University Leaders

Prof. Justin Beilby

Vice-Chancellor
It’s a very exciting time to be a part of Torrens University as it establishes its presence as part of a global network of education, which is focused around the business of education and about providing the right environment for our students to flourish.

Professor Justin Beilby was appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia in January 2015. Prior to taking on this role, he completed 10 years as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, which required oversight of all academic, educational and research programs. Responsible for budgeting and resource management (budget $220 million annually) and the management of 750 staff, 1500 Affiliate members and 3500 students across a number of locations within the state, he led the academic development of a new $200 million Medical and Nursing School in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct for the last two years. He has demonstrated experience and skills in research, both clinical and policy related, workforce planning, financial and people management, philanthropic funding, leading major capital programs, leading change programs and governance. He is a qualified practising General Practitioner, board member and leader in primary care/general practice reform in Australia over the past 20 years combined with an extensive senior management career at the University of Adelaide.

Justin is an excellent communicator and negotiator, able to inspire and develop staff, affiliates and committee members from diverse backgrounds to achieve the required results. He is enthusiastic, passionate, resilient and dedicated to improving the standard and quality of health care and tertiary education and research both within Australia and internationally.

As a member of the senior management team of the University of Adelaide, Justin was involved in managing extensive change within the University, as the sector adapts to the digital revolution, learning and teaching reform, increased research accountability and complexity, globalisation, and the need to expand the range of quality educational programs to cater for all students’ requirements. In addition to overseeing all academic, educational and research programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, health sciences and psychology, he has been involved in research, both clinical and policy related, in the areas of workforce planning, primary care financing, chronic illness and the quality use of medicines for almost 20 years, in urban and rural settings. This has led to significant publications in the area of new models of chronic illness management, asthma, diabetes, primary care financing and workforce planning. He has had broad international participation with experience in establishing educational and research partnerships in the United States, Middle East, China, South East Asia and Japan.

Justin’s qualifications

  • MBBS
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Master of Public Health

Business

Assoc. Prof. Susan Lambert

Program Director, Commerce and Accounting

Before joining Torrens University, Susan worked as a higher education consultant in relation to online course development and quality assurance. In the 6 years prior, Susan was employed by the University of South Australia as Associate Professor and Director, Undergraduate Programs for the Business School and as Associate Head Teaching and Learning for the School of Commerce. Prior to joining the University of South Australia, Susan was a senior lecturer at Flinders University Business School where she taught a variety of commerce courses and was involved in the management and teaching of international programs at both undergraduate and Master’s level.

Susan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and commenced her professional life as a public accountant, providing information systems, taxation and accounting services. Susan then became a sales consultant for IBM (large systems).

Susan’s qualifications

  • PhD (Accounting & Finance)

Dr. Justin Pierce

MBA Program Director, Business
The single most satisfying, most transfixing experiences of my life are those when I have learned something. I simply delight in that exquisite moment when inspiration and wonder are sharpened in a new synaptic linkage, whether mine or my students.

An educator for twenty years, Justin first started teaching at fifteen when he was employed as a professional music teacher. In the time since, Justin has taught in the high school, VET, undergraduate and postgraduate sectors in music, computer science, information systems, economics, strategy and management. With a first class honours degree in business IT and after earning his PhD in Information Systems,

Justin entered the industry, working in retail management for Target Australia and, later, the Cotton On Group. Justin worked in the merchandise office, managed operations in the Design and Innovation Group, managed ethical sourcing as well as project managing various enterprise-wide, multi-million dollar, high-risk, multi-stakeholder projects involving the intersection of people, process and technology in fast-paced environments. During his industry engagements, Justin maintained simultaneous connections to Deakin University, RMIT University and Chifley Business School, continuing to teach subjects in each of those institution’s respective business programs. Justin served on Deakin’s School of Information Systems Industry Advisory Board for twelve years and most recently chaired Chifley’s Academic Board until the Torrens acquisition. Justin is a frequent guest speaker, bridging industry and education.

In his spare time, Justin undertakes selected consulting and has delivered value in local government, education, medical research, security, safety and software development settings.

  • Teaching areas: Strategy, Economics, Operations, Management, Information Systems, Finance.
  • Research interests: Justin’s primary research interests centre on education and andragogy.
  • Current research projects: curriculum design in information systems.

Justin’s qualifications

  • Diploma of Company Directors
  • Bachelor of Information Technology with First Class Honours
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Jyotirmoy Podder

Lecturer, Business
The small sized, workshop-style learning environments at Torrens are a beauty as they encourage discussion on real life business problems and solutions. The most important part of this student centric approach is visibility, engagement and participation, which these environments promote.

Jyotirmoy has experience working in both academia and industry. During his PhD candidacy, he was also a Teaching Associate and Research Assistant at Monash University. Before commencement of PhD, he worked in the BTA Vantage Pty Limited, NSW, as an assistant accountant. He also worked as a lecturer at Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), where he taught Accounting and Finance courses at Master level, coordinated training and workshops, and conducted research and consultancy. His teaching portfolio includes Fundamentals of Accounting, Financial Analysis and Valuation, Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Commercial Banking and Finance, Managing Financial Institutions, Derivatives and Risk Management, Financial Institutions and Markets, and Research Methodology.

Jyotirmoy’s Qualifications

  • PhD (Accounting & Finance)
  • MBA (International Business)
  • MCom (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Melissa Denison

Lecturer, Business
Being a part of the academic teaching team at Torrens University Australia is a positive and enjoyable experience for me. The focus on small class sizes and industry experience provides both an interactive and innovative learning environment between myself and the students. Students are engaged and pro-active in their learning of new concepts, which adds to the satisfaction of my role as a facilitator.

Melissa has had over 10 years’ teaching experience in various universities in Adelaide and has extensive experience teaching students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melissa’s previous academic appointment was at Kaplan Business School where she taught financial accounting and taxation law and was the Deputy Academic Head.

Melissa is a certified practising accountant with over 15 years’ industry experience. Melissa worked as a senior accountant for Grant Thornton and PKF chartered accountants, specialising in taxation and financial accounting. Melissa moved to London in 1997 and worked as a management accountant for the BBC and was later employed by Asprey Ltd as a senior financial accountant.

Melissa’s Qualifications

  • Master of Professional Accounting

Greg Harper

Pro Vice Chancellor, Business and Entrepreneurship
'What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!' (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Greg Harper is a highly experienced educator, executive, leader, and consultant. The former General Manager of Swinburne Industry Solutions, Greg has held a number of senior executive positions in the public and private sectors: for example, Chief Executive of a large Queensland TAFE Institute and a Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Education and Training. He is a highly experienced
organisational development consultant having worked with some of Australia’s leading corporations. As a leader Greg’s focus is on developing people by providing coaching and developmental assignments.
At Laureate Australia, Greg is Pro Vice Chancellor, Business and Entrepreneurship. In this role he provides educational and academic leadership for Torrens University’s business programs. A key focus is the growth of Laureate’s business programs in Australia by providing programs that ensure students are both very employable and resourceful. These highly valued programs will be delivered in most capital cities and on-line. A second key focus is developing executive learning and development programs for organisations in Australia. The final key focus is the development of strategies to foster and facilitate industry engagement across the University to enhance the employment outcomes of graduates and to promote industry-engaged research.

Mark Viega

APM VET Program Manager
Assisting students on their journey to reach their goals is one of the delights of working in this role and it's rewarding to see the transformation a student undergoes from when they start to graduation.

Mark has been enjoying a successful lecturing career in Business and Hospitality for almost 8 years. Starting out studying IT whilst working casually for a 5-Star hotel, in only a matter of months, he was offered a managerial role at the hotel and has never looked back.

He realised that a career in hotel management presented unique opportunities found in no other industry. Having held several managerial positions with global organisations in Australia as well as enjoying some challenging roles in America. he joined Torrens University Australia in 2012 as a sessional lecturer and is now enjoying the role of Program Manager for the faculty.

