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NEWS / Congratulations

2014

Denise Kirkpatrick is the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at the University of Western Sydney

Founded in 1989, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is uniquely the inheritor of Greater Western Sydney’s diverse historical traditions and the aspirations of its people. From colonial sandstone to its award-winning futuristic Medical School, its 40,000 students drawn from one of Australia’s most rapidly growing constituencies support a vibrant research culture which has seen UWS make great strides in becoming an ERA-recognised university of international excellence ‘starting with the people of Greater Western Sydney’.

Denise Kirkpatrick is the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at the University of Western Sydney. Previously Denise worked at the University of Adelaide as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience where she was responsible for ensuring the delivery of an integrated quality student experience. In this capacity Denise championed the University-wide Student e-Experience project, led the development of the University learning and teaching strategy and played a lead role in implementing key aspects of learning and teaching in the new University Strategy. She led a major change project expanding the University's use of technology enhanced learning and digital learning initiatives, in additional to managing critical external partnerships and the re-development of undergraduate programs under the Review of the Undergraduate Curriculum Structures Framework. Denise possesses substantial experience at the senior management levels of higher education institutions having formerly worked as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching & Quality and Vice-President at The Open University (UK), and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at La Trobe University.


Megan Philpot is the new Deputy Victorian Ombudsman at the Victorian Ombudsman

The Victorian Ombudsman is an independent officer of the Victorian Parliament who investigates complaints about state government departments, most statutory authorities and local government. Established in 1973, throughout its history the Ombudsman has has drawn government's attention to significant issues of concern and helped to improve broader public administration by resolving individual grievances.

Megan Philpot is the new Deputy Ombudsman at the Victorian Ombudsman. Megan previously was employed as Deputy Ombudsman at the South Australian Ombudsman where she was responsible for leading and managing Ombudsman SA. This included oversight of complaints, investigations, audits, external reviews, protected disclosures and implementation of Information Sharing Guidelines. Megan’s capacity also extended to stakeholder engagement as she fostered key relationships across state agencies and local government councils and statutory authorities. Prior to this Megan was a Solicitor and Investigating Officer at Ombudsman SA and an Assisting Solicitor for the Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry (SA).


Trisca Scott-Branagan is the new Executive Director of Marketing at Deakin University

Deakin University is a multi-award winning Australian University with campuses in Burwood, Geelong and Warrnambool. Leading the sector for student satisfaction (Australian Graduate Survey 2011 and 2012) Deakin has an international reputation for their cutting edge facilities, research and teaching earning a QS 5 star Rating for Excellence in 2013.

Trisca Scott-Branagan is the new Executive Director of Marketing at Deakin University. Trisca is a marketing and business development executive with significant experience in financial and professional services. Prior to her appointment, Trisca was National Marketing Director, Consulting at Deloitte Australia. In this role she designed the marketing strategy, led Marketing Campaign Managers in the implementation of supporting campaigns, and facilitated improvement in the culture and perception of marketing as a powerful and credible tool in industry. Previously, Trisca designed and implemented client and industry programs across Deloitte member firms in Asia Pacific as Global Clients & Industries Director - Industry Operations (Asia Pacific), and led the global industry marketing and practice strategy as the Global Industry Marketing Director and Chief of Staff for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, based in New York.


Mukund Narayanamurti is the new Chief Executive Officer at Asialink

Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks.

Mukund Narayanamurti is the new Chief Executive Officer at Asialink Business. Mukund brings a deep background in working with Asia, extensive commercial experience across a range of industries, a comprehensive understanding of the university sector, and strong leadership skills. Mukund was previously Director, Asia Business Group at KPMG. Mukund received his M.B.A as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Catherine Wills is the new Director of the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and special entry access schemes at university, TAFE and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

Catherine Wills is the new Director of the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre. A secondary school teacher for much of her early career, Catherine was most recently employed by the GAMSAT Consortium of 11 Australian graduate-entry medical schools as Project Manager – Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS). In this capacity Catherine was responsible for the development, implementation and management of the overall application process for graduate entry medical school applicants. Prior to this role Catherine held other tertiary education management positions including Project Manager: Benchmarking at Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, and Manager of the School Of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.


Allison Kenwood is the new Executive Director Strategy & Planning at the Royal Women’s Hospital

The Women’s is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health of all women and newborns. In 2013 the Women’s treated more than 200,000 women, provided more than 11,000 cancer treatments, managed more than 7,000 births and provided critical care for nearly 1,700 premature and sick newborns.

Allison Kenwood is the new Executive Director Strategy & Planning at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Allison has significant experience in the health care sector having previously worked for Anglican Aged Care Services, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Medibank Private and the Department of Human Services Victoria. Allison has a proven track-record in the health and human services sectors and is a well-known strategic leader, having undertaken a number of senior level roles. Prior to her appointment Allison was General Manager – Customer Innovation, Marketing and Strategy at Anglican Aged Care Services, where she led and directed the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategic direction, and oversaw governance arrangements to secure the organisation’s long term financial sustainability.


