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.


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.


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.


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.


Professor Carolyn Noble

Member – Academic Board
Member – Course Advisory Committee

Carolyn is the Foundation Professor of Social Work and Head of the Discipline of Social Work as well as Professor Emerita at Victoria University, Melbourne. She has been an academic since 1984, and mental health and child protection practitioner before that, in Sydney and London.


Carolyn has taught and developed undergraduate and postgraduate programs in social work, counselling and psychotherapy, social science, mental health and professional supervision. She is active in Australian, Asia Pacific and International Schools of Social Work Associations and has held executive positions in each of these organisations, among other universities and private higher education providers.


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.

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Dr Jenny Game

Member – Academic Board
Acting Academic Director – SCEI-HE

Jenny is an experienced academic manager and scholar with a diverse background in private and public higher education leadership, quality assurance and digital learning; a career defined by robust experience managing, designing and implementing innovative, high quality online and blended higher education courses.


As Acting Academic Director at SCEI-HE, Jenny leads teams of teaching and administrative staff, manages resources, career development and daily workflow coordination for academic oversight purposes. Independently, Jenny leads course development and review, undertakes policy development and implementation, implements academic quality frameworks and standards and manages digital education.

Interested in joining the SCEI-HE team?