Find out about Victoria's Senior Leadership Team, their position in the University's structure and their background.
Prof Grant Guilford
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
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 (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.
Professor Larner is President-elect of the The Royal Society Te Apārangi and takes up the role in July 2018.
Prof Kate McGrath
Executive Officer & Assistant to Vice-Provost (Research)
Professor Kate McGrath has been Vice-Provost (Research) since 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 professioinal 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.
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.
Prof Rawinia Higgins
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori)
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
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Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe) was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) / Tumu Ahurei of Victoria University of Wellington in 2016 and is currently also Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement). 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Loveard has been Victoria’s Chief Operating Officer sincen 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.
Annemarie de Castro
Director, Human Resources
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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
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
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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
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engineering
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Architecture and Design
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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
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Law and Head of School, School of Law
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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
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
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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.