Senior Leadership

Find out about Victoria's Senior Leadership Team, their position in the University's structure and their background.

  • Prof Grant Guilford

    Prof Grant Guilford

  • Vicki Faint

    Vicki Faint

    EA to the Vice-Chancellor

    Professor Guilford has been Vice-Chancellor at Victoria since 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 Victoria University of Wellington's Strategic Plan. The Plan, which outlines a 20-year path for Victoria, is 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 Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) Professor Linda Trenberth 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 chairs its Risk Audit Committee 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.

  • Prof Wendy Larner

    Prof Wendy Larner

  • Susan Davies

    Susan Davies

    EA to the Provost

    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 the Vice-Provost (Research), the University Librarian, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures) and the Director, Sustainability.

    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 (Canada). She has held academic positions at the Universities of Waikato and Auckland, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US), Queen Mary University (UK), and the University of Frankfurt (Germany).

    She is a trustee of the Antipode Foundation and has served on the editorial boards of eleven international journals, the Social Sciences panel of the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund, and the Archaeology and Geography panel of the UK Research Excellence Framework. She is a member of Main Panel C (Social Sciences) for the next 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, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018 the Royal Geographical Society (UK) awarded her the Victoria Medal.

    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.

    Professor Larner is currently President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, taking up the role in July 2018.

  • Prof Margaret Hyland

    Prof Margaret Hyland

    Vice-Provost (Research)
  • Jo Meaclem

    Jo Meaclem

    Executive Officer & Assistant to Vice-Provost (Research)

    Professor Margaret Hyland took up the role of Vice-Provost (Research) in August 2018. She was previously seconded to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in the role of Chief Scientist, a position she was appointed to in 2017. Prior to that, from 2013 – 2017, she was Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland and, at the same time, Director of the Science of Technological Innovation National Science Challenge.

    In her role as Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Hyland has responsibility for developing and implementing strategies and processes to achieve the research objectives in the University’s Strategic Plan. She works internally to strengthen research capability, research excellence, mātauranga Māori and impact, and externally with research partners and stakeholders. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team contributing to the formulation and implementation of University-wide strategies and policies.

    Professor Hyland’s team includes the Faculty of Graduate Research, Scholarships and PhD Admissions, the Research Development Office and Research Services. She is Chair of the Research Trust, the University Research Committee and she sits on the board of Viclink.

    As Chief Scientist for MBIE, Professor Hyland provided science leadership and helped to develop national research, science and innovation strategies and policies and support their implementation.

    In her time as Deputy Dean Engineering at the University of Auckland, she led a range of strategic projects including the Teaching Transformation programme and international postgraduate and research activities. She also led an $80 million building project on the University’s Newmarket campus.

    Professor Hyland led the successful bid for the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge, which brings together 13 research organisations and over 100 researchers, and secured $33 million over five years to develop and execute strategic direction for the challenge.

    Earlier in her career, Professor Hyland served as Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Auckland and Associate Dean, Research, in the University’s Faculty of Engineering.

    Originally from Canada, she holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario and has spent her research career specialising in aluminium technology, and the chemistry and engineering of material surfaces.

    She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and, in addition to her numerous teaching awards, was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Pickering Medal for excellence in technology by the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2015.

    Professor Hyland has as an impressive track record in external research funding, having secured NZ$39.1 million over the last 11 years as a Principal Investigator, and been an Associate Investigator on a number of other projects.

  • Prof Linda Trenberth

    Prof Linda Trenberth

    Vice-Provost (Academic)
  • Charlotte Partridge

    Charlotte Partridge

    Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost (Academic)

    Professor Trenberth joined Victoria University in July 2017 from Griffith University in South East Queensland, Australia where she was Dean (Academic) and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Business School for three years. Prior to that she was at Birkbeck, University of London from 2000-2014 where she moved through the ranks from Lecturer to Professor and finished as Deputy Dean of the Business School in March 2014.

