Deputy Vice-President, Office of Education Strategy an Innovation

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Fiona Coulson
Fiona Coulson

Professor Fiona Coulson 
Phone: 07 4923 2623

Martin Elms
Strategic Development Adviser
Phone: +61 417 091 171

Nikki Laver
Executive Officer
Phone: 07 4930 6385

About the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Development

Prof Fiona Coulson is the CQUniversity Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development), a role which sees her spearhead the University’s exciting Dare to Be Different agenda. Prof Coulson is responsible for harnessing CQUniversity’s pervasive culture of being bold and unconventional, directing this into projects which generate real impact, innovation or disruption within our communities. Prof Coulson is a strong believer in the need to be different in order to make a difference, and she leads an entire University community on this philosophical mission. As a member of the University's Senior Executive, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor supports the Vice-Chancellor and President with the leadership and management of the University, underpinning its vision and academic direction as an innovative, accessible and great University in line with its values and Strategic and Operational Plans.

About Professor Fiona Coulson

Prior to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development), Prof Coulson held previous roles at CQUniversity including Dean of the University’s largest School; the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. Prof Coulson has a background in medical research, primarily in the relationship between diabetes and inflammation and their effects on gastrointestinal motility and respiratory function. Prof Coulson’s medical research has spanned across multiple institutions, including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Prof Coulson’s upbringing in small towns across outback Queensland has made her a powerful advocate for the role played by regional Australia in our national prosperity, and the transformative effect that training, education and research yields in non-metropolitan communities. Prof Coulson and her family proudly call Rockhampton, Central Queensland their home.