Meet Our Team

Your SCEI-HE experience will be supported by an academic director, course coordinator, field placement officer, student welfare coordinator, and staff and student support officers.

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Professor Adela McMurray

Chair – Academic Board 

Professor Adela McMurray, PhD, has academic and industrial experience in manufacturing and service industries. She has over 82 publications, won best author and teacher awards and research grants totaling over $2.5 million. She is an active participant on corporate and academic boards of both universities and private HE institutions.

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Mr Hector Gaston

Member – Academic Board
Chair – Course Advisory Committee

Hector is an experienced local government executive with a broad history of working within service and regulatory/funding frameworks. 

He has been responsible for setting and driving organisational strategy to ensure the successful development of inclusive communities and the delivery of significant community infrastructure.

 

Hector has further experience in the management of large budgets and the implementation of organizational change, service excellence and cultural change. Hector is currently the Director of Community Services at the Hume City Council.

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Associate Professor Kay Margetts

Member – Academic Board
Chair – Course Advisory Committee

Kay is an established expert in the Early Childhood Education sector, holding a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Education and numerous publications specialising early years education. Kay holds an honorary membership with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and consults independently for various universities and private higher education providers on both course development activities and board appointments.

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Dr Natasha Ziebell

Member – Academic Board
Member – Course Advisory Committee

Dr Natasha Ziebell is a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She has designed, coordinated and taught programs in initial teacher education and professional learning programs for teachers. Her research focuses on curriculum reform, curricular alignment and authorship, with a particular focus on the intended, enacted and assessed curriculum. Recent projects include the Learning+ mathematics tutoring program, the Australian Education Survey focusing on teaching and learning during COVID-19,  exploring complementary classroom and museum experiences in collaboration with the Melbourne Museum, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to support students with diverse needs.

Natasha is the Deputy Lead of the National Ethics and Privacy Sub-committee for the Assessment for Graduate Teachers, and the Chair of the Parliament of Victoria Education Advisory Panel. Natasha began her career as a teacher in early childhood settings and primary schools before joining the University of Melbourne in 2007.

Ms Silvija Dobson

Member – Corporate Board, Academic Board

Silvija Dobson has over 23 years of experience in various teaching and leadership roles across the US, UK and Australia; ranging from CEO, Executive Dean, Academic Director to Head of Learning and Development, Head of Teacher Education and Advanced Practitioner. Over the years, Silvija has led and developed teams consisting of various cross-cultural professionals and academics, ensuring adherence to policies and regulations while implementing innovative and result-yielding strategies to improve the reputation of the organisation. Silvija’s experience is across both the VET and HE sector, in team development and innovation in education.


Silvija holds a Master in Education from the University of Vienna, along with a Master in Business Administration with HR Specialisation from the University of South Australia. Further, Silvija is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been awarded Principal Fellowship – Higher Education Academy based on outcomes in student-focused teaching. Silvija is passionate about supporting students in achieving a sense of self, strong links into their desired industry and facilitating a memorable journey with SCEI-HE.

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Professor Parves Sultan

Member – Academic Board
Member – Course Advisory Committee

Professor Parves Sultan’s academic background is in Marketing, and he has a PhD, M.Sc., MBA, BBS (Hons.), and Grad. Cert. in Tertiary Education (GCTE). He brings over 20 years of full-time academic and leadership experience and skills in managing and working with cross-disciplinary staff. He led academic disciplines and programs at universities in Australia and abroad. His experience and skills include authentic curriculum and pedagogy design, development, and operationalisation activities in blended, online, or F2F modes. He has expertise in leading and implementing quality assessment and enhancement programs and technology-people management and accreditation processes in the Australian and global contexts.

 

Professor Sultan has published over 100 research papers in higher education, branding, service quality, CSR, green consumption, and health service areas; and supervised 7 HDR students, including 6 PhD students; and completed many industry-funded research projects.

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Ms Kerrie O’Neill

Member – Academic Board
Member – Course Advisory Committee

Kerrie’s experience with the early childhood sector spans over more than 30 years. 

She has worked a kindergarten teacher, a director of an early learning centre, a trainer and assessor delivering the Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and as a tertiary lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT).  Kerrie has worked for the Department of Education and Training in Victoria as both an Authorised Office and as a Senior Policy Officer.

Kerrie was a founding member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange in 2000 and is a current member of the committee. Kerrie’s work as the Director of Early Childhood Hub closely connects to practitioners and practice in the sector through mentoring programs, quality improvement coaching, training and keynote presentations.

Interested in joining the SCEI-HE team?