Professor Cobie Rudd is the deputy vice chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and vice president of Edith Cowan University. Previously, she was ECU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor of Mental Health and one of five National Teaching Fellows appointed by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching in 2011; the first in simulation. She now also leads gender equity in academia for ECU and is actively addressing the gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Professor Rudd has over 30 years of experience across sectors and has served on numerous boards of governance. In addition to her membership of the State Training Board, she also holds a Cabinet-endorsed appointment to the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. Professor Rudd is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.