Ms. Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Group of Eight Australia, awarded Knight of the Order of Academic Palms by His Excellency Mr. Christophe Lecourtier
On December 16 2015, His Excellency Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Australia, presented the insigne de Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques (Insignia of Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) to Ms. Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Group of Eight Australia.
Ms. Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Group of Eight Australia (Go8), was awarded this honour for her professional excellence, and for her great contribution and commitment to the continuing partnership between Australian and France in Higher Education and Research.
His Excellency Mr. Christophe Lecourtier stated that: “It’s great to see somebody like Vicki Thomson, whose influence in the field of higher education is well known, who is a member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, as well as the Board of the Australia-China Council, working so closely with France”.
The award ceremony was witnessed by Mr. François Romanet, President of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI), who expressed his congratulations to Ms. Thomson for her outstanding achievements.
Ms. Vicki Thomson has been the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight Australia since January 2015. The Group is made up of the eight leading research universities in Australia. The University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, The
University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Australia form the Go8.
Prior to her award, Ms. Thomson had already been working closely with France. From 2013, as Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), she supported the MOU signed by Stéphan Romatet and Professor Peter Coaldrake, Chairman of the ATN and Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology, which saw more than one hundred Australian students apply for internships in Australia and France with French companies established in Australia.
In 2001 Ms. Thomson accepted the role of Director of Communications at the Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee, now known as Universities Australia. This undertaking embedded her in the realm of Australian universities, where she has played an increasingly important role ever since.
Ms. Thomson began her esteemed career as an ABC Finance Specialist and Political Journalist. From here she served as Principal Media Advisor and then Chief of Staff to John Olsen, Premier of South Australia.