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Belinda commenced as Chief Executive with Universities Australia – the peak body representing Australia’s 39 universities – in January 2012. Belinda is a highly experienced Chief Executive of peak national organisations with an extensive background in public policy and in the private sector.
Belinda has been the Chief Executive of peak bodies for over a decade and came to Universities Australia from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association where she was Chief Executive for over 6 years.
Belinda spent nine years in the Federal Government including six in senior and executive positions within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she was responsible for the oversight of a range of resource, primary industries and environment policy issues. Belinda has also worked in a variety of resource planning roles, in State and local governments, and has sat on a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit boards and advisory committees. Belinda has degrees in geography and law and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As Chief Executive of Universities Australia, Belinda is spearheading the sector’s campaign to deepen its engagement with the Australian public, to build strong mainstream support and have widely recognised the role that universities play in securing Australia’s long-term well-being.