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, 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.’
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
Head Lecturer 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
LecturerB.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’
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
LecturerMPA(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.”
Dr Afzaal Seyal
Dr Afzaal Seyal graduated in Computer Science from Roosevelt University USA and has subsequent Masters from Pakistan and PhD in Management from LaSalle University USA. Prior to his academic career, he worked both in public as we all private sector in his early career as Programmer, Systems Analyst and Data Processing Manager from 1982 to 1990. He then joined University of Technology Brunei in IS/IT and Management in 1990, and served for three decades in all aspects of teaching/learning, research and research administration, industry consulting to foster industry-academia partnership and educational administration. He served as Program Leader and Head of Department for two terms of two years each and Deputy Dean Postgraduate Studies and Research. During his tenure, he revamped the curriculum and started two new programs including BSc in Computing in Data Analytic and Masters by Coursework in Information Systems. He was the first coordinator of Masters by Research program. He taught IT Management, Project Management, Software engineering, Systems Analysis, E-businesses, Ethics, legal and professional issues in IT, Statistics for Computing and Research Methods. He is passionate researcher and published both in international conferences and international journals. He published a book Theory of Planned Behaviour: New Research, published by Nova Publishers New York USA. He is certified Prince2 Project Management, Member of Australian Institute of Project Management as Reg practitioner and Certified Senior Project Manager by International Association of PM and Certified IT audit and control COBIT framework.