Mark’s qualifications

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Advanced Diploma of Business Management

Jack Iveson

Head of Academic Studies, APM College at Torrens University

Jack has worked in the education field for the last 12 years, after a successful career in small business as a Head Chef, as well as an owner/operator spanning 6 countries and 4 continents. He was initially employed as a Trainer for CERT IV in TAA at Southern Cross Training, followed up by 3 years at Carrick Institute of Education, William Blue, and now APM at Torrens. Jack was at the forefront of the online development programs at Think Education, having created several student engagement programs such as Peer Support schemes, as well as other engagement models such as the Online Advisor programs. He was a driver of the Career Coaching program in Project Delta, and is currently writing new courses with the 8+8+8 degrees being rolled out in Torrens in 2017.

Jack is passionate about the potential in all of our students, and through his Gallup Strengths coaching certification is ready to take the next step in our development of curriculum, positive psychology and coaching conversations as pedagogical tools.

Jack’s qualifications

  • BA English Literature and Music Theory, MA Creative Writing, CERT IV in TAE

Achievements

  • Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
  • Blue Ribbon in Professional Chef Accreditation
  • ICE New York, New York

Jeannie Wang

Program Manager - Bachelor of Business (Event Management)

Jeannie Wang has over 20 years’ experience in both Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training sectors in Australia. Prior to her appointment at APM Torrens University, Jeannie worked in a variety of roles as a lecturer, Head Teacher, special project manager, Faculty Director, Business Development Manager and Director of Promotions with the two largest TAFENSW institutes.

Jeannie has an extensive industry experience spanning over 14 years in the areas of Events, Tourism and Hospitality. She has worked in a variety of operational and management positions within these industry fields. Her tourism experience ranges from retail travel agencies, guiding services to publishing tourism books in cooperation with a team of writers. She played a major role in the opening up of the first international hotel in China by working with the Vice President from Sheraton Asia Pacific Headquarter and other key personalities. In events, Jeannie’s experience includes in-house hotel events or staging public space events in venues such as the Australia Technology Park.

One of Jeannie’s career highlights in the event industry was to be appointed by the NSW Department of Education as the Senior Manager in developing the Training Needs Analysis for the largest world expo so far – World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Due to her quality work and versatile skills, she was invited to join another key project which was the development of the Master Training Plan for this hugely successful world event.

Jeannie was also the winner of NSW Minister for Education’s Quality Teaching Award in 2005.

Jeannie’s qualifications

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts in Leisure Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training
  • Bachelor of Arts (English & Literature)

Design

Dr. Jens Schroeder

Head of Academic Studies, Design
Torrens is the first new university in Australia in 20 years, and that comes with a new approach to learning and teaching.

Dr Jens Schroeder is passionate about everything digital and video games in particular. He first explored this field in his German Master thesis, which covered the history of digital games in East Germany. His doctoral thesis deals with the differences in perception of mass media and games in Germany and Australia and how these differences relate to modes of distinction. The thesis is the first social history of gaming for both countries. Both his Master thesis and his PhD were released as books.

Jens presented papers at a number of conferences, spoke at German and Australian universities, and managed an award-winning creative media institute. He worked in a Berlin-based games studio, acts as an assessor for the NSW Government’s Interactive Media Fund and judges entries for the AIMIA Awards.

A firm believer in the transformative power of digital games, he also is part of a start-up that explores game-based learning solutions for teaching English to students in developing economies in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

Jens’ Qualifications

  • Master of Arts and Media
  • Master of Cultural Studies

David McInnes

Lecturer, Design
Torrens is an inspiring place in which to work and learn, both in terms of the office environment and the people I work with. It is a privilege to work with such high calibre staff as are present at Torrens.

In a career spanning 30 years, David has fulfilled the roles of graphic designer, art director, creative director, consultant and educator in a succession of positions in the corporate and public sectors.

As a creative director, David has extensive industry experience having worked in design studios, advertising agencies and in public relations. He brings a full range of design, art direction, creative direction and management skills to studio and classroom environments.

Having studied tertiary teaching at a postgraduate level, David is a passionate and patient mentor and teacher.

