Centre leadership

Academic Director

Professor Stephen Simpson

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 criss-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

Professor Marie Carroll
Marie Carroll was until 2015 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the University of Sydney, with responsibilities curriculum, graduate studies and higher degrees by research strategy, and teaching and learning. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Otago University in New Zealand.

Since then she has worked in 8 Australian universities, and held 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. Her research career has focused on experimental psychology in memory and metamemory, applied in particular to formal learning settings, and she still supervises graduate students.

She has recently taken a 0.5 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.

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Milne

Michael Milne
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Charles Perkins Centre, Michael Milne leads the operation of the new research and education hub facility and the delivery of the centre’s strategic objectives for cross-disciplinary research and education.

Michael brings more than a decade’s experience in senior executive roles within the sector, including his most recent role as COO of the University’s Brain and Mind Centre.