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Recent Appointments

Jo Fisher Executive would like to publicly congratulate some of the successful candidates that we have recently placed.

Dr Justin Kurland is the new Lecturer in Crime Science at the University of Waikato, NZ

Dr Justin Kurland is the new Lecturer in Crime Science at the University of Waikato, NZ. Justin was most recently a Post-Doctoral Associate at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University in the United States of America (USA). Prior to this Justin was studying for his PhD at University College London (UCL), and was previously a Criminal Investigator at the Office of the Public Defender and a Forensic Investigator at the Department of Human Services, both in the State of New Jersey, USA. Justin has taught a wide range of topics, including theory and quantitative methods courses that focus on the essentials of research, specifically crime science research. Other courses Justin has taught include wildlife crime, cutting edge criminology, environmental criminology, crime prevention, applied research methods and crime mapping and spatial analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Justin’s PhD dissertation research was highly quantitative and focused primarily on spatial, temporal, and contextual crime and disorder patterns around stadia across various settings in the United Kingdom. Justin continues to have an interest in advanced quantitative methods for the analysis of crime patterns with his current research interests extending from urban areas to wildlife crime occurring in more rural settings. Justin has 17 publications including refereed journal articles, book chapters and reports, a further five under review and another eight in progress.


Natalie Wright-Boyd is the new General Manager Human Resources at MIND Australia

Natalie Wright-Boyd is the new General Manager Human Resources at MIND Australia. Natalie is an experienced and accomplished Human Resources leader with experience across a range of industries. Natalie was previously the Director of Human Resources with MacKillop Family Services. With a workforce of over 800 employees across Victoria, NSW and WA, Natalie was responsible for managing the policy and practice across people and performance, wellbeing and safety, payroll and organisational development. During her time with the organisation Natalie restructured the HR department to meet the needs of the agency, established a remuneration framework and review process and received Board approval for an HRMIS. Natalie also commenced EBA negotiations. Previously Natalie spent over three years with Racing Victoria as their General Manager Human Resources and Workforce Development. In this role Natalie was a member of the senior management team and a management member of multiple Board sub-committees.


De-Anne Richards is the new Associate Director of International Business Development at the Swinburne University of Technology

De-Anne Richards is the new Manager of International Business Development at the Swinburne University of Technology. As the Director International at the Kangan Institute, De-Anne was responsible for the international services of the institute whereby she oversaw international business development, international revenue, international student services and admissions, CRICO/ASQA Compliance and international strategy. Whilst also in the Director International role, De-Anne was the Principle Executive Officer for the English Language School. Previous to this, De-Anne was operating within the Southbank Institute of Technology as their Director of International Business. In this position she managed a team of support staff and teachers to facilitate offshore programs, provided reports to the institutes Chief Executive and Board, managed stakeholder relationships and undertook marketing and business growth planning. Within this role, De-Anne was also a Senior Manager in the areas of Operations, Student Support Services, Enrolments and Marketing and Promotions.


Ian Dagley is the new Chief of Science Partnerships and Engagement at the Defence Science and Technology Group

Ian Dagley is the new Chief of Science Partnerships and Engagement at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). Ian was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymer (CRCP) since 1995. Ian has brought together companies with researchers from across Australia to undertake industry-driven collaborative research projects targeting the delivery of major national benefits, and has been the driving force behind the CRCP winning three successive rounds of CRC Programme funding. Ian oversaw all aspects of the CRCP from recruitment to project management, as well as the identification and protection of intellectual property, managing technology transfers and negotiating commercialisation arrangements. The participants in the CRCP have included 14 universities, 24 companies, ANSTO, CSIRO and DSTO. More than 200 postdoctoral fellows and 65 PhD students have also been involved in research with the CRCP during the past 25 years. Ian has overseen many highly successful research projects and the outcomes have included 19 licence agreements and 1 technology acquisition. These successful commercialisations have been undertaken with the likes of Olex Cables, Moldflow, Ciba Speciality Chemicals, BASF, Qenos and VisyPak. Between 1985 and 1995, Ian was a Defence Scientist with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), now known as the DSTG.


