The purpose of the NSMF is to:

  • Align activities across Directorates with the Portfolio’s priorities, and focus on projects, activities and/or priorities identified by the Portfolio Executive Committee;
  • Build relationships and facilitate greater collaboration and collegiality within the Portfolio;
  • Identify national trends, themes and operational issues;
  • Identify impacts of national activities on other Portfolio areas;
  • Respond to service issues arising from Portfolio feedback mechanisms (e.g. Portfolio Campus Conversations, Service Matters Survey), in collaboration with Service Leads;
  • Champion Corporate Services activities, and role model Portfolio values and behaviours;
  • Explore the implementation of outcomes arising from Portfolio Staff Reference Groups;
  • Provide a professional development opportunity for staff in leadership roles; and
  • Increase the awareness of the breadth and depth of Portfolio activities.

The outcomes of the NSMF will be reported back to PEC and PLF for consideration.


The NSMF will convene twice a year in quarters two and four (potentially one will be face-to-face and the other virtual).  The first NSMF was convened in Semester 1, 2016.

Membership criteria

  • Managers who undertake a national or state leadership role across ACU;
  • Managers who undertake a role that is primarily service oriented;
  • Managers who typically supervise an operational team;
  • Managers at the HEW 9 level and/or above and report to a Portfolio Leadership Forum member.

National and State Managers Membership

Information Technology (IT)

(under current structure) 

No Position title Name Campus
Platform Services Manager  Namir Kasim  North Sydney 
Technology Support Group Manager  Suraj Thapa  Brisbane 
Risk & Security Manager
Mark Laffan Brisbane 
Planning & Delivery Manager
Richard Kan  Melbourne 
Digital Workspace Manager
Dr Gordon Howell  Brisbane 
Engagement & Partnerships Manager
Louren David  North Sydney 
Application Delivery Manager
Julines Liong  North Sydney 
Application Support Manager  Christiaan Van Zyl  North Sydney 

Human Resources (HR)

No Position title Name Campus  
National Manager, Learning & Development
Iain Schmidt  North Sydney 
10 National Manager, HR Payroll and Processes
Dipak Pandey (Acting)  North Sydney 
11  National Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment
Shae Cubillo  Melbourne 
12  National Manager, Employment Relations and Safety
Rena Christmann  North Sydney 
13 National Manager, HR Standards and Reporting
Michael Hanckel  North Sydney 

Planning and Strategic Management (OPSM)

No Position title Name Campus
14 National Manager, Analytics
Alex Sieniarski  North Sydney 
15  National Manager, Business Intelligence
Lester D’Souza
North Sydney 
16  National Manager, Risk
Carol Anne Rainbird  Brisbane 


No Position title Name Campus
17  Financial Procurement Manager
Nicholas Tamp  North Sydney 
18  Management Accountant - Financial Planning & Budgeting
Alex Graham
19  Management Accountant - Reporting
Irene Antonacci
20  Finance Systems Manager
Kamini Nagodavithane
North Sydney 
21  Treasury and Insurance Financial Accountant  Rajan Wiley  North Sydney 


No Position title Name Campus
22  National Manager, Governance  Nicole Ranieri  North Sydney 

Office of COO

No Position title Name Campus
23  National Manager Service Central
Traci Voss (Acting)  Melbourne 
24  National Manager Portfolio Projects
Mikail Ruutu  North Sydney 

Marketing and External Relations (MER)

No Position title Name Campus
25 National Integrated Marketing Manager
Ben O’Brien (Acting)  Melbourne 
26  National Manager, Strategic Communications
Jen Rosenberg  North Sydney 
27  National Manager, Events
Alicia D Moore  North Sydney 
28  National Manager, Content
Caitlin Ganter  Brisbane
29  National Manager, Creative
Bonnie Liang
North Sydney 
31  Digital Operations Manager
Christian Prandi
32  Marketing Insights Strategist
Fiona Collison
33  Digital Projects & Customer Relationship Manager
Rich Powell  North Sydney 

Properties and Facilities (P&F)

No Position title Name Campus
34 State Facilities Manager NSW/ACT
Dean Smith
North Sydney
35 State Facilities Manager VIC/SA
Neil Hodgson
36 State Facilities Manager QLD
Martin Cichero
37 National Real Estate Manager
Jo Cain
38 State Development Manager VIC
John Kouris
39 State Development Manager QLD
Chris Gill
40 National Planning Manager
George Jetis
North Sydney
41 National Manager, Sustainability
Mark Doggett

Student Administration

No Position title Name  Campus
42  National Manager, Student Policy and Appeals
Gerard Goodwin-Moore  North Sydney 
43  National Manager, Graduation and Protocol
Vanessa Morrissey
North Sydney 
44  National Manager, Enrolments and Scholarships
Elise Akbacak (Acting)  Melbourne 
45  National Manager, Student Systems Operations
Robert Hartup  North Sydney 
46  National Manager, AskACU Services
Lhan Gannon (Acting)  Melbourne 
47 National Manager, TAC Admissions
Ben Griffin (Acting)  Brisbane 
48  National Manager, Direct Admissions Services
Katrina Wood  Brisbane 

Student Engagement and Services

No Position title Name Campus
49  Manager, National Programs (Health, Sport & Wellbeing)
Kate Glassop  Brisbane 
50  Manager, Living & Learning Communities
Simone Gallo  North Sydney 
51  Manager, Student Engagement & Services  Nirveeka Cooper  North Sydney 

The National & State Forum Membership List (PDF file, 113KB)


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