Professor Alan Pettigrew (BSc (Hons) PhD FAICD) has held senior academic and executive appointments at the Universities of Sydney, Queensland, and New South Wales. He was Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England from 2006 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005 Professor Pettigrew was the inaugural CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.
Professor Pettigrew has served on many Australian Government and other committees, including an Advisory Committee for the Australian Law Reform Commission (2003 – 2004) and the Board of the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) Ltd (2006 – 2010).
Professor Pettigrew served on the Cooperative Research Centres Committee for five years up to 2015. He has previously been a member of the Australian Capital Territory Selection Panel for the General Sir John Monash Foundation and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University. He was also an adviser to the Chief Scientist of Australia (2010-2014) and has actively contributed to national policy discussions on research and higher education. Professor Pettigrew was Chair of the Board of the Western Australian Data Linkage Infrastructure Project from 2014 until its completion in 2017.
Professor Pettigrew has served as a consultant on international higher education and research training projects supported by the World Bank, the OECD and the Swedish International Development Agency. He has been engaged as a consultant by the NHMRC and the Australian Research Council as well as by eleven Australian universities advising on leadership, management and research strategy. Professor Pettigrew participates in and leads various research leadership training programs offered by the L.H. Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne in national and international settings.
Professor Pettigrew is currently a Professorial Fellow of the L.H. Martin Institute and is Chair of the Board of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. In January 2017 Professor Pettigrew was appointed as the Transition Manager for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. In December 2017 he was appointed as Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty until June 2018.