Academic team

Coralie Morrissey

Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Hospitality

Coralie Morrissey has over 20 years experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector. During that time she has worked in a variety of roles in the TAFE sector as a lecturer, special project manager, portfolio manager and director. Over the last eight years Coralie has worked in a senior executive management role where she has been involved in faculty, college, state, national and international initiatives in the VET sector in Western Australia and Victoria.

Coralie comes to Think from Swinburne University of Technology where she was Executive Director at the Centre for Engineering, Technology & Trades. Before that, she was Deputy Director of TAFE/Executive Director/Executive Dean for the Faculty of Technical and Trades Innovation at Victoria University, where she lead the Faculty in the development and delivery of vocational education products and services on campus, internationally and in industry. Often responsible for commercial and international outcomes, Coralie has extensive experience liaising with industry clients on training programs, and developing innovative solutions to get students employed.

Coralie’s qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Training and Development)
  • Associate Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems
  • Diploma of Frontline Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Vocational & Education Training

Trish Fairbourn

Head of Learning and Teaching

Trish started her working career in a merchant bank but then changed into hotels and resorts due to a family business venture. After completing a Diploma in Hotel Management in Switzerland, Trish returned to Australia to continue working in 5-star hotels and resorts both in Sydney and the North Coast of NSW as a conference manager and corporate sales rep. A guest lecture spot at a university then prompted Trish to take up lecturing full-time, and subsequently, part-time which she continued to do for 14 years teaching business subjects such as Accounting, Human Resource Management, Communications and Environmental Management. Trish then moved into higher education management where she has been working for the past four years, most recently joining APM as the Head of Academic Studies – Higher Education.

Trish's qualifications:

  • Masters of International Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Diploma of Hotel Management

Lyn Hall

Program Manager - Higher Education, Brisbane Campus

Lyn is a highly experienced public relations, marketing and event management specialist in addition to having 10 years of teaching experience. She has been lecturing at APM in public relations and marketing since 2009. In Brisbane Lyn managed both the vocational and higher education programs before becoming Program Manager – Higher Education. During her career Lyn has held strategic management roles in public relations, public affairs, marketing and internal and external communications with global corporates such as BHP Billiton and Volvo Corporation. With a particular interest in personal and professional development, Lyn is passionate about helping students realise their inner power to move into rewarding careers.

Lyn's qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration (Current)
  • Bachelor of Business - Communication
  • Diploma of Teaching
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Mark Veiga

Program Manager – Vocational Education

Mark has been enjoying a successful lecturing career in Business and Hospitality for almost 8 years. He started out studying IT whilst working casually for a 5-Star hotel. In only a matter of months, Mark was offered a managerial role at the hotel and has never looked back. He realised that a career in hotel management presented unique opportunities found in no other industry. Mark has held several managerial positions with global organisations in Australia as well as enjoying some challenging roles in America. Mark joined in 2012 as a sessional lecturer and is now enjoying the role of Program Manager for the faculty.

Marks's qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Advanced Diploma of Business Management

Chris McCutcheon

Senior Lecturer, Event Management

Chris first joined APM in 2009 and since then has taken on a leading role in the Event Management program, teaching subjects both face-to-face and online and leading the other sessional lecturers. He began his teaching career at Macleay College after he moved to Sydney from Melbourne, and has also lectured at the Australian Business Academy. Prior to lecturing, Chris had a varied career in the Events and Business industry, and has worked in IT, venue management, hotel concierge, bars and in sponsorship at not-for-profits. Chris has an array of events industry experience, and his achievements include running art gallery openings and being involved at the athletes village at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Sydney as a Sport Information Officer, solving difficult problems and acting as a consultant. He is no stranger to academia, and is currently completing his PhD in Sport Philosophy.

Chris's qualifications:

  • Doctor of Sport Philosophy (Current)
  • Master of Arts – Literary Studies (Current)
  • Master of Sport Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce
Anya Kilbey - Lecturer, Public Relations and Event Management

Anya Kilbey

Lecturer, Public Relations and Event Management

The APM team welcomed Anya in 2011 where she quickly became a valued member. Anya says, “I always wanted to lecture as it was a way to consolidate all my varied industry experiences here and internationally into a meaningful role in a progressive environment where I am expected and encouraged to keep learning, keep developing as a media practitioner and a lecturer. It’s the perfect job!”

The subjects that Anya specialises in at APM include Public Relations and Event Management and she also works as an Academic Adviser. For each of these subjects, Anya can not only offer the theory but like all lecturers at APM; she can offer real world examples and experiences.

Anya advises, “APM prides itself on student centred learning – gone are the days of a teacher standing up the front of a classroom and lecturing students – now it’s more about being on the same equal level – it’s about going on the journey together. APM is great as we link students in with industry, and place a lot of weight on industry relevance to what we are teaching.”

“Life is long and the industry is small! So always turn in your best work – whether it is writing an email or a feature story. If you always do your best, you will succeed.”

Anya’s qualifications:

  • BA Communications Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma Education (Media), University of Melbourne
  • Masters degree, University of Sydney (current)
Victor Ashelford - Lecturer APM

Victor Ashelford

Lecturer, Event Management

Lecturer, Victor Ashelford has a Master of Higher Education, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Bachelor of Dramatic Art from NIDA. Victor went into teaching as a way of repaying the industry for all it had taught him and he loves to talk!

The APM team welcomed Victor five years ago as a sessional lecturer, in 2015 he became a full time member of the family. He previously worked as a Director of a boutique event management company, ThirdBase Design and Technical Services and a sessional lecturer in event management at TAFE NSW and ICMS.

Victor specialises in the subject, Event Management and also does course development, mentoring and academic administration at APM. He enjoys the college atmosphere and interaction with his colleagues. Victor says, “The open plan environment at ‘The Rocks Campus’ breaks away from the artificial classroom environment facilitating increased communication and interaction with and between the students.”

Victor advises, “Choose something you like doing, do it to the best of your ability and someone WILL pay you to do it.”

Victor’s qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Dramatic Art, NIDA
  • Master of Higher Education, Macquarie University
  • Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment