Professor Sue Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

Professor Sue Thomas commenced as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC) in July 2017. Professor Thomas’s depth of experience in research and research management will help deliver ARC’s key priorities and deliverables.

Previously, the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of New England, Professor Thomas brings with her a wealth of expertise and knowledge. Her academic background lies in microbial genetics and she has 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 post-doctoral 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 is an experienced university leader who will bring significant research expertise to the ARC.