Wells Advisory
in Australia

In Australia, Wells Advisory partners with clients across the higher education sector, providing advice, guidance and support on strategy, regulation and operations in order to achieve successful outcomes.

Services we provide

For clients in Australia, or investing into Australia, our team combines senior local consultants with highly experienced Principal Advisors drawn from the sector. We have a collective experience and track record in assisting universities and institutes worldwide to find solutions to some of their most challenging problems. A selection of our global service offering is set out below.

  • Corporate advisory

    We provide M & A and brokerage advice for investment in higher education providers in Australia.

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    Working on either side of transactions we provide specialist regulatory, strategic and commercial advice and utilise our wide international network to bring motivated investors, buyers and sellers together and then facilitating progress to successful outcomes. We have a deep understanding of the regulatory scope and standing of registered providers, always a key aspect of a higher education transaction. We also understand the business of higher education and can therefore advise on strategy and commercial aspects of the transaction.

    Recently, we acted for the China Education Group in arranging a financial and strategic partnership with Richmond the American University in London and we are working with clients on similar opportunities in the UK higher education sector. We also acted for interested parties in the Laureate Australia & NZ transaction.

  • Research commercialisation

    We help institutions and researchers to identify and objectively assess the commercial potential of their ideas and expertise, framing optimal paths to market and ensuring fair value from commercialisation deals. We have expertise across investment and development life-cycles, from early-stage identification through to commercial life-cycle management.

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    At Wells Advisory, we believe external strategic advice can help accelerate research commercialisation and innovation at key development milestones, allowing research leaders to determine which ideas to support without missing high-potential disruptors.

    Through the combined strategy and management experience of our consulting team and research expertise of our Principal Advisors, we offer access to objective market-linked insights and value assessments similar to those used by investors and private equity firms. Early-stage insight can support institutional and researcher decision-making on collaborations, spin-outs, or further development, putting researchers on a more level footing in commercial negotiations.

  • Regulatory advice, review and audit (TEQSA)

    We assist new and established higher education providers and universities in negotiating successful outcomes within the complex regulatory requirements in Australia.

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    Our team has advised a wide range of clients on most aspects of the Australian regulatory framework (TEQSA, CRICOS, FEE-HELP), including establishing a new higher education provider, re-registration, course accreditation, risk assessment and data reporting, independent governance, partnership reviews, conditions reporting, compliance auditing and board recruitment.

    Our team’s collective experience across this area, including as former regulators, is second to none. We bring practical and expert advice and support. We have a long track record of helping our clients achieve successful regulatory outcomes and strong compliance positions, including new registrations, re-registrations and self-accrediting authority.

  • Governance and leadership

    We have in depth understanding and appreciation of the governance structures required to achieve success at a strategic level as well as fulfilling legal and regulatory compliance.

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    We are able to offer corporate and academic governance reviews, that consider governance structures, terms of reference, Board and Committee effectiveness and culture, delegations and reporting frameworks  as well as member profile and and engagement. If the committee structure isn’t working well,  the Board of Directors / Council requires strategic alignment or purposeful team building.

    We are able to offer leadership review and advice on restructuring, succession planning, and help with the need for achieving cost reduction across the activities of the senior team. We also can provide leadership mentoring and support to tackle issues at an individual or team level. This may involve providing an external review of strategic programmes to achieve change, or providing oversight at a program board level to help drive results.

  • Strategy and planning

    Our starting point as a leading sector specialist is that we understand the unique and fast evolving context that is higher education and research. We understand the academic interface and the commercial realities. Working at the cutting edge, we apply this understanding to create strategy and execution capability.

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    In the current environment, it is critical that universities and institutes have a clear understanding of their mission, their organisational capability and their markets. We help our clients understand their current position, evolving market structures, map future options, select and build balanced strategies and shared consensus. Good strategy fails without execution capability. We also work with our clients to lift and speed up execution. Our services include strategic planning, financial modelling & evaluation, organisational assessment, market structural analysis and business plans. We work at whole of institution, portfolio and school level.

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Who are we?

  • Michael Wells

    Michael Wells

    Managing Director, Australia and UK

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    BA LLB (Melb)
    MMktg (Melb)

    Michael Wells, Founding Director of Wells Advisory, is one of the leading advisors on higher education in Australia. Michael advises public and private clients on mission-critical issues including institutional strategy, license to operate, and partnerships. He has a strong reputation and network within the higher education sector in Australia and internationally.

    Over the last 25 years, Michael has worked at the cutting edge of higher education, with senior roles spanning government, university and private sector. He was appointed a Commissioner to help design and set up Australia’s national regulator TEQSA, he was a member of the senior executive at the University of Melbourne leading planning, QA, finance and risk, and prior to that spent a decade in the private sector advising (including universities) on brand strategy, valuation and defence. Michael holds degrees in law, economics and marketing, and is admitted to legal practice.

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    +61 418 316 606
    michael.wells@wellsadvisory.co

  • Dr Paula Kelly

    Practice Lead, Regulation & Quality

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    BA (Hons) (Mon)
    Grad Cert Quality Assurance (Melb)
    MA (Mon)
    PhD (Melb)

    Dr Paula Kelly is the Practice Lead of our Regulation and Quality practice. She advises on higher education policy settings, quality assurance, regulation and accreditation. Paula understands the complexities of the higher education environment including the regulatory and legislative frameworks that govern it.  Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Paula held an academic position at the University of Melbourne and a regulatory role at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

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    +61 427 318 362
    paula.kelly@wellsadvisory.co

  • Guy Edwards

    Dr Guy Edwards

    Practice Lead, Strategy and Planning

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    MA (Melb)
    GradDip(Econ) (Lond)
    PhD (Cantab)

    Guy Edwards is an experienced strategy consultant and senior manager across higher education, global healthcare and the interfaces between the two. He has particular expertise in university strategy and analytics, research strategy, and research commercialisation, with a focus on medical innovation, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. His consulting experience includes working with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, private equity and investors, and government clients.

     

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Guy held roles in strategy consulting firms in the UK and Australia, was a senior advisor and project manager at the University of Melbourne, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, where he taught at both undergraduate and graduate level.

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    +61 473 216 388
    guy.edwards@wellsadvisory.co

  • Michelle Lee

    Michelle Lee

    General Manager

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    GradCert HRM (AIM)

    Michelle Lee leads our business operations team managing our finances, human resources, communications, marketing, technology and internal projects.

    Her focus is to align our strategic direction with our practices here in Australia.

    She has over 20 years’ experience utilising her commercial business acumen to augment the operations of organisations to facilitate growth and expansion. She has worked with large to medium organisations in various industries including banking and finance, building and professional services.

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    +61 400 904 926
    michelle.lee@wellsadvisory.co

  • Michelle Canny

    Senior Engagement Manager

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    Bec, Monash University, MCom from The University of Sydney

    Michelle provides strategic regulatory advice based on her expertise and technical knowledge of the tertiary education sector. Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Michelle was the Director Policy and Performance Reporting at Construction Skills Queensland ad she held roles as Senior Advisor to the Victorian Education Minister, senior policy roles in the Victorian Department of Education (including as Acting Director Skills Policy & Strategy), with a focus on the VET sector, and has worked as a management consultant at a number of other consulting firms. These roles have seen her work with the most senior levels of government and directly with a range of universities and TAFE institutes in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Michelle has provided trusted in advice on complex issues ranging from funding and research applications, pathways evaluations, policy issues and business cases.

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    +61 483 000 807
    michelle.canny@wellsadvisory.co

  • Kha Yen Prentice

    Senior Consultant

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    MEco(Rsch)
    GradDip(AdvEco)
    GradDip(Eco)
    BBusAdmin

    Kha Yen Prentice, Regulatory Consultant, has strong regulatory expertise having spent the last 20 years of her professional career working with Federal and Victorian government agencies across diverse sectors. Through her experience with regulatory frameworks in the telecommunications, energy and, finally, the higher education sectors, she is highly adept at reading, interpreting and applying legislation. Kha Yen also has strong report writing skills, developed over years of experience preparing reports for the public as well as senior government officials.

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Kha Yen was part of a team at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency reviewing applications from entities wanting higher education provider registration. This involved reviewing evidence against the Threshold Standards, particularly around the corporate and academic governance requirements, and making recommendations on whether registration should be granted. She therefore has a sound understanding of what TEQSA requires.

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    +61 488 318 008
    khayen.prentice@wellsadvisory.co

  • Dr Carolyn Daniel

    Senior Consultant

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    PhD (Mon)
    BA (Hons) (VU)

    Dr Carolyn Daniel, Senior Consultant, brings substantial contemporary experience in higher education regulation, policy and quality assurance. Carolyn has held senior roles in both Commonwealth and Victorian Government within the education portfolios, most recently in a senior regulatory role at TEQSA. Combined with a background in educational policy and academic research, Carolyn has a strong knowledge of the Australian tertiary education sector including higher education and vocational training. As Senior Consultant, Carolyn provides strategic regulatory advice based on her expertise and technical knowledge of the tertiary education sector, in particular higher education entry and quality improvement for colleges and universities already registered.

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    +61 417 431 600
    carolyn.daniel@wellsadvisory.co

  • Emeritus Professor Mike Calford

    Principal Advisor

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    BSc(Hons) (Mon)
    PhD (Mon)

    Emeritus Professor Mike Calford is one of Australia’s most experienced and outstanding university leaders with over 15 years in senior leadership roles in the Australian higher education industry. In his most recent appointment as Provost of the Australian National University (ANU), Mike was responsible for driving delivery of the ANU Strategic Plan, including reforming student admissions and budget processes. ANU’s research division, including the commercialisation auspices of ANU, also reported to him through the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

    Previously, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Newcastle, the university’s commercialisation company Newcastle Innovation (NI) was part of Mike’s portfolio. NI had many commercial successes during Mike’s five years on the Board, including the establishment and listing of Virotarg which – as Viralytics – was sold to Merck in 2018 for $504 million.

    Mike also served as Provost of the University of Tasmania for four years where he helped win government funding for a campus relocation project, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Medical Research) at the University of Wollongong..

    In addition to his career as in university leadership, Mike has been a leading researcher in the field of neuroscience and held research and teaching roles at the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne, as well as at ANU. He also worked overseas at the University of Oxford, the University of California, Irvine and The City University of New York.

    Drawing on his extensive experience in research, education strategy and management, Mike partners with Wells Advisory on projects in the higher education sector nationally and internationally involving research- and innovation-related reviews, research commercialisation, university budget model reviews, faculty and organisational reviews, and growth strategy.

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    +61 439 421 781
    mike.calford@wellsadvisory.co

  • Dr Glenn Swafford

    Principal Advisor

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    PhD (Flinders)
    M Pol Law (La Trobe)
    BA(Hons) (VUW)

    Dr Glenn Swafford is a senior manager with strong interests in policy analysis and development as well as research strategy and advice. Glenn has a twenty-year track record of significant achievement in research management and administration, particularly at the University of Melbourne where he held senior management roles in its Research and Innovation Office for 15 years, and at Oxford University, UK, as Director of Research Services for ten years Glenn continues to be a strategic advisor on research, innovation and commercialisation to the University of Melbourne

    In addition to his university career, Glenn is an executive consultant to a number of international clients and is highly involved in community volunteering and sports.

    Glenn partners with Wells Advisory’s clients in the higher education sector nationally and internationally on projects involving research strategy and leadership, and research commercialisation.

     

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    glenn.swafford@wellsadvisory.co

  • Professor Andrew Flitman

    Principal Advisor

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    PhD (Warw)

    Professor Andrew Flitman is currently Principal of analytics and higher education consultancy firm iMORSE, and has extensive leadership and governance experience in higher education across both public and private sectors.

    He has held leadership roles including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Swinburne University (2007-2012), Dean of Science and Technology at Deakin University (2005-2007), and Head of School (Business Systems) at Monash University (2000-2005).

    Since obtaining his PhD in Operations Research from Warwick University (UK), Andrew has built a strong reputation for business-oriented research and has authored more than 100 research publications and commercial reports. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Computer Society and the Operational Research Society.

    In addition to his university leadership career, Andrew is an internationally recognised expert in financial (corporate and market) and strategic computer modelling with extensive commercial consulting experience at Deloitte Haskins and Sells (UK), Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte (UK), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Melbourne).

    Recent projects for clients encompass both private and public institutions in Australia and the USA. Examples include a detailed review of a research ecosystem for a highly ranked Australian University. The review encompassed considerations to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of research activity, as to greatly increase and diversify sources of research income, including research commercialisation and leverage of category 1 to category 4 sources.

    Andrew partners with Wells Advisory’s clients in the higher education sector nationally and internationally with a particular focus on education and research strategy, governance and performance analytics, and research commercialisation.

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    andrew.flitman@wellsadvisory.co

  • Mireille Oberholster

    Consultant

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    MID (Politecnico di Milano); BSc (Int Arch) (University of Pretoria)

    Mireille is a qualified interior architect and educator, and a consultant within our Regulation and Quality Practice. She brings over ten years of leadership and strategy experience in the creative arts and higher education sectors. Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Mireille worked on the executive team at LCI Melbourne, a private higher education provider leading new program development in the creative arts. LCI is a multi-national tertiary education provider head-officed in Canada.

    Mireille brings consulting, strategic and industry experience from her time at global companies like IKEA, working with various teams expanding in new markets across Australia and Asia. She is experienced leading teams to successfully seek accreditation of new higher education qualifications and renewing registration as a higher education provider.

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    +61 455 557 522
    mireille.oberholster@wellsadvisory.co

  • Emeritus Professor Peter Lee

    Principal Advisor

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    LLD (Mon) Honoris Causa
    PhD(ChemEng) (Mon)
    BE(ChemEng) (RMIT)

    Emeritus Professor Peter Lee is an experienced senior executive of large organisations with complex stakeholder environments, and an expert in corporate and academic governance of higher education institutions.

    Peter was Vice-Chancellor and CEO at Southern Cross University for seven years after holding senior positions including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of South Australia, Executive Dean (Engineering, Science and Computing) at Curtin University of Technology, and Foundation Dean of Engineering at Murdoch University. He has served on a number of corporate, university, research and government boards, including the peak body Universities Australia, where he chaired the Finance, Audit and Risk committee.

    In addition to his academic leadership experience, Peter is one of the most distinguished and influential engineers in Australia, and has authored four books and more than 270 research and academic papers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and has been awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society.

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    +61 419 941 175
    peter.lee@wellsadvisory.co

  • Hamish Coates

    Professor Hamish Coates

    Principal Advisor

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    BSc (Melb)
    BA (Hons) (Melb)
    MEd (Melb)
    PhD (Melb)

    Professor Hamish Coates contributes to the field of higher education through research, leadership and development. Over 20 years he has led over 70 influential projects, worked across 50 countries, authored over 200 publications, procured over AU$25 million in funding, conducted hundreds of workshops, given over 270 keynotes and presentations, and generated ongoing revenue streams. He has an h-index of 35, more than 5,500 citations, and is sought internationally as a speaker.

    Hamish is a Tenured Professor at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education and also Deputy Director of its Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development. He was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research, and Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management.

    Hamish concentrates on improving the quality and productivity of higher education. Considered an authority in several areas, areas of expertise include large-scale evaluation, tertiary education policy, institutional strategy, assessment methodology, learner engagement and success, and academic work and leadership.

    Hamish partners with Wells Advisory on key projects.

