The Go8 Board, which consists of the vice-chancellors (presidents) of its eight member universities, meets five times a year.
The Chair of the Board rotates among member universities.
The current Chair of the Board is Professor Ian Young AO, Vice-Chancellor, The Australian National University.
Link to Professor Young's biography
Go8 Board (Vice-Chancellors) :
The Australian National University
Professor Ian Young AO
Professor Ian Young was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University in March 2011, having previously been Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology for 7 years (2003 to 2011). He was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2003. For part of this time he simultaneously held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International).
Professor Young has held the positions of Chair of Education Australia Ltd and Director of IDP Education Pty Ltd. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.
Link to Professor Young's biography
Professor Ed Byrne AO
Professor Ed Byrne is a pioneering neuroscientist, who has had a distinguished career in medicine, scientific research and academic management.
Professor Byrne commenced as Vice-Chancellor at Monash University in July 2009. Prior to taking up this position, he was Vice Provost (Health) at University College London from 2007 to 2009 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University between 2003 and 2007.
He holds a first class Honours degree from The University of Tasmania and a Doctor of Science from The University of Melbourne.
Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006.
Link to Professor Byrne's biography
The University of Melbourne
Professor Glyn Davis AC
Professor Glyn Davis was the Go8 Chair (2005-2007). He became Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne on 10 January 2005.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honours in political science from the University of New South Wales and was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from The Australian National University.
He co-chaired Australia's National Ideas Summit with the Prime Minister in April 2008.
Link to Professor Davis's biography
The University of New South Wales
Professor Fred Hilmer AO
Professor Fred Hilmer was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of New South Wales in June 2006. Prior to taking up this position, he was CEO at John Fairfax Holdings Limited from 1998 - 2005. Before joining Fairfax he was Dean and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at The University of NSW. He holds a degree in law from The University of Sydney, an LLM from The University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Finance.
Professor Hilmer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his service to management education, competition policy, and workplace reform.
Link to Professor Hilmer's biography
The University of Queensland
Professor Peter Høj
Professor Peter Hø¸j commenced as Vice Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland on 8 October 2012.
Prior to this appointment Professor Høj was Vice-Chancellor and President UniSA from 1 June 2007. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2004-07) and Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute, based in Adelaide (1997-2004).
He was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, and has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.
Professor Høj is Deputy Chair and Lead Vice-Chancellor Research of Universities Australia, a board member of CSIRO and a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.
Link to Professor Høj's biography
The University of Sydney
Dr Michael Spence
Dr Michael Spence graduated from The University of Sydney with First Class Honours in English, Italian and Law in 1985.
At Oxford University, Dr Spence obtained his PhD and continued to develop his career there over the next 20 years. He became a Fellow of St Catherine and also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford.
Among his many achievements at Oxford, Dr Spence oversaw significant growth of research activity and funding in the Social Sciences, and the strengthening of links between the social science departments, and between them and the University more broadly.
He became Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney in July 2008.
Link to Dr Spence's biography
The University of Western Australia
Professor Paul Johnson
Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia in 2012. Professor Paul Johnson served as Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University in Victoria for four years. Before moving to Australia, Professor Johnson served three years as Deputy Director of the London School of Economics.
Professor Johnson received his doctorate from Oxford University in 1982.
He has been an expert adviser on pension reform and the economics of demographic change to the World Bank, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the British Government and the House of Lords. He is a director of UniSuper and a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council.
His research has focused on two areas: the economic and social development of Britain since 1850, and the economic impact of population ageing.
Link to Professor Johnson's biography
The University of Adelaide
Professor Warren Bebbington
Professor Warren Bebbington commenced as the University of Adelaide's 20th Vice-Chancellor in July 2012.
A Fulbright Scholar, Professor Bebbington studied at the University of Melbourne and in New York at Queens College, Columbia University, and the CUNY Graduate School, completing masters degrees in Arts, Music, and Philosophy, and a PhD.
Prior to his role at the University of Adelaide, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Affairs), and previously, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Relations) at the University of Melbourne. He also served as a Dean at the University of Melbourne and at the University of Queensland, and before that taught at the Australian National University's School of Music.
Link to Professor Bebbington's biography