University of Southern Queensland
Professor Geraldine Mackenzie is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to joining the University in September 2017 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University.
Professor Mackenzie returns to USQ having been Foundation Head of the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, before she took up senior executive positions at Bond University: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law. Prior to joining USQ in 2007 she held various senior roles at QUT, and served on QUT Council for nine years. She has had a strong commitment throughout her career to widening participation in higher education, particularly in Australia’s regional areas, flexible learning opportunities and encouraging a strong link between the University and business, government, industry and the community.
In addition to her extensive organisational leadership experience, Professor Mackenzie has an international reputation in her own academic background in law, with a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales. Her research interests are in law and public policy. A Barrister-at-Law and lawyer since 1985, she is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
Professor Mackenzie has held a number of senior positions at State and Federal level including Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC (Research) Committee; Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women; Chair, NSW DVC (Research) Committee; Chair, RUN Research group; Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts; Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission, and was an executive member of the Council of Australian Law Deans.
La Trobe University
Professor Kerri-Lee Krause (PhD) is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Higher Education at La Trobe University. She is an experienced senior executive who is acknowledged nationally and internationally for her contributions to higher education research, policy and practice. Current national leadership roles include Deputy Chair of the Australian Higher Education Standards Panel and Chair of the Universities Australia DVC Academic Committee. She also holds several Board directorships.
University of Adelaide
Professor Quester joined the University of Adelaide as a lecturer in Marketing in 1991. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Administration from her native France, a Master of Arts (Marketing) from Ohio State University and a PhD in Marketing from Massey University (New Zealand). Pascale established the marketing discipline as one specialisation of the commerce degree and proceeded to develop a whole series of courses in this area, from undergraduate to postgraduate coursework. She also developed a vibrant Honours program in marketing and is an active supervisor at PhD level.
Professor Pascale Quester became the Inaugural Professor of Marketing at the University of Adelaide, appointed in 2002. She then took on the role of Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of the Professions. In 2007, she was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, a role she held until her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic) at the University in 2011. A champion of co-creation, she provided the academic leadership for the development of the sector leading Student Learning Hub at the University of Adelaide. In her current role, she has played a major role in the transformation to Learning and Teaching at the University of Adelaide, setting the strategy and overseeing the key strategic portfolios of Student experience, Global Learning and Indigenous Education as well as all operational aspects of student recruitment and services activities. She led the process of development and consultation around the strategic plan of the University of Adelaide in 2018.
An active researcher in the areas of consumer behaviour and marketing communications, she authored two leading textbooks (as well as one in French) and over 200 international journal publications. Pascale’s work has also been funded by a number of competitive funding bodies, including the GRWDC and the Australian Research Council. A strong advocate of global education, Pascale has been actively involved in developing links with overseas institutions in Asia and Europe and has held several visiting professorial appointments in overseas institutions including La Sorbonne, Paris II, ESSEC as well as the University of Nancy.
In 2007, she received the highest academic recognition by the French National Academic Committee to become Professor des Universities et Habilitée à Diriger la Recherche. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious title of Distinguished Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy. In 2012, Professor Pascale Quester was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of France’s highest honours, in recognition of her contribution to higher education in both France and Australia. She won Telstra Woman Business of the year for South Australia in 2015 in the government and academia category. Pascale was appointed in 2016 to the Defence SA advisory board, a government body providing advice to the SA government in relation to establishing a defence business ecosystem. She is also a governor of the American Australian Chamber of Commerce, and a regular guest speaker at CEDA events.
Caralee McLiesh is currently the Managing Director TAFE NSW, Australia’s largest vocational education and training provider.
Previously, Caralee was Deputy Secretary for the Fiscal and Economic Group in NSW Treasury responsible for coordinating the state Budget and state accounts, and advising on financial and economic policy.
While at Treasury Caralee participated in reforms including National Health Reforms and the NDIS, and has led the development of the NSW social impact investment policy in partnership with agencies. Prior to joining Treasury Caralee worked for eight years at the World Bank and also held positions with the International Red Cross and Boston Consulting Group.
Caralee holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the Australian National University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Melbourne. She has published several reports and books through the World Bank press as well as research papers in economic journals.
As a Monash University alumna, Jo is a proud advocate of the power of an excellent education and the opportunities it provides.
She joined Monash College in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. Having worked at senior levels with universities for more than 15 years, her expertise lies in her ability to recognise market trends and affect change.
Under her leadership, the company has tripled student enrolments and strengthened the quality of graduates entering the University. Monash College is the largest University owned entity of its type in Australia and continues to grow at double digit rates annually.
A member of Monash University’s Senior Leadership Team, Jo has developed robust partnerships between Monash College and the University faculties. Monash College delivers a range of solutions to issues such as student diversity, graduate employability, employer interface and teaching disruption. Jo has also extended international College partners, invested to diversify College leadership succession and unified the College under a single vision.
She is passionate about people and has focused her career on transforming business and culture. As a leader, she values accountability, fosters innovation and inspires excellence.
Jo’s international experience provides a deep understanding of issues facing education and markets around the world. During her six years as CEO at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), she represented Asia on the World Federation of Personnel Management Association Board. Since then, she has continually travelled and conducted business outside of Australia, particularly across Asia.
The Regional General Manager of TAFE NSW Western Sydney, Michael Cullen, joined TAFE NSW to contribute to a critically important modernisation program which will ensure TAFE delivers high quality and contemporary education services that meet the needs of customers. Michael believes that the right training and the transfer of skills are fundamental to Western Sydney harnessing its potential. He has a strong background in economic and regional development and a passion for delivering programs that provide communities and businesses with the tools they need to grow and prosper. Prior to commencing at TAFE NSW in late 2016, Michael held roles including Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director, Economy & Engagement with Liverpool Council and Executive Director, Enterprise, Regional Development and Small Business with the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.
As Holmesglen’s Chief Executive, Mary Faraone is also a director of its board. Mary commenced at Holmesglen in mid-2003 and became the institute’s Chief Executive in October 2013. Prior to joining Holmesglen, Mary worked extensively with industry, Registered Training Organisations and TAFEs in various roles. Under her leadership, the institute has established a significant footprint in the Middle East, secured major training projects in Australia and offshore and become recognised as a leader in non-university higher education delivery. It also continues to expand its position as one of the largest Australian providers of vocational education and training to local and international students, industry and employers.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and post-graduate studies in media. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently Chair of TAFE Directors Australia. Mary Faraone is an ex-officio member of the board’s committees and is a director of the two controlled entities – Glenuc Pty Ltd and Holmesglen International Training Services Pty Ltd.
Australian Catholic University
Professor Sandra Jones is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at ACU. Her role provides leadership, advice and support for our community engagement strategy – including strategic frameworks that implement the new measurement of research engagement and impact.
Prior to her current appointment Sandra was the Director of ACU’s Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), a research centre focused on social marketing and community-based research.
Sandra joined ACU in 2014 after more than a decade as the Founding Director of Australia’s largest social marketing research group at the University of Wollongong. Her research career focused on the development and delivery of community-based interventions, in partnership with health services and non-government organisations, to improve the uptake of health promoting and risk-reducing behaviours.
Study Group Australasia
Gender Gap Gone
Cath is an Executive Coach with over 15 years’ experience in organisational and professional development. Cath has consulted to over 350 brands globally, including both public and private sector. Cath has coached over 5000 individuals and addressed over 25,000 through workshops and conferences, using the latest research and practical frameworks to inspire action.
Cath’s greatest strength is helping people to gain greater leverage from the messages they tell themselves and those they tell others.
University of Sydney
Richard Miles is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise and Engagement) in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education). He was formerly the Head of School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and Director of the ArtSS Career-Ready Program at the University of Sydney. Richard is also the Academic Director of the Ancient North African Research Network, which coordinates research activities on the ancient Maghreb region. He was previously a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. A specialist in Roman and Carthaginian history, he has directed excavations in Carthage and Rome. Richard is the author of a number of books on the ancient world including ‘Carthage Must Be Destroyed’, and ‘Ancient Worlds: the Search for Western Civilisation’. He also co-authored ‘Vandals’ with Andrew Merrills and edited ‘The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts’ a collection of papers examining the Donatist Controversy by specialists in the religious, cultural, social, legal and political history and archaeology. Richard has additionally written and hosted a number of television documentaries including ‘Carthage, the Roman Holocaust’ (ABC), ‘Ancient Worlds’ (BBC) and ‘Archaeology: a Secret History’ (SBS).
With more than two decades of experience in higher education leadership roles in Australia and the UK, Professor Karstadt has the strong international profile needed to advance Murdoch University’s presence in the region. She was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland, a role she held for three years.
Prior to coming to Australia, Professor Karstadt worked for 20 years at the University of Hertfordshire. Over her tenure, she rose through the ranks to become Operational Dean, Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, and later, Associate Director – International Health Developments. It was in her most recent roles where she developed significant networks and experience in international markets, including India and Southeast Asia.