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    +96 187 0158 3083
    hamish.coates@wellsadvisory.co

  • Chris Patton

    Principal Advisor

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    Bachelor of Arts (UBC)
    Master of Arts (GUELPH)

    Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the higher education sector in both Australia and Canada including roles at UBC, UoG, SFU, UOW, La Trobe, UNE, SCU and Navitas and is currently Principal and Founder of McKay Patton Advisory Pty Ltd.  As vice president at UNE and SCU for 10 years he was responsible for substantial enrolment growth in both domestic and international students.

    Chris has detailed experience launching, leading or controlling several third party arrangements from both the for-profit and public university provider perspective, both on-shore and internationally.  He has been involved in scoping, negotiating and successfully launching other innovative education venture partnerships such as launching SCU Online with Keypath Australia.  Based on this complex exposure over almost two decades to market forces facing higher education in Australia, Chris is at the forefront of understanding the challenges and the emerging risks faced by public and for-profit Australian education providers as they compete to remain relevant in a dynamic market.

    Chris specialises in the areas of business development, student enrolment growth strategy, the application and operation of entrepreneurial public private ventures to harness growth opportunities and the improvement of providers’ operations and compliance with regulatory requirements in Australia.

    Chris partners with Wells Advisory on key projects.

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    +61 408 283 679
    chris.patton@wellsadvisory.co

  • Carina Gitin

    Carina Gitin

    Consultant

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    Carina is a consultant in Wells Advisory’s Strategy and Planning practice. She is a strategic thinker with a strong capability for finding tailored data-driven solutions to complex problems. Carina has developed a solid reputation for building long-lasting and meaningful client relationships, and for her ability to skilfully engage with a diverse range of stakeholders. Her experience includes commercial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and public policy and strategy advice. Her legal and policy background enables her to navigate the intersection regulatory and commercial operating environments.

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Carina was as a management consultant working on major merger and acquisition transactions,  and worked in politics at both a state and federal level, serving as a ministerial policy adviser.

    Carina holds degrees in Commerce (majoring Finance) and Law, and is admitted to legal practice.

    +61 498 277 997
    carina.gitin@wellsadvisory.co

  • Scott Bohan

    Consultant

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    Bachelor of Commerce MELB
    Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Deakin
    Passed Level II of the CFA Program

    Scott is a consultant within our Strategy and Planning practice. He brings over eight years of experience in managing the portfolios and providing strategic direction to large superannuation and investment funds.

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Scott worked on the investments team at VicSuper, managing over $25 billion in retirement savings across Real Assets, Private Equity, Fixed Interest, Alternatives and Equities.

    Scott brings investment consulting and research experience from his time at Lonsec Research and Russell Investments, working with a number of clients within higher education. He also brings experience from a regulation perspective, having commenced his career at the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

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    +61 483 000 840
    scott.bohan@wellsadvisory.co

  • Robert Cameron

    Associate Consultant

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    BA, BBus, M Public Policy (Monash University)

    Robert Cameron is an Associate Consultant at Wells Advisory working within our Regulation and Quality Practice. With a strong interest in policy, governance and regulation, Robert understands the complex operating environment of the higher education sector. Robert has a broad range of skills and experiences that he brings to projects gained through a professional background in business development, communications and media.

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Robert worked as a captioner in broadcast media. He created live captions for major national and international news organisations as well sporting events and government panels.

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    +61 438 576 644
    robert.cameron@wellsadvisory.co

  • Derick Gyabeng

    Associate Consultant

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    Derick Gyabeng is an Associate within our Strategy and Planning practice. Derick has a background in scientific research, across materials engineering and chemistry, as well as advanced qualifications in data analytics.

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Derick completed research studies in Australia and South Korea, focusing on advanced experimental techniques and computational simulation in novel energy storage applications. His research experience includes both fundamental scientific development and exploration of commercial and industrial applications and outcomes.

