Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Development)

Professor Scott Holmes 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.

Areas of Expertise

Professor Holmes is internationally recognised for business management and health economics

Awards and Recognition

Professor Holmes received the 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award for development of a course for NSW Health's 7,500 clinical managers aimed at improving budget integrity. He was also the head of one of five groups that delivered the training state-wide.

Clinicians' primary focus is patient care, however they are also bound by budgetary constraints. The course gives clinicians the knowledge and skills to make decisions about how they manage their budgets and understand the relationship between decisions they make and fiscal management.

The course was designed to address the need for an understanding and appreciation of key concepts and issues with respect to setting, reviewing, control and reporting of clinical unit budgets.

Scott was recognised as "The Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year" in 2006 by the Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) and has consulted to a number of private and public entities, including several Boards and Advisory Boards.


Professor Holmes' economic and business background is extensive, having published 6 books and over 50 refereed articles.

Professional Activities

He has served a term as President of the Small Business Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (of which he is a Life Member) and as Board member of the International Council of Small Business.

Contact the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Development)

Diana Camilleri
Executive Assistant
Telephone: (02) 9678 7920