Vice-Chancellor's Executive Committee

This is the principal management committee of the University. The Executive Committee advises the Vice-Chancellor on all matters of strategy, policy and budget including Capital and IT plans.

Terms of reference

The Committee will:

  • Endorse the University's strategic plan for submission to Council;
  • Endorse the University's annual plan;
  • Endorse the annual budget and forward estimates and recommend these to Resources and Finance Committee;
  • Oversee and endorse the University's Capital and IT program and major projects to ensure the alignment of these activities with the University's strategic plan;
  • Determine significant matters relating to University management policy and procedures as well as operational matters relating to large scale changes in academic policy, for example in areas including but not limited to:
    • Research;
    • Learning and Teaching;
    • External Engagement;
    • Global Engagement; and
    • Professional Services.
  • Review the University's strategic risk profile.

Meeting frequency

The VCEC will meet once every three weeks.


Substitutes will not be permitted unless a member plans to be absent from the University for more than four weeks.


The following shall be ex officio members of the committee:

Name Position
Professor Margaret Gardner President and Vice-Chancellor, Chair
Professor Marc Parlange Provost and Senior Vice-President
Mr Peter Marshall Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President
Mr Paul Townsend Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President
Professor Abid Khan  Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)
Professor Susan Elliott Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Mr Ken Sloan Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise)
Mr Russell Elliott Vice-President (Services)
Ms Jane McLoughlinVice-President (Strategy and Governance)
Professor Andrew Walker Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Malaysia)
Professor Jacinta Elston Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)
Professor Ian Smith Interim Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research)
Professor Zlatko Skrbis Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Professor Chris Davies President of Academic Board
Professor Shane Murray Dean, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture
Professor Sharon Pickering Dean, Faculty of Arts
Professor Rob Brooks Interim Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics
Professor John Loughran Dean, Faculty of Education
Professor Elizabeth Croft Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Professor Jon Whittle Dean, Faculty of Information Technology
Professor Bryan Horrigan Dean, Faculty of Law
Professor Christina Mitchell Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor Bill Charman Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor Jordan Nash Acting Dean, Faculty of Science
Professor John Carroll Foundation Dean, Sub-Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences

In attendance:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Chief of Staff
  • Secretary to EC

Other senior staff to attend by invitation as appropriate.

Meeting dates for 2018

Meetings take place normally on a three weekly cycle on Wednesdays.

Submission dates Meeting dates
8 Feb 14 Feb
1 Mar 7 Mar
21 Mar27 Mar
25 Apr 1 May
18 May 24 May
21 Jun27 Jun
19 Jul 25 Jul
8 Aug 14 Aug
31 Aug 6 Sep
4 Oct 10 Oct
25 Oct 31 Oct
15 Nov 21 Nov
6 Dec 12 Dec

All submissions to VCEC should be prefaced with the one-page summary sheet (DOCX, 0.7 MB).

Contact information

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Phone: (03) 9902 9851

Ms Kerrie Edwards
Phone: (03) 9902 9851