Meet the VU management team and learn about their achievements and expertise.

The University is led by Professor Adam Shoemaker, who became the fourth Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University on 14 December 2020. The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the University Council and is responsible to Council for ensuring that the University is well led and managed, for promoting its educational excellence and for securing its financial sustainability.

The Chancellor, Steve Bracks, as the Chair of the University Council, is the champion of effective and ethical governance, and leads a dynamic team of councillors in their strategic decision making and oversight of the University’s operations.

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

The Office of the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor is accountable for coordinating and implementing the major reform agenda foreshadowed in the University’s Strategic Plan (2016-2020) and the White Paper: Victoria University’s transformational agenda.

It's also responsible for the positioning of VU as the University of Opportunity and Success working closely with the Senior Executive Group (SEG).

Vacant
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Megan Tucker
Senior Advisor, Strategic Projects
Phone: +61 3 9919 1271
Email: [email protected].

Karen Jackson
Director
Phone: +61 3 9919 2836
Email: [email protected].

Professor Gregory Baxter
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Senior Associate), University Transformation
Phone: +61 3 9919 4576
Email: gre[email protected].

Professor Andrew Smallridge
Dean
Phone: +61 3 9919 4758
Email: [email protected].

Rechelle Martinez
Head of Operations
Phone: +61 3 9919 4884
Email: [email protected].

Michael Ratcliff
CEO
Phone: +61 3 9919 1137
Email: [email protected] 
Website: online.vu.edu.au

Academic Colleges

The University’s heartland, the west of Melbourne, faces some of the most significant health and well-being challenges in Australia: poor nutrition, low physical literacy, increasing chronic mental and physical ill-health, and a growing and ageing population. Globally, clear links have been established between educational attainment, opportunity, success and health and wellbeing.

The purpose of the Health, Sport and Active Living Cluster is to address these issues and contribute to real-world solutions by bringing together the teaching, learning and research foci of the College of Sport & Exercise Science and the College of Health & Biomedicine. Through course offerings and collaboration with our vast industry network, the cluster will explore new areas of research and prepare graduates for a future workforce.

College of Health & Biomedicine

Professor Karen Dodd
Vice-President (Health, Sport and Active Living) and Dean, College of Health & Biomedicine
Phone: +61 3 9919 2342
Email: [email protected].

Ann-Margaret Carroll
Senior Operations Manager
Phone: +61 3 9919 5389
Email: [email protected].

College of Sport & Exercise Science

Professor Andrew Stewart
Dean, Sport & Exercise Science
Phone: +61 3 9919 5200
Email: [email protected].

Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities require a highly innovative business sector, a sustainable and liveable built environment, including power and water, technology and connectivity, a leading edge system of education and training, as well as strong communities and cultural capital.

The Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities Cluster comprises the:

These colleges provide a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in business, law, education, arts, and the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Office of the Vice-President

Professor Robert Strathdee
Vice-President
Phone: +61 3 9919 5594
Email: [email protected].

College of Arts & Education

Associate Professor Anthony Watt
Deputy Dean, College of Arts and Education
Phone: +61 3 9919 4119
Email: [email protected].

College of Engineering & Science

Professor Farzad Khosrowshahi
Dean, College of Engineering & Science
Phone: +61 3 9919 5862
Email: [email protected].

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business & Law)

Head of School (Acting), Victoria University Business School - Romana Garma
Dean (Acting), College of Law & Justice - Vacant.

The colleges in Business & Law are:

Research

Professor Corinne Reid
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
Phone: +61 3 9919 5357
Email: [email protected]

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships
Phone: +61 3 9919 2025
Email: [email protected].

Teyah Marney
Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9919 4001
Email: [email protected].

Professor Alexandra Parker
Executive Director, Institute for Health and Sport
Phone: +61 3 9919 5874
Email: [email protected].

Professor John Price
Deputy Director, Research Training
Phone: +61 3 9919 2046
Email: [email protected].

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos
Research Program Leader, Mechanisms and Interventions in Chronic Disease
Phone: +61 3 9919 2025
Email: [email protected].

Professor Mary Carolan-Olah
Research Program Leader, Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing
Phone: +61 3 9919 2585
Email: [email protected].

Associate Professor Sam Robertson
Research Program Leader, Sport Performance and Business
Phone: +61 3 9919 4204
Email: [email protected].

Professor Stephen Gray
Executive Director
Phone: +61 3 9919 8097
Email: [email protected].

Associate Professor Randall W Robinson
Deputy Director
Phone: +61 3 9919 2885
Email: [email protected].

Students & Academic Services

The Students & Academic Services portfolio has responsibility for the vision, direction, quality and leadership of VU’s learning and teaching.

Under the leadership of Interim Deputy Provost (Students & Academic Services) Naomi Dempsey, the team works collaboratively with other departments to implement curriculum transformation and innovative student-focused learning environments across all modes of study.

A major focus of this is implementation of the VU Block Model (initially the First Year Model), Beyond First Year, VU Blended Learning strategy, reform of promotions and scholarship.

Naomi Dempsey
Phone: +61 3 9919 4679
Email: [email protected].

Nancy Prodanov
Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9919 4449
Email: [email protected].

Office of the Associate Provost, Students

The Students’ portfolio is instrumental in leading the bold and innovative transformation plan for Victoria University to focus keenly on students, the student experience, student learning and student outcomes. The portfolio reflects the University’s intention to elevate and transform the student experience and is a clear signal to the University and the wider community of the University’s commitment to students.

This includes a refocusing on all students in all cohorts and from a wide range of cultural, language, educational, equity group and socioeconomic backgrounds. This portfolio plays a key role in providing the programs and services to complement and enrich learning and teaching, the and curriculum design and delivery across VU’s dual sector, for both domestic and international students.

Associate Provost, Students

Naomi Dempsey
Phone: +61 3 9919 4679
Email: [email protected].

Nancy Prodanov
Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9919 4449
Email: [email protected].

The Employability & Success team provides a range of programs and services to support student employment, retention, pathways and success.

In close consultation with key university stakeholders, including students and industry partners, this area of VU strategically leads the implementation of a number of University Strategies including:

  • Pathways
  • Student Retention
  • Employability (including Career Development and Work Integrated Learning).

Darren Brown
Director, Employability & Success
Phone: +61 3 9919 5835.

Student Administration supports students at VU from their initial application to study, through to their all-important graduation by providing contemporary and administrative services for all VU’s students and staff.

Services areas include:

  • Admissions, Pathways & Scholarships
  • Assessments & Completions
  • Business Support and Reporting 
  • Enrolments and Student Financials.

James Armit
Interim Executive Director (Students)
Phone: +61 3 9919 5333.

Student Services provides domestic and international students studying vocational or higher education at VU with a comprehensive student advisory service. Students can access engagement, wellbeing, leadership and communications services across various channels on campus or via the contact centre.

Leon Kerr
Director, Student Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 6260
Email: [email protected].

Library Services provide information resources and services to support students and staff. Library resources and services are available digitally, with access to a large range of databases, ebooks and ejournals, as well as through physical spaces across our University campus locations.

Library Services also support teaching areas with a specialised team of Technical Services staff and manage the University’s art collection.

Adrian Gallagher
Associate University Librarian, Learning Resources, Technology and Infrastructure
Phone:+61 3 9919 4503
Email: [email protected].

Frances O'Neil
Associate University Librarian, Education and Research Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 4065
Email: [email protected].

Deborah Tyler
Director, Academic Quality & Standards
Phone: +61 3 9919 4310
Email: [email protected].

Sharon Baynes
Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9919 9440
Email: [email protected].

Trish McCluskey
Associate Provost, Learning & Teaching (Interim)
Phone: +61 3 9919 5240
Email: [email protected]
Web: Learning & Teaching.

Associate Professor Thinh Nguyen
Head
Phone: +61 3 9919 4281
Email: [email protected]

Chief Operating Officer

Ian Ford
Senior Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 9442
Email: [email protected].

Tim Bedohazy
Director, Business Capability
Phone: +61 3 9919 5740
Email: [email protected].

Ann Proctor
Executive Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 4521
Email: [email protected].

Finance Business Services

Cynthia Hanley
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 5541
Email: [email protected].

Kannen Muthu
Director Finance Business Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 5541
Email: [email protected]

Corporate Finance Services

Lisa Chan
Associate Director, Corporate Finance Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 2819
Email: [email protected].

Strategic Capital Management

Adrian Xuereb
Associate Director, Strategic Capital Management
Phone: +61 3 9919 2939
Email: [email protected].

Strategic Financial Solutions

Michael Lapolla
Director, Strategic Financial Solutions
Phone: +61 3 9919 2935
Email: [email protected].

Strategic Procurement & Business Operations

Adrian Wong
Director, Strategic Procurement and Business Operations
Phone: +61 3 9919 5844
Email: [email protected].

The People and Culture portfolio provides integrated human resources advice and support to leaders, managers and staff within the University.

This includes:

  • recruitment and selection
  • learning and development
  • safety, health and wellbeing
  • workplace injury support
  • employee relations
  • change management
  • remuneration and benefits
  • workforce planning
  • P&C data insights.

Office of the Vice President

Kym Bakaric
Acting Vice-President, People and Culture
Phone: +61 3 9919 5788
Email: [email protected].

Ann Proctor
Executive Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 4521
Email: [email protected].

Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)

Tim Reinders
Senior Manager, OHS
Phone: +61 3 9919 5727
Email: [email protected].

People Partnerships

Kym Bakaric
Director, People Partnerships
Phone: +61 3 9919 5788
Email: [email protected].

Capability & Culture

Renee Byrnes
Director, Capability and Culture
Phone: +61 3 9919 6037
Email: [email protected].

HR Systems & Payroll

Charlotte Cameron
Senior Manager HR Systems & Payroll
Phone: +61 3 9919 5372
Email: [email protected].

Workplace Relations

Michael Haritou
Senior Manager Workplace Relations
Phone: +61 3 9919 5074
Email: [email protected].

Resources & Risk

Professor Richard Constantine
Vice-President Resources & Risk
Phone: +61 3 9919 4753
Email: [email protected]

Sharon Baynes
Executive Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 9440
Email: [email protected]

Information Technology Services

Zoran Sugarevski
Executive Director, Information Technology Services (ITS)
Phone: +61 3 9919 5076
Email: [email protected]

IT Applications

Neville Caine
Director, IT Applications
Phone: +61 3 9919 5695
Email: [email protected]

ITS Security & Risk Assurance

Nitin Singh
Director, ITS Security & Risk Assurance
Phone: +61 3 9919 5849
Email: [email protected]

Project Management Office (PMO)

Jeremy Hodgson
Director, PMO
Phone: +61 3 9919 5560
Email: [email protected]

Program Director ITS

Lachlan Cameron
Program Director
Phone: +61 3 9919 5798
Email: [email protected]

Kevin McCarthy
Executive Director, Facilities
Phone: +61 3 9919 5012
Email: [email protected]

John Lambrick
Head of Legal Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 5280
Email: [email protected].

Sandra Denis
Executive Director, Precincts, Communities and Government Relations
Phone: +61 3 9919 5003
Email: [email protected]

Kirsten Jeffery
Project Director, VU City West
Phone: +61 3 9919 5145

Michelle MacDonald
Manager
Phone: +61 3 9919 4774
Email: [email protected].

Future Students & Planning

The portfolio of the Senior Vice-President Future Students & Planning, led by Steve Berridge, has a broad range of responsibilities. It leads strategy and operations on a number of critical external-facing functions in local and global contexts.

The portfolio has accountability for the following areas:

  • marketing and communications
  • transnational education programs
  • international student mobility programs
  • Victoria University Sydney
  • new ventures opportunity development
  • planning, governance and policy.

Steve Berridge
Senior Vice-President
Phone: +61 3 9919 1016
Email: [email protected].

Melanie Jenkinson
Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9919 1134
Email: [email protected].

Marketing & Future Students

Bronte Neyland
Pro Vice Chancellor (Future Students and Marketing)
Phone: +61 3 9919 1424
Email: [email protected].

Alex Sims
Director Future Students
Phone: +61 3 9919 5828
Email: [email protected].

Brand & Marketing Projects

Claire Crowley
Director Brand & Marketing Projects
Phone: +61 481 914 437
Email: [email protected].

Media & Corporate Communications

Patrick Pantano
Director Media & Corporate Communications
Phone: +61 3 9919 6237 | +61 417 181 936
Email: [email protected].

Web Services

Cade Whitbourn
Director Web Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 1293
Email: [email protected].

Anthony Long
Director, VU International
Phone: +61 3 9919 1325
Email: [email protected].

