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Executive Team

Rob Atkinson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global)

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.

Sara Franz

Director, 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.