Dr Kristin Laurens is the new Professor/Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University

Dr Kristin Laurens is the new Associate Professor in Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. She brings a comprehensive research background spanning epidemiology and cognitive neuroscience investigations of developmental psychopathology. Dr Laurens was previously a Senior Lecturer within the Research Unit for Schizophrenia Epidemiology, School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Her ongoing research programme at UNSW uses record linkage of population databases to identify risk and protective factors operating during childhood that relate to later health, well-being, and social outcomes in adolescence and young adulthood. Prior to this appointment, Dr Laurens was a Senior Lecturer and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK. Dr Laurens’ early research appointments included the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Colombia, Canada and the Departments of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia and Griffith University, Australia.


Claire Johnson is the new Vivian Bullwinkel Chair of Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care at Eastern Health

Claire Johnson is the new Vivian Bullwinkel Chair of Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care at Eastern Health. Claire was previously Senior Research Fellow and the manager of the Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit (CaPCREU) in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia. The CaPCREU team has a reputation for conducting and supporting collaborative research with health policy, clinical and consumer advocate stakeholders. As a registered nurse, Claire brings her broad clinical experience to the development and evaluation of interventions to improve care for people with cancer and at the end of life. Translation of the outcomes of research into everyday practice is an important aspect of Claire’s work. She has lead numerous projects which evaluated new and innovative health service programs such as a state-wide Psycho-oncology Service and a community-based palliative care consultative service and provided recommendations which were utilized to improve the respective services. Her position on numerous state advisory committees such as the WA Palliative Care Advisory Committee, and the End of Life Steering Committee provide opportunities to support such translation work. Claire was the inaugural academic chair of the new WA Palliative Care Research Collaboration, established to promote inter-organisational research and academic and clinical co-operation.


Professor Bronwyn Carlson is the new Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is the new Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Professor Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country, NSW and brings a national and international reputation in the field of Indigenous Studies. Professor Carlson was previously based in Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, where she took a lead role in curriculum transformation through the development of new Indigenous Studies subjects that included global perspectives in Indigenous Studies. Professor Carlson is also founder and convenor of the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence; Director of the Echidna Group (Indigenous Research and Development Consultancy); a member of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council's Ethics Committee's External Reference Panel; and a member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. With research interests including the politics of Indigenous identity; Indigenous peoples and social media; Indigenous Studies; and global Indigenous connectivity, Professor Carlson has published two books, most recently ‘The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal today?’, plus chapters and refereed journal articles.


Craig Robertson is the new Chief Executive Officer at TAFE Directors Australia

Craig Robertson is the new Chief Executive Officer at TAFE Directors Australia. Craig was previously the Deputy Secretary of the Higher Education and Skills Group where he served since July of 2015. Craig was responsible for policy and operations for vocational education and training in Victoria, including TAFE’s and oversight of university governance. In this role, Craig was accountable for representing the Victorian Government in national government opportunities, designing and implementing the Government’s response to the VET Funding Review, and appointing the Victorian Skills Commissioner. Prior to this, Craig led the formation of Skills Connect division which provides coordinated program delivery and services to support skilling of the Australian Workforce. Whilst in this role, Craig led reform of the national arrangement for Australian Apprenticeships, including the delivery of support services to employers and apprentices whilst efficiently managing the Skills Connect division of 160 staff.


Catherine Nagle is the new Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at James Cook University

Catherine (Cate) Nagle is the new Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at James Cook University, Townsville. Cate was most recently the Associate Professor at Deakin University, within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She was also a member of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre and was an Associate Member of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development. Cate co-leads the development of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)'s Midwife standards for practice. During 2016, Cate acted as Chair of Nursing, Deakin University Western Health Nursing Research Centre. From 2008 to 2015, Cate was the Course Director of the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery. Within the School and Faculty of Health she made significant contributions to the governance and collegial life within the University, and the promotion of the reputation of the School, Faculty and University by providing effective leadership in a variety of internal and external roles.


Jodie Altan is the new Director of Global Student Recruitment at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Jodie Altan is the new Director of Global Student Recruitment at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Jodie is an experienced student recruitment professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. Jodie’s previous experience as the Director of Student Recruitment at Monash University focused on both domestic and international markets, and has travelled extensively to build networks and understand nuances of leading overseas recruitment, including a short time working at the Malaysia campus. Jodie previously had responsibility within her role at Monash University for the Recruitment team of over 25 staff to ensure full streamlining of the enquiry to application process to better secure student enrolment. At Monash University, Jodie worked with the University Executive team to plan and monitor the student recruitment strategy, provide advice and ensure regulations such as the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act are met. Prior to this, Jodie was Associate Director Onshore in the Office of Future Students where she was accountable for managing a team of twelve, providing strategic advice on onshore recruitment matters to identify potential issues or opportunities and ensuring load projections were met.


Dean Tillotson is the new Executive Director of Corporate Services at Public Transport Victoria

Dean Tillotson is the new Executive Director of Corporate Services at Public Transport Victoria. Dean previously ran his own consulting business since 2014, Acumulus Consulting Group, which focused on assisting businesses facing a wide range of strategic, operational, and financial challenges. Dean’s main clients were those in the finance, insurance, government and health industries. Prior to this, Dean was the Interim Chief Executive Officer at South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. Dean’s main focus in this role was to build and launch a new business within an aggressive launch window. In this role Dean also undertook negotiations and secured significant federal government funding whilst also assisting the chair in the recruitment of the inaugural board and permanent CEO. Prior to this Dean held a number of senior roles within Medibank Private in including the Divisional General Manager Sales at Medibank Private and Exec General manger/CEO AHM a regional based national health fund.


Mark Harper is the new Director of Operations at Comcare

Mark Harper is the new Director of Operations at Comcare. Mark was previously the Manager of Workers Compensation Risk States Claims at CGU Insurance in Perth. In this position Mark was responsible for the management of a multi-jurisdictional operation, employing 140 staff state wide. As the Manager, Mark developed models to support and minimise injury severity, implemented and monitored measures of performance, fostered a culture of innovation and continuous improvement and explored opportunities to streamline operations to improve capacity and customer experience. Prior to this Mark held the position of a contract Consultant to the self-insured claims unit at IAG. Within this role Mark developed a competency based framework for practitioners within the team, refined processes, undertook recruitment, introduced a new claims model and an initiative driven culture. Before this, Mark was a Claims Operations Manager at Xchanging where he ensured the efficient running of the organisation with resource management, established a high performance culture and developed relationships with regulatory authorities. Mark has a strong career history in insurance and claims, having worked at organisations including Zurich, H2 Business Solutions, Vero, the Department of Social Security and ANZ Bank.


Dr Monica Kennedy is the new Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Monica Kennedy is the new Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Kennedy has over 20 years of academic, leadership and teaching experience, predominantly at the University of Canberra. In her previous role at Study Group Australia, Dr Kennedy took carriage of 8 university partnerships and 6 partnered, internationally focused, colleges in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Kennedy was also responsible for business development, admissions activities and ANZ TEQSA and CRICOS compliance. Prior to this, Dr Kennedy held a Head of College role at the Australian National University (ANU) College which incorporated change management. In her tenure at Victoria University (VU), Dr Kennedy took responsibility for the administration, academic performance and growth of the VU Sydney campus. Earlier in her career, Dr Kennedy held positions at the University of Canberra as Associate Dean International, directing all aspects of operations and development of offshore teaching and HDR partnerships along with various Senior Lecturer and Lecturer roles.


David Mowbray is the new Executive Principal at Traralgon College

David Mowbray is the new Executive Principal at Traralgon College. David was previously the Principal at Yarram Secondary College from October 2014. Within this role, David was directly responsible for the leadership and strategic management of 55 staff and 305 students’ educational outcomes and parent expectations. David delivered on all aspects of school operations within state-wide guidelines and Government policies. As executive officer of the Yarram Secondary College school council, David ensured that adequate and appropriate advice was provided to the council on educational matters whilst ensuring the decisions of the council were implemented and that adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of council meetings. Previous to this role, David was the Guthridge Campus Principal of Sale College. In this role, David co-created and implemented an evidence based performance and development process and structure for 110 College-wide staff underpinned by an action learning approach that delivered increased staff professional capacity, via positive change in practice, to improve student and school outcomes. David has also worked internationally where he was the Cluster Manager: K-12 Government Schools in the United Arab Emirates employed by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).


Professor Sally Jane Norman is the new Director of Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music at the Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Sally Jane Norman is the new Director of Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington. Professor Norman has been employed at the University of Sussex since 2010 in the position of Professor of Performance Technologies, School of Media, Film and Music. As founding Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts she steered the University's major capital refurbishment project to endow a high profile English Heritage building with state of the art performance infrastructure. As Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab since 2015, she leads the Lab's Digital Technologies/Digital Performance research strand with Music colleagues, coordinating interdisciplinary digital humanities projects in cutting edge areas including expressive gesture, score-following software, and acoustic ecologies.


Katherine MacHutchison is the new Executive Director of People and Culture at Eastern Health

Katherine MacHutchison is the new Executive Director of People and Culture at Eastern Health. Katherine is able to evidence an extensive career that encompasses the full scope of Human Resources and Organisational Development strategies, programs and operations. Katherine’s career has been developed over multiple sectors, most prominently in healthcare for over 12 years since 2001. In her previous position as Group Manager of Organisational Development with Epworth Healthcare, Katherine was responsible for managing a budget across an organisation wide staff of 5,500. Charged with the development and implementation of the OD strategy for Epworth, Katherine worked on leadership development, talent development and engagement, succession planning, performance management systems and employee engagement strategies. Previously Katherine held the position of Manager of the Centre of Expertise with the Department of Business and Innovation where she implemented a strategic business partner model to transform the provision of HR services.


Fiona Ward is the new Deputy Chief Executive of Service Delivery and Practice at the Department for Child Protection South Australia

Fiona Ward is the new Deputy Chief Executive of Service Delivery and Practice at the Department for Child Protection South Australia. Fiona’s career has involved roles leading strategic policy, program development and implementation, and service delivery across a range of human service and reform contexts within South Australia. Since 2011, Fiona previously worked within Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of State Development. In this role Fiona was responsible for the development and improvement of strategic policy targeting Aboriginal children, families and communities in South Australia. As part of her role Fiona led intergovernmental negotiations in regard to key national partnerships and agreements, led government projects to support the Aboriginal Affairs agenda and provided strategic oversight of the development, implementation and coordination of the project function within Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.


Dr Alan Brent is the new Professor in Sustainable Energy Systems at the Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Alan Brent has been appointed to The Mark Dunajtschik Chair in Sustainable Energy, Power and the Environment at the Victoria University of Wellington. Previously Dr Brent worked as a Professor of Sustainable Development/Engineering Management and Sustainable Systems, and was the Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainable and Renewable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Dr Brent was also coordinator of the postgraduate programmes in the Department of Industrial Engineering, and the multidisciplinary programmes that run within the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies. Dr Brent is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a National Research Foundation rated researcher. His research is located in the sustainable technology management field and is trans-disciplinary in practice, including three academics, 10 PhD and 20 Masters Students.


Lucy Cohen is the new Director of Development at Genazzano FCJ College

Lucy Cohen is the new Director of Development at Genazzano FCJ College. Lucy has held a variety of positions with Melbourne Girls Grammar since 2003 including her most recent position of Bequests Co-ordinator where Lucy undertook a full review of bequests pending and received. Since taking on the role Lucy has grown the bequest prospect base significantly and applied best practice to cultivate each prospect. Prior to this, Lucy spent five years as the Director of Community with accountability across Enrolments, Fundraising, Marketing and Alumni. As an executive position reporting directly to the Principal, Lucy managed a team to work with a community of 6500 alumni, 770 current families and more than 200 staff. Lucy increased Annual Giving results annually over a three year period, undertook a refresh of the School website which increased traffic significantly and established strategic relationships with like-schools across Australia. As Director of Community, Lucy’s role also incorporated Major Events, Stewardship, Parent Volunteer Co-ordination, Archives and School Communications.


