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Senior Executive Biographies

Senior Executive

 +  Frances Coppolillo – Chief Executive, Melbourne Polytechnic

Frances Coppolillo has an extensive history with Melbourne Polytechnic, most recently as Deputy CEO where she has led the College, Schools and a range of student focussed departments since September 2014. 

Prior to this, Ms Coppolillo was the Deputy Director Programs – Teaching and Learning, and has extensive experience in education, joining the VET sector as a teacher in 1986. Through her career progression, she has held a range of teaching, management and leadership positions including fourteen years as the Associate Director of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Faculty of Further Education.

Ms Coppolillo was also a founding director on the Board of the TAFE Development Centre (now the VET Development Centre), and has led projects in learning resource development, and best practice projects in student engagement and retention.

Frances has been a member of a number of regional development committees including Northern RDA and Local Learning and Employment Networks. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Education and Masters in Social Sciences (Policy and Management).

Ms Coppolillo is the first female CEO of Melbourne Polytechnic, formerly NMIT.

 +  Cathy Frazer – Executive Director, Student Experience

Cathy Frazer has held various roles within the VET and Higher Education sectors both in Australia and overseas. Cathy practiced as a Counselling Psychologist in Ireland and also worked within the Higher Education sector there before moving to Melbourne.

Cathy has held various roles at RMIT University and Melbourne Polytechnic over the past 18 years, always with a focus on the student experience, student outcomes and equity issues.

Cathy was instrumental in developing Melbourne Polytechnic's Inaugural Disability Action Plan and Chaired the institute's Disability Steering Committee for many years. She is a strong advocate for the inclusion of all students at Melbourne Polytechnic including those with disabilities, CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

As Executive Director Student Experience, Cathy oversees all aspects of the Student Experience beyond the classroom at Melbourne Polytechnic and is passionate about continually improving outcomes for students.

Cathy’s qualifications include MSc Counselling Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and Graduate Certificate in Careers Counselling.

 +  Claire Britchford – Executive Director, Finance and Infrastructure

I am currently Executive Director, Finance and Infrastructure, responsible for Finance, Information Technology and Campus Facilities at Melbourne Polytechnic. I joined Melbourne Polytechnic in November 2015 as Chief Finance Officer having been the CFO at the Department of Education for the previous 10 years and before that, responsible for the department’s budget and management reporting. 

I am also a Non-Executive Director of SPELD, a not-for-profit organisation that supports people and their families with dyslexia and other learning differences.

Prior to joining the Victorian Public Service, I had worked in large multinational organisations including BP, North Ltd, and Arthur Anderson predominately in finance and planning roles, both here in Australia and in UK.

I have a BSc in Mathematics from Brunel University in UK and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Monash. I am a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 +  Gabriel S Torres – Executive Director, Strategic Asset Development

Gabriel S. Torres joined Melbourne Polytechnic in 2018 as Executive Director, Strategic Asset Development and was previously the Director of Education Renewal with responsibility for the TAFE and Higher Education sector renewal and infrastructure in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Prior to this, Gabriel held a number of managerial and leadership positions across the early childhood and schools portfolio. Gabriel has worked as a commercial and infrastructure lawyer. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.

 +  Greg Madigan – Executive Director, Marketing, Industry & International Partnerships

Greg is a MBA qualified senior executive with extensive leadership experience across large, complex, multi-channel operating environments in the alcohol, consumer goods & education sectors.

Starting his career as an AFL footballer with the Hawthorn and Fremantle Football Clubs, Greg transitioned to key commercial leadership roles within Lion Nathan, Schweppes and am currently the Executive Director, Marketing, Industry & International Partnerships at Melbourne Polytechnic.  

His demonstrated strengths include strategic development and driving execution, commercial performance delivery, complex negotiating, influencing key stakeholders, building strong commercial relationships, people leadership and change management. 

Greg holds a Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and a Bachelor of Arts.

