Find out about Victoria's Senior Leadership Team, their position in the University's structure and their background.
Professor Guilford took up the role of Vice-Chancellor at Victoria in March 2014. As Vice-Chancellor, he is Chief Executive of the University, its administrative and academic head, employer of all staff in the University, and Chair of the Senior Leadership Team.
Professor Guilford is responsible to the University Council (of which he is also a member) for ensuring that the University carries out its statutory and contractual functions in teaching, research and community service.
He has led the process of setting the strategic direction of the University through the Victoria University of Wellington Strategic Plan. The Plan, which outlines a 20-year path for Victoria, will be reviewed every year and revised every five years. All members of the Senior Leadership Team report directly to the Vice-Chancellor, except the Vice-Provost (Research) Professor Kate McGrath and the Acting Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) Dr Chris Eichbaum who report to the Provost, Professor Wendy Larner.
Professor Guilford was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Auckland and a member of its Senior Management Team. He has successfully led large and complex academic organisations, beginning with the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University.
Professor Guilford holds Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Veterinary Science degrees from Massey University and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. Earlier in his career, he undertook teaching, research, clinical and leadership roles at the University of Missouri, the University of California, Davis, and Massey University.
Professor Guilford has driven major capital works processes and participated in a wide range of commercialisation processes. He is on the board of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and is a member of the New Zealand China Council. He has previously been on the board of a number of companies, research consortia, joint ventures, centres of research excellence and a Crown Research Institute.
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Professor Wendy Larner became Victoria’s Provost in December 2015.
As Provost, Professor Larner is responsible for driving the highest standards of academic excellence across Victoria and overseeing the achievement of key goals in Victoria’s Strategic Plan. These include adopting a distinctive academic emphasis, enhancing research quality, quantity and impact, providing a student experience that is second to none and increasing enrolments of talented students from disadvantaged groups in society.
Senior managers who report to Professor Larner include the Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) and the Vice-Provost (Research), the University Librarian, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) and the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures).
Professor Larner is an internationally respected social scientist whose research sits in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender. She completed her BSocSci at Waikato, MA (First Class Hons) at Canterbury, and her PhD as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has held academic positions at the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland, and Visiting Fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Queen Mary University, and the University of Frankfurt.
She is a trustee of the Antipode Foundation and has served on the editorial boards of 11 international journals, the Social Sciences and other Cultural/Social Sciences panel of the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund, and the Archaeology and Geography panel of the UK Research Excellence Framework. Her research has been recognised with a range of scholarships and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).
Professor Larner came to Victoria from the University of Bristol where she was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and Professor of Human Geography and Sociology. In this role she led a series of major academic initiatives, including delivering on institutional restructuring at both school and faculty levels, serving on a wide range of university working groups and committees, initiating university level strategic developments, and chairing regional collaborations in the social sciences.
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Prof Kate McGrath
Professor Kate McGrath became Vice-Provost (Research) in January 2015. She was previously the Director of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a New Zealand Government funded Centre of Research Excellence, a position she held from 2011–2015. Kate has been an academic staff member at Victoria University of Wellington since 2004 in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.
In her role as Vice-Provost (Research), Professor McGrath is working with Victoria’s academic and general staff to create a university-wide research infrastructure and to develop and provide research support resources.
Professor McGrath’s team includes the Faculty of Graduate Research, Scholarships and PhD Admissions, the Research Office, the External Research Fund Unit, Māori Research, Digital Capabilities and VicLink. She is also Chair of the Research Trust.
Professor McGrath completed her BSc(Hons) degree in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and her PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She held post-doctoral positions at L’Université de Pierre et Marie Curie—Paris VI, Paris, France, and Princeton University, Physics Department, Princeton, United States. In 1997, she was appointed to her first academic position as a lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Otago, Dunedin. Kate gained a PGDipCom in Finance in 2003 from the University of Otago. In 2013, she completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Henley Business School, The University of Reading, United Kingdom.
