Professor John Dewar AO joined the Champions of Change National 2015 Group in 2017.
Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012. Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995. He taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.
Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995, and held leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe. Professor Dewar is a Director of Universities Australia until 2020; a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee; a Director of Education Australia Pty Ltd and AARNet; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College; and a Director of the Board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School, an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and an Adjunct Professor in the La Trobe Law School. He has held a range of advisory appointments in government and the Higher Education sector.