Leadership Team

Rod Jones

Rod Jones

BComm, DEd (Hon) ECU, FAICD

Group CEO and Managing Director

23 years with Navitas

Mr Jones has 46 years’ experience in educational administration and has held a number of senior administrative positions within the Government and the private education sectors. His background covers both secondary and higher education in Australia.

Mr Jones has been involved in international education since 1987 and is recognised as one of the leaders in the successful establishment of the sector in Australia. He is one of the co-founders of Navitas and has been instrumental in the expansion and development of the Navitas model into the various markets in which it now operates.

In April 2007, Mr Jones received an honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the international education sector both in Australia and overseas, and in 2008 was awarded the Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2010, Mr Jones was recognised by his colleagues with an International Education Excellence Award from the International Education Association of Australia for his leadership in the field of international education.

Mr Jones is a member of the Business Council of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a significant supporter of a number of charitable causes in Australia.

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

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

Chief Financial Officer

1.5 years with Navitas

David took up the role of Chief Financial Officer in January 2016 and is 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.

Patrick Brothers

Patrick Brothers

BSc, MBA

Chief Development Officer

2.5 years with Navitas

Patrick Brothers joined Navitas in 2014 as Chief Development Officer and CEO of Navitas Ventures. He is responsible for growth and innovation, ensuring Navitas is a global leader in the future of education. He is responsible for strategy and transformation, learning and teaching, Navitas’ global marketing teams, business development and new ventures.

Patrick is the Chairman of EduGrowth, Australia’s national accelerator for education focused startups and he is a member of the World Economic Forum and B20 Human Capital Taskforces.

Prior to joining Navitas, Patrick’s focus included investment and public private partnerships in infrastructure, technology and defence across Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East.

Patrick holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon.

Bev Hudson

Bev Hudson

BEd, Grad Dip Lang Studies, MEd

President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America

10 years with Navitas

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. The last eleven years have been working for Navitas in North America across a number of roles including: College Director and Principal at Navitas’ first pathway program in North America; Fraser International College; General Manager for Navitas Canada and now as President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America. Her current responsibilities are to establish new Partnerships and oversee the operations of Navitas pathway programs across North America.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including curriculum design, student services, faculty and administration. She has developed and implemented the strategic vision for internationalisation at several universities including internationalising 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.

Rob Lourey

Rob Lourey

BBus (HR), ADip PM, MAICD

Head of Human Resources

4 years with Navitas

Rob has many years’ experience in the human resources function across a number of industries including media, property, construction, manufacturing and financial services.

Rob has been the principal human resources executive in publicly listed companies in each of these sectors and has had responsibility for operations in Australia, Asia, UK/Europe, Africa, US and New Zealand.

Rob has been a non-executive director with Afrox and Afrox Healthcare, South African listed companies and Michael Page International, a FTSE plc; and KU Children’s Services, an Australian early childhood education organisation.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and an Associate Diploma in Personnel Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

John Wood

John Wood

BEcon (Hons), DPhil

CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia

10 years with Navitas

John has overall responsibility to lead and grow the operations of Navitas’ Australasian University Partnerships colleges and also oversees the relationships with Navitas’ partner universities.

He was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Edith Cowan University and previously the Foundation Dean of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Perth, Western Australia, where he was also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

John graduated with first class honours in Economics from the University of Western Australia and from Oxford with a Doctorate in Economics and he has undertaken Harvard’s strategic management program. He has taught at universities throughout the world, including at Oxford, the American International University of Europe and Stanford. He has edited and co-edited 153 volumes on the world’s great economists and leading management thinkers.

John has held executive leadership positions including in the Office of the Prime Minister and in State Government in the Departments of Premier and Cabinet; Transport, Employment and Training; State Development and Commerce and Trade. He has served Ministers from all major political parties. He also held senior private sector positions, including a period as Chief Economist and Strategist with Ernst & Young.

John also served on a range of boards, including Perth Education City, was the WA Chair of the Committee of Economic Development of Australia and was on the Board of HBF for 11 years. John was appointed by the State and Federal Ministers to the Australian Qualifications Framework Council during 2011 to 2014.

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

BSc, BSc Statistics (Diploma)

Chief Information Officer

1 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 at 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, and Ramsay Healthcare.

Most recently, Mick worked as the CIO of Business Transformation at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, where he was responsible for formulating and executing IT strategy, digitsing the organisation and overseeing IT projects. He held the position of CIO at Ramsay Healthcare for 8 years – a global, ASX-listed hospital group operating over 150 hospitals across Australia, France, UK, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Mick is an avid supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and in 2011 and 2014 was a significant fundraiser and strategist for raising over $175,000 for cerebral palsy initiatives.

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.

