Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover

Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Barney Glover

Professor Barney Glover is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Western Sydney University. He commenced in this role on 1 January 2014.

Professor Glover has a long record of success in University management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects.

Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013, Professor Glover also has significant business leadership credentials through membership on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration and processing and telecommunications.

Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.

Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 Professor Glover was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, he held several positions at Perth's Curtin University of Technology including Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Before his appointment at Curtin Professor Glover held a number of positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria.

Denise KirkpatrickDeputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick has been appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) at Western Sydney University.

A highly regarded academic and educational leader, Professor Kirkpatrick was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Adelaide. Professor Kirkpatrick holds a PhD and is recognised internationally for her scholarly contributions in the fields of technology enhanced learning and quality assurance in higher education.

Professor Scott HolmesDeputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Development)
Professor Scott Holmes

Professor Holmes joined Western Sydney University in March 2014 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development). Over the past 17 years, he has held various senior leadership roles at Newcastle, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Foundation Dean of Graduate Studies, Head of the Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Public Policy. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and a Life Member of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand reflecting almost three decades of research and support for the small firm sector.

Angelo Kourtis

Vice-President (People and Advancement)
Angelo Kourtis

Angelo Kourtis has been a member of the Western Sydney University community since 1986, as a student, graduate and as a member of staff. Commencing as a University staff member in the role of Course Information Officer in 1992, he held a number of senior marketing and student recruitment roles before being appointed to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) in October 2011 and Vice-President (People and Advancement) in March 2015.

Angelo has led the development and refinement of the student lifecycle strategy at Western Sydney University. This strategy seeks to reflect the long term 'journey' students embark on when aspiring to higher education. Angelo is a member of the University Executive team, a member of the Academic Senate, the Senate Education Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for TVS (Television Sydney) and The College.

Peter PickeringVice-President (Finance and Resources)
Peter Pickering

Peter Pickering was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2011, and Vice-President (Finance and Resources) in January 2015. Prior to this he was the Director of Finance, having joined Western Sydney University in November 2009.

Peter has enjoyed an extensive and varied career in a variety of senior management positions with major Australian and international corporations. Prior to joining Western Sydney University, he spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry, primarily with Telstra but also with international joint ventures in Korea and Indonesia working with NTT, Sumitomo, Indosat and Pohang Iron and Steel.

Professor Deborah SweeneyPro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Professor Deborah Sweeney

Professor Sweeney joined Western Sydney University in November 2009 as the Director of Research College of Health and Science, in August 2011 she was appointed in the role of Associate PVC Research Health and Science and became the PVC Research and Innovation in July 2014. Her major research areas are corneal physiology, optometry, contact lenses, ocular inflammation and infection, novel methods of vision correction and vision care.

She has extensive experience in managing and driving collaborative projects with international and multidisciplinary teams as well as industry to translate science into successful outcomes.

Dr Linda TaylorPro Vice-Chancellor (International)
Associate Professor Linda Taylor

Associate Professor Linda Taylor joined Western Sydney University in August 2014 as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). Linda joins Western Sydney University at a critical time, when the University is looking to expand its international horizons and profile. A public policy expert with 20 years of experience working across industry, government and the education sectors, Linda brings a wealth of experience to the role. In her previous position, as Acting Director of StudyNSW, Linda was responsible for delivering key international education initiatives for NSW, including priorities identified in the International Education and Research Industry Action Plan.

LisaJacksonPulver120x180Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement & Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership)
Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver

'My life is all around empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and what it means to make a difference'. 

Professor Jackson Pulver is a proud Wiradjuri Koori woman with connections to south western NSW, South Australia and beyond.  She is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health and prominent researcher, educator and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Education. 

As the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership), Professor Jackson Pulver leads the University of Western Sydney's work relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outcomes as identified in the Securing Success Strategy and will continue to make the Western Sydney University the university of first choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

SimonBarrie120x180Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Transformations)
Professor Simon Barrie

Professor Simon Barrie is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Transformations at Western Sydney University. He is responsible for the leadership of strategic educational innovation and collaboration to shape the University's commitment to ensuring its students fulfill their potential to become influential global citizen-scholars in a new technology-enabled world.  His expertise is in innovatively engaging university communities to deliver new ways to enact the 'idea of the university' in a rapidly changing world. Professor Barrie has worked in the field of Higher Education for 25 years and is an award-winning teacher with an international reputation for his research on the transformative potential of higher education. 

Kevin Bell 120x180Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures)
Professor Kevin Bell

Professor  Kevin Bell comes from Newcastle in the UK, taking his B.Sc. in Analysis of Science and Technology from Manchester University before spending two significant periods of his professional career overseas. After nine years in Japan where he taught English in High Schools and at a private language school and led a Corporate training programme, he moved to the United States in 1999, initially to take his Master of Arts in Teaching at Marlboro College in Vermont.

Post graduation, Professor Bell's dot.com work segued into academic leadership roles most recently at Northeastern University in Boston. At Northeastern University he headed the Online Experiential Learning group and served four years at Northeastern as Executive Director. He also wrote and led a federal First in The World grant building the Lowell Institute Innovation Incubator (Li3) researching intrinsic motivation of under-represented minority groups in US Higher Education.

MichaelBurgess120x180Chief Student Experience Officer
Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess joined Western Sydney University in February 2016 as the Chief Student Experience Officer and brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in complex consumer environments. Michael is a creative innovator with extensive experience in business strategy, customer experience, marketing communications, digital strategy, brand development and data analytics.

From 2008-2015 he was the General Manager, Marketing at Weight Watchers Australia & New Zealand and between 2005-2008, Head of Corporate Strategy at NRMA Motoring and Services, initially starting as Head of Marketing in 2001.  These roles provided Michael with invaluable insights into the marketing sector and business leadership.

Michael joins the University at a critical time, when the core goal underpinning the University's Securing Success 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is to be a distinctively student-centred University. Michael will champion this goal and help provide the vision and leadership to transform and enhance our students' experience.

Michael AdamsDean, School of Law and Lead Dean - College of Adjuncts
Professor Michael Adams


Michael's specialist areas are corporate law & governance. He has also taught been an expert in financial services regulation (particularly securities markets, insider trading) and the broader legal education and technology. Professor Adams has been the Dean at the University since 2007.

He teaches, writes and presents regularly on these topics, as well as a major media commentator, through TV, radio, newspapers and online forums.

Professor Adams has degrees in accounting/economics and law, as well as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (Governance Institute of Australia) and the Australian Academy of Law. From 2007 he was appointed Head of the School of Law and Dean from 2012, at Western Sydney University. Previously he was Professor of Corporate Law, Perpetual Trustees Australia chair of Financial Services Law and the Assistant Director at the UTS Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology Sydney. He is the author of ten books, 90 articles and 200+ conference presentations. He was the 2001 National President of Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA) and served on the ICSA International Professional Standards Committee. He has been a consultant to the national law firm Ashurst (Blake Dawson) since 2003. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian University Teacher of the Year in "Law and Legal Studies" and in 2005 he was the recipient of the CSA President's Award.

Dean, School of Nursing and MidwiferyDeborah Hatcher
Associate Professor Deborah Hatcher

RN Dip.Teach(Phys.Ed) B.HlthSc MHPEd PhD

Associate Professor Deborah Hatcher is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Her prior roles in the School include Deputy Dean, Operations and Strategy and Director of Academic Workforce, Parramatta.  Deborah is a registered nurse and experienced academic with over 20 years of program co-ordination and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Deborah is currently leading the curriculum renewal process for the Bachelor of Nursing, one of the largest undergraduate pre-registration nursing degree programs in Australia.

Deborah has worked at the University since 1987 in a number of governance roles including Head of Program Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Head of Program Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) and joint Head of Program Bachelor of Nursing. Her teaching and research interests are in aged care and primary health care. She currently supervises BN (Honours) and PhD students in aged care.

Annemarie Hennessy

Dean, School of Medicine
Professor Annemarie Hennessy

Professor Annemarie Hennessy is the Dean of Medicine at the School of Medicine and currently holds the position of Foundation Professor of Medicine as well. She is an active obstetric and renal physician based at the Campbelltown Hospital.

Annemarie has a research interest in high blood pressure in pregnancy and has active research collaborations with Universities and hospitals in Sydney, Canada and the USA.

Annemarie graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 (MBBS), the University of Sydney in 1997 (PhD) and she has Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP, 1992) and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (2004). She has held positions in hospital management, clinical service delivery planning and workforce and vocational training with the NSW Department of Health. Annemarie has been a long term advocate for quality post-graduate training and she has taught medical students since 1997.

