Professor Carolyn Evans

BALLB ( Hons ) (Melb), DPhil (Oxon) FASSA

Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Carolyn Evans commenced her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University in February 2019, leading one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most progressive tertiary institutions, ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

Prior to joining Griffith, Professor Evans was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International) and Deputy Provost (2017-2018) at the University of Melbourne, and Dean and Harrison Moore Professor of Law, University of Melbourne Law School (2011-2017).  Professor Evans has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and held a stipendiary lectureship for two years.  In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow to American and Emory Universities to examine questions of comparative religious freedom.  She has also taught in the human rights summer school at European University Institute.

Throughout her career, Carolyn has promoted the importance of universities combining excellence in teaching and research with a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Carolyn is the author of Legal Protection of Religious Freedom in Australia (Federation Press 2012), Religious Freedom under the European Court of Human Rights (OUP 2001) and co-author of Australian Bills of Rights: The Law of the Victorian Charter and the ACT Human Rights Act (LexisNexis 2008). She is co-editor of Religion and International Law (1999, Kluwer); Mixed Blessings: Laws, Religions and Women's Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region (2006 Martinus Nijhoff) and Law and Religion in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (CUP 2008). She is an internationally recognised expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion and has spoken on these topics in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Nepal and Australia. Her teaching was in the areas of public law, including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and human rights.  In 2019, Carolyn was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and became a member of the organisation, Chief Executive Women.

Professor Liz Burd

B Ed , PG Cert , M Sc , Ph D , DPhil , FHEA

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education)

Professor Liz Burd was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) in 2021. Professor Burd joins Griffith's leadership team after serving as Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Newcastle (Australia). Prior to her arrival in Australia she was Dean of Undergraduate Education at Durham University (UK). While in Durham she led a 20 strong Technology Enhanced Learning research group and was director of the UK's Centre for Excellence:Active Learning in Computing.

Professor Burd holds a bachelor degree in Education and a masters and doctoral degree in Computer Science.

Professor Burd is an active volunteer for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She has served on the IEEE Education Board for five years, on the IEEE Board of Governors of the Computer Society for five years and has been a Director for the IEEE Board for the last two years. As a software engineer, her research has led to many industry collaborations including IBM, Microsoft, British Telecommunication, BAe, and Logica. She has received over $15 million to support her research. She has published over 60 articles on software engineering and 30 on computing education. Liz has also received many awards, including the IEEE-CS Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008, and a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2009.

Areas of responsibility

  • Member of the University's Executive with responsibility for providing leadership and strategic direction.
  • Executive responsibility for the University's teaching and learning strategy, student life and experience, curriculum and program coordination, strategy and design.

Organisational units reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) include:

Professor B. Mario Pinto


Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Head, Gold Coast Campus

Professor Mario Pinto was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research in 2020.  Professor Pinto joins Griffith’s leadership team after serving as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Chair of the Global Research Council, Co-chair of the Canada-India Joint Science and Technology Committee, and Vice President Research and Chair of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Receiving his undergraduate degree and doctorate from Queen’s University in Ontario, Professor Pinto has published more than 250 papers and holds a simple but firm view on research. “A recognition of scholarly impact is what counts and publishing and innovation remains at the core,” he said. “Researchers must also take some risks and not wander aimlessly down the well-trodden path.”

Professor Pinto holds a Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, and has established partnerships between several academic disciplines and with many industry and commercial leaders locally and internationally, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, and shared best research practices with Sri Lanka’s National Science Foundation. Professor Pinto also has a breadth of experience in research commercialisation, as one of the founding members of the Centre for Drug Research and Development, Zone Start-Ups India, VentureLabs® and Venture Connection.

Areas of responsibility

  • Planning and policy in relation to research and research training and research ethics.
  • Research grants, contract research and consultancies.
  • Policies on, and commercialisation of, intellectual property.
  • Research strategy, priorities and initiatives (incl. Research Beacons)
  • Research engagement and partnerships
  • Research funding and delivery, incl. research institutes
  • Research infrastructure

Organisational units reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Mr Peter Bryant


Chief Operating Officer

Peter Bryant commenced in the role of Chief Operating Officer in November 2017 after serving almost four years as the Chief Financial Officer at Griffith University. Prior to 2014 Peter held senior finance and executive roles at Billabong International Limited and Australian Music Group.

Areas of responsibility

  • Planning and directing the University's central administrative services.
  • Advising the Vice Chancellor on policy, strategy and tactics to support and enhance the University's mission.
  • Health and Safety
  • Employment strategies to support a high performance culture and support the University’s strategic commitment to recruit and retain high quality general and professional staff.
  • Capital Planning

Dr Peter Binks

B Sc ( UTas , Hons ), DPhil (Oxon)

Vice President (Industry and External Engagement)

Dr Peter Binks joined the University as Vice President (Industry and External Engagement) in November 2020. Peter is a former CEO of the Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT), of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, of the Garnet Passe & Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation, and of Nanotechnology Victoria.

Peter worked at executive levels in Telstra Corporation, BHP Pty Ltd, and McKinsey & Company. He has also held board roles for energy technology firm Ceramic Fuel Cells  Limited, and medtech startups Smileyscope Ltd and Nucleotrace. He was recently Partnerships Director for Skalata Ventures.

Peter studied quantum mechanics at the University of Tasmania, and completed a Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University, addressing the structure of galaxies. He retains a commitment to science education, and has served on the Advisory Boards of In2science and the Institute of Railway Technology. He is a Director of Engagement Australia, and an advisor to the Centre for Policy Development.

Areas of responsibility

  • University partnerships and sponsorships
  • Major corporate relationships for University
  • Engagement Australia
  • Sports partnerships

Organisational units reporting to the Vice President (Industry and External Engagement)

Professor Scott Harrison

PhD , MHEd , MMus , GradDipMus , BMus , LMUSA , LTCL

Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law)

Professor Scott Harrison is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Arts, Education and law Group and South Bank Provost, Griffith University. Scott is a a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium and the University of Queensland and he has experience in teaching music in primary, secondary and tertiary environments. Performance interests and experience include opera and music theatre as both singer and musical director.

His teaching areas focus on pedagogy, research design and gender. His major research areas are music and well being, vocal education, music teacher education and masculinities, and music and he has been awarded grants in the areas of pedagogy, music and health and employability.

He has published extensively in these fields and is author or editor of Masculinities and Music (2008), Male Voices: Stories of Boys Learning through Making Music (2009), Perspectives on Teaching Singing (2010), Perspectives on Males and Singing (2012) and Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014). His latest book on musical theatre education and training will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Scott is past President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2010 he won a national award for Learning and Teaching and in 2012 he became a National Learning and Teaching Fellow.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership and management of the Arts, Education and Law Group.
  • Strategy planning for the Group.
  • Management of the Group budget and student load targets.
  • High level external representation of the University and Group nationally and internationally.

Professor David Grant


Pro Vice Chancellor (Business)

Professor David Grant joined Griffith University as Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) in January 2016. David is an internationally distinguished scholar with extensive leadership experience. Previous to his appointment at Griffith he was Senior Deputy Dean at UNSW Australia Business School. Prior to this he held several senior administrative roles at the University of Sydney Business School including Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Associate Dean (Research), Deputy Dean (Academic), Co-Dean, and most recently Acting Dean. He was previously also Head of the Department of Management at King’s College London.

David is a pre-eminent scholar in the field of organisational studies. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2008, and has held honorary and visiting positions at King’s College London, the University of Auckland Business School, the University of Technology Sydney, University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Melbourne and McGill University.

David received his BA (Government) from the University of Essex and MSc (Industrial Relations and Personnel Management) and PhD (Management) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

His current portfolio includes leadership of Griffith University's Business Group and associated research centres and academic departments.  In addition to his position at Griffith, David is the current President of the Australian Business Deans Council.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership and management of the Business Group.
  • Strategy planning for the Group.
  • Management of the Group budget and student load targets.
  • High level external representation of the University and Group nationally and internationally.

Professor Sheena Reilly AM


Pro Vice Chancellor (Health)

Professor Sheena Reilly took up the role Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) in August 2016 after serving as the Inaugural Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University.

Prior to this Professor Reilly held a longstanding position with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne as Associate Director, Clinical and Public Health, and with the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, as Professor of Speech Pathology. Professor Reilly obtained her undergraduate degree at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, now Curtin University, and her PhD from the University of London. Her Postdoctoral research was undertaken at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, London.

Professor Reilly is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and of Speech Pathology Australia.

Professor Reilly's research interests focus on one of the most common developmental problems, childhood speech and language impairments. She leads a multidisciplinary team focused on finding out how speech and language develop, what goes wrong and what can be done about it. Professor Reilly has produced a substantial body of original research as evidenced by her strong publication track record and the impact her research has had on policy and practice. Professor Reilly has received over $40 million in research funding support including support from the National and International funding agencies (NHMRC, ARC, NIH) and has extensive international collaborations.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership and management of the Health Group
  • Strategic planning for the Group
  • High level external representation of the University and Group locally, nationally and internationally.

Professor Andrew Smith

BSc ( Hons ) Biochemistry, AUS, PhD Biochemistry

Pro Vice Chancellor (Griffith Sciences)

Professor Andrew Smith took up the role of Pro Vice Chancellor (Science) in November 2016 having served as Dean of Applied Sciences at RMIT University since 2010 and in the recent interim as Deputy Dean Research & Innovation in the School of Science.  He also serves on the executive of the Australian Council of Deans of Science.

Professor Smith graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey UK, in 1985 and completed his PhD at Southampton University in 1989.  He joined the University of Sussex as a research fellow before being appointed to the faculty as a lecturer in 1993 and becoming Professor in 2002.  He went on to serve successively at Sussex, as Director of Graduate Studies for Life Sciences, Head of Chemistry, and Head of the first joint Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, before joining RMIT.

