Chair of IHMRI Board
Professor Pettigrew 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 and has actively contributed to national policy discussions on research and higher education. He 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.
Professor Pettigrew is currently a Professorial Fellow of the L.H. Martin Institute, a member of the Council of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and is Chair of the Board of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. He is also Chair of the Board of the Western Australian Data Linkage Infrastructure Project. Professor Pettigrew has been appointed in 2017 as the Transition Manager for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney.