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I am known nationally and internationally for my expertise in education. Currently engaged in a number of international appointments and consultancies, I have won over $6 million in research and other funds, mostly while also engaged full time in senior roles. An experienced researcher and consultant, I am frequently commissioned by government, universities, other education providers and professional associations to produce a wide range of outputs including policy and other advice. Considered a thought leader in education, I have given over 90 invited addresses in 10 countries and have produced more than 300 publications, comprising refereed, academic, professional, report and op-ed media outputs. I am a Lifelong Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education and a Fellow of the Institute for Managers and Leaders. Serving on a number of editorial, advisory and company boards, I have extensive governance experience, including in strategy development and execution and in financial, risk and human resource management. I have excellent commercial and business acumen and a strong network.



2015                 Company Director’s Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors

2007                 PhD (Psychology and Higher Education), The University of Melbourne

2001                 Master of Education (Higher Education), Macquarie University, Sydney

1997                 Registration as a Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia

1994                 Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Swinburne University

1991                 Diploma in Education, La Trobe University, Melbourne

1991                 Registration as a Teacher, Department of Education and Training, Victoria

1986                 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Australian National University


1996 – to date    Consultant, Self-employed.

2018 – to date   Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President, Victoria University

2017 – 2018       Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, RMIT University

2014 – 2017       Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality), Federation University

2013                    Director, Centre for Learning Innovation, University of Ballarat

2012                    Executive Director, Open Universities Australia

2008 – 2012      Director, Higher Education Research Group, Deakin University

2007                    Deputy Director, Melbourne CSHE, The University of Melbourne

2006 – 2007      Director, TLU, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne


2016 – to date    Co-Chair Universities Australia Executive Women Committee

2015 – to date    Member, Register of Experts, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

2012 – to date    Founding Editorial Board Member: Teaching Inquiry, Journal of ISSOTL

2010 – to date    Founding Editorial Board Member, International Journal for First Year in Higher Education

2006 – to date   Assessor, Australian Awards for University Teaching

2017 – 2018       Executive Member, UA Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) Committee

                            Member, QILT Working Group, Universities Australia DVC(A) Committee

2015                    International Review Panel Member: National Teaching Experts Awards, Ireland

2015 – 2017       Deputy Chair, Regional Universities Network Executive Women Committee

2014 – 2017       Member, Regional Universities Network DVC Learning and Teaching Committee

2011 – 2012       Executive Member, HERDSA

2007 – 2010      Member, National Advisory Group, AUSSE

2009                    Member, Expert Advisory Group: Assessment Futures (ALTC Boud Fellowship)

2001                    Invited International T&L Consultant, Hong Kong City University


2017 – to date     Member, Education and Training Advisory Board, Open Colleges

2017 – to date     Project Governing Board Member:   Development and implementation of an education portfolio to evaluate excellence of teachers at University of New South Wales

2016 – to date    Reference Group Member: NPP funded Australian universities & public libraries working together to facilitate success for low socio-economic students living in regional & remote communities.

2016 – to date    Reference Group Member: NPP funded Understanding how regionality and socio-economic status intersect with disability.

2015 – to date    Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

2011 – to date    Director/Company Secretary, Japlino Pty Ltd (small family company)

2017 – 2018     Non-Executive Director, Australian Overseas Foundation

2015 – 2018      Member, Higher Education Academic Board, William Angliss Institute

2015 – 2017       External Advisor/Evaluator: Opportunity Through Online Learning National Equity Fellowship for Associate Professor Cathy Stone at National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

2015 – 2016       Reference Group Member: Shaping the 21st century student experience at regional universities

2014 – 2016       Reference Group Member: Evidence based approach to inclusive design of technology enhanced learning

2009 – 2012      Member, Advisory Board, Pearson Australia

2017 – 2018       Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, RMIT University

                            Member: Education Quality and Innovation Committee

                            Member: Intellectual Property Committee

                            Member: Academic Board.

2014 – 2017       Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality), Federation University

Annual budget of $30 million, 350 staff

Chair: Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Advisory Panel

Chair: Academic Quality Assurance Committee; Student Retention and Success Committee

Chair: TEQSA Taskforce

Co-Chair: ASQA Taskforce

Member: Vice Chancellor’s Senior Team

Member: Academic Board & Academic Board Executive

Member: Learning and Teaching Committee & Curriculum Committee

Member: University Program Approval Committee & Program Planning Committee

Member: Berwick Campus Steering Committee

Member: Student Administration Transformation Steering Committee & Implementation Committee

Member: Social Inclusion Committee

Member: Information Systems Steering Committee & Digital Experience Steering Committee

Details of additional leadership and governance experience while in senior roles available on request.


2017 – 2019       Commonwealth Department of Education Economies of scale in supporting low SES and other disadvantaged students $199, 899

2016 – 2017       Commonwealth Department of Education Improving the transition and retention of regional students from low socio-economic backgrounds: A ‘5 Ps’ approach $179 094

2016 – 2017       Commonwealth Department of Education A comparative evaluation of the efficacy of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities $156 686

2016 – 2017       Commonwealth Department of Education Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities $146 500

2016                    Office for Learning and Teaching External Evaluator for Re-casting Terra Nullius Blindness: Empowering Indigenous Protocols and Knowledge in Australian University Built Environment Education

2009 – 2013       Australian Research Council Investigating the mismatch between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages $337 404

2010 – 2012       Australian Learning and Teaching Council/ Office for Learning and Teaching Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: Resources for Australian higher education $220 000

2010 – 2011       Australian Learning and Teaching Council Sustainable leadership of teaching and learning initiatives: Lessons from the sector $235 000

2007 – 2008       Carrick Institute Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education: A framework to support institutions in developing and embedding effective policies and practices $200 000

2006 – 2007       Universities Australia/Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee National Survey of Student Finances $600 000

Details of other commissioned and research projects available on request.



Invited Panel Member: The Clever Country: Supporting Regional and Remote Student Success. Universities Australia Conference, March 1, 2018.


Keynote Address: Degrees of Difference – Teaching Matters. University of Tasmania Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. November 27, 2017


Invited Panel Member: Women in STEM: Creating collaborative educational platforms that drive engagement and retention. Future-Proofing STEM Industries Summit. Sydney, September 20, 2017


Invited Speaker: Great Leadership: It’s not really about you. Australian Institute of Management 2017 Fellow’s Breakfast. Melbourne May 23, 2017


Invited Graduate Speaker: Reflections on the Company Directors Course. Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course Graduation, February 25, 2016.


Invited Speaker: Overcoming challenges and obstacles to leadership advancement. Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit. Melbourne, February 17, 2016


Keynote Speaker: Making sense of higher education: Sociocultural considerations. Digital Learning Research Network conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, October 18, 2015


Invited Panel Speaker Digital Learning Research Network conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, October 17, 2015


Invited International Speaker: Research in higher education learning, teaching and curriculum. Society for Research in Higher Education 50th Anniversary Forum, London, June 26.


Invited Panel Speaker: Defining the future academic workforce.  Institutional Strategies for Blended Learning Conference, Sydney, March 26, 2014


Keynote Speaker: Innovation in Changing Times: What role for eStudentServices and eSupport? Annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA), New Zealand December 3, 2013.

 Details of other invited addresses available on request.




Remedies for low retention rates in the regions The Australian.

The typical university student is no longer 18, middle-class and on campus – we need to change thinking on ‘drop-outs’. The Conversation.

ATAR is a marketing tool: Four reasons to stop obsessing about it. EduResearch Matters.

Retaining students to graduation is not a simple formula. The Age.

Why a low ATAR is not the end of the world for students or universities. The Age.

Education debate must focus on university exit standards. The Age.

Uni entry and the great ATAR myth. The Age (syndicated by 60+ publications).

Other publication details on request.




2015 – to date     Graduate and Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

2015 – to date     Fellow and Member, Institute of Management and Leadership, Australia and NZ

2013 – to date     Elected Lifetime Fellow, UK Society for Research in Higher Education



2016                 Winner, Institute of Leadership and Management Leader/Manager of the Year Award (Victoria)

2016                 Winner, Women’s Agenda National Leadership Award – Government/Public Sector

2016                 National Finalist, ILM Leader/Manager of the Year Award

2016                 State Finalist, Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Public Sector and Academia

2004                First prize, Campus Review Co-op Bookshop National Dialogica Writing Competition



2017 – to date     Privacy and Information Management; Equal Employment Opportunity; Health and Safety; Research Ethics; Research Integrity; Intellectual Property; Competition and Consumer Protection; Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

2016– to date     Telstra Business Women Award Winner Alumni: workshop/seminar attendance

                              United Nations Women: workshop/seminar attendance

2015– to date     Institute of Leadership and Management: Member and workshop/seminar attendance

                              Australian Institute of Company Directors: workshop/seminar attendance

                             Universities Australia Executive Women’s Network Co-Chair (17-18) and member

2015                    AICD Interpreting Financial Statements module