Professor Paul Wellings CBE, assumed the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong in January 2012.  He was Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University from 2002 -2011.  Professor Wellings began his career in the UK as a NERC Research Fellow and moved to Australia as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), becoming Chief of the Entomology Division (1995), Head of the Innovation and Science Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Canberra (1997-1999), then Deputy Chief Executive (1999).

He has previously been a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Cumbrian Rural Regeneration Company. In 2006, he was appointed to the board of UUK and Chair of UUK's International European Policy Committee, and a board member of HEFCE and Chair of HEFCE's Research and Innovation Committee.