University Leaders

Prof. Justin Beilby

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


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
  • Master of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Dr Jyotirmoy Podder

Senior 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

Program Director
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

Senior Lecturer & Program Director
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

Jeannie Wang

Senior Lecturer

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)

Dr Alex Kouznetsov

Lecturer, Business
"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence" - Abigail Adams

Dr Alex Kouznetsov joined Torrens University as a learning facilitator in management and economics units for the MBA. He received his Ph.D. from University of South Australia (UniSA). Prior to his academic career, Alex was involved in business development and marketing research in Eastern Europe. Alex’s teaching interests include international business, strategy and leadership. His primary research interests lie in the field of international business, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and institutional development in emerging markets of Eastern Europe. Alex has published a number of papers in these fields in a variety of international academic journals and has been involved in consulting firms in Australia entering these markets.

Alex’s qualifications

  • PhD

Dr Barry Partridge

Adjunct Professor
Helping managers bring a sense of innovation and creativity to their dealings with complex information and in them building critical thinking and flexibility in their decision making in work teams and in their workplaces.

Dr Barry Partridge is a Research Director at Decision Processing Pty Ltd, a business established in 2010 to commercialise research into decision making. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong where his research into decisional automaticity has led to the development of unique approaches to decision making. This research was carried out in conjunction with the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students from the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong.

His public sector consulting assignments completed with State Governments have included: Railcorp, Freight Rail, Illawarra Mental Health, Landcom, and Police; and ATO for the Australian Commonwealth Government. International consulting assignments have been completed for governments in Fiji, (Aus Aid), Malaysia (UNDP), Philippines (ADAB), and PNG (CGA).

His private sector consulting assignments have covered the airlines industry (Cathay Pacific), electronics (Panasonic), finance (Orix Australia), not for profits (Camp Quality, NSW Cancer Council), mining (ERA), manufacturing (FSC), and auto services (O’Brien Glass Industries).

He currently holds the post of Adjunct Professor at Torrens University Australia and acts as post graduate lecturer in economics, decision sciences and innovation on The Torrens University, Sydney MBA program.

Barry’s qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business, University of Technology Sydney
  • Diploma of Technology, University of Technology Sydney
  • MBA, University of NSW
  • PhD, University of Wollongong


  • AHRI
  • AIM
  • GMAA


David McInnes

Senior Lecturer
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


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

Program Director

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

Program Director

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

Senior Lecturer & Program Director
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


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)

Dr Emma Donaldson

Lecturer, Education
I love teaching. All subjects I have been asked to be a part of excited me. It is the education journey the students embark upon, inspired by the desire to continue learning that make the subjects unique, memorable and practical. If I was to choose one subject, it would be those associated with autism. Having worked in the area for over 12 years, I continue to be in awe at the wonder of the condition and the evolution of our knowledge and understanding.

Emma is an academic in teacher education with a background in disability, mental health, and inclusion. She has been a blueVoice with Beyondblue for 8 years and represents blueVoices as a member of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum. Emma has previous experience with early intervention, community inclusion projects, disability sector and policy development in Australia and abroad. Running her own inclusion consultancy projects in the Caribbean and US, Emma works with a broadened global view of disability and mental health community needs.

In 2015, Emma co-created and co-designed the successful and world first autism MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The altruistic course was designed to increase community knowledge and understanding about the condition which resulted in 17,000 participants engaged across 82 countries. Emma is now working at an international university co-designing masters’ courses with lived experience voices in autism and mental health.

Emma was named the Victoria State Finalists in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards for her work in the disability sector, awarded the CEDA Leadership award during her business study and has presented a TEDx talk at Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands.

Learn more about Emma

Emma’s Qualifications

  • B.ED(Hon); Exec MBA; GradCert Education Research; Ph.D.(Cand)


Kath Curry

General Manager, 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 thirty years.

She has built a career as an innovative leader with integrity – from her first job as a nurse, through to her recent role as Dean (VET College), Victoria University. She’s made an impact in remote NT indigenous communities, in Melbourne’s western region and in international markets.

