Linda joined Torrens as President on 10 September 2014. Linda is also appointed as CEO Laureate Australia; CEO of Think Education; and CEO of Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. Linda has more than 23 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her background is diverse, incorporating leadership experience in the areas of private, public, government, social enterprise, commercial and education. Linda is recognised at state and national levels as an innovative strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance and is passionate about education and training for all. Linda was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she was responsible for maximising the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division. Previously, Linda held the position of Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Her global business and educational experience includes Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker, Managing Director Dartington Tech UK and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College. Linda was also part of the UK Government’s rapid response team for the Further Education Funding Council, utilised to turn around failing colleges, and was part of the UK ‘think tank’ on education as a global business. Linda has presented nationally and internationally on leadership and female diversity and was identified by Management Today as one of “25 Australian women to watch”.



Julie’s role includes governance and risk advice, leading major cross business projects as well as supporting the development and implementation of our 2025 vision and strategic planning. Prior to joining Think Julie worked at Swinburne University as Director New Ventures and Innovations where, in conjunction with SEEK Ltd, she established Online Education Services Pty Ltd, the Swinburne and SEEK Ltd private company, which provides Swinburne courses online. Before Swinburne Julie was Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor (Services) at the University of Newcastle and spent a number of years as a senior public servant in New Zealand.



Sam brings more than 20 years’ experience in higher education in the UK and Australia, including senior roles at Deakin University, Monash University, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide. She is a specialist in student and academic administration and student and staff services, with particular strengths in conceptualising the future needs of organisations, driving change, implementing innovative and responsive strategies. Sam leads student and academic services, including student administration, student support, academic services, campus services, student business solutions and facilities management. Sam’s role is to amplify the student voice, drive a coherent, student-facing service model that supports academic success and take the effort out of administration.



In his role Scott oversees the finance function. Scott’s previous roles include CFO at Next Athleisure (parent of Glue Clothing and TopShop) and CFO at Retail Adventures. Scott spent six years as Regional Financial Director at Belron Group in the UK, the world’s largest carglass replacement company, operating as O’Briens in Australia. Scott was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for ten years and brings to us expertise in leading large complex transactions, including acquisitions and IPOs, developing high performance finance teams and strategic transformation of the finance function.



John has 20 years’ experience working in Telecommunications and Education sectors in Australia, United Kingdom and South America. Having started as a software developer, John took a career path through business analysis, project & program management and Senior IT Management positions. At Laureate Australia John is focused on developing technology strategies, delivering business information systems, digital products and all associated operational services and support capabilities. John is also responsible for development of major facilities strategies and programs including current and future campus delivery, with a key focus on creating modern, progressive, technology enhanced and enabled, best in class physical learning and teaching spaces.



Justin was appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor in January 2015; he is also appointed as Academic Director of Think Education. 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. 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. Justin 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 focused on driving a major growth phase that includes the development of vibrant academic communities across Business, Design, Health and Hospitality verticals, continued development and launch of new programs and national campus expansion.

Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen

Pro Vice Chancellor

Helmut has many years’ experience in the academic aspects of design, from a lecturer in 3D Design to Dean, Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Helmut led the Faculty (previously the National School of Design) into becoming a significant international force in the field of design, including increasing onshore international student numbers eightfold as well setting up programs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Successful programs were similarly set up with Billy Blue in Sydney.

Helmut led the establishment of the National Institute for Design Research, and the development of new policies and programs for design practice-led research and re-introduced the Swinburne School of Film and Television. Most recently, Helmut was Pro Vice Chancellor Internationalisation at Swinburne, providing senior academic leadership and advocacy including curriculum developments, staff capability, graduate attributes, and the research endeavour. Previous to this role, Helmut was Pro Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. He currently holds the position of Pro Vice Chancellor Academic at Torrens University Australia, part of Laureate International Universities.

Helmut is a leading exponent in the field of studio furniture and design for wood, having maintained a regular national and international lecture program, including forum, conference and workshop presentations. His work is in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and state collections throughout Australia. He was honoured with a survey exhibition of his life’s work 11 April – 11 June 2015 by the Art Gallery of Warrnambool.

Ian Cormack

Vice President of Human Resources

Ian is an Organisational Psychologist, MBA, Human Resources practitioner and CEO with 30+ years of blue-chip industry experience. He has experience building, coaching and running highly effective senior teams in many different contexts.
He was GM HR for the Commonwealth Retail Bank and then most recently GM HR Woolworths Food Group. Prior to that he was CEO of GWF Foodservice – Australia’s second biggest Foodservice Company.
Over the years he has been HR Director and Sales Director for other Companies like Lion Nathan, BHP, Sara Lee Corporation, and Arnotts. Ian has extensive international experience having worked in 42 Countries. Sectors in which he has experience include mining, beverages, food manufacturing, banking, cosmetics and FMCG branded products.
Those who know Ian appreciate his judgement and perspective. He is known as a strong, helpful, supportive coach and particularly interested in results and behavior change.

Nicolene Murdoch

Chief Operations Officer

Nicolene relocated to Sydney and joined Laureate Australia in May this year. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Monash South Africa, where her career spanned almost 12 years. She commenced her work in higher education at her alma mater, the University of Johannesburg.
She is currently completing her doctorate in education at the University of Liverpool. She actively worked across the South African and Australian regulatory contexts. She was also the president of the South African Association for Institutional Research for the last four years. She regularly presents papers at conferences and has published a range of articles and book chapters in her field.
She is listed as one of the “Top 100 Elite Professionals” in the field of Education by the Princeton Global Network in the USA and was nominated for the Topco’s Woman Executive of the Year award.
In her spare time, she is a musician at heart. She enjoys singing, playing guitar, clarinet, piano and the latest addition to her repertoire, the saxophone. Nicolene is a keen (not too serious) runner and finished her first half marathon this year.

Iwan Walters

Executive Officer

Iwan joined Laureate in June 2016 as Executive Officer to Linda Brown. Working closely with the CEO executive team and Laureate’s academic leadership, he provides strategic advice, policy insights and Operational support.
Iwan believes strongly in Laureate’s ability to positively transform Australian higher education, and he shares Laureate’s commitment to providing exceptional student experiences and positive graduate outcomes for all students.
Prior to joining Laureate, Iwan was a strategy consultant with a major global management consultancy. He worked with senior leaders in the public service and higher education sector to improve governance structures, funding systems and to strengthen the alignment of educational services with market
requirements and future industry needs.
In 2015, Iwan returned to Australia after three years’ study at the University of Oxford as a General Sir John Monash Scholar. At Oxford, Iwan completed a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History.
Iwan’s research focused on the economics of education and the impact of school reforms on university access from low SES communities.
He was previously a teacher in rural Victoria, and an inaugural Associate of the Teach for Australia program.
Iwan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, where he received the Wyselaskie Scholarship for his monetary policy research, and was President of Newman College.

Paul Brafield

Director of Product Innovation

Paul has moved into the role of Group Director, Futures having worked for the past five years in Head of Learning and Teaching and Head of Academic Studies roles for what is now the Design vertical at Laureate Australia. Paul brings 20 years of media design industry and academic experience to his new role, including heading up academic programs in the areas of digital media design, creative technologies, interdisciplinary studies and work-integrated learning in NZ, the UK and Australia.
Paul’s focus with his Futures team is on driving innovation and best practice in hybrid, blended and online (HBO) education for the Laureate Australia group. In practice this means: driving the process of new product/course development and the enhancement of existing courses in partnership with academic teams, management and administration of the learning management system (Blackboard), and the provision of academic and professional development for teaching staff in partnership with the PVC Academic and Heads of Learning and Teaching. In addition, Paul’s role is to foster connectivity and collaboration with the AMEA and broader international Laureate community, in relation to best practice in HBO course development and delivery, and as part of this to build and promote Laureate Australia’s positioning as an innovation hub.

