PROFESSOR JUSTIN BEILBY
Professor Justin was appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor in January 2015. Justin is focused on driving a major growth phase that includes the development of vibrant academic communities across Business & Hospitality, Creative Technology & Design, and Health & Education verticals, continued development and launch of new programs, national campus expansion and the fostering of innovative research programs.Working in partnership with 75 Laureate Universities, world wide and drawing upon the combined intellectual input of a global academic team it is an exciting and captivating time as the University continues to grow and expand. Justin is Chairing the establishment of a new global research health service partnership with academic colleagues in South America, Spain, United States and Mexico.
Justin 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.
VICE PRESIDENT PEOPLE AND TALENT
Hugo Contente formally joined Torrens in February 2018. Hugo brings a great deal of practical experience having led Student Services and Human Resources for Laureate in Spain and Portugal, along with a great sense of humour, a naturally collaborative approach, a deep commitment to our mission, and an appreciation of balancing business needs with student outcomes.
Hugo joined Laureate in 2011 as HR Director for Portugal, following a successful career in HR consultancy, focused on a range of training and development initiatives. In 2014 Hugo moved to Madrid, where he led the Student Services Department for Spain and Portugal, before becoming Vice President, Human Resources in 2016. In early 2017, Hugo transitioned to the role of Organizational and Talent Development Director for Laureate across Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific. Hugo holds a degree in psychology from Universidade de Lisboa, and an MBA from AESE / IESE – one of the leading business schools in Portugal.
GROUP DIRECTOR, GOVERNANCE, STRATEGY & RISK
VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Bryce Ives was appointed to the role of Vice President Communications & Public Affairs in February 2019. Bryce is a passionate and creative storyteller and courageous community leader, and he joins Laureate with more than 16 years of industry, educational, business and leadership experience. He has an impeccable reputation as a facilitator and agent of change, with an abiding connection to community and industry engagement. Before joining Laureate, Bryce has worked as a consultant, facilitator, creative director, broadcaster, media producer, artistic director, and community development specialist. Bryce has a longstanding reputation as an advocate and champion of young Australians, particularly in rural and regional Australia, through his twelve-year involvement as Chief Facilitator of the ABC and Australian Government initiative Heywire, and in his integral role in the start-up phase of SYN Youth Media, Australia’s largest youth media organisation.As co-founder of the Present Tense ensemble, Bryce produced and created a unique body of performance work in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading arts organisations. He has also served as Artistic Director of the iconic Theatre Works St. Kilda and of the Fairfax Youth Festival. Bryce was the Director of the Ballarat Arts Academy and the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design – the creative arts schools at Federation University Australia – where he led a transformative process of community engagement and curriculum renewal. Bryce has been a trusted consultant and advisor to some of Australia’s leading organisations including the ABC, the National Farmers Federation, Telstra, VicHealth, AgriFutures Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians, Creative Victoria, Music Victoria, and internationally with the British Broadcasting Corporation. He has also taught at leading institutions, such as the Victorian College of the Arts, the Ballarat Arts Academy, the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts, and the Melbourne University Journalism School.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
GENERAL MANAGER, DESIGN & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
Paul comes to the role of General Manager, Design & Creative Technology with more than 23 years of industry, academic, business and leadership experience in the design and creative technology sectors. He has been the Director of Product Innovation at Laureate Australia and New Zealand for the past three years, responsible for implementing product strategy and driving best practice in the online/digital learning experience through product management, new program development and enhancement, while ensuring connectivity and collaboration with Laureate globally. Paul has a deep connection to Laureate’s Design faculty, having worked previously in a number of key roles, including Program Director for Digital Media and Head of Learning and Teaching.
Prior to joining Laureate, Paul’s career in education encompasses international experience across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Paul was Program Leader, Digital Media at AUT (Auckland University of Technology) for nine years where he was responsible for implementing a wide range of new design courses, coordinating the development of an interdisciplinary program in creative technologies (combining design, media, computing and engineering disciplines), establishing industry advisory groups for digital media and creative technologies, and implementing new postgraduate study pathways in digital media design. He has also worked for The University of London where he implemented new work-integrated learning programs as well as managing programs geared towards part-time and evening access to education for non-traditional student groups at Birkbeck College. Paul has undertaken research in the field of digital interaction and creativity, and his research has been published in the international journal Digital Creativity. Alongside his career in education, Paul worked as a broadcast graphic designer and art director for a range of major television networks including TVNZ, CanWest and Sky, and also as a freelance designer and consultant on broadcast, film and web projects.
GENERAL MANAGER, BUSINESS & HOSPITALITY
GENERAL MANAGER, HEALTH & EDUCATION
VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL – LAUREATE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES
In 2018 Mark was appointed as Vice President, International at Laureate Australia and New Zealand (LANZ) following his previous roles within the organisation as General Manager, Business, ELICOS & International and Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives.
LANZ is part of Laureate International Universities, the world’s largest university network. This includes Media Design School, Think Education and Torrens University, Australia’s fastest growing and only multi state university.
Mark is responsible for the overall strategic direction of our international department, including ongoing global projects, international student recruitment and admissions, along with student mobility for Torrens University. He is also responsible for establishing and nurturing international pathways within the Laureate network, particularly in the Latin American region. Mark is involved in liaison with our offshore recruitment hubs and in country delivery options for Torrens University Australia globally.
Mark has been in international education for the last 20 years, primarily in ELICOS and Higher Education and has lived and worked in a variety of overseas and domestic locations.