Helen Grutzner is the new Contract Manager at Victorian Ports Corporation

Helen Grutzner is the new Contract Manager at Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC). Helen was previously the In House Counsel for the VPC. In the role of In House Counsel, Helen advised the organisation on all legislative frameworks applicable to them including statutory compliance and regulatory issues. Helen also advised the VPC on contract and commercial matters including procurement and probity issues and maintained a register of legislative and regulatory change documenting their impact on the organisation. Helen has also acted as a statutory freedom of information officer and has undertaken a board secretary role. Previously, Helen was a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) where she presided at four hearings weekly at the AAT’s social services jurisdiction. Helen also drafted and finalised written statements of reasons and was a Lawyer at Native Title Services Victoria where commercial negotiations with major stakeholders on behalf of the organisation, drafted commercial and statutory agreements, and attended arbitration proceedings were Helen’s primary areas of expertise.


Joanne Jenson is the new Head of Professional Development at the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Joanne Jenson is the new Head of Professional Development at the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Joanne was previously Head of Learning and Education Technologies at Partners in Training, a privately owned RTO for students in the health and aged care sectors. In this role Joanne was responsible for designing innovative blended learning teaching delivery and embedding progressive quality assurance practices across the organisation. Joanne recently researched and implemented a national education strategy. The paper titled ‘Increasing Completion Rates through a Self-Service Online Learning Strategy’ was accepted for presentation at an International Education Conference held at the University Of Aalborg, Denmark where this strategy received global endorsement.


Professor Guy Littlefair is the new Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology

Professor Guy Littlefair is the new Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology. Professor Littlefair has worked at Deakin University Australia since 2011, being appointed to his previous role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Strategic Partnerships) in January 2016. Professor Littlefair was responsible for increasing and strengthening of Industry and Strategic Partnerships for the University. Previously Professor Littlefair was Dean of Engineering and Head of School from 2011 to 2016 leading the School through a significant 5 year transformation of its teaching, research and operating environment. Professor Littlefair spent five years in leadership roles at the Auckland University of Technology from 2006 onwards, and prior to that, 13 years at Southampton Solent University, UK.


Ken Smith is the new Chief Executive and Dean at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Ken Smith is the new Chief Executive and Dean at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Ken has an extremely strong background in human services and education of which he is passionate and driven to elicit positive community change. This is extremely apparent in his appointment to an endless number of boards in a chair capacity within those sectors. Ken was appointed the Queensland Government’s trade and investment representative in July 2011 based in London, United Kingdom (UK). The office is responsible for the UK, Europe, CIS and Sub-Saharan African markets. Ken has taken a leadership role in Policy, Program and Legislative and Regulatory reforms at state and national level over the last 25 years and as a senior bureaucrat, Ken has taken a lead role in many of the fundamental reforms that have significantly shaped the State of Queensland. This is reflected by Ken being awarded the Centenary Medal along with being a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Australian College of Educational Leaders, and appointments to Adjunct Professorial positions in Sydney and Brisbane.


Belinda Horton is the new General Manager of Clinical Practice, Quality and Learning, and Development at MIND Australia

Belinda Horton is the new General Manager of Clinical Practice, Quality and Learning, and Development at MIND Australia. Belinda was previously Senior Clinician as part of the Strengthening Network Coordination Project at the Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders at Melbourne Health. In this role, Belinda worked with leaders and providers of eating disorder services and community and medical services throughout Victoria to strengthen service mapping and pathways to ensure early identification, intervention and prevention for people living with eating disorders and their families. Belinda was also previously CEO at Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA). As CEO, she led and managed perinatal mental health service delivery, health promotion and advocacy, building PANDA with additional government funding and allocating resources to maximum effect.


Tony Bretherton is the new Director of Development and Community Relations at Xavier College

Tony Bretherton is the new Director of Development and Community Relations at Xavier College. Tony has extensive experience in management, particularly leadership, marketing, networking and strategic planning, all of which has been developed over a 21 year career focused on philanthropy, fundraising, marketing and alumni relations in schools and universities. Tony was previously Director of Community Relations at Geelong Grammar School (and Executive Director of the Geelong Grammar Foundation). Over a five-year period Tony lead a team that achieved philanthropic income of over $30M whilst alumni relations and community engagement were also strengthened.


