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Executive Team

Professor Monique Skidmore
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global)

Professor Skidmore is an internationally renowned expert on Burma, who has authored and edited several books, bringing considerable academic and senior leadership experience to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global.

Professor Skidmore was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) at The University of Queensland, with responsibility for one of Australia's largest international portfolios, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and Major Projects) at University of Canberra, adjunct Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at University of Canberra.

Professor Skidmore has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Anthropology from the Australian National University as well as a Master of Arts and PhD in Medical Anthropology from McGill University in Canada. She has held academic and research positions at McGill, the University of Melbourne, University of Notre Dame (U.S.) and ANU. Her work has been recognised with numerous national and international grants, awards and honours.

Rob Atkinson
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global, Marketing and Recruitment)

Rob Atkinson has worked for over 15 years at Director level in public and private higher education institutions in both the British and American sectors. His experience spans international development, global partnerships, marketing and recruitment, and admissions. Rob is highly regarded within the sector for his achievements as a founder member of Kaplan International Colleges and at Coventry University where, under his leadership, Coventry became one of the largest recruiters of international students in the UK . Rob has a BA(Hons) in Humanities from the University of South Wales and a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing from the University of Westminster.

Rob Wilson
Executive Director, International

Rob Wilson specialises in business development in the higher education sector. He joins us from Coventry University, the second largest recruiter of international students in the United Kingdom, where he was Head of Partnership Recruitment and Progression. In this role he delivered 37 Transnational Education Partnerships in 20 countries with over 14,000 students. Rob has a BSc(Hons) in Financial Mathematics and is currently studying an Executive MBA at Henley Business School.

Pat Freeland-Small
Executive Director, Marketing

Pat Freeland-Small is a consumer psychologist and fellow of the Australia Marketing Institute Pat brings a wealth of experience in Marketing and Communications to the University of Tasmania. Prior to this role he has led the strategic marketing functions of a number of large organisations including Foster’s Group and The University of Melbourne and the Australian Psychological Society.

Notably as Vice Principal Marketing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, Pat successfully implemented major educational reform – launching The Melbourne Model, Melbourne’s Graduate Schools, Melbourne’s Research Institutes, and developed a host of International award-winning marketing & communications programs for this top ranked Australian university.

Sara Franz
Manager, Global Engagement

Sara Franz was appointed to manage the Global Engagement Office in 2015, having held a number of operational management positions in academic administration spanning domestic and international admissions, enrolments, fees, scholarships, prizes, graduations and policy. Initially working as a junior research fellow undertaking the qualitative evaluation of a major national aged care trial, she later took up a position managing the Research Higher Degrees Unit and oversaw the implementation of the Research Training Scheme.

Prior to joining the University, Sara worked in State and Local Government. She undertook various policy and program management roles in the State Government encompassing public housing, community, child, youth and family services, and health services, and she spent a number of years as a ministerial liaison officer. She spent a year with the Hobart City Council and during that time undertook a review of the Council’s international sister city relationships.

Sara has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science from the University of Tasmania and is currently undertaking a Master of International Business degree.

Kate Beven
Senior Executive Officer

Kate Beven has 15 years’ professional experience in human resources across a range of public and private sectors. She has a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of International Business from Swinburne University as well as a Masters of Leadership from Northeastern University.