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.
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.
As the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Jacqueline Lo provides leadership and oversight for all University international and internationalisation initiatives, with a particular focus on activities and partnerships of University-wide strategic importance that support and enhance the University’s growth objectives.
Jacqueline has considerable experience in academic governance and management, serving two terms as Chair of the Academic Board for the Australian National University, Executive Director of the Centre for European Studies, and previously Associate Dean (International) for the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.
Marketing and Recruitment
As the University's Chief Marketing Officer, Dr Benjamin Grindlay leads the Marketing and Communications, Future Student Experience , Web Operations, Creative and Production, Domestic Recruitment and International Recruitment functions. With a focus on strategic marketing and acquisition driven by data insights, under Benjamin’s leadership, the Marketing and Recruitment function supports the student recruitment and reputation goals of the University.
Benjamin’s experience in global strategic marketing and consumer behaviour spans almost 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.
Media and Corporate Relations