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.
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.
Professor Tania Broadley
Nominee Director – RMIT University
Professor Tania Broadley has held the Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor & Vice President role in the RMIT University College of Design and Social Context since November 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Sharon Pickering
Nominee Director – Monash University
Professor Sharon Pickering is the Interim Deputy Vice‐Chancellor (Education) and Senior Vice President of Monash University. She previously served as Dean of Arts at Monash University and prior to that as the Head of the School of Social Sciences.
Our Executive Team
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.
Chief Product Officer
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Anthony Elliott is OUA's Chief Operating Officer. Anthony’s passion for business transformation and continuous improvement has shaped much of his career.
Siebert Lubbe joined OUA in September 2019 as Chief Engineer with the responsibility of guiding OUA's vision for technology and growing the organisation's software engineering capability.
Chief Marketing Officer
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.
Chief Growth Officer
Andy Sheats joined OUA in December 2016 with overall responsibility for our students—including marketing, sales, student advisory, and overall student success.
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.
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 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.
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.