David’s Qualifications

  • Diploma of Art & Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Graphic Communication
  • Graduate Diploma in Graphic Communication
  • Master of Design
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching

Darren Taljaard

Lecturer, Design
My previous experience in creative agencies is highly valued by students and colleagues alike, meaning that my role is fulfilling and rewarding. Creativity, innovation and adaptation are encouraged and supported at various levels. We integrate real-life working practice with academic and experiential learning, to provide a very compelling degree program.

The first 15 years of Darren’s career were spent as a designer, art director and studio manager in advertising and design studios based in South Africa. TV, radio, web, print and out-of-home advertising were combined with corporate identity, packaging and general marketing communications as well as publication design.

Darren then shifted focus by joining a university, teaching design, advertising, copywriting and photography. Three years later, he and his family migrated to Australia, where he re-entered the design industry. Roles in South Australia included managing the Bickfords design studio as well as becoming Creative Director of Tucker Creative – a design agency providing digital, brand and packaging solutions to clients in Canada, USA, New Zealand, China and Australia.

In January 2015, Darren returned to higher education, joining Torrens University Australia as lecturer within the BMD program. He is passionate about seeing students come to terms with the complexities of design and determined to see them apply critical thinking skills to create superb media pieces and solve problems across multiple industries

Darren’s Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Media Studies
  • NDip Graphic Design

Hospitality

Dr. Edmund Goh

Head of Academic Studies - Leura Campus

Dr Edmund Goh is based at the BMIHMS Leura Campus. He has lectured across various universities such as University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong, and University of Technology Sydney before joining the Blue Mountains faculty. He holds a PhD from University of Queensland, Master of Commerce from University of Sydney and a Master of Marketing (by Research) from University of Wollongong.

Over the past 10 years, Dr Goh has received numerous awards in recognition of his teaching such as the Dean citation Award by University of Sydney in 2008 for his excellence in teaching. He has also been recognised for his research potential through various scholarships and grants with a total value of $AU150000 from University of Wollongong, University of Queensland and The Australia Research Council.

Dr Goh is an active researcher and sees research as a hobby. He has worked and published with some of the best researchers in Hospitality, Tourism, and Marketing. To date, Edmund has published over 30 research articles in leading conferences and journals such as International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Environmental Education Research, Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, Higher Learning Research Communications, International Journal of Public Policy and International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing.

His research has also been presented in leading conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Macau, Hong Kong, Philipines, Singapore, Thailand, Holland, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Dubai.

Edmund’s qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland 2015
  • Master bof Business (Marketing), University of Wollongong 2007
  • Master of Commerce, University of Sydney 2005
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Curtin University of Technology 2002

Dr. Rajka Presbury

Senior Lecturer

Dr Presbury is a Senior Lecturer at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University.

From 1999 to 2008, she was lecturer and course coordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the College of Business, University of Western Sydney. From 1995 to 1998 she was the Senior Lecturer of the William Blue College of Hospitality Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr Presbury gained extensive professional experience in the hotel sector and has held a number of management positions in Banqueting Services, Restaurant and Event Sales & Conventions.

She is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute AHRI, Australian Hotel and Motel Association AHMA, Country Women’s Association, Council for Australian University Tourism & Hospitality Higher Education (CAUTHE) and Landcare Group.

Rajka has written book chapters and journal publications on sustainable development of tourism in areas such as; sustainable operations management, human resource management, managing sustainable festivals, meetings and events. She has supervised a number of PhD candidates and her research interest includes: sustainable tourism development, hotel service quality and attributes and cultural tourism.

Rajka’s Qualifications

  • PhD, School of Management, University of Western Sydney 2010
  • Graduate Certificate in Hotel Management, Southern Cross University 1999
  • Advanced Certificate in Training and Development, Sydney Technical College 1993
  • Advanced Certificate in Personnel Management, Sydney Technical College 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales 1984

Simon Pawson

Head of Academic Studies - Sydney Campus

Simon Pawson is based at the BMIHMS Sydney Campus and is responsible for the day-to-day academic management of the campus. He teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Mr Pawson is a graduate of Macquarie University Graduate School of Management; at present he is a doctoral candidate and graduate researcher at the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University.