Joyce Coyle is the new Associate Director of Clinical and Maternity Services at Epworth Healthcare

Joyce Coyle is the new Associate Director of Clinical and Maternity Services at Epworth Healthcare. Joyce has over 27 years of experience across various acute clinical areas including maternity services within private hospitals, 15 years of which were with the St John of God Hospital, Berwick (SJOG). Joyce has diversified her skillset to become an astute leader, highly proficient in achieving key organisational objectives in human resource and financial management. Joyce initially reported to the CEO of SJOG, Lisa Norman, who held the dual role of CEO and Director of Nursing with Joyce being responsible for leading a team of 60 staff through six Associate Unit Managers. Joyce believes leadership should be an endeavour that requires an inclusive approach, where passion and energy allows her to thrive with a team of like-minded individuals to tackle new challenges and achieve successful outcomes.


Penny Harrison is the new Director of Volunteering at The Australian Red Cross

Penny Harrison is the new Director of Volunteering at The Australian Red Cross. Since her appointment as a Director for the state of Victoria at The Australian Red Cross in 2015, Penny has been an invaluable part of formulating the organisational vision and framework to facilitate expansion of strategic government and vastly increase the effectiveness of external stakeholder engagements. Penny’s experience in leadership, strategic development and the development of human capital is extensive where prior to her role at The Australian Red Cross she was an Associate Director for Oxfam Australia for over 9 years. Penny possesses over 15 years of comprehensive international leadership and management experience in countries such as Indonesia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Holland.


Edward Palmisano is the new Head of International at the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Edward Palmisano is the new Head of International at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and leads the organisation's engagement in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and America. An Australian diplomat, he represented the country in international negotiations and served at the Australian Embassy in Spain. He is admitted to the High Court of Australia and is a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. Edward’s experience in international relations, exceptional knowledge of organisational strategy and legal expertise has led to numerous achievements along with advisory appointments on numerous boards. Edward previously held the role of Director of Government Relations at the University of Sydney, where he led the University’s engagement with government and represented the University on overseas trade delegations.


Paras Georgoulos is the new Manager of Business Partnering and Employee Relations at the City of Melbourne Council

Paras Georgoulos is the new Manager of Business Partnering and Employee Relations at the City of Melbourne Council. Paras is a seasoned HR professional, committed, versatile and dynamic with extensive experience as a leader focused on HR service excellence where she has been previously employed in all-encompassing HR positions that are almost all exclusively nationwide in their scope and level of responsibility. Paras lead a large change management and restructuring initiative at the CSIRO which included implementing HR programs and initiatives which supported high technology research and innovation nationally and overseas. In addition Paras has been involved with start-ups in the airline industry and energy sector which have involved new technologies, leadership structures and change programs. More recently, Paras has worked in Professional Services Engineering at Norman Disney and Young, driving new remuneration and benefit frameworks locally and globally.


Mary Oski is the new Executive Director of Curriculum at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Mary Oski is the new Executive Director of Curriculum at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Mary Oski is a National Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) for contribution to educational leadership. A highly decorated educator, Mary’s ability to forge strong relationships and develop mutual trust within the Catholic school community has been exemplary. An exceptional ability to lead from the front earned Mary the position of Director of the Integrated Catholic Online Network with the Catholic Education Office. This role is responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Catholic Online Network throughout 500 Catholic schools in Victoria. Mary is a state representative of the Victorian Catholic education sector on over 10 advisory boards, a reflection of her professional pedigree and commitment to the education sector.


Dr Anna Sutton is the new Senior Lecturer of Organisational Psychology at the University of Waikato

Dr Anna Sutton is the new Senior Lecturer of Organisational Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dr Sutton is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK, since 2009 and was previously a lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. When Dr Sutton commenced at MMU, no occupational or organisational psychology programme existed. In less than seven years Dr Sutton has established popular modules in the subject, launched an organisational psychology research group and attracted high calibre PhD students. Evidently highly committed to excellence in university teaching Dr Sutton is the author of the popular textbook Work Psychology in Action as well as research papers on the research-teaching link at universities. Dr Sutton believes that the best lecturing is underpinned by active engagement with sound and articulate research.


