Vice-Chancellor's Executive Committee

The Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Committee (VCEC) is the principal management committee of the University. The Executive Committee advises the Vice-Chancellor on matters of University strategy, policy and budget, including the capital development and information technology plans.

VCEC is one of two principal management committees that provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor.  The other is the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Implementation and Oversight (VCEIO), which advises the Vice-Chancellor on the implementation of University strategy, monitors progress of key initiatives and provides oversight to the University's risk profile.

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;
  • 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.


Professor Margaret Gardner AC President and Vice-Chancellor, Chair
Professor Susan Elliott AM Provost and Senior Vice-President
Mr Peter Marshall AM Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President
Mr Leigh Petschel Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President
Professor Abid Khan  Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)
Professor Sharon PickeringDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Senior Vice-President
Mr Damien Farrell Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President
Professor Rebekah BrownDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Senior Vice-President
Professor Andrew Walker Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Malaysia)
Professor Jacinta Elston Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)
Professor Robert Brooks President of Academic Board
Professor Shane Murray Dean, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture
Professor Rita Wilson Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts
Professor Simon Wilkie Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics
Professor Viv Ellis Dean, Faculty of Education
Professor Elizabeth Croft Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Professor Ann NicholsonInterim Dean, Faculty of Information Technology
Professor Bryan Horrigan Dean, Faculty of Law
Professor Christina Mitchell AO Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor Arthur Christopoulos Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor Jordan Nash Dean, Faculty of Science
Ms Emily SpencerChief of Staff and Executive Director, Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor

In attendance:

  • Secretary to EC

Other senior staff to attend by invitation as appropriate.

Meeting dates for 2021

Submission dates Meeting dates
27 Jan2 Feb
17 Feb23 Feb
10 Mar16 Mar
31 Mar7 Apr
21 Apr28 Apr
12 May18 May
2 Jun8 Jun
14 Jul20 Jul
4 Aug10 Aug
25 Aug31 Aug
15 Sep21 Sep
6 Oct12 Oct
27 Oct4 Nov
17 Nov23 Nov

All submissions to VCEC should be prefaced with the one-page summary sheet (DOCX, 0.05 MB).

Contact information

Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor
Phone: (03) 9902 9851