    Professor Trenberth gained her first degree in Education at Massey University before completing an MA (Applied) in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Victoria University, Wellington in 1990. She began her academic career soon after this, lecturing part-time on the Recreation and leisure Studies programme at Victoria while working as a project consultant for the Wellington City Council in the Sport and Recreation Department. Professor Trenberth was then recruited to Massey University in 1992 and along with her then colleague, Chris Collins, set up the successful Sport Business Management Programme in the College of Business at Massey University. In this area, Professor Trenberth also contributed to and co-edited with Chris Collins, the first text in Sport Management in Australasia in 1994, with a new edition in 1999, and provided, with Chris Collins and Dr Sarah Leberman, a revised edition in 2005. She also published Managing the business of sport, for the UK in 2003.

    Professor Trenberth gained her PhD in Human Resource Management in 1997 at Massey University which explored the relationship between work stress and coping in a large group of education managers. Professor Trenberth completed a further postgraduate qualification in psychology in 2006. Her research, teaching and consulting interests are firmly rooted in the area of organisational psychology and human resource management, and include research on the management of the employee-employer relationship, work place bullying, women in management, work stress and coping, work-life balance and well-being, and career management. Professor Trenberth has provided significant leadership and support for learning, teaching, student experience and equity matters in her management roles at Birkbeck and Griffith.

  • Dr Lucy Baragwanath

    Dr Lucy Baragwanath

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
  • Bridie Cooper

    Bridie Cooper

    EA to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)

    Dr Lucy Baragwanath is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), joining Victoria University of Wellington in August 2018. In this role, Dr Baragwanath leads the University's efforts to deepen its engagement with alumni, benefactors and communities.

    Prior to joining the University, Dr Baragwanath served in senior advisory roles to the Vice-Chancellors at the Auckland University of Technology and the University of Auckland, with a particular focus on stakeholder engagement.

    She also worked in a variety of roles in the Auckland region during a period of amalgamation of Auckland city councils into a 'super city'. While the amalgamation proposal was being developed, she served as Programme Manager for the Committee for Auckland. As part of this work, she formed the Auckland Anchors Group. Following the amalgamation, she worked in the Office of the Mayor of Auckland where she advised on the development of the Mayoral Plan and subsequently served a term as Chair of the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

    Before her work in local government, Dr Baragwanath gained a PhD in Social Science from Lincoln University, conducting research that focused on globalisation and the effects political, economic and social changes over the past thirty years have had on New Zealand. She went on to provide policy advice on New Zealanders' values and attitudes towards economic growth for the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology Growth and Innovation Advisory Board, before taking up a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and Social Sciences at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She worked as research fellow in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland on wine tourism and the connections between the local and global scale, and has published on globalisation and its effects on New Zealand.

    Driven by a public-sector ethos of service, Dr Baragwanath is committed to the critical role universities have to play in the communities in which they are based. She works closely with others to understand and influence the University’s areas of activity and strength—its teaching and research, its civic activities, its commitments and its opportunities—by providing a conduit between and within the university itself, and the context it inhabits.

  • Prof Rawinia Higgins

    Prof Rawinia Higgins

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori)
  • Cecilia Tuiomanufili

    Cecilia Tuiomanufili

    EA to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori)

    Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe) was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) / Tumu Ahurei 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 Māori Language Advisory Group which shaped the Māori Language legislation enacted in April 2016. Te Mātāwai was created as part of the new legislation and governs the Māori Language Strategydedicated to whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities. In 2017, Rawinia was awarded the Te Waitī award for te reo and tikanga at the Matariki awards.

    As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori), Professor Higgins provides strategic leadership to assist the University in achieving the goals set out by its strategic plan as they relate to growing Māori opportunities and success. In 2016, she successfully launched the Māori outcomes framework, Mai i te Iho ki te Pae.

    Professor Higgins graduated from Victoria with a Diploma in Māoritanga / Tohu Māoritanga and a Bachelor of Arts and has a PhD from the University of Otago. She also holds a RSA/Cambridge CELTA qualification.

  • Mark Loveard

    Mark Loveard

    Chief Operating Officer
  • Denise Young

    Denise Young

    EA to the Chief Operating Officer

    Mark Loveard has been Victoria’s Chief Operating Officer since November 2015.