Ninetta Santoro is the new Department Chair (Education) and Professor in the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design at Swinburne University of Technology

Ninetta Santoro is the new Department Chair (Education) and Professor in the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Ninetta is an educator of the highest degree. Passionate about education for social justice, Ninetta’s publications include 12 books and chapters, 42 refereed journal articles and 16 journal editorials. Ninetta is an active reviewer for ten journals and a thesis examiner for the University of Edinburgh along with five Australian universities. In her previous role at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, Ninetta was the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education, with the highest level of strategic planning responsibilities including leading the Doctor of Education program. Ninetta was previously appointed for over four years as Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, providing academic and administrative leadership and strategic direction to the School across two campuses.


Christos Roussos is the new Executive Director People and Corporate Support at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

Christos Roussos is the new Executive Director of People and Corporate Support at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Chris is a highly experienced, consummate Human Resources (HR) professional, excelling in a career within the health sector in Victoria over the last 15 years. Since 2010 Chris previously held the position of Executive Director of Human Resources and Communications with Eastern Health where he pioneered the HR function by implementing several projects and services including a new HR service delivery concept called HR Connect, used to effectively provide HR advice and information to over 8,500 staff; along with The People Strategy, which was recognised externally and was awarded the 2013 Institute of Public Administration’s Leadership in the Public Sector Award in 2013 in the category of People Development – Building the Capacity of the Public Sector.


Ben Kelly is the new Executive Director of Acute Operations at Ballarat Health Services

Ben Kelly is the new Executive Director of Acute Operations at Ballarat Health Services. Ben has earned an exceptional leadership and management reputation throughout his previous roles at Eastern Health. Ben approaches leadership is accordance with a philosophy encompassing strong emphasis on positively impacting the community, vision, enthusiasm, respect, professional development and exceptional service delivery. In his previous role as acting Executive Director at Eastern Health, Ben developed and implemented effective care strategies at all stages of the care continuum and has eliminated unnecessary waiting times of patients, increasing the care and recovery process’ effectiveness. This is directly in line with Ben’s nurturing approach to the development of employees. Ben has established clear performance objectives and strategies resulting in the successful implementation of numerous projects related to General Medicine, Emergency Management and Mental Health.


Susan Crawford is the new Executive Director of the Personal Injury Education Foundation at WorkSafe Victoria

Susan Crawford is the new Executive Director of the Personal Injury Education Foundation at WorkSafe Victoria. Through her previous role as a Managing Director at the boutique consulting practice and Human Resources Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Right Turn, Susan has extensive experience in leading strategy, managing growth and profitability, financial and operational reporting, stakeholder management and staff development. Combined with Susan’s management experience comes extensive experience working with personal injury and claims management and staff in their professional development. Commercially savvy, Sue’s strengths lie in building relationships at all levels through clear and decisive communication and positive influence. Susan has also had significant exposure to regulated industries through operating a successful business in the VET Sector.


Garry Tanner is the new Chief Marketing and Development Officer at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Garry Tanner is the new Chief Marketing and Development Officer at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Garry is an exceptional sales and marketing professional with extensive experience in the creation and deployment of integrated marketing and communications strategies across all mediums and channels. An expert in the formulation of marketing campaigns of exceptional profitability with minimal expenditure, Garry has been the Southern Territorial Marketing Director with the Salvation Army since 2011 where he achieved year on year growth and maintained the number one position in the not-for–profit sector. During Garry’s tenure with the Salvation Army, he has lead a marketing department of 15 team members and driven a 5 year marketing and communications strategy consisting of 3 integrated campaigns incorporating TV, digital/online, radio, outdoor, print and e-commerce mediums.


Gordon Botwright is the new Chief Executive Officer at St. John Ambulance Victoria

Gordon Botwright is the new Chief Executive Officer at St. John Ambulance Victoria. Gordon is an internal appointee within St. Johns Ambulance Australia and is passionate about community programs and recognising the contributions of selfless volunteers that dedicate themselves to the organisation. Gordon leads with exceptional service delivery and builds strong customer and stakeholder relationships. With an extensive 18 years of experience in executive and management roles, Gordon has demonstrated proven leadership strengths in setting strategic direction, driving performance, and managing change and innovation and he has the ability to lead and develop teams that deliver results. Gordon’s strategic focus is on lean process management and was responsible for radically changing the service delivery model of long distance prisoner transport in Western Australia, lowering risk, improving duty of care and creating efficiency.


