NSW Vice Chancellors Panel

NSW Vice Chancellors Panel

Nov 18
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Event Overview

With billions of dollars of revenue and responsibility for half a million students, these leaders face a much-changed environment, significant economic challenges, complexity, and very high expectations.

Australia’s higher education sector is vital to the nation’s future workforce needs and economic prosperity. There is not a sector, industry or business which is not impacted by, and dependent on, the success of universities – which have demonstrated capability and flexibility by embracing new ways of working and delivering education and transforming their operations.

Join the NSW Vice Chancellors’ panel to hear how they will ensure our universities remain resilient and sustainable, and the opportunities that have risen from adversity.

Event presentations

Panel discussion MP3


Meet the speakers

Professor Patricia M. Davidson
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Wollongong

Patricia joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, she was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide. As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Patricia’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. Patricia serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the United States.

Professor Barney Glover AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University

Barney commenced in the role of Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University on 1 January 2014. He is an accomplished academic leader and experienced Vice-Chancellor. Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013, he has a long record of success in university management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects. Barney also has significant business leadership credentials through having served on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration and processing and telecommunications.

Professor Brigid Heywood
Vice-Chancellor and CEO, University of New England

Following an academic career and leadership positions spanning several countries, Brigid has successfully driven advances in academic excellence, research performance and engagement through innovation knowledge transfer. She believes in the power of education to transform lives, supporting students as lifelong learners, building partnerships, in diversity and equity, and driving innovation. Brigid joined Keele as the first woman in the UK to hold an established chair (Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry), aged 33, and launched her executive career as Keele's Head of Department of Chemistry.

Professor Ian Jacobs
Vice-Chancellor and President, UNSW

Ian has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney since February 2015. Prior to this he was based in the UK as Dean of Medicine at University College London (2009-2011) and Vice President of the University of Manchester (2011-2015). Since joining UNSW he has held a number of additional roles in Australia including: Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow of the Garvan Institute; Board member  of Research Australia; Chair of the Australian Conservation Foundation¹s Leadership Forum for Energy Transition; Board member of the Business/Higher Education Round Table Board (BHERT); Board member of Ovarian Cancer Australia; Board member of The Conversation; Chair of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE); Chair of the Group of 8 universities; and Board member Universities Australia.

Professor Andrew Parfitt
Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

Previously Andrew was the Provost and Senior Vice-President at UTS. He has also held positions as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Newcastle, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia (UniSA); Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at UniSA; Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems; and General Manager of Space Programs in CSIRO’s Telecommunications and Industrial Physics Division. Andrew’s area of academic expertise is telecommunications engineering, including antenna and radio systems research. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. 

Professor Zlatko Skrbis
Vice-Chancellor and President, Australian Catholic University

Zlatko became the Vice-Chancellor and President of Australian Catholic University (ACU) in January 2021. He joined ACU in 2018 and has also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Innovation) and Interim Provost. He previously held senior leadership positions at Monash University and The University of Queensland.
As Vice-Chancellor and President of ACU, it is Zlatko’s ambition to ensure that ACU is globally recognised as an institution which adheres to its strong Catholic principles and makes a tangible improvement to the lives of others through excellence in education, research and engagement.

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Prior to joining the University in 2018, Alex was Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist and leader of Defence Science and Technology within the Department of Defence. Alex holds a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours), a Doctor of Philosophy and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wollongong. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Australian Academy of Science, the Institute of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Meet the facilitator

Tim Orton
Managing Director, Nous Group

Tim is the Managing Principal, CEO and founder of Nous Group. He works extensively with Boards and Executives on their critical strategic, policy, organisational design and capability, leadership and governance opportunities and challenges. He is unusual in his keen understanding of strategic imperatives, organisational and process design, and executive performance.

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