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

Acting CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia

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.

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

Acting CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia

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.

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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