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 six 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, including with the NSW Department of TAFE.
Belinda has sat on many Boards and Committees. In addition to her role at UA Belinda is also a Member of the CSIRO Energy and Transport Sector Advisory Council, and a Director of ASX listed company Beach Energy. She has a BA from the University of New England, a Masters of Environmental Law from the ANU, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a strong interest in corporate governance.
As Chief Executive of Universities Australia, Belinda will spearhead the sector's campaign to deepen its engagement with the Australian public, to build strong mainstream support and to secure universities place as the centrepiece for securing national long-term economic and social prosperity.