Exciting new appointments at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board

Established under the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958 the MFESB's functions are to provide for fire safety, fire suppression and fire prevention services, and emergency prevention and response services in the Metropolitan Fire District. Assisting almost three million Melbourne residents, spanning a metropolitan district of almost 1,000 square kilometres, the MFB is committed to delivering fire and emergency management services, driving systematic change to the built environment and investing in research and prevention programs to improve community safety and resilience.

Greg Leach & David Bruce are the new Deputy Chief Officers at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board (MFESB)

Greg Leach is one of two new Deputy Chief Officers at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board. Greg has significant experience in the emergency service sector, gained through his time in a variety of senior operational management roles at both the CFA, the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner and Ambulance Victoria. Most recently as Regional Manager, Grampians Region at Ambulance Victoria Greg lead a multi-disciplinary team of career paramedics and volunteers in the delivery of emergency services. Throughout this role Greg has oversaw improvements in ambulance response times; facilitated better patient care outcomes; and led the development and delivery of strategic resource initiatives in line with the Ambulance Victoria Rural Service Delivery Plan.

David Bruce is one of two new Deputy Chief Officers at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board. Having worked as an operational fire fighter for much of his career David recently assumed executive level roles with the MFB as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Acting Deputy Chief Officer. Most recently David worked as Regional Controller and State Agency Commander, and Acting Executive Director (DCO) Organisational Learning and Development where he was responsible for state level agency co-ordination and strategic planning, as well as ensuring operational training needs were fulfilled and the management of training facilities, and training-related partnerships.


Leigh Funston is the new Marketing & Communications Manager at Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, committed to serving the needs of our communities. The Trust is responsible for the care and long term maintenance of these eight distinctive cemetery locations.

Leigh Funston is the new Marketing Manager at Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. Highly experienced in strategic and corporate communications, Leigh was most recently Head, Stakeholder Relations at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). In this role Leigh oversaw the establishment of the survey research and media relations department, successfully completed a variety of research projects and significantly contributed to the transformation of AIM’s flagstaff publication, Management Today. Leigh also owned his own strategic communication consultancy firm earlier in his career, working across government, security and corporate sectors.


Megan Mulia is the new Director of Research & Information at Asialink

Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks.

Megan Mulia is the new Director of Research & Information at Asialink. Previously based in Singapore as Director, Institutes Group at KPMG, Megan is highly familiar with the Asian sector having managed KPMG’s research, information and market intelligence projects. In addition to managing the firm's external thought leadership initiatives, Megan contributed to the development of KPMG'sexternal communication programme. Prior to that, Megan was Content Acquisition Manager, Asia for Thomson Reuters where she was responsible for negotiating commercial and contractual terms with strategic information providers.


Professor Jeff Brooks is the new Professor of Educational Leadership at Monash University

Monash University is a large and successful university in Australia's Group of Eight research intensive universities, distinguished by its international focus and commitment to innovative research and high quality teaching and learning. It has an excellent reputation for high quality research output and undergraduate and graduate education, and is emerging as an institution that is realising its potential to integrate its diverse strengths into significant research and education programs.

Professor Jeff Brooks is a new Professor of Educational Leadership at Monash University. Prior to this appointment Jeff was Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Counseling at the University of Idaho. At present he is Series Editor of the Educational Leadership for Social Justice Book Series and Regional Associate Editor, North America of the International Journal of Educational Management. He was previously Editor of the Journal of School Leadership. Jeff has a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri and in 2013 was awarded the AESA Critics Choice Book Award for ‘Black school, white school: Racism and educational (mis)leadership’.


Exciting new appointments at at the Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner

The FOI Commissioner is responsible for conducting reviews of FOI decisions by agencies, handling FOI complaints, monitoring agencies’ compliance with any professional standards set by the Minister, reporting to Parliament on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (External link) and providing education, advice and guidance to agencies and the public on Victoria’s FOI regime.

Rachel Westaway and Michael Ison are the new Assistant Freedom of Information Commissioners

Rachel Westaway is one of two new Assistant Freedom of Information Commissioners at the Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner. Ms Westaway is a former federal tribunal member with extensive experience in media and community relations. Her experience includes having served as member of both the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal. Ms Westaway has also been Executive Director of Country Press NSW, Australia's oldest newspaper industry association, representing 130 member newspapers. She has also held management and community liaison roles with the National Trust of Australia, The Age and SBS.

Michael Ison is one of two new Assistant Freedom of Information Commissioners at the Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner. Mr Ison is a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria of 20 years standing with extensive experience in public administration and local government. He was formerly Corporate Solicitor at Maroondah City Council and convenor of the Victorian local government in-house lawyers group. Mr Ison is a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the Law Institute of Victoria.


Penelope Borland is the new Executive Director at Fulbright New Zealand

Fulbright New Zealand offers a range of exchange awards for New Zealanders and Americans wanting to study, research, teach or present their work in each other’s country. Jointly funded by the New Zealand and United States government, the organisation programme aims to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges.

Penelope Borland is the new Executive Director at Fulbright New Zealand. Recently Penelope has undertaken a number of stakeholder engagement, strategic and social marketing communications projects in which she was responsible for formulating strategic communications plans, key messages, and campaign deliverables. Prior to this Penelope was Chief Executive at Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA). Here, she maintained key relationships with stakeholders, oversaw organisational communications, including media relations, and negotiated on terms of trade and advocacy for the screen industry to government. Importantly Penelope developed a new and effective approach to influencing government policy formation for the screen industry, establishing SPADA as a trusted policy advisor.


