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 is the Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University and was appointed to the position in 2012. He is a paediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher and academic...

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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 with responsibility for finance, facilities, IT and library. Paul has been a member of the UniSA senior executive since 2001 and prior to that he held senior finance roles in both 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 Elliott focuses on promoting engagement and advocacy in shaping Monash University’s education agenda. Susan leads a dedicated portfolio and is responsible for providing an integrated approach to the education elements of Monash’s strategic plan.

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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. He leads the strategy, delivery, commercial and product management functions of the university. David joined Swinburne in 2015, having previously held senior positions in financial services and online businesses.

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David Menarry

Mr David Menarry

Nominee Director - Curtin University

David has been Curtin University's Chief Financial Officer since 2004. Curtin is Western Australia’s largest university, with over 60,000 students locally and internationally, assets of $1.5 billion and annual revenues of approximately $900...

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Ian O'Connor

Professor Ian O'Connor

Nominee Director - Griffith University

Professor Ian O'Connor became the Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University in January 2005, taking the helm of one of Australia's largest and most innovative tertiary institutions.

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Belinda Tynan

Professor Belinda Tynan

Nominee Director – RMIT University

In May 2016 Professor Tynan assumed the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and Vice President of RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT, Professor Tynan was the Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning and Teaching Innovation at The Open University, UK. She provided executive leadership in the areas of learning and teaching innovation.

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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. Stuart has a broad and deep level of experience in managing and growing technology and digital based businesses, both as start-ups and mid-sized organisations.

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Janine Harper

Ms Janine Harper

Executive General Manager - University Relationships

Janine Harper commenced as an Executive General Manager in October 2013. Her role currently focuses on university providers—those providers offering subjects and degrees via OUA's platform. With a remit of grow and continuous improvement, Janine and her team work closely with university providers across the country to optimise the choices available to students through OUA.

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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. Andy has a long background in online business, and is focused on leveraging this to improve the overall experience of our students as they study online.

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Anthony Elliott

Mr Anthony Elliott

Executive General Manager - Corporate Services

Anthony Elliott is Executive General Manager, Corporate Services. While originally trained as an engineer, it’s Anthony’s passion for business transformation and continuous improvement that’s shaped much of his career.

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Our shareholders

Curtin University

Curtin Univeristy

GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia, 6845, Australia

(08) 9266 9266


Curtin University, the largest university in Western Australia, is a world-class leader in education and research. With an international focus and 52,000 students across 16 locations, including Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore, Curtin ensures its graduates are skilled and prepared to make a positive contribution in the global environment. Open Universities Australia is proud to offer their degrees and subjects online.

Griffith University

Griffith University

Logan Campus, Griffith University, Queensland 4131, Australia

(07) 3382 1999


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, New South Wales 2109, Australia

(02) 9850 7470


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

Victoria 3800, Australia

(03) 9902 6304


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, Victoria 3001, Australia

(03) 9925 5000


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, Victoria 3122, Australia

1300 794 628


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, South Australia 5001, Australia

(08) 8302 6145


With its aspirational and international reach, the University of South Australia offers modern and flexible study programs designed to meet the changing needs of the workplace. In consultation with industry and business experts, the university produces tailored degrees that mean students graduate ready to work anywhere in the world. They are a valuable provider with Open Universities Australia.