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Senior leadership team

Meet the staff responsible for managing the University

Our senior leadership team contributes to decision-making across the University on strategy, management, administration and related policy.

Led by the Vice-Chancellor, each member of our leadership team furthers the development of the University through the management of a specific portfolio.

Professor Annamarie Jagose

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 

Professor Annamarie Jagose, PhD Wellington, FAHA

Appointed: October 2021

Duties: As Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annamarie Jagose works across the executive and academic community to oversee academic enterprise and strengthen the University’s operations and performance. She is responsible for ensuring a focus on outstanding academic performance and scholarship and strategic planning across the faculties, centres and other units. 

Professor Jagose also continues to manage our University Schools, as she has since September 2020 as Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor (University Schools).

Biography: Professor Jagose is an internationally renowned scholar, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. She is also the author of a number of monographs and an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Professor Jagose joined the University of Sydney in 2011 as the Head of the School of Literature, Art and Media.

From 2017 to 2021, Professor Jagose was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). In this role, she led the development and implementation of a number of the Faculty’s key initiatives including its 2017–2021 Strategic Plan, comprehensive reviews of curriculum and coursework programs, and FutureFix, a suite of multidisciplinary flagship research projects partnering humanities and social sciences researchers with industry and community on issues of global importance.

Professor Jagose has also contributed to a number of University-wide committees, boards and initiatives, including the strategy towards massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the Parramatta/Westmead Campus.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Professor Jagose held positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland.

Joanne Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Joanne Wright BA (Joint Hons) Kent, MLitt Aberdeen, PhD ANU 

Appointed: June 2022

Duties: Professor Wright is responsible for the University’s strategy around teaching, learning and students’ educational experience. She oversees institution-wide development of better support for student learning and the student experience, including our approach to student support, curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, face-to-face, online and blended learning, and quality assurance.

Biography: Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Professor Wright was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for the University of Queensland (UQ). She previously held senior level academic leadership roles for many years, starting with her position as Dean of the Faculty of History and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London in 2002. 

Professor Wright has held responsibility for teaching and learning portfolios at the University of Sussex and the University of South Australia where she also held the appointment of Acting Vice-Chancellor for a period, before moving to UQ in 2013. She was at the forefront of UQ’s work on blended learning and curriculum reform and led the University’s teaching and learning response to the global pandemic.

Professor Wright has well-established relationships in the higher education sector, serving as a member of several national advisory bodies and working groups through Universities Australia and the Group of Eight (Go8).

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM MPH GradDipClinEp PhD Sydney, MA Deakin

Appointed: October 2018

Duties: The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) leads our institution-wide strategy to advance Indigenous participation, engagement, education and research including the University's One Sydney, Many People 2021-2024 strategy.

Biography: Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver is a proud Aboriginal woman with connections to communities in south-western NSW, South Australia and beyond. She was most recently the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership, and Provost (Parramatta South) at Western Sydney University. Before then she played a key role in the development of a designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. She was also the inaugural Chair of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at UNSW and Director of the Muru Marri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit and Professor of Public Health.

Professor Jackson Pulver is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health, an active researcher and a tireless advocate for health and education. She is committed to a career that translates her work into research capacity building for health care workers and improved health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Professor Jackson Pulver serves her country in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve as a Group Captain. She is also a member of the Australian Statistical Advisory Committee, the Australian Medical Council and the Health Performance Council of South Australia.

Professor Emma Johnston

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Emma Johnston
AO FAA FTSE BSc (Hons), PhD Melbourne

Duties: As DVCR, Professor Johnston is responsible for helping to develop and deliver the University’s strategic research priorities and support the pursuit of outstanding fundamental and applied research across the institution. 

Biography: A highly awarded and world leading authority in marine science and conservation, Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on global change including marine debris, biological invasions, extreme events, and Antarctica's environmental future.  

As the past President of Science & Technology Australia (STA), an elected position, she is a highly influential figure in the Australian higher education and research sector.

