Our senior leadership team contributes to decision-making across the University on strategy, management, administration and related policy.
Professor Stephen Garton BA Sydney PhD UNSW, FAHA FASSA FRAHS
Appointed: September 2019
Duties: As Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Garton represents the Vice-Chancellor in a number of forums and is responsible for special projects approved by the Vice-Chancellor, including, as co-sponsor, the Sydney Operating Model program.
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. Previously he has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2001-09) and Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2009-19).
Professor Barbara Messerle BSc PhD Sydney FAICD
Appointed: September 2019
Duties: As Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Messerle jointly oversees academic management of the University, including the University Library, with the Vice-Chancellor. The Provost oversees the delivery of our academic programs and is responsible for the general performance of faculties and University schools, including budgets and support for strategy implementation.
Biography: Professor Messerle has made substantial research contributions in the field of chemistry. She joins the University after serving as Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University (since January 2015). In that role she led substantial cultural and structural change across 10 diverse departments within the faculty and established a new engineering school. Prior to that role she was Head of School of Chemistry at UNSW (from 2007-14). Professor Messerle also has strong connections to the University of Sydney, where she held ARC QEII and Senior Research Fellowships earlier in her career.
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 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 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 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.
Professor Laurent Rivory BVSc, PhD Queensland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in science at the University of Sydney before joining the Education Portfolio. An Australian National Teaching Fellow and the winner of institutional and national teaching awards in the UK and Australia, he has dedicated his career to enhancing student learning and the student experience.
Rossie Ogilvie LLB BA University of Melbourne
Appointed: February 2019
Duties: As Vice-Principal, 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.
Tania Rhodes-Taylor BA (Hons) OU MBA UCL PGDIP Marketing CIM
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. In addition to overseeing the University’s engagement with industry and community, Tania has direct responsibility for the University’s Marketing and Communications, Museums and Cultural Engagement, Government Relations, Media, Events, Admissions and Global Student Recruitment and Mobility.
Biography: Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Tania was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Queen Mary University of London where she had overall responsibility for external relations and reputation development. Tania has previously worked in the corporate and government sectors and began her career with Unisys, including a period working in Asia, before moving to work for government agencies and, since 2007, within the higher education sector.
Stephen Phillips BCom Wits
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.
Rebecca Murray BA MSocSc UON
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.
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.
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.