MEET SOME OF OUR STUDENT FOCUSED STAFF
DR KERI SPOONER
DEAN OF HIGHER EDUCATION
BCOM (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
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 GEOFF BREACH
PHD, MBUSMGT, GRADCERTMGT
Dr. Breach is an organization theorist with PhD, Master of Business and Graduate Certificate degrees in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. His scholarly expertise in organization structure and design, power in organizations, change and culture management, strategic management, operations management and qualitative research methods is complemented by thirty years of work and IT consulting experience in Healthcare, Investment Banking, Operations Management and Network Security to organizations throughout Asia and the Pacific. Committed to education since childhood, he has delivered workplace training throughout his business career and has taught management and IT to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students for twelve years.
DR SAI KIRAN LAKKARAJU
B.SC., M.SC., M.SC. (HONOURS), PH.D., GRAD CERT ED
Courseware developer, Academic, Knowledge Management, Information Systems, and e-Commerce Consultant, Researcher, Software Engineer, and Test Analyst, are some of the hats I wore thus far.
Started as a software engineer/tester after completing M.Sc., in Computer Science in India. Driven by passion came to Australia for further education. Received M.Sc., Honours and PhD from University of Western Sydney.
Worked as an academic and developed curriculum at various universities such as University of Western Sydney, Central Queensland University and Federation University, higher education institutions such as Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Kent Institute, and Business colleges such as Parramatta college and Canterbury business college.
Although I run a small Information Systems consulting services business, I take pride in calling myself an academic where I strive to impart my experience as an international student and my knowledge to students.
My research work revolved around Artificial intelligence and Knowledge management. Slowly moving towards the areas of curriculum development and student retention due to the nature of my work.
DR SONYA PEARCE
PHD (MGT), M.ED (ADULTS) B.ED (ADULTS), DIP. ADULT ED (ABORIGINAL), CERT IV TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT
Sonya is a Gooreng Gooreng with over 35 years in Indigenous education, employment and training. Sonya works with the Wentworth Institute teaching MBA student management and part time with Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training, Australia’s oldest established Indigenous adult learning centre.
Sonya is Honorary Research Associate and formerly, where she received her PhD in Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship. Her academic work is highly awarded, including ARC grants, a UTS Teaching and Learning Award, and a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Sonya’s work on tackling violence in Aboriginal communities was recognised with a UTS Human Rights Award and she has presented to the United Nations Committee of Women.
DR STEPHEN TRELOAR
MCOMLAW (MACQ), MBA(SGSM), DBA (SCU)
Dr Treloar is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Member, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Association of Australia, now called the Resolution Institute and a past Churchill Fellow.
He has over 25 years senior executive experience, has served on numerous (commercial, NGO and Government) boards and is the former Chairman, Finance & Governance, the Western Sydney Academy of Sport.
His past research interests, conference presentations and publications covers a wide range of fields including: human resource management, social enterprise, commercial law, directors’ responsibilities, conflicts of interest, expatriate management, and ‘best practice’ management.
DR DAN STAINES
BA (HONS) (UNSW); PHD, PHILOSOPHY (UNSW)
Dan Staines is a writer, researcher, and game designer from Sydney. Before getting his PhD in 2016, Dan worked as an editor and journalist in the videogame press for almost two decades. Dan’s research is focused on using principles derived from moral psychology and philosophy to develop games for ethical engagement and development. In 2019, he completed work on Paparazzi, a visual novel game intended to provoke ethical reflection.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” — Chief, Animal Crossing
DR SAEID IRANMANESH
Saeid Iranmanesh received the Ph.D. degree in IT from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, in 2015. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor with Azad University, Tehran, for a year and 1.5 years at Melbourne institute of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Saeid also has over 7 years teaching experience in other private and public educational institutes and universities in Australia and overseas. He is currently a research member within the school of electrical, computer and telecommunication engineering at UOW, Australia and is also appointed at WIN as a lecturer. Saeid has been involved in research activities for over 6 years and has published papers in high impact journals and conferences. His research interests include optimizations in wireless networks, Vehicular Networks, intelligent transportation systems, and smart cities.
DR LEANNE BRERETON
Dr Leanne Brereton teaches marketing at WIN. She has many years of marketing experience both in teaching marketing at WIN and other institutions and in working in marketing in the telecommunications industry. Leanne has taught marketing and management at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in Australia. She is also involved in marketing research and hopes to publish her first journal article soon.
