Professor Sharman Pretty is one of Australasia’s most experienced leaders in higher education and the arts. After early career experiences as a professional oboist and as an arts manager, Sharman has held senior academic leadership positions as Professor and Dean at the Universities of Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne over the past two decades, as well as holding numerous Board Directorships, often as Chair.
Sharman is well known as a leader of change in complex organisational situations that have often been controversial and publicly scrutinised. Despite the pressures of such scrutiny, she has achieved highly acclaimed outcomes against the odds in a range of circumstances. Amongst her leadership achievements are the successful redevelopment of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (reopened in 2001) and the establishment of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
In 2010 Sharman became the co-founding Director of Teamsolve, a consulting company that designs and delivers solutions to the higher and professional education, arts, creative industries, government and not for profit sectors, and differentiates itself in its approach through its commitment to the principles of social responsibility.
Sharman’s contribution to the development of the arts and creative industries in higher education has been recognised by her appointment as an Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne.