University Executive

The University Executive (UE) makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor in the exercise of his delegated authority for University-wide planning, decision-making and oversight. It reports to Senate on the prosecution and management of initiatives under the University’s strategic plan, and on the academic and financial health of the University.

Terms of Reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates and submission deadlines
Committee contact
Meeting papers

Terms of Reference

The University Executive will:

  1. Make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor in the exercise of his delegated authority for University-wide decision making and management oversight for the institution
  2. Identify emerging opportunities and assess fit with University strategy
  3. Protect and enhance the position and reputation of the University
  4. Oversee the initiatives of the University’s strategic plan
  5. Report to Senate on the financial and academic viability and sustainability of the University, including review the University’s budget prior to its presentation for Senate approval
  6. Oversee performance monitoring and improvement, regulatory compliance and quality assurance processes
  7. Oversee the University’s curriculum, teaching, research and research training, in conjunction with the Academic Board
  8. Maintain oversight of the University’s compliance with WH&S legislation, policies and procedures
  9. Oversee the University’s risk management framework including:
    a. Agreement and ongoing review of the University’s Risk Appetite and Tolerance statement
    b. Ongoing review of the institutional risk register to ensure appropriate management of risk, and
    c. Reviewing and determining appropriate mitigation strategies for escalated risks from other portfolios
  10. Oversee the University’s human resources management and capability planning across human resources, digital and physical portfolios
  11. Oversee the University infrastructure investment:
    a. endorse the business cases for investment, and
    b. endorse annual capital prioritisation for infrastructure and technology
  12. Oversee, in conjunction with the Academic Board, the programs of faculty reviews conducted jointly by the University Executive and the Academic Board
  13. Note the decisions made by University Executive Committees and review and approve any matters referred by University Executive committees regarding policies, procedures, programs and initiatives
  14. Ensure the effective communication of University Executive decisions to university leaders and the broader university community.

The Committee's full terms of reference can be downloaded as a PDF.

Composition and membership



Vice-Chancellor and Principal (Chair)

Dr Michael Spence AC

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stephen Garton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Philippa Pattison

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy & Services)

Professor Juanita Sherwood

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar)


Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Duncan Ivison

Chair, Academic Board

Associate Professor Anthony Masters

Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Tim Dolan

Vice-Principal (External Relations)

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Vice-Principal (Operations)

Stephen Phillips

Vice-Principal (Strategy)

Rebecca Murray

Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Professor Annamarie Jagose

Dean, University of Sydney Business School

Professor Greg Whitwell

Dean, Faculty of Engineering & IT

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Kathy Refshauge

Dean, Faculty of Science

Professor Iain Young

Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Health

Professor Robyn Ward AM

Chief of Staff

Rosalind Ogilvie



In attendance


General Counsel

Richard Fisher

Secretary to Senate

David Pacey

Head of Internal Communications

Sarah Liebetrau

Executive Officer

Alyssa White



Other attendees to be determined by the Chair as required.


Meeting dates and submission timelines

2018 meetings

Meeting Date :


Papers due (COB):

#1 Friday 16 February (Leadership Forum)

 9.30 - 11.30 am


 #2 Thursday 8 March

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 27 February

 #3 Thursday 29 March

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 20 March

 #4 Thursday 19 April

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 10 April

#5 Thursday 10 May

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 1 May

#6 Thursday 17 May

 3.00 - 5.00 pm

Tuesday 8 May

Thursday  31 May (Leadership Forum)



#7 Thursday 14 June

 1.00 - 3.00 pm

Tuesday 5 June

#8 Thursday 28 June

 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Tuesday 19 June

#9 Thursday 12 July

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 3 July

#10 Thursday 26 July

 9.00 - 11.00 am

Tuesday 17 July

#11 Thursday 9 August

 3.00 - 5.00 pm

Tuesday 31 July

#12 Thursday 23 August

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 14 August

#13 Monday 3 September

 2.00 - 4.00 pm

Friday 24 August

#14 Thursday 20 September

 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Tuesday 11 September

#15 Thursday 4 October

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 25 September

#16 Wednesday 17 October

 1.00 - 3.00 pm

Monday 8 October

#17 Thursday 1 November

 4.00 - 6.00 pm

Tuesday 23 October

#18 Thursday 15 November

 9.30 - 11.30 am

Tuesday 6 November

#19 Thursday 29 November

 1.00 - 3.00 pm

Tuesday 20 November

#20 Thursday 13 December

 2.00 - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 4 December

Upcoming events






2018 May Leadership Forum

Thursday, 31 May 2018

9.00 am - 1.00 pm

TAG Foundation Family Grandstand

Community of Leaders

2018 University Executive Retreat

Tuesday 14 August 2018

All day

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Univeristy Executive Members

2018 August Leadership Forum

Wednesday 15 August 2018

All day

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Community of Leaders


Thursday 16 August  2018

All day

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Community of Leaders

Committee contact

Executive Officer to University Executive
Jacqueline Toroian
T +61 2 8627 6906

Meeting papers

Meeting papers are available on the secure UE SharePoint site.