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.

Helen Barcham

Manager, Centre for Western Sydney

Helen Barcham manages strategic policy developments, projects and partnerships in the Centre for Western Sydney and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President at Western Sydney University.

Meanwhile, she also researchers and writes about the socio-political dimensions of women’s health and wellbeing. In 2019, she was awarded a Gender Equality Grant to lead a research project called, ‘Women Doing Well’.

She is Editorial Assistant of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics and regularly delivers public talks, lectures and media commentary on gender and its intersection with health and politics, including internationally in London, Lisbon, Hamburg, Vienna and beyond.

She will submit her PhD in 2020 which explores how women – across categories of race and class – negotiate self-care within relational and material contexts.