As Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Projects), Dr Andy Marks drives Western Sydney University’s collaborations with government, industry and the community.
Andy is a co-founder of the University’s ‘LaunchPad’ business incubator. Established in 2015, with branches in Penrith, Liverpool and Parramatta, LaunchPad is focussed on expanding innovation across Western Sydney via intensive support for Startups and acceleration for tech-focussed SMEs.
Prior to his current role, Andy was a senior researcher in the social services sector. He holds a PhD and first-class Honours in ‘politics and literature’ specialising in the representation of politics and identity in contemporary culture.
Andy is also a board member of the Western Sydney Community Forum, the region’s leading social services peak body. He is a former member of Australian, ARIA nominated band, Crow and has toured in support of a range of international and local artists such as Nirvana, Nick Cave, You Am I, The Breeders and Pavement.