Ms Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight (Go8) – Australia’s eight leading research-intensive universities – taking up the role in January 2015.
Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).
Ms Thomson’s diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics, issues management and the higher education sector. 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 and is a member of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Reference Group.
She is a former Board member of the Australia-China Council. She is also a member of MS Research Australia’s Leadership Council, a small national group of people intended to help keep MS Research Australia’s strategy contemporary and relevant. This passion is driven by her own personal experience of having a sister with the debilitating disease.
In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Insignia of the Knights in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her continuing services to the growth of successful education relationships and programs between France and Australia.
She has extensive experience in building relationships between business, industry and universities, and supporting increased access to university for people from all backgrounds.
In 2020, for the third consecutive year, Ms Thomson was named by the Australian Financial Review in the top five of its power list for Australia’s higher education sector.