Mark Falvo

General Manager, Business, Education, ELICOS & International

Mark has transitioned into the role of General Manager, International Operations, after being in the role of Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at Torrens University for the past 12 months. Mark has been in international education for the last 17 years, primarily in ELICOS and Higher Education and has lived and worked in a variety of overseas and domestic locations.
Mark and his team will be responsible for international student recruitment and admissions, student exchange and trimester abroad programs, as well as establishing and nurturing international pathways within the Laureate network, particularly in the AMEA region. Mark will be involved in liaison with our offshore recruitment hubs and potential in country delivery options for Torrens globally, as well as dual qualifications and possible joint programs. Finally, there will also be a focus for the international recruitment and operations team on building a robust and multi state ELICOS delivery institution, which will be known as Torrens University Language Centre.

Darryn Melrose

General Manager, Design

Darryn’s career development has progressed through chartered accountancy, strategic planning, FMCG marketing, financial services marketing, loyalty, direct and digital agency leadership, and brand and retail advertising agency leadership across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
His career highlights include being the creator and leader of the highly successful GlobalPlus alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, and Telecom. He also conceived and led the world’s first entry by a bank into the retail telecommunications and energy markets for LloydsTSB. In 2009 when appointed as the CEO of M&C Saatchi he became the first digital leader to take over the helm of a major advertising agency in New Zealand.
He is the founder of the Digital Leadership Group, and is passionate about the need for businesses to adapt to the emerging digital economy.

Kath Curry

General Manager, Health

Kath Curry has 30 years’ experience connecting people, ideas and practice in the education, health and government sectors. She has built a career as an innovative leader with integrity – from her first job as a nurse, through to her former role as Dean (VET College) at Victoria University. Kath has made an impact in remote NT indigenous communities, in Melbourne’s western region and in international markets. Kath is actively engaged in the skills and policy spheres with published research including an NCVER commissioned study. In 2009, she led significant workforce changes, serving as an advisor to the Western Australian Public Sector Commissioner where 35 of her 39 recommendations were adopted. Kath has a critical dual role of General Manager and Dean of Laureate Australia Health which is responsible for both the academic and business direction of the health vertical. Kath is focused on continuing to grow the health vertical both nationally and internationally with a focus on securing partners, quality, governance and workforce development.

Jerome Casteigt

General Manager, Hospitality

Jerome started his career started in retail and FMCG, spending 10 years at Nestle Nespresso with a career progressing from Sales Manager UK then General Manager Australia to Regional Director Europe. In 2008 he was made General Manager of Movenpick Ice Cream Australia (part of the Nestle group) launching the first franchise network within Nestle. Jerome then joined BMIHMS Ltd as Marketing Director, taking BMIHMS to premium global positioning. After five years at BMIHMS, he was promoted to the position of COO, responsible for Sales & Marketing, Industry Relations, International Partners Relations and the newly created Blue Mountains Hospitality Consulting division. In 2015 he took the position of General Manager of BMIHMS Ltd. In late 2015 Jerome moved into the role of General Manager of Hospitality Vertical at Laureate Australia. Jerome’s role is to lead the growth strategy for the Laureate Australia Hospitality vertical which covers BMIHMS@TUA and William Blue College of Hospitality Management.

Anne Da Cunha

Chief Marketing Officer

Anne spent over a decade building her General Management, Operations and Marketing expertise in the UK, where she worked for major brands including The Carphone Warehouse and O2, focusing on Marketing, Customer Experience, Loyalty and Product P&L’s. Back in Australia since 2013, Anne was the General Manager of Cellarmasters, within the Woolworths Liquor group, where she drove innovative product and digital development, refreshed the 32-year-old brand creative and fuelled profit growth.
At Laureate, she brings a commercial approach to her marketing role, balancing the opportunity to build an exciting and engaging brand with the results that enable strong growth. She is excited by the opportunity to shake up the University and Higher Education market by taking our offering to more students; ensuring they gain relevant qualifications and practical skills from industry experienced lecturers, so they’re ready for the workforce and the jobs of the future.
She also finds it incredibly fulfilling to take these goals to the next level by sharing inspiring stories which highlight the Gallup Strengths focused personal development and Success Coach support our students enjoy, alongside Laureate’s Here For Good activities, which build sustainable growth that in turn supports the communities around us. Being a B-Corp offers us the ability to give as much energy to achieving a positive social impact as we do to our commercial success.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at The Australian National University, and is currently completing an MBA.