Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014.
She is a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and past Deputy Chair of the Board of Universities Australia.
Professor Terry is a member of the Board of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, the Committee for Perth, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, and AARNet, the provider of Australia’s network infrastructure for education and research. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and has previously chaired both the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the ARC’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.
In 2015, Professor Terry was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.
Prior to joining Curtin, she was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland.
Vice-Chancellor and President
Charles Sturt University
Professor Vann was born in the UK, trained as a civil engineer and worked in engineering consultancy before completing a PhD in the Civil Engineering Systems Group at University of Bristol in 1994.
He lectured in structural engineering at University of Bristol prior to moving to Australia in 1996 where he took up a similar post in the Faculty of Engineering at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. During this time, he pursued research interests in structural monitoring and artificial intelligence, as well as leading pedagogical change in moving the Bachelor of Engineering at CQU to a project-based format.
He held various senior academic and administrative roles at CQU before joining James Cook University in North Queensland in 2004 as Pro-Vice Chancellor Information Services and Technologies, subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor and, from 2008, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties and Teaching and Learning.
Professor Vann joined Charles Sturt University as Vice-Chancellor in December 2011.
He has held a number of board and community leadership roles, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Associate Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
The Australian National University
Professor Brian Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU) in January 2016.
Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989 and completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.
Vice-Chancellor and President
La Trobe University
Professor Dewar Is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012.
Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990 to 1995. He taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.
Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995 and held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice‐Chancellor of La Trobe.
Professor Dewar is a Director of Universities Australia and UA Lead Vice-Chancellor on Health Professions Education; a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee; a Director of Education Australia Pty Ltd; a Director of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; and a Director of AARNet.
He is an Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School, an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and an Adjunct Professor in the La Trobe Law School.
His previous appointments include member of the Attorney-General’s Family Law Pathways Advisory Group (2000-1), Chair of the Family Law Council (2001-4), Chair of the Queensland College of Teachers (2006-9), member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2007-11), Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (2014-5), Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (2014-6), and Chair of the Victorian Student Planning Advisory Group for the Victorian Department of Health (2016-7). He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College from 2010-2016. In 2014, he chaired the Legislation and Finance Working Group for the Federal Education Minister.
Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Ian Jacobs has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney since 2015 and was Chair of the Group of 8 universities in 2018. Prior to this, he was based in the UK as Dean of Medicine at University College London from 2009-11 and Vice President of the University of Manchester from 2011-15.
In his role at UNSW, he has led the development and implementation of the “UNSW 2025 Strategy” focused on academic excellence, social engagement and global impact. This has involved an ambitious programme of initiatives in research quality, educational innovation, equity and diversity, thought leadership, knowledge transfer, global development and operational effectiveness. In his role as Go8 Chair he has initiated an engagement strategy focused on explaining the importance of the role and contribution of the Go8 universities to Australian society.
He qualified in medicine at Cambridge University and the University of London before specialising in surgical treatment of women’s cancers. He has for the last 30 years led a research team working on early detection and risk prediction of cancer with a particular focus on screening for ovarian cancer, which has led to grant awards >£50m, over 400 publications and an H-Index of >70.
In 2005, he established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative, which conducts a series of projects in Uganda including a cervical cancer screening programme. He has been President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society and the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology. He is Emeritus Trustee of the Eve Appeal charity which he founded in 1985 and a non-Executive Director of Abcodia Ltd a medical diagnostics company he founded as a spin out from his research in 2010.
Since joining UNSW, he has held a number of additional roles in Australia including: Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow of the Garvan Institute; Board member of Research Australia; Board member of the Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT); Board member of Ovarian Cancer Australia; Board member of The Conversation; Chair of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE); and Chair of the Group of Eight universities.
Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of South Australia
David Lloyd is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist who specialises in computer-aided drug design, Professor Lloyd joined the university at the beginning of 2013, re-focusing it as Australia’s university of enterprise and shaping its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Professor Lloyd was a member of the South Australia Economic Development Board (EDB) from 2014 to 2018. A past Chair of the Australian Technology Network group of technology-focused universities, he now sits on the board of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector where he is the lead Vice-Chancellor for research and innovation. He was also recently appointed to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Advisory Council to provide advice to the ARC on key research policy issues, to lend independent strategic guidance and experience that will strengthen the ARC’s ability to support research and innovation in Australia.
Before joining the University of South Australia, Professor Lloyd was Vice-President for Research and later Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Lloyd was Chair of the Irish Research Council and prior to academia, worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK. He holds an honorary Professorship from Tianjin University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor Lloyd qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Organic Chemistry from Dublin City University. He additionally holds an MA (j.o.) from Trinity College and an Honorary Doctorate from the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s Unseen University.
Queensland University of Technology
Professor Margaret Sheil AO was appointed as Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT from 12 February 2018. She was previously Provost at The University of Melbourne since 2012.
In this role, she was the Chief Academic Officer and Standing Deputy to the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Sheil has been an academic in chemistry and held senior roles at the University of Wollongong. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and was made an inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSM).
Professor Sheil is a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and a member of the Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF). She was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012) and she has previously been a member of the Advisory Board for Coursera; and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee.
In June 2017, Professor Sheil was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to science and higher education as an academic and administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape, and to performance standards. Professor Sheil holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of New South Wales and was presented with the Science and Technology Alumni Award from UNSW in 2016.
Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Linda Kristjanson is Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University.
Professor Kristjanson is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering. Before her current role, Professor Kristjanson was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development ant Curtin University (2006-2011).
Professor Kristjanson Chairs the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of The Conversation, Education Australia Ltd., Global Citizen Australia, Skalata Ventures Ltd. and the Mineral Exploration CRC.
Professor Krisjtanson was a member of the Board of the National Health & Medical Research Council (2003-2006). She was Chair of AuScope Ltd. (2008-2017) and served as Non-Executive Director of AARNET, The Australian Synchrotron Holding Company Ltd., and the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research.
In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was namde the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation. In 2012 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation.
In 2017, Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in honour of distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, contributions to cancer research and palliative care, and to women.
BA (Monash & La Trobe), Grad Dip in Politics (La Trobe), MA Prelim in Politics (La Trobe), GAICD
Chief Executive, Universities Australia
Ms Catriona Jackson is Chief Executive and Director of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the Australian higher education sector nationally and internationally.
Ms Jackson joined Universities Australia in 2016 as Deputy Chief Executive to lead the policy team that develops sectoral policy. She has a 34-year career in government, universities, advocacy, policy analysis and development, strategic communication and media at the highest levels.
Prior to joining Universities Australia, Ms Jackson was the Chief Executive Officer of peak lobby group Science and Technology Australia, senior adviser to a federal government cabinet minister, director of government relations and communications at the Australian National University and a newspaper and radio journalist.
Ms Jackson chairs the Advisory Board for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and is a member of a range of government committees.