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.

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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.

Tobias Andreasson

Head of Course

Dr Tobias Andreasson PhD, MA (Research), BDesign (Hons), is the Associate Director Academic, Social Innovation at CQUniversity and one of the university’s two Ashoka U Change Leaders. In his role at CQUniversity, Tobias leads the development of innovation courses and the University’s vision to embed social innovation into our curriculum. Prior to CQUniversity, Tobias was a senior consultant for the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) where he designed and led many large projects for different organisations and federal and state government departments. Tobias has extensive front-line experience leading teams supporting people with disabilities, researching and collaborating with culturally and linguistically diverse groups, lecturing and teaching many subjects across university faculties, while running his own creative business.

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.

John Cokley

Academic Development Manager

Dr John Cokley holds a PhD in journalism from Griffith University specialising in digital innovation and new product development. As well as the PhD, he holds an MBA, BBus (Comm), a Grad Cert Education in Tertiary Teaching, a Diploma in Religious Studies and a current Cert IV in Training and Assessment. John has supervised masters and PhD students at universities since 2005 and published the audience-research book The Shopping News in 2015 (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne). He has worked as a professional business consultant for start-ups and small-to-medium sized enterprises and specialises in remote-area communication and education. ORCID number 0000-0003-0053-0223, Google Scholar and Social.

Jeni Richardson

Student Support Officer

Ms Jeni Richardson holds a Grad Cert Management, Grad Dip HR, and has completed an Advanced Leadership Program for Women. 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. Jeni also liaises with other university services and external stakeholders to facilitate and coordinate policy and financial matters.

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