Professor Caroline McMillen



  • BA (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford
  • MB, B Chir from the University of Cambridge


  • Chief Scientist for South Australia October 2018-current
  • Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle 2011-2018
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia
  • Member of the Council of the University of South Australia
  • Director on the Boards of the Australian Business Higher Education Round Table, Universities Australia, the Universities Admissions Centre
  • Business Events Sydney Ambassador
  • Academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and at the University of South Australia
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation University of South Australia

Professor McMillen has also served on international disciplinary bodies, research policy and assessment panels and industry groups, including the Australia Automotive Industry Innovation Council, the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centres for Advanced Automotive Technology and for Rail Innovation, the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council as well as state industry and government leadership groups focused on innovation, defence, and manufacturing.

Special Responsibilities

  • Compass Housing QLD

Board member since 2005