Southern Cross University
Professor Susan Nancarrow is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), and has strategic responsibility for all research functions, including government and industry partnerships and research training. She is directly responsible for the Office of Research, the Graduate School, Research Institutes and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory (a commercial research enterprise). Prior to commencing this role, she held the position of Chair of Academic Board and Professor of Health Sciences. Susan is a health services researcher with expertise in heath service delivery and organisation, particularly in the area of health workforce. Since joining Southern Cross University in 2011, she has made a significant contribution to the development of research in the School of Health and Human Sciences, and has held the role of School Director of Research.
Prior to entering full-time academia, Susan worked in a range of health management and clinical roles, including Aboriginal health, diabetes care, primary health care delivery in Northern India, multidisciplinary team leader for ACT Community Care, and running her own small business. While working as a clinician and health service manager, Susan completed her PhD in health services research at the Australian National University exploring the use of health outcomes in health service accountability. She then worked in Sheffield, England for 10 years, examining health workforce change in the NHS and led several competitive grants in this field. Susan was also actively involved in research capacity building as the research lead for Trent Research Development Support Unit (RDSU). She continued her involvement in knowledge translation / capacity building through to the evolution of the CLAHRCs (Collaborations for Leadership and Applied Health Research and Care) and led the internal evaluation of the South Yorkshire CLAHRC prior to returning to Australia.
With more than 12 years of corporate communications coaching, a degree in Performance and over 15 years of international performance training, Arabella Macpherson specialises in advanced communication skills. These skills ensure Arabella’s clients are more effective leaders and able to influence others easily while increasing their enjoyment measurably. Arabella’s coaching is skill-based, ensuring her clients have the right formats, processes and techniques to deliver the results they need. Leaders learn how to decode behaviour and understand how to connect, motivate and inspire others. Arabella’s clients have included Lend Lease, MM+J Architects, American Express, Herbert Smith Freehils, Clayton Utz, News Corp, Deloitte and Coates Hire.
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
Dr Amanda Morris is Executive Director, Conservatoire at NIDA, providing leadership for the suite of higher education courses at MFA and BFA levels. She is a senior arts practitioner and academic, known for developing innovative arts education programs in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Most recently, she was Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, a leading contemporary arts tertiary institution in Singapore, where she worked extensively with artists in residence producing performance opportunities for students, and established a new postgraduate program, MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice.
Formerly she was Director of the Centre for Fine Arts, Music and Theatre at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where she had oversight of postgraduate and undergraduate programs for the School of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Theatre & Film Studies program.
Dr Morris has a long connection with NIDA as a graduate of the Directing course and as a former staff member. She was Head of New Media and produced the British Academy Award-winning StageStruck. She was also the Head of NIDA Open Program, which she established in 1990 and developed until 2008, engaging with teaching artists from theatre, film and television industries to provide short courses, youth theatre, community projects, schools workshops and teacher training in drama and entertainment.
University of Wollongong
Having commenced her career in the Hospitality industry, Joanne worked at several organisations in Mackay, during and upon completion of an Associate Diploma of Business (Hospitality Management) at Central Queensland TAFE (CQ TAFE). Following a relocation to Rockhampton, Joanne completed further study at CQ TAFE in the business administration field. After working as a Legal Secretary for several years, Joanne commenced in the Finance Department at CQUniversity in 1996. Since that time, Joanne has worked in a number of areas of the University including Chancellery, Corporate Communications, and the Vice-Chancellor’s office. For most of her time at CQUniversity, Joanne has supported the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s as an Executive Assistant, Executive Officer and Director of the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Division. In 2017, Joanne took on the executive level role of University Secretary which is accountable to both the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor to ensure the governance requirements of the University Council are met. The University Secretary provides strategic advice on good governance practices to the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor and President, and is responsible for executive oversight of the Corporate and Student Governance Directorates, Internal Audit Office, and Legal Office.
In February 2018, Joanne was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience and Governance) and is responsible for a diverse portfolio in addition to her University Secretary duties including student life and wellbeing, Indigenous student support, student admissions and advice; Corporate and Student Communications; Corporate Events and Graduation, Student Ombudsman, and the University’s Student Representative Council.
Joanne completed a Masters of Tertiary Education Management from University of Melbourne in 2014, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s.
The University of Queensland
Bronwyn is a strong believer that with leadership comes responsibility. Her extensive work improving indigenous engagement has taken her to the most remote parts of the country where she has experienced, first-hand, the value of diversity and the importance of an inclusive environment.