Leadership Team

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

Engineering BTech (Hons), CA UK, UK ACT, GAICD

Group CEO and Managing Director

2 years with Navitas

David took up the role of Group CEO on 1 March 2018 and the role of Managing Director on 1 July 2018, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in January 2016.

He has a diverse educational background and impressive career which he began in the United Kingdom with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He later moved into the telecommunications industry to which he devoted much of his career.

He has worked for Telewest Global, Virginmedia, and iiNet – where in the latter he took the role of both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Philip Mirams

Philip Mirams

BCom, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Philip was appointed Navitas Chief Financial Officer in June 2018. He has more than 25 years of international experience in accounting, corporate finance and management roles within a number of different industries. He started his professional career in 1989 as an accountant in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 1995 where he held senior roles with Deutsche Bank and Andersen in London.

Philip moved to Australia in 2004 to become the Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Bank, Australia and New Zealand before joining UGL, an ASX 100 company, as CFO in 2007. He was the CFO for Automotive Holdings Group an ASX200 company prior to joining Navitas, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Philip is also a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Bev Hudson

Bev Hudson

BEd, Grad Dip Lang Studies, MEd

CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. Prior to becoming CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia in July 2018, she spent 12 years with Navitas in North America across a number of roles including setting up the first pathway program in North America, Navitas’ Fraser International College becoming President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America.

Her current responsibility is to manage all University Partnership operations in Australasia as well as being responsible for determining the strategic direction of the division, overseeing the learning and teaching direction to ensure the quality of delivery and strong student outcomes.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including teaching, curriculum design, student services, marketing and recruitment, admissions, study abroad and exchange and transnational education. She has developed and implemented the strategic vision for internationalization at several universities including internationalizing the curriculum, international recruitment and marketing, student support, and international partnership development.

Bev received her Master of Education from Edith Cowan University. In 2014, she was awarded the International Education Distinguished Leadership Award from the British Columbia Council for International Education.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones

BComm, GAICD

CEO of Navitas Careers and Industry

15 years with Navitas

Scott was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer Navitas Careers and Industry Division in December 2016, having been Global SAE Chief Executive Officer since 2014 and Chief Operating Officer since 2013.

Prior to his role at SAE, Scott was Executive General Manager responsible for Navitas’ Student Recruitment Division (from 2008 to 2012), Director of Marketing and Admissions at Curtin University, Sydney (2005 to 2008), and Marketing Manager (from 2001).

Scott has a strong track record of strategic growth, organisational performance and leadership, both within Navitas and SAE, and before that within the FMCG sector. Throughout his career, Scott has gained significant international experience as well as contacts and partnerships across the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East. With over 20 years of commercial and strategic experience, Scott started his career with Coca Cola Amatil and the Mars Corporation in sales and marketing roles.

Brian Stevenson

Brian Stevenson

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

CEO and President of University Partnerships, North America

Dr. Brian J. R. Stevenson joined Navitas in January 2019 as CEO and President of University Partnerships, North America.

An established leader in both academia and government, Brian has built an impressive record of achievements over more than two decades in campus internationalization, international relations and foreign policy.

He was the 2018-19 Fulbright Research Chair in the US-Mexico Studies Center of the School of Public Policy and Study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He was also a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University, a comprehensive public research institution with two campuses in Ontario, Canada.

Having previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University for just over seven years, Brian previously served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Winnipeg, as well as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President at the University of Alberta.

Brian grew up in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a doctorate from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.

Paul Lovegrove

Paul Lovegrove

Law LLB(Hons), MBA, MPhil

CEO of University Partnerships, Europe

2 years with Navitas

Paul joined Navitas in 2015 and has overall responsibility for establishing new partnerships and overseeing all University Partnerships operations in Europe. Paul is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the division, overseeing the quality of delivery and ensuring a focus on efficiency.

Paul has a deep and intimate knowledge of international higher education and pathways markets in the United Kingdom gained during his two decades of employment with Study Group in a diverse range of roles. Across his career, Paul worked his way from a teacher to Director of the pathway division, and established trusted and strategic university partnerships with over 18 higher education institutions – 12 of which he personally led the set-up of.

Paul holds a LLB from John Moores University, an MBA in General Management from the University of Brighton and a MA, Research from the University of Brighton.