Jennifer Windsor is the new Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in New Zealand, renowned for its teaching and research. It has established an international reputation for the high quality of its graduates and research and it has a proud tradition of academic excellence.

Jennifer Windsor is the new Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to this appointment Jennifer was Professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. In this capacity Jennifer oversaw all aspects of undergraduate education at the College including administrative and fiscal leadership, teaching and technological innovation, student engagement and success and strategic university collaborations. Jennifer was also previously Chair, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences where she was responsible for a variety of departmental functions.


Amanda Murphy is the new Chief Executive at Bentleigh Bayside Community Health

Bentleigh Bayside Community Health is a not for profit community health service.They are committed to providing quality healthcare to the local community, and are driven to achieve high quality, accessible, integrated services with active community involvement.

Amanda Murphy is the new Chief Executive at Bentleigh Bayside Community Health. Most recently in her capacity as Chief Executive at Nillumbik Community Health Service, Amanda developed and implemented new business models for a sustainable future, providing vision, leadership and strategic focus to the organisation. Specifically Amanda oversaw the organisation’s financial management, saw to sustainable and viable capital development, facilitated organisational restructures, led innovative service design and maintained continuous quality improvement and compliance. Prior to this Amanda was General Manager Corporate Planning & Development at Central Bayside Community Health Services.


Exciting new appointments at Victoria University

Primarily located in Melbourne's West and CBD, Victoria University is the only Australian University to offer both vocational training (TAFE) and higher education pathways. With more than 45,000 studying across 10 campus locations they are committed to being an excellent, engaged and accessible education institution.

Kerri-Lee Krause is the new Provost at Victoria University

Kerri-Lee Krause is the new Provost at Victoria University. Formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Sydney, Kerri-Lee brings a wealth of educational knowledge to her position having worked across Macquarie University, The University of Melbourne, and Griffith University in the fields of Education and Higher Education policy research. She has held several senior leadership roles focussing on quality enhancement and staff capacity building. Whilst at the University of Western Sydney Kerri-Lee was a member of the University Executive Committee and Senior Executive Group, and chaired a number of committees including the Senate Education and Assessment Committees. Additionally Kerri-Lee is the Universities Australia representative on the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education Board, and was a non-Executive Director of the UWS College Board as well as the Executive sponsor of the establishment of the new UWS Parramatta City campus in 2013. Kerri-Lee has a Phd in Education from Macquarie University and is a lifetime Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education.

Jonathan Tribe is the new Chief Operating Officer at Victoria University

Jonathan Tribe is the new Chief Operating Officer at Victoria University. An experienced senior executive, Jonathan previously worked as Chief Executive Officer at Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. In this role Jonathan was responsible for overseeing the organisation’s performance, and developing its strategic plan, giving particular consideration to changing community demographics and trends in industry. Jonathan also gained significant experience at Delaware North Companies where he worked as Managing Director, Delaware North Companies International, Managing Director, Delaware North Australia and National Director of Operations, Delaware North Australia.


Ray Geor is the new Pro-Vice Chancellor College of Sciences at Massey University

Massey University is one of New Zealand's premiere higher education institutions, with approximately 35,000 students. As New Zealand's most innovative and connected university, Massey prides itself on an outstanding calibre of teaching, high student satisfaction and a wide variety of opportunities ranging from distance to blended education.

Ray Geor is the new Pro-Vice Chancellorm College of Sciences at Massey University. Ray was previously Professor and Chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, where he led departmental engagements across a variety of areas, oversaw residency and graduate training programs, maintained and developed industry and government partnerships and facilitated a number of programs and initiatives. Prior to this Ray was Professor and Paul Mellon Distinguished Chair at Virginia Tech University. In this capacity he forged new research and teaching collaborations, engaged in effective fundraising and was Director of the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center.


Carolynne Lepp is the new Chief Risk Officer at the YMCA – NSW

YMCA NSW (the “Y”) is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting people to their communities to live healthier and happier lives. The YMCA delivers services to over 100 locations in NSW and also raises funds to deliver much needed community programs.

Carolynne Lepp is the new Chief Risk Officer at the YMCA – NSW. Prior to this appointment Carolynne was Head of Risk at King & Wood Mallesons where she developed the organisation’s business continuity and crisis management programs, implemented a risk management framework, facilitated the adoption of effective risk management measures as well as managed complex risk mitigation projects. In the past Carolynne was Head of Business Services & Operational Risk at King & Wood Mallesons where she was responsible for the strategic direction and management of business services.


Dr Amanda Ling is the new Executive Director, Strategy, Quality & Performance at Monash Health

Monash Health is a publicly funded health service that delivers health care across more than 40 locations in south eastern Melbourne, integrating primary, secondary and tertiary health services, as well as world-renowned research and teaching facilities.

