MBA (Leadership) Meet the Team

Everyone learns differently. Some enjoy attending lectures in person and interacting with their peers, while others are highly independent, preferring to access content online where possible. The MBA (Leadership) is designed for the latter: self-motivated and independent learners, with sufficient time management skills, who require little to no support in the form of lecturer or teaching staff contact. It’s part of the course’s lean nature and affordability. Students are also supported by the course curriculum team, which includes the Head of Course and a dedicated Course Manager, and have access to academic-student and peer-to-peer support via dedicated MS Teams and LinkedIn groups. The Be Different platform (from which the MBA (Leadership) is delivered) features a Chat Bot that houses answers to common questions regarding the course and platform.

MBA (Leadership) - Kate Ames Transcript
Kate Ames


Professor Kate Ames PhD, MLitt (Cultural Studies), Grad Cert Tert Ed, BBus (Comm), Cert IV Training and Assessment, is the Director, Learning Design and Innovation at CQUniversity. Kate has been nationally recognised for her approaches to teaching via distance education including receipt of an Australian
Award for University Teaching (AAUT), a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2015) and an Award for Australian Teaching Excellence (Humanities) (2019). Kate leads our team of educational designers, academics, administrators and multimedia experts. In common with most of
our students, Kate juggles academic work, life in the Reserve Army, team leadership, innovative ideas and a family with a sense of humour and perspective. ORCID: 0000-0002-1819-8137 and Google Scholar.

Head of Course and Senior Academic for MBA (Leadership) Transcript
Anja Pabel

Head of Course

Dr Anja Pabel PhD, BBus (Hons) is the Manager & Academic Lead of CQUniversity’s hyperflexible online Leadership and Innovation Courses. In her role, Anja leads the development and monitoring of the leadership and innovation courses with particular emphasis on course performance and improvement, student support, and maintenance of educational standards consistent with university policy. Her research interests include tourist behaviour, sustainable tourism, and student experience in higher education. She has a demonstrated track record in the publication and dissemination of her research activity, with more than 50 publications, and is regularly invited to review papers for international journals. Anja has been teaching at CQUniversity since 2015 including various business, marketing, and tourism units. She has received awards for her commitment to learning and teaching. ORCID: 0000-0003-1409-5496

Michelle Thompson


Dr Michelle Thompson PhD, BTourismMgt (Hons)/BHRMgt, Diploma of Management, is an Academic in the Learning, Design and Innovation Directorate. As part of the academic team, Michelle works with the Head of Course to review and update course content and provide academic support to students. Michelle supervises Masters and PhD students, and her research interests focus on aspects of regional tourism development, including agri-tourism, food tourism, nature-based tourism and sustainability. She has delivered specialist workshops on agri-tourism development and engaged in consultancies for industry associations, Local Government Authorities, Regional Development Australia and Indigenous Land Corporation.   ORCID: 0000-0002-7909-3523 and Google Scholar.

Noal Atkinson

Course Manager

Mr Noal Atkinson PhD Candidate, BBus, BArts, Grad Dip Arts, TAE cert IV, coordinates the recruitment and contracting of the academic team responsible for marking and course review processes, ensuring all meet university moderation policies, procedures and response timeframes. Noal is responsible for developing strong internal stakeholder relationships related to the MBA (Leadership) and providing advice and recommendations regarding emerging issues. He is also responsible for analysing student data and assisting with identifying issues relating to student progression, attrition, assessments and results, developing insights and making recommendations about changes into all elements of the course and course delivery. ORCID: 0000-0002-4390-5665.

Danielle Macrae

Course Support Officer

Danielle MacRae holds a Cert III in Business (Office Administration) and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.  She works closely and collaboratively with Course Manager Noal Atkinson and all staff in their roles to support the MBA (Leadership) students during their journey with CQUniversity.  Danielle also liaises with other university services and external stakeholders to facilitate and coordinate policy and financial matters.

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