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Executive staff

Professor Michelle Lincoln

B App Sci (Speech Path), PhD, FSPA, PFHEA

DVCA Suite, Building 1, Room C87
+61 2 6201 5064

Professor Michelle Lincoln was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra for five years prior to taking on the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic position in October 2023. As Executive Dean, she engaged in all aspects of the leadership of the Faculty including promoting the role and impact of health and sport professionals on the lives of clients, patients and communities. She also focused on the preparation of the future allied health workforce.

Professor Lincoln’s research has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the NSW Government. She has published more than a hundred and fifty peer reviewed journal papers as well as books and book chapters. Most recently her work has developed evidence for innovative allied health service delivery models in rural areas as well as strategies for retaining allied health professionals.

Professor Lincoln has co-led the implementation of the UC Sport Strategy, a whole-of-university strategy designed to harness the power of sport for social justice, equality, inclusion and wellbeing by focusing our efforts on women in sport and sport integrity. The Sport Strategy aims to position UC as a leading university for sport in Australia and internationally.

Professor Lincoln was formerly the Deputy Dean, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching and the Head of Discipline of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. She was the inaugural chair of the Asia Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech Pathology. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in facilitating student learning both in the classroom and on clinical placement. She takes a scholarly approach to learning and teaching and this has resulted in three cross institutional learning and teaching projects funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching and University and National teaching awards. Her research in education is focused on competency based assessment in clinical settings, clinical education models, ethical development and interprofessional learning.

Further to her role at the University, Professor Lincoln is the Board Chair of the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences, a member of the ACT Health Systems Council, member of the Allied Health Leadership Alliance and the Health Professions Education Standing Group of Universities Australia. In addition, she is a mentor for Franklin Women and the Minerva Foundation.

She is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia, a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Jonathan Pheasant

Mr Jonathan Pheasant

Building 1, Room D139
+61 2 6201 5045

Jonathan Pheasant is the Chief Operating Officer, Vice-President Operations at the University of Canberra (UC). Jonathan has responsibility for the University’s core business services including Finance, Campus and Commercial Operations, Campus Development, People and Diversity (Human Resources), and Marketing.

Jonathan has worked in the higher education sector for the past 15 years having held senior professional staff roles at the ANU, UNSW Sydney and the University of Adelaide.

Jonathan joined UC in June 2023 from the ANU where he was the Director, Shared Services, responsible for the delivery of university-wide HR, finance, travel and facility-related services.  From 2016 – 2021, Jonathan was the Faculty Executive Director, UNSW Health and Medicine. In UNSW Sydney’s largest faculty with multiple campus locations, hospital-based clinical schools and five rural clinical schools, Jonathan was responsible for the strategic and financial planning and operational management of all services supporting research and teaching.

Prior to joining the higher education sector, Jonathan held senior strategic planning and service delivery roles in a number of telecommunications and events organisations.  Jonathan also served as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy from 1993 – 1999.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Commerce from UNSW as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.  Jonathan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Janine Deakin

Tel: +61 2 62068894

Professor Janine Deakin assumed the role of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology in January 2021, ushering in a period of growth for the Faculty. During her tenure as Executive Dean, the Faculty has negotiated strategic partnerships with Cisco to become part of Cisco’s National Industry Innovation Network, NetApp and the ACT Government to launch the Open Source Institute, and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to establish to eDNA National Reference Centre.

Professor Deakin’s contributions at UC include serving as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Director of the Centre for Conversation Ecology and Genomics, and Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology.

Professor Deakin joined the Institute for Applied Ecology in June 2013 with an ARC Future Fellowship on tracking the evolution of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease. Over her career,  her research has predominantly been funded by ARC Discovery Project grants.

She was a member of the ARC College of Experts from 2017 to 2019, serving each year on the Discovery Projects, DECRA and Future Fellowship Biological Sciences and Biotechnology panels, as well as being a member of the Indigenous Discovery panels for two years.

Prior to joining UC, Professor Deakin was a member of the Australian Research Council Centre for Kangaroo Genomics based at ANU. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio after completing her PhD in Biology at Macquarie University.

Mr Craig Mutton

Building 1, Level D, Room 129
+61 2 6201 5182

Craig possesses significant digital, strategy and transformation expertise built over a career of more than 25 years across both the private and public sector. In taking on the newly-established Chief Digital Officer role at the University of Canberra, Craig is heading the Digital Portfolio at the University – championing digital and innovation capability uplift, technology and engineering delivery, and ultimately placing the student digital experience at the heart of what he does. With a philosophy of ‘people and culture first’ in his approach to digital leadership and transformation, Craig recognises the role of CDO is not just a technology role but importantly a cultural and organisational change role.

Craig most recently held the position of Executive Director Strategy and Transformation at the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria where he led a significant organisational transformation which delivered across three key pillars: People and Culture, Digital Transformation, and Regulatory Reform. Previously, Craig led large-scale capital portfolio delivery enabling the establishment of Telstra Corporation’s Fixed Product (NBN) business, overseeing the redesign of the product portfolio and building significant strategic partner relationships. Craig has also held responsibilities for the enterprise-wide business change portfolio at WorkSafe Victoria, and he led Future Ways of Working across the Group IT Project Services business at NAB.

Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Monash University, a master’s degree in Project Management from RMIT, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Craig is currently on the Board of the Diversity Council Australia (DCA), and is also a member of DCA’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the IT Committee. Craig has previously been a non-executive director of both Castlemaine Art Museum, where he was also Chair, and Hepburn Health Service.