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The Go8 Board

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 Chair of the Board is Professor Margaret Gardner AC, Vice-Chancellor, Monash University.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC

Chair of the Group of Eight Board | Monash University
Chair of the Group of Eight Board | Monash University

Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014. Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. Professor Gardner was Chair of Universities Australia from 2017 to 2019 and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.  Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education.

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Professor Brian Schmidt AC

Deputy Chair of the Group of Eight Board | Australian National University
Deputy Chair of the Group of Eight Board | Australian National University

Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU) in January 2016. Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.

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Professor Attila Brungs

UNSW Sydney

Professor Brungs commenced his appointment on 31 January 2022, joining UNSW from his position as Vice-Chancellor and President of University of Technology Sydney (UTS) (2014 – 2021). He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), UTS (2009 – 2014). In November 2021, Professor Brungs was appointed Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, UTS.

He is a distinguished academic and higher education leader with extensive experience in the government and corporate sectors. He has held senior roles with CSIRO and McKinsey & Company, and leadership roles and appointments including Chair of the Australian Technology Network of Universities, the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee; and member of the Universities Australia Board, the Federal Government Sustainability Research Committee, the Committee for Sydney Board, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, and the Federal Government’s National University Precincts Advisory Committee.

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Professor Deborah Terry AO

The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland

Professor Deborah Terry AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland (UQ). Prior to commencing this role in August 2020, she served as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University in Western Australia (from February 2014 to July 2020).

Professor Terry was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2015, in recognition of her distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.

She is a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; an appointed member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council; and serves on the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board and Australia’s Academic and Research Network Board.

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Professor Mark Scott AO

The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney

Professor Mark Scott began his term as the University of Sydney’s 27th Vice-Chancellor and Principal on 19 July 2021. He is a highly respected and successful senior leader of large and complex institutions, across public service, education and the media. His notable roles include Secretary of the NSW Department of Education (2016 to 2021), Managing Director of the ABC (2006 to 2016) and Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax newspapers.

Professor Scott began his career as a teacher in Sydney and held senior policy and leadership positions with two NSW education ministers – Terry Metherell and Virginia Chadwick. In 2011 he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia. He holds an Honorary Doctorate (Letters) and a Professor of Practice (Education and Media) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney.

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Professor Duncan Maskell

The University of Melbourne

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne since October 2018, Professor Duncan Maskell was previously Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. He is a Cambridge graduate and research specialist in infectious diseases, and an active entrepreneur. His career includes the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and Wellcome Biotech.

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Professor Amit Chakma

The University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia

Professor Amit Chakma is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Australia. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009-2019.  Prior to his tenure at Western, he served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Waterloo from 2001-2009.

In addition to his university leadership roles, Professor Chakma has served as Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 2017-2019. He was the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women from 2013-2015. He chaired Canada’s Advisory Panel on International Education Strategy from 2011-2013.

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Professor Peter Høj AC

The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide

Professor Peter Høj AC has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience in higher education and research and is the current Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide.

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, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.

A member of the Australian Government’s University Foreign Interference Taskforce, Professor Høj was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2019 for “eminent service to higher education and to science, particularly to the commercialisation of research, and to policy development and reform”.

Professor Høj is a Fellow of Academies in Australia, the USA and Denmark, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from institutions including the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and University of Copenhagen.

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Vicki Thomson

The Group of Eight

Vicki Thomson has worked in Australia’s university sector for  more than two decades championing its role as integral to the success of our nation and its people. She is currently the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight Universities and prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

She has an extensive media, political and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier. She is a Board member of the European Australian Business Council, Multiple Sclerosis Australia  and a former Board member of the Australian Government’s Australia-China Council and the New Colombo Plan Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Australian Government’s University Foreign Interference Taskforce.

She has been awarded the prestigious Insignia of the Knights in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government for her continuing services to the growth of successful education relationships and programs between France and Australia. She also has significant experience and relationships with China. From the mid-1990s when she was first involved through her Government positions, she assisted the management of trade, industry and energy negotiations over a number of years. She has extensive experience in building relationships between business, industry and universities, and supporting increased access to university for people from all backgrounds.

She has been named by the Australian Financial Review in the top five of its power list for Australia’s education sector on multiple occasions.

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