Our board and management

Open Universities Australia is Australia’s leading higher education marketplace. Our Board of Directors and Executive Team harness their expertise and passion to shape our future.

Our Board of Directors


Professor S. Bruce Dowton

Chairman & Nominee Director – Macquarie University

Professor Bruce Dowton was appointed Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University in 2012. He’s a paediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher and academic, and served as a senior medical executive at several organisations.

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Paul Beard

Mr Paul Beard

Nominee Director – University of South Australia
Chair – Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

Paul Beard is Chief Operating Officer at the University of South Australia, overseeing finance, facilities, IT, and library. Joining the UniSA executive in 2001, Paul previously held senior finance roles in the private and public sector.

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Susan Elliott

Professor Susan Elliott

Nominee Director - Monash University

As Deputy Vice‐Chancellor and Vice‐President (Education), Professor Susan Elliott advances Monash University’s reputation in teaching and learning. Susan joined Monash in 2017, previously a University of Melbourne senior leader.

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Professor Carolyn Evans

Nominee Director - Griffith University

Professor Carolyn Evans joined Griffith University in 2019 as Vice Chancellor and President. Prior to Griffith, Carolyn was a member of the University of Melbourne’s senior leadership. She is an international scholar and published author.

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Sharron Jackson

Nominee Director – RMIT University

Sharron Jackson is the Director of Strategic Planning at RMIT, leading the development and implementation of the university’s strategy. Since 2013 she has held various leadership roles at the university, most recently as the Interim Chief Financial Officer.

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David McCall

Mr David McCall

Nominee Director – Swinburne University of Technology

David McCall is the Head of Strategy and Commercial Management at Swinburne University, leading strategy, delivery, commercial and product management. David joined Swinburne in 2015, previously in senior positions in finance and digital.

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David Menarry

Mr David Menarry

Nominee Director - Curtin University

David Menarry joined Curtin University in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer. David’s strategic financial leadership and rigorous financial management strengthens Curtin’s financial position, enabling improved research and teaching outcomes.

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Our Executive Team

Stuart Elmsley

Mr Stuart Elmslie

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Elmslie was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. Previously, Stuart was Chief Financial Officer and Executive General Manager of Corporate Services from February 2016.

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Mr Chris Billing

Head of Product

Chris Billing joined OUA in April 2017 as Head of Digital. Appointed Head of Product in November 2018, Chris is responsible for OUA’s digital market place platform that is used by both students and university providers.

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Anthony Elliott

Mr Anthony Elliott

Executive General Manager - Corporate Services

Anthony Elliott is Executive General Manager, Corporate Services. Anthony’s passion for business transformation and continuous improvement has shaped much of his career.

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Mrs Catherine Reynolds

Head of Marketing

Catherine Reynolds was appointed as Head of Marketing in late 2018 following four years as OUA’s Strategic Marketing Lead and Head of Consumer Marketing.

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Andy Sheats

Mr Andy Sheats

Executive General Manager - Student Experience

Andy Sheats joined OUA in December 2016 with overall responsibility for our students—including marketing, sales, student advisory, and overall student success.

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Our shareholders

Curtin University

Curtin University

GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA, 6845, Australia
1300 222 888 http://www.curtin.edu.au/

Start your career with Curtin’s globally recognised courses and extensive industry connections. Through OUA, our online courses offer an interactive and collaborative learning experience that gets you the same degree as if you studied on campus. Curtin is a global university with a vibrant culture of innovation and collaboration and is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Griffith University

Griffith University

Logan Campus, Griffith University, QLD, 4131, Australia
(07) 3382 1999 https://www.griffith.edu.au/

With a network of campuses across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Griffith University is committed to progressive multidisciplinary teaching and research and a valuable online provider with Open Universities Australia. Already attracting students from more than 122 countries, Griffith's dedication to academic excellence is available across Australia through OUA.

Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW, 2109, Australia
(02) 9850 7470 http://www.mq.edu.au/

This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.

Monash University

Monash University

VIC, 3800, Australia
(03) 9902 6304 https://www.monash.edu/
Monash University is a dynamic and diverse university with over 50,000 students, over 200,000 alumni and a network of powerful international alliances. It is widely recognised for its excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship and research. Monash University is a member of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight leading universities.
RMIT University

RMIT University

GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, VIC, 3001, Australia
(03) 9925 5000 https://www.rmit.edu.au/
Australia's largest dual-sector institute, offering both TAFE and higher education, RMIT University proudly delivers work-related education and practical research relevant to current business and community needs. More than 60,000 students study with RMIT, and many of their degrees are available through Open Universities Australia.
Swinburne University

Swinburne University of Technology

PO Box 218, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122, Australia
1300 794 628 http://www.swinburne.edu.au/

Swinburne University of Technology leads the way with innovative and new ways of teaching, learning and thinking. It offers a wide range of study options, from pre-apprenticeships, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhDs, including online degrees with Open Universities Australia. Swinburne is known for career-oriented education and encouraging lifelong learning.

University of South Australia

University of South Australia

GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA, 5001, Australia
(08) 8302 6145 https://www.unisa.edu.au/

The University of South Australia, UniSA, is ranked in the top 10 universities nationally and amongst the very best young universities in the world. They offer over 200 world-class degrees that are informed by industry and delivered with a highly practical approach to teaching and learning. In fact, they are South Australia’s number one university for graduate careers. They are a valuable partner with Open Universities Australia.