Expert Member biographies

Council for International Education – Expert Member biographies

The Hon Phil Honeywood
CEO, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

Mr Honeywood has been CEO of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) since November 2011. IEAA is a not-for-profit peak body that represents all sectors of international education in Australia. Mr Honeywood brings extensive experience in international education. This includes significant experience on education boards, including the Victorian Government International Education Advisory Committee, the StudyNSW International Education Advisory Board, the Higher Education Standards Panel and the New Colombo Plan Steering Group.
Mr Honeywood was the Member for Warrandyte in the Victorian State Parliament from 1988 to 2006. During this period he served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2002 to 2006), Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996 to 1999) and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (1992 to 1996). From 2009 to 2011, Mr Honeywood was CEO of Cambridge International College.

Mr Brett Blacker
CEO, English Australia (EA)

Brett was appointed Chief Executive Officer of English Australia in August 2015. English Australia is a national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. Brett has extensive experience in international education. He was the President of the International Education Association of Australia from 2014 to 2015, and before that spent four years as the Director International at the University of Newcastle.
Brett sits on a number of education boards including the StudyNSW International Advisory Board, University of Melbourne Language Testing Research Centre Advisory Board and the ETS TOEFL Advisory Board. He previously sat on the International Education Association of Australia Board between 2006 and 2015 and the Perth Education City Board from 2006 to 2008.

Professor Heather Cavanagh
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Engagement, Charles Sturt University.

Professor Cavanagh has a long history in developing and supporting International Education at CSU having held positions of Sub Dean International, Associate Dean (Deputy Dean) and Acting Executive Dean of Science prior to her appointment as the inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Education and Partnerships).  Over many years Professor Cavanagh has been instrumental in leading and developing off-shore programs, developing and maintaining strong relationships with international institutions and developing partnerships and pathways for domestic and international students.  Professor Cavanagh has overseen a dramatic increase in student mobility, successfully internationalised curriculum at both course and subject level, developed successful articulation pathways from strategic partners and facilitated international accreditation.   Professor Cavanagh has facilitated the development of productive research partnerships resulting in joint funding, publications and staff exchange in Europe, North America and Asia.

Ms Karyn Kent
CEO, StudyAdelaide

Karyn has been CEO of StudyAdelaide since 2014. StudyAdelaide was established in 1998 and markets Adelaide as a centre of education excellence to prospective international students.
Previously, Karyn was the Regional Manager for South/South East Asia and Gulf countries at Tourism Australia. She also served various roles at the South Australian Commission, including General Manager for Trade & International Marketing, Regional Manager for New Zealand and Marketing Coordinator for the Americas.
Karyn is currently a board member of the Riverbank Authority Board of Management. In the past she has also served as a board member at the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.

Mr Gerald Lipman
Chief Executive, International College of Hotel Management

Gerald has been the Chief Executive of the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) for more than 18 years. Previously he was Vice-President Asia at the Royal Bank of Canada.
ICHM is based in Adelaide and was established in 1992 in partnership with the South Australian Government and the Swiss Hotel Association. It is one of the top hotel management schools in Australia, and a recognised leader in the private higher education sector.
Gerald is currently a board member of StudyAdelaide and the Association of Australian Hotel Schools. Previously, he was the Chair of the South Australian Youth Entrepreneur Scheme and Board Member of EUHOFA (International Association of Hotel Schools).

Ms Kathleen Newcombe
CEO, Sarina Russo Group of Companies

Ms Newcombe has thirty years of experience in the higher education, vocational training and employment sectors in both Australia and the USA. She also spent three years in leadership roles in the insurance industry where she successfully managed a health insurance business catering to the international education sector. Kathleen is currently a Director of the International Education Association Australia (IEAA), Chair of the Icon Cancer Research Foundation and a member of the ACPET QLD State Committee.

Mr David Riordan
Director of City Operations, City of Sydney

David joined the City of Sydney as Director of City Operations in 2016. As Director of City Operations he is responsible for all of the key services the city offers to residents, visitors, communities and industries in order to ensure that Sydney remains a Green, Connected and Global city, the International gateway to Australia and the destination of choice for international students.  Prior to this, he was Director of Sydney Institute of TAFE from 2010 to 2016, as well as a board member of TAFE Directors Australia.
Between 2006 and 2010, Mr Riordan was Chief Executive Officer of NSW Department of Education and Training International, having responsibility for all international students and international projects for both TAFE NSW and NSW Government Schools. During 2006 to 2010 he also managed the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute.
He has previously been a board member of RC-2020, NSW International Education Advisory Board, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Australian Qualifications Framework Council and the Premier’s Council on International Education. In 2009 he was also the Chair of the NSW Ministerial Taskforce on International Education.

Mr Derek Scott
CEO and Principal, Haileybury

Derek has been Principal of Haileybury since December 2007. He is a Director of Haileybury International and the Chairman of Haileybury International School in China. Haileybury is the largest independent school in Australia, with four campuses in Victoria and a campus in Wuqing, China.
Derek has a strong focus on international engagement and curriculum development. He has worked on curriculum development for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and is a published author on the issues of globalisation and international studies.
Derek is a board member of the International Education Association of Australia, the ADC Forum Education Council and the Monash University Education Advisory Board.

Mr Ahmed Ademoglu
President, Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

Originally from Turkey, Ahmed is studying Nursing at Curtin University. He came to Australia in 2011 and during his study period he became a student leader in the college.
In 2016, Ahmed was elected as the President of International Students Committee in Curtin University, unanimously. In 2017, he was elected as the National Vice-President of CISA (Council of International Students Australia).
He was the Conference Convenor for CISA 2018 Conference and the project leader for CISA Business Sustainability Project. After successful completion of the projects and end of his term, Ahmed helped as Advisor to the new CISA Team. He was also appointed as a Board member to the StudyPerth Board in June 2019. He is the current elected National President of Council of International Students Australia.