The University of Newcastle, Australia

Our facilitators

Our facilitators are developing leading edge curricula and using new technologies to teach, inspire and support students.

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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.

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

Johanna Macneil specialises in change management, sustainable high performance work practices 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.

In the mid 1990's Johanna was Executive Director of the Centre for Change Management at Deakin University. Through her work Johanna has become a highly experienced and engaging workplace educator and facilitator.

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

John Lewer is a member of the Organisational Studies and Employment Relations Group within the Faculty of Business and Law, at the University of Newcastle. He holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales and graduated with a Diploma of Education from the Sydney Teachers' College. 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 organsiational change.

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Dr Marcus Rodrigs

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 a Bachelor degree in Commerce and two Masters degrees, one in Accounting and another in Financial Management. He has also completed his PhD in Financial Management.

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 awards: In 2008 the Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, University of Newcastle, 2009 Australian College of Educators Teacher Recognition Award, 2009 University of Newcastle, Faculty of Business and Law, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010 UniJobs Lecturer of the year, Australian Top 10 Winner and, in 2011 The Australian Learning and Teaching Council's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

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

Rebecca has lectured in Organisational 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.

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Dr Tony Drew
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, International Human Resource Management, Management and Organisational Behaviour, International Business Environment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing and Strategy, 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.

Tony has a strong interest in International Business and is presently completing his PhD, investigating cultural issues in International Business.

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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.

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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.

Over the last two decades John has delivered numerous leadership and management development sessions to a wide range of organisations including the military, NSW Police, financial and healthcare institutions, boards of management and company directors. John lectures regularly in Singapore and has facilitated sessions in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam as well as Sydney, Australia.

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

Mark is the Professor of Employment Studies in the Newcastle Business School and the Head of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Group in the Faculty of Business and Law. 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.