Professor Michelle Towstoless

LeadWest's Board has two types of Director: Participating Council Nominated Directors and Elected Directors.  An Alternate Director can be appointed for each Director.

Professor Michelle Towstoless of Victoria University was appointed as the Alternate Director for Dr Rob Brown of Victoria University. She served in this role until April 2017.

Professor Towstoless graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours Physiology) in Human Movement Studies and Doctorate of Philosophy in Foetal Development from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Towstoless has worked collaboratively with institutions in Canada, Chile and Denmark examining different aspects of foetal development. 

Professor Towstoless has previously held a number of key leadership positions including:

  • Pro Vice-ChancellorIndustry, Community & Sport Engagement
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Colleges and Distinctive Specialisations
  • Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
  • Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
  • Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Chair and Deputy Chair of the Victoria University Academic Board.

Professor Towstoless has over 25 years experience in course and subject design, delivery, assessment, evaluation, coordination and management within undergraduate and postgraduate programs. These programs span across Human Movement Studies, Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Chinese medicine, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science and Nutrition, Psychology and Osteopathy - across physiology, anatomy, pathology and nutrition.

Professor Towstoless played a pivotal role in the development of the Biomedical Sciences Degree as well as developing major components of the Biotechnology Degree program, and more recently the new Bachelor of Science (specialisation). This broadened her professional interest to areas of academic leadership where she annually presented sessions on Governance and Political Competence to the Women in Leadership program at Victoria University.

Professor Towstoless has been awarded the FIT Award for Teaching Excellence and was the Chair of the Women's Leadership Program Advisory Committee.