Governance | Torrens University

Executive team

Linda Brown


Linda joined Torrens University as President in September 2014 after more than 23 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. With a diverse background incorporating leadership in private, public, government, social enterprise, commercial and education sectors, Linda is internationally recognised as an innovative, strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance, and is passionate about education and training for all. Prior to joining Torrens University, Linda was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director of 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.

Linda completed her Master of Science (Education Management) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Professor Alwyn Louw


Professor Alwyn Louw was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University in January 2020 following a distinguished 20-year career in senior academic leadership and management experience. This included serving as President of the University and Academic President at Monash South Africa, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Research at Vaal University of Technology (South Africa) and Vice Principal at the University of South Africa.

A sociologist by training, Professor Louw has published extensively on a broad range of issues including societal development, gender equity, civil society and community, future of education, new generation universities, research and innovation. Professor Louw is also highly regarded for his work in building new approaches to higher education by ensuring access to high-quality education for all through a deliberate focus shift to inclusivity and affordability.

Professor Louw has extensive private, civic and charitable sector experience including serving as Chair and Director of South Africa Private Higher Education, Chair of Board of Directors for Africa, Operation Mobilisation, President of South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chair Pro Christo Global Mission and Chair of Cancer Association in Kimberley (South Africa).

Professor Louw studied Sociology (BA Hons and Masters) at the University of the Free State (South Africa) and obtained his PhD in Sociology from Vista University (South Africa).

Adam Guinea

Vice President, Finance – ANZ

Adam Guinea joined Torrens Global Education in September 2015 and was appointed to the position of Vice President, Finance-ANZ in July 2023, having previously served as Deputy CFO, Director of Finance-Planning & Analysis, and Director of Control. In his current role, Adam oversees Controllership, Commercial Finance, Planning & Analysis, Internal Controls, Accounts Payable & Procurement and Property & Facilities. Prior to joining Torrens, Adam held several senior finance roles in the UK and USA for financial services group Old Mutual, bringing significant experience and expertise in listed, multi-national environments. While grounding the focus of Finance in compliance, accuracy and efficiency, Adam is also passionate about being an effective partner to the business, providing insight, supporting decision-making and enabling the achievement of our mission.

Adam began his career in external audit at KPMG Australia, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from Queensland University of Technology.

Hugo Contente

Vice President People and Talent

Hugo Contente formally joined Torrens University in February 2018, and brings a great deal of experience having previously led Student Services and Human Resources teams across Europe. Along with a great sense of humour, Hugo brings a naturally collaborative approach, a deep commitment to our mission, and an appreciation of balancing business needs with student outcomes.

Hugo joined Laureate International Universities in 2011 as HR Director for Portugal, he forged 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.

Jerome Casteigt

Chief Commercial Officer

Jerome was appointed the Chief Commercial Officer at Torrens University in August 2019 after nearly ten years within the Hospitality faculty. In 2010, Jerome joined the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) as the Sales and Marketing Director. In late 2015, Jerome moved's role expanded into the role of General Manager of the Business & Hospitality faculty at Torrens University and in 2019 his role expanded again to encompass the Business faculty as well as the Marketing and Sales functions. In 2023, Jerome’s core focus is now on his role as Chief Commercial Officer, which includes Student Records, Customer Experience, Student Admissions and Campus Operations.

Jerome started his career in retail and FMCG, spending 10 years at Nestle Nespresso with a career progressing from Sales Manager UK, General Manager Australia, and then 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.

Darryn Melrose

Chief Marketing Officer & Industry Partnerships

Darryn was appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)& Industry Partnerships in early 2023, following two years as General Manager Design and Creative Technology. Previously he had served as GM Design and Creative Technology from 2016 - 2019 and Chief Executive of Media Design School (MDS) from 2013 – 2019. MDS is Torrens University Australia’s sister institution in New Zealand. Darryn has a strong background in the tertiary education sector in Australia, New Zealand and globally, previously serving as CEO of Whitecliffe College of Arts Design, Fashion and Technology and as a Board Director for Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Outside of education, his breadth of experience spans financial services, FMCG, retail, marketing, telecommunications, and digital sectors. His accomplishments include founding the Digital Leadership Group, elevating AIM Proximity as the second best direct/digital marketing agency in the world in 2009, and leading the world’s first entry by a bank into the energy and telecommunications retail markets. He was also the creator and leader of GlobalPlus, the triple-alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand and Telecom.

Todd Wegner

Vice President Strategy, Risk and Communications

Todd Wegner was appointed Vice President Strategy, Risk and Communications in February 2023. He leads a team to develop, co-ordinate and formalise Torrens Global Education’s strategic planning process, manage risks, drive social and environmental improvements across the organisation, and lead strategic communication. Todd was previously Chief of Staff to the CEO and President of Torrens University Australia since March 2019.

Todd moved to Torrens after spending three years at Laureate Education, Inc. in the United States as Senior Manager, Global Public Affairs. He oversaw, among other things, all B Corp related activities and initiatives, including leading the certification of 75 higher education institutions in 25 countries through the B Corp assessment. Prior to joining Laureate, he has worked at the United Nations, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank working on social and environmental sustainability initiatives. He also spent four years working as a civil engineer doing water and sanitation permitting and compliance for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Todd holds an M.B.A. from George Washington University (United States), and a BS in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (United States).

Rob McGowan

Vice President International

Rob McGowan was appointed Vice President International in April 2023, after previously holding the role of Senior Director of Industry and Employability.

Rob has extensive international experience in education, having been employed as Managing Director of Coventary University Recruitment and Admissions Ltd (CURA) in the UK. CURA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry University Group, established by Rob in April 2019. CURA employed approximately 400 staff and delivered all customer engagement services for prospective and current students across the Coventry University Group. Rob was also Director of Sales (ANZ), Laureate International Universities until March 2019.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science from Coventry University and an MBA from Torrens University Australia.

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