Leadership Team

Rod Jones

Rod Jones

BComm, DEd (Hon), MAICD

Chief Executive Officer

22 years with Navitas

Rod has over 35 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 university education in Australia.

Rod 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, he 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 was the 2008 Australian Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

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

Chief Financial Officer

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

18 months with Navitas

Patrick joined Navitas in 2014 and as Chief Development Officer, his focus is ensuring Navitas is a global leader in the future of education and work.  He is responsible for strategy, learning & teaching, new ventures, business development and our global marketing offices.

Patrick co-founded 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 held a number of senior appointments working across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Patrick was previously the Chief Development Officer with the Leighton Group responsible for major international public-private partnerships, led acquisitions and joint ventures across the tech, media, telco and venture capital sectors with Deloitte and served as an Officer in the Australian Army.

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 | Vancouver, Canada

10 years with Navitas

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. The last ten 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 Head of University Programs, North America. Her current responsibilities are to establish new partnerships and oversee the operations of the Navitas pathway programs in North America.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including curriculum design, student services, faculty and in administration of the International Division at several universities where she 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 SAE

15 years with Navitas

Scott was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of SAE in 2014, having been Chief Operating Officer at SAE 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 growth, organisational performance and leadership, both within Navitas and SAE, and before that within the FMCG sector.

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

3 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

1 year 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.

A key area of activity for Paul has been the focus on the determination of Navitas’ operating model with the development of a community of excellence in conversion and admissions. This has enabled the division to share best practice across the network and to develop standard approaches. Paul has also been working on building new programme ranges for existing Colleges with a high degree of focus on European and domestic UK students.

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

9 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, 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.

Helen Zimmerman

Helen Zimmerman

BA (Asian Studies) Hons, Grad Dip Education, Grad Dip Adult Education, Dip Company Directorship, FAICD

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

11 years with Navitas

Helen heads the Corporate Affairs function for Navitas with responsibility for government and stakeholder relations, corporate media, communications and public relations, and brand.

Helen has worked in leadership roles in Australian public and private education for over 30 years. Prior to joining Navitas she was Managing Director of the ACL Group of companies, the largest private provider of English language education in Australia.

Helen has served on the boards of a number of peak professional education associations and regulatory bodies. She is a former President of the International Education Association of Australia and a current member of the Victorian International Education Ministerial Advisory Roundtable and of the NSW International Education Advisory Board.

Helen is a member of the NSW State Advisory Council of CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia). She currently is the Chair of the Australian Business and Community Network and is a non-executive director of Jobs for NSW.

In 2000 Helen won the Private Sector Award for the Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year.   In 2010 she was one of five national finalists for the award of Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women. Helen is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute of the University of Melbourne.

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

BSc Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics
BSc Dip Statistics

Chief Information Officer

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 the likes Ramsay Health Care, Ashurst, Oracle, Westpac, and Portrait Software (UK).

Most recently, Mick worked as the CIO – Business Transformation at Cerebral Palsy Alliance and before that was CIO at Ramsay Health Care for 8 years – a global, ASX-listed hospital group operating over 220 hospitals and day surgery facilities across Australia, France, the UK, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Mick is an avid supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. He instigated the Krazy Kosci Klimb in 2014 - an empowering event which sees teenagers with Cerebral Palsy, and their families, climb to the top of Australia’s highest point, Mt Kosciuszko. The event has raised in excess of $700,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in its 3 years. In 2015, Mick was awarded the title of New South Wales Volunteer of the Year as a result of his efforts.

Rod Jones

Rod Jones

Rod Jones

BComm, DEd (Hon) ECowan, MAICD

Chief Executive Officer

22 years with Navitas

Rod has over 35 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 university education in Australia.

Rod 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, he 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 was the 2008 Australian Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

David Buckingham

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

Chief Financial Officer

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

18 months with Navitas

Patrick joined Navitas in 2014 and as Chief Development Officer, his focus is ensuring Navitas is a global leader in the future of education and work.  He is responsible for strategy, learning & teaching, new ventures, business development and our global marketing offices.

Patrick co-founded 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 held a number of senior appointments working across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Patrick was previously the Chief Development Officer with the Leighton Group responsible for major international public-private partnerships, led acquisitions and joint ventures across the tech, media, telco and venture capital sectors with Deloitte and served as an Officer in the Australian Army.

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 | Vancouver, Canada

10 years with Navitas

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. The last ten 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 Head of University Programs, North America. Her current responsibilities are to establish new partnerships and oversee the operations of the Navitas pathway programs in North America.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including curriculum design, student services, faculty and in administration of the International Division at several universities where she 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 SAE

15 years with Navitas

Scott was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of SAE in 2014, having been Chief Operating Officer at SAE 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 growth, organisational performance and leadership, both within Navitas and SAE, and before that within the FMCG sector.

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

3 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

1 year 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.

A key area of activity for Paul has been the focus on the determination of Navitas’ operating model with the development of a community of excellence in conversion and admissions. This has enabled the division to share best practice across the network and to develop standard approaches. Paul has also been working on building new programme ranges for existing Colleges with a high degree of focus on European and domestic UK students.

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

9 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, 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.

Helen Zimmerman

Helen Zimmerman

Helen Zimmerman

BA (Asian Studies) Hons, Grad Dip Education, Grad Dip Adult Education, Dip Company Directorship, FAICD

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

11 years with Navitas

Helen heads the Corporate Affairs function for Navitas with responsibility for government and stakeholder relations, corporate media, communications and public relations, and brand.

Helen has worked in leadership roles in Australian public and private education for over 30 years. Prior to joining Navitas she was Managing Director of the ACL Group of companies, the largest private provider of English language education in Australia.

Helen has served on the boards of a number of peak professional education associations and regulatory bodies. She is a former President of the International Education Association of Australia and a current member of the Victorian International Education Ministerial Advisory Roundtable and of the NSW International Education Advisory Board.

Helen is a member of the NSW State Advisory Council of CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia). She currently is the Chair of the Australian Business and Community Network and is a non-executive director of Jobs for NSW.

In 2000 Helen won the Private Sector Award for the Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year.   In 2010 she was one of five national finalists for the award of Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women. Helen is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute of the University of Melbourne.

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

Mick Campbell

BSc Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics
BSc Dip Statistics

Chief Information Officer

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 the likes Ramsay Health Care, Ashurst, Oracle, Westpac, and Portrait Software (UK).

Most recently, Mick worked as the CIO – Business Transformation at Cerebral Palsy Alliance and before that was CIO at Ramsay Health Care for 8 years – a global, ASX-listed hospital group operating over 220 hospitals and day surgery facilities across Australia, France, the UK, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Mick is an avid supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. He instigated the Krazy Kosci Klimb in 2014 - an empowering event which sees teenagers with Cerebral Palsy, and their families, climb to the top of Australia’s highest point, Mt Kosciuszko. The event has raised in excess of $700,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in its 3 years. In 2015, Mick was awarded the title of New South Wales Volunteer of the Year as a result of his efforts.

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