The Swinburne University of Technology Act 2010 governs the university under Victorian law. See the leadership and governance section for further information about the Council and Academic Senate

Our organisational structure

Swinburne's management, educational and research structure includes our Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and President, Academic Senate and executive team


Our complex organisation relies on a variety of highly skilled experts in education, research and professional services. Lead by our senior executives and Vice-Chancellor, our structure is comprised of several portfolios, each responsible for a specific suite of activities and strategic functions, both academic and administrative.


Position Name
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Professor Simon Ridings
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Quality) Professor Tara Magdalinski
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive (Vocational Education and Training) Madelyn Bolch
Dean (Interim), School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship Professor Nicki Wragg
Dean, School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education Professor James Verdon
Dean, School of Design and Architecture Professor Blair Kuys
Dean, School of Health Sciences Distinguished Professor James Ogloff
Dean, School of Engineering Professor Emad Gad
Dean, School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies Professor Alex Stojcevski
Director, Academic Operations Jayne Borensztajn
Acting Director, Academic Operations Tiffany Milne
Acting Director, Academic Operations Robyn Watson
Director, Business Services and Quality Caryn Phillips

Education, Experience and Employability

Position Name
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education, Experience and Employability) Professor Laura-Anne Bull
Acting Director, Student Administration and Library Services Cheryl Fullwood
Director, Learning Transformations Associate Professor Llewellyn Mann
Director, Student Engagement Associate Professor Nadine Zacharias
Director, Employability Professor Ruth Bridgstock


Position Name
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Professor Karen Hapgood
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Flagship Initiatives (PVCFI) Professor Alan Duffy
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Impact and Translation) Professor Beth Webster
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Quality) Professor Qing-Long Han
Director, Research Services Tania Tambiah
Director, Research Strategy and Performance Michelle Vincent
Swinburne Chief Scientist Professor Virginia Kilborn
Dean, Graduate Research Professor Georgina Kelly

Innovation and Enterprise

Position Name
Vice-President, Innovation & Enterprise Dr Werner van der Merwe
Executive Director, Swinburne Edge Louise Robinson
Director, Commercial Innovation Abhay (Abs) Seth
Director, Design Factory Melbourne Dr Anita Kocsis
Director, Industry Engagement & Business Development Genevieve Reid

External Engagement

Position Name
Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement Professor Joe Chicharo OM
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Future Students Brontë Neyland
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement Dr Douglas Proctor
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Engagement Professor John Evans
Chief Marketing Officer Carolyn Bendall
Director, Advancement Luke Bell


Position Name
Chief Operating Officer Nancy Collins
Chief Financial Officer Michael O’Shea
Chief Information Officer Phillip Roe
Chief People Officer Beth Bundy
Director, Facilities and Services Mhairi Donohoe
Director, Sustainability and Procurement Rhiannon Jones
Director, Strategic Planning and Data Analytics Vicky Rosios
Director Commercial David McCall
Associate Director, Health and Wellbeing Services Glenda Langford
General Counsel Tom Rowan

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