Advisory Committee

NCSEHE Advisory Committee members

The NCSEHE Advisory Committee comprises an experienced and knowledgeable group of academics and equity advocates. The Advisory Committee’s primary responsibility is to review and select Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program proposals for funding.

Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker


Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker has dedicated many years to leadership, research, teaching and policy development in higher education. As well as serving as a member or chair of the councils of numerous schools, colleges and industry bodies, Lesley has authored many publications, especially in the area of gender equity in science and mathematics education, and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1998.

Emeritus Professor Andrew Taggart

Murdoch University

Professor Taggart received his PhD in Education from Ohio State University and was previously Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement at Murdoch University. In this role, as Pro Vice Chancellor he had the responsibility of building broad ranging research and teaching relationships with key stakeholders. Research and teaching partnerships with India and the sub-continent have also been a special focus and Professor Taggart continues to be a regular visitor to the region. Professor Taggart has also held senior positions at Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and The Ohio State University.

Professor Sally Kift

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Sally Kift EPHEA FAAL GAICD is President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF). She has held several university leadership positions, most recently at James Cook University, where she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Sally is a national Teaching Award winner, a Senior Teaching Fellow and a Discipline Scholar, Law. In 2017, she received an Australian University Career Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian higher education.

Associate Professor John Guenther

Flinders University

Associate Professor John Guenther is the Principal Research Leader for the Remote Education Systems project with the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation at Flinders University. John has worked as a researcher and evaluator in remote Australian contexts—particularly the Northern Territory—for the last 10 years on issues related to education, training, families and children, justice, child protection and domestic violence.

Ms Lara Rafferty

Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia

Ms Lara Rafferty has over 20 years’ experience in student and staff equity, diversity and inclusion in several tertiary education institutions. She is Assistant Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion at RMIT University where she leads the development and implementation of RMIT strategy and programs. Ms Rafferty has served on a number of Boards for organisations in the not-for-profit sector engaged in service provision and advocacy related to gender equity, people with disabilities, cultural diversity and family violence. Ms Rafferty has been Secretary of the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia for the last five years.