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    +61 477 177 691
    derick.gyabeng@wellsadvisory.co

  • Karmen Kong

    Associate Consultant

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    BBiomed(Hons) (Melb)

    Karmen Kong is an Associate Consultant within our Strategy and Planning practice. Karmen brings to the team her strong background in biomedical research across academic and industry settings, particularly in cell biology where she studied mechanisms of stem cell ageing in a clinical research setting at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

    Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Karmen was a product development scientist for an ASX-listed clinical-stage pharmaceutical company where she conducted release assays and data analysis for the research and development team. Karmen is very active in social and cultural events, and was awarded the Leaders in Communities Award by the University of Melbourne.

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    +61 419 030 733
    karmen.kong@wellsadvisory.co

  • Professor Sue Savage

    Principal Advisor

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    BArch(Hons) (UQ)
    MArch(Research) (UQ)
    DipAdVocEd(Griffith)

    Professor Sue Savage has had a distinguished career in the higher education sector and in her profession of architecture.

    She was Director of Learning Futures in the Chancellery at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), after having spent almost a decade in executive leadership roles in two faculties at QUT, guiding vision, strategy, and development for courses and teaching quality. Sue has significant experience leading integrated curriculum design across disciplines, modernising work-integrated learning and course accreditation.

    Sue chaired the Board of Architects in Queensland for 15 years, served as a member and Director of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, and is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects .

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    +61 416 137 578
    sue.savage@wellsadvisory.co

  • Dr Tom Kennie

    Principal Advisor

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    BSc, MAppSCi, University of Glasgow; PhD, Imperial College, London; MBA, Roffey Park Management Institute, University of Sussex

    Tom is the Founding Director of Ranmore Consulting group, UK. His practice focuses on the higher education and research sectors and also in the professional service sector. Tom is a leading expert in designing tailored leadership programmes, coaching executives, consulting organisational development and change management projects as well as conducting research and evaluation work for his clients.  Tom has extensive experience in working with Vice-Chancellors and their top teams in helping them to navigate change and deliver success.

    Prior to moving into consultancy, Tom held Executive roles within the Human Resource function in several international companies across the property and engineering industries. He has also been a full-time academic spending 8 years as the Head of Surveying in the School of Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK and 4 years at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. Tom’s academic background is in geography and topographic sciences, remote sensing and GIS and business management.

    He holds Visiting Professorships in Nottingham Business School, UK the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, UK and he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He is also a Key Associate of The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and has recently completed a period of 8 years as one of three Vice Presidents of the International Federation of Surveyors.

    Tom is an Associate of Wells Advisory in Australia.

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    + 44 (0) 7956 677860
    tom.kennie@wellsadvisory.co

  • Dr Ione Lewis

    Consultant

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    PHD UNSW
    Grad Dip ContEd UNE
    BSocStud (Social Work) USYD Dip Psychotherapy ANZAP (professional qualification)

    Dr Ione Lewis, Regulatory Consultant, is an experienced higher education quality assurance expert. With twenty years of experience in senior academic roles across the higher education sector Ione has acquired in depth knowledge of the sector including the regulatory environment in which it operates.

    Ione has developed a track record of working successfully with prospective and currently registered higher education providers to implement internal quality assurance processes and prepare for external regulatory application processes.

    Ione has expertise in the development and review of policy suites aligned to regulatory requirements and tailored to the individual context of each provider; the review of corporate and academic governance arrangements in higher education; compliance audits; and course review.

    Ione publishes on the topic of quality assurance in higher education in peer-reviewed journals and is passionate about diversity in the higher education sector.

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    ione.lewis@wellsadvisory.co

  • Chris Cobb

    Principal Advisor

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    Chris has over 35 years’ higher education experience holding senior positions at the London School of Economics, Roehampton University and most recently as PVC & Chief Operating Officer for the University of London. He is also an experienced interim leader overseeing both change and transition. Chris Cobb is CEO at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

    Chris is particularly expert in organisational development, governance, digital strategies, and estates master planning. As a former member of the HUMANE Executive (2018-2020) and the AHUA  Executive (2014-2016) Chris is well networked with senior University leaders in the UK and across Europe. He has sat on a number of national working groups including the OfS HE Financial Sustainability Steering Group, the HESA Data Futures Programme Board and in 2020 he led a national QAA / Jisc / Emerge Education review of digital assessment.

