Our senior team

Jo Mithen, Chief Executive Officer

Jo MithenQualifications:

  • Advanced Management Programme, INSEAD
  • Executive MBA, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Economics (B.Ec.), Monash University

Honours:

  • Fellow, Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

As a Monash University alumna, Jo is a proud advocate of the power of an excellent education and the opportunities it provides.

She joined Monash College in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. Having worked at senior levels with universities for more than 15 years, her expertise lies in her ability to recognise market trends and affect change.

Under her leadership, the company has tripled student enrolments and strengthened the quality of graduates entering the University. She has also extended international College partners, invested to diversify College leadership succession and unified the College under a single vision.

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Julie Coleman, Executive ​Director, People & Culture

Julie ColemanQualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resources), Deakin University (formerly Victoria University)

Julie brings corporate and professional services experience to the education sector, having worked across the Asia-Pacific region for more than 20 years.

She has held senior positions in prominent international companies, including SingTel Optus, BHP Billiton and law firm Dibbs Abbott Stillman (merged with Thomson Geer).

Julie's portfolio includes change management, communications, employee relations, human resources and associated services, eLearning and professional development, which form the backbone of our company's culture.

She partners with Monash University and collaborates with the diverse areas of our College to further our vision of student-centred growth.

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Cynthia Kralik, Executive Director, Pathways

Cynthia KralikQualifications:

  • Master of Education (International Education), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), La Trobe University

Cynthia's extensive experience in the tertiary and English-language sectors spans teaching, teacher training, business development and senior management.

Appointed as Director to our English Language programs in 2012, Cynthia expanded her portfolio to include our Foundation Year programs in 2015 and Diploma pathways in 2018. As Executive Director Pathways, she oversees the strategic direction of these core programs delivered in Melbourne and internationally, ensuring quality curricula, teaching and academic standing, to support student transition to Monash University.

She has previously held senior roles at RMIT University and is currently Deputy Chair of the Board of English Australia.

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Amanda Semertzian, Director, Governance

Amanda SmertzianQualifications:

  • Certificate in Governance Practice and Administration, Governance Institute of Australia
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Administration, Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Classics and Archaeology/History), The University of Melbourne

Amanda has worked across the legal and education sectors for more than 15 years. Joining our college in 2008, she now manages academic governance and corporate governance across our College, in addition to supporting our Board as Company Secretary.

Her role includes overseeing course and institutional accreditation, conducting program audits and ensuring regulatory compliance across all College programs and corporate areas. She also advises our college on the development and maintenance of education pathway products and academic board management.

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Philip Ward, Executive Director, Workplace

Phil WardQualifications:

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Deakin University

Philip brings more than 25 years' experience in master planning and architectural methodology to his role at Monash College.

As Workplace Director, Philip leads the team that creates our College's corporate and student spaces. Connecting with Monash University and commercial property holdings in the central business district, his team effectively manages our College facilities to enhance the student experience in line with our College vision.

Joining Monash College in 2014, his position also includes the dual function of Design Director, a key role in designing new College sites to support our rapid growth.

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Alistair Mytton, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Alistair MyttonQualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Melbourne University

Honours:

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Alistair has three decades of experience in finance, and has worked as a Chief Financial Officer and Finance Executive leading diverse teams across the globe. He has proven capacity to lead business transition, negotiate commercially strong outcomes and navigate complex stakeholder relationships with a leadership style that embraces integrity, trust, people and learning.

He joined Monash College in August 2018, with a portfolio including finance, information technology, student services and business intelligence.

Alistair has held key roles with BHP Billiton for over 20 years. His experience includes finance, risk management, insurance, capital projects, joint ventures, supply chain management and international taxation. He is experienced in working in executive teams and working with boards.

Alistair currently serves as a director in the not-for-profit sector and also provides executive mentoring.

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Mark Crosby, Director, Bachelor of International Business

Our senior management team at Monash CollegeWith more than 20 years’ experience in various senior roles, Mark has moved to Monash College from Melbourne Business School where he was Director, Senior Executive Programs. He has worked across Asia throughout his career, including a year in Singapore as Dean of the S P Jain School of Global Management.

Mark has also consulted on projects with a range of high profile companies including the World Bank, Hong Kong Institute for Money Research and BHPBilliton.

He has a PhD in Economics from Queens University, Canada and Australian media regularly seek his comment on issues of economic policy.

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