The Executive Planning Group

The Executive Planning Group (EPG) is the peak senior information forum of Australian Catholic University (ACU). The EPG provides a forum for free discussion and consideration of strategic, managerial and operational matters affecting the University and the Higher Education sector generally.

It provides an opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor to brief members of EPG on important emerging issues, including major policy decisions.

Other key functions include:

  • providing input into the development of the University’s Strategic Plan, receives reports on its implementation and monitors progress
  • providing a forum for discussion and consideration of institutional performance and regulatory compliance
  • facilitating the continued development of University-wide communication and collaboration.

The EPG is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University. The EPG will meet up to five times per year, the committee will rotate locations between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Name Title
Professor Greg Craven Vice-Chancellor
Professor Pauline Nugent Provost
Dr Stephen Weller Chief Operating Officer
Professor Wayne McKenna Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Anne Cummins Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching)
Professor Michelle Campbell Executive Dean of Health Sciences
Professor Tania Aspland Executive Dean, Education and Arts
Dr Dermot Nestor Acting Executive Dean, Theology & Philosophy
Professor Jim Nyland Associate Vice-Chancellor, Brisbane
Dr John Ballard Associate Vice-Chancellor, Melbourne
Professor Marea Nicholson Associate Vice-Chancellor NSW/ACT
A/Professor Patrick McArdle Campus Dean, Canberra
A/Professor Joe Fleming Campus Dean, Ballarat
Ms Kathryn Blyth Academic Registrar
Professor Margot Hillel Chair, Academic Board
Ms Jane Ceolin Director, First Peoples and Equity Pathways
Mr Rick Van Haeften Director, Information Technology
Andrea Turley Director, Marketing & Communications
Ms Diana Chegwidden Director, Human Resources
Dr Judy Laverty Director, Strategic Projects
Mr Julian Leeser Director, Government Relations, Policy and Strategy
Father Anthony Casamento Director, Identity & Mission
Dr Michael Casey Senior Advisor, Church Policy
Mr Michael Tracey Director, Properties
Mr Paul Campbell Deputy Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, Infrastructure
Mr Omer Yezdani Director, Office of Planning and Strategic Management
Mr Chris Riley Executive Director,  International
Mr Scott Jenkins Director, Finance
Ms Fides Lawton Director, Libraries
Mrs Diane Barker Director, Governance
Ms Carol Kirby General Counsel
Mr Tom Ristoski Director, Strategic Partnerships and Executive Education
Professor Jude Butcher Director, Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
Professor David Spencer Deputy Provost
Professor Susan Dann National Head of School, Business
Professor Therese Joiner Executive Dean, Law and Business
Professor Rocque Reynolds Dean, Thomas More Law School
Br David Hall Dean, La Salle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education
Dr Richard Colledge National Head of School, Philosophy
Dr Ian Elmer Acting National Head of School, Theology
Professor Karen Flowers Acting National Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Christine Imms
Paul Carding (Acting from 20 July 2015 to 15 January 2016)
National Head of School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Justin Kemp National Head of School of Exercise Science
Dr Suzanne Kuys National Head of School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Meg Stuart National School of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof John Gleeson National Head of School Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Mrs Evelyn Picot Director, Office for Student Success
Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe Director, Learning and Teaching Centre
Mr Paul McJannett Director, Student Engagement & Services
Professor Patrick Heaven Dean of Research
Professor Chris Branson National Head of School, Education
Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje National Head of School, Arts
Professor Geraldine Castleton Deputy Dean, Education and Arts
Professor Karen Flowers Deputy Dean, Health Sciences
Professor Simon Stewart Director, The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
Professor Rhonda Craven Director, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith Director, Learning Sciences Institute of Australia
Professor Nikolas Kompridis Director, Institute for Social Justice
Professor Bryan Turner Director, Institute for Religion, Politics and Society
Professor James McLaren Acting Director for Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Professor Marita McCabe Director, Institute for Health and Ageing
Professor Julie Hides Director, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research