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ACT Staff and Directors

The Australian College of Theology is a national consortium of 18 Bible and theological colleges which deliver the awards of the College on its behalf. Academic governance is vested in the Board of Directors of the Australian College of Theology Ltd. The Dean and his staff, in association with the Board of Directors, manage the day-to-day operation of the College office.

Office Administration and External Relations:

Mark Harding, Dean
The Rev Dr Mark Harding is the Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the College. His role is to oversee the administration of our awards and to guide the day to day running of the College. He has a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. Mark is married to Sue and they have four children and two grandchildren.

Rev Dr Mark Harding

Vicki Chen, Finance Officer
Vicki joined the ACT team in June 2010. Her main role is managing the ACT’s finances.  This includes the administration and distribution of FEE-HELP funding from the Commonwealth Government to the affiliated colleges and management reporting. She is the Executive Officer for the Audit & Risk Management Committee.

Mary Ann Navidad, Assistant Accountant
Mary Ann joined the ACT in March 2012 as a casual employee. She became a permanent part-time member of staff in December 2012.  Mary Ann processes payments, assists Vicki with ad hoc financial matters and is the Minute Taker for the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Trish Ritchings, Office Administrator – Secretary
Trish began working with the ACT team in August 2011. Her main tasks include the organisation of the day-to-day running of the office, database maintenance, minute taking for the Academic Board and its committees and providing secretarial assistance to senior staff. She also helps with the academic functions of the college by assisting the Department of Academic Services.

Learning, Teaching, Research and Scholarship:

Graeme Chatfield, Associate Dean
The Rev Dr Graeme Chatfield joined the ACT in January 2009. He has a PhD in Reformation Studies from Bristol University (UK). His key responsibilities are to facilitate the work of the Research and Research Studies Committee and foster research among affiliated colleges of the ACT.

Geoff Treloar, Director of Learning and Teaching
Dr Geoff Treloar began work in January 2012. His main role is to foster and enhance learning and teaching across the ACT network under the purview of the Coursework Committee. Geoff is the Executive Officer of the Coursework Committee and the Academic Board.

Elizabeth Kohn, Research Student and Events Administrator
Elizabeth's responsibilities include organising examiners for theses, maintaining student records for research candidates, and assisting with correspondence arising out of the Research and Research Studies Committee.

Academic Services:

Simon Davies, Director of Academic Services
Simon has been with the ACT since the beginning of 2005. Simon’s main tasks include maintaining the student information system and preparing reports and submissions for the ACT's boards, government departments, and affiliated colleges.  He manages the Department of Academic Services, and monitors student performance and liaises closely with affiliated college registrars. He is also the ACT’s in office IT support. Simon recently graduated with a Master of Leadership (Higher Education) from the University of New England.

Stephanie Dunk, Quality Officer
Stephanie began work at the ACT in early 2012. Her main task is to oversee the ACT's quality management system, including monitoring of affiliated college engagement with academic data and unit field moderators' reports. She is the Executive Officer of the Academic Quality Committee. Stephanie is currently studying a Masters of Commerce with a major in strategy and entrepeneurship.

Asanka Gunarathne, Administrative Officer
Asanka joineded the ACT in March 2013 as an Administrative Officer while Elisa Norris is on parental leave. Asanka's roles include assisting student and affiliated college enquiries, processing enrolments and results on TAMS, and regular reporting on student activity to the government through the HEPCAT system.

Mary Ann Navidad, Administrative Officer
Mary Ann joined the ACT in March 2012 as a casual employee. She became a permanent part-time member of staff in December 2012 as the Assistant Accountant. In 2014, Mary Ann is working as a part time Administrative Officer while Diana Tadjudin is on parental leave.

Elisa Norris, Administrative Officer (on parental leave)
Elisa began working for the ACT in 2009. As one of the ACT's Administrative Officers, Ellisa is responsible for maintaining the student information system, reporting ACT data to government bodies and assisting the Director of Academic Services. Elisa is currently finishing the last two units of her Bachelor of Arts (English) at Macquarie University. Elisa is currently on parental leave and expects to return to the ACT during 2015.

Diana Tadjudin, Administrative Officer (on parental leave)
Diana’s main tasks include maintaining the student information system and assisting the Director of Academic Services in academic functions of the College. She is responsible for formatting the College's annual handbooks, as well as government reporting on student activity. Diana is on parental leave and expects to return to the office in January 2015 in a part time role.

Meredith Walker-Harding, Projects Officer - Quality Assurance
Meredith joined the ACT team in April 2014, and works alongside Stephanie Dunk in the area of Quality Assurance. Meredith takes the minutes of the Academic Quality Committee, and assists the Quality Officer in the deployment, analysis and interpretation of academic data.


The Board of Directors

The College is governed by the Board of Directors. The Board is the governing body of the College, and exercises day-to-day management and academic oversight of its academic enterprise. The Board is the final arbiter in matters concerning the eligibility of candidates, approval of new and review of existing courses, and the examination procedures and results. The current members of the Board are:

Mr Richard Cardew (Chair)
Formerly lecturer, Graduate School of the Environment and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, both at Macquarie University

Bishop Tim Harris
Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide with special responsibility for mission, evangelism and education.

Professor Anne Cusick (Chair of Academic Board)
Head, School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong

Mr Greg Hammond
Senior Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Professor Brett Inder
Professor in Econometrics at Monash University,
Director (Operations), Monash Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability

Rev Tim Meyers
Principal, Melbourne School of Theology

Mr Ian Miller
Director, Hammond Care
Partner, Hunt & Hunt Solicitors, Notary Public

Rev Dr Don West
Principal, Trinity Theological College

Mr Peter Young (Chair of Audit & Risk Management Committee)
Director, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Principal, Consulo Advisers – consulting in business strategy, transformation, growth and talent development


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