In 2003, Professor McGrath was awarded the Easterfield Medal by the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and The Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom; in 2007 she was awarded the Research Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists; and in 2013 she received the Wellington Gold Award, Wellington City Council Inspire Wellington Award.
Professor McGrath led the development of the university’s pan-university Master’s Degree—the Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise—which was launched in 2013, and focusses on supporting and growing the innovative and entrepreneurial skills of students as they take an experiential approach to commercialisation and product development of advanced technologies.
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Dr Chris Eichbaum
Acting Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity)
Dr Chris Eichbaum took up the position of Acting Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) in August 2016. He was previously the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in Victoria Business School and continues as a Reader in Government.
Since coming to Victoria in 2003, Dr Eichbaum has held various roles including acting Head of the School of Government, Deputy Head of the School and Director of the Undergraduate, Honours, and Masters programmes at various times.
In his role as Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) Dr Eichbaum works with staff across the University in academic and professional roles to meet the University’s goal of creating a learning and teaching and student experience environment that is ‘second to none’. This includes sustaining an environment that provides opportunities and support for groups that have typically been under-represented in University enrolments and degree completions.
Dr Eichbaum’s team includes the Centre for Academic Development, the Academic Office and Student Academic Services. The last of these encompasses student retention, achievement and equity, student management and administration, student recruitment, admissions and orientation, student health and student counselling, student interest and disputes resolution and records management.
Originally from Christchurch, Dr Eichbaum completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Sociology and Politics at the University of Canterbury. Apart from completing a paper in Industrial Law at the University of Auckland in the early 1980s, Dr Eichbaum only returned to university study in 1990 when he completed a Master of Public Policy at The Australian National University. He was awarded his doctoral degree in 2000, for his dissertation that examined the trajectories of institutional shaping and reshaping of central banks in Australia and New Zealand from the mid 1980s.
As well as brief stints working in the Australian and the New Zealand Public Service, Dr Eichbaum also worked at Massey University as the Director of Labour Studies, and the Director of the Politics programme when Massey introduced an undergraduate major in the discipline. He came to Victoria from Massey, but spent the period from 2000 through until early 2003 on leave during which he as a Senior Advisor to a Cabinet Minister and an advisor in the Office of the Rt Hon Helen Clark.
Dr Eichbaum has co-authored a widely used text book on New Zealand public policy and has authored or co-authored a number of other books and articles.
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Professor Frazer Allan became Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) in 2015. Before this he headed the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University.
Professor Allan’s role involves strengthening relationships with the University’s partners and stakeholders in business, government, community groups and NGOs. Professor Allan is also working to deepen Victoria’s relationships with international stakeholders, alumni, future and current students and their parents.
The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) includes the Communications and Marketing Group, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Development and Alumni Office, Victoria University Press, Adam Art Gallery and International Engagement.
Professor Allan is a Massey University veterinary science graduate who worked for two years in private practice before returning to Massey to do a residency in companion animal medicine. He gained a Master of Veterinary Science and attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1993. Immediately after his residency, he undertook a PhD in clinical nutrition. He lectured in companion animal medicine in the latter part of the 1990s before returning to private practice for three years at the end of 2000. From 2004-2009, he was Director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, during which time he gained a post-graduate diploma in business and administration with distinction.
While he was head of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, an innovative new veterinary curriculum was rolled out. The programme was globally reaccredited, putting it amongst the world’s elite. A programme of capital redevelopment of the Institute’s facilities was initiated, which included a successful fundraising campaign for a new wildlife hospital. The Institute also became engaged in multimillion dollar international development programmes in epidemiology, public health and veterinary education.
Professor Allan has been a board member of the New Zealand Veterinary Association since 2006 and is Chair of the Association’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe) was appointed Te Tumu Ahurei (Māori) / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Victoria University of Wellington in 2016. She was previously Victoria’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori Research and Head of School for Te Kawa a Māui / School of Māori Studies. Professor Higgins came to Victoria as a senior lecturer in 2009 after holding academic positions at the University of Otago for 12 years. Her research expertise is Māori language revitalisation and, more specifically, language planning and policy.
