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Multiversity Board of Directors


Alex Zelinsky AO, Chair

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle.

Prior to joining the University, Professor Zelinsky was Chief Defence Scientist, leading Defence Science and Technology. Prior to this, Professor Zelinsky was Group Executive for Information Sciences at CSIRO and was CEO and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a technology company focused on computer vision.Seeing Machines was a startup from ANU where he was a Professor of Systems Engineering.

Professor Zelinsky’s career spans innovation, science and technology, research and commercial start-ups and education.

Professor Zelinsky has a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wollongong, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard University.

Professor Zelinsky has received numerous national and international awards, including being appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017.


Patricia M. Davidson

Professor Patricia M. Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, Professor Davidson was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Professor Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. She has extensively studied chronic conditions, transitional care, palliative care, and the translation of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable health initiatives across the world.

Professor Davidson serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and was a past board member of CUGH and secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. She also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the United States.


Ian Jacobs

Professor Ian Jacobs took up the role of President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney in 2015. Since joining UNSW he has led an ambitious ‘UNSW 2025 Strategy’ focused around the role of the university in serving society, through research excellence, innovation in education, social engagement, knowledge transfer and global impact.

Prior to moving to Australia he was based in the UK combining roles as a cancer surgeon and Professor of Women’s Health, with leadership roles as Dean of Biomedicine at University College London (2009-11) and Vice President of the University of Manchester (2011-15).

He trained in medicine at Cambridge University and the University of London andfor 30 years has led a research team working on early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. He has over 400 publications and an h-index > 80.

He is a Board member of Research Australia, the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) and Ovarian Cancer Australia and a former board member of The Conversation; was the 2018 Chair of the Group of Eight Universities, is Chair of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) and is on the board of Universities Australia. In 2005 he established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative and he is a non-Executive Director of Abcodia Ltd a diagnostics company he founded as a spin out from his research.


Barney Glover AO

Professor Barney Glover AO assumed his position at Western Sydney University in January 2014. Professor Glover is currently the Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee. He is also a Board Member of the Australian American Fulbright Commission, the Committee for Sydney, and Westpac Scholars Trust, and, Member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the NSW Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, and the NSW Accelerating R&D Advisory Council.

Professor Glover is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW (FRSN), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Professor Glover’s esteemed career includes significant expertise and experienceat the most senior levels of university management and substantial business leadership credentials. He has also served 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 telecommunications.

Multiversity Executive Leadership Group


Mark Hoffman, Chair

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Vice President of the University of Newcastle, Professor Hoffman leads the academic programs of the University, heading the implementation of a Strategy focused on ensuring the University’s highly regarded graduates are ‘Life Ready’. The goals are to build technology which provides high quality and accessible education, ensuring all students have a workplace experience and that they graduate robust and prepared for the challenges of an innovative, fast-changing, and diverse workplace.

Professor Hoffman was UNSW Sydney Dean of Engineering from 2015-20 where he created and led a high-quality leadership team, educating over 16,000 students, with a staff of over 800 and revenue of nearly A$500m. Previously, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Associate Dean Research in the Science and Head of School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Professor Hoffman is a leading materials scientist and engineering, specialising in the structural integrity of materials including piezoelectric and structural ceramics, composites and biological materials. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and attained over $11m in competitive research funding and support from industry. Over 30 higher degree research students have completed their studies under his supervision. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academic of Technological Science and Engineering and Engineers Australia, and recently appointed Chair of the Cladding Product Review Panel for the NSW Government.

He completed his Bachelor of Engineering, as a cadet with the NSW Electricity Commission, and PhD from the University of Sydney and Master of Business and Technology from UNSW. He has broad international experience having studied atUC Berkeley, University of Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan University. He has held positions at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and the Indian Institute of Science.


Simon Barrie

Professor Simon Barrie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic) at Western Sydney University. He is a member of the Senior Executive Group and responsible for providing leadership of the University’s academic portfolio.

He leads strategic educational innovation at Western Sydney to deliver on the University’s commitment to ensuring its students fulfil their potential to become influential global citizen-scholars in a technology-enabled world. His expertise is in innovatively engaging university communities to deliver new ways to sustainably enact the ‘idea of the university’ in a rapidly changing world.

Professor Barrie has worked in the field of Higher Education for 30 years and is an award-winning teacher with an international reputation for his leadership and research on the transformative potential of higher education. He has led major national research and development projects to support universities in the renewal of their educational programs to meet the needs of a new generation of learners and an uncertain future. His work links the learning demands of the newknowledge economy and the imperatives of sustainability and resilience, with educational innovation in new learning ecosystems. He thrives on the challenges of transformative educational change.


Merlin Crossley

Professor Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life at UNSW. He has also served as Dean of Science at UNSW and enjoys both teachingand research in molecular biology. His lab works on CRISPR gene editing to treat inherited blood diseases.

Professor Crossley completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, then was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to carry out his doctorate in Oxford. He moved to a research position at Harvard, before returning to a lectureship at Sydney, before joining UNSW in 2010.

Professor Crossley is also an enthusiastic science communicator, Chair of Editorial Board of The Conversation, of UNSW Press, Deputy Director of the Australian Science Media Centre, a member of the Editorial Board of BioEssays, amember of the Australian Museum Council of Governors.


Theo Farrell

Professor Theo Farrell is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Wollongong (UOW), and in this role is responsible for advancing innovation and assuring excellence in all aspects of education at UOW.

Professor Theo Farrell has previously held a number of leadership roles, including Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at UOW, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, and Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Professor Farrell is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

At King’s, City and UOW, Professor Farrell led numerous initiatives to innovate in teaching and learning and improve the student learning experience. From 2006-2016, he held the chair in online learning in war studies at King’s College London. In his leadership roles and own research Professor Farrell has also championed academic engagement with policy communities and the wider public. Britain’s leading expert on the war in Afghanistan, he acted as strategic advisor to the UK government and US-led command in Kabul, and participated in track II talks with the Taliban.

Professor Farrell’s research focuses on transformative change in the character of armed conflict. He has held ten UK research council awards, including a prestigious three-year Global Uncertainties Research Fellowship. His latest monograph, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Penguin Random House 2017) was shortlisted for three national book awards and selected book of the year by TheSunday Times.


Dr. Vik Naidoo

Dr. Naidoo is Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at TAFE NSW.

Before joining the NSW public service, Vik held several senior leadership roles in higher education, including with the University of Sydney, Curtin University and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

He has also worked for both the Australian Commonwealth and the New Zealand Governments as well as the private sector.

As a past VET student who has progressed his educational journey all the way to a doctorate, Vik is excited by the opportunities that the Multiversity provides in breaking the traditional boundaries between VET and higher education.

NUW Executive Leadership Team


Dr. Andy Marks
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Andy Marks leads major NUW Alliance and 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.

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

Andy is also the Director of the Centre for Western Sydney, Chair of the Western Sydney Community Forum and a Non-Executive Director with Wentworth Healthcare Ltd. He is the founder of the CatalystWest interactive policy forum, and 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.


Jane Reynaud
Chief Operating Officer

Jane Reynaud leads the delivery of complex, large-scale projects, strategic collaborations and business operations for the NUW Alliance and Multiversity.

With qualifications in both design and the health sciences, Jane has held leadership positions across the Australian research, higher and vocational education and aviation sectors. She is a trusted strategic and operational advisor, bringing a creative, strategic, and solutions-centric approach to complexproblems, driving transformation and building a culture of accountability and performance.

Working across academia, government, industry and community, Jane leads collaborative initiatives and partnerships to deliver compelling and sustained impact in traditionally siloed and competitive environments.