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Team Biographies

Staff members are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Alex Mullany, Project Coordinator

Alex works in the APR.Intern support team, providing administrative assistance to all aspects of the program.

Alex moved to Melbourne from Townsville, Queensland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography and worked in varying fields.

Prior to her position at APR.Intern she worked at the Townsville Intercultural Centre, which assisted newly arrived refugees in the Townsville region and was the Project Coordinator for an employment project that aimed to assist refugees in training and gaining employment. She has also worked for Queensland Health in Payroll Services and at the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Human Resources.

Alex Mullany, Project Coordinator

Phone: (03) 9035 6560
Email: a.mullany@aprintern.org.au

Alyssa Weirman, Business Development Officer – ACT

Alyssa joined the APR.Intern team in 2020 as a Business Developer and is responsible for matching PhD students with industry and government in the ACT. Alyssa enjoys creating relationships with stakeholders from a broad range of organisations and developing projects that enhance industry innovation and PhD employability.

Prior to joining APR.Intern, Alyssa was the Business Manager of a plant research facility hosted by the Australian National University (ANU). In this role, Alyssa developed extensive skills across business development within the university and research sectors. Alyssa also helped establish the ACT Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology. As the Business Developer of the Centre, Alyssa onboarded startups and SME’s into the Centre’s innovation hub.

Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons 1st) majoring in Earth Science from ANU and a Diploma of Management (Business Administration) from the Sydney Technical Institute. She has completed leadership training at ANU and a Marine Geoscience Masterclass through the Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium.

Alyssa Weirman, Business Development Officer – ACT

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

David Beecham, Business Development Officer – SA/NT

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 Officer – SA/NT

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

Glen Sheldon, Deputy 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, Deputy National Program Manager

Phone: 03 9035 9742
Email:
g.sheldon@aprintern.org.au

Jo Piltz, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jo manages the planning and delivery of APR.Intern’s marketing & communications.

With a background in public relations and marketing communications, Jo has worked across a wide range of client campaigns with a focus on corporate social responsibility.

Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing.

Jo Piltz, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Phone: 03 9035 8237
Email: j.piltz@aprintern.org.au

Justin Mabbutt, Business Development Officer – VIC

Justin joined the APR.Intern team in 2019 as a Business Developer and is responsible for driving PhD industry internships in Victoria. As part of the role, Justin manages relationships between academia and industry, carefully matching PhD skillsets with industry research challenges to accelerate local innovation.

Prior to joining APR.Intern, Justin was the State Manager of a leading FMCG marketing agency before moving into Higher Education. In this sector, Justin has worked in the marketing departments of Griffith University and La Trobe University, specialising in relationship management and student-led recruitment.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing & Human Resources) from the University of Queensland.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing football for Melbourne University Soccer Club.

Justin Mabbutt, Business Development Officer – VIC

Phone: 0413 050 952 / 03 8344 6991
Email: j.mabbutt@aprintern.org.au

Laura Carmichael, CRM Coordinator

As CRM Coordinator, Laura works closely with all areas of the program to ensure a streamlined flow of internship information, data collection and analysis. Laura also assists management in preparing reports for Government and the AMSI Board. Prior to joining APR.Intern, Laura held operational and administrative positions at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria) and NAB.

Laura holds two Certificate III’s in Customer Service & Food Science.

Laura Carmichael, CRM Coordinator

Phone: (03) 9035 4928
Email: l.carmichael@aprintern.org.au

Lisa Farrar, National Program Manager

Lisa has over 25 years of experience leading teams and organisations to deliver strategic excellence domestically and internationally across a broad range of sectors, both in Australia and overseas. With core competencies in leadership, strategy, partnerships, engagement, marketing and brand management, she is passionate about building and leading teams to deliver on organisational vision.

Lisa has lived and worked in Melbourne, San Francisco, Seattle and worked extensively in Sub Saharan Africa. Holding a Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Business and AICD company director qualifications, she has over 10 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chair on government and not-for-profit Boards.

Lisa Farrar, National Program Manager

Phone: (03) 8344 1785
Email: lisa.farrar@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 Officer – NSW

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 Officer – NSW

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

Michael Koczyrkewycz, Business Development Officer – QLD

Michael’s role is focused on driving internships in Far North Queensland, primarily with James Cook University in association with the Graduate Research School.

Before joining APR.Intern, Michael worked in the finance and banking industry for 10 years – holding senior positions, with a focus on transformational leadership through change management strategy.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours (2A) and is currently completing a PhD in Economics part-time at James Cook University.

Michael Koczyrkewycz, Business Development Officer – QLD

Phone: 0412 860 824
Email: m.koczyrkewycz@aprintern.org.au

Michael Valentine, Business Development Officer – VIC

Michael has a 20 year professional career assisting innovative technology companies to access government funding, with experience in government, Big 4 management consulting and boutique advisory. He has wide industry exposure in technical areas including a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, software development, construction, logistics, manufacturing, energy and national resources, agribusiness and the biotech sector.

Michael is passionate about working with scientists and engineers to access funds and resources to progress their R&D and thrives on the challenge of quickly coming to grips with unfamiliar concepts to solve challenging interdisciplinary problems.

Michael Valentine, Business Development Officer – VIC

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

Michaela Murphy, Business Development Officer – NSW

Michaela joined APR.Intern in 2020 as a Business Development Officer in NSW. Prior to this, Michaela worked as a Science and Innovation Officer within the British Embassy in Dublin. Tasked with facilitating policy exchange between the UK and Ireland, Michaela also nurtured and stimulated collaborative partnerships between the two countries.

Michaela has also held various business and economic development roles in the UK, Ireland and the US after graduating from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc. (Hons) in Microbiology.

Michaela Murphy, Business Development Officer – NSW

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

Sophie Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the National Program Manager

Bio coming soon

Sophie Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the National Program Manager

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

 

 

Tracey McClurg, Business Development Officer – WA

Tracey joined APR.Intern in January 2019 to lead the program’s expansion into WA, working with AMSI’s Member Universities across ECU, Curtin, UWA & Murdoch.

Prior to APR.Intern, Tracey held a number of business development roles internationally in South Africa,  London, Dublin and Jersey in the Channel Islands. For the past 10 years in Australia, her career has been focused on talent management, executive recruitment and running an MBA-level Careers Program for one of the G08 Universities. Tracey is passionate about bridging the gap between talent and industry to help organisations and business’s grow, especially across innovation.  Tracey holds a Bachelor of Media & Communication, a Diploma in Business Management &  a leadership certificate course from UWA.

Tracey McClurg, Business Development Officer – WA

Phone: 0403 152 412
Email: t.mcclurg@aprintern.org.au

Zak Blayney, Project Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

Zak Blayney, Project Coordinator

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