DR GUOHUA LIANG
Dr Liang has had teaching experience in Computing Science & Information Technology at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in both public and private university and college settings, for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience as Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for large Subjects such as Database, Application Development with .Net (C#), etc., and has successfully supervised many postgraduate students’ research projects.
She enjoys providing high quality teaching to students and has received excellent feedback from students.
She obtained a PhD in Computing Science from University of Technology Sydney in 2014. Her research focused on Data Mining, Machine Learning, and AI. During her PhD, she has published 10 first-author high quality peer-reviewed publications and have attended nine International and National conferences to present her publications.
‘I have a passion for high quality, excellent research and teaching, and developing innovative learning experiences for my students. I would bring my strong skills in Database Systems, Data Science, Data Visualization, and Programming to provide excellent learning experiences for students.’
- Dr Guohua Liang
M.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
CPA, B.BUS/LLB (HONS), GRAD.DIP.LEGAL.PRAC
Celine Adams is a Certified Practising Accountant of Australia (CPA) and a lawyer. She has over 14 years of experience in the Australian tertiary education sector. She brings a wealth of experience to WIN not only on the basis of her current teaching experience but also on the basis of her approach to teaching and cultivation in her students of an appreciation of the importance of learning and understanding. Before joining WIN, she taught in both laws and accounting at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
“I really enjoy teaching and making a difference in peoples’ lives!”
B.A., B.SC., MCOMM (EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS), CAHRI
A certified member of the Australian Institute of Human Resources, Karen has a Masters Degree in Employment Relations and undergraduate degrees in both Arts and Science. Having taught with Wentworth Institute of Higher Education since 2016 and with over 20 years experience in HR and Operations Management, Karen is a knowledgeable lecturer able to apply both academic theory and practice within the class room. 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 Change Management (both technological change and cultural change), Program Management, Learning and Development. HR & Talent Management, Marketing and Operations.
‘I love the thrill of helping others learn and get immense satisfaction from seeing students reach their full potential’
HEAD LECTURER ON THE BACHELOR OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA PROGRAMME
B.A.(SYD), GRAD.DIP.DESIGN (UTS)
Jane Cameron has taught in the field of Design, Art and Film theory at WIN for the past 4 years. After graduating from 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 unique in their creative life.’
PROGRAMS COORDINATOR AND HEAD LECTURER, BACHELOR OF BUSINESS
B.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. ‘
BBUS(PA), MBUS(ACC’G & FINANCE), UTS; BA(ACC’G & ECS), MQ; DIP ED; CPA
I have taught and practiced accounting and related subjects for many years in both public and private university and college settings. I have taught at the Wentworth Institute of Higher Education since 2016 and I am currently Head of the undergraduate accounting courses.
I enjoy my teaching and I receive excellent feedback from students. I look forward to seeing you in the Accounting subjects and greeting you as part of our Accounting team.
— Paul Power
MASTERS 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.’
M.LAW, SOLICITOR & BARRISTER OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES
W John Taggart RFD, BA LL.M is a Solicitor & Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He has been lecturing in Business Law and Taxation Law for nearly 38 years in both undergraduate degree programs and postgraduate. He also worked for the Federal Government in property and then prosecutions sections at the Deputy Crown Solicitor’s Office. He has also conducted his own private practice as a Solicitor in Sydney. He has served on the Council of General Practice for the International Bar Association and was Chair of their Migration and Nationality Committee. He also has a number of publications and textbooks in the area of Business Law and Taxation Law.
” I enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment and sharing my knowledge of Australian law with students from all over the world who are able to contribute their own unique knowledge and experiences to create a rich learning experience”
MPA(WIN), GRAD DIP EDU (UTS), B.BUS (ACCT & FIN) (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.”
B.SC. (COMP.SCI.) UNSW
Peter Urbanec has over 25 years industry experience, having worked for a multitude of organisations ranging from small startups, to large multinationals and government. A desire to learn, combined with a pragmatic approach, has allowed Peter to acquire many new sets of skills while delivering successful projects. Peter has developed software used in products such as Apple Final Cut Server, Blackmagic Design Fusion, RealAudio Player, Beyonwiz Digital Video Broadcast receivers, IceTV Interactive and many others. Peter also has a long history of contributing to Open Source Software projects and participating in online communities.
“I hope that I can help students develop skills for applying theory to real world situations, thus making their education interesting, relevant and rewarding.”
