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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Our Executive Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
Curtin UniversityGPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia, 6845, Australia (08) 9266 9266 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 UniversityLogan Campus, Griffith University, Queensland 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 UniversityBalaclava Road, North Ryde, New South Wales 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.
Swinburne University of TechnologyPO Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria 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 AustraliaGPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 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.