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 Bowton

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:

  • identifying, exploring and promoting research as an integral part of the University's culture
  • overseeing the development and implementation of:
    • strategies aimed at improving research quality, capacity and capability across the University
    • strategies aimed at maximising research funding streams and collaborations
    • strategies aimed at increasing Higher Degree Research enrolment and completions
    • policies and systems to promote and monitor the ethical conduct of research across the University
    • strategies relating to engagement, research and development, research innovation, research translation and commercialisation
  • 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 (Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Innovation)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance)
  • Research Services

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

The Interim 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 current Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is Professor Mariella Herberstein.

David Wilkinson

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) 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
  • The recruitment of domestic students, undergraduate and postgraduate, including school engagement; non-school leaver engagement and pathways.
  • Leading our efforts to grow the philanthropic income in support of University’s highest priorities through principal and major gifts, gifts in wills, trust and foundations support, community fundraising and individual giving.
  • Overseeing the Macquarie University Incubator, a purpose-built space for students, researchers, staff, small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and start-ups who are working on research or an idea that can be commercialised
  • 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
  • The recruitment of international students, support for international engagement, the Macquarie University International College which provides diploma, foundation and intensive pathway courses towards bachelor degree programs; and the award-winning English Language Centre which provides committed and professional support to students in improving their English to fulfil their future goals.
  • Leading the Events and Domestic Protocol team to design and deliver strategically-aligned experiences which showcase the University, its research and achievements; enhancing the Macquarie experience for students, staff and partners

Portfolio areas:

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

Patrick McNeil

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Medicine and Health) is responsible for:

  • Developing, implementing and managing the University’s healthcare delivery strategy
  • Undertaking the role of Managing Director of MQ Health Pty Ltd to lead a high performing team that will deliver patient-focused care within Australia’s first university-led healthcare system
  • Encouraging and supporting collaboration within MQ Health, and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Building a high-quality healthcare delivery system that can add value to the education and research missions of all faculties of the University
  • Leading, coaching and setting the direction for senior management teams within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Medicine and Health) portfolio

Portfolio areas:

  • MQ Health Pty Ltd
    • Macquarie University Hospital
    • MQ Health Clinics
    • MindSpot
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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

  • Overseeing a comprehensive strategy to integrate learning, teaching, and research with clinical practice at the University's academic health enterprise, MQ Health
  • Developing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate educational programs that result in an exceptional student experience
  • Developing and overseeing strategies that result in impactful health and medical research
  • 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 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Medicine and Health) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences is Professor Patrick McNeil

Robin Payne

The Vice-President, Finance and Resources 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
  • Overseeing Enterprise Risk management and Insurance
  • Campus resources (building maintenance and infrastructure)

Portfolio areas:

  • Finance
  • Corporate Risk and Insurance
  • Property
  • MGSM Limited
  • Access MQ

The Vice-President, Finance and Resources is Robin Payne.

Nicole Gower

Specific accountabilities include:

  • Organisational change and transformation
  • People, leadership and culture related strategy
  • Organisational health, safety and wellbeing
  • Executive oversight of information technology and business intelligence and reporting
  • Campus services (including Sport and Aquatic Centre, on-campus childcare centres, and food and beverage outlets)

Portfolio areas:

  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology (including Business Intelligence and Reporting)
  • U@MQ/Campus Life
  • Workplace Health and Safety

The Vice-President, People and Services is Nicole Gower.


The role supports the Vice-Chancellor, Executive Group and University Council in ensuring the long-term sustainability and strategic direction of the University and its subsidiaries.

Specific accountabilities include:

  • Whole of institution strategy
  • Effective decision making and transformational change
  • Planning, performance, continuous improvement and strategic focus
  • Performance metrics and reporting frameworks
  • Organisational progress and performance

Portfolio areas:

The role of Vice-President Strategy, Planning & Performance works in collaboration across the University in leading and directing a portfolio of strategic and transformational change.

The Vice-President, Strategy, Planning & Performance is Jonathan Wylie.

Martina Mollering

The Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts is responsible for:

  • Supporting research that achieves the highest standards of scholarly excellence, advances knowledge and engages with real world challenges
  • Planning and delivering high-quality contemporary courses that equip undergraduate and postgraduate students for future employment and further study
  • Attracting capable students and advancing strategies to enhance their learning experience
  • Engaging academic, industry and government partners to deepen the faculty’s research and ensure that its courses are relevant to the needs of industry and society
  • Building international relationships that enhance the faculty’s research and teaching performance and contribute to local and global development

Portfolio area:

The Executive Dean of Arts is Professor Martina Möllering.

Leonie Tickle

The Executive Dean for the Macquarie Business School 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
  • Attracting capable students who are well supported and contribute to society
  • Develop strategies to maximise research funding streams
  • Develop and increase learning and teaching quality, innovation and capability to deliver innovative and industry relevant courses

Portfolio areas:

  • Macquarie Business School
    • Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
    • Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics
    • Department of Applied Finance
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Marketing
    • Department of Management

The Interim Executive Dean for the Macquarie Business School is Professor Leonie Tickle.

Magnus Nyden

In addition to guiding the strategic development and management of the Faculty’s academic offerings and its research profile, the Executive Dean oversees services to students, community engagement and quality framework. The Executive Dean operates within the overall strategic plan, objectives and policy structure of the University and is responsible for the efficient and effective use of the financial and human resources of 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
  • Increasing learning and teaching quality, innovation and capability
  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of strategies to enhance the student experience across all aspects of the Faculty's operations
  • Initiating, developing and managing deep, productive and strategic local, national and international partnerships
  • Collaborating with members of the University Executive to develop the University's vision and overseeing the implementation of university-wide strategy
  • Managing, coaching and setting the direction for the management team within the Faculty

Portfolio areas include:

  • School of Engineering
  • Department of Applied BioSciences
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chiropractic
  • Department of Computing
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Molecular Sciences
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO-MQ)

The Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is Magnus Nydén.

Content owner: Office of the Vice Chancellor Last updated: 29 Jul 2020 12:14pm

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