 +  Howard Kelly – Strategic Advisor, Office of the CEO – Schools, Government and Community Engagement

Howard Kelly has a distinguished career in education and training. Principal for 12 years in two inner suburban schools. He has been the Curriculum Director in state and national projects for four years, Chair of two statutory authorities for 8 years, overseeing the introduction of the VCE and the P-10 curriculum reform. Howard was the Director of the Kirby Ministerial review into post compulsory education, leading to the development of the LLEN and the introduction of VCAL.

Howard was the General Manager of Multi Media leading to the introduction of lap tops for teachers in all Victorian schools. He has led projects in school renewal and restructure in 12 different locations across the state. Howard was the course leader of the Master’s Degree in School Leadership and is the Strategic Advisor to the Office of the CEO at Melbourne Polytechnic. In 2017, he accepted the position of Patron to the newly formed CEAV Careers Counselling Australia

 +  Jo Brown – Executive Director, People, Culture and Organisational Development

Joanna Brown first joined Melbourne Polytechnic as the Manager, People and Culture in September 2014 and shortly thereafter to Head of People and Culture, In April 2016 Joanna was appointed to Executive Director People and Culture and joined the Executive Leadership Committee. Joanna currently oversights the People and Culture, Learning and Teaching, Organisational Learning, OHS and Employee Wellbeing, Payroll and Internal Communications teams. 

Joanna has over 18 years' experience in the Human Resource space and prior to commencing employment with Melbourne Polytechnic, Joanna held the position of General Manager, Human Resources at C Management Services, the private wholly owned subsidiary of CQUniversity.

Joanna holds a Masters in Commerce (major in Human Resource Management) from Swinburne University of Technology and is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI). 

 +  Marc Blanks – Executive Director, Tech Schools

Marc Blanks is the Executive Director of the Banyule Nillumbik and Whittlesea Tech Schools, which are tech enabled innovation hubs for young people in secondary school. He has worked across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of education and also in a broad variety of roles in industry. He has had a variety of roles in DET Victoria in the North Western Region and Central Office. Marc has worked as a classroom teacher, coach, lecturer and principal, assistant principal and as a director of a kindergarten cluster. He has a particular interest in contemporary pedagogies and their relationship to deep learning, learning environments and digital technologies.

 +  Ian Munro – (Board Appointed Director)

Ian Bruce Munro has extensive experience in economic development across a broad range of industry sectors, and in regulatory and land supply matters. Mr Munro was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Invest Assist, and served as a board member of the Metropolitan Planning Authority/Growth Areas Authority and the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council for several terms.

He held various executive roles in the then Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development including as Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Secretary and Executive Director and as a specialist consultant to the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources for many years.

Mr Munro holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying), is a Licensed Surveyor and holds a qualification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2007 and Centenary Medal in 2001.

 +  Nicole Amsing – Strategic Advisor, Planning, Strategy and Performance

Nicole Amsing started her professional career in health, as a physiotherapist, and later developed an interest in service delivery systems in health, and other human service areas.  Nicole has worked at an executive level in a major metropolitan health service, successfully led enterprise wide change projects, and worked to develop the relationships between the hospital, local service providers, and service users. Nicole established Nicole Amsing Consulting in 2005. Since then she has consulted broadly, in the areas of human services system reform, strategic and business planning and management and leadership development in human service and health service organisations.

Nicole’s qualifications are:

  • Bachelor Applied Science (Physiotherapy) – La Trobe University
  • Graduate Diploma Health Administration – La Trobe University
  • Master of Business Administration, Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education – Melbourne Business School

Professional Background

  • 2005-Present     Director, Nicole Amsing Consulting, P/L  
  • 2010-2011          Director, Quality, Planning and Innovation, Eastern Health 
  • 2008-2010          Director, Innovation and Redesign, Eastern Health  
  • 2006-2008          Chair, Executive Planning Group, Capital Redevelopment Project, Western Health
  • 2004-2006          Executive Director, Service Development and Continuing Care, Western Health
  • 2002- 2004         Director Ambulatory Care Program, Western Health  

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