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Executive

The Executive is the principal decision-making body for all significant matters of University strategy, management, administration and related policy. The Executive are bound by the Executive Group Charter. Individual Executive members are responsible for specific portfolios, as described in the Macquarie University organisation chart.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce Dowton

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive of the University and has overall responsibility for academic, research, administrative, financial, and development strategies. The Vice-Chancellor also promotes the interests and furthers the development of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the strategic and operational aspects of the University
  • Representing the University externally
  • Building and maintaining internal cohesion within the University

The Vice-Chancellor is an ex officio member of the University Council and Academic Senate, and Chair of the University Executive.

The Vice-Chancellor is Professor S Bruce Dowton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is responsible for the development and strategic enhancement of the University's research, research training, and innovation profile as well as the creation, support and advancement of local, national and international research collaborations and partnerships.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of strategies aimed at improving research quality, capacity and capability across the University
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of strategies aimed at maximising research funding streams and collaborations
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of strategies aimed at increasing Higher Degree Research enrolment and completions
  • Identifying, exploring and promoting research as an integral part of the University's culture
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of policies and systems to promote and monitor the ethical conduct of research across the University
  • Building and managing relationships with internal and external research stakeholders
  • Managing, coaching and setting the direction for senior management teams within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio

Portfolio areas:

  • Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development)
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Performance and Innovation)
  • Research Office, Dean
  • Higher Degree Research Office
  • Animal Facilities
  • Enterprise Partnerships and Commercialisation
  • Research Office

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is Professor Sakkie Pretorius.

Chief Operating Officer, Dr Paul Schreier

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

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for:

  • Managing the University's finances in alignment with strategy
  • Managing and preserving the University's property assets developing people capability to evolve and sustain the University for the future
  • Advancing the University's digital future
  • Overseeing risk identification, management and compliance
  • Managing government relations
  • Embedding sustainability into the practice, strategies and policies of the University

The Chief Operating Officer is Dr Paul Schreier.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor John Simons

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is the chief academic officer of the University and is the member of the University Executive with overall responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of education provided to Macquarie's undergraduate and graduate students.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is responsible for:

  • Engaging with external regulatory and statutory authorities involved in the teaching/learning mission of the University.
  • Interfacing closely with the Academic Senate and all offices of the University involved in oversight of enhancing academic quality.
  • Interfacing closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) who has carriage of the other core aspect of the University's academic focus.
  • Overseeing and planning the delivery of the University's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.
  • Overseeing the development of a balanced academic staff profile for the University as well as the capabilities of the academy.
  • Developing and implementing strategies aimed at improving the quality of learning and teaching as well as capacity and capability.
  • Development and implementation of strategies aimed at increasing quality assurance in the delivery of teaching programs.
  • Development and implementation of strategies aimed at developing academic leadership capability and increasing academic staff engagement.
  • Review, implementation and management of academic policies, processes, structures and resources aimed at ensuring excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship.
  • Initiating, building and managing relationships and networks with key internal and external stakeholders and strategic academic partners.

The following areas fall within this portfolio:

  • The PVC (Learning and Teaching).
  • The Learning and Teaching Centre.
  • Widening Participation.
  • Macquarie University International College.
  • Macquarie University City Campus.
  • The University Library.
  • The Art Gallery.
  • Director of Indigenous Strategy.
  • 2SER Radio Station.

The current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is Professor John Simons.

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

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Registrar) is committed to creating and delivering a distinctive University experience for its students.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Registrar) is responsible for:

  • Embedding a student-centric service culture across the student lifecycle, from admission through to graduation
  • Providing effective and accessible student support services, including disability, counselling and welfare services and student advocacy
  • Fostering an engaged and supportive University community through a vibrant calendar of student events and supporting over 170 student clubs and societies on campus
  • Providing governance and compliance services to the University, including secretariat support to the University Council and Academic Senate, student grievance and disciplinary management, policy development and implementation, and quality assurance.

