Mandy is the Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. Formerly the Dean of Research Development at QUT, Professor Thomas is responsible for leading the Faculty in an important stage of its development as it consolidates its position as one of Australia’s premier locations for study across such fields as Architecture, Film, Media, Journalism, Interactive Visual Design, Creative Writing, Acting, Fashion, Music and Dance.
Professor Thomas is an anthropologist who has undertaken research in both Vietnam and Australia. She has published widely on the lives of Vietnamese people who live under a communist regime and has also worked extensively with migrant groups in Australia on the migration experience. Before joining QUT, Professor Thomas was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) at the Australian National University in Canberra, and was the Australian Research Council’s Executive Director Humanities and Creative Arts from 2004-06. She brings to the board her experience in executive leadership roles within the university sector.