News & Events

1 November 2018

MACH Executive Director Prof Cheryl Jones Announces Departure from MACH and return to the University of Sydney

It is with sadness that we share the news that Professor Cheryl Jones will be leaving her post as Executive Director of the MACH and moving back to the University of Sydney for the next stage of her career.


Cheryl, who is also currently Stevenson Chair of Paediatrics and Head of Department the University of Melbourne, has accepted the role of Deputy Executive Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney.


Before coming to Melbourne in March 2017, Cheryl had a long and successful career at the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital of Westmead so we are sure she will hit the ground running upon her return.

But it is a loss for us and the MACH network as a whole. As Executive Director, Cheryl brought a much needed re-focusing and energy to the role, setting priorities that spoke to strengths at each site and which highlighted the expertise found across our 18 partners.


According to Prof Richard Fox, MACH Council Chair, “Cheryl brought a unique ability to understand the complexity of the healthcare and possibilities of academia and represented MACH at the national level most effectively. This helped MACH get its appropriate share of MRFF funding – something that we are all grateful for. Even though her tenure has been short – her legacy will last long.”


Cheryl’s last day as Executive Director of the MACH is 2 December and she will take up her role at the University of Sydney in the New Year. As we want to continue the momentum on the many initiatives Cheryl has started at MACH, recruitment for her replacement will begin soon, though we may need an interim appointment to ensure continuity.


In the meantime, we thank Cheryl for her contributions and wish her the best in her new appointment.


Warm regards,


The MACH Team


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