International Student Recruitment

Jonathan Pratt
Associate Director, International Student Recruitment
Phone: +61 3 9919 1252
Email: [email protected].

International Relations

Aprilyani
Associate Director, International Relations
Phone: +61 3 9919 1197
Email: [email protected].

International Communications

Emily Charrison
Manager, International Communications
Phone: +61 3 9919 7858
Email: [email protected].

Transnational Education (TNE) Development & Management

Caryn Nery
Director, Transnational Education, Partnerships
Phone: +61 3 9919 1155
Email: [email protected]

TNE Learning & Teaching

Raquel Licciardi
Director, Learning & Teaching
Phone: +61 3 99195314
Email: [email protected].

Felicity Davis Rafferty
Campus Director and Principal
VU Sydney website
Phone: +61 2 8265 3266
Email: [email protected]

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Gus Balbontin
Director, VU Innovations
Phone: +61 403 100 252
Email: [email protected].

Dr Ross Coller

Executive Director, Engagement & Advancement
Phone: +61 3 9919 1520
Email: [email protected].

Planning & Registrar

Vice-President Planning & Registrar (Vacant)


Ann Proctor
Executive Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 4521
Email: [email protected].

Ann Hogan
Director, Data Insights
Phone: +61 3 9919 5922
Email: [email protected].

Sofia Moisidis
Manager, Governance and Secretariat
Phone: +61 3 9919 4872
Email: [email protected].

Anand Kulkarni
Associate Director, Load Planning
Phone: +61 3 9919 5721
Email: [email protected].

Daniel House
Associate Director, Load Planning
Phone: +61 3 9919 5667
Email: [email protected].

Marian Cronin
Senior Manager
Phone: +61 3 9919 9507
Email: [email protected].

Lee Dare
Children's Services Co-ordinator
Footscray Nicholson Campus
Phone: +61 3 9919 8698
Email: [email protected].

Leesa Lawatzki
Children's Services Co-ordinator
Werribee Campus
Phone: +61 3 9919 8098
Email: [email protected].

Katrina Galanos
Manager
Phone: +61 3 9919 5103
Email: [email protected].

Kriss Guidotti
Senior Coordinator, Safer Communities
Phone: +61 3 9919 4865
Email: [email protected]

Vocational Education & Pathways

Victoria University Polytechnic is the TAFE division of Victoria University. The Polytechnic focuses on the delivery of all National Training Package qualifications from AQF level one through eight, employing a high-quality industry-focus on blended learning andragogy. These distinct course offerings shape and prepare students for the workplace as well as provide opportunities for them to easily pathway into Higher Education programs.

Under the leadership of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Vocational Education & Pathways (Acting), Dianne Semmens, VU Polytechnic aligns with Victoria University's strategy to deliver a comprehensive targeted and focused suite of programs. The Polytechnic has a diverse product mix aiming to meet the needs of industry with focused employment outcomes and pathway options.

Dianne Semmens
Vice-President Vocational Education & Pathways (Acting)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8804
Email: [email protected].

Louise Robinson
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education & Pathways (Acting)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8804
Email: [email protected].

Candida Menezes
Executive Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 1170
Email: [email protected].

Rachna Prasad
Senior Manager, Strategy, Communications and Engagement
Phone: +61 3 9919 7252
Email: [email protected].

Sandra Parker
General Manager, Systems Reporting and Governance (VET)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8064
Email: [email protected]

Maria Juj
General Manager, Quality and Compliance
Phone: +61 3 9919 7715
Email: [email protected].

Bill Petreski
Director, Transport System & Civil Construction
Email: [email protected]

Joanne Pyke
Director, School of Visitor Economy
Phone: +61 3 9919 2615
Email: [email protected]

Catherine Oldham
Manager, Skills & Jobs Centre
Phone: +61 3 9919 7237
Email: [email protected].

Matt Cooke
General Manager, Course Development and Design
Phone: +61 3 9919 5034
Email: [email protected].

Gail Bray
Director, Wyndham Tech School
Phone: +61 3 9919 4138
Email: [email protected].

Felicity Trembath
General Manager, Industry and Growth
Phone: +61 3 9919 8701
Email: [email protected].

Wayne Butson
Dean VU College
Phone: +61 3 9919 8756
Email: [email protected].

