External Engagement

Dr Jessica Gallagher

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), Dr Jessica Gallagher oversees a diverse engagement portfolio, with a focus on contributing to the growth and sustainability of the University through the leadership of strategic partnerships, recruitment, community outreach and internationalisation initiatives. She is responsible for leading the strategy and delivery of the University’s key services in domestic and international student recruitment, global engagement, alumni relations and philanthropy, and industry and government relations. 

Jessica brings to the role significant senior management experience, previously serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship) at The University of Queensland. She has managed teams across multiple countries to establish and execute innovative global strategies that have fostered high performing partnerships. With extensive experience in business development and strategic partner engagement initiatives, Jessica is highly regarded for her global outlook and community mindset, working to better serve the University and its stakeholders through diverse engagement initiatives across private, public and academic sectors.

Dr Gallagher has a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies from The University of Queensland. She has authored papers and reports in relation to her doctoral research, as well as on approaches to strategic global partnerships, international education, and student experience.

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  • Advancement

    Liz Hawkins

    Contributing to the continued advancement of the University is Executive Director for Advancement, Liz Hawkins. Leading her team, Liz is responsible for generating and managing philanthropic support, forging positive relationships with our alumni, nurturing beneficial partnerships with stakeholders in industry, government and the community as well as managing our volunteers.

    Liz's extensive experience spans over 30 years in both the creative arts and education sectors. Her proven capabilities in advancement, fundraising and complex project management have seen her secure high profile positions on various industry-leading councils. Liz has previously served as a council member for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education - Asia Pacific and is currently an Executive Councilor for Live Performance Australia. 

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  • Global Engagement

  • Marketing

    Dr Benjamin Grindlay

    As the Chief Marketing Officer, Dr Benjamin Grindlay leads the University’s Marketing team, protecting and promoting the University of Adelaide’s brand and reputation, and supporting student recruitment aspirations. Benjamin has responsibility for marketing strategy and planning, digital marketing, campaign and advertising management, acquisition marketing, event management, social media, web operations, creative services and more.

    Benjamin’s experience in global strategic marketing and consumer behaviour spans over 20 years across the higher education, government, and private sectors. With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, First Class Honours and a PhD in Psychology, Benjamin has also been awarded the industry status of Qualified Practising Market Researcher and membership of the Australian Marketing Institute as a Certified Practising Marketer.

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  • Media and Corporate Relations

  • Future Students