WUN Governance


WUN is managed by a Secretariat, which is responsible for the operations, communications and strategy implementation of the network.

Company Secretarial and financial management services are currently provided by specialists from the University of Leeds.

Executive Director: Professor John Hearn

General Manager: Nicholas Haskins

Company Secretary: Helena Smith

Partnership Board

The Partnership Board provides entrepreneurial leadership of the company within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enables risk to be assessed and managed. The Board sets the strategic direction and vision of the company, its culture, its values and the behaviours it wishes to promote in conducting its business. 

The Board comprises the Presidents, Vice-Chancellors or Rectors of the member universities and the WUN Executive Director. Collectively, the Board has considerable international influence and ensures that WUN is recognised as a leading global higher education network.

Chair: Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Cape Town

Steering Group

  • Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield
  • Professor John Hearn, WUN Executive Director
  • Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Auckland
  • Professor Don Nutbeam, The University of Southampton 
  • Dr Indira Samarasekera, President, The University of Alberta (Vice-Chair)
  • President Joseph Sung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Dr Eric Barron, President, Penn State University
  • Chancellor Rebecca Blank, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor, The University of York
  • Professor Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia
  • Sir Alan Langlands, The University of Leeds
  • Professor Jianhua Lin, President, Zhejiang University
  • Professor Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Dr Martin Paul, President, Maastricht University
  • President Joel Seligman, President, The University of Rochester
  • Professor Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney
  • Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Bristol


Academic Advisory Group

The Academic Advisory Group is responsible for overseeing the academic portfolio of the Network and advising the Partnership Board on strategic direction. It is made up senior administrators, usually at the level of Vice-President or Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the research or internationalisation priorities of the member universities.  It is the task of this group to draw the threads from individual member universities together so as to nurture high impact communities tackling issues of global importance.

Chair: Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Western Australia

Steering Group

  • Professor Sian Griffiths, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Peter Lennie, Provost, The University of Rochester (Deputy Chair)
  • Professor Tom van Veen, Dean, Internationalisation of Education, Maastricht University
  • Professor Danie Visser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Cape Town


  • Professor Mark Adams, Dean of Agriculture & Environment, The University of Sydney
  • Ms Britta Baron, Vice-Provost (International), The University of Alberta
  • Professor Jane Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Auckland
  • Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation, The University of Leeds
  • Professor Anne Christine Johannessen, Vice‐Rector for International Relations, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Nick Lieven, Pro‐Vice‐Chancellor, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, The University of York
  • Professor Guido Podestá, Vice-Provost for Globalization, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Professor Yonghua Song, Executive Vice President for International Relations, Zhejiang University
  • Professor Mark Spearing, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of Southampton
  • Professor Martin Trethewey, WUN AAG representative, The Pennsylvania State University


Institutional Coordinators

Each WUN member university appoints an administrator to manage the implementation of the WUN strategies and programs on campus and to serve as the main contact point for network initiatives. This group shares information on collaborative opportunities and develops WUN’s research programs. Your local WUN Coordinator should be your first point of contact for information on WUN. Contact details for your WUN Coordinator can be found on the WUN member pages.


WUN Organisational Chart