Before joining the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School faculty Simon was Head, Academic Conduct, Appeals and Disputes at the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS); he was also Head, School, International Tourism, Retail Marketing and Hospitality Management. His expertise encompasses academic governance and policy, as well as the provision of student support and conduct, the management of tourism and hospitality – in particular marketing and corporate strategy across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Mr Pawson’s areas of teaching and research interests include community-based tourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, destination marketing and national identity, sustainable tourism, heritage tourism, destination strategic management – specifically South East Asia, social sciences research, leadership and organisational behavior.

Mr Pawson has spent the last 10 years contributing to tourism research projects in Cambodia. Both his masters and doctoral research addressed tourism and associated development in Cambodia, specifically Siem Reap and Banteay Chhmar.

Simon’s Qualifications

  • Australian Hotels Association Young Achiever of the Year 2004
  • Pride of Workmanship Award, Rotary International 2004
  • Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence, International College of Management Sydney 2008
  • Master of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney 2003

Dr. Zelko Livaic

Senior Lecturer, Hospitality

Dr Livaic is a Senior Lecturer of Hospitality at BMIHMS, Torrens University, Australia. Dr Livaic was awarded his PhD from Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia and has worked in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Dr Livaic has 25 years of accounting, economics, finance, research, education management and consulting experience with domestic and international companies. His specialisations include economic and financial analysis, quantitative and qualitative modeling, business research methods, statistical analysis, derivatives and financial securities valuation modeling such as shares, futures and options. In his most recent industry role, Dr Livaic was a Derivatives Trainer at Liquid Capital, a global derivatives market making company.

Zelko’s Qualifications

  • PhD Commerce Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney 2001
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) – 1st Class Hons., University of Western Sydney 1992
  • Bachelor of Business (Economics & Finance) Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney 1991

Mark Viega

APM VET Program Manager
Assisting students on their journey to reach their goals is one of the delights of working in this role and it's rewarding to see the transformation a student undergoes from when they start to graduation.

Mark has been enjoying a successful lecturing career in Business and Hospitality for almost 8 years. Starting out studying IT whilst working casually for a 5-Star hotel, in only a matter of months, he was offered a managerial role at the hotel and has never looked back.

He realised that a career in hotel management presented unique opportunities found in no other industry. Having held several managerial positions with global organisations in Australia as well as enjoying some challenging roles in America. he joined Torrens University Australia in 2012 as a sessional lecturer and is now enjoying the role of Program Manager for the faculty.

Mark’s qualifications

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Advanced Diploma of Business Management

Education

Prof. Mick Grimley

Education is a tool for life. Whether you aspire to be a great leader, want to ensure social justice or merely want to learn something new, education is crucial.

Professor Mick Grimley is Dean of Education at Torrens University Australia and is an experienced educator with over 30 years of experience in Education. He holds the position of Treasurer for the Victorian Council of Deans of Education (VCDE), is a member of Academic Board for Eastern College and an active member of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) course development and quality committee.

Mick was previously the foundational Chair of Education at Swinburne University of Technology, having established and led Education as an online and face-to-face discipline across Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teacher education. Mick is the recipient of two Vice Chancellors awards for Teaching and Inclusion and a Dean’s award for Teaching.

Prior to joining Swinburne University Mick was Associate Professor of Education at Canterbury University where he was instrumental in the merger between the University of Canterbury and the Christchurch College of Teacher Education holding a number of leadership positions in the areas of research and course development.

In 2015 Mick led the development and implementation of the World’s first Autism MOOC approaching Autism through the lens of inclusivity, fostering understanding and equipping participants with the skills and knowledge to solve practical issues for individuals with Autism.

Prior to entering higher education, Mick was a school teacher in the UK and taught across Primary, Secondary and Further Education. He is an experienced PhD Supervisor with research interests in innovative methods of teaching and learning, new technologies, online and blended learning, engagement, motivation and experiential learning utilising both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Prof. Tim Moss

Effective learning experiences can be exciting, motivating, meaningful; they can also be trying, demanding, challenging. It’s this capacity to affirm, connect with, and disrupt our existing ways of knowing and being that speaks to the potential for education to be transformative.

Professor Tim Moss has worked in higher education for over 15 years, and has held academic leadership roles in a number of Australian universities, with a particular focus on innovative approaches to learning and teaching. He has extensive experience in online and blended modes of delivery, and has taught in areas ranging from Literacy and English Education through to university preparation, research methods, Drama curriculum, and the role of schools in society. He has received a number of awards for his teaching and leadership, including a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (UTas), and a Dean’s Award for Teaching (Swinburne).

Tim’s research interests include blended and online pedagogies, student engagement in higher education, and qualitative/arts-based research methods. He has supervised doctoral research projects in a range of areas, including beginning arts teaching, curriculum reform in medical education, students’ experiences of cultural exchange and re-entry, and early childhood teachers’ perceptions of teaching.

Within the professional context, Tim is a past President of Drama Tasmania (the Tasmanian professional association for the teaching of Drama and Theatre) and has also held roles on the Drama Australia national executive, including as National Conference Director and National Director of Research.

Tim joined Torrens in August 2016 as Head of Academic Studies – Education, a role that encompasses responsibilities related to academic leadership, administration, and learning and teaching development.

Tim’s Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Tasmania, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Education with First-Class Honours (English, Speech and Drama), University of Tasmania, 1999.

Dr. Pam Fitzgerald

Lecturer, Education
The key to effective teaching is knowing your students well and designing engaging learning experiences that are relevant and meaningful; meeting individual needs through flexible approaches that honour the student and recognise his/her strengths. All children can succeed – we just have to find out the best ways to allow them to.

Pam was born in Sydney and undertook her schooling through the New South Wales public education system. She studied at Armidale College of Advanced Education where she gained an undergraduate degree in Primary Teaching. With further local training, Pam gained entry into secondary schools to teach all core subjects in Years 7 through 10.

Pam’s experiences in teaching adolescents led to a particular interest in the teaching of students with learning difficulties and she completed a Graduate Diploma in Resource Teaching, which was her first formal qualification in Special Education and Literacy. A master’s degree soon followed, with specialisations in Literacy and Special Education. Pam then earned a Ph.D. in Education through the University of Western Sydney, focussing on the literacy development of intellectually disabled adolescents.

Pam’s qualifications and experience span educational settings catering for students from young children to adults, across both mainstream classes and Special Education. She has taught in primary schools in several states in Australia, comprehensive public secondary schools in South-Western Sydney, a special school for students with emotional disturbances and behavioural disorders, a private secondary school for girls, and a K – 12 Steiner School. Pam particularly enjoys working with teachers on literacy learning, and in an advisory role on teaching students with learning difficulties and intellectual disabilities in classroom settings.

Pam has worked with the College of Education at Walden University (also a part of Laureate Education) for the last eleven years, focussing on the Master’s level Elementary Reading and Literacy Specialisation and believes that the online environment is extremely valuable in its flexibility and the interaction it allows among both students and staff.

Pam started at Torrens with its first cohort and is very much looking forward to being part of its growth and watching it flourish.

Pam’s Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Primary Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Resource Teaching
  • Master of Resource Teaching
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

Health

Kath Curry

General Manager and Dean, Health
Good education connects big picture thinking to action on the ground. It brings people together to ask tough questions, uncover answers and create opportunities.

Kath has been connecting people, ideas and practice in the education, health and government sectors for almost 30 years. As a strong teaching and learning leader, she inspires others to deliver quality services and programs in challenging, highly competitive markets both in Australia and internationally.

She has built her career as an innovative leader with integrity – from her first job as a nurse, right through to her previous roles as an educator and Indigenous health manager, where she was effective in the dual delivery of policy and practice. For 14 years she worked in the Northern Territory in various roles in education and primary health care predominantly with Indigenous communities.

In her subsequent career as an educator and Dean in Melbourne’s west she collaborated with diverse stakeholders to support a region and its community in social and economic transition. Kath began at the coalface working with students, colleagues and communities to make a positive impact and change lives.

Kath is committed to providing a high quality learning experience to students. She is a champion for innovation and professional development for the key specific purpose of improving the learner experience. She is known as a ground-breaking leader in tertiary education, having led large strategic educational initiatives and has a large body of published research and policy work.

Excellence is not a buzzword for Kath. It’s at the core of everything she does and inspires others to do.

Kath’s Qualifications

  • Master of Education (Adult Education), University of New England, NSW
  • Graduate Diploma of Community Development and Management, Northern Territory University, NT
  • Graduate Certificate of Leadership (Education and Training), Victoria University, VIC
  • Graduate Certificate of Education and Training, University of New England, NSW
  • Graduate Certificate of Clinical Issues in Aged Care, NSW College of Nursing, NSW
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) Monash University, Gippsland, VIC
  • Diploma of Human Resource Management, Victoria University, VIC

Achievements

Awards

  • 2011 Vice Chancellor’s Award for ‘VET programs that enhance learning’ (Vict
  • 2008 Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award for ‘Service to the University’
  • 2008 Vice Chancellor’s Citation for ‘Service to the University’
  • 2008    Recipient of a NCVER Research Scholarship

Board Memberships

  • 2012 – 2014 Director of the Williamstown Football Club (VFL Victoria) – financial turnover $7M per year.
  • 2013 – 2014 Brimbank/Melton Local Learning and Employment Network, Committee of Management
  • 2014 North West Local Learning and Employment Network Community Transition Support, Committee of Management
  • Invited member to the 2012 TAFE Directors Australia delegation to Canada.

Melinda Stanners

Lecturer, Public Health
At Torrens University we combine academic knowledge with practical workplace skills, to equip students to make an immediate and positive impact in their future workplaces.

Prior to joining Torrens University, Melinda worked as training development officer for the capacity-building project in the Partners in Recovery initiative, which is a federally funded initiative working towards improving the coordination of services for people with severe and persistent mental illness. Previous research roles involved statistical modelling and clinical research for the University of Adelaide, UniSA and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. From 2012 to 2014, Melinda contributed to teaching quantitative social research methods (undergraduate social health science), psychobehavioural clinical skills (postgraduate medicine), and mental health emergencies (undergraduate paramedic science) at Flinders University. Prior to employment at Flinders University, she worked as an EEG/ neurofeedback technician at Brain Health Clinics, and maintains an active interest in functional neurology and cognitive neuroscience.

Melinda’s Qualifications

  • 2013 PhD (Medicine), University of Adelaide
  • 2007 Grad Dip Creative Writing
  • 2006 Bachelor Health Science (Hons) (Psych)
  • 2003 Bachelor of Arts (Psych)

John Glover

Director, PHIDU
Data won’t make the decision for you, but they can be informative.

John has worked in both the public service and in the university sector. After an early career in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, John spent two years as statistician for the Anderson Inquiry into Post Secondary Education in South Australia. From there he moved to the South Australian Health Commission and initially worked as statistician for the (Sax) Enquiry into Hospital Services in South Australia. Over his twenty years in the Commission (later SA Health), John worked in various policy areas, providing data to drive policy development and strategic planning. It was in this environment that he developed the Social Health Atlas of Australia, for which he is best known. The Atlas started as a printed publication, mapping data to describe patterns of health status, health outcomes and service use at the community level across Australia, with other information describing the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the population – hence the ‘social’ and ‘health’ in the name of the atlases. In this way, patterns of poorer health outcomes associated with socioeconomic disadvantage were shown in maps, providing a wider audience with access to data than in the past. This work also unlocked many data sets previously only available within government.

John’s work as a health demographer took on a new dimension in 1999 when PHIDU (the Public Health Information Development Unit) was established at The University of Adelaide, with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.  In 2008, the first interactive Social Health Atlas of Australia was released on the World Wide Web.  The atlases are now accessed by over 11,000 individuals each month, whether downloading or viewing online the hundreds of indicators in maps, graphs, data sheets and metadata.

This work is recognised internationally, with John involved in activities through the World Health Organization in developing indicators around the social determinants of health that can show variations between and within countries.  His work in Australia includes representation on a number of national committees.

PHIDU became the first Research Unit at Torrens when it commenced here in November 2015.

John’s Qualifications

  • B Ec (Adelaide), BA (Adelaide)

Achievements

  • Member, Health Services Advisory Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Member, Lead Clinicians Group, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Member, NSW Bureau of Health Information Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Basil Hetzel Award for Achievement in Public Health (2005)

Project Management

Asst. Prof. Nick Hadjinicolaou

Program Director, Project Management
I’m an experienced ‘pracademic’ with over 30 years of industry experience managing projects, programs and portfolios. It’s a pleasure to be here at Torrens helping students learn how to improve the performance of organisations through the application of project management skills, tools and techniques.

Nick has been the Program Director for the Global Project Management Program and part of the leadership team at the Torrens University Australia since the University opened in January 2014. As part of the Laureate International group of universities, this role has involved strategic and operational aspects of the global project management program to build and run a successful new program.

With over 28 years of industry and education experience, previous senior leadership roles have included Portfolio, Program and Project Management, ICT Management and consulting roles for various organisations including IBM, Telstra, 3Pillars Asia Pacific, Business SA and the state government.

As a past board member of the Project Management Institute Adelaide South Australia Chapter, Nick has served in the roles of Professional Development and Certifications Director and been involved with the Institute of Management Consultants.

Nick’s Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Project Management

Anastasia Kuusk

Lecturer, Project Management
I particularly enjoy the personal student focus facilitating a more effective learning journey for each individual student. In my first week of teaching at Torrens a student remarked she is “in true love with her course” providing a great testament to the work we do.

Anastasia holds Degrees, Honours and Certifications in information management, technology, economics, project management and business, and has extensive experience in strategically leveraging the value of information assets for businesses outcomes, managing IT projects and educating staff and students in Australia and Asia.

Anastasia was Australian Young Professional of the Year in 2006, awarded for enhancing Information Technology as a profession and is the Founding Director of the Australian Computer Society Young IT Board and inforg Information Governance. Ana also has a track record of active professional participations through senior national board positions with Australian Computer Society, Records Management Association of Australasia and the Open Source Industry Australia and is previously recognised for high achievement in economic studies, being awarded the John Karkeek Memorial Fund Prize at Central Queensland University.

Ana has held positions such as Consulting Partner, Director, Educator and Project Manager of not for profit, government and private sector organisations for around 20 years and has been successful in securing research grants and publishing. Anastasia is a doctoral candidate with University of South Australia, researching ‘An Information Governance Framework for Integrating Operational and Information Technology in Engineering Asset Management organisations’. The research has attracted over $100,000 in grant funding through the Australian Government and what is now The Asset Institute with research recognised through industry and referenced by Gartner publications. Ana has also published extensively as indicated below in the areas of integration of technologies, information governance, project management, engineering asset management and enterprise information management.

Anastasia’s Qualifications

  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Information Management/Psychology-Honours IA)
  • Graduate Diploma of Management
  • Masters by Research (Business)
  • Final stages of PhD (Computer & Information Science)

others

Trish Fairbourn

Head of Learning & Teaching

Trish started her working career in a merchant bank but then changed into hotels and resorts due to a family business venture. After completing a Diploma in Hotel Management
in Switzerland, Trish returned to Australia to continue working in 5-star hotels and resorts both in Sydney and the North Coast of NSW as a conference manager and corporate sales rep. A guest lecture spot at a university then prompted Trish to take up lecturing full-time, and subsequently, part-time which she continued to do for 14 years teaching business subjects such as Accounting, Human Resource Management, Communications and Environmental Management. Trish then moved into higher education management where she has been working for the past six years, joining APM at Torrens University in 2012 as the Head of Academic Studies – Higher Education and more recently taking a new role as Head, Learning and Teaching for the Faculties of Business and Hospitality.

Trish’s qualifications:

Masters of International Tourism Management
Bachelor of Economics
Diploma of Hotel Management

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