Meet the experts who lead, design and teach our range of programs, and who will guide you on your learning journey.

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Professor Iain Hay

Associate Dean, Partnerships

Professor Iain Hay boasts an extensive career in policy development and program management for government in Indigenous education; gender and equity; student welfare and support services; and STEM, early education and education facilities research. As Associate Dean, Partnerships for the Faculty of Education and Arts, Professor Hay provides specialised leadership to LLE's collaborative initiatives and innovation strategies, further bolstering ACU's capabilities and growth in curated learning opportunities.

Jessica Piesse

Partnerships Operations Manager

Jessica Piesse is an engagement and partnerships specialist with more than 10 years' experience working with leadership in the national and international higher education and commercial sectors. She leads and supports the development of impactful partnerships, product pathways and high-return commercialisation opportunities in research, teaching and learning. Jessica brings together education, government, research and industry to codevelop initiatives with high impact. She champions the growth of partnerships, research and high-quality education access through her acumen for business development and innovation, and deep knowledge of higher education markets and applied research.

Dr Matt Sexton

Director, Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre

Dr Matt Sexton is a highly regarded expert in the work of mathematics leaders in schools and how they contribute to the sustainability of mathematics teaching reforms. Working closely with school communities, classroom teachers and mathematics leaders, Dr Sexton uses these experiences to support his teaching at ACU, his research interest areas, and the professional development he designs and facilitates for teachers and leaders in schools. Dr Sexton's research interests also include teacher professional development.

Rashelle McHugh

Business Development Officer

Rashelle McHugh is a skilled communicator with extensive experience in marketing, partner engagement and content development across the higher education sector and arts industries. With a rich background in media relations, she offers fresh insights, fostering creative solutions and forging collaborations to amplify communication and connections to drive business growth.

Amelia Kett

Administrative Officer

Amelia Kett is an adaptable professional with a diverse range of experience in administration, project management, governance and executive support across Australia and the United Kingdom within private and public sectors. This has included providing support for a wide range of complex projects involving a high-level of stakeholder engagement and collaboration. Amelia brings this experience to her approach in providing operational support for the Learning and Leadership Enterprise.

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