The Executive and Corporate Programs at the University of Newcastle, Australia, provide high quality training, education and professional development programs.


The Executive and Corporate Programs (ECP) at the University of Newcastle provide high quality training, education and professional development programs to meet the educational requirements of individuals and organisations.

Tailored short courses and intensive programs

Our curriculum draws on the latest research, is taught using relevant industry examples and has a strong practical focus. This dynamic combination of theory and problem-based learning achieves maximum learning outcomes. 

Courses and programs can be tailored to meet the needs of a diverse range of industries. Training is developed in consultation with clients to ensure your organisation's objectives are met, and can run from a half day to six or more days depending on requirements.

Our unified virtual and physical learning environment provides flexibility. Courses can be face to face - at Newcastle Business School, your organisation or another venue, online or in a combined format; at a time to suit your organisation.

The following are some popular examples of courses run by ECP. Please contact ECP to discuss your requirements.

Area of studyCourse examples
Management & strategy
  • strategic thinking
  • change management
  • information technology management
  • project management
  • conflict resolution & negotiation Skills
  • management Skills
Teams leadership and communication
  • leadership in the middle
  • leadership & effective communication
  • teams & communication
  • performance management & teamwork
  • communicating vision, mission, values
  • effective presentations & public speaking
Human resource management and employment relations
  • building a cooperative workplace
  • performance management
  • strategic employment relations
  • occupational health & safety
  • building & maintaining worker motivation
  • workplace negotiation
  • financial management
  • revenue management
  • financial risk management
  • benchmarking, KPI's & the balanced Scoreboard
  • budget planning
  • personal financial planning & management
Marketing & public relations
  • developing a marketing orientation
  • marketing strategy & planning
  • marketing & consumer behaviour
  • internal marketing
  • public relations in action
  • pricing for services

In-house graduate certificates

ECP offers the following Graduate Certificates:

Academic accreditation 

Depending on the nature of the courses undertaken, and on completion of required assessment, participants may be eligible for credit towards a program at the University of Newcastle. See credit for previous study for more information.

Professor Mark Bray
BEc(Hons)(Syd), MA (Warwick), PhD (UNSW)

Mark is the Professor of Employment Studies in the Newcastle Business School. Mark has published extensively in the area of industrial relations, including lead authorship of a major textbook (Employment Relations, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, 2nd Edition 2011 - with Peter Waring and Rae Cooper) and empirical studies in a number of industries, such as road freight transport, air passenger transport, health care and manufacturing.

Mr Tony Drew
PhD (Newcastle), MBA Merit (Newcastle), G.Cert Bus. Admin (Newcastle), Advanced Dip. (Hospitality) Management (CMDA), Cert. IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (Strategic Training Solutions, Newcastle), CAHRI, AFAIM, MAICD.

Since 2003, Tony has lectured in Human Resource Management and international business courses in Newcastle, Ourimbah, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

Tony has 21 years of hands on management experience with a strong background in hospitality and tourism. As a consultant he has worked with businesses to develop significant growth strategies.

Mr John Dugas
M Ed Studies (Newcastle), Cert A/V Media (Middlesex, London), Dip Ed (Newcastle), BA (Newcastle).

John is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle in Leadership and Teamwork, Strategic Management, Management and Organisational Behaviour and International Human Resources Management.

Mr Bert Groen
B.A. (ANU), LLB (Sydney), Master of Labour Law Relations (Sydney)

Bert Groen is a lecturer in the Newcastle Law School and a member of the Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Group in the Faculty of Business and Law. He has had extensive experience in teaching law to non-law students. Bert is acknowledged in the university as an outstanding teacher, most recently receiving a 2009 Australian College of Educators (ACE) Teacher Recognition Award. He has been president of the University of Newcastle Branch of the NTEU. This position has involved the resolution of many individual cases and the establishment of workplace rights and obligations through enterprise bargaining. He has been a member of the University of Newcastle Council and has practiced as a solicitor.

Dr John Lewer
PhD (Newcastle), Grad Dip Ed (STC), M.Com (UNSW), B.Com (UNSW)

John Lewer is a member of the Employment Relations. Human Resource Management Group within the Faculty of Business and Law, at the University of Newcastle. His doctoral thesis investigated the workforce's remarkable performance during the closure of BHP's Newcastle steelworks.

John teaches undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and since 2005 has co-ordinated the negotiation and advocacy course. He has consulted to many organisations, particularly in human resources development, enterprise bargaining and organisational change.

Dr Johanna Macneil
PhD (Melboune), MBA (Melbourne) Grad. Dip Ed. Psych (Monash), BA (Melbourne)

Johanna is a Senior Lecturer in the Newcastle Business School. She is a highly experienced and engaging workplace educator and facilitator, with particular expertise in employment relations, change management, and strategic planning. In 2005, she completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne, entitled "Sustainability of high performance work practices in Australian Organisations".

For six years until the end of 2006, Johanna worked with Schneider Consulting, specialising in workplace change, work redesign and strategic planning. In this position she undertook projects for some of Australia's largest organisations including Australia Post, Coles Myer and Telstra.

Dr Rebecca Mitchell
PhD (Sydney), MBA Hons 1 (Dublin), BA Psych (Tasmania)

Rebecca has lectured in Organizational Behaviour, Change Management, Organisational Development, Strategy and Contemporary Management, in Spain, Ireland, Australia and Singapore. In 2006, she completed her PhD which investigated the creation of knowledge in organisations and its link to organizational learning and performance.

Since 1996, Rebecca has consulted to a variety of organisations in customer retention, business continuity/succession planning and supervisory management training.

Dr Marcus Rodrigs
BCom, MCom, MPhil, PhD (Madurai Kamaraj)

Marcus has facilitated programs on the practical application for financial concepts to a wide and varied range of audiences. Often described as an academic-practitioner, he has a passion for helping non-financial personnel demystify accounting and financial concepts Marcus has facilitated many courses in accounting, finance, audit, corporate governance and risk management. He has over 15 years work experience (academic and consulting). He has taught courses for Bachelor and Masters Degrees as well as professional courses such as the CFA and ACCA. He has been recognised for his teaching /training abilities with several University and national awards.

Dr Jennifer Waterhouse
BCom(Griffith),PhD (QUT)

Jenny is a Senior Lecturer in the Newcastle Business School, teaching in the areas of diversity management and negotiation and advocacy. Jenny PhD was a longitudinal case study of large-scale organisational change. She has also consulted to the Queensland Government on policy issues related to regional development. Jenny also has practical industry experience through 17 years in banking and finance.