Portfolio areas:

  • Office of the Deputy Registrar.
  • Campus Wellbeing and Support Services.
  • Campus Life.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Registrar) is Deidre Anderson.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Corporate Engagement and Advancement, Professor David Wilkinson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), Professor David Wilkinson

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) plays a crucial role in the Executive leadership team, and is responsible for the University's brand and reputation, media and communications, domestic undergraduate recruitment, alumni relations and philanthropy, and the University's engagement with corporate partners.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) is responsible for:

  • Identifying and developing strategic relationships with corporate partners, including those in the neighbouring Macquarie Park, home to major multinational companies, to support research and learning/teaching activities
  • Providing strategic direction to the Office of Advancement, ensuring that strong influential relationships are established and maintained among our alumni community, donors and supporters
  • Leading efforts to raise philanthropic income to support the University's priorities via major gifts, corporate sponsorship, annual funding, trusts and foundations, and planned giving
  • Overseeing the University's multichannel internal, domestic and international marketing, communications, undergraduate student recruitment and media relations strategies, ensuring university-wide integration and alignment with the University's strategic plan

Portfolio areas:

  • Office of Corporate Engagement
  • Office of Advancement
  • Office of Marketing and Communications

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) is Professor David Wilkinson.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Jim Lee

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Jim Lee

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) oversees the international strategic direction of the University by providing leadership and management for the international portfolio, including strategic partnerships, academic programs, marketing and recruitment, and international operations - all of which are part of Macquarie International.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) is responsible for:

  • Developing, coordinating and driving the international strategy for the University, in collaboration with other divisions and faculties
  • Identifying, nurturing and advancing high-level partnerships with universities, government and industry
  • Promoting the University's international reputation and profile
  • Strengthening the quality and breadth of global programs and international institutional collaborations
  • Directing the University's international marketing and recruitment strategy
  • Providing leadership in developing, influencing and advocating University and government policy in relation to international students and collaborations
  • Maintaining effective relationships with relevant agencies and government bodies internationally
  • Working across the University to develop initiatives to integrate international students into the broader student population


Portfolio areas:

  • Strategic partnerships and agreements.
  • Student and staff mobility programs, e.g. Macquarie Abroad.
  • Academic pathways and credit.
  • International student scholarships.
  • Partner relations and student recruitment.
  • International admissions.
  • Delegations and protocol.
  • Communications.
  • Administrative operations (IT, compliance, and finance).

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) is Professor Jim Lee.

Chief Financial Officer, John Gorman. Photo by: Effy Alexakis.

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the financial management and operations of the University. Portfolio responsibility includes statutory and management reporting and systems, financial accounting, budgeting, treasury, procurement and accounts payable, assets, revenue, and tax. The Chief Financial Officer is a member of the University Executive.

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for:

  • Providing strategic financial management for the University and its controlled entities
  • Ensuring financial sustainability of the University
  • Providing central services for accounts payable and receivable, tax, systems and procedures, management and financial accounting, business modelling, budgeting and planning, and treasury

Portfolio areas:

  • Office of Financial Services
  • Finance

The Chief Financial Officer is John Gorman.

Director, Human Resources, Nicole Gower

Director of Human Resources, Nicole Gower

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the delivery of high-quality HR services across the full spectrum of employment activities within the University. The Director is also responsible for the development and implementation of people-related strategies.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for:

  • Talent management and succession planning
  • Building a high performance culture, including staff development and leadership capability
  • Staff engagement and culture
  • Employee attraction and retention strategies
  • Change management and workforce planning

Portfolio areas:

  • Client Relationships
  • Employee Relations
  • Equity and Diversity
  • HR Systems
  • Organisation and Staff Development
  • Payroll & Superannuation (Remuneration)
  • Strategic Resourcing and Talent Management

The Director of Human Resources is Nicole Gower. 

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Martina Möllering

Executive Dean of Arts, Professor Martina Möllering

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts is the senior academic officer of the faculty providing strategic and operational leadership to the faculty for all learning and teaching, and research activities. The Executive Dean is responsible for the planning, quality and delivery of education provided to undergraduate and graduate students within the Faculty of Arts. The role provides direction in supporting and developing research activity, including research centres and the recruitment and supervision of Higher Degree Research candidates within the faculty.

