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Recent appointments: CEO UNSW Global

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Sarah LightfootCongratulations to Sarah Lightfoot on her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of UNSW Global. Sarah brings a unique background in international marketing and operations, having worked in competitive commercial organisations and extensive experience at UNSW. Sarah is passionate about education, and is herself a graduate of UNSW. Warwick Negus, Chair of the UNSW Global Board, said of the appointment, “Following a rigorous competitive selection process, it is clear that Sarah is the best person to lead UNSW Global in this next chapter of its long history of innovation, education excellence and providing pathways to UNSW.”

UNSW Global is a leader in global education and training; a not-for-profit, wholly owned enterprise of UNSW Sydney providing leading university pathway programs. UNSW was the first provider of foundation studies in Australia, offering students a seamless transition to university.

Coming in at a time of considerable change, not just for international education and for redefining the campus education experience, the CEO will develop high quality academic and commercially sustainable strategies to ensure that UNSW Global remains at the forefront of excellence in pathways and a leader in international education.

Reporting to the UNSW Global Board, with a day-to-day reporting line into The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Life, the CEO will consult and take guidance from the Board of Directors and UNSW stakeholders more broadly. The CEO will use evidence, insights and stakeholder guidance to position UNSW Global effectively within the operating ecosystem, organisational values and strategic aims of a large, research-intensive university that has a large international alumni across the region.

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This role is an unusual blend requiring executive managerial skills at a C Suite reporting level, ability to be company spokesperson to a range of stakeholders and media, demonstrated strategic thinking and action in a complex business environment, and demonstrated understanding of higher education in Australia and internationally.

Hear Professor Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic & Student Life speak about the opportunity below.