Meet The Team


Craig Laughton

Executive Director

Craig is an experienced senior executive with extensive experience working within member organisations.  Craig also has significant legal expertise, serving as General Counsel in various large organisations over the past 20 years.  Prior to commencing with AHEIA, Craig’s most recent role was working within the higher education sector as Director of New Ventures at the University of Melbourne.  His qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University and a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne.

Catherine Pugsley

Principal Advisor Workplace Relations

Cathy has been with AHEIA since mid-2000. Prior to that she was a solicitor in private practice working exclusively in workplace relations. Cathy has also worked in industrial relations and human resources in the manufacturing sector, and as an industrial officer with a large employer association. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law from the University of Melbourne.

Peter Raymond

Principal Advisor Workplace Relations

Since joining AHEIA in 2008, Peter has maintained a particular focus on national enterprise bargaining issues. Peter’s role is to provide assistance, advice, and representation for members at all stages of bargaining. In his 4th decade in the sector, and having worked for union and employer bodies in both the public and private sectors, Peter brings a wealth of practical and member-focused experience to his role. Peter is also highly involved in the Association’s pivot to sector advocacy and representation in relation to national industrial issues.

Marcus Miller

Principal Advisor Workplace Relations

Marcus has a wealth of Human Resources and Workplace Relations experience stretching over 20 years.  Prior to joining AHEIA, Marcus was a Senior Consultant, Workplace Relations at Deakin University. He has also held Workplace Relations and Human Resources roles at RMIT University, the University of New South Wales and Monash College, as well as in the Victorian Public Service and various trade unions.

Marcus is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Tasmania.

Lachlan Carr

Director of Legal Services

Lachlan is a experienced and results focused senior lawyer with experience in litigation and dispute resolution, employment and workplace relations, Commissions of Inquiry and Royal Commissions, administrative and public law, and policy development.  Lachlan has previously worked in-house, where he advised on a range of general commercial matters.

Having worked for two Australian universities in Sydney and Melbourne, and serving as a member of the executive of the Society of University Lawyers (SOUL), Lachlan has a particular interest in the higher education sector and passionately believes in the real difference higher education can make to the lives of students and members of the wider community.


Fitri Elpilysia

Business Manager

Fitri commenced her appointment as Business Manager of AHEIA in May 2016. Prior to that she was a Finance and Administration Manager in a major landscaping company in Victoria. Her qualifications include Master of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University, Diploma of Payroll management and Diploma of Accounting from Applied education Australia. With her qualifications, as well as over 20 years of experience including running her own business, she has developed a wide range of skills such as accounting, contract management and strategic finance.

Henry Wong

HR Benchmarking and Events Manager

Henry has over 20 years of experience in the Australian higher education sector, holding various managerial roles in project management, events management, client relationship management, and business development. Henry joined AHEIA in 2012 as Manager for Universities’ HR Benchmarking Program and Events.

Prior to joining AHEIA, he was from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he coordinated and promoted the HR Department’s Universities HR Benchmarking program for the Australian Higher Education sector. He was also previously employed by the University of Queensland (UQ) as a sessional academic teaching management, human resources, organisational behaviour, and marketing.

Henry holds dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and Business Management (specialising in Human Resources Management, Organisational Behaviour, and Marketing) and a Master of Business Economics from the University of Queensland. Henry is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), certified workplace trainer and assessor and holds professional affiliations with AHRI (Certified Professional), IML (Fellow), AMI (Fellow), AIM (Associate Fellow), and MEA (Member).