Clare Pullar MACE

Bachelor of Arts (History) 1972, Diploma Education 1973

Clare Pullar is a highly regarded and respected leader in the field of educational philanthropy in both tertiary and secondary sectors throughout Australia and Internationally.

During her seven years as Pro Vice-Chancellor Advancement at the University of Queensland, gifts to the University totalling $235 million supported teaching, student support and research. This was a lift from less than $8 million per annum in prior years.

Throughout her career, Clare has made contributions to policy settings around philanthropy and contributed to international publications and conferences on educational philanthropy.

She was invited to be a member of the Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) taskforce in 2007 which examined how philanthropic support for Australian higher education institutions can be increased. This taskforce produced the ground-breaking report for the federal government: Increasing Private Support for Australian Universities. She has been recognised with both the Trevor Wigney Award and the Peter Crook Award for outstanding service in Advancement in Australasian Education.

This year, she was appointed Adjunct Professor in Practice in Philanthropy at the University of Queensland and joined US‑based Marts&Lundy as senior consultant; she is just the second Australian to be invited to join the global philanthropy advising firm.

Clare has made substantial contributions to the community through Board memberships of the Melba Conservatorium of Music, the Australian Youth Orchestra and mentoring the Queensland Theatre Company.