Kath is a people person who builds trust to get things moving. She harnesses policy and practice to lead strategic education initiatives and deliver quality programs and services. Excellence is not a buzzword for Kath. It’s at the core of everything she does and inspires others to do.
A Master of Education tops Kath’s list of qualifications and complements her experience, including published research and policy work.


  • Master of Education (Adult Education)
  • Graduate Diploma of Community Development and Management
  • Graduate Certificate of Leadership (Education and Training)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education and Training
  • Graduate Certificate of Clinical Issues in Aged Care
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
  • Diploma of Human Resource Management

Prof. Wendy Cross

Associate Dean, Health and Head of Nursing

Professor Wendy Cross is the Associate Dean, Health and Head of Nursing at Torrens University Australia. Professor Cross is a distinguished academic with more than 100 publications and significant competitive research funding. Her main area of practice, teaching and research is mental health. She is frequently sought as a keynote speaker and has presented many invited papers at international conferences. Wendy is an Honorary Professor at the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OXiNMAR) and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She is a Board Director of a number of professional regulatory boards including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and the Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC). She recently completed terms as the Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand) and as President of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. In August 2017 she was appointed to the National Mental Health Commission as a Commissioner.


  • International Program in Leadership and Management
  • Authentic Leadership Program
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Education (By research)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing)


  • Fellow: Australian College of Nursing.
  • Fellow (Inaugural): Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Dr Katie Canteri

Program Director, Nutrition

Dr Katie Canteri is the Program Director for Nutrition across Laureate Australia and is responsible for the academic excellence and academic delivery of the Diploma & Bachelor of Nutrition and the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) programs. Katie has been working in the field of nutrition for more than 7 years, with experience in the clinical management of chronic diseases, food service management, nutrition education, human research and sales. Dr Canteri’s research interests include nutrition and ageing, obesity and metabolic health.

BHSc (Nutritional Therapy)
BHSc (Honours)
MSc (Dietetics)
Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition Society of Australia

Dr Katherine Faull

Program Director, Public Health

Dr Katherine Faull Program Director, Public Health Dr Katherine Faull is the Program Director for Public Health at Torrens University Australia, and is focused on supporting progression and academic success of the students within the Bachelor of Applied Public Health, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters of Public Health. Katherine has been teaching in Higher Education for nine years while working in public health programs involving surveillance, monitoring and reporting for local councils and government. Dr Faull also has research experience involving mosquito ecology, mosquito-borne disease, and epidemiology. Her current research interests include health inequalities in developed and developing countries, and the relationships between human beings and the ecosystems of which they are apart, including behaviours around natural resources, disaster recovery, and health protection and promotion.

Katherine’s qualifications

• Bachelor of Science (Biological Science, Environmental Science)
• Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)
• PhD (Public Health)

Natalie Cook

Director of Innovation, Industry and Employability, Health

Natalie Cook is the Director of Innovation, Industry, and Employability on the Health vertical. She has a varied background in management in the corporate and not for profit sector whilst also being a qualified Naturopath. The combination of these surprisingly complementary skill-sets has enabled Natalie to develop a holistic approach to problem solving, strategy and relationship building. From marketing roles in the airline sector to management in an environmental NGO, Natalie has successfully led teams through change management including successfully re-negotiating an enterprise agreement benefiting staff and the business. As a partnership manager her adaptable communication style led to the reinvigoration of a corporate partnership contributing an additional $US1m over a 3 year period to the business. Natalie’s role is focused on ensuring health vertical students are best equipped for success in their future career once they graduate.

Natalie’s qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)
Master of Public Health

Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, President
World Naturopathic Federation, Treasurer

Melinda Stanners

Lecturer, Public Health

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

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)


  • 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)

Lloyd Bristow

Senior Lecturer, Nutrition

As a Public Health Nutritionist, I have experience developing strategic plans to promote health and prevent disease across population groups in both community and corporate health settings. This includes the design, delivery and evaluation of health promoting programs, initiatives and campaigns to reduce health inequalities and inequities across varied demographics.

I have great interest in public health nutrition education, behaviour change and early years / childhood nutrition.

Lloyd’s Qualifications

  • Degree (BSc Hons) in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Southampton (UK)
  • Masters (MSc) in Public Health Nutrition, University of Chester (UK)


  • Nutrition Society Australia

Dr Kim Wark

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kim Wark is a Senior Lecturer at Torrens University, specialising in anatomy and physiology. Kim has been working in the science field for more than 15 years developing and managing biomedical technologies. She has worked at CSIRO, the Victorian Cancer Agency, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria currently called MOVE managing research programs. Her research areas of interest include targeted biological cancer therapies, brain delivery platforms for diagnosing and treating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and strengthening evidence base in complementary modalities. She is also currently working as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Kim’s qualifications:

  • PhD (Virology)
  • Honours Degree (Virology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Science)
  • Advance Diploma of Ayurveda
  • Certificate IV Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment


Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association

Dr Katy Osborne

Lecturer, Public Health

Katy is a social scientist with a background in public health, psychology and evaluation research. She has also worked on research projects in the areas of politics and public policy. At Torrens, she currently teaches in the Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Applied Public Health. Between 2009 and 2013 she worked as a Research Fellow in the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. She has an overriding research interest in examining the social determinants of health and health inequities. Within this, her research interests lay in the areas of gender and women’s health, neighbourhood and place as social determinants of health, and how participation in different life domains such as paid work, community volunteering, unpaid domestic work and leisure influence health in different ways. She is experienced in multi-disciplinary research and working with partners from outside the research and higher education sector.

Katy’s qualifications
PhD, Public Health, Flinders University
BA (Hons – Psychology), University of Adelaide

Tim Trevail

Program Director, Physical Health

Tim Trevail is a Program Director of Physical Health. He is an experienced educator and healthcare practitioner of over 10 years, Tim began his academic career at in the UK, where is lectured in a range of sporting and health science areas before moving to Australia in 2011.

Having previously held the position of a number of educational leadership roles, Tim now holds the program director role for the Physical Health programs, where he can focus on his passion for improving healthcare education through innovative pedagogical approaches to learning. With a global appreciation for quality graduate outcomes for all students, Tim understands that physical activity always has, and always will be a cornerstone positive health outcomes.

Outside of his Torrens work, Tim maintains his private practice work to maintain his clinical skills and understanding of industry needs that are integrated into program curriculum to ensure that every graduate leaves with the real world skills to problem solve. Tim’s recent research focus has explored the way we monitor and manage workloads to support pain and injury reduction strategies in athletic populations.

Tim’s Qualifications
Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Post-graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching
Bachelor Science Degree with Honours in Sports Therapy

Liz Dene

Senior Lecturer Nutritional Medicine and Nutrition

Liz is a Nutritionist and Exercise Scientist with a passion for health and wellbeing. An international speaker, corporate wellness consultant and acclaimed nutrition and exercise specialist. Liz is a regular presenter on Australian TV networks, was the former flexibility coach for the Australian Rugby Union team, was the Head of Education at the Australian Fitness Network and has consulted to brands such as Westpac, Channel 7, Lend Lease, LuLuLemon, Byron Yoga, ChiBall International and more. Liz has, and still is, instrumental in shaping and developing the Australian health and fitness industry through her involvement in curriculum development and has held positions of various boards.

Liz’s Qualifications
Degree (BHMS) Human Movement, University of Technology (Sydney)
Grad Cert (Sc) Human Nutrition, Deakin University (Melbourne)

Fitness Australia


Learning Facilitator, Public Health

Clinton has worked in public health policy and legislative roles since 1999 in SA Health and has also held a number of academic public health teaching and research roles since 2012 with Torrens University and Flinders University.

He is a Senior Policy Officer of the South Australian Government in Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (part of SA Health) and has been responsible for overseeing a range of legislative and policy initiatives in public health, including the introduction of smoke-free laws in workplaces, bars and clubs and the development of the South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2011-2016.

Clinton has also previously been the manager of alcohol policy at Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia. In 2016, he was appointed to work in the Internal Consultancy Services Group of the South Australian Government to conduct an evaluation of the impact of alcohol laws in South Australia.

