The Deputy Head of College


G.B.T.Lovell, BE(Syd) MA(Oxon) MAICD

Geoff Lovell is Deputy Head of College, having originally been appointed as Vice Warden in 2016 to implement the College’s expansion plans for which he remains responsible. At various times since 2016, Geoff has acted as Warden in the Warden’s absence, most recently from Ivan Head’s retirement on 23 December 2017 until Don Markwell’s commencement as Head of College on 5 February 2018.

Geoff has had a professional career as a senior executive and non-executive director and is passionate about broadening access to educational opportunities which promote well-being, effective participation and leadership in society.

Geoff was a resident member of St Paul’s College as a Foundation Scholar from 1985 to 1989, entering from Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) and graduating as a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours. During his time at College, Geoff served on the Students’ Club Committee for two years and was a Rawson Cup representative in cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis. He was a member of Sydney University Cricket Club’s First Grade team as a top order batsman and was awarded a University Blue for Cricket. He also represented the University in baseball and rugby. Geoff served on the Committee of Sydney University Sport & Fitness for two years, including one year as Treasurer, while he was a student.

In 1990, Geoff was awarded the inaugural Bradman Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he was a member of Exeter College. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), graduating in 1993 with First Class Honours. (Dr Markwell was one of his tutors there.) Geoff was Captain of the Oxford University Cricket Club in 1992, receiving Blues in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Geoff has over 25 years of professional experience in investment banking, real estate, corporate governance, management consulting and engineering, plus extensive voluntary involvements in for-purpose enterprises in education and Indigenous Australia. Geoff was employed at Macquarie Group Limited (2001-2015) where he held a number of senior roles including as CEO of Macquarie ProLogis Trust, an award-winning listed property trust. Prior to that, Geoff worked for Lend Lease Corporation (1997-2001).

Geoff was formerly Chairman of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), a highly effective and award-winning Indigenous education organisation (2008-17); is a member of the Shore School Council (2013-); and also serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Indigenous Real Estate Investment Trust (I-REIT) (2012-).


Geoff is Chairman of the St Paul’s College Foundation and was previously a Fellow of the College from 1995 to 2013, during which time he served as Bursar (2002-09), as Chairman of Council (2011-13), and as a College representative on the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney (1998-2013).

Geoff is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Vice-President of Sydney University Cricket Club and continues to play cricket for I Zingari Australia. He is married to Professor Melanie Lovell, a Palliative Medicine specialist. They have three sons, the oldest of whom is the first of the fifth consecutive generation of his family to be a student of the University of Sydney. Geoff and Melanie attend St Alban’s Anglican Church in Lindfield.

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