Mr John Stanhope AM

Chancellor of Deakin University

Mr John Stanhope AM has extensive experience in governance, finance, accounting and business strategy. He was Chief Financial Officer and Group Managing Director, Finance and Administration with Telstra Corporation Limited from 2003 to 2011 and was an Executive Director of the corporation from 2009 to 2011.

From 2006 until 2012 John was a member of the Finance Reporting Council, the peak body responsible for overseeing the effectiveness of the financial reporting framework in Australia and remains involved in corporate reporting improvements. He is Vice-Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

John is Chairman of Australia Post, the Port of Melbourne Authority, the Bionics Institute, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He is also a Non-Executive Director of AGL Energy Limited.

John has undertaken studies at Deakin University and Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Managers and Leaders and the Human Resources Management Institute.

In 2014 John was awarded a Deakin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016 he was made a member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the financial and national communication sectors through a range of leadership roles.




University Profile

Established in 1974, Deakin University was the first university in regional Victoria and the first to specialise in distance education.

Deakin has five campuses: one in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong, one in Warrnambool on the southwest coast of Victoria, and Deakin’s fifth, and fastest growing campus is in the cloud (online). Deakin is Australia’s 6th largest university by number of students.

Deakin has strong global linkages, world-class research and an educational portfolio that blends the best of campus and digital delivery into a highly supportive and personalised student experience. Through its strategic agenda LIVE the future, Deakin aims to prepare students for jobs of the future, using the opportunities of the digital age to widen access to education and make a difference to the communities it serves. Students are given opportunities to develop a global mindset through partnerships with universities and organisations around the world.

Deakin continues to be a sector leader for graduate satisfaction. For nine consecutive years, Deakin has ranked first in Victoria for graduate satisfaction in the Australian Graduate Student Survey.

Deakin is in the top 1% of the world’s universities in each of the major international university rankings: Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.

Deakin University was named Education and Training Provider of the Year in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Governor of Victoria Export Awards, and in 2017 received the Australian Export Award for Education and Training.

Deakin is an employer of choice and has been awarded the ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ citation for 11 consecutive years by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Deakin has an inclusive and vibrant culture, and is proud of the diversity of its community. It is committed to the values of excellence, integrity, inclusion and sustainability.

The following characteristics have defined the Deakin character throughout its history:

  • a focus on regional Victoria and creating a university for the Geelong region

  • a commitment to research that will make a difference to the communities Deakin serves

  • a deep commitment to equity – to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students from diverse backgrounds and mature age students

  • a long standing commitment to being flexible, accessible and friendly.

To find out more, visit the Deakin University website 

All images owned by Deakin University and approved for use on this website.



Deakin University Council

The primary responsibilities of the Council are set down in the Deakin University Act2009 (VIC)  and include:

  • appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor as chief executive officer of the University

  • approving the mission and strategic direction of the University and its annual budget and business plan

  • overseeing and reviewing the management of the University and its performance

  • establishing policy and procedural principles for the operation of the University consistent with legal requirements and community expectations

  • overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the University

  • overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of the University

  • approving significant commercial activities and systems of control and accountability.

Membership of Deakin University’s Council  is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Mr John Stanhope AM – Chancellor (to 31 December 2020)
Professor Iain Martin – Vice-Chancellor
Professor Chris Hickey – Chair of Academic Board (to 31 December 2020)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Ms Carol Boyer-Spooner (to 31 December 2021)

Appointed Members – Governor-in-Council

Ms Miranda Douglas-Crane (to 31 December 2021)
Mr Peter Niblett (to 31 December 2020)
Mr Ryan Leemon (to 30 June 2022)
Dr Lyn Roberts AO (to 31 December 2020)

Appointed Members – Council

Ms Kathy Grigg – Deputy Chancellor (to 30 June 2021)
Mr Stuart Hamilton AO (to 31 December 2021)
Ms Philippa Kelly - Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2020)
Mr Richard Carr (to 31 December 2021)
Mr Stephen Bubb (to 31 December 2021)

Elected Members

Mr Jean-Marc Kurban – Student member (to 31 December 2019)
Mrs Alice Di Pasquale – Staff member (to 31 December 2020)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Academic Board

Chair – Professor Chris Hickey

Audit and Risk Committee

Chair – Mr Peter Niblett

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee

Chair – Mr John Stanhope AM, Chancellor

Finance and Business Affairs Committee

Chair – Ms Philippa Kelly, Deputy Chancellor

Honorary Degrees Committee

Chair – Mr John Stanhope AM, Chancellor

Investment Committee

Chair – Ms Carol-Boyer Spooner

Legislation Committee

Chair – Mr Stephen Bubb

Remuneration Committee

Chair – Mr John Stanhope AM, Chancellor