A large focus of Clinton’s work in SA Health has been on initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing of vulnerable communities. For example, he recently led the introduction of a 12-month trial which enables people who are vulnerable and intoxicated in the Adelaide CBD and Park Lands to resolve their accumulated expiation fines by accessing drug treatment. He has also worked closely with Aboriginal health services in implementing quit smoking programs for Aboriginal people.

Clinton has also conducted research on a range of public health issues, including a recent study at Flinders University investigating perceptions of trust among people who have undergone medical procedures.

Doctor of Public Health at Flinders University in Adelaide
Master of Public Health at Adelaide University
Bachelor of Science at Adelaide University, majoring in microbiology and physiology.

Dr Noosha Ehya

Senior lecturer, Health Science

Dr Noosha Ehya is a Senior Lecturer at Torrens University, specializing in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Nutritional Biochemistry. Her PhD project was in neurophysiology on the structure of GABA receptors.

Noosha has been involved in research and teaching for over 18 years that has included research projects in the area of health and environment such as detection of omega 3,6 fatty acids in fish oil, production of biodiesel from waste oil and fluorescence labelling of microorganisms for enhanced detection and quick diagnosis. Her experience has also included teaching Health Science subjects across multiple institutions.

Noosha also has experience in the health industry in shiatsu therapy and works as a shiatsu practitioner. She has a passion for sharing the life-changing benefits of complementary therapies, body work and nutrition.


Noosha’s Qualifications:

PhD (Biochemistry)

Masters (Biochemistry and Food Science)

Certificate IV in Teaching and Assessment

Diploma of Shiatsu Therapy



Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA)

Dr Dhivya Rajasekaran

Senior Lecturer, Health Science

Dr Dhivya Rajasekaran is a Senior Learning facilitator/ Senior Lecturer at Torrens University specializing in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dhivya moved to Melbourne in 2010, on a scholarship to pursue PhD at Swinburne University of Technology. Dhivya has been involved in teaching in the areas of biology, biotechnology and biochemistry for more than 6 years. Her PhD project involved identification of traditional medicinal plant extracts with antiviral activity against influenza virus. During her time at Swinburne, Dhivya also mentored PhD students in cell culture. Her qualification in Learning and teaching marked the beginning of her interests in blended, flipped teaching and academic research.

Dhivya’s research interests include medicinal plants, cell culture, influenza viruses and academic research.

Dhivya’s qualifications:

PhD (Life Sciences)

Master of Science (Biotechnology)

Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)

Ashley Hillsley

Program Director, Health Science

Ashley Hillsley is the Program Director for Health Science across the Laureate Australia education providers Torrens University and Think Education. He is responsible for the academic excellence and academic delivery of the first year Health Science subjects in the Diploma & Bachelor of Nutrition programs and the Diploma & Bachelor of Health Science programs. Subjects include Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Research & evidence-based practice.

Ashley has been working in the field of health and education for more than 7 years, with experience in various health industry settings such as retail, sales, pathology laboratory and as a Clinical Naturopath utilizing the modalities of Nutrition and Herbal Medicine in practice. In his career as an Educator and Academic he has previously held various roles that include Senior Lecturer and Program Manager. Ashley has a passion for the foundational student experience with a commitment to providing high quality education with innovations that enhance the learning experience. He takes a student centered approach, aiming to make a positive impact and support the development of the health professionals of the future.

Ashley is continuing his professional development currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Science- Biomedical Science course. Research interests include Learning & Teaching and strengthening the evidence base in complementary modalities.

Ashley’s qualifications:

Bachelor of Medical Science (Biomedical Science)

Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy

Certificate IV Training and Assessment



Australian Natural Therapists Association- Accredited Practicing Naturopath

Carmen Perkins

Program Director, Aesthetics

Carmen Perkins is the Program Director for the Beauty and Aesthetics portfolio at Torrens University Australia. Carmen has been working in the beauty industry for 15 years and has been teaching for 12. Throughout her teaching career, Carmen has held positions ranging from lecturer and assessor to senior lecturer and facilitator through to program manager and now program director. Carmen takes a student-centred approach and is passionate about providing high-quality, innovative training.


Qualifications include:

Graduate Certificate in IPL & Laser Hair Reduction

Bachelor of Vocational Education

Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

ITEC Diploma for Beauty Specialists

Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

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

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