Management team

UON Singapore has a leadership team with years of functional experiences to contribute an acute knowledge on process improvements and deliver service excellence.

This young and dynamic team is headed by Pro Vice-Chancellor and CEO - Professor Sally Chan and supported by functional leads from human resources and finance, marketing and business development and admissions, enrollments to graduation.

Professor Sally Chan

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Professor Sally Chan is a global healthcare educator and researcher with more than 25 years’ experience in the university sector. She played an integral role in promoting the University’s nursing and healthcare research globally through developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with research partners in universities, hospitals and health providers in countries all over the world including Singapore, Thailand, China, Europe and the United Kingdom. Having featured in more than 400 international publications and presentations, Professor Chan’s passion for combining research, education and practice has significantly impacted nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across the globe.

In her previous role as Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Chan has led significant achievements in the School over the past five years, including improving School’s global standing, ranking in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and increasing the School’s international student numbers.

In her new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle Singapore, Professor Chan brings with her an outstanding track record in building international partnerships that will help create new opportunities for the University of Newcastle in this important region.

Professor Chan has been honored for her significant contributions to healthcare. In 2013, she was inducted into the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

In 2018, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Hong Kong College of Mental Health Nursing; and the Research Supervision Excellence Award from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle.  In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for her significant achievement and contribution to nursing development and Hong Kong community. In 2016, she received the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement; and the Faculty of Health and Medicine International Award for her exceptional achievement in building and sustaining international relations and engagement for the University.

Her extensive list of accolades also includes the Chinese University of Hong Kong 'Teacher of the Year' awards in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and the 'Master Teacher' in 2007 by the institute's Faculty of Medicine.

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Dr Kavitha Palaniappan

Dr Kavitha Palaniappan

Academic Director and Senior Lecturer

Kavitha is currently the Academic Director at UON Singapore. She holds a doctorate in Environmental Health Engineering from Sri Ramachandra Medical University, India. She has been with the University of Newcastle, Australia, since January 2010, first as an associate lecturer and then as a full-time lecturer from September 2012. She teaches the Occupational Health and Safety components of the BEnvOHS Program. She is also actively involved in research related to the effects of lead exposure on children, mental health illnesses on adults, alternative approaches to enhance sleep, epidemiology of dengue fever, climate change, biofuels and nanotoxicology. She is a member of IOSH and Nanosing Initiative of Singapore.

Michelle Zhang

Michelle Zhang

Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations

Michelle possess close to 20 years of experience in the education industry and leads the professional team in UON Singapore. She holds multidisciplinary qualifications in the areas of Multimedia Computing Diploma from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Business (Marketing) Degree from Central Queensland University and Educational Leadership and Management Graduate Diploma from RMIT University. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for her academic achievements and a Community of Practice member for the private education industry in Singapore.

She hopes to make a positive contribution to the continued success and growth of UON Singapore in the Asia Pacific region through her passion and previous experiences in various leadership roles and functions of the education and training industry in Singapore and internationally.

Jane Ng

Jane Ng

Manager, HR and Corporate Governance

Jane is currently the Manager, Human Resource and Corporate Governance. She oversees the full of spectrum human resource functions and manages the corporate governance affairs of UON Singapore. She holds an honours degree in business administration and certificate in applied psychology. She brings with her more than twenty years of full spectrum human resource experience in both private and public sectors, of which the recent last ten years were in education.

Shaikha Nazmin Mattar

Shaikha Nazmin Mattar

Manager, Marketing and Business Development

Shaikha is a strong and passionate leader in her role at UON Singapore. A dynamic, creative and web-savvy marketing professional, she interacts with strategic design thinking and project management to achieve business goals. She believes in creating impact through close partnership and excellent people management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and have had vast career experience in both start-ups and multi-national corporate environments.

Nechi Linko

Nechi Linko

Assistant Manager, Student and Academic Services

Nechi is currently the Assistant Manager, Student and Academic Services (SAS). She oversees the SAS team that provides administrative services to students, from beginning to end during their time at the University. She is a member of the Executive Committee that involves in strategic planning and operations of the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and she has been in the education industry for close to 10 years.