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Leadership and Structure

Senior executives

Charles Darwin University

The Executive Group comprises the Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Presidents and Pro Vice-Chancellors to ensure the University can deliver outstanding education and research outcomes.

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Scott Bowman

Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Darwin University

Professor Scott Bowman AO joins CDU with considerable university leadership experience. Professor Bowman served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Central Queensland University (CQU). For over a decade, his vision and leadership helped transform CQU into one of Australia’s largest and most engaged regional universities.

Hilary Winchester

Vice-President Governance and University Secretary
Professor Hilary Winchester is the Vice-President Governance and University Secretary at Charles Darwin University.

Shannon Holborn

Vice-President Global and External Relations
Shannon is experienced in developing and implementing strategy and delivering integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

She has experience in domestic and international recruitment and has worked on major philanthropic and alumni initiatives.


Professor Reuben Bolt

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, First Nations Leadership
Professor Reuben Bolt is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, First Nations Leadership at Charles Darwin University.

Sam Jacob

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students
Sam Jacob is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students at Charles Darwin University.

Sam has extensive executive senior leadership experience in the UK and the Australian public and private tertiary education sector.


Rick Davies

Vice-President, Finance and Corporate
Rick Davies oversees the Office of Financial Services and the Office of Procurement Services.

Professor Fiona Coulson

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy
Professor Fiona Coulson is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education Strategy for Charles Darwin University.


Professor Ruth Wallace

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor Ruth Wallace leads the Faculty of Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University.

Professor Steve Rogers

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation
Professor Steve Rogers is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at Charles Darwin University.


Suresh Thennadil

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor Suresh Thennadil leads the Faculty of Science and Technology at Charles Darwin University.

Professor Dominic Upton

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor Dominic Upton leads the Faculty of Health at Charles Darwin University.


Mike Hamilton

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
Mike Hamilton leads CDU TAFE at Charles Darwin University. 

Bree Willsmore, Director of Government Relations

Director, Government Relations
Bree Willsmore leads government relations at Charles Darwin University.