Mr Richard Bolt

Vice-President (Strategy and Innovation)

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Richard Bolt was appointed Vice-President (Strategy and Innovation) in February 2019.  He is responsible for influencing the planning and delivery of strategies across the university, and leads the teams responsible for strategy and commercial, business analytics, communication and media, campus spaces, audit and risk, governance, legal and integrity.

Richard has had a diverse career in public service, policy research, public advocacy and engineering.  He led three Victorian state departments under five premiers. His previous roles include Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which incorporated responsibility for higher education. Richard has also served on national committees advising ministerial councils on energy, agriculture, education, transport and resources.

Richard is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He has a Master’s in Public Policy and Management and is a qualified engineer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

In 2018, Richard was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service leadership and innovation in energy, agriculture, education, transport, economic development and carbon policy in Victoria and nationally.