Professor Johnston has led major research projects for industry, government, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Antarctic Science Program and contributed to the development of international and national research strategies, priorities, and plans. She is a sustainability and diversity champion and a Chief Author of the Australian State of Environment Report 2021. She is also a trusted advisor working across a range of government and industry bodies. 

Professor Johnston is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW) and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes’.

Rossie Ogilvie

Vice-President (Advancement)

Rosalind Ogilvie  LLB BA University of Melbourne

Appointed: February 2019

Duties: As Vice President, Rossie is guiding the Advancement team through a period of transformation and preparation for the next campaign, following the immense success of INSPIRED (see below). A passionate advocate for the University and its mission, Rossie will oversee an innovative new program of work that will continue to support the University’s objectives for generations to come.

Biography: Rossie Ogilvie has more than 20 years of experience in the higher education sector, leading teams in both Australia and the United Kingdom. At the University of Cambridge, Rossie was a key part of the team that raised more than £1 billion in its first ever campaign. As Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Sydney she was responsible for planning and implementing the historic INSPIRED campaign, which engaged more than 64,000 donors and raised $1 billion, making the University of Sydney the first university in Australia to do so.

Rossie's most recent role was serving as the University’s Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal. An exemplary leader and strategist, she has been a key player in the successful implementation of the University’s strategic plan and senior leadership effectiveness. 

Kirsten Andrews

Vice-President (External Engagement)

Kirsten Andrews BA (Hons) UniSA, MPP Sydney

Appointed: February 2022

Duties: Kirsten Andrews is the strategic lead for externally facing activities and has direct responsibility for the University’s engagement with industry and community, Marketing and Communications, Media and Public Relations, Museums and Cultural Engagement, Events and Student Recruitment, Admissions and Mobility.

Biography: Kirsten Andrews joined The University of Sydney in 2013 as Head of Media and PR before becoming Director of Media and Government Relations.  She then spent three years as Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor.

Prior to joining the University, Kirsten held senior positions in government and the not-for-profit sector, including at the National Heart Foundation, as Chief of Staff to a federal minister, and Deputy Director of Communications to the Premier of New South Wales. She began her career at the University of South Australia where she worked in public affairs and student recruitment.

Tim Dolan

Vice-President (Operations)

Stephen Phillips BCom Wits

Appointed: February 2017

Duties: As Vice President (Operations), Stephen Phillips has direct responsibility for University Infrastructure and Campus Operations Services (UI + COS), Finance, Human Resources (HR), and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

Biography: Stephen is currently Vice President (Operations) at the University of Sydney. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Business Services at multinational Broadspectrum, where he was responsible for a large team of people covering HR, IT, plant and equipment, procurement, contract support and change programs. He has also previously held a number of senior leadership roles in the South African and Australian financial services sectors.

Rebecca Murray

Vice-President (Strategy)

Rebecca Murray BA MSocSc UON

Appointed: March 2016

Duties: As Vice President (Strategy), Rebecca Murray provides leadership in strategy development, business intelligence and planning, and program design and implementation. Rebecca is responsible for a portfolio that comprises Strategic Planning, Strategic Ventures, Institutional Analytics and Planning and the Central Program Management Office.

Biography: Rebecca has worked in the higher education sector for close to 20 years. She has held roles in international development, commercialisation, new ventures, and university-wide strategic planning. At the University of Sydney, Rebecca has led many large-scale projects including the design and development of the University’s 2016-20 Strategic Plan and the establishment of our offshore centre in China.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Excellence) and
Pro-Vice-Chancellor  (Education – Enterprise and Engagement)

Professor Richard Miles BA Lpool, PhD Camb, FSA

Appointed: 2020 (Academic Excellence role) and 2017 (Education – Enterprise and Engagement role)

Duties: As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Excellence) Professor Miles is tasked with improving mentoring and academic performance. He works closely with the Education and Research portfolios to monitor and interpret research and teaching data and international rankings outcomes, and with deans and heads of school.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise and Engagement) and a member of the leadership team within the Education portfolio, Professor Miles leads the University’s educational engagement with the community and industry sectors. 

Biography: A historian and archaeologist of the Roman world, Professor Miles gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge before holding posts at the CNRS (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense), University of Wisconsin, Madison and at Cambridge. He was previously the Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

Professor Adam Bridgeman

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) 

Professor Adam Bridgeman BA Oxford, PGCE Birmingham, PhD Cambridge

Appointed: May 2018

Duties: As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) and a member of the leadership team within the Education portfolio, Professor Bridgeman leads the University’s support for enhancing the learning experience for students through the development of collaborative and interactive teaching styles and the technologies that support and enable them.

Biography: Professor Bridgeman gained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford and his PhD in computational inorganic chemistry from Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge. He was Director of First-Year Studies in Chemistry and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in Science at the University of Sydney before joining the Education Portfolio as Director and then Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation). In this role he leads our work to provide professional development and collaborative support for teaching and learning activities. Professor Bridgeman also held the role of Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) from January to June 2022.

An Australian National Teaching Fellow, Professor Bridgeman has dedicated his career to enhancing student learning and the student experience. He has received numerous teaching awards in the UK and Australia, including four University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Awards for Support of the Student Experience and Teaching Excellence, and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Programs that Support Learning. 

Kathy Belov

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor Kathy Belov, BSc (Hons), PhD Macquarie

Appointed: February 2016 (Global Engagement)

Duties: The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney is responsible for managing the development and execution of the University's global engagement strategy, including developingthe capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and research collaborations.

Biography: A leading geneticist, Professor Belov's research is based in the School of Veterinary Science, and her focus is on comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife. Her team study Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, platypus and many other species.

Kathy has received two Eureka awards, the Crozier medal and the Fenner medal for her research. She has participated in large international sequencing consortia and was an active participant in the opossum, platypus and tammar wallaby genome projects, during which she identified expansions in novel antimicrobial peptide gene families.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) - currently vacant. 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research – Enterprise and Engagement)

Professor Julie Cairney, B.Met.Eng. UNSW, PhD UNSW

Appointed: September 2020

Duties: Professor Julie Cairney is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research – Enterprise and Engagement) in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). Leading the implementation of the University’s industry, government and community engagement strategy, Professor Cairney will support the Research Portfolio’s work in growing research income across the University, fostering world-class research performance and mentoring, and recognising the impact of our research activities with industry, government and community partners.

Biography: Professor Julie Cairney is an engineering and materials characterisation researcher. She is currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a chief investigator on a number of other ARC grants. Professor Cairney currently leads a research group in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering that focuses on the relationship between microstructure and properties of materials. She is the author of over 200 publications, cited 4000+ times, including a book on the subject of atom probe microscopy and has also served on the ARC College of Experts and the New Zealand Marsden Fund. Professor Cairney also serves as CEO of Microscopy Australia, a national facility that is supported by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Life)

Professor Susanna Scarparo, PhD Auckland PFHEA

Appointed: 1 October 2019

Duties: As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Life), Professor Scarparo leads the University’s focus on providing strategic academic leadership for student life at the University, including the implementation of many aspects of the student experience strategy.

Biography: Professor Scarparo is an accomplished academic who has a strong track record of enhancing student welfare and learning. Her contribution to educational leadership was recognised recently when she was awarded the honour of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She has been Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University and was most recently Associate Dean (Student Experience) at ANU.

She has published books and journal articles on life writing, Italian cinema, women’s writing, Italian Australian studies and feminist theory.

Darren Goodsir Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff 

Darren Goodsir, BA LAW, Sydney, UTS 

Appointed: June 2022 

Duties: As Chief of Staff, Darren acts as the key advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and President on a broad range of matters internal and external to the University. He also represents the Vice-Chancellor where needed and acts as a conduit between the University Executive and Senate. 

