Competition Judges

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Professor Steve Chapman

Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University

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Professor John Dewar AO

Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University

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Professor Nick Klomp

Vice-Chancellor and President, CQUniversity Australia

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Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland

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Professor Iain Martin

Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University

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Professor Deborah Terry AO

Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

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Professor Attila Brungs

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

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Professor Adam Shoemaker

Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University

 

Competition Judges

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Professor Steve Chapman

Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University

Professor Steve Chapman commenced his role as Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University (ECU) in April 2015.


Prior to joining ECU, Professor Chapman was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from 2009, and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006.


Professor Chapman holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Newcastle University. In 2001 he received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his ground-breaking work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous Plenary Lectures at International Conferences. He was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland.


Among his board and committee memberships while Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Professor Chapman chaired the Funding Policy Committee of Universities Scotland, and was a member of the Board of the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association.


In Australia, Professor Chapman is a Non-Executive Director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Board (2017 to 2020); a Director of the Universities Australia Board (since 2020); a Panel member appointed by the Federal Minister for Education to the Higher Education Standards Panel under the TEQSA Act 2011 for a term of three years (2020-2023); member of the Board of Governors of the Forrest Research Foundation (since 2020); and a Member of the Mindarie Senior College Board (since 2015).


In 2005, Professor Chapman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2011 he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to higher education.

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Professor John Dewar AO

Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University

Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012.


Professor Dewar is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995. He taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.


Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995 and held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe.


Professor Dewar is a Deputy Chair of Universities Australia, UA Lead Vice-Chancellor on Health workforce issues and a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee. He holds a number of other Directorships, including The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, AARNet, The Committee for Melbourne, and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China. He is a member of the University of Lincoln’s 21st Century Lab Higher Education Reference Group and the Champions of Change Coalition. He is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, an Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School and the La Trobe Law School, and a Visiting Professor at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University. Professor Dewar was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List in recognition of his distinguished service to education through leadership roles in the universities sector, and to professional organisations.


His previous appointments include member of the Attorney-General's Family Law Pathways Advisory Group (2000-1), Chair of the Family Law Council (2001-4), Chair of the Queensland College of Teachers (2006-9), member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2007-11), Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (2014-5), Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (2014-6), and Chair of the Victorian Student Planning Advisory Group for the Victorian Department of Health (2016-7). He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College from 2010-2016. In 2014, he chaired the Legislation and Finance Working Group for the Federal Education Minister.

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Professor Nick Klomp

Vice-Chancellor and President, CQUniversity Australia

Professor Nick Klomp is the Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity Australia. As the Vice-Chancellor, he leads the University by driving its strategy and academic vision, enhancing its culture and external profile, strengthening its finances and supporting its communities, across a national network of campuses.


Professor Klomp has also recently been appointed as Chair of the Regional Universities Network, Australia’s peak body for regional higher education providers.


Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of CQUniversity in 2019, Professor Klomp was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Canberra, where he was responsible for academic strategy and teaching and learning quality across five faculties, as well as student recruitment and administration, student experience, marketing, international activities, graduate outcomes, and student equity and support. Prior to that role, Professor Klomp was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University, leading a large and diverse faculty in seven schools across six campuses, with disciplines ranging from Veterinary Science to Dentistry, Nursing to Environmental Science, Forensic Biotechnology to Wine Science, Agriculture to Allied Health and more.


Professor Klomp is passionate about student engagement in learning, excellence in teaching, and research with impact. He has been presented with a teaching excellence award, has been nominated for awards in the promotion of science, and was a Science Correspondent for ABC radio for more than a decade.


In addition to his extensive teaching career, Professor Klomp is recognised internationally for his research in applied ecology and environmental science, having produced two books and around 60 refereed publications, successfully supervised more than a dozen doctoral students, and attracted several nationally competitive grants.


Professor Klomp has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Curtin University, First Class Honours from Murdoch University and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Glasgow.

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Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland, appointed September 2017.


Professor Mackenzie returned to the University having been Foundation Head of the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, before she took up senior executive positions at Bond University (2009-2014): Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law.  Before returning to the University of Southern Queensland she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University (2014-2017).  Prior to joining the University in 2007, as Head of the Law School, she held various senior roles at QUT, and served on QUT Council for nine years. She has a strong commitment to widening participation in higher education, particularly in Australia’s regional areas, flexible learning opportunities and encouraging a strong link between the University and business, industry and the community. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, and a Board member of the Regional Australia Institute and Universities Australia.


Professor Mackenzie has a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales and many years’ experience in higher education. Her research interests are in law and public policy.  A Barrister-at-Law and lawyer since 1985, she is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association.


Professor Mackenzie has held a number of senior positions at State and Federal level including Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC (Research) Committee;  Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women; Chair, NSW DVC (Research) Committee; Chair, RUN Research group; Chair, RUN Executive Women; Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts; Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission, and was an executive member of the Council of Australian Law Deans.


Professor Mackenzie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.  She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Professor Iain Martin

Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University

Professor Iain Martin is Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University in Australia.


He came to Deakin from the position of Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. Prior to that, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Professor Martin spent a number of years at the University of Auckland in New Zealand with positions including Professor of Surgery, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Science, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for external and strategic partnerships.


Professor Martin grew up in the United Kingdom and attended the University of Leeds where he completed his medical degree, doctorate and Master of Education.


Since moving to Geelong in 2019, he has been committed to the social and economic development of the region and Victoria. In March 2021, he was appointed Chair of the Barwon Regional Partnership.

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Professor Deborah Terry AO

Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

Professor Deborah Terry AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland (UQ).


Prior to commencing this role in August 2020, she served as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, in Western Australia (from February 2014 to July 2020).


Professor Terry was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2015, in recognition of her distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector. She is Chair of the Board of Universities Australia; a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; an appointed member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council; and serves on the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board and Australia's Academic and Research Network Board (AARNET).


Having grown up in Perth and Canberra, Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University in Canberra. From there, she commenced her distinguished career at UQ in 1990, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology. During her 24 years at UQ, Professor Terry progressed through a number of senior leadership roles to become Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, before leaving for her role as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University in early 2014.

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Professor Attila Brungs

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Attila Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with CSIRO and McKinsey & Company.

Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.

Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include ATN Chair; Chair of the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund Working Group, member of the NSW Government Tech Central Industry Advisory Group; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; the Committee for Sydney Board; and ATSE fellow. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal government and institutional appointments.

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Professor Adam Shoemaker

Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University

Professor Adam Shoemaker is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University.


Prior to his current appointment, he was Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University, and has held senior leadership roles at a number of other Australian universities including Academic Provost at Griffith University, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Monash University and Dean of Arts at the Australian National University. He is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the area of Indigenous literature and culture.


Adam has a compelling vision for the future of Victoria University, and brings an exciting mix of passion, knowledge and innovation. Adam will lead the University in a post COVID-19 world with a renewed commitment to ensuring Victoria University becomes the best dual-sector University in our region as well as globally.