John Dakin is the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research

John Dakin is the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research. John has over thirty years’ experience in senior management positions, and is a seasoned COO within the medical research industry. Most recently John held the position of COO for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) where he was responsible for the research support and operations staff, overseeing finance and legal services, IT, human resources, business development and intellectual property, building operations, fundraising and communications, scientific services and grants management. John previously spent over ten years as COO for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research where he provided leadership to the Development and Support Group. John’s prior career includes two years as CFO/Secretary in an IT Venture Capital firm in addition to ten years with MBF Australia at an executive level.


Elaine Montegriffo is the new Director People & Organisational Effectiveness at the Australian Red Cross

Elaine Montegriffo is the new Director People & Organisational Effectiveness at the Australian Red Cross. Elaine is a passionate NFP professional, who joins the Australian Red Cross with a strong background in strategy development, leadership, performance and reward, and organisational development. After a successful consulting career including as a partner with Anderson and Ernst & Young, Elaine has spent the last 12 years in the not for profit sector. In her most recent position as Chief Executive Officer of SecondBite Elaine grew the organisation from a Victorian to a national organisation, significantly increasing the organisation's social and environmental impact. Previously, Elaine spent nearly five years with Oxfam Australia, commencing as the Corporate Relations Manager and culminating in her position of Country Director, Laos.


Lisa Rodgers is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership

Lisa Rodgers is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership. Lisa brings a strong background in education and government to the appointment. In her most recent role as Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement at the Ministry of Education NZ she was responsible for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders, across education agencies and the wider social sector. She also previously led the Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce in New Zealand and was the lead advisor in the development of the New Zealand government’s Education Public Achievement Information strategy. Lisa has held several other senior roles at the Ministry in addition to strategic policy and research work at the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales and the British Army. Previous roles include Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge and Manager Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Group at the Ministry of Education NZ, Manager Strategic Policy Development Team at the Ministry of Justice NZ, Manager Comparative Education Research Unit at the Ministry of Education, and various research and analyst roles within the UK.


Betty Alexander is the new People & Culture Business Partner at the Port of Melbourne Corporation

Betty Alexander is the new People & Culture Business Partner at the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Prior to this appointment Betty was a Senior HR Business Partner at Monash Health, where she provided HR management advice, coaching and support to line managers, led capability building, and developed and implemented HR strategy. She is an experienced HR professional with experience gained in HR roles across a variety of industries. Her past roles include Human Resources and OHS Manager at Inner East Community Health Service, HR Operations Consultant at Mercer and Talent Acquisition Consultant at JP Morgan Chase and Stream International.


David Plunkett is the new Chief Executive at Eastern Health

David Plunkett is the new Chief Executive at Eastern Health. David brings significant experience to this appointment having held a number of senior level roles at Eastern Health including Executive Director Acute Health, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Executive Director Nursing, Access and Patient Support Services and General Manager, Clinical & Corporate Support Services. In his most recent role he was responsible for operational management of capital developments, revenue budget management and overall leadership for approximately 4000 nurses and midwives. David initially joined Eastern Health in 2002 as Eastern Health Operations Manager. Earlier in his career he held a variety of roles at Latrobe Regional Hospital and Epworth Healthcare.


Susie Roberts is the new Director of Human Resources at Xavier College

Susie Roberts is the new Director of Human Resources at Xavier College. Prior to this appointment Susie was the Director of Human Resources at Brighton Grammar School, where she was responsible for overseeing HR strategy, policy development and implementation, recruitment, induction, performance management, organisational development, leadership coaching and for providing advice to the Headmaster on a range of HR and broader issues. Previous to this Susie undertook and completed the establishment of a HR role for the Wilson Group to accommodate a significant growth phase. In this role Susie was initially accountable for the full scope of HR activities and later responsible for training, policy development, recruitment, performance management and appraisal as the HR function expanded.


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