Biography: Darren joined the University with more than 30 years' experience as a media, higher education and government executive. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, Chief Communications Officer at the University of NSW, and the Executive Director of Communication and Engagement at the NSW Department of Education. He has also published two works of non-fiction.

Professor Jennifer Barrett

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Indigenous (Academic)

Professor Jennifer Barrett, PhD University of Technology Sydney

Appointed: October 2021

Duties: In this role, Professor Barrett supports opportunities for higher education for Indigenous students, as well as Indigenous contributions to the academic programs of the University. Adopting a whole of university approach, she will be involved in the development of protocols, repatriation issues, and contribute to a comprehensive approach to curriculum. She will grow engagement between the Indigenous Strategy and Services (ISS) portfolio and the academic community as the University collectively delivers on the objectives of One Sydney, Many People, and its commitment to achieve parity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students.

Biography: Professor Barrett has a breadth of work and deep experience at the University of Sydney, recently as Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC), previously as the Director of the University’s Culture Strategy, and prior to that her role as Pro Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

Professor Barrett is of Dunghutti heritage from the Macleay River region in northern NSW and has worked in various roles in the University of Sydney since 2000, becoming Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies in January 2020.

Core to her professional history has been involvement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, colleagues and leaders, in teaching, research, external engagement and leadership roles in the arts and cultural sectors.

Professor Jane Hanrahan

Chair of the Academic Board

Professor Jane Hanrahan PhD Warwick, GradCertEdStudies(Higher Ed), MRACI CChem

First elected: January 2022

Duties: The Chair of the Academic Board provides the University community with outstanding leadership in research, learning and teaching through benchmarking and quality assurance.

Biography: Professor Jane Hanrahan was previously Deputy Chair of the Academic Board (2016-2021), and has been Chair of the Undergraduate Studies, Admissions, and Academic Standards and Policies sub-committees.

Professor Hanrahan is an academic in Sydney Pharmacy School at the University's Faculty of Medicine and Health and has previously been Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) (in the former Faculty of Pharmacy), a member of Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (ACPM) and Pharmaceutical Sub-committee (PSC).

She is a member of the National Tertiary Education Union and has been awarded two Vice Chancellors’ Awards for Outstanding Teaching.

University of Sydney General Counsel Olivia Perks

General Counsel

Olivia Perks, MBA Sydney, LLB (Hons) UTS, BA Sydney 

Appointed: January 2022

Duties: As General Counsel, Ms Perks is responsible for overseeing the provision of legal advice to the University as well as the management of its internal audit team, the Trusts Office, and the Policy Management Unit.

Biography: Olivia has more than 22 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, including 15 years’ experience in the higher education sector. She previously held positions as Senior Counsel at IBM Australia and in private legal practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, before joining the University’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) as a Senior Solicitor in 2006.

Olivia was the University’s Director of Legal Services from 2014 to 2021. She has provided advice across the University’s operations and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the University’s Centre in China, the University’s development of its presence in Western Sydney, and the University’s sector-leading approach to addressing modern slavery.

David Pacey

Chief Governance Officer

David Pacey, BBus GradCertMgmt GradDipBUs, CSU

Appointed: August 2021

Duties: As Chief Governance Officer, David is the University’s chief governance specialist. He provides expert advice to Senate, the Vice-Chancellor, Chair of Academic Board and senior management, and ensures policies and strategies are implemented to ensure organisational integrity and good governance. David is the Company Secretary for the University Entities, A14 Holdings and Westmead IVF. David is responsible for the management of the University Governance Office and Archives and Records Management Services and holds the titles of Secretary to Senate and University Returning Officer. 

Biography: David has extensive experience in the management of governance matters, including more than 22 years’ experience in the higher education sector. Prior to joining the University of Sydney in 2011, he was the Director - Governance at the University of Technology Sydney and held senior positions in government for 13 years.