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

Workplace Relations Consultant

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

Workplace Relations Consultant

Peter is an experienced industrial officer who joined AHEIA in 2008. Peter has previously worked in the Australian Public Service at Centrelink, and then for the CPSU (SPSF as it was then known) in the early 90s as an industrial officer. He subsequently worked at RMIT University in the mid to late 90’s and at La Trobe University until 2006, followed by  2 years as a consultant with a private firm. Peter has a particular interest in the process of formulating and settling workplace agreements.

Marcus Miller

Workplace Relations Consultant

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

Workplace Relations Consultant

Lachlan is an 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.

Lachlan is on secondment to AHEIA from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and is very pleased to once again be working with colleagues across the sector.

Gerard Grant

Manager Learning and Development

Gerard joined AHEIA in July 2007 with extensive experience in a variety of senior Human Resources Management roles with Australia Post, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) and the City of Whittlesea (Local Government). He has led significant organisational development and change programs as well as numerous teams and projects.

Gerard leads AHEIA’s training services and enjoys supporting university leaders in building workforce capability. He has recently returned to AHEIA after a three year secondment with Australian Catholic University in the role of National Manager Capability Development.

Gerard has a keen interest in workplace learning and holds a Degree in Adult Learning and Development and a Master of Education (Work and Learning Studies) from Monash University.  Gerard is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education at La Trobe University. Gerard is a past Secretary of the Vic/Tas Division of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) and past Deputy Chair, Victorian Executive of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Gerard is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI): Fellow of the Association for Tertiary Education Management (FATEM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (FAITD).

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 joined AHEIA in 2012 from the Queensland University of Technology where he co-ordinated and promoted the HR Department’s Universities HR Benchmarking program. He was also previously employed by the University of Queensland as a sessional academic teaching management, human resources, organisational behaviour and marketing.

Henry holds dual bachelor 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), AIM (Member), IMC, AMI and PRIA.

Annemarie Comerford

Learning & Creative Design Consultant

Annemarie joined AHEIA in July 2013, bringing with her a wealth of experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit fields. Annemarie previously served as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Institute of Public Accountants. Before that she worked across various sectors in Senior Administration roles including marketing, recruitment and finance.   Annemarie has been working in Learning & Development with AHEIA for 9 years and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Training Design and Development.