Dr. Amanda Ling is the new Executive Director, Strategy, Quality & Performance at Monash Health. Amanda is highly experienced in the Health Sector having worked in both private & public health and was most recently Project Director, Activity Based Funding Program at the South Metropolitan Health Service in Western Australia. Whilst there she led the clinical integration of activity based funding for the health service, managed the ongoing implantation of the CapPlan Bed Management System and provided State representation to national committees involved with Activity Based Funding and Safety and Quality initiatives. In this capacity she was also Chair of the Australian Consortium for Classification Development – Classifications Clinical Advisory Group. Previously Amanda has been employed as Director, Office of Safety & Quality in Healthcare Clinical Lead, Activity Based Funding Program at the Department of Health (WA) and Executive Director at of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Group.


Peter Franzman is the new Director, Enterprise Portfolio Management Office at the Victorian WorkCover Authority

The Victorian WorkCover Authority is responsible for range of functions related to occupational health and safety in Victoria including helping avoid the occurence of workplace injuries, enforfcement of Victoria's occupational health and safety laws, and to help injured workers back in to the workforce.

Peter Franzman is the new Director, Enterprise Portfolio Management Office at the Victorian WorkCover Authority. Prior to this appointment Peter worked as a Director at a Private Consulting Firm where he provided services on strategic business development, delivery initiatives and business improvement and change. In the past Peter has been the General Manager of Practicus where he managed partnering, strategic planning and transformation initiatives, In addition to this Peter has worked at Sensis where he held the role of General Manager Delivery & Digital Development and in senior executive roles at Manheim and ANZ bank driving digital initiatives, BPR and business growth across Products and channels to market.


Michael Arceri is the new Director of Business at Brighton Grammar School

Brighton Grammar School is an Anglican boys school that offers education from Early Learning Centre to VCE stages. Specifically attuned to the educational requirements of boys at every stage of learning, Brighton Grammar School prides itself as an institution where 'we teach boys'.

Michael Arceri is the new Director of Business at Brighton Grammar School. Prior to this appointment Michael was employed at Camberwell Girls Grammar School as Business Manager & Company Secretary where he worked with the Principal & School Council to implement the school’s strategic direction. Specifically Michael was responsible for all financial operations including budgets and expenditure management, ownership for building and facility development in addition to leading the ICT Department, Human Resources & Industrial Relations functions.


John O’Neil is the new Director, Institute of Education at Massey University

Massey University is one of New Zealand's premiere higher education institutions, with approximately 35,000 students. As New Zealand's most innovative and connected university, Massey prides itself on an outstanding calibre of teaching, high student satisfaction and a wide variety of opportunities ranging from distance to blended education.

John O’Neil is the new Director, Institute of Education at Massey University. John is highly familiar with Massey University having previously been employed there as Director, Research Ethics, Professor of Teacher Education and Director of the Graduate School of Education. In his most recent position as Associate Director Research, Institute of Education John has led the introduction of a number of national and international research networking initiatives including an international research exchange consortium, as well as leading the re-orientation of the Institute to a data-led, goal-oriented, accountable research strategy. Additionally John’s academic work in education policy is highly commended in national and international publications, and he was recently awarded the Sustained Excellence in Teacher Education Award from the Teacher Education Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.


Exciting new appointments at Emergency Management Victoria

Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) is the new overarching body for Victoria’s emergency management sector that will reside within the Department of Justice. The need for this new statutory body was identified following recent major emergencies, with Victoria now establishing a world class unified emergency management unit.

Adam Dent is the new Director, Relief & Recovery

Adam Dent is the new Director, Relief & Recovery at Emergency Management Victoria. Prior to this appointment Adam was employed at the Australian Red Cross as both State Manager Emergency Services, and Acting Executive Director. In this senior management capacity Adam worked on the delivery of the Red Cross Strategy through change management, strategic innovation, reform and implementation in Victoria. Prior to this role Adam also was employed as Manager, Information Technology and Business Services at Monash University and Managing Director and Principal of a boutique consulting firm targeted around strategy, business improvement and human resources practices.

Joe Buffone is the new Director, Risk & Resilience

Joe Buffone is the new Director, Risk & Resilience at Emergency Management Victoria. Joe was previously employed at the Country Fire Authority as Deputy Chief Officer Readiness and Response where he was responsible for daily coordination with CFA regions, advice and support to the Chief Officer and Fire Services/Emergency Management Commissioner in addition to ensuring optimal service delivery. Joe gained further emergency management experience as Emergency Management Coordinator at the Port of Melbourne Corporation and more recently as Deputy Commissioner Planning & Policy at the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner.

Catherine Greaves is the new Director, Corporate Support Services

Catherine Greaves has been appointed as the new Director, Corporate Support Services at Emergency Management Victoria. Prior to the appointment, Catherine was Director Corporate Services at Latrobe Regional Hospital where she was responsible for the provision of policy and strategic guidance for the achievement of quality, cost effective support services. Catherine further developed her management skills at Wellington Shire Council where she held a number of leadership roles including Manager, Organisation Development.


Tony Pearce is the new Inspector General, Emergency Management at the Department of Justice (VIC)

The Department of Justice delivers high-quality services to Victorians and supports a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria. Employing over 7000 staff the department stretches across a number of portfolios including Police and Emergency Services, the Attorney General, Bushfire Response, Corrections, Crime Prevention, Liquor, Gaming & Racing Regulation & Consumer Affairs.

