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Strong leadership and good governance supported by a strong organisational structure ensure the university can deliver great education and research outcomes for the Northern Territory.

The Executive Group, which comprises our Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Pro Vice-Chancellors, supports the Chancellor.

Hon Paul Henderson AO


The Hon Paul Henderson AO is the fourth Chancellor of CDU.
Mr Henderson took over the role from Mr Neil Balnaves AO. 

The Chancellor leads the CDU Council, the university’s principal governing body. It is an honorary position that also has a key role in supporting the Vice-Chancellor, and is significant in many university ceremonies. 

Find out more about the Chancellor

Senior Executives 

Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Simon Maddocks became President and Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University in March 2014. Professor Maddocks has extensive leadership experience at senior levels of both academia and government.

Provost and Vice-President

Professor Sue Carthew (BSc PhD) was appointed to the position of Provost and Vice-President in July 2016. Previously  thePro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science & the Environment at CDU.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Global Strategy and Advancement

Mr Everett has worked in senior university positions in international engagement for over 15 years. Also, he has provided consultation services to universities, government and the school's sector regarding international education and training.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Research and Innovation

Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Charles Darwin University. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Chemist with a distinguished record as a researcher, inventor and academic leader.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Operations

Meredith Parry is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Operations. Ms Parry has worked both in the vocational and higher education sectors for 25 years.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Vocational Education and Training 

Ashar Ehsan is the Acting Pro Vice-Canchellor responsible for the Faculty of Vocational Education and Training (VET).


Pro Vice-Chancellor, Higher Education

The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Higher Education (PVC-HE) is responsible for the six colleges of the University.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy 

Professor Robert Fitzgerald is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy at Charles Darwin University overseeing excellence and innovation in learning and teaching.


Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success

Professor Philip Seltsikas is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success at CDU. Professor Seltsikas is an internationally recognised tertiary education professional with extensive leadership experience across a broad range of portfolio areas.

Chief Financial Officer

Ms Anne Coulter oversees the Office of Financial Services and the Office of Procurement Services.

Our locations

From our Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston locations down to Alice Springs and Sydney, find out what our nine campuses and centres has available to you. 

Darwin Waterfront street view

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Charles Darwin University Strategic Plan 2015-2025