Leveraging Experience and Expertise
Collectively, the Camino team has been at the forefront of the development of the pathway model and has over 200 years of relevant experience.
Our Directors have known and worked with each other professionally for more than twenty-five years. They have worked for the expansion of international education during this period and have an extensive network in Universities, private institutions, recruitment channels, regulators and investors in all major student global destination and source countries.
The Board and Executive team have extensive involvement in creating and delivering quality student and stakeholder outcomes for Universities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, USA and UK. This includes a focus on superior academic delivery and student outcomes, full compliance with the regulatory environment, sales and marketing approaches, and long-term partnership relations.
DR JOHN C WOOD
BEcon (Hons), DPhil; Executive Chair and Managing Director
John has had a distinguished career in academia, and the public and private sectors, including a thirty-year association with international education in five continents. He was the Chief Executive Officer of University Partnerships at Navitas with an overall responsibility to grow the Group’s university partnerships and to enhance student learning and teaching outcomes. Between 2007 and 2018, John established global teaching and learning performance indicators, increased the Group’s international college network, extended the Group’s knowledge of regulatory systems, chaired the Australian University Partners Governing Board and was a Director on College Boards.
Previously, John was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and his responsibilities included students, international and commercial. Prior to his appointment at ECU, John was the Foundation Professor and Dean of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he was also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
John has a detailed knowledge of all tiers of government throughout Australia and worked for Prime Minister Robert Hawke as a Speechwriter and also as an Economist in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has extensive experience at the State Government level, having held senior positions in five Departments. He has served Ministers from all major political parties, and in 2011 he was appointed by the Ministerial Council to serve on the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.
John has also held private sector positions, including a period as Chief Economist and Strategist with Ernst & Young, and has acted as a consultant for the World Bank. He also served as WA Chairperson of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). He has had a range of Board appointments including Chair Perth Education City and the HBF Board. Currently, he is the Chair of UTS Insearch Sri Lanka.
John has an international reputation as an author. He has authored two books and has edited 115 volumes in the Croom Helm/Routledge Series on great economists. He is the joint editor on the thirty-volume Critical Evaluations of Management Thinkers.
John graduated with first-class honours in Economics from the University of Western Australia and Oxford University, where he completed a Doctorate in Economics. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Strategic Human Resources program. He was awarded a Doctorate in Management Sciences from the Thai Crown Prince for his contribution in global economic writing. He has also been made a life member of the Oxford Business Alumni.
DR PETER LARSEN
AAP, BEd, BSc, MEd, PhD, EdD (Hon); Non-Executive Director
Peter has been a professional educator and educational leader for more than thirty-five years where he played a key role in the re-definition of private–public relationships in Australian higher education. He is widely recognised for his founding role in increasing participation rates in higher education for Australian and international students and for his focus on academic standards and student welfare.
Peter co-founded IBT (later renamed Navitas), a highly regarded global education company in 1994 and remained with the company in leadership and Board roles for many years, retiring from the board in 2014.
In the growth of a network of Colleges, Peter worked closely with government regulators and partner universities to ensure university reputations and their brands were protected by overseeing all aspects of academic delivery and student welfare.
The Pathway College model heralded a new era in university admissions and student progression. The model offered more flexible entry requirements, with the necessary support to prepare students for entry into the second year of mainstream degree programs. The innovative paradigm shift was that this would occur on the grounds of a public university, with access to all university facilities, changing the notion of ‘private provider’ and ‘public university’ partnerships. Students had a ‘soft landing’ into higher education, and within a very short time, the concept of the Pathway College model was expanded across Australia and a ‘footprint’ of related colleges was established in all mainland Australian states.
Peter’s fields of academic expertise are mathematics, mathematics education and educational measurement, providing him with high-level academic skills and credibility in the private and public education sectors. He established robust academic governance structures, policies and procedures, and developed the original academic framework within which colleges continue to operate.
As a long-term Executive Director of the global education company, Peter made a significant contribution to Board deliberations and was an integral member of the Executive team which built a network of high-quality Pathway Colleges scattered across the globe.
Peter retired from his Board role of that education company some years back and remains passionate in his view that the provision of quality educational services is the key in generating the necessary level of trust with partner universities, to ensure enduring and mutually beneficial relationships. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University for his founding role in increasing participation rates in higher education for national and international students.
DR JOHN DUNCAN
BEc, MEd, EdD
Executive Director and Global Director, Marketing and Recruitment
John is a distinguished leader with a recognised professional reputation in a career in higher education spanning thirty-five years and over twenty-five years in international education. He has led, managed and grown the largest entity (Deakin Colleges) of Navitas over a period of two decades. John’s career has encompassed a broad range of senior executive roles including General Manager of Victoria and New Zealand, College Director and Principal of Deakin College, and Director of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to this, he held senior positions at Monash University including Faculty General Manager, Director of the Monash University Foundation Year, and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Monash International.
