Professor Caroline McMillen was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle in October 2011. Professor McMillen has served in senior research, innovation and academic leadership positions, as well as national and international roles in industry engagement, medical and health research, strategy and policy development.
Professor McMillen is a current Director of the Business Higher Education Round Table, a Business Event Sydney Ambassador, and member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. She has served on a range of international disciplinary bodies and industry groups, including the national Automotive Industry Innovation Council, the Board of the Cooperative Research Centres for Advanced Automotive Technology and for Rail Innovation, the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council, as well as a number of state industry and government leadership groups focused on innovation, defence, and manufacturing.
As a medical researcher, Professor McMillen is internationally recognised for her work on the impact of the nutritional environment before birth on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and obesity in adult life and is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia and currently serves on the Council of the International Union of Physiological Societies. She holds a BA (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and completed her medical training graduating with an MB, B Chir at the University of Cambridge.