Tony Pearce is the new Inspector General, Emergency Management at the Department of Justice (VIC). Tony is highly experienced in the Emergency Management sector having previously worked at the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure as Executive Director, Emergency Risk and Resilience. During this time Tony provided advice to Portfolio Ministers and the Departmental Secretary on key security risks and emergencies. Previously Tony was the Director General Emergency Management Australia, Federal Attorney-General’s Department and Director Emergency Management and Security at the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner.


Suzanne McChesney is the new Campus Principal, Pakenham at Beaconhills College

Beaconhills College is committed to fostering the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social development of it students through a variety of programs designed to meet their diverse needs, abilities and aspirations. With main campuses in Pakenham and Berwick, the college provides a comprehensive and holistic education at all levels of learning.

Suzanne McChesney is the new Campus Principal, Pakenham at Beaconhills College. Suzanne is a highly experienced leader in the education sector having worked previously as Principal at The Knox School and Seymour College. During her time at The Knox School Suzanne led the successful implementation of the strategic plan, developed an expansive community outreach program, embraced technological innovation in education and established a strong and positive culture for the school community. Suzanne has also worked as both a primary and secondary school teacher and has a Masters of Educational Management from Flinders University.


Phillip Bain is new Chief Executive Officer at Plenty Valley Community Health

Plenty Valley Community Health provides public primary healthcare in the outer north of Melbourne. Founded in 1996, PVCH now employs over 200 staff and provides more than 173,000 services to clients each year including quality allied health, social support, disability, dental and health promotion services.

Phillip Bain is the new Chief Executive Officer at Plenty Valley Community Health. Phillip is a seasoned professional in the field of Public Health having previously worked as Chief Executive Officer at Goulburn Valley Medicare Local. In this role Phillip was responsible for advising the Board, financial management of the organisation, strategic planning and compliance as well as stakeholder engagement. Additionally Phillip has held a number of Board positions including Commissioner for the Victorian Multi Cultural Commission (2011-2013) and Director and Board President of Darebin Community Health Service (2002-2012).


Shileen Costain is the new Manager, Marketing & Recruitment at Monash College

Monash College Pty Ltd (MCPL) is a wholly owned company of Monash University. Established in 1994, MCPL operates as a high quality education provider focussed on transition education programs which aim to prepare students for success at Monash University and in their future professional careers.

Shileen Costain is the new Manager, Marketing & Recruitment at Monash College. Prior to this appointment Shileen worked as Head of Marketing at Pearson Australia and Singapore where she was responsible for providing strategic focus, devising and implementing marketing strategies, sourcing and developing staff as well as liaising with key stakeholders. Shileen is an experienced marketing professional in the education sector having also worked as Head of Marketing, Pearson Asia Pacific, and Head of Marketing, Pearson Australia.


Suresh Thennadil is the new Professor of Chemical Engineering at Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an institution based on firm foundations in the Northern Territory with a long history of delivering value through education in Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education, research and community engagement to the Territory and the nation.

Suresh Thennadil is the new Professor of Chemical Engineering at Charles Darwin University. Suresh is internationally renowned for his work in the Chemical Engineering field having been awarded the Advanced Research Fellowship by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council between 2003 and 2008. More recently Suresh was employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Department of Chemical and Process Engineering where he had administrative, teaching and research responsibilities.


Stuart Biddle is the new Professor of Active Living & Public Health at Victoria University

Primarily located in Melbourne's West and CBD, Victoria University is the only Australian University to offer both vocational training (TAFE) and higher education pathways. With more than 45,000 studying across 10 campus locations they are committed to being an excellent, engaged and accessible education institution.

Stuart Biddle is the new Professor of Active Living & Public Health at Victoria University. Stuart is highly experienced in the field of Sport & Exercise Sciences having previously worked as Head of School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University (UK). Prior to this Stuart also held the position of President at the International Society for Behavioural Nutritional and Physical Activity and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Psychology of Sport & Exercise.


Exciting new appointments at MIND Australia

MIND Australia is a leading provider of mental health services, ranging from personalised to residential care services, as well as preventative and support measures. Their approach focuses on proactive and purposeful engagement to build strong relationships between clients and staff.

Annabelle Kirwan is the new General Manager, People & Development

Annabelle Kirwan is the new General Manager, People & Development at MIND Australia. Prior to this appointment Annabelle was a Senior HR Consultant for Hays Consulting where she developed a new workforce structure for her client Parks Victoria, involving an in depth workforce analysis and an understanding of delivery requirements. Previously Annabelle worked at Queensland Health, Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service as Executive Director People & Culture, and Barwon Health as Human Resources Manager, gaining significant experience in the health sector. In 2012 Annabelle was the Vice President for the Queensland State Council for the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Jackie van Vugt is the new Communications Manager

Jackie van Vugt is the new Communications Manager at Mind Australia. In her previous role as Senior Manager, Policy, Research & Communications at Penington Institute (formerly Anex), a national NGO providing leadership on harm reduction strategies targeting illicit drug use, Jackie led the re-brand of the organisation. She also played a key role in expanding her team's capabilities to manage integrated program and campaign activity, expand online advocacy efforts and establish new sponsorship support partnerships. She has further experience in the health sector having worked for The Alannah Madeline Foundation, VicHealth and Australian Unity in a number of Communications, Marketing and Program related roles.