John possesses first-class communication skills across a diverse range of cultures and people within the higher education sector, particularly in the international sphere. For his entire career, he has been regularly engaged throughout Asia (especially South Asia), Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. In driving marketing and recruitment outcomes, John has developed an extensive agent network, and all major recruitment agents in key markets hold him in high esteem.
John’s many years of experience gained at the senior level have equipped him with the ability to offer insights into strategic planning, marketing and growing universities businesses, and an understanding of the relationship between the private and public education sectors within Australia.
John is a graduate in Economics and has a Master in Education. His Doctorate from Monash University also remains relevant; it was titled ‘The Corporatisation of Higher Education in Australia’ and is the only one of its kind completed in Australia. John has participated on Boards in Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
BA (Hons); M. App Ling; M. Ed Admin; MBA
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global University Partnerships
Andrew is a highly accomplished senior executive with over thirty years of specialist leadership and management experience in public-private international Higher Education.
His most recent role was Head of International Study Centres Australia/New Zealand for Study Group Australia, managing six University pathway partnerships across the region. Prior to this he was CEO at Western Sydney University – The College, overseeing delivery of pathway courses to 4000 domestic students across four campuses.
Andrew worked with Navitas for twenty years, ultimately as Executive General Manager of the University Programs Division East Coast ANZ, managing the operation of multiple pathway Colleges and Managed Campuses, and the relationships between Navitas and its University partners in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand. He started with Navitas in its formative years, helping to build SIBT at Macquarie University from its inception and he remained a key person throughout the significant growth and expansion of Navitas on the East Coast of Australia and New Zealand over the next two decades.
Andrew has excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. He has worked offshore with Australian projects in China and Indonesia, in addition to travelling extensively throughout North, South and South-East Asia for partnership development and student recruitment.
Andrew applies a sound commercial and strategic focus to business development and management, balanced by a strong concentration on delivery of excellent academic and student outcomes. He is skilled in a wide range of leadership, management and operational areas in both International and domestic Education. Andrew has played a key role in negotiation, completion and implementation of multiple public-private higher education partnerships across the ANZ region.
Andrew holds an MBA in International Business (UNE) and Master degrees in Education Administration (UNSW), Applied Linguistics (University of Sydney), and an Honours degree in Clinical Psychology.
Andrew has been a member of several peak body Higher Education Committees and a Director and member of multiple joint-venture Boards in education partnerships.
BEcon, DipEd; Non-Executive Director
Malcolm has taken a leading role in innovation and educational change over the past thirty years, particularly with respect to public–private sector relationships involving the founding and delivery of pathway programs in association with partner universities. He is a former lecturer at the University of South Australia, a high school teacher and a lecturer in Economics with Adult Matriculation, TAFE. He is a former Chief Examiner in Economics for the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) and author of numerous published articles.
In 1989, Malcolm was a Co-founder, Director and Principal of Eynesbury College. This was the first private Senior Secondary High School (Years 11 and 12) in South Australia to offer a mature-age, university-style learning environment, that focused only on the final two years of schooling and prepared local and international students for entry into, and success at, university. It was also the first college to include an English language (ELICOS) Centre.
In the mid 1990s, he led the foundation of one of the first Australian English Language Centres in China. In 1998, he led the establishment of the Eynesbury Institute of Business and Technology (EIBT). This was the first Certificate–Diploma ‘Pathway’ College in South Australia articulating into second year of Bachelor degrees at university. In the same year, he led the agreement with the umbrella company of the Eynesbury entities on operation of the Centre for Applied Linguistics in the University of South Australia (CALUSA), for which he served as Director.
In 2001, he led the establishment of the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT), co-located with CALUSA (later CELUSA). This was the first public–private sector partnership in South Australia for domestic and international students to be located on a university campus, where he again served as College Director and Principal.
With the formation of IBT Education in 2004, he served as General Manager of the various South Australian entities. He then served as the Executive General Manager, Australasia, University Partnerships, Navitas, with oversight of colleges in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Malcolm has a record of achievement as a senior manager in a global education leadership team, meeting the expectations of external stakeholders, including a range of government departments and statutory authorities, whilst driving internal organisational improvement in management processes and systems.
BE (Hons), MBA (Distinction); Non-Executive Director
Julian is an experienced corporate finance professional with over twenty years of corporate finance experience. Julian is a Senior Adviser to Gresham Advisory Partners’ Perth office and a Director of his family’s investment company, Aileendonan Investments. His experience includes public markets’ mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets advisory, strategic advice and business planning.
Prior to his current roles, Julian was a Director at Gresham where he co-headed the Perth office. His extensive financial experience includes work at Resource Finance Corporation, Ernst & Young, and Commercial Union (now Aviva) in London in finance roles. He also has five years of professional engineering experience at Bunnings.
Julian is an experienced company director having been a director of a number of start-up and established businesses in the retail, childcare and not-for-profit sectors. He has advised a wide range of businesses including education, energy and resources, health, infrastructure and industrials.
Julian has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School, a postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia, and a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Western Australia.