Professor Suzi Derbyshire has 24 years’ experience of teaching and leadership in higher education both in the United Kingdom and Australia.  Prof Derbyshire is originally from the United Kingdom, and completed her fashion training at Central St Martin’s School of Art in London. She began her career as a womenswear designer, then for a decade worked as a womenswear designer in London and Hong Kong. 

Prof Derbyshire migrated to Australia in 2002 to become the inaugural Head of Fashion within the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. She remained in that role through to 2007 when she became Portfolio Director for Fashion, Journalism, Media and Communication at QUT. 

In 2011 Prof Derbyshire was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at QUT.   

In 2015 Prof Derbyshire achieved the status of Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.