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Centre leadership

The Charles Perkins Centre leadership team

Our leadership comprises a team of pre-eminent researchers and scholars led by Professor Stephen Simpson. 

Academic Director

Professor Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson is leading the development of the Charles Perkins Centre's research and education strategies.

He is a world-renowned biologist whose research on nutrition is changing the way we look at diets.

Simpson’s academic journey to date crosses the globe. Having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, he then acquired a PhD from the University of London. After 22 years at Oxford, Stephen returned to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellow.

In 2007, Stephen was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and in 2008 was awarded the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. In 2009, he was named NSW Scientist of the Year and was later named the Wigglesworth Medallist by the Royal Entomological Society of London.

In 2013, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society and awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Entomological Society.

Director of Educational Development

Professor Marie Carroll

Marie Carroll was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the University of Sydney until 2015. Her responsibilities centred on curriculum, graduate studies and higher degrees by research strategy, and teaching and learning.

Marie received her PhD in cognitive psychology from University of Otago in New Zealand. Her research career has focused on experimental psychology in memory and metamemory, applied in particular to formal learning settings. She has worked in eight Australian universities in a variety of senior posts including Foundation Head of Psychology, Chair of the Academic Board, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Canberra, and Director of Quality Enhancement at the Australian National University. 

She has recently taken a part-time appointment as Director of Educational Development at the Charles Perkins Centre. In this role she will oversee all interdisciplinary educational activities associated with the Centre, including HDR and early-career support, award courses, non-award short courses, seminars and workshops, and engagement and outreach.

Susan McColl, Chief Operating Officer, Charles Perkins Centre

Chief Operating Officer

Susan McColl

Susan McColl joined Charles Perkins Centre in April 2020. Previously, she was Director, Operations within The Division of Enterprise at the University of NSW. She joined the new Division in 2016, specifically to support its growth and development, providing a focal point for impact and engagement. 

Susan has a BA in Business Law from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has had extensive experience across the Higher Education and Hospitality sectors in both the UK and Australia and has gained wide experience in delivering Government support services that facilitate business growth in small and medium enterprises.

Ian Caterson - Academic director

Academic Clinical Director

Professor Ian Caterson

Ian Caterson is currently:

  • Foundation Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders
  • Boden Professor of Human Nutrition
  • Academic Clinical Director, Charles Perkins Centre Royal Prince Alfred Clinic
  • Deputy Clinical Stream Director, Aged Health, Chronic Care, Andrology and Disability, Ambulatory, General Medicine, Endocrinology and Rehabilitation for the Sydney Local Health District
  • President of the World Obesity Federation

Prior to that he was Senior Staff Specialist and Director of Clinical Endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where, in 1984, he established the first multidisciplinary weight management service in Australia.

Ian is a recognised expert on obesity, its causes, prevention and management. His research interests also include insulin resistance, its causes, mechanisms and effects. Ian’s research teams at the Boden Institute were the first to run their clinical trials out of the Charles Perkins Centre when it opened in 2014.