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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Susie Robinson

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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Kylie Colvin

KYLIE COLVIN

A Senior Higher Education professional with over 10 years experience in; design and implementation of strategic projects; strategic planning; data analysis; legislative policy analysis and position submissions; & management performance reporting. Prior to higher education Kylie was a Senior Risk Analyst and Business Intelligence Manager in the finance sector. Kylie believes that change can only happen in education through informed choices and measurable outcomes for students.

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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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Sharon Birrell

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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FRANK LAEZZA

Formerly CFO of the University of Technology Sydney a top 10 ranked University in Australia, previously head senior finance roles in two other major Australian Universities including University Of New South Wales. Frank has lead major transformation projects including finance, shared Services and procurement, has had financial oversight of new major capital works programs, where he provided key financial analysis for the development of the Universities business strategy and business case development. 

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MICHAEL BRIERS

Michael forged a career at the intersection of academia, business and government, creating new partnerships and businesses for both social and economic benefit. Bringing together  experiences from Sirca and Sense-T,  MIchael has recently led the establishment of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi) as a national social enterprise dedicated to harnessing the transformative power of digital technology to solve the biggest challenges facing Australia and the world today.

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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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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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BARRY JONES

Barry Jones has held executive sales and marketing  positions over a 30 year career in the IT industry. His extensive international experience spans direct and distribution sales globally, in addition to setting up alliances with key partners and broad channel management expertise. Following successful deployment and growth of the Channel Operation in Europe, Barry moved to Sun Microsystems corporate USA HQ to leverage the distribution strategies and channel sales/marketing programs around the world.

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