About Us

Get to know our history, value and staff and
find out why you will 'Excel in Everything'
studying at Excelsia.


At Excelsia College, our students come from all walks of life, bringing with them many different backgrounds, traditions and experiences
But they have something important in common.
People in our community are passionate about excelling and growing: academically, professionally, creatively, personally, spiritually, and in their understanding of the world and their place in it.
Choosing to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Excelsia College will provide you with a firm foundation for your personal and professional life.
You will find a supportive, Christ-centred environment, with world-class academics and accomplished industry professionals who are ready to stand beside you and encourage you on your journey. Your gifts and talents will be fostered as you are challenged to maximise your potential. Small class sizes and interaction with our vibrant, collaborative community provide not only an expansive network of Christians, artists and professionals but also life-long friendships.
Excitingly, together with Indiana Wesleyan University, we are part of a global Christian learning community with big plans for the future. Excelsia College has 36 years of experience in Christian higher education in Australia, and IWU has 99 years of experience in Christ-centred education in the US and global markets. Together the partners are well positioned to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Both in and out of the classroom, we trust you will develop your character as well as your mind, and explore and deepen your faith so that you are able to engage thoughtfully and sustainably in your vocation and in your community.
We look forward to sharing your journey towards a fulfilling and inspiring future.
Welcome to Excelsia College.

Who We Are

At Excelsia College we want your experience to be one of great significance and transformation. Both in and out of the classroom, our collaborative community gives you the opportunity to make friends across all schools, and to attend a variety of performances and productions throughout the year. We are also committed to the ensemble-like atmosphere our campus offers, which encourages interaction between students, and between students and staff.
In all our activities, you will be challenged, stretched and encouraged to hone and develop your skills. You will be tested at each level and inspired as you strive for improvement. You will be asked to persevere, work hard and invest more of yourself.
But you won’t be alone.
Get involved and seize every opportunity! We believe in our community and are confident your shared experiences will forge friendships that last a lifetime.
Whether you have decided to enrol in a Postgraduate degree to up-skill, change your career or purse personal development, we trust you will feel supported by the community within the Graduate School at Excelsia College. We understand you will be bringing family, work and other commitments with you, and have specifically designed our courses to cater to the needs of busy professionals.
Our Teacher Education and Leadership courses are delivered through a state-of-the-art online learning platform, providing the opportunity to complete your studies while balancing other agendas. The on-campus offerings of Music and Counselling have been structured around flexible timetables, and all courses may be undertaken full time or part time.
You will learn from our highly qualified faculty who posess the academic and professional experience to deliver respected and impacting programs. Small class sizes will ensure you receive individual mentoring as you pursue your academic, research and professional goals, and our collegial environment provides sustained opportunities to form friendships and strong networks within and beyond your vocational area.
All courses are underpinned by a Biblical worldview, challenging you to integrate your faith within your vocation, and to develop as an influential and resilient Christian leader.

Our Aspirations

Our Vision

Excelsia contributes to making a better world through active participation in a life-transforming global Christian learning community.

Our Mission

Excelsia is an academic community benefiting the world by producing research characterised by exemplary scholarship consistent with a Christian world view, and graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions.

Our Values

Our values reflect our vision and our mission:
1. Christ-likeness: striving to exemplify the life of Christ in our commitments, our actions and our relationships
2. Innovation and Creativity: working with passion and imagination in a range of influential professions, to further God’s transformative work in the world
3. Scholarship: creating a culture that values the search for truth, supports academic freedom and rewards rigorous thinking
4. Service to the community: using our skills and abilities in and beyond the Institution in the service of others
5. Lifelong learning: continually seeking knowledge, wisdom and capability to flourish and contribute in a changing world

Graduate Attributes

  1. Deep Knowledge
    A deep, coherent and extensive knowledge of studied disciplines characterised by intellectual openness, creativity and curiosity
  2. Critical Analysis
    Willingness and ability to analyse issues logically, consider different options and viewpoints fairly, and make informed decisions in relevant artistic, academic and/or professional contexts and settings
  3. Lifelong Learning
    A commitment to lifelong learning characterised by a willingness and ability to acquire, develop and apply knowledge and skills that facilitate positive adaptations to a changing world
  4. Effective Communication
    Aptitude to communicate information, arguments and ideas effectively and ethically through writing, speech and/or artistic expression as appropriate within each discipline
  5. Christian Ethical Action
    A sound knowledge and understanding of Christian values and beliefs, and of the relevance of Christian faith to personal life, professional ethics, and social concerns
  6. Self Direction
    A capacity for self-directed learning and activity while working effectively with others in scholarly, vocational, civic and/or artistic pursuits and endeavours
  7. Technical Competence
    Competence and facility with materials, processes and technologies relevant to learned disciplines, generic information literacy and professional practice
  8. Responsible Innovation
    Oriented towards exhibiting intellectual and artistic enterprise, innovation and independence in constructive, creative and responsible ways

What We Believe

The Directors of Excelsia College subscribe to the Excelsia College Constitution which affirms their commitment and responsibility in Clause 7.3 (w) for:

The Apostles’ Creed

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen"

The Nicene Creed

"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."

Our Plans

Excelsia College promotes and fosters quality in teaching and learning through the implementation of our vision, mission and institutional values, and their integration in all aspects of institutional life and culture.

