Penny Boumelha

DVC (Academic)

Professor Boumelha was appointed Victoria’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2009. She holds an MA and DPhil in English from the University of Oxford, and has published widely on 19th century fiction, literary genres and also issues in tertiary education and university management. She held the Jury Chair of English at the University of Adelaide from 1990 to 2005 and also served there as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (1999–2005). Professor Boumelha has served on a number of national bodies, and has been an accredited quality auditor of universities in both New Zealand and Australia. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in Australia and in 2003 was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth Government of Australia.

Hon. Winnie Laban QSO

AVC (Pasifika)

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban is Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) having previously served as the Member of Parliament for Mana, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development, and Trade.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban is a Social Work graduate from Victoria University and completed a post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Massey University. She has worked as a community worker, probation officer, school counsellor, and public service manager. During the 1990s she coordinated the South Pacific Consumer Protection Programme working in 15 Pacific Island nations, and in 1992 she was bestowed the Samoan chiefly title of Luamanuvao.

In 1999 Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was elected as the first Pacific Island woman in the New Zealand Parliament, and she resigned from Parliament in October 2010 to take up the new position of Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika). In 2011 Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was honoured as a Companion of the Queens Service Order.

Leanne Ivil

Director, Academic Office

The Director, Academic Office, is a senior role with a clear link to maintaining Victoria University’s reputation as a quality academic institution. The key areas of responsibility are to oversee and co-ordinate the efficient administration of the core functions of the Academic Office; assist the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in the implementation of the academic quality framework and in a range of other processes and projects; oversee the development, review and monitoring of academic policy; and contribute to University-wide initiatives.