Award-winning photojournalist. Educator. Skier.#
Andrew Meares is the Design Convenor at the School of Cybernetics. Andrew joined ANU as a Senior Lecturer (industry practice) in 2019. He was part of the Masters of Applied Cybernetics teaching team in 2020, and in 2021 was program convenor.
Andrew grew up in Sydney with a love of the outdoors and orienteering. He joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet photographer in 1991 and was made chief photographer in 1998. He has covered diverse events from politics, protests and portraits to bushfires, coups and war zones. He won a Walkey Award for Best Online Journalism in 2010 and was Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery President 2015-2017. He joined the office of the then Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, between 2017-2019.
Andrew values collaboration and care in highly consequential and challenging environments. He has sought effective change from within institutions through respectful dialogue, seeking diverse perspectives and novel ways of working. Andrew understands that institutions are made of people and can and must evolve. Andrew has had impact with pivoting the practice of the SMH photography department from a print focus to a multimedia capability. In the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, he was able to improve media access to the Parliament. After joining ANU as an industry appointment he is passionate about broadening the opportunity of education. When not researching feedback loops at work he is happiest experiencing feedback loops while riding his horse or skiing. Andrew lives on unceded Ngunnawal land with his family.