Professor Higgins is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, a board member of Te Mātāwai, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga (Māori Centre of Research Excellence), and is the Deputy Chair of the Māori Knowledge and Development PBRF portfolio.
In 2015, the Minister for Māori Development appointed her chair of the review of the Māori Language Bill and she helped shape the legislation enacted in April 2016. Te Mātāwai was created as part of the new legislation and governs The Māori Language Strategy dedicated to whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities.
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Mark Loveard became Victoria’s Chief Operating Officer in November 2015.
In this role, Mr Loveard provides strategic leadership ensuring that business fundamentals are optimised and effectively integrated across the organisation to maintain a supportive platform for academic success. The Chief Operating Officer portfolio is broad encompassing Property, Facilities, Information Technology, Finance, Planning and Management Information, Legal Services, Risk Management, and Strategic Projects.
Mr Loveard gained a BA (Hons), 1st Class from the University of Exeter, UK and an MBA (with distinction) from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, United Kingdom and NZ, and the Institute of Directors.
During his career, Mr Loveard has held a range of senior executive and consulting positions within international mobile, banking, consulting and energy companies. He has also run his own software and consulting business. He came to Victoria from Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and also General Manager of Shared Services.
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Annemarie de Castro
Director, Human Resources, Human Resources
Annemarie de Castro was appointed as Director, Human Resources (HR) in June 2004, having previously been Director, Human Resources at Massey University. In her role, Ms de Castro provides HR leadership and contributes to the achievement of Victoria’s strategic goals through advancing and supporting the development of staff capability and capacity. Attracting, developing, rewarding and retaining talented, highly qualified academic and professional staff is a key priority for the University.
Ms de Castro leads the HR team providing strategic and operational advice to the Senior Leadership team, Deans, Heads of School, Central Services Directors, Managers and staff in relation to recruitment and retention, organisational development, performance development and management, employment relations, staff wellbeing and payroll services.
During her time in the University sector, Ms de Castro has led the HR work associated with three mergers: Palmerston North College of Education with Massey University; Wellington Polytechnic with Massey University; and the Wellington College of Education merger with Victoria University. Ms de Castro’s previous career was in private sector HR management roles in the Plumbing Trades and Merchandising, Timber Production and Merchandising and Horticultural Marketing industries.
Ms de Castro’s governance experience includes time as a regional representative on the Wellington Employers and Manufacturers Association Board including a two-year term as Vice-President, followed by a two-year term as National President of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, council member of UCOL (the former Manawatu Polytechnic) and a 3-year term on Te Mana Whakahaere (Board Member) of Te Wananga o Raukawa at Otaki representing Victoria University. Ms de Castro is currently a member of the Steering Group for the University sector’s New Zealand Women in Leadership Programme, a very successful programme for senior academic and professional women, supported by the Vice-Chancellors at the eight New Zealand Universities.
Ms de Castro has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Massey University and is a Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
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Prof Jennifer Windsor
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
In her role at Victoria, Professor Jennifer Windsor works to promote the value of studying the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. She sees these areas as being vital to helping students understand themselves and others’ perspectives—and that these are the key to help address global challenges—in line with the University’s strategic goals.
Professor Windsor came to Victoria at the beginning of 2015 from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota where she was the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In this role, she led the vision and priorities for several collegiate offices that support all aspects of undergraduate education in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.
Professor Windsor’s leadership and service is grounded in the commitment that leading universities play a significant role in local and global communities, and she has served on several advisory boards for student learning outcomes, public engagement, and international programmes.
Before being appointed Associate Dean at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, she was Head of School of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (2002-2008), Chair of the College’s Council of Heads of School (2003-2005), and a member of University Faculty Governance (2005-2008).
