Professor Peter Høj 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 Ian Jacobs is President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Australia (the University of New South Wales), a position he has held since February 2015.
Professor Jacobs came to Australia from the UK, where he had a distinguished career as a leading researcher in the area of women’s health and cancer and in university leadership. Immediately prior to joining UNSW he was Vice President and Dean at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership linking the University with six healthcare organisations involving over 36,000 staff. He was previously at University College London, where he created and led the Institute for Women’s Health, was Research Director of UCL Partners and Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
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.
Professor Margaret Gardner is President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.
Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities, including at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Professor Gardner is Deputy Chair of Universities Australia and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and was recently made a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.