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

BSc, BSc Statistics (Dip), GAICD

Chief Information Officer

2 years with Navitas

Mick joined Navitas in 2016, bringing over 20 years’ experience in IT with him. He is responsible for leading the Group IT function and digitalisation of Navitas across all of the Company’s global divisions.

He has held senior roles in a variety of industries, spanning not-for-profits, healthcare, professional services, IT, banking and finance, and education. His career has seen him work at AIT, Westpac, Oracle, Ashurst, Ramsay Health Care and Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Mick has deep expertise in the leadership of IT and places strong emphasis on ensuring that the process, people and technology aspects of IT are properly balanced. He has a passion for applying and optimising IT, aiming to promote intuitive user interfaces, simple language and improved project execution.

Mick is an avid supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. In 2014, he co-devised and organised the Krazy Kosci Klimb (www.krazykosciklimb.com.au), where young adults with cerebral palsy are provided with the opportunity to climb Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. The event has since went on to provide that opportunity to 100 participants and fundraised over A$1.1m in the process. He was awarded 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year for his efforts.

Iain Rothwell

Iain Rothwell

BBus, MAcc, CPA

Chief Commercial Officer

7 years with Navitas

Iain has held a number of executive roles at Navitas and has been the Chief Commercial Officer since July 2016. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the University Partnerships division in Navitas. His current role sees him responsible for providing commercial leadership, expertise and support to grow the business, increase profitability and improve Navitas’ competitive position.

Iain has 20 years of experience in the education sector with a particular focus on the commercial interface with the sector. He has held a range of executive roles including Chief Financial Officer and Director Business Development with the University of Western Sydney, as well as Managing Director of Access MQ Ltd and Assistant Vice-Chancellor with Macquarie University. His experience extends to a diverse range of commercial transactions including property and infrastructure, licensing, start-up companies, joint ventures and financing.

With significant experience in innovation and new ventures, Iain has participated in many business start-ups as both a founder, director and mentor including a co-founder of MultiLit Pty Ltd, a literacy business where he continues as a Board Director.

From 2007 to 2009 Iain was the Chief Executive Officer and Fund Manager of Campus Living Villages, a global student housing business based in Sydney, where he led the expansion into the United Kingdom market and growth across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

Engineering BTech (Hons), CA UK, UK ACT, GAICD

Group CEO and Managing Director

2 years with Navitas

David took up the role of Group CEO on 1 March 2018 and the role of Managing Director on 1 July 2018, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in January 2016 where he was responsible for the financial operations of the company globally.

He has a diverse educational background and impressive career which he began in the United Kingdom with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He later moved into the telecommunications industry to which he devoted much of his career.

He has worked for Telewest Global, Virginmedia, and iiNet – where in the latter he took the role of both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Philip Mirams

Philip Mirams

Philip Mirams

BCom, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Philip was appointed Navitas Chief Financial Officer in June 2018. He has more than 25 years of international experience in accounting, corporate finance and management roles within a number of different industries. He started his professional career in 1989 as an accountant in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 1995 where he held senior roles with Deutsche Bank and Andersen in London.

Philip moved to Australia in 2004 to become the Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Bank, Australia and New Zealand before joining UGL, an ASX 100 company, as CFO in 2007. He was the CFO for Automotive Holdings Group an ASX200 company prior to joining Navitas, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Philip is also a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Bev Hudson

Bev Hudson

Bev Hudson

BEd, Grad Dip Lang Studies, MEd

CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. Prior to becoming CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia in July 2018, she spent 12 years with Navitas in North America across a number of roles including setting up the first pathway program in North America, Navitas’ Fraser International College becoming President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America.

Her current responsibility is to manage all University Partnership operations in Australasia as well as being responsible for determining the strategic direction of the division, overseeing the learning and teaching direction to ensure the quality of delivery and strong student outcomes.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including teaching, curriculum design, student services, marketing and recruitment, admissions, study abroad and exchange and transnational education. She has developed and implemented the strategic vision for internationalization at several universities including internationalizing the curriculum, international recruitment and marketing, student support, and international partnership development.

Bev received her Master of Education from Edith Cowan University. In 2014, she was awarded the International Education Distinguished Leadership Award from the British Columbia Council for International Education.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Scott Jones

BComm, GAICD

CEO of Navitas Careers and Industry

15 years with Navitas

Scott was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer Navitas Careers and Industry Division in December 2016, having been Global SAE Chief Executive Officer since 2014 and Chief Operating Officer since 2013.

Prior to his role at SAE, Scott was Executive General Manager responsible for Navitas’ Student Recruitment Division (from 2008 to 2012), Director of Marketing and Admissions at Curtin University, Sydney (2005 to 2008), and Marketing Manager (from 2001).

Scott has a strong track record of strategic growth, organisational performance and leadership, both within Navitas and SAE, and before that within the FMCG sector. Throughout his career, Scott has gained significant international experience as well as contacts and partnerships across the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East. With over 20 years of commercial and strategic experience, Scott started his career with Coca Cola Amatil and the Mars Corporation in sales and marketing roles.

Brian Stevenson

Brian Stevenson

Brian Stevenson

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

CEO and President of University Partnerships, North America

Dr. Brian J. R. Stevenson joined Navitas in January 2019 as CEO and President of University Partnerships, North America.

An established leader in both academia and government, Brian has built an impressive record of achievements over more than two decades in campus internationalization, international relations and foreign policy.

He was the 2018-19 Fulbright Research Chair in the US-Mexico Studies Center of the School of Public Policy and Study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He was also a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University, a comprehensive public research institution with two campuses in Ontario, Canada.

Having previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University for just over seven years, Brian previously served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Winnipeg, as well as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President at the University of Alberta.

Brian grew up in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a doctorate from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.

Paul Lovegrove

Paul Lovegrove

Paul Lovegrove

Law LLB(Hons), MBA, MPhil

CEO of University Partnerships, Europe

2 years with Navitas

Paul joined Navitas in 2015 and has overall responsibility for establishing new partnerships and overseeing all University Partnerships operations in Europe. Paul is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the division, overseeing the quality of delivery and ensuring a focus on efficiency.

Paul has a deep and intimate knowledge of international higher education and pathways markets in the United Kingdom gained during his two decades of employment with Study Group in a diverse range of roles. Across his career, Paul worked his way from a teacher to Director of the pathway division, and established trusted and strategic university partnerships with over 18 higher education institutions – 12 of which he personally led the set-up of.

Paul holds a LLB from John Moores University, an MBA in General Management from the University of Brighton and a MA, Research from the University of Brighton.

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

BSc, BSc Statistics (Dip), GAICD

Chief Information Officer

2 years with Navitas

Mick joined Navitas in 2016, bringing over 20 years’ experience in IT with him. He is responsible for leading the Group IT function and digitalisation of Navitas across all of the Company’s global divisions.

He has held senior roles in a variety of industries, spanning not-for-profits, healthcare, professional services, IT, banking and finance, and education. His career has seen him work at AIT, Westpac, Oracle, Ashurst, Ramsay Health Care and Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Mick has deep expertise in the leadership of IT and places strong emphasis on ensuring that the process, people and technology aspects of IT are properly balanced. He has a passion for applying and optimising IT, aiming to promote intuitive user interfaces, simple language and improved project execution.

Mick is an avid supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. In 2014, he co-devised and organised the Krazy Kosci Klimb (www.krazykosciklimb.com.au), where young adults with cerebral palsy are provided with the opportunity to climb Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. The event has since went on to provide that opportunity to 100 participants and fundraised over A$1.1m in the process. He was awarded 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year for his efforts.

Iain Rothwell

Iain Rothwell

Iain Rothwell

BBus, MAcc, CPA

Chief Commercial Officer

7 years with Navitas

Iain has held a number of executive roles at Navitas and has been the Chief Commercial Officer since July 2016. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the University Partnerships division in Navitas. His current role sees him responsible for providing commercial leadership, expertise and support to grow the business, increase profitability and improve Navitas’ competitive position.

Iain has 20 years of experience in the education sector with a particular focus on the commercial interface with the sector. He has held a range of executive roles including Chief Financial Officer and Director Business Development with the University of Western Sydney, as well as Managing Director of Access MQ Ltd and Assistant Vice-Chancellor with Macquarie University. His experience extends to a diverse range of commercial transactions including property and infrastructure, licensing, start-up companies, joint ventures and financing.

With significant experience in innovation and new ventures, Iain has participated in many business start-ups as both a founder, director and mentor including a co-founder of MultiLit Pty Ltd, a literacy business where he continues as a Board Director.

From 2007 to 2009 Iain was the Chief Executive Officer and Fund Manager of Campus Living Villages, a global student housing business based in Sydney, where he led the expansion into the United Kingdom market and growth across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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