Rod Jones

Rod Jones

Rod Jones

BComm, DEd (Hon) ECU, FAICD

Group CEO and Managing Director

23 years with Navitas

Mr Jones has 46 years’ experience in educational administration and has held a number of senior administrative positions within the Government and the private education sectors. His background covers both secondary and higher education in Australia.

Mr Jones has been involved in international education since 1987 and is recognised as one of the leaders in the successful establishment of the sector in Australia. He is one of the co-founders of Navitas and has been instrumental in the expansion and development of the Navitas model into the various markets in which it now operates.

In April 2007, Mr Jones received an honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the international education sector both in Australia and overseas, and in 2008 was awarded the Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2010, Mr Jones was recognised by his colleagues with an International Education Excellence Award from the International Education Association of Australia for his leadership in the field of international education.

Mr Jones is a member of the Business Council of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a significant supporter of a number of charitable causes in Australia.

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

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

Chief Financial Officer

1.5 years with Navitas

David took up the role of Chief Financial Officer in January 2016 and is 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.

Patrick Brothers

Patrick Brothers

Patrick Brothers

BSc, MBA

Chief Development Officer

2.5 years with Navitas

Patrick Brothers joined Navitas in 2014 as Chief Development Officer and CEO of Navitas Ventures. He is responsible for growth and innovation, ensuring Navitas is a global leader in the future of education. He is responsible for strategy and transformation, learning and teaching, Navitas’ global marketing teams, business development and new ventures.

Patrick is the Chairman of EduGrowth, Australia’s national accelerator for education focused startups and he is a member of the World Economic Forum and B20 Human Capital Taskforces.

Prior to joining Navitas, Patrick’s focus included investment and public private partnerships in infrastructure, technology and defence across Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East.

Patrick holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon.

Bev Hudson

Bev Hudson

Bev Hudson

BEd, Grad Dip Lang Studies, MEd

President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America

10 years with Navitas

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. The last eleven years have been working for Navitas in North America across a number of roles including: College Director and Principal at Navitas’ first pathway program in North America; Fraser International College; General Manager for Navitas Canada and now as President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America. Her current responsibilities are to establish new Partnerships and oversee the operations of Navitas pathway programs across North America.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including curriculum design, student services, faculty and administration. She has developed and implemented the strategic vision for internationalisation at several universities including internationalising 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.

Rob Lourey

Rob Lourey

Rob Lourey

BBus (HR), ADip PM, MAICD

Head of Human Resources

4 years with Navitas

Rob has many years’ experience in the human resources function across a number of industries including media, property, construction, manufacturing and financial services.

Rob has been the principal human resources executive in publicly listed companies in each of these sectors and has had responsibility for operations in Australia, Asia, UK/Europe, Africa, US and New Zealand.

Rob has been a non-executive director with Afrox and Afrox Healthcare, South African listed companies and Michael Page International, a FTSE plc; and KU Children’s Services, an Australian early childhood education organisation.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and an Associate Diploma in Personnel Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

John Wood

John Wood

John Wood

BEcon (Hons), DPhil

CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia

10 years with Navitas

John has overall responsibility to lead and grow the operations of Navitas’ Australasian University Partnerships colleges and also oversees the relationships with Navitas’ partner universities.

He was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Edith Cowan University and previously the Foundation Dean of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Perth, Western Australia, where he was also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

John graduated with first class honours in Economics from the University of Western Australia and from Oxford with a Doctorate in Economics and he has undertaken Harvard’s strategic management program. He has taught at universities throughout the world, including at Oxford, the American International University of Europe and Stanford. He has edited and co-edited 153 volumes on the world’s great economists and leading management thinkers.

John has held executive leadership positions including in the Office of the Prime Minister and in State Government in the Departments of Premier and Cabinet; Transport, Employment and Training; State Development and Commerce and Trade. He has served Ministers from all major political parties. He also held senior private sector positions, including a period as Chief Economist and Strategist with Ernst & Young.

John also served on a range of boards, including Perth Education City, was the WA Chair of the Committee of Economic Development of Australia and was on the Board of HBF for 11 years. John was appointed by the State and Federal Ministers to the Australian Qualifications Framework Council during 2011 to 2014.

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

BSc, BSc Statistics (Diploma)

Chief Information Officer

1 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 at 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, and Ramsay Healthcare.

Most recently, Mick worked as the CIO of Business Transformation at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, where he was responsible for formulating and executing IT strategy, digitsing the organisation and overseeing IT projects. He held the position of CIO at Ramsay Healthcare for 8 years – a global, ASX-listed hospital group operating over 150 hospitals across Australia, France, UK, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Mick is an avid supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and in 2011 and 2014 was a significant fundraiser and strategist for raising over $175,000 for cerebral palsy initiatives.

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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