Innes Willox

Chief Executive

Australian Industry Group

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Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.  Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.
His current appointments include Director of Australian Super, Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia, Board Member of Australian American Leadership Dialogue and Member of RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board.
Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors. He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006.

Andrew Norton

Program Director of Higher Education

Grattan Institute

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Andrew Norton is the Higher Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute. Mr Norton is the author or co-author of many articles, reports and other publications on higher education issues. These include Taking university teaching seriously, The cash nexus: how teaching funds research in Australian universities and a widely-used reference report on higher education trends and policies, Mapping Australian higher education.
He has worked as a ministerial adviser on higher education, and served on two government-appointed policy reviews. 
He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. 

Mary Faraone

Chief Executive



Professor Bernadine Van Gramberg

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research and Research Training)

Swinburne University

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Professor Bernadine Van Gramberg is Pro-Vice Chancellor, Graduate Research and Research Training. She was formerly Dean, Swinburne Business School within the Faculty of Business and Enterprise. She comes to Swinburne following two years at RMIT International University as Director Learning and Teaching where she managed academic induction, the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Learning and Teaching, Educational Technology, the University Library and the Organisational Research Development Quality Unit on the two Vietnam campuses.
Bernadine also held management positions at Victoria University with three years as Chair, Education and Research Board (Academic Board) and four years as Head, School of Management, Victoria University. Bernadine has had extensive teaching experience spanning undergraduate, post graduate and industry education in the areas of dispute resolution, industrial relations, human resources management and public sector management.

Professor Dineli Mather

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Graduate Employment

Deakin University

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As the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Employment), Professor Dineli Mather leads the Graduate Employment Division at Deakin and is responsible for the University level strategy to support the employability and employment of graduates. 
Dineli is a strong advocate of partnerships between universities, employers and employer groups, particularly as a strategy to develop employable graduates. Deakin's new Graduate Employment Division harnesses digital technologies to connect students directly with employers and, provide personalised career education and employment services as part of a Deakin education.

Professor Leigh Drake

Pro Vice Chancellor (Employability and Postgraduate Coursework)

La Trobe University


Julie Duncan

Director Talent Acquisition

PwC Australia

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Julie has focused her efforts throughout her career in three main areas; linking business strategy to talent strategy, helping individuals and teams realise their potential through quality coaching, and building relationships with clients in challenging, fast paced stakeholder environments. 
Julie specialises in Talent Acquisition Strategy, Strategic Sourcing, innovative Early ID programs and Employer Branding. In her role at PwC as the National Talent Acquisition leader, Julie has re engineered the recruiting function and mobility framework for the firm.  She is passionate about working alongside educators, government and business to build Australia's capacity for innovation which is critical to our future economy and how we can help our kids become the innovators and creative problem solvers of the future.

Helen Hovenga

Group HR Manager

Newcrest Mining

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Helen sees herself as lifelong learner with deep OD and broad generalist HR experience. With a Masters of HR, she has held positions such as Head of HR Strategy, Head of Talent and Head of HR in varied organisations and industries including Mining, Automotive, FMCG, Supply Chain, Retail and Finance. Companies include Mars, Coles, Myer, Toyota, Newcrest and CUB. Helen is driven to create a motivated and passionate, high performing and sustainable workforce. She achieves this through driving values including Compassion, Courage, Wisdom and Accountability.

Andrew Chapman

Head of Engineering – Aerospace

BAE Systems Australia

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Andrew began his career in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Avionics
Technician on Missile Systems and Test Equipment.
Andrew subsequently completed Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
Queensland University of Technology. Then commenced work as Engineer at
Boeing Australia on the F1 11 Avionics Update Program.
Andrew subsequently joined BAE Systems and was seconded to the United
Kingdom to work on the Design Team for the Australian Hawk Lead-In Fighter
Aircraft. Upon his return to Australia, Andrew took various Engineering Roles,
culminating in his appointment as the First Australian Engineering Manager for
the Hawk Lead In Fighter.
After being awarded BAE Systems Australia Engineer of the year in 2009 and
the Manager of the BAE Systems Engineering Team of the year in 2010,
Andrew was appointed to his current role as Head of Engineering for the
Aerospace Domain within BAE Systems Australia.
Andrew is a champion for Integrated Safety and Diversity and Inclusion within

Shaun Corrigan

HR Leader

GE Australia


Helen Fraser

Director of Human Resources


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Over a Human Resources career spanning more than 20 years, Helen has worked across government, banking and engineering consulting sectors, driving organisational change through a focus on programs, people, and high performance.
A member of the AECOM team for 12 years, Helen has held a number of leadership positions focusing on HR strategy, people, team and leadership development, and is a champion of AECOM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Working closely with AECOM Chief Executive - Australia New Zealand, Lara Poloni and AECOM’s Executive Committee, Helen is currently leading the development and launch of an ambitious series of people-focused initiatives/programs that empower AECOM’s 3000-strong team, contribute to business growth and success, and build on AECOM’s reputation as the best place to work and to develop a career.

Emma Taylor

Senior Manager - National Graduate Talent Acquisition



Noel Edge

Executive Director

Graduate Careers Australia

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In 2010, Noel was appointed Executive Director and CEO of Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). GCA is Australia’s not-for-profit graduate research and careers organization. GCA’s research includes the Australian Graduate Survey and other related national surveys. GCA also produces the annual Graduate Opportunities directory.
Before joining GCA, as Director of Business and Development at UQ’s School of Population Health, Noel had responsibility for managing large scale public health research projects in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2006, as Director of International Partnerships for Southbank Institute of Technology in Brisbane, he led transnational partnership programs in China. In 2002 Noel joined Zayed University in the UAE as Professor and Associate Dean for the Information Systems College in Abu Dhabi. He was Director of Zayed’s Institute for Technological Innovation leading projects with UNESCO and UAE government ministries. For ten years in the 1990’s he was Head of the Information Systems Department at the University of Southern Queensland. He has been a practitioner and consultant in the information technology and higher education industries for the past forty years.
Noel holds commerce and information technology qualifications from the University of Queensland and Bond University. He is Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Renee Hamilton

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Universities Australia


Professor Josua Pienaar

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning And Teaching)


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Josua Pienaar took up his appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at CQUniversity Australia early in 2016 after his previous appointments as Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Head of Program for the School of Engineering and Technology.
Taking an innovative approach to Learning and Teaching, including embedding employability into the curriculum at CQUniversity, his use of radical innovation to engage students and involve industry professionals in course development, design and delivery has formed the basis of much of his research.
In his role as Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the School of Engineering and Technology, Josua provided leadership in Learning and Teaching to the school.  In this role he was able to improve student satisfaction and engagement across the entire school. Student retention, and, particularly the factors that influence progression in undergraduate university programs, were central to Josua’s PhD research.

Professor Jeff Borland

Truby Williams Professor of Economics

University of Melbourne

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Jeff Borland is Truby Williams Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne.  His current research on the Australian labour market includes projects on unemployment, earnings inequality, the effects of technology and trade, and the youth labour market.

Professor Joy Higgs

Professor in Higher Education

Charles Sturt University


Stuart Cunningham AM

Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications

Queensland University of Technology


Professor Andrew McAuley

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

Southern Cross University

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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andrew went to university in Nottingham, England where he competed his BA and PhD in Geography. His academic career began as a Research Assistant at Lancaster University before moving to Stirling University in Scotland where he worked for 22 years. Having begun his career at Stirling as a Research Fellow he finished his time there as Professor of Marketing Management, Head of the Department of Marketing and Vice-Dean for Learning & Teaching. 
Andrew has published in many leading marketing journals, reflecting his research interest in small business marketing and entrepreneurship. In 2009 he moved to Australia as Professor of Marketing and Head of the Department of Marketing at Griffith University in Brisbane.  
Professor McAuley joined Southern Cross University in December 2010 where he is now Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). He was a founding co-Editor of the Journal of Social Marketing launched in 2011. In addition he is a past Chair and Vice President of the UK based Academy of Marketing. In 2015 he was created Fellow and Life Member of the Academy of Marketing in recognition of his distinguished service.