Sharon Thng
Project and Executive Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 8712
Email: [email protected].

Dianne McKeagney
General Manager, VU English
Phone: +61 3 9919 1054
Email: [email protected].

Anne Howard
General Manager, Education and Foundation Programs
Phone: +61 3 9919 2263
Email: [email protected].

Gabriella Zibell
Manager, Community Learning
Phone:  +61 3 9919 2103
Email: [email protected].

Wendy Campbell
Manager, Pathways and Learning Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 8691
Email: [email protected].

Tracy Batt
Manager, Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP)
Phone: +61 3 9919 2373
Email: [email protected].

Hilda Cove
Manager, English
Phone: +61399191406
Email: [email protected].

Silvana Disisto
Manager, Business Enterprise (Higher Education)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8836
Email: [email protected]

Janusz Dutka
Manager, IT and Engineering (Higher Education)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8700
Email: [email protected].

Andrew Kong
Dean, College of Trades & Civil Engineering
Phone: +61 3 9919 7246
Email: [email protected].

Rebecca Xuereb
Project and Executive Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 7710
Email: [email protected].

Rhonda Alexander
General Manager, Engineering, Plumbing & Hospitality
Phone: +61 3 9919 7887
Email: [email protected].

Mark Thomson
General Manager, Construction Industries
Phone: +61 3 9919 8363
Email: [email protected].

Darren Schiavello
Manager, Plumbing, Signs & Graphics
Phone: +61 3 9919 7261
Email: [email protected].

Angelo Scanu
Manager, Engineering & Electrotechnology
Phone: +61 3 9919 7188
Email: [email protected].

Shawn Vlaeminck
Manager, Hospitality, Tourism, Sport & Events
Phone: +61 3 9919 7048
Email: [email protected].

Mark Isaacs
Manager, Trades, Werribee & Geelong
Phone: +61 3 9919 7258
Email: [email protected].

Madelyn Bolch
Dean, Health, Community & Business
Phone: +61 3 9919 8752
Email: [email protected].

Rebecca Xuereb
Project and Executive Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 7710
Email: [email protected].

Nam Nguyen
General Manager, Health
Phone: +61 3 9919 7606
Email: [email protected].

Priscilla Fowler
General Manager, Community Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 8839
Email: [email protected].

Karen Baker
Manager, Community Health
Phone: +61 3 9919 8259
Email: [email protected].

Aine Everett-Vance
Manager, Hair, Beauty & Massage
Phone: +61 3 9919 7825
Email: [email protected].

Susan Downey
Manager, Early Childhood Education & Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 8231
Email: [email protected].

Tanya Schembri
Manager, Business Programs
Phone: +61 3 9919 2926
Email: [email protected].

Louise Robinson
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Vocational Education & Pathways (Acting)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8505
Email: [email protected].

Sharon Thng
Project and Executive Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 8712
Email: [email protected].

Felicity Trembath
General Manager, Industry & Growth
Phone: +61 3 9919 8701
Email: [email protected].

Deborah Sippitts
Manager, Marketing
Phone: +61 3 9919 8749
Email: [email protected].

Louise Robinson
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Vocational Education & Pathways (Acting)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8505
Email: [email protected].

Sharon Thng
Project and Executive Support
Phone: +61 3 9919 8712
Email: [email protected].

Rosemary Irato
Senior Manager, Administration and Governance
Phone: +61 3 9919 2519
Email: [email protected].

Yvonne Russell
Senior Project Manager
Phone: +61 3 9919 8648
Email: [email protected].

Rhian Thomas
Manager, Vocational Product Development
Phone: +61 3 9919 8921
Email: [email protected]

Bernedette Bonanno
Manager, Learning Systems (Interim)
Phone: +61 3 9919 8624
Email: [email protected]

Gail Bray
Director, Wyndham Tech School
Phone: +61 3 9919 4138
Email: [email protected].

Barti Murugesan
Manager, Digital Transformation and Innovation
Phone: +61 3 9919 8510
Email: [email protected]

Julie Duncan
Operations Manager, Wyndham Tech School
Phone: +61 3 9919 8047
Email: [email protected]

Bill Petreski
Director, Transport System & Civil Construction
Email: [email protected]u.au

Joanne Pyke
Director, School of Visitor Economy
Phone: +61 3 9919 2615
Email: [email protected]