Welcome to my website.
This is my personal website. It offers background on my life and work, particularly as an academic, researcher, writer and leader. As you will see from the site, I have a number of dimensions to my life. I have been an academic for over 30 years. This has involved varied roles including university teacher & researcher, Research Centre Director, Professor of Education, Dean of Faculty, and Pro Vice-chancellor (Research & Development).
I have undertaken research in three key fields – early language and learning, educational pedagogy and regional development. My most recent leadership role was as Master & CEO of New College and New College Village, at the University of NSW. I also served as an Honorary Professor of Education at UNSW, and in 2013 was named as the 10th UNSW Life Fellow for "distinguished service to the University". I left New College at the end of 2016, and since 2017 have been Honorary Professor of Education at The University of Sydney.
In parallel to my university roles, has been my involvement with industry and business organisations. This began while Dean of Education and later Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Western Sydney University (WSU) in the 1990s. As part of this work I established the university wide Western Sydney Research Institute (WSRI) to conduct research in Greater Western Sydney. This has lead to over 20 years of involvement in varied business and government leadership roles. These have included serving as President of the Sydney Business Chamber for 9 years, and also Director and President of the NSW Business Chamber for 12 years. In parallel, while at WSU, I also established the consulting company 'Higher Education Solutions' that offers advice, support, and solutions across a range of issues for higher education providers. You will find links to these and other activities on this site.
You can also find links to my various business activities in the 'Business Roles' section on the ABOUT ME page.
A recent addition to this site is a link to a ‘marker’ site that I’ve written to maintain a record of the work of the Centre for Regional Research & Innovation (CRRI) that I established in 1997. The centre closed when I left the University of Western Sydney in 2002 but the site offers access to a number of major research projects that I led while directing the centre. You can find out more about the centre at its website crriaus.blogspot.com.au/