Ms Callista Thillou

Executive Director, Communications, Marketing and Engagement

Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement

place Professional Services (Level 2)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Callista Thillou is a member of Flinders University's Senior Executive Team, leading the University's external engagement, brand, marketing, communications, and alumni and advancement.

A passionate advocate of higher education and the power of universities to make a difference, Callista is also Deputy Chair of Engagement Australia, a sector-wide membership organisation championing the unique role universities have with society to address contemporary global challenges and trends through teaching, learning, research and partnerships.

Prior to joining Flinders University, Callista held strategic roles in higher education in Australia and the UK. Between 2008-2014, Callista worked for, and ultimately led Universities UK’s Higher Education International Unit, representing the UK sector’s interests in European Union and the Bologna Process negotiations. Prior to this she was Director of Communications and Government Relations at Universities Australia, and a range of roles in public relations and lobbying in the health sector.

Her skills span marketing, strategic communications, crisis management, alumni and development, advancement, policy development, government relations and community engagement.

Her strategic leadership has resulted in campaigns that resonate with the public and demonstrate why universities matter. Under her leadership Flinders University has been awarded numerous accolades for its marketing, media, and events.

She has also played a leading role in elevating the character and confidence of the university communities in which she has worked, including Flinders where she has been instrumental in developing the University’s values and ethos, and its visionary Strategic Plan Making a Difference – The 2025 Agenda. Callista has been a key contributor to the Athena SWAN women in STEM initiative, the University's inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, and a member of the university's enterprise bargaining team.



Honours, awards and grants

2018 Universities Australia Llifetime Achievement Award

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