Meet Some of Our Student Focused Staff
Dr Keri Spooner – Dean
Dean of Higher EducationBCom (Hons)(NSW), MCom (Hons)(NSW), PhD (Monash), CAHRI
Dr. Keri Spooner is Dean of Higher Education at WIN. With many years experience in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in Australia and abroad, Keri works with higher education academics and students at WIN to ensure the delivery of a quality, industry relevant education.
‘Students are at the centre of everything we do here at WIN. I am committed to ensuring that all our students receive a quality education in a very supportive and friendly environment.’
–Dr Keri Spooner
Programs Coordinator and Head Lecturer, Bachelor of BusinessB.Ec (Hons I) (Syd), CAHRI
Dennis Mortimer is the Head Lecturer for the Bachelor of Business degree at WIN. Dennis has over thirty years experience in academic teaching, research and management including teaching in both Australia and overseas. Working with the Dean, his responsibility is the academic standards, quality, and work relevance of the Bachelor of Business program.
‘I enjoy helping students to develop their knowledge and job readiness through our focus on small class sizes and the use of real world cases and simulations. ‘
Head Lecturer on the Bachelor of Interactive Media programmeB.A.(Syd), Grad.Dip.Design (UTS)
Jane Cameron has taught in the field of Design and Art Theory at WIN for the past 2 years. After graduating for Sydney University, and later the University of Technology, Jane has for the past 20 years run her own design consultancy in Sydney, and has previously taught at Enmore Design Centre. Jane is passionate about her role at WIN.
‘I thoroughly enjoy assisting each student to locate and maximise what is special and unique in their creative life.’
Dr Charles Lo
Head Lecturer MPA B.Bus(Hons) (UTS), PhD (USyd)
Dr Lo lectures Accounting subjects at the Wentworth Institute, and brings to the classroom wide industry experience in accounting and finance, including those from his time as a stockbroker before entering academia.
He is an academic with nearly 15 years of experience in the tertiary sector, having lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at institutions including the University of Technology, Sydney, Insearch:UTS and the Australian Institute of Music.
“I have a passion for teaching. My aim when teaching is to ensure that students are not bogged down with technical industry jargon. I try to take complicated technical issues in accounting and explain them in a way that is easier to understand.”
— Charles Lo
Dr Marjorie O’Neill
Lecturer & Graduate Course Co-ordinator MBUS B.Arts(UOW), B. Bus (Hons)(UTS), PhD(MacQ)
Dr. Marjorie O’Neill is a lecturer in Management & HRM at the Wentworth Institute. Before moving to WIN, Dr. O’Neill taught for several years at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in the USA and before this, Marjorie worked as the HR Manager in a not-for-profit disability service provider. She has nearly ten years international and national teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with Essex University, England, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Macquarie University, Australia. Marjorie holds a Bachelor of Arts (UOW), a Bachelor of Business (Hons) and a Grad Cert in Higher Education (Macq). Marjorie received her Ph.D. from Macquarie University and her research focuses on career choices, with special attention to the case of older workers. Marjorie is passionate about building sustainable organizations, in particular, sports organizations and has worked on numerous boards including the NSW Rugby Union, Sydney Women’s Rugby Union, SCRFU, SLO Rugby and Bronte Returned Service League Club.
” Developing our students graduate attributes is the key to their career success. I follow a learn by doing approach in order to develop our students into work ready graduates. ”
LecturerB.A., B.Sc., MComm (Employment Relations), CAHRI
A certified and active member of the Australian Institute of Human Resources, Karen has a Masters Degree in Employment Relations and over 20 years experience in HR and People Management. A seasoned executive who has worked for a large private company employing over 190,000 team members, Karen brings a diverse range of skills and experience in the areas of learning and development, talent management, performance management and HR information systems and metrics.
‘I love the thrill of helping others learn and get immense satisfaction from seeing students reach their full potential’
LecturerMasters of Literature, Arts and the Mass Media
James Nicholls M.Ed, is the Head Lecturer on the Bachelor of Interactive Media programme. He brings strong educational principles coupled with practical business experience in the industry to bear in providing one of the most exciting degree programmes on offer. His photojournalistic work is much sought after by a variety of international magazines and he is increasingly seen in the media and lecturing at major international events.
‘The importance education and of the student experience is paramount at WIN. Hopefully, I can help contribute to that education as a lecturer and mentor for the students at this institution which is growing from strength to strength.’
LecturerBA-Visual Arts (University of Newcastle), Masters of Animation (UTS)
Brayden Gifford is the Higher Ed Lecturer in Motion Graphics. He is a Senior Motion Graphics Designer at SBS for World News and Insight.
Starting his career in the Art department on films such as Star Wars and Scooby Doo, Brayden then made several Stop-Motion animation puppet films before moving into Motion Graphics.
Brayden spent 5 years freelancing between Network TEN and ABC before taking a full time position at SBS, maintaining his lecturing commitments at Wentworth throughout.
‘I believe the key to creative success is ‘inspiration’. I love helping students to find their inspiration and enthusiasm.’
LecturerM.BUS, MBA (UTS), AHRI MEMBER
Alison Lee has a Masters of Business Administration(MBA) from UTS and has taught at the same university in the School of Management to postgraduate and undergraduate students for the past five years. Further, she has extensive senior management experience in the area of luxury goods. Alison has been teaching at WIN for the past year and is looking forward to teaching more students from diverse background in business studies. She acknowledges that sometimes it is difficult for students to adapt to their new environment as an international student but happily has seen the majority of the students flourish and achieve their goals.
‘I truly believe that effective/ethical management practices can evolve from the foundations of quality higher education studies from an institute like WIN’
— Alison Lee
LecturerB.Bus (Acct & Fin) (UTS), Grad Dip Edu (UTS)
Gary Mariner is a qualified Accountant and professional educator. He has lectured and tutored for over 20 years, at Sydney Institute of TAFE and the University of Technology Sydney. Gary also has extensive business experience; building, running and advising small to medium size enterprises.
” The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and help them grow beyond their expectations.”
LecturerDip.Teach (Syd), M.Bus.ER (UTS)
Brian O’Neill has lectured for many years in the field of management and business studies at universities including UTS and UWS. He has taught human resource management (HRM), industrial relations, business ethics and management skills at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Brian was a Commissioner in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW for 20 Years. In addition to lecturing at WIN, Brian is chief executive of an industry consultancy practice handling industrial relations grievances.
“My lifelong commitment to quality education reflects my fundamental belief that nothing changes a person’s life as positively as education.”