Simone Zelenich is the new Executive Director People & Culture at the Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to providing outstanding paediatric care to Victorian families. With close to 4000 staff the hospital provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care, and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.

Simone Zelenich is the new Executive Director People & Culture at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Prior to this appointment Simone held a number of HR-related roles at the Hospital including Director HR Policy and Partnerships, Director HR Consultancy and most recently Director HR. In this role Simone led and managed key change initiatives in addition to introducing and implementing new HR processes to improve performance. Simone also worked at Ambulance Victoria as Manager HR Policy & Strategy and Ballarat and Clarendon College as Senior HR Advisor. Simone holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education (Research).


Alexander van Amelsvoort is the new Policy Research Manager at the Committee for Melbourne

The Committee for Melbourne is an influential not-for-profit, nonpartisan, member network that unites Melbourne's leaders and organisations to ensure its economic, social and environmental fabric remains inclusive, progressive and sustainable.

Sander van Amelsvoort is the new Policy & Research Manager at the Committee for Melbourne. Sander previously worked as Policy and Research Officer at the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Whilst there Sander was responsible for undertaking research projects to support VECCI’s advocacy efforts, including representation at a number of public events, converting policy and advocacy material into media articles, and administering VECCI's quarterly business survey. He is currently a Board Member of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia, where he is responsible for facilitating trade ties between the Netherlands and Australia. Sander has a Master of Science – Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Economics - Financial Services Management from Inholland University.


Susan O’Neill is the new Chief Executive Officer at Albury Wodonga Health

Albury Wodonga Health is Australia’s only Australia's only cross-border Public Health Service, with a community of approximately 150,000 citizens. They are committed to enhance the health and wellbeing of the people of Albury-Wodonga through the provision of a wide range of services including Clinical Care, Maternity Services, Mental Health Care, Palliative Care and Rehabilitative services.

Susan O’Neill is the new Chief Executive Officer at Albury Wodonga Health. Susan is a highly experienced Health sector executive having previously worked as Executive Director of Nursing at Cabrini Health. Here, she was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and plans to improve and manage the change management agenda, in addition to important operational and leadership functions. During this time she has overseen significant improvements in staff and patient outcomes and led the development of systems to maintain high quality health standards. Prior to this Susan has held executive roles at the Southern Adelaide Health Service and Flinders Medical Centre.


Ashleigh Martin is the new Director of Teaching & Learning at Caulfield Grammar School

Caulfield Grammar School is a renowned educational facility located across five separate campuses, with a student population of over 3,000. Led by Principal, Rev. Andrew Syme, the school offers a wide variety of programs that, inspired by their Anglican tradition and value, aim to produce quality outcomes for learning, community, reputation, resourcing and employees.

Ashleigh Martin is the new Director of Teaching & Learning at Caulfield Grammar School. Prior to this appointment Ashleigh was Head of Middle School at Caulfield Grammar where he oversaw over 500 students, leading and managing the development of quality teaching and learning within the school. In this capacity he was built a professional learning community, adopted innovative methods and developed positive partnerships to ensure vision and strategic goals were being met. Ashleigh has worked across a number of educational institutes including the Australian International School Singapore and St Kevin’s College, and has almost completed his Master of Educational Leadership.


Iona Holsted is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Education Review Office

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. Several different types of reviews and evaluations are carried out by the ERO including education reviews, home-school reviews, cluster reviews of education institutions and services, contract evaluations and national evaluations on education topics.

Iona Holsted is the new Chief Executive and Chief Review Officer of the ERO. Prior to this appointment, she held various roles in the State Services Commission in New Zealand over a period of 12 years, including serving as Deputy Commissioner for six years. Iona’s most recent role was Deputy Chief Executive - Students, Seniors and Integrity Services, where she held responsibility for services to seniors including StudyLink, as well as ensuring the integrity of the benefit system.


Leanne Sumpter is the new Executive Manager Employment Relations at Box Hill Institute of TAFE

Box Hill Institute of TAFE is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider with six campuses in the Melbourne area. By providing over 1,400 courses delivered internationally and within industry, covering a broad range of qualifications, Box Hill aims to provide training and education to meet the workforce needs of the community, while allowing students to participate and optimise opportunities in the employment market.

Leanne Sumpter is the new Executive Manager Employment Relations at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. Prior to this appointment Leanne was a Workplace Relations Consultant at Box Hill where she provided expert consultation on a range of employment issues and industrial relations matters, including facilitating change management processes. Leanne has extensive experience in employee relations having also worked as Workforce Services Consultant for the Victorian TAFE Association, and Acting Executive Director at the Australian Institute of Employee Rights (AIER). In addition she has a Master of Business (Industrial Relations/Human Resources) and was previously a lecturer at the School of Management, Victorian University.


