Our People

Dr Andy Marks

Director, Centre for Western Sydney

Dr Andy Marks leads major Western Sydney University strategic and development initiatives with government, industry and the community.

He has a PhD and first-class honours in political science and literature. His research examines perspectives of identity, culture and celebrity drawn from the political novel, and rendered in contemporary politics.

Andy writes regular columns for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the AFR and the Daily Telegraph. He is also a panellist on ABC Sydney’s ‘political forum’.

Andy is Chair of the Committee for Sydney’s Western Sydney Taskforce, Chair of the Western Sydney Community Forum and incoming Director of the Centre for Western Sydney. In 2018, he founded the CatalystWest interactive policy forum on technology, innovation and regional development, and is co-founder of the Launch Pad start-up incubator.

Prior to his current role, Andy was a researcher in the social services sector, a Council member at the University of New England, and an ARIA nominated professional musician and composer.

Lisa Lewis

Project Officer, Centre for Western Sydney

Lisa is passionate about promoting the development of projects, policies and research through an equitable, inclusive and intersectional lens.

She is the Chair of the ‘Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change’ Young Women’s Advisory Group, a Non-Executive Director on Youth Action’s Board of Governance, and represents the Central City District on the Greater Sydney Commission’s Youth Panel.

Lisa’s interest in understanding the historical, cultural, and contextual drivers of socio-economic disadvantage enable her to take an innovative approach to her work.

She has been honoured as the 2020 Blacktown City Council Woman of the Year, with the 2018 ZEST Award for ‘Outstanding Youth Leader of Western Sydney’, and as Western Sydney University’s 2017 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability.