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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce Dowton

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive of the university, with overall responsibility for its academic, research, administrative, financial and development strategies. He is tasked with promoting the interests and furthering the development of the university

The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for:

  • Strategic and operational oversight of the University
  • Representing the University externally
  • Building and maintaining internal cohesion within the University.

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The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor S Bruce Dowton

Professor Sakkie Pretorius - Deputy Vice-ChancellorProfessor Sakkie Pretorius joined Macquarie University in July 2013 to take up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. He is internationally recognised as a pioneer in molecular microbiology and biotechnology, and the translation of research outcomes to industry.

Professor Pretorius began his career in South Africa. At Stellenbosch University, he established a reputation for innovation and was appointed Professor of Microbiology in 1993. He also became the founding Director of South Africa's Institute for Wine Biotechnology at the same university.

In the US and Europe, Professor Pretorius also established a reputation for excellence: he conducted research into molecular yeast genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, and became a part-time professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

In 2003, Professor Pretorius relocated to Adelaide with his family to become Director of Research at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). He was also appointed Affiliate Professor in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide. In 2004, he became Managing Director and CEO of the AWRI. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Vic-Chancellor and Vice-President : Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia − a position which he held until the middle of 2013.

He is committed to academic excellence that creates value and opportunity for students, staff, industry and the wider community. He is highly interested in authentic leadership principles and has completed an executive leadership course at Harvard University in February 2013.

Paul SchreierThe Chief Operating Officer has overall responsibility for overseeing the University's finances, internal audit, property, information technology, legal and general counsel, risk, compliance, strategic planning, government relations and sustainability.

Prior to his appointment and after completing his academic studies at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he completed undergraduate and masters degrees followed by a PhD in engineering, Dr Schreier has worked for McKinsey & Company in London and South East Asia, served in the Royal Navy for 6 years and more recently worked as Deputy Secretary, Economic & Strategy, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Academic - Prof John Simons Professor John Simons is DVC (Academic) at Macquarie University. He previously worked as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and prior to joining Macquarie held various roles at the universities of Wales, Exeter, Winchester, Edge Hill and Lincoln in the UK and has held various visiting Professorships and Fellowships in the USA where he is also an alumnus of the State Department's International Visitor Program. In the 1990s he worked extensively in Eastern Europe on projects to build universities after the fall of communism.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy, the Zoological Society of London and the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He is President of CHASS, an Executive Board member of DASSH, a member of the Academic Council of the International League of Higher Education in Media and Communication and an advisory council member of the charity Voiceless.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Registrar), Deidre Anderson

Deidre Anderson is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Students and Registrar at Macquarie University. Her role is responsible for overseeing student services, administration and amenities at Macquarie. 

The vision for this portfolio is for Macquarie to be the number one University in Australia for Student Experience. The portfolio consists of the Office of the DVC, Office of the Deputy Registrar, Campus Wellbeing and Campus Life.

Previously, Deidre has held senior roles within the private sector and Federal and Local government and has held Executive positions both at international and national level within elite sports. She has been acknowledged worldwide for her contribution to elite athletes, and has a lifelong commitment to supporting the development of young people.

She is currently chair of the Macquarie University controlled entity U@MQ, President of Australian University Sport, President of Australian Women's Sport and Recreation Association and Director AUSRAPID, a national organisation established to increase the sporting and recreational opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability within Australia.

She has been a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution to international relations, a recipient of the Princeton International Business Leaders award, recipient of the Eunice Gill Coach Education award, an honorary member of the Golden Keys International Honour Society and a Justice of the Peace. She is the co-author of a number of books and has published extensively in the areas of athlete transition.

Deidre holds a Masters, Post Graduate Degrees and Bachelor of Arts and is currently completing her PhD at Macquarie University.


Professor David Wilkinson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Corporate Engagement and Advancement.Professor David Wilkinson joined Macquarie University at the beginning of May 2013 to take up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Corporate Engagement and Advancement.

In Professor Wilkinson's previous role as head of Australia's largest Medical School at The University of Queensland (UQ), he was responsible for a budget of $130M pa, as well as 450 paid staff and 3000 honorary staff. 

During his two terms as Dean, the School has seen a marked expansion in international student recruitment, development of international partnerships, and expansion of the medical program to the UQ Ipswich campus.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Jim Lee

Professor Jim Lee, Deputy Vice-ChancellorProfessor Jim Lee joined Macquarie University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) in December 2013. Prior to his appointment at Macquarie, he held several administrative portfolios at Queens University, Ontario, Canada. His tenure included Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Academic Integrity Advisor to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Vice-Provost International.

Professor Lee holds a BSc in Geological Engineering from Queen's University, and an MA and PhD in Geological Sciences from Princeton University.


