MCD University of Divinity Kew Staff
Professor Peter Sherlock BA(Hons), MA, DPhil
Professor Peter Sherlock is the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of MCD University of Divinity. Appointed in 2012 to lead Australia’s first University of Specialisation, he was previously Dean of the United Faculty of Theology within MCD. Professor Sherlock holds degrees in History from the University of Melbourne, and a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. From 2004 to 2008 he was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
His two principal areas of research are memory and commemoration in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe, and Australian religious history. He is author of Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England (2008) and is presently writing a history of the monuments of Westminster Abbey. His teaching interests include the Reformation, gender and religion, and the history of Christian missions.
Professor Sherlock is a Lay Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, and has a strong record of leadership and service to the churches.
Director of Academic Services
John Bartholomeusz BA DipEd GradDipComp
John is responsible for the coursework administrative functions of MCD University of Divinity. He works with the Academic Board, its Learning and Teaching Committee and its Student Services Committee, and liaises with the teaching colleges on course and unit administration. He also manages the admissions, re-enrolment and results processes. John has wide experience in administration and information technology in the tertiary sector, and holds university qualifications in Education, IT and Arts.
Director of Administration
Jeff Reaney MBA, MProfEd&Trng, GradDipHRM
Jeff is responsible for the administrative services, property, records and publications of MCD University of Divinity. His tasks include ensuring the effective operation of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, that policies and procedures are administered correctly and currency on the MCD University of Divinity website is maintained. Upkeep of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor’s buildings and grounds, purchase and maintenance of equipment and furniture, and monitoring the working environment in regard to occupational health and safety are included in his portfolio. He takes responsibility for the Institution’s archives and also acts as Secretary to the MCD University of Divinity Council.
Jeff has extensive management experience in both public and private enterprises in the telecommunications industry and following a transition to an academic career, stepped into senior management roles in the tertiary education sector. He is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Institute of Management, and the Association of Tertiary Education Management.
Director of Finance
Tricia Lewis BCom(Hons)
Tricia is responsible for the financial operations of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. Tricia is Secretary to the Finance and Investment Committee of the Council of MCD University of Divinity. Budget formulation and preparation of the annual financial statements are key responsibilities. Tricia works closely with staff at the Colleges, especially the Registrars and Business Managers, ensuring that payments to Colleges and libraries are processed effectively and efficiently. The efficient implementation of the new fee structures and corresponding enrolment processes from 2014 are key priorities.
Director of Learning and Teaching
Revd Dr John Mark Capper BE(Hons), BTh(Hons), DipMin, DipSocSc, CertIVTAA, PhD
The position of Director of Learning and Teaching is new in 2013 and will nurture excellence in learning through developing exemplary teaching and refining MCD’s world class courses. John has been involved in teaching and leadership in theological education since 1989, most recently as Dean of the United Faculty of Theology, and prior to that as Dean of Learning, Teaching and Research at Tabor Victoria. John is a member of the Council of ANZATS and the ACT, the Academic Boards of a number of Higher Education Providers, and the Board of Tintern Schools. An ordained Anglican, John has been involved in parish ministry in rural and urban contexts in Australia and the UK, and in mission support in Asia. He is often involved in interim ministry contexts.
John’s PhD is from the University of Cambridge on Karl Barth’s Theology of Joy. His research interests are in joy, contemporary theology and ministry practice, and theological education, especially the use of web-based technologies.
Director of Research
Associate Professor Mark Lindsay BA(Hons) GradDipTheol PhD FRHistS
As Director of Research, A/Professor Lindsay has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of MCD University of Divinity's research agenda and strategy, including research training and candidature management, competitive grant funding, research collaborations, and policy frameworks. An historical theologian by background, Dr Lindsay has published in excess of 20 book chapters and journal articles in the fields of systematic and post-Holocaust theology, and inter-faith relations. He has a particular interest in Karl Barth, and has written three books on Barthian theology. He has previously worked at the University of Western Australia and Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. In 2005, he was the Sternberg Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, in Cambridge.
A/Professor Lindsay is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Research Associate with the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics at the University of St. Andrews.
Director of Quality and Standards
Jit Li Au BSc PDM
Jit is responsible for managing the systems necessary to ensure MCD University of Divinity meets the compliance requirements of state and federal government agencies which include the Tertiary Education Quality and Standard Agency (TEQSA), Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
Jit collaborates with the responsible staff at each of the MCD University of Divinity Colleges and staff at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, to obtain and extract data which is accurate and timely and complies with the guidelines of Government Agencies. Jit also administers the collection and analysis of the Australian Graduate Survey data and maintains the MCD University of Divinity website.
Administration Officer (Academic Services)
Rose Allinson BA GradDipMS GradDipEC
Rose provides administrative support to the Director of Academic Services, keeping student records up-to-date, correspondence, and enrolments. She ensures the integrity of student data entered onto the Theological Academic Management System and resources the College Registrars with advice and training.
Administration Officer (Finance)
Hazel Hughes BSci Dip Ed GDME
As a member of the Finance team, Hazel has primary responsibility for the financial records of students, distributing Commonwealth Assistance Notices to Fee-Help students and invoicing upfront fee-paying students, including overseas students and undergraduate students at UFT and Whitley Theological College. Hazel brings experience in adult education, finance, and administration to her position.
Quality and Standards Officer
Sandya Fowler LLM (Monash) Barrister & Solicitor (TAS, NSW, VIC)
Sandya has significant legal practitioner, entrepreneurial and administrative experience in both private and public sector organisations overseas. In addition, she has extensive research experience at both Masters and Doctoral levels in Australia and made a transition to an academic career as a law lecturer. Sandya is a Member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Society London.
Sandya assists the Director of Quality and Standards in maintaining quality assurance systems and ensuring relevant external compliance requirements are met. She is also responsible for the admission and enrolment of international students.
Executive Assistant to the Director of Administration and Research Repository Officer
Cate Headey CertIVBusAdmin, DipBusMan
Cate performs two roles in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. As Executive Assistant to the Director of Administration, Cate ensures that currency is maintained of committee membership records and the policy register. She assists the Director of Administration in asset management and compiling reports as required.
In her other role as Research Repository Officer, Cate operates the Repository under the direction of the Director of Research. She is responsible for ensuring that HDR student theses are uploaded, and she provides IT support to academic staff using the Repository for ERA reporting purposes and general dissemination.
Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Maria provides administrative support to the Vice-Chancellor and ensures that the Vice-Chancellor's office runs smoothly. She also organises the annual graduation ceremony.
Maria has worked extensively in the publishing world as a writer and editor. She has postgraduate qualifications in literature and theatre studies. Her interests include world religions and the arts. Maria's broad administrative and secretarial skills are applied to her role.
Research Services Officer
Suman Kashyap MSc, MPhil, BEd, PhD
Suman provides assistance to the Director of Research in managing the research and research training programs throughout the institution. She maintains the systems, processes and database for HDR student enrolment and candidature, and research publications on Research Master for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative, the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC), and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) reporting. She is responsible for the administration of 12,000 word research essay examinations. She also provides administrative services to the Research Committee, the Research Grants and Scholarships Committee, and the Human Research Ethics Committee.
Suman has extensive experience in research, research support and dealing with research performance data of the higher education sector and her interests are in the fields of bibliometrics, research data collation, abstraction, interpretation, data analysis and database management.
Research Finance Officer
Ruchika Chandrasekera ACIS (UK)
As a member of the Finance team, Ruchika has primary responsibility for the financial operations of the postgraduate research area, including processing regular payments for recipients of Australian Postgraduate Awards and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships, payments for grants approved by the Research Grants and Scholarships Committee and payments for examination and supervision of research essays and research theses. Ruchika assists the Director of Research in budget formulation.
Ruchika is a UK qualified Chartered Secretary and a finalist of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK. She has extensive private sector accounting experience in the UK and in a previous role worked as the accountant of The Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Australia.
Administration Officer (Reception)
Arezoo regulates the processes and systems which facilitate the smooth running of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. Her many duties include mail distribution, hospitality requirements, ordering stationery supplies, and receiving visitors. She also assists the Academic Services Department in processing student application forms and with other administrative duties.