Our team

NUW Alliance Board

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, Chair

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, Chair

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle.

Prior to joining the University, Professor Zelinsky was Chief Defence Scientist, leading Defence Science and Technology. Prior to this, Professor Zelinsky was Group Executive for Information Sciences at CSIRO and was CEO and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a technology company focused on computer vision.  Seeing Machines was a startup from ANU where he was a Professor of Systems Engineering.

Professor Zelinsky’s career spans innovation, science and technology, research and commercial start-ups and education.

Professor Zelinsky has a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wollongong, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard University.

Professor Zelinsky has received numerous national and international awards, including being appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017.

Professor Paul Wellings CBE

Professor Paul Wellings CBE

Professor Paul Wellings CBE joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in January 2012. Prior to his current role, Professor Wellings held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 2002-2011.

Educated in the UK, Professor Wellings’ career experience includes a NERC research fellowship and senior positions at the CSIRO and Department of Industry, Science and Resources. He has extensive board experience, including with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and some of the UK’s peak education and research bodies. He is currently a board member of the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).

Professor Wellings also serves on the Advisory Committee for New Colombo Plan, NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Global Foundation Advisory Council and the Bundanon Trust Board.

Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education. He received an Honorary DSc from Lancaster University in 2014 and an Honorary DUniv from University of Surrey in 2019.

Professor Ian Jacobs BA, MA, MBBS, MD, FRCOG

Professor Ian Jacobs BA, MA, MBBS, MD, FRCOG

Professor Ian Jacobs took up the role of President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney in 2015. Since joining UNSW he has led an ambitious ‘UNSW 2025 Strategy’ focused around the role of the university in serving society, through research excellence, innovation in education, social engagement, knowledge transfer and global impact.

Prior to moving to Australia he was based in the UK combining roles as a cancer surgeon and Professor of Women’s Health, with leadership roles as Dean of Biomedicine at University College London (2009-11) and Vice President of the University of Manchester (2011-15).

He trained in medicine at Cambridge University and the University of London and for 30 years has led a research team working on early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. He has over 400 publications and an h-index > 80.

He is a Board member of Research Australia, the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) and Ovarian Cancer Australia and a former board member of The Conversation; was the 2018 Chair of the Group of Eight Universities, is Chair of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) and is on the board of Universities Australia. In 2005 he established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative and he is a non-Executive Director of Abcodia Ltd a diagnostics company he founded as a spin out from his research.

NUW Alliance Senior Management

Matt Gijselman

Matt Gijselman

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Gijselman is a skilled political, organisational and business strategist who has held a breadth of senior leadership positions across state and federal government, start-up and the corporate sector.

With a background in government, policy and political analysis, Matt has led strategic communications and advisory positions with Equifax, ARCA, and NRMA, including leading the ‘new mobility’ strategy towards national reforms to support connected, electric and autonomous vehicles.

Matt has held senior public affairs and advisory roles in the Australian Government, including to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Jane Reynaud

Jane Reynaud

Senior Manager - Operations

Jane Reynaud leads the delivery of complex, large-scale projects and business operations for the NUW Alliance.

Jane has held leadership positions across the Australian research, higher and vocational education and aviation sectors, providing strategic and operational advice.

As a proven leader, Jane brings a focused approach to building a culture of accountability and performance. Since 2014, her work has had a particular focus on research development, translation and impact, and creating opportunities that bring researchers, education providers, industry and funding partners together to work in new, collaborative ways.

Naomi Rowe

Naomi Rowe

Senior Manager - Partnerships and Engagement

Naomi Rowe guides organisations going beyond ‘normal’ and take a leading role in engaging with their stakeholders to build sustainable communities, generate commercial returns and create positive social impact.

Naomi leads engagement and partnerships for the NUW Alliance. As a stakeholder, engagement and social impact specialist, brings nearly twenty years’ experience in delivering corporate advantage through strong reputational, social and shared value performances to the NUW Alliance team.

Naomi has previously held leadership roles with the NRMA and AGL. As a senior consultant for KJA and Futureye, Naomi has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients including transport, planning, construction, mining, oil and gas, education, local government, water, social infrastructure, sports and the arts.