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Senior leadership team

Our senior leadership team

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 Stephen Garton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Professor Stephen Garton BA Sydney PhD UNSW, FAHA FASSA FRAHS

Appointed: August 2009

Duties: As Provost, Professor Garton is the Vice-Chancellor's senior deputy and together they are responsible for the general management of the University. The Provost oversees the delivery of our academic programs and is responsible for the general performance of the faculties, including budgets.

Biography: Professor Garton is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society. His research interests include Australian, British and American social and cultural history, with a specific focus on crime, incarceration, medicine, masculinity and sexuality.


Professor Colm Harmon

Vice-Provost (Academic Performance)

Professor Colm Harmon BA MA Dublin, PhD Keele

Appointed: July 2018

Duties: As Vice-Provost (Academic Performance) Professor Harmon 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 for the purpose of improving both mentoring and academic performance.

Biography: Professor Colm Harmon is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in the economics of education, labour economics and applied economics policy. He served as Head of the School of Economics at Sydney (2012-18) including a period as Pro-Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2014-16). Prior to joining Sydney in 2012 he was Professor and Director of the UCD Geary Institute at University College Dublin. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University, University of Chicago, University College London and the University of Warwick. He is currently Co-Editor of Economics of Education Review and a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Population Economics.

Professor Philippa Pattison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Philippa Pattison AO, PhD Melbourne, FASSA

Appointed: June 2014

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

Biography: A quantitative psychologist by background, Professor Pattison began her academic career at the University of Melbourne, and has previously served as president of Melbourne’s Academic Board and most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). The primary focus of her research is the development and application of mathematical and statistical models for social networks and network processes. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995.

Professor Pattison was named on the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education, particularly through contributions to the study of social network modelling, analysis and theory, and to university leadership and administration.

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 Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu 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 Duncan Ivison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Duncan Ivison BA McGill MSc PhD LSE, FAHA

Appointed: 1 July 2015

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

Biography: Professor Ivison is a political philosopher with research and teaching interests in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought and moral philosophy. Prior to this role, he was Dean of the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2010. He has also held appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of York (UK). He was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow and Visiting Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University (2002-03), as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU (1993-96). He was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2009.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Laurent Rivory BVSc, PhD

Appointed: November 2014

Duties: Professor Laurent Rivory is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). His role has a particular focus on the areas where large-scale, cross-faculty collaborations and external partnerships are integral to the academic enterprise.

Biography: Professor Rivory has research experience spanning 20 years into cancer drug pharmacology at such institutions as University of Queensland, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Universite de Bordeaux II, the Fondation Bergonie and the University of Sydney. Laurent was appointed by Johnson and Johnson in 2002 where he managed key research programs in virology, immunology, cancer, RNA therapeutics and diagnostics, ultimately as Senior Research Director, Research and Development before returning to the higher education sector as Director of the Research Strategy Office at the University of New South Wales in 2009.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor Kathy Belov, BSc (Hons), PhD Macquarie

Appointed: 1 February 2016

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 – Enterprise and Engagement)

Associate Professor Eric Knight, BA Sydney, LLB (Hons I) Sydney, D.Phil Oxford, GAICD

Appointed: April 2017

Duties: Associate Professor Eric Knight 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, Associate Professor Knight 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: Associate Professor Eric Knight is an economic geography and strategic management scholar. He is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant on Australia's role in global financial and production networks, and teaches strategic leadership and design-led strategic management to MBA students at the University of Sydney Business School. Associate Professor Knight’s career has included a number of prestigious awards related to his research. He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has subsequently held the NAB Rising Star Fellowship (2013-15) and a University of Sydney International Research Collaboration Award (2015). He has received best paper awards from the Academy of Management in North America and the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

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

Professor Richard Miles BA Lpool, PhD Camb, FSA

Appointed: February 2017

Duties: 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: Professor Miles is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise and Engagement) at the University of Sydney. He gained his PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Cambridge, and was a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge before joining Sydney.

Tim Dolan

Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Tim Dolan BA UCLA

Appointed: February 2014

Duties: Mr Dolan oversees all of the University of Sydney's fundraising programs. His leadership encompasses all areas of alumni relations, development and advancement services, including our $600 million fundraiser: INSPIRED – The Campaign to support the University of Sydney.

Biography: Tim Dolan has spent his entire professional career as a fundraiser. He commenced his role as Director of Development at the University of Sydney in January 2009. For the previous six years, he was responsible for Leadership Gifts at UCLA and before that he led the development effort for the Medical School and Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the University of Hawaii.


Tim Dolan

Vice-Principal (External Relations)

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Appointed: February 2017

Duties: As Vice-Principal (External Relations), Tania Rhodes-Taylor leads our work to improve coordination of the University’s external engagement activities. Tania is responsible for the University's Marketing and Communications professional service unit, the Museums and Cultural Engagement team, and Government Relations division.

Biography: Formerly Director of Marketing and Communications at Queen Mary University of London, Tania has previously also worked in corporate and government sectors.

Tim Dolan

Vice-Principal (Operations)

Stephen Phillips

Appointed: February 2017

Duties: As Vice-Principal (Operations), Stephen Phillips has direct responsibility for Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS), Finance, Human Resources (HR), and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

Biography: Stephen is currently Vice-Principal (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.

Tim Dolan

Vice-Principal (Strategy)

Rebecca Murray

Appointed: March 2016

Duties: As Vice-Principal (Strategy), Rebecca Murray provides leadership in strategy development, business planning, and program design and implementation. Rebecca is responsible for a portfolio that comprises Strategic Planning, Strategic Ventures 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.

Chair of the Academic Board

Associate Professor Anthony Masters BSc Melb PhD ANU, FRACI CChem HonFellow UWS

First elected: January 2016

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: Associate Professor Anthony Masters was previosuly Deputy Chair of the Academic Board( 2004-06; 2010-15), and Acting Chair from January to April 2006.

Associate Professor Masters was also a Fellow of Senate elected by and from the academic staff from 1 December 2003 to 31 May 2007.

Based in the School of Chemistry, Associate Professor Masters has been Associate Dean, Pro-Dean and Acting Dean, Faculty of Science; Chair, Academic Forum; and Chair of the Board’s Graduate Studies Committee.

He is a member of the NTEU, and was awarded the Vice Chancellors’ Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision, the Polyhedron Best Paper Award and the Australian Sports Medal.

Directorships include Medsaic Pty Ltd, ZingoTx Pty Ltd, Polymer CRC and Universities Admission Centre (NSW & ACT) Pty Ltd.

University of Sydney General Counsel Richard Fisher AM.

General Counsel

Richard Fisher AM, LLB Sydney MEc New England

Appointed: April 2007

Duties: As General Counsel, Mr Fisher 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, the Policy Management Unit, the Group Secretary’s Office and the Archives & Records Management Unit

Biography: In addition to his role as General Counsel, Mr Fisher is an Adjunct Professor in the University’s Faculty of Law. He is also a company director. Prior to joining the University, Mr Fisher was a partner for some 25 years in Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and is its immediate past Chairman of Partners. He has also been an international consultant to the Asian Development Bank and was a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission.