Official Members

Please select each member below to view their profile. Members are listed in alphabetical order.

Professor Brigid Heywood

Professor Brigid HeywoodThe Vice-Chancellor is appointed by Council as the University's Chief Executive Officer and is also the University's principal academic officer.  The Vice-Chancellor is supported and assisted by a team of senior executives, who provide strategic, policy and operational advice relating to their individual portfolios.

Professor Brigid Heywood is Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England.  She joined the University, in this role, in July 2019.

Prior to joining UNE, Professor Heywood spent 4 years at UTas, as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). Before joining UTas, Prof. Heywood was at New Zealand's Massey University, initially as Assistant Vice Chancellor – Research and Enterprise (2011–13), then Assistant Vice Chancellor – Research, Academic and Enterprise (2013–15). In these roles she was responsible for strategic development of the university's research and enterprise agenda, and for academic advancement of teaching and learning, curriculum development, quality assurance and student support.

In her native United Kingdom, Prof. Heywood was Pro Vice Chancellor – Research and Enterprise at The Open University (2005–2011) and Pro Vice Chancellor – Research and Enterprise at Keele University (1996–2005).

Professor Mark Perry

Photo of Professor Mark PerryProfessor Mark Perry is the Chair of UNE’s Academic Board.

The Chair of Academic Board provides governance oversight of the Academic Board and its committees, and through them provides guidance and advice to the Vice-Chancellor and UNE’s Council members.

Professor Perry’s research work sits at the nexus of science and law. He joined UNE in 2012 as Professor of Law, and remains an Emeritus Professor in two disciplines, Computer Science and Law, at Western University, Ontario, Canada, where he worked prior to UNE.

His expertise lies in biotechnology innovation law, large computer system interactions, and agricultural data. His research has focused on intellectual property and lab science projects, with recent work focusing on patents in molecular biology and cloud frameworks.

He has contributed to and led multi-million dollar research projects in Australia and Canada, and worked as a research administrator in his chosen fields for more than a decade.

Prof. Perry is an International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA) Fellow, the main criterion for which is “outstanding scientific research results endorsed by international peers”.

See Professor Perry's profile.