Fiona Blair is the new General Manager Infrastructure and Amenity at the City of Port Phillip

Located just south of the Melbourne city centre, the City of Port Phillip is a highly sought after inner city area. The City of Port Phillip is home to a diverse and vibrant community, bustling village precincts, industry and commerce and 12 kilometres of sweeping foreshore enjoyed by residents and visitors all year round.

Fiona Blair is the new General Manager Infrastructure and Amenity at the City of Port Phillip. Most recently as Property Services Manager Fiona was responsible for leading transformational change that included implementing a new team and governance structure as well as liaising with key stakeholders. In this capacity she also developed a 5-year building renewal plan, and cultivated workshops for staff development. Fiona is highly familiar with the City of Port Phillip having previously worked as the Youth & Recreation Coordinator, Manager Parks & Open Spaces, Acting Manager Property & Capital Works and Acting General Manager City and Infrastructure Services.


Nikolaos Kazantzis is the new Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University

Monash University is a prominent Australian University, distinguished by its international focus and commitment to innovative research and high quality teaching and learning. With six campuses in Victoria, Australia, a campus in Malaysia, a campus in South Africa, and a centre in Prato, Italy, Monash has almost 60,000 students spread across its Australian and off-shore campuses, and over 7,000 full time equivalent staff.

Nikolaos Kazantzis is the new Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Nikolaos has significant experience across a number of educational institutions in the Psychology field including Massey University, the University of Malta, and most recently as Senior Lecturer and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit at La Trobe University. He is currently the Australian Delegate for the International Association for Cognitive Psychology and Editor-in-Chief of the leading professional practice journal “Australian Psychologist”. In addition, Nikolaos has been appointed to a number of senior consultative roles for Professional Societies and Organizations, including the Australian Psychological Society, the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists.


Exciting new appointments at Falls Creek Resort Management

Falls Creek Resort Management is responsible for the day-to-day management of Falls Creek, Australia’s most enjoyable and environmentally sustainable alpine resort. They are committed to delivering long term social and economic benefits to the region, whilst preserving and enhancing the environment and maintaining a high quality of facilities.

Callum Brown is the new Infrastructure & Mountain Response Director at Falls Creek Resort Management

Callum Brown is the new Infrastructure & Mountain Response Director at Falls Creek Resort Management. In his previous role at AMEC Australia Pty Ltd, Callum provided direction and guidance for the Solar Project Sector; liaising with key US contacts and developing business and technical frameworks as Solar Sector Lead. Having assumed many senior project manager positions within AMEC, CSL Limited and JRH Biosciences (USA), Callum is highly familiar with overseeing projects to completion and has a background in mechanical and electrical engineering.

Ben Derrick is the new Economic Development & Land Management Director at Falls Creek Resort Management

Ben Derrick is the new Economic Development & Land Management Director at Falls Creek Resort Management. Ben is highly knowledgeable with regard to the Falls Creek environment, having previously been employed as Natural Resources Manager for Falls Creek Resort Management. In this role he was responsible for strategic environmental planning, policy development, risk management, budget development and all environmental operations and programs. Ben has an extensive skiing background having competed in cross-country skiing and currently is chair of the Ski and Snowboard Australia Cross-Country Committee.


Andrew Baylis is the new Director of Learning & Research at Melbourne Grammar School

Founded in 1858, Melbourne Grammar School educates some 1,800 students from Prep to Year 12. It fosters excellence through learning and leadership and offers an educational experience ranging across intellectual, social, cultural, spiritual and physical pursuits.

Andrew Baylis is the new Director of Learning & Research at Melbourne Grammar School. In his previous appointment as Director of Teaching & Learning at Brighton Grammar School, Andrew was responsible for integrating the primary program into the whole school journey, increasing the focus on personalised learning, introducing a new learning management system and actively using data to inform learning progress and teacher improvement. Andrew has extensive experience in the education sector having worked in a number of roles including Deputy Head, Director of Studies, Head of Science and Head of Physics across a number of educational institutions. Additionally he has a Master of Educational Management Degree from Melbourne University.


Mark Henderson is the new Chief Executive Officer at Moira Shire Council

Moira Shire has its location on the majestic Murray River and is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria. Just 250km North East of Melbourne, Moira is close to other regional centres including Shepparton, Wangaratta, Echuca-Moama and Albury Wodonga and boasts a population of almost 30,000.

Mark Henderson is the new Chief Executive Officer at Moira Shire Council. Mark is highly regarded in the Local Government sector having previously held Chief Executive Positions at Mildura Rural City Council, Hervey Bay City Council (now part of Fraser Coast), Albury City and the Alpine Shire. In his most recent appointment at Mildura Rural City Mark led key restructuring within the council, as well as liaising with key stakeholders across industry and government to secure state funding to support solar industry development, riverfront development, as well as significant investment from Woolworths and a Bio-Mass Energy Project. As an experienced senior executive Mark brings a wealth of knowledge to his appointment in both agricultural and regional tourism having previously been a board member for the Local Government Professionals Association, Murray Regional Tourism, Destination Albury Wodonga and a number of other University and Health related organisations.


