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 CravenVice-Chancellor
Professor Pauline NugentProvost
Dr Stephen WellerChief Operating Officer
Professor Wayne McKenna Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Anne CumminsDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching)
Professor Michelle CampbellExecutive Dean of Health Sciences
Professor Tania AsplandExecutive Dean, Education and Arts
Dr Dermot NestorActing Executive Dean, Theology & Philosophy
Professor Jim NylandAssociate Vice-Chancellor, Brisbane
Dr John BallardAssociate Vice-Chancellor, Melbourne
Professor Marea NicholsonAssociate Vice-Chancellor NSW/ACT
A/Professor Patrick McArdleCampus Dean, Canberra
A/Professor Joe FlemingCampus Dean, Ballarat
Ms Kathryn BlythAcademic Registrar
Professor Margot HillelChair, Academic Board
Ms Jane CeolinDirector, First Peoples and Equity Pathways
Mr Rick Van HaeftenDirector, Information Technology
Andrea TurleyDirector, Marketing & Communications
Ms Diana ChegwiddenDirector, Human Resources
Dr Judy LavertyDirector, Strategic Projects
Mr Julian LeeserDirector, Government Relations, Policy and Strategy
Father Anthony CasamentoDirector, Identity & Mission
Mr Michael Tracey
Director, Properties
Mr Paul CampbellDeputy Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, Infrastructure
Mr Omer YezdaniDirector, Office of Planning and Strategic Management
Mr Chris RileyExecutive Director,  International
Mr Scott JenkinsDirector, Finance
Ms Fides LawtonDirector, Libraries
Mrs Diane BarkerDirector, Governance
Ms Carol KirbyGeneral Counsel
Mr Tom RistoskiDirector, Strategic Partnerships and Executive Education
Professor Jude ButcherDirector, Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
Professor David SpencerDeputy Provost
Professor Susan DannNational Head of School, Business
Professor Therese JoinerExecutive Dean, Law and Business
Professor Spencer ZifcakActing Dean, Thomas More Law School
Br David HallDean, La Salle Academy for Religious Education
Dr Richard ColledgeNational Head of School, Philosophy
Dr Ian ElmerActing National Head of School, Theology
Professor Karen Flowers
(Professor Mary Courtney on leave until September 2015)
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 KuysNational Head of School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Meg StuartNational School of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof John GleesonNational Head of School Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Mrs Evelyn PicotDirector, Office for Student Success
Professor Kevin Ashford-RoweDirector, Learning and Teaching Centre
Mr Paul McJannettDirector, Student Engagement & Services
Professor Patrick HeavenDean of Research
Professor Chris BransonNational Head of School, Education
Associate Professor Michael OndaatjeNational Head of School, Arts
Professor Geraldine CastletonDeputy Dean, Education and Arts
Professor Karen FlowersDeputy Dean, Health Sciences
Professor Simon StewartDirector, The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
Professor Rhonda CravenDirector, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Professor Claire Wyatt-SmithDirector, Learning Sciences Institute of Australia
Professor Nikolas KompridisDirector, Institute for Social Justice
Professor Bryan TurnerDirector, Institute for Religion, Politics and Society
Professor James McLarenActing Director for Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Professor Marita McCabeDirector, Institute for Health and Ageing
Professor Julie HidesDirector, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research