Kevin Dunn

Dean, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Professor Kevin Dunn

BA (Wollongong); PhD (Newcastle); FNGS

Professor Kevin Dunn has been Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology since 2012. He joined Western Sydney University in 2008 as Professor of Human Geography and Urban Studies. His areas of research include the racism and anti-racism, immigration and settlement, Islam in Australia, and local government and multiculturalism. Recent books include Landscapes: Ways of Imagining the World, and his recent articles are published in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, Race and Class, Ethnicities, The Australian Geographer, Studia Islamika, Journal of Intercultural Studies and the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. He is a Fellow of the New South Wales Geographical Society and is Vice President. For fifteen years he has lead the national and multi-agency Challenging Racism Project.

Gregory Kolt

Dean, School of Science and Health
Professor Gregory Kolt

Professor Gregory Kolt is the Dean of Science and Health and Professor of Health Science at Western Sydney University.

Prior to joining the University at the end of 2006 he was Associate Dean (Research), Professor of Health Science, and Founder and Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Professor Kolt has an academic background that spans several disciplines including psychology, physiotherapy, sport and exercise science, and education. He holds a PhD in Psychology and has worked extensively in academic and practice settings. His research achievements are recognised internationally with over $5 million of research grant funding and the publication of several books and over 120 journal publications. Professor Kolt's leadership of Science and Health at Western Sydney University has contributed to the significant expansion and strengthening of these areas at the University.

Michele Simons

Dean, School of Education, Lead Dean - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Professor Michele Simons

Professor Simons joined Western Sydney University from the University of South Australia where she had worked in a number of leadership roles in the School of Education, including a three and half year term as Dean and Head of School. She has qualifications in Human Services and Adult and Community Education and a PhD from the University of South Australia.

Professor Simons is an active researcher, having won a number of Category 1 grants from the ARC and from the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program. Her research interests include workforce development in education, learning in workplaces; educational leadership and policy and practice in vocational education and training.

Professor Simons is President of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) and Treasurer for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), Professor Simons is also a member of the Academic Board for Le Cordon Bleu. She has had experience serving on a range of government committees including the South Australian Teacher Education Taskforce and various state and federal government advisory groups for education and family services.

Peter Hutchings

Dean, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Professor Peter Hutchings

Professor Peter Hutchings is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. His research interests are in cinema, critical legal studies, literature, and philosophy.

He has held a number of senior positions at Western Sydney University : Head of School of Humanities and Languages (2010–11), Associate Dean (Academic) for the College of Arts (2001-2008), Head of School of Humanities (1997–2002) and Chair of the College Board of Studies (2002-2008), as well serving on the Western Sydney University Academic Senate (2001-8, 2011-).

Between 2008 and 2010, he worked in the position of General Manager, Programs and Engagement, for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, with responsibility for the development of the ALTC's grants, awards, and fellowships. Previously, he has worked at The University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong and in the Boston University Sydney program.

Simeon Simoff

Dean, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Professor Simeon Simoff

Professor Simeon Simoff is the Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Western Sydney. He commenced in this role on 1 January 2012.

Simeon was appointed as Professor of Information Technology and Head of the School of Computing and Mathematics at Western Sydney University in 2007. Simeon was previously a Professor of Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he was a co-founder and Director (2002-2007) of the e-Markets Research Lab. Prior to UTS he held academic positions at the University of Sydney, the Middle East Technical University, Ecole Polytechnique - University of Nantes, and Istanbul Technical University. In 2006 he was a BIT Professor at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen and the University of Trento. He is a founding Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia. Since 2006 he is co-editor of the ACS Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT) series in Computer Science and ICT. From 2000 to 2005 he was the associate editor (Australia) of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He has served on the ASCE Technical Committees on Data and Information Management, and on Intelligent Computing. He is member of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT, Australian Council of Engineering Deans, and Australian Deans of Built Environment.

Kerry Holling

Chief Information and Digital Officer
Kerry Holling

Kerry joined Western Sydney University in July 2011 and leads the Information Technology and Digital Services department and has university-wide responsibility for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Solutions and Project Services, IT Operations, Digital Security and Risk, Procurement and Planning Services, and frontline Academic and Campus-based support.

From 2007 until 2011 he was the CIO for the NSW Department of Human Services, initially starting as the CIO within the Department of Community Services (child protection). Previously, he was the Australian CIO for Digital Equipment Corporation (1996-1998), Compaq Computers (1998-2002) and Hewlett-Packard (2002-2006). This provided him with invaluable insights into the technology sector and the operation of large commercial businesses.

Kerry has held positions with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the IT Skills Hub. He is Chair of the combined NSW Health and University CIO Forum, Chair of the NSW and ACT University Directors of IT (NAUDIT) and a member of ParraConnect, a smart cities initiative led by the Parramatta City Council. He joined Western Sydney University Executive Committee in May 2015.