Associate Professor Angela Carbone

Director of Education Excellence in the Office of the Vice Provost (Learning and Teaching)

Monash University

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Director, Education Excellence, Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching), Monash University 
Angela Carbone is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow. Her flagship Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme, sponsored by the Australian Government Office has led to unit enhancements and the development of leadership capabilities in academics across Australia.   She has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including a Monash University Vice Chancellor’s award, an ALTC Citation and the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year.  Angela has recently completed a multi-institutional OLT commissioned project aimed at developing employability skills in students through a shared responsibility between employers, academic, students and graduands.

John Gurskey

Director, Career Management Centre

Melbourne Business School

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John Gurskey joined Melbourne Business School in 2013 and is Director of the Career Management Centre.
After completing his Master’s Degree at Northeastern Illinois University John spent several years working in Japan.  He then worked for IT consulting firms and then telecommunications companies in Atlanta, Georgia in the areas of HR, corporate recruitment and MBA recruitment and leadership development program creation. In 2008 John moved to the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology as the School’s Corporate Relations Manager and provided MBA coaching to students.
He has been successful in landing MBS students in roles at organisations including AT Kearney, Microsoft, KPMG and more. 
John is a media commentator on issues including the career value of an MBA and how to mine informal networks to find a job and has been featured in the Financial Times, and more.

Iain Brotherson

Careers Consultant, Student Experience and Career Development

Australian National University

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Iain Brotherson works as a Careers Consultant at the ANU and has worked in various roles in student services at universities in both the ACT and QLD, with additional experience at NGOs and state governments. His professional and educational background is in the areas of mental health, disability, child protection and career development. Currently, Iain is completing a Masters of Social Work in Mental Health and Professional Practice which underpins his person centred strengths based approach to service delivery and career development practise. Iain has recently enjoyed delivering programs including SkillUp and ANU’s student success program Strengths 4 Success. 

Patrick Kelly

Business Development Manager

St Patrick's Technical College

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Patrick Kelly is the Business Development Manager at St Patrick's Technical College, a specialist senior secondary trades and technical school in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Patrick leads the business development initiatives of the Vocational Education & Training College with a focus on School-Community Partnerships, Marketing and Communications, Enrolments, Scholarships and Alumni. He works closely with industry and all levels of government to provide positive outcomes for the local business community and students making the transition from school to work. In its first ten years, the College has facilitated pathways to employment for around 800 students through apprenticeships, with a 93% completion rate.
Patrick is a Fellow of Educate Plus, Australasia's peak membership body for advancement professionals. He served as the organisation's Chairman from 2014-16 and Deputy Chairman from 2012-14. He was the inaugural chairman of the Blackfriars Foundation and is a previous director of Energy Education Australia.

Professor Shelley Kinash

Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching

University of Southern Queensland

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Professor Shelley Kinash is Director, Advancement of Learning and Teaching at University of Southern Queensland. Shelley’s major academic scholarship achievements have been: championing employability throughout the everyday curriculum; migrating student evaluation of teaching to online systems; and supporting whole-of-university approaches to blended/technology-enhanced learning.
Previously, she was the Director of Learning and Teaching at Bond University, an academic at the University of Calgary in Canada and a visiting academic to the Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland. She has over 200 publications including 3 books. She has led three Australian Education & Training strategic priority research projects on graduate employability, postgraduate student experiences, and student evaluation of teaching.

Professor Joanne Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

The University of Queensland

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Professor Joanne Wright joined UQ in April 2013, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). She brings to the position broad and extensive experience in senior academic roles, most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of South Australia.
She has chaired all major University committees relating to teaching and learning, quality, and the student experience, and has led major capital works projects. She has successfully led efforts to improve student satisfaction in relation to both teaching and the wider student experience.
At the national level, Professor Wright is a Ministerial appointee to the Higher Education Standards Panel which makes recommendations to the Minister on new or amended standards for Higher Education. She also chaired the Australian Universities Quality Assurance Agency Board and oversaw the transfer of some its roles to TEQSA. She is also a member of a Universities Australia Working Group for AQF.

Samantha Cummins

Head of Resourcing


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Samantha Cummins is Head of Resourcing at BP for Australia and NZ. After working in retail management for 5 years, Sam commenced her corporate career working in foreign relations employed by the department of foreign affairs in Japan and Korea. Sam thereafter realized her true passion was helping organisations to identify and build talent and returned to Australia in order to pursue this path.
She secured a role at leading recruitment agency Morgan and Banks where she learnt the essentials of recruitment excellence. From there, she has built her career to include head of recruitment roles at Woolworths, News Limited, Telstra and now BP. Sam’s specialty is transforming and optimizing recruitment functions.

Norman Gray

Chief Executive Officer

Box Hill Institute

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Mr Norman Gray AM is the Chief Executive Officer of Box Hill Institute (BHI) and Centre for Adult Education (CAE) and was appointed to this role in July 2014.  Norman has led the development of the organisation’s new strategic plan 2015 – 2018 which has a focus on financial sustainability and serving communities through education, training and lifelong learning.
Norman’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of Public Transport Victoria and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Thales Australia. Prior to this Norman had completed a long and distinguished career in the Department of Defence.  
He served in The Royal Australian Air Force, holding several significant leadership positions and rising to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. 
Norman’s exceptional service was recognised in June 1993 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He was also awarded the Australian Service Medal South East Asia and Australian Service Medal Irian Jaya.

Alan Dormer

Chief Executive



Liz Jakubowski



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Liz is Director of, Data61, CSIRO. Ribit is an online platform which matches higher education students with STEM and digital skills to start-ups and innovative companies.The beta platform was launched last year and has quickly grown to a community of over 14,000 students and businesses.
Liz is a former senior executive in government relations and communications at the ABC, NSW Health, Sydney Symphony and NICTA. She co-established the national Digital Careers program in 2012 to encourage school students to pursue STEM related careers. 
Liz is also a mentor and advisor to a number of startups and programs, including China Australia Millennial Project ,the Studio, Startup Catalyst, and the Education track co-leader for the SPARK Sydney start-up festival.

Angela Dressler

Honorary Fellow Career Development and Employability

Victoria University

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Angela led the Career Development and Employability Program at Victoria University for two decades. She has been a pioneer academic leader embedding career development and employability as a discipline in degree programs. The model is unique in higher education world-wide. Angela has continuously embraced innovation and has extensive teaching experience in the multi-award winning Career Development and Employability Model. 
The model was created based on her research into career development practices in the Human Resource corporate world and insights gained completing a Masters in Career Development in 2012. The model prepares students for the 21st century world of work. It is transferrable to most higher education degrees however would require a radical redesign of degrees and academic’s thinking to include the discipline of career development and employability. Angela believes we may be at the tipping point for this to happen. She will be presenting on her model that provides career direction, instils lifelong career management strategies, builds confidence, and enhances graduate employability.

Patrick O'Reilly


Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

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Patrick O’Reilly is the Foundation Principal of Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC), a Trade Training Centres in schools initiative, in Burwood, NSW. 
SCCVC offers 18 different VET qualifications to both full-time and external students, with approximately 40% of students undertaking a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. SCCVC is committed to graduates who emerge work ready and world ready. SCCVC is engaged in and committed to the creation of relevant, personalised, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences for students and colleagues, on and off campus, now and future focussed. This includes operating a number of business and enterprise opportunities where students deepen and extend their learning within Southern Cross Vocational Enterprises (SCVE). 
SCCVC is recognised as a National Centre of Excellence, having won the 2013 and 2015 Australian Training Awards ‘School Pathways to VET’ category.

Tim Owens

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultant


Tricia Mason-Smith

Executive Officer, Education

Australian Industry Trade College


Nuala O'Donnell

Interim Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability

University of Wollongong


Megan Shellie

Consultant (Recent student intern)



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