Prof Theo Farrell

Prof Theo Farrell

Vice-Chancellor and President La Trobe University

Professor Theo Farrell commenced as Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University in February 2024. He brings a deep commitment to advancing academic excellence, building inclusive communities, forging external partnerships, and leading transformative change.

Prior to joining La Trobe, Professor Farrell held a number of leadership roles including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Students), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), and Executive Dean of Law, Humanities and the Arts, all at the University of Wollongong, and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London. From 2006 to 2016, he held a chair in online learning at King’s College London. At UOW, City and King’s, Professor Farrell led numerous initiatives to develop research capacities, innovate learning and teaching, and enhance student experience.

Professor Farrell has held ten UK research council awards. His most recent book, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan (Vintage 2021), was shortlisted for three national book awards and selected book of the year by The Sunday Times. Professor Farrell is a champion of real-world impact from academic research. A leading expert on the conflict in Afghanistan, he acted as strategic advisor to the UK government and the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, and participated in track II talks with the Taliban.

Professor Farrell is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Visi􀆟ng Professor at King’s College London, and past President of the British International Studies Association.


Michelle Burke

Michelle Burke 

Michelle Burke is a Non-Executive Director for Cell Therapies Pty Ltd, past Chair of AusBiotech Ltd, and a current member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.  She also serves as an advisor for Proto Axiom Pty Ltd, an incubator for early stage research commercialisation.  She is a consultant to health-related companies, governments and academia, and a former director at Bristol-Myers Squibb and SmithKline Beecham.


Damien Bolton

Damien Bolton

Professor Damien Bolton is head of Department of Urology and Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, Austin Health. Damien trained in Melbourne and at the University of California, San Francisco.

He was the first Australian urologist to be awarded the Bard Silver Medal by the British Association of Urologic Surgeons (BAUS), the first urologist recipient of the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and received the RACS award for excellence in surgical research in 2014. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed manuscripts.

He has served as Chair of the Cancer Council Victoria committee on Urogenital Cancer and co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Coalition, as well as on multiple international guidelines committees. He is currently Treasurer of the Societe International d’Urologie based in Montreal Canada and is Vice President of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.


Adam Horsburgh

Adam Horsburgh

Adam currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health.  With extensive health sector management experience in Victoria as well as in the UK National Health Service (NHS).  Adam has held senior policy and advisory roles with the Victorian Government, including the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  Prior to joining Austin Health, Adam was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Melbourne Health.  He is also a Director of the Summer Foundation, Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.


Prof John Dewar AO

Prof John Dewar AO

Prof John Dewar AO is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University. An internationally-known family law specialist and researcher, he has held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne as Provost, and has served on a number of higher education and legal bodies, groups and committees, including for the State and Federal Governments. He is a director of Universities Australia and Adjunct Professor in both the Melbourne and La Trobe Law Schools.


Sally Capp

Sally Capp

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp has extensive experience in executive leadership roles including at the Property Council of Australia, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce, KPMG and ANZ Bank, and represented the Victorian Government as Agent General across Europe and Israel. She has acted on a number of boards including for private and public companies, not-for-profit organisations and was the first female director of the Collingwood Football Club.


Richard Balderstone

Richard Balderstone

Richard Balderstone has worked in the financial and investment markets for over 40 years. He was Chairman and a founding partner of JCP Investment Partners, a specialist funds management organization. Richard is a Trustee Director of several charitable organisations including The Baker Foundation and the Cormack Foundation.


Prof Ashley Dunn

Prof Ashley Dunn

Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof Ashley Dunn became Head of the Molecular Biology Program at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Melbourne) in 1982. Two years later he and colleagues molecularly cloned GM-CSF, a cytokine used to aid recovery of bone marrow in cancer patients following chemotherapy treatment.

He served as Associate Director of the Institute until 2004, is currently a Professorial Fellow of the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and serves on several scientific advisory boards.