the profession, should be given a vehicle through which they could continue to contribute.

The end result was that following terms of reference for the ATEM Ghosts were adopted at the 1999 Conference in Wellington, NZ. The group was re-named the Emeritus Chapter in 2003.

ATEM will maintain an Association Chapter which will consist of members who are no longer actively engaged in the management of tertiary education, but who wish to retain contact with ATEM and each other. This Chapter will be named The ATEM Emeritus Chapter (previously the ATEM Ghosts).

The Chapter will be established as a Chapter of the Association, but members will also operate within a region.

The aims of the Chapter will be:

  • to allow members to continue to be involved with the operations of the Association by providing information about region and Association activities;
  • to undertake appropriate voluntary work for ATEM and ATEM regions from time to time;
  • to continue to promote the activities of ATEM, both locally and internationally;
  • to spearhead a bequest and giving program for the ATEM Foundation;
  • to arrange social gatherings and other events for its members from time to time, particularly in conjunction with the Annual Conference;
  • to produce and circulate an annual Newsletter containing news about its members and about ATEM at large which will be published on the ATEM web site.

The Chapter will maintain a membership register that will be available to ATEM members via the ATEM web site. The Chapter will have a Convenor who is appointed by Council after a consultation process with the members.

The Association will set fees annually, and fees will be paid to the Association Secretariat. The Convenor will manage the Chapter and liaise as needed with the Secretariat, but particularly about communication within the Chapter.

The Chapter will report annually to the September meeting of Council and the AGM.

ATEM Emeritus Members will be eligible for member rates for all ATEM activities, including the Association Conference.

Members of the Chapter should be involved where appropriate throughout the Association. Members have voting rights in ATEM elections and referenda, and can be elected to office in the Regions.

In the event of a dispute between the Chapter and Council, the will of Council will prevail.

Adopted September 1999, modified September 2003

The Emeritus Chapter and the ATEM Foundation

The ATEM Council requested the Emeritus Chapter to spearhead a bequests program for the ATEM Foundation. Our record of support over the years has been good. Many of our number have assisted ATEM projects at the Council and regional level. The value of this contribution is hard to evaluate, but it is considerable.

If you have any spare assets that are bothering you, then you could do no better than direct some of them to the ATEM Foundation for the purpose of funding our education and training programs, and our scholarships and travel grants for ATEM members.

Our first target was to permanently endow the Maurie Blank Study Scholarship, named for the Founder of our predecessor organisation, AITEA. This target has been achieved.

The second target is to endow the Peter Karmel International Travel Grant, named for our third Patron, and the third is the Ian Chubb Career Development Grant.

We have opened an account with the Commonwealth Bank. If you would like to think of doing a regular direct credit into this fund, we will send you a deduction authority to sign.

Peter Scardoni
Convenor of Ghosts