– Peter Urbanec
BACHELOR OF LAWS (USYD), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE(UTS), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS(UTS), CERTIFICAT EN THÉOLOGIE (INSTITUT D’ETUDES THÉOLOGIQUES, BRUSSELS)
Dominic Cudmore is a practising lawyer based in Sydney’s inner-east. He possesses extensive experience in many areas of law in both the government and private sectors.
From 2009 to 2011 Dominic undertook higher studies at the Institut d’études théologiques (IET) in Brussels, Belgium, the Society of Jesus’ Studium for francophone Belgium and Luxembourg.
Dominic’s areas of expertise embrace property law, equity, NFP and charities law, NFP tax, employment law, human rights and discrimination, child protection, education law, governance, community law, cy près schemes, family provisions applications, professional standards, NFP mergers and acquisitions, legal training, pro bono practice, facilitation and mediation.
Dominic is involved in the following associations:
Member of Law Society of New South Wales
Member of the French Australian Lawyers’ Society
Honorary Member – Golden Key International Honour Society
BA (UNSW), BAHONS (UNSW)
Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degrees, both from the University of NSW, with majors in International Business and International Relations. His Honours Thesis focused on the international political role of international sports. He is currently completing a Masters of Sports Management at the University of Technology Sydney.
Francis’ passion is in sport where he has coached and managed rugby for UNSW, the Queens University in Canada and the University of East Anglia in England. Currently Francis serves as a Rugby Mentor for the Play Rugby Australia foundation.
MASTER OF ANIMATION, UTS BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE AND ALLIED ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Anna has worked in the film and television industry for 7 years. She has worked as a storyboard artist, broadcast graphic designer for Network Ten and an animator for various clients including the Royal National Theatre in London.
Anna’s passion is independent filmmaking. She has had her animations screened at various local and international festivals including Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.
Anna has worked in education for 14 years, she joined JMC in 2016. When she is not teaching, Anna works as a freelance animator, illustrator and graphic designer.
MASTERS OF ANIMATION (UTS), MASTER OF FINE ART (NAS), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF VISUAL EFFECTS(AFTRS)
Sarah Eddowes teaches animation and motion graphics courses in the Bachelor of Interactive Media. When she is not at WIN, she is a practicing visual artist and animator. Her post graduate studies include a Masters of Animation at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), a Masters of Fine Arts by Research at the National Art School (NAS) and a Graduate Certificate of Visual Effects at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Sarah is also a musician in the Australian Army Band.
“I enjoy getting students excited about finding their voice through creative content”.
MASTERS IN ANIMATION(UTS)
Rahul Saraiya is a senior surfacing and lighting artist with 10 years experience in advertising and building projection.
After graduating from the University of Technology Sydney, Rahul’s passion and artistry lead to creative design which captured the attention of creative agencies and launched his career into the world of 3D.
Rahul wants to use his 3D surfacing, lighting techniques and years of experience to guide and empower a new generation to pursue their passion so they can bring their creativity into fruition.
BA COM (OTAGO), MC-GMCOM(MELBOURNE UNI)
Philip Wang has extensive experience as Academic System Manager in academic institute. He is also currently studying his PhD under the Schoolof Business at Unviersity of Notre Dame Australia. At the Wentworth Institute, he is teaching in subject of Information System whilst provides continuous academic support to both Staff and students throughout the year. He is also a published writer and passionate in the area of Media and Communication.
“Don’t work hard, work smart.”
— Philip Wang
STUDENT SUPPORT STAFF
BA SC. (INFORMATION STUDIES) UTS, AALIA
Many years of experience in both Higher Education and the public library system, working at Macquarie, Sydney University and UTS libraries as well as Moore College, Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Willoughby Council Libraries. An Associate member of the Australian Library and Information Association, with experience in many different aspects of knowledge information, e.g. conferences, workshops and national competency standards.
“What I hope I can bring to both the staff and students of Wentworth Institute, is a love of lifelong learning, research, change and wonder of the capacity of our brains to be our personal computer systems. What our brains can store and retrieve is beyond our present usage.”
STUDENT ADVISOR OFFICER & TUTOR
B. Com. (A&F), MPA
Deepa Thapa is a Wentworth Alumni working as a Student Advisor and tutor. She is available to talk and assist with wide range of students needs including social and cultural support. She also runs support sessions for Accounting and Economics subjects helping students with assignment doubts and tutorial doubts.
'I came Australia as an international student. So being the same pathway, I hope I could contribute more to the students’ needs and services required.'
- Deepa Thapa