Vice-Chancellor’s Gender Equity Committee

Terms of reference

The Vice-Chancellor's Gender Equity Committee (VCGEC) is an Advisory Committee to the Vice-Chancellor. The role of the Committee is to promote and improve gender equity at Western Sydney University by:

  • developing, implementing and monitoring whole-of-University gender equity strategy, policy and action, including on matters of gender diversity and intersectionality;
  • track and evaluate implementation of gender equity measures to ensure students and staff lived experience reflects University strategy and policy vision;
  • monitor for measurable impact of gender equity initiatives undertaken by the University;
  • identify and respond to arising gender equity gaps and/or issues within the University as informed by a wide range of quantitative and qualitative sources from across the entire University; and
  • oversight of and close engagement with the University’s SAGE initiative, Equity and Diversity Working Parties, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Gender Equity Fund.

The Committee meets 3-4 times a year and provides meeting reports to the Executive Committee.

View full Terms of Reference here.


Membership is by invitation from the Vice-Chancellor for a term of 2 years and the committee is broadly representative of the Western Sydney University community.


  • Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President

Deputy Chair:

  • Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright, Associate Dean Research, School of Science


  • Dr Peter Bansel, Associate Dean (HDR), School of Social Sciences
  • Dr Ragbir Bhathal, Lecturer, School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences
  • Ms Michelle Falconer, Director, Equity, Diversity and Wellbeing
  • Mr Darren Greentree, Executive Director Financial Operations, Division of Finance and Resources
  • Dr Anne Jamison, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
  • Dr Brahm Marjadi, Senior Lecturer & Associate Dean Engagement, School of Medicine
  • Dr Kieryn McKay, SAGE Project Officer, DVC Academic
  • Dr Garry Niedermayer, Lecturer in Pathobiology, School of Science
  • Ms Elen Seymour, Director Academic Programs, School of Law
  • Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean, School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences
  • Associate Professor Meg Smith, Deputy Dean, School of Business
  • Professor Deborah Sweeney, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Research, Enterprise & International)
  • Professor Michelle Trudgett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership
  • Dr Helen Wu, Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering

Executive Officer:

  • Ms Katie Hayes, Senior Project Officer, Equity and Diversity


  • Ms Vanessa Noble, Project Support Officer, Equity and Diversity

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