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Date published: 9 July 2010


For Immediate Release

OUA announces new General Manager among senior appointments

Michelle Beveridge, General manager operations for Open Universities Australia

Open Universities Australia (OUA) today announced the appointment of Michelle Beveridge to General Manager Operations, increasing the organisation's Senior Management Team to five.

OUA CEO Stuart Hamilton said, "We are delighted that Michelle has joined the team. Her Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expertise, strategic leadership and education experience provide the specialisation required to help manage our continued growth."

"OUA has grown 30% on average each year over the last five years, ahead of the online education industry average of 27%* and overall education sector rate of 3.5%."**

Prior to joining OUA, Michelle was Chief Information Officer at IDP Education Pty Ltd for three years and General Manager Information Services at OAMPS Insurance Brokers Ltd for two years. Her experience includes more than 15 years in ICT and business leadership in both the Private and Government sectors.

Michelle is also the Chairman of the Victorian ICT for Women Network, Treasurer of Australian Computer Society (Vic), a Trustee for the Queen Victoria Women's Centre and an Advisory Board member for the CIO Executive Council (APAC).

OUA former General Manager Operations, David Masters, has taken on the role of General Manager Finance and Strategy. Mr. Hamilton said, "In addition to continuing our strong fiscal management, David will provide a focus on cross-company strategy evaluation to increase OUA's efficiency and capacity to meet future strategic initiatives."

The leadership additions follow the recent senior appointments of Dr. Darien Rossiter to Manager Academic Products, Dr. Nick Foster to Manager Academic Services, Ms. Sally Ling to Marketing Strategist and the addition of a Digital Strategist function with the appointment of Jose Herrera Perea.

Dr. Rossiter brings more than 25 years experience in the education sector in Australia and internationally to OUA. Previously, Dr Rossiter spent five years at Cranfield University Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, as Director of Knowledge Services and Deputy Director Information Services and four years as Manager Strategic Initiatives Information Services at Griffith University.

Dr. Nick Foster and Dr. Rossiter will manage OUA's academic partner and provider relationships. Dr. Foster will also manage major sponsored projects in his role as Manager Academic Services. Dr. Foster joins OUA from Crisis Support Services where he was Partnership Development Manager. Sally Ling has been promoted to Marketing Strategist from Marketing Manager to focus on strategic cross-company marketing.

In the newly created Digital Strategist role, Jose Herrera Perea will lead OUA's integrated online business strategy, evolve its digital channel to support greater business operational capability and optimise search strategy and analytics.

Mr. Herrera Perea brings 12 years business and e-business management in Australia and Europe to OUA, including five years in online and digital business strategy at IDP Education Pty Ltd (IDP) as Online and Digital Business Strategy Manager, SEEK Ltd as Analytics Executive and Google as Senior Account Associate.

Mr. Hamilton said, "OUA is going through a tremendous period of development as we evolve to unlock the full potential of online education. Our digital capability and online presence are critical to this and the appointment of Jose Herrera Perea as Digital Strategist, along with our other recent senior recruitment, shows our determination to grow the OUA offer and maintain our position as Australia's leading provider of open and flexible access to quality tertiary education."

About Open Universities Australia

Open Universities Australia (OUA) is the national leader in providing open and flexible access to quality tertiary education, enrolling over 120,000 students since 1993. We provide access to over 1000 units and 90 qualifications taught by 18 leading universities and other tertiary education providers around the country in: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Health, Law & Justice, Information Technology, and Science & Engineering. For more information on Open Universities Australia, please visit

* IBIS World Online Education in Australia, 19th May 2009
** IBIS World Education Report Card Press Release, 11th June 2009

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