    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 encompasses Property Services, Information Technology Services, Finance, Planning and Management Information, Legal Services, Strategic Projects, Safety, Risk and Assurance and Student and Campus Living.

    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.

  • Les Montgomery

    Les Montgomery

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Sue Slater

    Sue Slater

    EA to the Chief Financial Officer

    Les Montgomery has been Victoria’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since December 2017.

    In that role, Mr. Montgomery oversees the University’s financial planning, investment and performance management to ensure the University’s growth and development aspirations will be realised. He also provides financial advice to stakeholders and leads the University’s high-performing Finance Team.

    Mr. Montgomery is a results-driven, experienced Chartered Accountant with an outstanding track record in leadership roles in challenging, complex environments. He is passionate about developing high-performing teams and improving employee engagement levels.

    Prior to joining the University, he was Group CFO for Enable Fibre Broadband, a high-growth public-private partnership. He has also held a number of leadership roles for Telecom (now Spark New Zealand) and, earlier in his career, worked for KPMG in New Zealand and internationally.

    Mr. Montgomery gained a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accountancy) and a Diploma of Business Studies (Finance) from Massey University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies from the University of Waikato.

  • Annemarie de Castro

    Annemarie de Castro

    Director, Human Resources
  • Michelle Clarke

    Michelle Clarke

    EA to the Director of 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, HR reporting, employment relations, staff wellness 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 Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.

  • Prof Jennifer Windsor

    Prof Jennifer Windsor

    Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
  • Ruth Neethling

    Ruth Neethling

    EA to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor Education

    In her role at Victoria, Professor Jennifer Windsor works to promote the value of studying the humanities, social sciences, education and creative arts. She sees these areas of scholarship as being vital to helping students understand themselves and others’ perspectives—and that these areas also are key to help address the complexities of global challenges—in line with the University’s strategic goals.

    Professor Windsor joined 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 and student services in the humanities, social sciences and arts. Previously, 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’s leadership and service is grounded in the commitment that leading universities create new knowledge and art forms and play a significant role in local and global communities. She has served on numerous advisory boards for student learning outcomes, public engagement, and international programmes. While PVC, the Bachelor of Arts and postgraduate offerings have been refreshed, the Faculty of Education has joined the Kelburn campus, the Miramar Creative Centre has been established and progress is being made to establish a national centre of music in Wellington.

    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 extensively on the factors influencing language development. She was named a Scholar of the College at the University of Minnesota in 2007.

  • Prof Mike Wilson

    Prof Mike Wilson

    Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science
    Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engineering
    Pro Vice-Chancellor of Architecture and Design
  • Delwyn Carter-Jarratt

    Delwyn Carter-Jarratt

    EA to the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Design

    Professor Mike Wilson has been at Victoria University since July 2013.

    He is an internationally trained career academic with an extensive teaching and research record, and significant senior leadership experience in both the British and New Zealand higher education systems. Professor Wilson provides strategic leadership across the faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design.

    Under his leadership, the Faculty of Engineering is expanding and diversifying; the Faculty of Architecture and Design continues its leadership role in building Wellington’s reputation as New Zealand’s hub for innovation and creativity; and in the Faculty of Science hub, Professor Wilson has been academic sponsor for the construction of the innovative new Te Toki a Rata Building, which supports the University’s aspiration to become New Zealand’s pre-eminent institution for the study of biological sciences. Professor Wilson also played a leading part in the establishment of the Wellington ICT Graduate School.

    Professor Wilson was previously Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, where he also held a Chair in Applied Mathematics. Before being appointed Dean, he was Head of the School of Mathematics at Leeds. He has a PhD from Cambridge University.

    Professor Wilson has significant experience working with research colleagues, business and industry partners on international research projects and in gaining external funding.

  • Prof Mark Hickford

    Prof Mark Hickford

    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Law and Head of School , Faculty of Law
  • Julie-Mary Boles de Boer

    Julie-Mary Boles de Boer

    EA to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law

    Professor Mark Hickford was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law in May 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.

  • Prof Ian O. Williamson

    Prof Ian O. Williamson

    Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
  • Brenda Bongiovanni

    Brenda Bongiovanni

    EA to the 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.