Mr Graeme Dennehy - Chairperson

Photo of Mr Graeme DennehyConsultant, former Chief Operating Officer and Vice–President, Deakin University, Graeme has more than 22 years experience in university administration with 15 of those years working at the level of Vice-President. In August 2001, Graeme retired from his position of Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President at Deakin University; a role he had occupied since August 2006.

His responsibilities in this position included the provision of leadership and oversight of Deakin’s corporate and commercial services including facilities management, human resources, logistics and information technology. He was also responsible for the university legal office and had oversight of its controlled entities.

Before taking up this role, Graeme was the Executive Director and Vice-President (Business and Administration) with the University of New England, a similar position but with the additional responsibilities of financial services, student administration and marketing and public affairs. He held this position from October, 1997 to August, 2008.

His earlier career involved working for the Northern Territory University for nine years and prior to that working in the construction industry where he held a number of senior management positions within the Northern Territory Government.

Graeme has always had a strong interest in quality assurance and the development and implementation of quality assurance frameworks. He was an Australian Universities Quality Agency auditor for 10 years during which time he participated in a number of audits of Australian universities including chairing two audit panels. As Chair, Graeme audited universities’ offshore activities in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. He also has the experience of leading a number of university divisions in achieving ISO 9001 QA certification.

Graeme has had extensive experience as a director of university controlled and associated entities including; the International Livestock Resources and Information Centre, the National Marine Science Centre, Callista Software Services (Chair), the Victorian Education and Research Network and the Committee for Geelong. Graeme is now engaged in consultancy roles within the higher education sector.