Andy’s research career has taken him to California as a NATO Fellow to learn molecular modelling, and to the University of Copenhagen and the BMC Uppsala to learn Structural Biology. Notable achievements in protein biochemistry and biophysics have included the x-ray structure of classical horseradish peroxidase (HRP) published in Nature Structural Biology, and subsequently the structures of HRP in all five oxidation states, published in Nature. The latter included a molecular movie for di oxygen reduction. More recently he elucidated the amino acid centred free radical mechanism of lignin peroxidase published in PNAS, now a paradigm for many of the fungal peroxidases.

He has worked extensively with Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Novozymes and in several large EU consortia, including ‘Biorenew’, where he was project leader for ‘Tailoring Enzyme Activities’. He has enjoyed wide ranging collaborations with a number of leading European research groups and has six patents, including three international filings.

In recent years he has become interested in bacterial genomics and reverse genetics as a route for the discovery of new anti-microbial proteins to combat the growing problem of bacterial drug resistance and with others he has discovered a novel bacterial protein cyclisation system in strains of Lactobacillus Plantarum.

He remains a keen educator and positively enjoys teaching molecular enzymology and biochemistry, especially the wonders of bioenergetics.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership and management of the Sciences Group
  • Strategic planning for the Group
  • Planning the long term direction and structure of the Sciences Group in both teaching and research, in conjunction with other Groups
  • Leading planning processes for new initiatives in the Science, Engineering and Technology portfolios
  • High level external representation of the University and Group nationally and internationally
  • Management of the Group budget and student load target

Professor Sarah Todd

BCom , Otago 1989; BA Massey 1990; MCom ( Dist ), Otago 1990; PhD , Otago 1997

Vice President (Global)

Professor Sarah Todd commenced at Griffith in late 2013, having previously been at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

As well as leading Griffith's internationalisation activities, Professor Todd is currently President of APAIE (Asia Pacific Association of International Education), an appointed member of the Queensland Government's International Education and Training Advisory Group (IETAG) and a member of both the Universities Australia and Innovative Research Universities (IRU) International Committees, as well as being on the boards of Study Gold Coast and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), and the MSquare Media advisory board. She also serves as a member of the Association for Commonwealth Universities (ACU) International Steering Group.

Prior to joining Griffith Professor Todd was the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Otago from 2006-2013, and before that held the position of Academic Dean in Otago's Business School, and was Professor of Marketing. While in New Zealand, Professor Todd served on several committees and boards related to international education, including the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for Education NZ, being a member of the Universities NZ International Committee, and serving as a trustee on both the board of Education NZ and Education Dunedin. Additionally, Sarah chaired the New Zealand Women in Leadership Steering Committee.

Her research interests lie in the general area of consumer behaviour, particularly lifestyles and values research, children as consumers, and sustainable consumption.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership, management and budgetary control of Griffith International, and the Tourism Confucius Institute
  • Griffith University's Internationalisation Strategy
  • Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy (GELES)
  • Chairing Griffith University's Internationalisation Advisory Committee
  • Chairing Griffith University's English Language Advisory Committee
  • Global institutional partnerships, outbound student mobility, inbound international students and international business development

Phillip Stork

BA , GradCert (Creative Advertising)

Vice President (Marketing and Communication)

Phillip commenced as Vice President (Marketing and Communication) in 2021 after joining Griffith to lead the Office of Marketing and Communications in 2017. Prior to Griffith he held senior marketing and communications leadership roles in the Queensland Government.

Phillip's marketing and communications work for the Queensland Government received multiple accolades including Australian Marketing Institute and Public Relations Institute of Australia awards.

Phillip is a proud Griffith Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre alumnus with a Graduate Certificate in Creative Advertising from QUT.

Organisational unit reporting to the Vice President (Marketing and Communication)

Professor Cindy Shannon AM

BA (Economics and History), Grad Dip Ed , MBA , DrSocSc (Pol Sci), GAICD , FQAAS , (FQA)

Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous)

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay. She is an Emeritus Professor with the University of Queensland and was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Queensland from 2011-2017 and Director of its Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Prior to that she led the development and implementation of Australia’s first degree level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. Cindy has led major reforms in Indigenous health and played a key role is supporting the establishment of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in supporting South-East Queensland.

Professor Shannon has contributed to Indigenous health and education policy in Queensland and nationally. She served on the Council of NHMRC from 2005-12 and is currently the Chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health, Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, a member of the ARC Advisory Council and sits on a number of not-for profit boards, including as the current chair of the Brisbane South Primary Health Network and Advisor to the Gold Coast Health and Hospital Board.

In 2017, Professor Shannon was recognised as a Queensland Great for contributions to Indigenous Health and Education and in 2020 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (in general division) for contributions to Medical Education and Indigenous Health.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership, and management of the Logan campus
  • Strategic planning for Logan campus

Organisational units reporting to the Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous)