Mr Andrew Flannery BBus FCA GAICD, Chief Operating Officer

Areas of responsibility

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for coordinating the University's financial, physical, human, legal, management information, corporate operations, commercial activities, information technology, and occupational health and safety services. He acts as Public Officer. UQ has an operating budget of $2.1 billion and some 7,200 full-time equivalent staff (14,525 people).

The Chief Operating Officer also assists the Vice-Chancellor and President with strategic planning and the framework of the University's highly successful research commercialisation and technology transfer activities.

Areas under his direct management include Human Resources, Finance and Business Services, the Legal Office, Information Technology Service, Strategic Planning and Management Information, Corporate Operations, Occupational Health and Safety, Investigations, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk, Marketing and Communication, and Property and Facilities.


Andrew Flannery is the Chief Operating Officer of The University of Queensland (UQ). Prior to commencing as COO in July 2021, Andrew was UQ Chief Financial Officer for two years and played a critical role in leading the University’s response to the disruptive financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrew brings more than 30 years of professional and global experience to his role at UQ. This includes 15 years in executive roles at Flight Centre Travel Group in Brisbane (2003–2018) and Credit Suisse First Boston in London (1996–2002).

He is also a Director of Unimutual and Chair of the Flight Centre Foundation, Brisbane.

Andrew grew up in Brisbane and holds a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland; is a Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Andrew Flannery, BBus USQ, FCA GAICD
Chief Operating Officer

  +61 (7) 3365 1310

Room 472, Level 4, Brian Wilson Chancellery
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia


Ms Emma Lambe
Executive Assistant

  + 61 (7) 3365 1311