Senior Executive Team

The Senior Executive Team (SET) is responsible for establishing and overseeing matters relating to the University’s strategic positioning and strategy implementation.

The SET develops the University’s strategic plan, prepares the annual University budget, monitors performance against plans and budgets, and oversees the University’s strategic projects.

The team also provides advice on matters that impact on the long-term direction of the University.  It has the capacity to establish sub-committees to provide more focused discussion around specific projects, process and governance issues.

The team usually meets each Thursday morning and relevant outcomes from the meetings are shared by SET members with their teams and by the Vice-Chancellor through the Note to Staff and other means of communication.

For any queries about the SET, please contact the Vice-Chancellor’s Chief of Staff on +61 8 9266 1867.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry


Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014. She is a Fellow and the immediate past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and Chair of the Board of Universities Australia, the representative body of Australia’s universities.

Professor Terry is also a member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council, Committee for Perth Board, St Hilda’s Anglican School Council, Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board and Australia’s Academic and Research Network Board, and a past Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University in Canberra. She had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before filling a number of senior roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Provost, Professor John Cordery


Professor John Cordery has held the position of Provost at Curtin University since July 2015. He has overarching managerial responsibility for the four Curtin teaching faculties, Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the Office of Strategy and Planning.

Prior to joining Curtin Professor Cordery was Professor in Management & Organisations within The University of Western Australia Business School and held a range of leadership positions, including as Chair of Academic Board.

Professor Cordery holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago, a Master of Science from the University of Canterbury, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. His research focuses primarily on ways of maximising the effectiveness of groups and teams in organisations. This research has been supported by multiple grants from the Australian Research Council and from industry. Professor Cordery’s research has been published in the leading international journals in both management and applied psychology.

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic, Professor Jill Downie

Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic

Professor Jill Downie was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic in July 2012. In this role, she strategically leads teaching and learning and the student experience across the University. Equity and Diversity, and regional and learning partnerships are also important aspects of the Portfolio.

Professor Downie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a PhD from Curtin University.  From 2007 to 2012 she was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences and also Professor of Nursing at Curtin University. She is the Education representative on the Australian National Commission of UNESCO and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Downie is an established national and international researcher with numerous grants, publications and conference presentations, including keynote addresses.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research, Professor Chris Moran

Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research

Professor Chris Moran commenced as Curtin University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, in 2016.  He is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, frameworks and activities to achieve the University’s strategic goals in research and IP commercialisation.

Prior to joining Curtin, he was Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland (UQ), from 2007-2016. He was Founding Director of the Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ) and the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (UQ). Across a 16-year career with CSIRO, Professor Moran held a range of leadership roles, including heading the team that developed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program.

He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (with Honours) and a PhD from the University of Sydney and has a strong international and national reputation in soil science, natural resources and water management.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor - International, professor Seth Kunin

Deputy Vice-Chancellor – International

Professor Seth Kunin has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International at Curtin University since 2016. In this role, he leads the University’s international activities, including strategic policy, international marketing strategy, and international partnerships.

Prior to joining the University, he was Vice-Principal, Internationalisation at the University of Aberdeen and also held senior roles at Durham University.

A prominent anthropologist, Professor Kunin attained his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in the UK. His research focused on the application of structuralist theory and methodology to Jewish texts and culture.

Vice president, Corporate Relations, Val Raubenheimer

Vice President, Corporate Relations

Ms Val Raubenheimer leads the Corporate Relations team which is responsible for developing the University’s reputation and profile in the community, building relationships with key partners and student recruitment.

She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds membership of a number of professional organisations including the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Management. She has been a member of the CEDA WA State Advisory Council since 2014.

Ms Raubenheimer holds a Diploma in Journalism (S.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Australia. Prior to joining Curtin in 1998, she worked as a journalist and public relations practitioner.

In 2017, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Universities Australia for her outstanding contribution to the Australian university sector.

Chief Operating Officer, Ian Callahan

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Ian Callahan is Curtin University’s Chief Operating Officer and joined the University in 2010.

He is responsible for finance, human resources, IT and digital services, property development, facilities management and other commercial activities supporting Curtin University. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Callahan is also a director of the following organisations: Bright People Technologies Pty Ltd, Landgate, Innovation Central Perth and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin Business School Professor Nigel de Bussy

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law

Professor Nigel de Bussy is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law and the Dean of Curtin Business School.

Professor de Bussy holds a PhD from Curtin University and a Master of Arts from The Queen’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of both the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, and a Certified Practising Marketer.

Before joining Curtin in 1994, Professor de Bussy spent more than a decade as a public relations professional in the United Kingdom and Australia. His research has been published in a number of leading journals in the fields of public relations, communication management and marketing communications.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences Professor Michael Berndt

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences

Professor Archie Clements leads the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. Prior to joining the University, Professor Clements was the Director of the Research School of Population Health and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Australian National University in Canberra. The Research School of Population Health comprised of five academic units, including the flagship National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

Professor Clements has also worked at Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow. He has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney, a Master of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from the University of London. His research background is in the epidemiology, control and elimination of infectious diseases, focussing mainly on the Asia-Pacific region during the last decade. He has particular expertise in spatial epidemiology, operational research and community-based intervention studies and has been an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Humanities Associate Professor Alan Dench

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Humanities

Professor Alan Dench has been Pro Vice-Chancellor Humanities and Professor of Linguistics at Curtin University since 2016. He has ultimate responsibility for leading and managing the research and teaching programs across the three large schools that make up the Faculty of Humanities: the Schools of Design and the Built Environment, Education, and Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry.