James Higgins is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board

Established under the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958 the MFESB's functions are to provide for fire safety, fire suppression and fire prevention services, and emergency prevention and response services in the Metropolitan Fire District. Assisting almost three million Melbourne residents, spanning a metropolitan district of almost 1,000 square kilometres, the MFB is committed to delivering fire and emergency management services, driving systematic change to the built environment and investing in research and prevention programs to improve community safety and resilience.

James Higgins is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board (MFESB). James is a highly accomplished and experienced senior executive having work across large multidisciplinary emergency services and human services organisations. In his previous appointment as Executive Director Corporate Services Group James managed a staff of 12,000 with a budget of $3.7billion, in addition to providing high-level policy and strategy advice to the Department Secretary and to State Government Ministers on a daily basis. James is highly familiar with the emergency services industry having worked across the Queensland Ambulance Service and Northumbria Ambulance Service. Whilst at the Queensland Ambulance Service in his capacity as Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner James managed the leadership and strategic direction of a staff of approximately 3500, with a fleet of 1000 vehicles and 280 service delivery locations. In addition to his industry experience James as undertaken post graduate studies in Public Sector Management and Health Administration, contributing to his extensive skill set.


Professor Michael Ewing is the new Pro-Vice Chancellor Business and Law at Deakin University

Deakin University is a multi-award winning Australian University with campuses in Burwood, Geelong and Warrnambool. Leading the sector for student satisfaction (Australian Graduate Survey 2011 and 2012) Deakin has an international reputation for their cutting edge facilities, research and teaching earning a QS 5 star Rating for Excellence in 2013.

Professor Michael Ewing is the new Pro-Vice Chancellor Business and Law at Deakin University. Mike has an extensive academic career having previously been employed at Monash University in the roles of Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of Business and Economics, Peninsula Campus and Head of the Department of Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Throughout this time Mike has heavily contributed to his academic field through the publication of 115 articles across refereed international journals, in addition to teaching across 16 countries. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards for his academic involvement and has taught MBA courses at a number of Universities. Prior to his academic career Mike also worked as a marketing research manager and has consulted and delivered executive education programs for a variety of organisations.


Professor Jo Barraket is the new Director, Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Swinburne is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

Professor Jo Barraket is the new Director, Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology. Previously, Jo was Associate Professor of Social Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship at Queensland University of Technology. Jo’s academic career also spans across the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney in a variety of teaching and researching capacities. In her relevant research areas of social enterprise; social entrepreneurship; social innovation; and the socio-political effects of online technologies Jo has 45 significant publications, including 34 referred publications. Currently she is the Independent Chair of the Research and Impact Measurement Working Group of the SIEE Alliance and Associate Editor, Social Enterprise Journal (UK).


Professor John Hosking is the new Dean of Science at the University of Auckland

Founded in 1883, The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest university with 38,500 students, nearly 10,000 of who graduate annually. In addition to four specialist campuses, Auckland’s main campus lies in the heart of Auckland City. Renowned for its research strengths and vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan atmosphere the University has the highest international ranking in New Zealand.

Professor John Hosking is the new Dean of Science at the University of Auckland. John Hosking has a long history with the University of Auckland having completed his Bachelor and PhD Degree there, before beginning his academic career as a Teaching Fellow. During this time he has been a Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science. Directly prior to this appointment, John was Dean and Director, College of Engineering and Computer Science at Australian National University, managing 200 staff and 1700 students across two Research Schools. John also has a widespread research career and is involved in a number of boards including Co-chair IEEE Visual Languages/Human Centric Computing 2014.


Rebecca Hall is the new Director, International Education at the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (VIC)

The Department of State Development, Business and Innovation is primarily responsible for supporting the Government’s goal of a stronger, sustainable economy. By working together with business, government and the community the Department endeavours to; help Victorian businesses boost productivity through innovation and technology, increase market intelligence to provide greater scope for investment, promote Victoria to enhance tourism and to create greater opportunities for businesses to be more competitive in the global marketplace.

Rebecca Hall is the new Director, International Education at the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (VIC). Prior to this appointment Rebecca held the role of Manager Griffith Global Mobility and Deputy Director International at Griffith University where she played a key role in providing strategic and operational leadership for international student engagement and projects, as well as developing and researching a number of international business opportunities and relationships with key stakeholders. Additionally Rebecca also contributed to the development of the International Education program at the International Education Resources Group and TAFE Directors Australia, and she is currently undertaking a PhD at Bond University on “Australia’s International Education as Public Diplomacy”.


Professor Grant Guilford is the new Vice-Chancellor at the Victoria University of Wellington

Chancellor Ian McKinnon announced that the next Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Victoria University of Wellington will be Professor Grant Guilford.“Professor Guilford will bring a wealth of leadership experience to Victoria. He is an outstanding academic who has had a highly successful career in research and teaching. The Council of Victoria University believes his experience, knowledge and leadership style are the right mix to continue Victoria’s proud tradition of an institution of excellent academic standing with a world-class reputation,” says Chancellor McKinnon.

Professor Guilford is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Auckland and a member of the Senior Management Team. He has successfully led large and complex academic organisations, beginning with the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University and continuing to his current role as Dean of Sciences. The Faculty has approximately 850 staff and 7,500 students, including 1,400 postgraduates. It spans natural and social science disciplines, encompasses a number of professions and has revenues in excess of $180 million.


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