The ARC Advisory Council was established in January 2008.

The Council provides the Chief Executive Officer with advice on:

  • strategic issues relating to the purpose of the ARC, including strategic planning
  • policy matters relating to innovation, research and research training
  • matters relating to the evaluation of the quality and outcomes of research and research training in an international context.

The Council is chaired by the CEO with other members appointed for periods of up to three years on the basis of their distinguished research records or achievements in business research and development.


Professor Sue Thomas—Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council 

Professor Sue Thomas is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

Professor Thomas joined the ARC in July 2017. Previously Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of New England, Professor Thomas’ academic background lies in microbial genetics, with significant experience managing innovation across a comprehensive range of disciplines.

Professor Thomas holds both a Bachelor of Science with Honours and Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from La Trobe University in Victoria. Her professional career commenced with appointments at Princeton University in the USA and the Medical Research Council in the United Kingdom. She joined Flinders University in Adelaide in 1990 and from the year 2000 to mid-2005 was head of the School of Biological Sciences.

In mid-2005, she moved to the University of Canberra to become Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health, Design and Science, and subsequently Pro Vice-Chancellor Research between 2007 and 2009. In this latter role, she was the senior manager responsible for the research and teaching activities of staff and students in a wide variety of disciplines. In 2009, she moved to Charles Sturt University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the senior executive responsible for research.

Professor Thomas’s depth of experience in research and research management will help deliver ARC’s key priorities and deliverables.

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Professor Kevin Hall—Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Global Engagement and Partnerships, University Of Newcastle 

Professor Kevin Hall has had a distinguished academic career holding senior academic leadership roles in universities in Australia and Canada, most recently as the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle and formerly as the Vice-President for Research and External Partnerships at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Professor Hall studied a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at Queen's University in Canada, and completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

He has held senior academic leadership positions at Queen's University Canada including founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. He was also a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellow. Professor Hall carries out trans-disciplinary research across a number of major themes including water quality modelling, development of environmental monitoring and pathogen detection systems, syndromic surveillance, and water and health in marginalized communities. Professor Hall holds a number of international patents and has developed associated start-ups. His research has been incorporated into Engineering Design Manuals both nationally and internationally.

Professor Duncan Ivison—Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, The University Of Sydney 

Professor Duncan Ivison is a political philosopher with research and teaching interests in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought and moral philosophy. Prior to this role, he was Dean of the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2010. He has also held appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of York (UK). Professor Ivison completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, and MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow and Visiting Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University (2002-03), as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU (1993-96).

He was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2009. His books include: The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government (Cornell UP, 1997); Postcolonial Liberalism (Cambridge UP, 2002); Rights (Acumen and McGill Queens Press, 2008); the Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism (2010) and (with Paul Patton and Will Sanders) Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Cambridge UP, 2002).

As DVC Research, Professor Ivison is responsible for helping to develop and deliver the University’s research strategy, and supporting the pursuit of outstanding fundamental and applied research across the institution. His portfolio is responsible for commercializing research and facilitating partnerships with industry, providing access to university expertise, ideas and technologies for research and development.

Professor Ivison is Chair of the University of Sydney Confucius Institute Board. 

Professor David Lloyd—Vice Chancellor, University of South Australia 

Professor David Lloyd was appointed to the University of South Australia as Vice Chancellor and President in 2012. A Dublin-born and educated chemist who specialises in computer-aided drug design, Professor Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia's university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Professor Lloyd was a member of the South Australia Economic Development Board (EDB) from 2014 to 2018. A past Chair of the Australian Technology Network group of technology-focused universities, he now sits on the board of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector where he is the lead vice-chancellor for research & innovation.

Before joining the University of South Australia, Professor Lloyd was Vice-president for Research and later Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Lloyd was Chair of the Irish Research Council and prior to academia, worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK. He holds an honorary Professorship from Tianjin University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ms Lynley Crosswell—Chief Executive Officer, Museums Victoria 

Ms Lynley Crosswell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Museums Victoria in February 2017. Museums Victoria comprises the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum, as well as the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX Theatre at Melbourne Museum, attracting around 2 million visitors a year. There are over 700 staff and 500 volunteers. 

Prior to joining Museums Victoria, Lynley was CEO of the International Division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). She also served as Director of ABC Commercial and Director of ABC New Media and Digital Services. Before joining the ABC, Lynley held a number of senior executive positions, including at Director level, in radio, television and new media in New Zealand. She was a non-executive director of Questacon, the national science museum in Canberra.

Mr Mark McKenzie—Director and Chair, Council of Small Business Australia 

Mr Mark McKenzie is the current Chair of the Council of Small Business Australia. He is CEO of Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA) – a member association of COSBOA – and holds formal qualifications in Civil Engineering (BEng) and Business (MBA).

Mark has worked in a variety of public and private sector roles over the last 30 years and has extensive commercial and public policy experience. An experienced transport professional for much of his working life, Mark founded a small professional services business in 2005 and grew it to the point of becoming a leading research contributor to transport-related economic and environmental policy – both here in Australia and overseas.

Mark currently holds a range of public and private sector Board and Committee appointments, including: Chair of the Australian Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC); and National Chair of two Australian Standards Committees in the areas of electric mobility and smart-grids.

Mark is passionate about the role that targeted research can play in helping Australian businesses – large and small – realise the economic and competitive advantages of continuous innovation.

Mark became a member of the Board of COSBOA in 2015 and was elected Board Chair in 2017.

Professor Cindy Shannon—Shannon Consulting 

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay. She was Professor of Indigenous Health at the Queensland University of Technology, and an Emeritus Professor with the University of Queensland. Professor Shannon was Professor of Strategic Engagement (Indigenous) at the University of Melbourne, and previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Queensland from 2011-2017, as well as Director of its Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Prior to that she led the development and implementation of Australia’s first degree level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. Professor Shannon also played a key role is supporting the establishment of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in South-East Queensland.

Professor Shannon has contributed to Indigenous health policy in Queensland and nationally. She served on the Council of NHMRC from 2005-12 and is currently the Chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health, Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, and a member of the Advancing Health 2026 Ministerial Oversight Committee.  

Professor Deborah Terry AO—Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University 

Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014 and is a Fellow and the immediate past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), as well as Deputy Chair of the Board of Universities Australia. She is also on the Board of the Committee for Perth, St Hilda’s Anglican School, Australia and New Zealand School of Government and AARNET, the provider of Australia’s network infrastructure for education and research, and a past Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University in Canberra. She had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO), the country’s highest honours system for achievement and service, in June 2015 for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.