Professor James St John with one of his patients sitting in a wheelchair

Our Campaign Leadership Team

Our campaign leadership team brings together a wealth of expertise in education, research and philanthropy along with a deep commitment to making a difference. Their knowledge and expertise will drive the campaign–to create a brighter future for all.

Professor Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor and President

Carolyn commenced her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President at Griffith in 2019. Prior to joining Griffith, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International) and Deputy Provost at the University of Melbourne, and Dean and Harrison Moore Professor of Law, University of Melbourne Law School. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Throughout her career, Carolyn has promoted the importance of universities combining excellence in teaching and research with a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Marcus Ward

Vice President, Advancement

Marcus joined the University as Vice President (Advancement) in 2022. He is an accomplished advancement leader and philanthropy expert with international experience at leading organisations including The Prince’s Trust in London. Previously Chief Philanthropy Officer at Monash University, Marcus oversaw their first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign ‘Change it. For good.’ raising over $700m from a community of 43,000 donors to inspire transformational support for breakthrough research and education for all.

Peter Johnstone

Chair, Griffith University Campaign Council

Peter is a well-respected philanthropic and community leader with unique experience in both raising philanthropic funds and understanding the value of building donor relationships. He is the CEO of the Clem Jones Group Foundation, a role he has enjoyed since 2011. Prior to joining the Clem Jones Group, he held senior roles in the Queensland Government and CEO of community organisations such as the Leukaemia Foundation and the Royal Agricultural Society. Peter is a long-standing passionate supporter and partner of Griffith University and has worked directly with both the Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Advancement) in his role as Chair of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery Development Board and the Griffith Foundation.

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