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Dr Cynthia Cliff
Industry Fellow
Faculty of Health,
Office of the Executive Dean, Health
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
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PhD (University of Keele, Staffordshire (UK)), GradDipOutEd (Brisbane College of Adv. Ed.), GradDipBusAdmin (Queensland University of Technology), DipEnvStud (Macquarie University), GradCertAcadPrac (Queensland University of Technology), BSc(Hons) (Australian National University), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Professional memberships
and associations

I am well connected through a wide range of community networks reflecting my personal interests in youth, the arts, sports participation, the environment, and community building; as well as through membership of associations more directly aligned to my professional roles including:

2018 – Present    University Industry Innovation Network
2013 – Present    Australian Institute of Company Directors
2011 – Present    Australian Institute of International Affairs
2010 – Present   Women on Boards
2006 – Present   Australian Consumer’s Association
1997 – Present    ACHSE / Australasian College of Health Service Management
1981 – Present    Royal Australian Chemical Institute


Technology and Social Change, Innovation, Health and Wellbeing, Embodied and Digital Pedagogy, Health Systems and Services, University-Industry Interaction, Co-creation, Social Media and Digital Health, Intercultural Perspectives, Knowledge Transfer and Partnership Development

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


My passion, experience, business career and academic interests focus on innovation at the intersection of health and wellbeing with technology and social change.

I have extensive experience in university, government, private and not-for-profit sector leadership roles, and with membership-based not-for-profit Boards. Operational, executive and Board appointments have included organisations engaged in consumer protection, publishing, chemistry, the arts, youth, sport and recreation, tertiary education, research and innovation, technology and social change, and health and wellbeing.

In my current role I am responsible for the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and knowledge transfer between industry, government and community organisations in support of QUT’s Real Health Matters strategy and its Executive Education flagship, QUTeX.

With an extensive background in health as well as strengths in strategic decision-making, stakeholder engagement, learning and teaching, research and innovation, quality and safety, and risk management, I bring significant capacity and strong cross-functional insight to leadership and management in the tertiary education sector.

This information has been contributed by Dr Cynthia Cliff.


2018 – 2020
Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Director; Finance & Audit Committee
2015 – 2016
parkrun Australia Inc, Director, Chair of Constitution Review Committee
1996 – 2006
Australian Consumers’ Association (CHOICE), Council Member, Member of Finance Committee, Member of Audit and Governance Committee
2003 – 2012
Brisbane Junior Theatre, Voluntary Member of Board Advisory Group
1983 – 1986
Board of Advanced Education Queensland, Board’s Nominee on the Board of Teacher Education’s Review Committee

2020 –
QUT Healthy Dialogue Series, Convenor
2019 –
QUTeX, Key Faculty Advisor – Health
2014 –
QUT Faculty of Health, Director (Knowledge Transfer & Partnership Development)
2012 – 2013
QUT Faculty of Health, A/Assistant Dean (Business Development and Engagement)
2006 – 2014
QUT Faculty of Health, Director (Project Development)
QUT Faculty of Health, Health Projects Manager
1990 – 1997
Technology at Work (ACN 010 812 272), CEO
The Centre for Technology and Social Change (Queensland), State Manager
Board of Advanced Education Queensland, Senior Graduate Administration Officer; BAE Nominee to the Board of Teacher Education Review Committee
Australian Consumers’ Association (CHOICE Magazine), Applied Scientist & Test Supervisor; Member of 4-Person Management Committee undertaking the role of CEO
Keele University UK, Chemistry Demonstrator (fractional appointment)
Keele University UK, Resident Tutor (Pastoral Care), S Block Lindsay Hall
Keel University UK, University Sports Centre Trampoline Coach (fractional appointment)
Monash University, Resident Tutor (Biochemistry and Microbiology), Mannix College
Monash University, Research Assistant (Organometallic Synthesis)

This information has been contributed by Dr Cynthia Cliff.