WA Vice Chancellors Panel

WA Vice Chancellors Panel

Sep 22
Throughout 2021 CEDA welcomes Vice Chancellors from across the country to speak as the leaders of significant businesses, and to share their strategies for dealing with unprecedented change and challenges.
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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 WA Vice Chancellors panel to hear how they will ensure our universities remain resilient and sustainable, and the opportunities that have risen from adversity.


Meet the speakers

Professor Francis Campbell
Vice Chancellor, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Francis joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1997. He has worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, the European Union, and at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London and on diplomatic postings overseas. From 1999 to 2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. From 2014-2020, Francis served as Vice Chancellor of St. Mary’s University in London. In February 2020, Francis became the fourth Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia. He also holds the position of Professor, International Relations.

Professor Amit Chakma
Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

Amit served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009 to 2019 and prior to this he served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Waterloo from 2001 to 2009. In addition to his university leadership roles, Amit served as Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 2017 to 2019. was Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women from 2013 to 2015; and chaired Canada’s Advisory Panel on International Education Strategy from 2011 to 2013. He made Perth his home in June 2020.

Professor Steve Chapman CBE
Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University

Steve joined ECU in his current role in 2015. Prior to joining ECU, he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh from 2009 and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006. In 2001 Steve received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his ground-breaking work at the interface of chemistry and biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous plenary lectures at international conferences. He was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland. In Australia, Steve is Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel appointed by the Minister for Education to provide expert advice to the Federal Government on maintaining and improving the quality and standards of Australia’s higher education and research.

Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM
Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University

Harlene is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of the Association for Psychological Science. In 2009 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to scientific and medical research. In 2012 she received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Colorado College, USA and in 2021 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago where she had been the Vice‐Chancellor since 2011. Harlene has recently been appointed as an honorary Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, a Director of the Western Australian Health Translation Network Executive Board, and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Professor Romy Lawson
Interim Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University

Romy was previously Deputy-Vice-Chancellor and has also held the positions of Pro Vice Chancellor Education at Edith Cowan University, Director of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Wollongong and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at James Cook University. She has been actively involved in teaching and learning development in higher education for over 20 years in both the UK and Australia. Her research has focused on constructive alignment in curriculum design; the effect of different assessment on student learning; curriculum mapping; leadership strategies for curriculum renewal; embedding professional learning in the curriculum; engaging staff and students with graduate attributes; and the impact of professional development on teaching.

Meet the facilitator

Caitlyn Fogarty
Executive Officer, Fogarty Foundation

Caitlyn has been a Trustee of the Fogarty Foundation since 2008 and a close observer since her parents started the Foundation in 2000. She completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and after teaching for a while, then undertook a Masters’ of Commerce at University of Western Australia. Utilising both education experience and commercial context, she worked closely with the Fogarty EDvance as the School Improvement Program scaled. In 2018 Caitlyn took on the role as Executive Officer, engaging with the many partners and stakeholders, overseeing the major initiatives and supporting on the strategy of Fogarty Foundation. Over the last 21 years, the Fogarty Foundation has made a significant impact to education and opportunities for young people in Western Australia.

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