Professor Windsor holds a bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now University of Sydney) and master’s and PhD degrees from Purdue University, Indiana. Her scholarship focuses on monolingual and bilingual language acquisition and disabilities, and she has published widely on the factors influencing language development. She was named a Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in 2007.
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Prof Mike Wilson
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engineering
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Architecture and Design
Professor Mike Wilson joined Victoria University as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Design in 2013.
Professor Wilson provides strategic leadership across these faculties, along with the Ferrier and Robinson Institutes, as they work to implement the University’s strategic priorities. Under his leadership, the Faculty of Engineering is expanding and diversifying and the Faculty of Architecture and Design continues its leadership role in building Wellington’s reputation as New Zealand’s innovation and creativity hub. Professor Wilson has an oversight role in the construction of the innovative new Gateway Building which supports the University’s aspiration to become New Zealand’s pre-eminent institution at which to study biological science.
Professor Wilson has significant experience working with research colleagues, business and industry partners on international research projects and gaining external funding.
Professor Wilson was previously Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds, where he also held a Chair in Applied Mathematics. Before being appointed Dean he was Head of the School of Mathematics. As a research fellow, Professor Wilson worked with colleagues at Leeds to develop innovative numerical simulations of astrophysical jets, the first of their type.
He has a PhD from Cambridge University, where he specialised in astrophysical fluid dynamics. In the 1990s, Professor Wilson became involved in the field of computer-aided geometric and functional design and was a co-inventor of a new method for the design of surface shape, known as the Partial Differential Equation Method. The method has received widespread international recognition and has been applied in ship and aircraft design.
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Prof Mark Hickford
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Law and Head of School , School of Law
Professor Mark Hickford was appointed as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Law in 2015. In his role, he is responsible for the Faculty of Law’s academic programme, ensuring the Faculty maintains and grows its excellent international reputation—in line with the University’s strategic goals. He provides leadership to the Faculty of Law in continuing to lead legal thinking on local, national and global challenges.
Professor Hickford is a leading Wellington public and Māori law issues specialist who has held a range of senior management and leadership roles in the public and private sectors, including being in the Prime Minister’s Policy Advisory Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He spent eight years as a Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office, specialising in public law, the Treaty of Waitangi, Crown-Māori relations and natural resources law. During his time in legal practice, he has appeared in the ordinary courts and before specialist jurisdictions such as the Environment Court, the Maori Land Court and the Waitangi Tribunal. In addition, he worked on a number of Treaty settlement negotiations while in the service of the Crown.
With an extensive research and publishing record, Professor Hickford has published on aboriginal title and customary rights, issues related to the Treaty of Waitangi and the history of New Zealand’s constitution and laws. His book—Lords of the Land: Indigenous Property Right and the Jurisprudence of Empire—published through Oxford University Press in the United States in 2012—was a shortlisted finalist for the best legal book of 2011 in New Zealand.
Professor Hickford has held visiting positions at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, as well as the Centre for Public Law at Victoria University of Wellington and been a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee.
Professor Hickford graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and has a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
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Prof Ian O. Williamson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
Professor Williamson joined Victoria University as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Victoria Business School in June, 2017. In his role he is responsible for ensuring Victoria Business School continues to build its outstanding national and international reputation and providing the strategic leadership that ensures the faculty makes a significant contribution to achieving the University’s strategic goals.
Prior to joining Victoria University, Professor Williamson served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School in Australia, Rutgers Business School in the United States, the Zurich Institute of Business Education in Switzerland, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia.
Professor Williamson is a globally recognised expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of ‘talent pipelines’ on organisational and community outcomes. A particular area of focus is how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.
A passionate educator Professor Williamson has been recognised for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award, the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive MBA Teaching Award, the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education and the Business/Higher Education Round Table CPA Australia/ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration.
He has provided consulting services in over 20 countries across six continents in the areas of strategic human resource management, managing organisational innovation, employee recruitment and retention, and executive coaching for a range of large and influential organisations and community and not-for-profit groups.
Professor Williamson holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University, Ohio, and a PhD. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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