WHO WE ARE

We have over a dozen dedicated experts in Five Practice Areas:

 

1. Strategy, Stakeholder Engagement and Design
2. Analytics and Business Intelligence
3. Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
4. Change Project Management
5. Universal Education – through our Social Venture Global Access Project

OUR CORE TEAM

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DAVID WRIGHT

A former Vice President and Executive of Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. David was responsible for Strategy, Marketing and International Business and delivered an outstanding result across the three practice areas that now form HECG. David took nearly twenty years’ experience in other industries such as telecommunications, IT and start-ups and learned how to apply them successfully within Higher Education.

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DR SUSIE ROBINSON

Susie has a depth of knowledge of the university sector, having previously worked as the Director, International and Industry Engagement for the Australian Technology Network of Universities. She has also lectured and taught at Carnegie Mellon University (Australia), Cambridge University (UK) and the University of South Australia, and was a longstanding member of the Governing Council of the University of Adelaide.

Susie also has broad experience working at senior and executive level in the UK and South Australian Governments, and in political advisory work. Her public sector portfolios have included innovation; research and development; higher education; skills and employment; treasury and finance; and public sector performance.

Trained in the sciences and business management, and with a PhD from Cambridge University, Susie has also served as a non-executive director in the disability sector.

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PROFESSOR TONY WATSON

Formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, Edith Cowan University. Was a former Executive Dean of Science, Engineering and Health, and Professor of Computer Science and has had more than 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, including the creation of an Engineering School from start up.

Currently Emeritus Professor at Edith Cowan University; Chair of the ECU Security Research Institute Board and board member of the ACS Foundation; and consultant in education and cyber security.

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DR ROBYN QUIN

Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Curtin University, Robyn had a distinguished career as a university Professor of Media and Communications and was also a Head of School and an Executive Dean of Arts and Education.

Robyn has two decades of experience in senior management and leadership roles in the university sector including research teams, academic departments and colleges and has been an Australian Universities Quality Agency auditor.  She is now working as an education consultant and Adjunct Professor.

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GEORGE HERNANDEZ

An international marketing professional with 15+ years, experience in marketing communications, including: advertising, media, sales, graphic design and digital marketing. George has served as International Marketing Communications Manager at Macquarie University in Sydney. He holds a Master of International Business and prior to working in Australia, also worked in USA and Latin America. George is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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DAVID MYTON

An experienced journalist, editor and speechwriter. He worked as a reporter, feature writer and sub-editor for newspapers in Northern England before moving to Australia, where he spent more than 10 years as a senior journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, was Editor in Chief of APN Educational Media, and worked for close on 10 years as a media advisor to three Vice-Chancellors in the university sector. He has also lectured in many aspects of journalism at Macleay College, Sydney.

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BEAU LEESE

Beau has a track record of success and collaboration as a consultant and executive across large business, research, universities and technology start-ups.

Beau is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Intersective, a fast growth experiential education company, connecting the worlds of work and learning through technology.  Customers include CSIRO, DSTG, Deloitte, EY, NSW government, NYU, MIT, the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne, UniSA, UNSW, QUT, RMIT Vietnam and the China-Australia Millennial project.

Former Head of Strategy, Innovation & International for the CSIRO, Australia’s national R&D Agency, Beau led a large scale operating model transformation program, was the principal architect of CSIRO’s 2020 strategy ‘Australia’s Innovation Catalyst’ and co-founded CSIRO’s ‘ON’ innovation and entrepreneurship program.

Beau was formerly a Director in strategy, innovation and higher education with Deloitte Consulting, leading teams of consultants to deliver strategy and performance improvement projects for a range of clients including many Universities.

Beau has previously co-founded three startups, was an AFR Boss Young Executive of the Year in 2013, holds a Masters in Marketing, Bachelor of Laws and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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SHARON BIRRELL

Sharon is an organisational design specialist, formerly Associate Director, Operations & Change, Strategy Development & Implementation for 8 years at Macquarie University. Prior to that, Sharon was COO and Head of HR of a university commercial arm.

Sharon has a depth of experience in higher education process mapping and reengineering, change management and new operations centre implementations along with expertise in designing roles and responsibilities alignment to service delivery with optimal efficiency and returns to the business.

Sharon is trained in Agile and Prince project management.

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SHARON KERR

Sharon over 20 years experience in the Higher Education Sector and has worked extensively in the areas of elearning and accessible learning solutions for students with disability and for those whose first language is not English. Sharon has a proven track record in helping universities ensure that students with a disability have access to the full learning experience. Her expertise extends to customising technology based solutions for students with unique accessibility needs and for those with multiple disabilities such as deafness and blindness.

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RAHUL MANKAD

Rahul has 30 years of experience in international education. Hi expertise includes business development, formulating and executing marketing and recruitment strategies, managing projects, offshore delivery of programs, establishing study abroad links, agent management and setting up international recruitment offices.

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