Chief Financial Officer, John GormanJohn Gorman was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer in September 2007. Before joining Macquarie he was the Chief Financial Officer for WSN Environmental Solutions, a NSW state-owned corporation operating in the waste management industry. Prior to that, John held the position of Chief Financial Officer and, in some instances, Company Secretary, for several publicly-listed entities in industries involved in manufacturing, transport and logistics. In the 20 years prior to this, he held senior finance positions in the oil industry, in sectors ranging from refining and distribution to exploration and development.

His strengths are in the areas of capital raising and debt structure, investment management, financial and management reporting and organisational change. John is responsible for all financial matters pertaining to the organisation and is a member of the University Executive.

Director, Human Resources, Nicole Gower

Direct, Human Resources, Nicole GowerThe Director of Human Resources has overall responsibility for all staffing issues including: workforce and succession planning; attraction; retention; staff development; reward and recognition strategies; and, the management of grievances, safety, and industrial issues. HR works closely with management and staff to facilitate change processes across the university. HR is involved at the local level in helping Departments and Offices with issues of change, organisational structure, performance and process improvement.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for:

  • Develop and implement strategies that enhance talent identification and management methodologies to identify, attract and more reliably select and secure targeted candidates
  • Develop and implement strategies that increase staff engagement and retention by developing the employment value proposition
  • Develop and implement strategies that enhance staff performance and leadership capabilities through skill and capability development
  • Support the development of a sustainable cohort of engaged professional and academic leaders who understand and drive the University's strategy and direction to build organisational engagement and performance
  • Develop and implement strategies that enable the University to quickly restructure and reallocate resources in response to students' changing needs and changes in the environment.

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Martina Möllering

Martina MolleringProfessor Martina Möllering is Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She has previously served as Head of the Department of European Languages and most recently as the Head of the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University. As an expert of international standing in Language Studies and Linguistics, her research outputs have covered different areas of second language acquisition, pragmatics and intercultural learning as well as computer-assisted language learning. She has presented a substantial number of papers in these fields at national and international conferences and her research has been published in sole-authored and co-edited books, as well as in numerous book chapters and internationally recognized journals. Her current work on language in the context of migration has an international and interdisciplinary approach, and includes collaboration with scholars from the research centre for 'Intercultural Study of Literature and Media' at the University of Hamburg.

Executive Dean - Faculty of Business and Economics - Prof Mark GabbottProfessor Mark Gabbott is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. He graduated from the University of Essex with a BA(Hons) in Economics followed by an MSc in Technology Management from Imperial College, University of London.  After working in government for six years in consumer policy and protection, he joined the University of Stirling as a Research Fellow and completed a Ph.D in Marketing.  He was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling researching and teaching in the areas of Electronic and Direct Marketing, Services Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and Consumer Policy.


Executive Dean - Faculty of Human Science - Prof Janet GreeleyProfessor Janet Greeley is the Executive Dean of Human Sciences at Macquarie University. She has an enviable track record as a university researcher and administrator. Professor Greeley has extensive experience in executive management and lists her areas of research interest as the psychology of addictive behaviour, especially the role of learning in drug tolerance and dependence. The early part of her academic career was spent in Canada, where she obtained a BSc (Hons), an MA and a PhD in Psychology.

Professor Greeley has held academic positions at the University of New South Wales, James Cook University and served on a number of government advisory committees, and a range of professional societies.


Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Barbara Messerle

Barbara MesserleProfessor Barbara Messerle studied Science at the University of Sydney, with a PhD in method development for molecular structure determination. Following a postdoctoral position at the ETH, Zurich, where she worked on the three dimensional structures of proteins with Nobel Laureate Professor Kurt Wuethrich. Barbara then returned to Australia and after a number of years as a QEII and then ARC Senior Research fellow, she became an academic and Head of the Chemistry School at the University of New South Wales.

Barbara's research today is about developing catalysts and new methodologies for promoting the selective and efficient synthesis of important biologically active molecules. Understanding the structure and function of reactive molecular species has always underpinned her research.

Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Patrick McNeil

Executive Dean - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - Professor Patrick McNeil

Professor Patrick McNeil grew up in Hobart and studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania. After hospital residency, he moved to Sydney to become a specialist in rheumatology (treating people with arthritis and connective tissue diseases). Because many types of arthritis are due to problems with the body's immune system, he became interested in and undertook a PhD in Immunology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Then followed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston where he discovered new genes expressed by an immune cell called the 'mast cell'. Patrick then returned from Boston to a clinical academic role at UNSW where his research since has focused on understanding the role of mast cells in arthritic diseases.

As a clinical academic over the past 21 years, Patrick has combined research with teaching medical students, and treating patients with arthritis. He spent 12 years at Prince of Wales Hospital and in 2005 took up a chair in Rheumatology at Liverpool Hospital. Whilst at Prince of Wales Hospital, Patrick became very interested in teaching and learning and undertook a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education. My passion for improving student learning led to a leadership role as Associate Dean, Education where he transformed UNSW's medical curriculum to a highly innovative outcomes-based program that many now regard as one of Australia's pre-eminent Medicine programs.