The Executive Dean of Arts is responsible for:

  • Providing strategic and operational leadership to the faculty for all learning and teaching, and research activities
  • Planning and delivery of quality education provided to undergraduate and graduate students within the faculty
  • Increasing international student recruitment
  • Increasing ERA scores

Portfolio areas:

  • Faculty of Arts.

The Executive Dean of Arts is Professor Martina Möllering.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Economics, Mark Gabbott

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics provides strategic and operational leadership of the faculty and its academic and professional staff. This includes faculty research activity and outputs, grant income and management as well as the activity of its research centres. The role also involves accountability and responsibility for student experience, curriculum integrity, teaching quality and accreditations. The Executive Dean is a member of the University Executive and contributes to the management of the wider University, and the achievement of its strategic intent.

The Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Economics is responsible for:

  • Providing a quality-driven, research informed and contemporary business curriculum to students through excellence in teaching
  • Developing high quality and impactful research with an applied business focus
  • Developing capable and well-trained Higher Degree Research graduates and support the development of research-active academic staff
  • Engaging with professional, business and academic communities to inform teaching, learning and research

Portfolio areas:

  • Faculty of Business and Economics.
  • Applied Finance Centre.

The Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Economics is Professor Mark Gabbott.

Executive Dean of Human Sciences, Professor Janet Greeley

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences is responsible for leadership and management of the strategic and operational goals of the faculty in the areas of teaching and learning, research and community service, and engagement. Key roles include planning, efficient and effective management of resources, and the implementation of quality enhancement in all academic and administrative activities of the faculty.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences is responsible for:

  • Delivering high quality, innovative and socially relevant courses that attract capable students who are well supported to successfully complete and contribute to society
  • Supporting the delivery of continued improvement in research productivity in areas of research strength while also building new areas for the future
  • Increasing productive engagement with industry, government, the professions and community to enhance the University's profile as a place of innovation and service
  • Improving engagement with international partners to increase research, enhance student diversity and recruitment, and contribute to local and global development
  • Promoting a safe and sustainable student experience and staff workplace through effective and efficient services and management

Portfolio areas:

  • Faculty of Human Sciences.
  • Australian Hearing Hub (AHH).

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences is Professor Janet Greeley.

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

Executive Dean of Science & Engineering, Barbara Messerle

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is the senior academic officer of the faculty and has responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of education provided to undergraduate and graduate students within the faculty.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is responsible for:

  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of strategies aimed at improving research performance and quality, capacity and capability within the faculty
  • Developing strategies aimed at maximizing research funding streams and collaborations
  • Increasing learning and teaching quality, innovation and capability
  • Developing and managing deep, productive and strategic local, national and international partnerships
  • Initiating, building and managing relationships with key stakeholders
  • Collaborating with members of the University Executive to develop the University's vision and overseeing the implementation of university-wide strategy.
  • Developing and overseeing strategies within the faculty to enhance the student experience across all aspects of the faculty's operations
  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of strategies aimed at increasing/ensuring efficiency of enabling services with due regard to the balance between central and devolved functions
  • Managing, coaching and setting the direction for the management team within the faculty

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is Barbara Messerle.

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

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

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is the senior academic officer of the faculty and is responsible for the quality, planning and delivery of medical education to students within the faculty.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is responsible for:

  • Overseeing a comprehensive strategy to integrate the learning and teaching, research and clinical practice of the University's academic health enterprise
  • Developing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate educational programs that result in an excellent student experience
  • Developing and overseeing strategies that result in impactful health and medical research
  • Collaborating with Macquarie University Hospital to develop and implement strategies that strengthen and support clinical leadership, quality of care and patient safety
  • Developing, implementing and managing enduring strategic local, national and international partnerships
  • Encouraging and supporting collaboration within the faculty and across the University
  • Participating as a full member of the University Executive

Portfolio areas:

  • Department of Health Professions.
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Department of Clinical Medicine.
  • Department of Health Systems and Populations.
  • Australian Institute of Health Innovation.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is Professor Patrick McNeil.