    Chris is a judge for the Times Higher and he sits on the boards of Advance HE and Cass & Claredale Student Housing Trust. He is also a governor of Goodenough College, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Chris is a regular speaker at HE and technology conferences and has sat on a number of national working groups relating to IT in Higher Education. Chris was a member of Oracle EMEA HE Advisory Group, Ovum’s Future EdTech Advisory Board and the HEFCE Shared Services working group. He has also undertaken funded research in the use of enterprise architecture within a university context with the specific aim of developing a services oriented architecture.

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    Chris.cobb@wellsadvisory.co

  • Emeritus Professor Janelle Allison

    Principal Advisor

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    Emeritus Professor Janelle Allison has over 25 years’ experience in higher education and most recently was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) and Principal of University College at the University of Tasmania.

    Janelle has a background in Geography and Regional Planning. She has worked with regional communities and in regional development in Australia, (particularly Queensland) as well as overseas in Africa, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Indonesia. Janelle has taught in a range of settings including planning/ design studios, rural community development, short courses and training for regional development in provincial governments in Indonesia and more recently into the Bachelor of Regional Resource Management on Cradle Coast Campus. In this role Janelle has introduced students to intensive mode delivery and problem based learning.

    More recently Janelle has focused her interest on alternative participation strategies and entry pathways to learning – a critical issue for the North West of Tasmania. She led the establishment and development of University College and its innovative curriculum model for two-year associate degrees designed to provide new and alternative pathways for Tasmanians into higher education.

    Janelle’s career has had a long-term focus and impact on workforce development and local and regional economic development. Her work has been pursued within an applied and reflective research model. She is a Business Member of the Joint Commonwealth Tasmania Economic Committee (JCTEC).

    Janelle partners with Wells Advisory on key projects.

    +61 408 452 548
    Janelle.allison@wellsadvisory.co

  • Sendur Kathir

    Principal Advisor

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    AICD
    MBA (Mon)
    B.A.Sc. (RMIT)
    B.E. (RMIT)

    Sendur Kathir is a highly experienced leader in information technology, especially the rapidly evolving digital landscape in education markets.  He has over 20 years’ experience in education, government and telecommunications.

    He started his career in consulting and progressed to senior vendor-side roles. In 2005 he took on the role of CIO at The University of Melbourne, later styled Executive Director Digital. Over a decade in this role, Sendur led one of the largest and most diverse IT portfolios in Australia. In 2015, he was awarded Education CIO of the Year. In recent years, his digital leadership has delivered key initiatives in mobility, analytics, business intelligence, social media integration, 3D printing and cloud adoption.  He has a significant transformation track record underpinned by financial and cultural turnarounds. He is expert at visioning, strategy formulation and execution to enable business growth.

    Sendur has strong commercial acumen, having held full P&L responsibility for up to $500 million and leading teams of up to 12 direct reports and 600 indirect reports. Sendur has served on several Boards including Victorian Education and Research Network (VERNet) and various Commonwealth and State Government initiatives.

    Sendur partners with Wells Advisory on key projects.

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    +61 404 007 557
    sendur.kathir@wellsadvisory.co

  • Dr Michelle Mosiere

    Senior Consultant

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    PhD (Mon)
    GRAD DIP ED (Mon)
    BA (Hons) (Mon)
    CERT IV TAA (RMIT)

    Dr Michelle Mosiere, Consultant, advises independent higher education providers (HEPs) on course accreditations, initial registrations and quality frameworks. A highly experienced corporate trainer, Michelle specialises in compliance training and professional development workshops. Prior to joining Wells Advisory, Michelle held a regulatory role at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), senior communication and stakeholder engagement roles in the Victorian government, compliance and auditing roles at RTOs, teaching roles at RMIT University and Swinburne University, and a national broadcasting role at SBS.

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