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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce DowtonThe 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.

Prior to his appointment Professor Dowton served as a senior medical executive having held a range of positions in university, healthcare and consulting organisations. He also served as a pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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.


Director, Human Resources, Tim SpragueTim Sprague is the Director, Human Resources. Tim came to Macquarie University from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he was the Executive Manager Organisational Development, Retail Operations. Prior to this, Tim worked at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), where he was the Director Human Resources.

Since his appointment at Macquarie University, Tim has implemented significant change to the structure and operation of the University. He coordinated the introduction of annual Performance Development Reviews across the University, a review of HR services policies and procedures, and a major reform of Occupational and Health Practices across the University. Tim also coordinated the implementation of the new academic structure and a range of change processes across the University.

Tim is a registered psychologist. His main areas of interest are organisational development, change management, performance management, and motivation.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Registrar), Deidre AndersonDeidre Anderson joined Macquarie University in 2003 as the Chief Executive of Sport and Recreation and after four successful years in this role in 2007 she was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, Campus Experience.

Deidre has held senior management positions at both an international and national level within Australian sport. She has been acknowledged worldwide for her contribution to elite sport and has had a lifelong commitment to supporting the development of young people. She holds a Masters, Postgraduate degrees and a Bachelor of Arts and has received numerous awards for her work with elite athletes.


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.

Executive Dean - Faculty of Arts - Prof John SimonsProfessor John Simons is Executive Dean of Arts at Macquarie University. He previously worked 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 1990's 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.

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.

Professor Mark Gabbott is also the Interim Managing Director of MQ International.


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.