Dr Natalie Leitão

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Academic Principal

Qualifications

PhD (Education), Edith Cowan University, 2008
BEd Honours (Early Childhood Education), Edith Cowan University, 1996
DipTeach (K-7), Western Australian College of Advanced Education, 1988

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Dr Natalie Leitão has been closely engaged with the broader education community throughout her career and held a variety of teaching and administrative roles including lecturing, course coordination, professional practice supervision, unit development and research. Natalie has published several reports and academic journal articles and has presented at education conferences for both academics and professional teachers.

Natalie has been actively involved with the independent school sector in Western Australia for over 30 years. In recent years she has delivered professional development in schools across urban and regional areas and has served as a Director on the Swan Christian Education Association Board. She is currently Chair of the Carmel Adventist College Parent Council.

Natalie has a PhD in Education, B.Ed (Hons), Dip.Teach (K-7). Her work history includes Swan Christian Education Association, Edith Cowan University, Morling College, Tabor College, One World Centre, Christian Schools Australia and Sheridan Institute of Higher Education where she is currently Academic Principal.

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Darren Smith

Executive Principal

MBA, Murdoch University, 2010
BA (Honours - History/Political Science), University of Western Australia, 1996

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Darren Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Political Science in 1996 from the University of Western Australia. After studying theology at the Baptist Theological College in WA (now Vose Seminary) for 18 months, he left Australia for Shenyang, China, where he taught English and first-year university courses in Economics, Accounting and Company Law at the Liaoning Business Vocational College, and recruited Australian teachers to live and work in China. In 2002, he was appointed Director of Development at Shenyang International School, supporting Chinese nationals in the start-up of private educational initiatives. In 2006, Darren was appointed as Principal of Shenyang International School. In 2010, he completed an MBA at Murdoch University and returned to Australia to direct Australian Baptist Education's higher education initiative.

Darren has previously served on the boards of Shenyang International School and the International School of Qingdao, of the Shenyang-based medical charity Light, and of Xiuqiu, a Shenyang-based social enterprise textile factory. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Australian Baptist Education Inc, Baptist Education Resources Inc, Quinns Baptist College, Geelong Baptist College, Alkimos Baptist College, Austin Cove Baptist College, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and Sheridan Research Institute.

Dr Rajasundram Sathiendrakumar (Kumar)

Professor (Economics), Chair of Academic Council

Qualifications

PhD (Economics), University of Newcastle, 1988
MA (Economics), University of Manchester, UK, 1978
BSc (Honours - Agriculture), University of Ceylon Peradeniya, 1971

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After graduating from the University of Ceylon, Kumar was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies (a Master of Arts in Economics) at the University of Manchester. He returned to Sri Lanka and worked as an economist before migrating to Australia. With a PhD from the University of Newcastle, Kumar embarked on a 25-year-long career lecturing at Murdoch University in Perth. In 2004, he became the foundation professor at Sheridan where he has continued to lecture in the Faculty of Business. Over the course of his life, Kumar has made significant contributions to the community, serving on local and international committees, and working as an economist and consultant for national and international organisations (such as the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank). He was a member of the Indian Ocean Research Group and the Asia Research Centre and has authored over 70 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, and conference papers). His leadership on so many fronts (including Sheridan’s Academic Council) has been invaluable.

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Mathilda Joubert

Director of Excellence and Innovation

Qualifications

MBA, The Open University, 2007
MSc (Cognitive Neuropsychology) Cum Laude, Oxford Brookes University, 2000
BMus Hons Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1998
BMus Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1995
CertIV TAE, Tabor College of Higher Education, 2017
PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia

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Mathilda is passionate about creativity and continuous improvement – and serves as the Director of Excellence and Innovation on campus. She is a true cross-disciplinarian with her two bachelor’s and three master’s degrees spanning the diverse fields of music, languages, education, business, and cognitive neuropsychology. She started her career in teaching (both primary and secondary) and worked on curriculum policy before landing the life-changing role as Research Fellow to the UK’s National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education. This enabled her to co-author a major government report with Sir Ken Robinson: All Our Futures: Creativity Culture and Education.

Following her passion for creativity and innovation, she worked as an international Innovation Consultant in industry, supporting Fortune 500 Companies like Unilever, Phillips, Coca-Cola and Diageo to invent new products and services, before bringing these skills back into the education sector. Mathilda has facilitated successful school improvement programs in more than 500 schools around the world and has been a long-term advisor to the Australian, Lithuanian, and British governments on creativity in education. She has written more than 65 articles, reports, and book chapters in her area of expertise and is the evaluator of the Creative Schools program in Western Australia. She is also currently President in Western Australia of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). Mathilda lectures across all faculties, at Sheridan, and is still finding time to pursue a PhD in Education through the University of Western Australia.

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Christa Smith

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Director of Student Services

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Lizelle Smith

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Director of Library and Information Services

BA (Media and Information), Librarianship and Corporate Information Management, Records and Archives), Curtin University, 2011
DipLib, Central TAFE, 2007
AdvDipTour, Port Elizabeth Technicon, 1991
CertIV Project Management Practice, Logical, 2017
AALIA DCP
MIS Candidate, Charles Sturt University

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Lizelle is passionate about libraries, especially when it comes to early literacy and learning. She loves helping people to connect with appropriate information resources and services. Being an academic librarian has taught her so much about the value of education and the importance of enhancing professional skills.

Lizelle has completed a double degree: Bachelor of Arts (Media and Information), Librarianship and Corporate Information Management, Records, and Archives. She has completed her minor degree in Internet Studies and Web Design.  Lizelle is a qualified Library Technician, Records Manager and Archivist, and has worked for 16 years in many different libraries including: public, health, science, school, and academic. Lizelle also has a tourism and management background.

Professional Memberships

AALIA DCP (Distinguished Certified Professional), 2016.
AALIA CP (Certified Professional), 2016.
ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) Librarian membership, 2011.
ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) Library Technician membership, 2008.

Lizelle is a Distinguished Certified Professional (DCP) associate member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and was the first in WA to obtain this library membership. She has also posted in the ALIA’s Incite library journal.

Glen Davies

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Registrar

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