The Higher Education Standards Panel membership

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, with responsibility related to the standards applying in higher education in Australia.

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Professor Steve Chapman CBE (Chair)

Vice-Chancellor and President, Edith Cowan University

Professor Steve Chapman commenced his role as Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University (ECU) in April 2015.

Prior to joining ECU, Professor Chapman was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from 2009, and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006.

In 2001 he received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his ground-breaking work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous Plenary Lectures at International Conferences. Professor Chapman was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland.

Professor Chapman is a member of CEOs for Gender Equity, a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador and a signatory to the WGEA Pay Equity Pledge.

Professor Chapman holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Newcastle University. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2011.

In 2016 Professor Chapman was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to higher education.

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause PhD PFHEA (Deputy Chair)

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Avondale University College.

Professor Krause commenced in her current role at Avondale University College in April 2021. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Life) and Deputy Provost, the University of Melbourne, she continues her relationship with the University of Melbourne as an Honorary Fellow, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Prior to December 2019, Professor Krause was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at La Trobe University. 

Professor Krause has previously provided institutional leadership for the quality of learning, teaching and research across Victoria University, working closely with the Deans of the Academic Colleges and the heads of the respective Research Institutes and Centres.

Professor Krause was the Chair of the Implementation Working Group for admissions transparency and Chair of the Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) group. Professor Krause is nationally and internationally recognised for her research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings.

Her research expertise spans broadly across higher education policy areas, with a particular focus on the changing student experience, the evolving nature of academic work and implications for quality and standards in higher education.

Professor Helen Bartlett

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Sunshine Coast 

Prior to becoming the  Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) on 17 August 2020, Professor Bartlett was Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University Australia from 2017 to 2020, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Monash University Malaysia from 2013 to 2017, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University’s Gippsland Campus from 2008 to 2012.

Professor Bartlett has extensive international experience, having held various leadership roles in universities across Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Professor Bartlett holds a Bachelor of Arts at Northumbria University, a Master of Science (Public Policy) and a PhD from the University of Bath.

A research specialist in health and aged care, Professor Bartlett’s career includes inaugural Director at the Australasian Centre on Ageing at the University of Queensland, the Oxford Centre for Health Care Research and Development and the Oxford Dementia Centre at Oxford Brookes University.

Professor Bartlett is the current Chair of the Regional Universities Network, an expert member of the Australian Government Council for International Education, and also a member of the Australian Government’s National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund Working Group.

Professor Joe Chicharo OM

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Wollongong

Professor Chicharo has responsibility for services, programs and resources that support the full life-cycle transition and success of UOW students through the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students). 
Prior to joining UOW, Professor Chicharo spent ten years working in the steel industry (BHP) 

Prior to his current role, Professor Chicharo has held the positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the university of Wollongong (UOW)

He has a distinguished academic and research track record 
Professor Chicharo has served as the inaugural President of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communication Technology, the Chair of the Mathematical, Information and Computing Sciences (Cluster 5), Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 assessment exercise. He was also Chair of the Australian Research Council - Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences Panel (2005-2007). 

Professor Chicharo was awarded an Order of Merit (Portugal) (OM) in the 2007 Honours list to honour distinguished services in the public and private sphere.

Professor Doug Hilton AO

Institute Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) of Medical Research. 

Professor Doug Hilton is a biologist and laboratory head of the Blood Cells and Blood Cancer Division. As Director of WEHI, Professor Hilton’s priorities include building the clinical translation capacity of WEHI and strengthening WEHI’s collaborative links with other health, research and education organisations and ensuring the impact of WEHI’s research is sustained in the long-term.

Professor Hilton is also the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology and head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Dr David Perry

Vice President Academic, Alphacrucis College

In his role as Vice President Academic, Dr Perry oversees all the academic operations of the college.  His professional background is organisational management, and he has also been a lecturer in theology for the last 10 years and continues to be involved in the theology department. 

Dr Perry completed a Bachelor of Ministry in 2001, and a Bachelor of Theology with First Class Honours in 2009. He completed his PhD at Australian Catholic University.  

Dr. Perry is a Board Member of Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA), Secretary of the Council of Deans of Theology, Council Member for the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS), Steering Committee Member for the Higher Education Private Providers Quality Network, Board Member of Alphacrucis College New Zealand, immediate past President of the Association of Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges, and Commissioner for the APTA Theological Commission.

Ms Kadi Taylor

Head, Strategic Engagement and Government Relations, Navitas

Ms Taylor’s role as Head - Strategic Engagement and Government Relations is to lead the articulation and advocacy of Navitas’ policy positions, develop and communicate policy, industry, political and data insights to support the business; and to develop collaborations and partnerships with key external stakeholders that align with and further Navitas’ interests. 

Ms Taylor joined Navitas in 2016 having previously spent a decade and half in the Commonwealth public service, 12 years of which she worked on international education issues. Ms Taylor led Austrade’s development of AIE2025 and the education-related research and analysis. Prior to Austrade, Ms Taylor worked for 10 years in the international arm of the Department of Education and Training. Ms Taylor holds a Master of Strategic Studies with Merit (Australian National University) and a Bachelor of Communication (University of Canberra).