Leading international advancement at UoN

Winnie Eley joined the University of Newcastle, Australia in May 2013.

Prior to her current role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement), Winnie was appointed Founding Director of International Affairs at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in September 2008 and a member of the Heads of University Committee (HUCOM) Standing Committee on internationalisation in Hong Kong. She also held a concurrent appointment as Acting and Inaugural Director of Advanced Executive Education at PolyU between January 2011 and February 2012.

Winnie has over ten years of senior management experience with appointed positions including Deputy Country Director, Director Abuja and Director Business Services of the British Council in Nigeria, and Director of Education Services for the British Council in Hong Kong. She has spent the last 15 years in devising international development strategy; developing whole-institution approach and associated systems and partnerships in student mobility, institution relations, international education; and leading and managing a range of diverse portfolios from scholarships (Chevening, Ford Foundation and Scholarships for Excellence), science, creative industries, alumni relations, transnational education, marketing and communications, to high level policy collaborations.

Winnie completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in England at the University of Nottingham. She holds a first degree in education; has an MBA; and postgraduate research experience. She is qualified in TESOL and also an accredited administrator of MBTI Step I and II, and FIRO-B. Her recent professional and executive development included 'managing innovation strategically' at the Cambridge-MIT Institute, University of Cambridge; and 'authentic leadership programme' in Harvard Business School. Winnie is pursuing a DBA in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, UK.