Professor Dench has a Bachelor degree with Honours in Anthropology from UWA and Master and PhD degrees in Linguistics from the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Vincent Fairfax Fellow.

His research focuses on the documentation and grammatical description of Australian Aboriginal languages, especially those of Western Australia. He has served as a member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts, the Executive Committee of the Australian Council of Graduate Research, and chaired the Committee of Deans of Graduate Schools in the Australian Group of Eight Universities.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Science and Engineering Professor Jeremy Kilburn

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Science and Engineering

Professor Jeremy Kilburn has led the Faculty of Science and Engineering since 2018. Prior to moving to Curtin, he worked for the University of Aberdeen as Senior Vice-Principal; his achievements there included providing executive leadership on trans-national education, including the Aberdeen-Curtin alliance that was announced in early 2017.

He has also worked at the University of Wales, Bangor and the University of Southampton before joining the Queen Mary University of London in September 2010 as Professor of Organic Chemistry and Vice-Principal Science and Engineering.

Professor Kilburn has a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD from Cambridge University. His research interests include organic synthesis methodology and natural product synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, and application of combinatorial chemistry to the design of synthetic receptors and, most recently, to development of modified electrodes for biosensing and fuel cells.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Curtin Singapore Professor Linley Lord

Pro Vice-Chancellor Curtin Singapore

Professor Linley Lord has been Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Singapore since 2018. She plays a critical role in strengthening Curtin Singapore’s relationships with industry and government and enhancing its reputation in teaching and research.

Professor Lord commenced with Curtin in 2001 and has held a number of significant positions including as a member of the University Council and Council Executive and Chair of the Academic Board. She is the Co-Lead of the Curtin Athena SWAN project and was the inaugural Academic Director of the Curtin Leadership Centre. She is the Director of the Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership and was part of the AusAid Leadership for Development Program at Curtin.

Her research interests are in gender and leadership, leadership, feminist research methods and qualitative research methods. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma Business (Human Resource Development) from Curtin and a Bachelor of Science from The University of WA.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Curtin Dubai Professor John Evans

Pro Vice-Chancellor Curtin Dubai

Professor John Evans has been the Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Curtin University Dubai since 2018. Prior to his current appointment, he held a number of senior roles at Curtin University, including Dean International at the Curtin Business School; Director of the Asia Business Centre; Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Malaysia; and Head of Department of Finance and Banking. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois and is a Fellow of the CPA.

Professor Evans is an active researcher and publishes in the corporate governance arena. He currently supervises a number of doctoral students and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Research.

Pro-Vice Chancellor and President Curtin Malaysia Professor Simon Leunig

Pro-Vice Chancellor and President Curtin Malaysia

Professor Simon Leunig commenced as Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Curtin Malaysia in January 2020. Prior to this role, he held the position of Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International and ASEAN Dean at Curtin University.

He possesses more than 25 years experience in transnational and international education and has significant expertise in developing strategic alliances and education initiatives across Asia, Europe, Africa and the ASEAN region.

Professor Leunig holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Master of Education from The University of Western Australia and an MBA from Edith Cowan University. He also graduated from Harvard University’s MDP for Higher Education Managers.

Pro-Vice Chancellor and President Curtin Mauritius Professor Lina Pelliccione

Pro-Vice Chancellor and President Curtin Mauritius

Professor Lina Pelliccione commenced as the inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor of Curtin Mauritius in January 2019. Prior to taking on this role, she was Head of the School of Education and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University.

Professor Pelliccione’s background is in education and innovation, in particular in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). Her research interests include the adoption and implementation of ICT in teaching and learning; enhancing learning through the use of ICT; teacher education; online learning; innovation and change.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Education, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Studies, a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University and a Diploma of Teaching from the Western Australian Institute of Technology.

Chief Financial Officer Mr David Menarry

Chief Financial Officer

Mr David Menarry is Curtin University’s Chief Financial Officer. He has extensive corporate experience including in corporate finance, due diligence, stock exchange listings, risk management and audit in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Mr Menarry is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also holds a number of board and community-based roles.

Chief Strategy Officer Mr Marco Schultheis

Chief Strategy Officer

Dr Marco Schultheis is the Chief Strategy Officer at Curtin University. His portfolio responsibilities include strategic planning, strategic projects portfolio management, market and institutional research and business intelligence and analysis.

Dr Schultheis has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Strategic Marketing and a Doctorate of Business Administration.

He is a graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course and a graduate member of the AICD. In 2017 he completed a high potential leaders program at Harvard University. Dr Schultheis has also served on the University’s Council and as non-Executive Director on the YMCA, Perth Board.

Chief Legal Officer Mr Al Donald

Chief Legal Officer

Mr Al Donald, an experienced commercial lawyer with international experience, has been Chief Legal Officer of Curtin University since 2018. He has overall responsibility for all legal aspects of the University’s operations, and also a broader role across a range of strategic issues and initiatives with a risk or governance dimension.

Mr Donald was a longstanding partner of leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, based in their Sydney and Perth offices, and a non-executive director of Tourism Western Australia, including chairing the Audit & Risk Committee. He began his career in Perth, before leaving to work in New York for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, gaining admission to the New York Bar at that time. He is an Honours graduate in Law of the University of Western Australia.

Mr Donald has significant experience as a strategic advisor and manager, having led Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian Mergers & Acquisitions Group and sat on its Global Council, the firm’s ultimate governing body.