Staff List

Click on the staff member’s name below to find their bio and contact details.
Staff members are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

General Enquiries

Email: contact@aprintern.org.au
Phone: (03) 8344 1785

Anne Nuguid, Program Consultant

Anne’s primary role is to develop technical systems to support the growth of APR.Intern, and perform data collection and analysis that informs the program’s strategic directions. Anne also assists program management in grant writing and reporting, and chairs AMSI’s Salesforce user group.

Anne has been employed at AMSI since 2010, having started as Executive Assistant to the AMSI Director for almost 5 years before moving to APR.Intern in 2015. She was seconded as the Program Manager for AMSI’s Research and Higher Education program for 3 months in 2016 before returning to APR.Intern. Anne has experience in a variety of areas which include risk planning, finance, human resources, marketing & communications and contract administration. Prior to AMSI she has worked in a range of industries, holding roles at AAMI Limited, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Service Stream Communications.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience with a second major in pharmacology (Monash University, 2005) and a Graduate Diploma in Management (The University of Melbourne, 2013), with an interest in project management and human resource management.

Anne is a member of the Project Management Institute, enjoys fencing competitively at state and national level as a member of Fioretto Fencing Club and Fencing Victoria and is also a member of the Hawthorn Football Club.

Anne Nuguid, Program Consultant

Phone: (03) 8344 1776
Email: a.nuguid@aprintern.org.au

Cate Ballard, National Program Manager

Cate is the National Program Manager for APR.Intern and has been managing the program since 2011. Cate is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the APR.Intern program. Her role provides high-level leadership, strategic development and implementation for the expansion of the APR.Intern program, whilst driving the number of placements across our member universities.

It is her responsibility to drive new business partnerships, leverage funding opportunities and source strategic collaborative arrangements with both public and private enterprises and government.

Prior to her position at APR.Intern, Cate held a role at a tertiary education college in Sydney, where her efforts were focused both on developing further business and industry training.

David Beecham, Business Development- SA

David joined the APR.Intern team in 2018 as a Business Developer, based in South Australia. David is responsible for working with all the universities in South Australia to generate internships across a range of industries and sectors, with Defence being a key sector.

Prior to his position at APR.Intern, David held various positions as a Senior Researcher within the Social Sciences and various senior research administration positions in the higher education/research sector in Australia and the UK. Most recently, David worked as a Grant Developer at the University of South Australia in which he provided support to over 140 academics across the Division of Business, to develop compelling research grant applications for nationally competitive funding. As a result, he brings a wealth of knowledge of the research policy structures within which Universities operate and experience of assisting academics to engage with industry partners.

David holds a PhD in Sociology.

David Beecham, Business Development- SA

Phone: 0490 124 374
Email:
d.beecham@aprintern.org.au

Edwina Buckle, Business Development – VIC

Edwina joined the APR.intern team in 2018 as a Business Development Advisor, based in Victoria. She holds a B.Sc. majoring in Biomolecular Sciences and has a strong practical and theoretical background in the STEM discipline.  Most recently she worked in research and educational support within the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Sydney. Prior to working in the Science/Education sector, she was the Womenswear Manager at Giorgio Armani.

As a Business Developer Edwina, brings a sound understanding of the framework supporting research outcomes within tertiary institutions, as well as an in-depth understanding of business practices, gained through her management experience.

Passionate about utilising the smartest minds to solve industry challenges, Edwina believes APR internships provides HDR students with an invaluable opportunity to gain confidence in the practical application of their skills, whilst enabling industry partners to access specialist skillsets.

Edwina Buckle, Business Development – VIC

Phone: 0434 897 871
Email:
e.buckle@aprintern.org.au

 

Fiona Druitt, Business Development – VIC Cluster

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Science with honours from Melbourne University, with majors in physics and applied mathematics. Fiona’s honours research was in the area of nonlinear analysis (integrability). Fiona also holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Melbourne University, majoring in cultural studies (gender studies) and creative writing. Fiona is about to submit an interdisciplinary PhD thesis that explores the divisions and multiplications of mathematics, physics, philosophy and history across historical time and across the ‘two cultures’ of Science and the Humanities (and the practical or theoretical disciplines within them).

Fiona also has a wealth of experience in R&D and in business development in the Petroleum Industry. As a Statistical Inventory Reporting Analyst (SIRA) for Leighton O’Brien Pty Ltd, Fiona’s role involved statistical monitoring of environmental data from underground petroleum tanks. She also contributed to Leighton O’Brien’s industry research and development and managed a corporate account for Leighton O’Brien’s SIRA program for over six years.

Fiona is passionate about the theory and application of academic research to problems that arise in nature, in society and in their intersections.

Fiona Druitt, Business Development – VIC Cluster

Phone: 0431 954 388
Email:
f.druitt@aprintern.org.au

Glen Sheldon, Acting National Program Manager

Glen is the Deputy Program Manager for APR.Intern. Glen is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the APR.Intern program. His role provides high-level leadership, strategic development and implementation for the expansion of the APR.Intern program, whilst driving the number of placements across our member universities.

It is his responsibility to work with the Business Development Managers to drive new business partnerships, leverage funding opportunities and source strategic collaborative arrangements with both public and private enterprises and government.

Prior to his position at APR.Intern, Glen held a range of senior marketing and publishing roles working with government, industry and the higher education sector.

Glen Sheldon, Acting National Program Manager

Phone: 03 9035 9742
Email:
j.steinle@aprintern.org.au (EA)

Joanna Steinle, Executive Assistant / Administration Assistant

Joanna provides administrative and project support for the National Program Manager and the Business Development Team.
Before joining AMSI in late 2017, Joanna worked at The University of Melbourne in various part-time roles including assisting the Mathematics Education Group at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Infrastructure Services and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management.

Joanna Steinle, Executive Assistant / Administration Assistant

Phone: (03) 9035 9742
Email:
j.steinle@aprintern.org.au

Margo Brown, Senior Program Coordinator

Margo’s role is to provide high quality customer service, administrative and project support to the National Program Manager and the APR.Intern team.

Before joining AMSI, Margo worked in Human Resources at The University of Melbourne and also held corporate HR, career development and administration roles in Australia and the UK.

Margo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Margo Brown, Senior Program Coordinator

Phone: (03) 8344 7116
Email:
m.brown@aprintern.org.au

Mark Ovens, Business Development – NSW Cluster

Mark’s role is focused on driving internships in New South Wales, primarily with The University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney under a partnership arrangement. Mark also works with AMSI’s other member universities in NSW, and his business development activities span across all industry sectors.

Before joining AMSI, Mark worked in Business Development in Human Resources with professional services organisations for over 15 years. This included significant recruitment and career development activities in the private sector with Adecco, Lee Hecht Harrison and Morgan & Banks.

Prior to this, Mark held Senior Human Resources roles in Bayer & Allergan and has in-depth understanding of management practices, industry challenges, research and development and he brings a commercial edge and extensive industry network.
Mark holds a BSc in Psychology.

Mark Ovens, Business Development – NSW Cluster

Phone: 0400 764 763
Email:
mark@amsi.org.au

Rachel Geddes, Senior Business Development Partner

Rachel joined the APR.Intern team as Business Developer in 2015 and has worked extensively with the program during its co-investment expansion between AMSI’s eight Member Universities in Victoria and NSW. Responsible for managing one of the program’s key partnerships with the Defence Science Institute, Rachel also works with a number of industry partners – public and private – from various sectors to deliver placements and establish long–term engagement.

With over two and half years facilitating placements, Rachel provides an experienced approach to addressing the R&D needs of industry and establishing beneficial collaboration for all parties.

Before coming to AMSI, Rachel worked in engagement and business development roles within the sport and not-for-profit sectors, before spending a year in Cambodia as Business Development Advisor and establishing two social enterprises.

Rachel Geddes, Senior Business Development Partner

Phone: 0433 488 213
Email:
r.geddes@aprintern.org.au

Rachel Misitano, Marketing and Communications

Rachel Misitano manages the marketing and communications for AMSI Inten, including campaign strategy and implementation, branding and positioning, digital communications and data and reporting.

Rachel is an experienced marketing and communications professional, previously working for The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Museum Victoria, managing and implementing marketing and communications campaigns across a large portfolio of clients and audiences.

Rachel Misitano, Marketing and Communications

Phone: 03 9035 3241
Email: r.misitano@aprintern.org.au

Sophie Kennedy, Program and Finance Support

Bio coming soon

Sophie Kennedy, Program and Finance Support

Phone: 03 9035 7597
Email: s.kennedy@aprintern.org.au

Susan Sobtzick, PhD, Business Development – James Cook University

Susan has a background in research, having completed her PhD in Environmental Sciences at James Cook University in Townsville. Her PhD research focused on population demographics of dwarf minke whales that are involved in swim-with programs in the northern Great Barrier Reef. Since the completion of her studies, Susan has worked as a Project Manager and Team Leader in various projects, most of which investigated the management of marine megafauna in Queensland waters, the Torres Strait and Western Australia. Most recently, Susan worked as the Project Officer for TropINTERN, an HDR student internship program that was internally administered at James Cook University.

Susan’s main interests are in fostering collaborations between researchers and industry partners to  support decision making processes of management agencies, tourism industries and conservation organisations with the latest research findings.

Susan Sobtzick, PhD, Business Development – James Cook University

Phone: 0403 921 873
Email: 
s.sobtzick@aprintern.org.au