Strategic planning

Excelsia College has set 6 goals designed to support our mission, and to strengthen institutional capacity to flourish and grow. The first, including eight sub-goals, represents our Teaching and Learning Plan. The second goal is our Research Plan, and the next four operational goals integrate activities across the College to ensure excellence and sustainability.
(Excelsia Strategic Plan 2019-2025 Summary)

Learning and Teaching Plan

The Learning and Teaching Plan maps the relationship between goals adopted by the College to realise its mission, strategies for each goal that vector behaviour and resource allocation, and specific key performance outcomes designed to maximise the achievement of desired graduate attributes. Each goal addresses a dimension of personal achievement and growth applicable to staff and students alike. (Learning and Teaching Plan Summary)

Board of Directors*

Mr Phillip Cave AM

Phillip is Chairman and founding member of Anchorage Capital Partners and has been investing in operational turnarounds for over 20 years, prior to the establishment of Anchorage. He is also Chairman of Bisalloy Steel Group and Mark Group, and of the Not-for-Profit, Ability First Australia. As a director of SCEGGS Redlands, he supervised the turnaround of the Australian College of Physical Education.



Mr Peter McKeon

Peter held the role of Managing Director Oceania at Sony. He has also held senior management roles in Australia and overseas for over 30 years with companies such as Sony, Telstra, Panasonic, Sharp, Bridgestone, Citizen and Philips. He is currently a Board Director at Gift of Life Foundation, former Board Director of Australia-Japan Society and AMTA (Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association) and a current Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce.  Peter is a former Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).


Emeritus Professor David C. Barr AM

David was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and President of UWS Macarthur. He has chaired the Board of the Australian College of Theology as well as chairing a number of Government Panels assessing private higher education providers in New South Wales. David was the founding CEO of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education.


Mr Neville Cox OAM

Neville has had an extensive and diverse commercial career, including numerous turnarounds. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Bank and a director of twenty six companies in the Commonwealth Bank Group. He was Chairman of AMP Bank Limited, and is a director of Advertiles Corporation Pty Ltd, Christian Super, Workventures Limited and Focus on the Family Australia. He is Chairman of the Sydney Prayer Breakfast, and Chairman of ICCOREIS - the Inter-church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW).


Mr John Holt

John has held many senior roles in accounting and finance, property, performing arts, tourism, entertainment, medical and stevedore industries and has provided strategic and financial assessment of various projects in those industries. He holds director, treasurer and member roles including in not-for-profit companies and has done so over many years. He is a founding member and director of the Christian arts company Logosdor with partnership opportunities throughout the world.


Rev Rex Rigby

Rex is currently the District Superintendent South Queensland and the National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia. He is the first Indigenous National Head of a denomination in Australia. Rex has been in the pastoral ministry for 28 years, serving in Brisbane, Melbourne and country Queensland. He has planted four churches and overseen the planting of a further ten.




Professor Rosemary Johnston AM

Rosemary is Professor of Education and Culture at UTS and Director of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures. She serves or has served on the executive of a number of national and international Boards, including as Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (affiliated to UNESCO). She is lead investigator on several large Commonwealth-funded research grants, including two working with remote Indigenous communities. She is also one of three chief investigators on a Leverhulme (UK) Grant. She leads a growing number of projects which are funded by national and international corporates, and which aim to expand the horizons of thinking of disengaged youth and develop opportunities and pathways for their educational enhancement.



Dr David Wright

David serves as President at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Wright was Provost and Chief Academic Officer for five years prior to his election as President in May 2013. Before coming back to Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008, he was Dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Previously at Indiana Wesleyan University he served as Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Ministry, and Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies.



Dr Greg Clarke

Greg is the former Group CEO of Bible Society Australia and before that was Co-Founder of the Centre for Public Christianity. He has directed two tertiary centres for Christian studies (Macquarie Christian Studies Institute at Macquarie University and the Centre for Apologetics, Scholarship and Education at New College, University of New South Wales). Greg was a Council Member of Anglicare NSW (2006-2010) and a Member of the Standing Committee of the Sydney Anglican Diocese (2005-2008).

* Excelsia College (ACN 110 639 435) is a registered public company limited by guarantee in the State of New South Wales, Australia, under the Corporations Act 2001.

Academic Board

Professor and Deputy Dean , Le Cordon Bleu Australia

MB BS, BA, BLitt, MBA, MA, MSc (Education), MInfoTech, MBEnv, MCogSc, LLM, MJuris, MPH, MScComms, MSc (Info Science), PhD, ScEdD

As Chair of the Academic Board, Prof Alan Bowen-James provides leadership and direction for the College’s senior academics in achieving Excelsia College’s vision of transforming lives through excellence in Christian higher education.

Alan holds postgraduate qualifications in a number of disciplines, including medicine, philosophy, law, cognitive science, informatics, business, education and the history of ideas. Alan has held senior academic and managerial appointments with the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Deakin University, NextEd Ltd and Cengage Education (formerly Thomson Education), Australian Catholic University.

Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Sydney
Emeritus Consultant Physician, Westmead Children’s Hospital

MB BS, DipChildHealth, MHealthPlan, MD, DSc, MRACP, RFCP, FRACP, FRACMA

Prof Kim Oates is a Paediatrician who trained in Sydney, London and Boston. Most of his professional work has been associated with the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (The Children’s Hospital at Westmead) and the University of Sydney. He held the Foundation Douglas Burrows Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney from 1985-1997, as well as being Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the Children's Hospital, of which he was Chief Executive from 1997-2006.

Kim has a long-standing interest in child development, child behaviour, the problems of child abuse and neglect and advocacy on behalf of children. He was the inaugural chair of the New South Wales Child Death Review Team and founding Chair of the Federal Government's National Council on the Prevention of Child Abuse.

In 2000, he received the Kempe award from the USA for “outstanding contributions to the community on behalf of children”. He has received a range of other national and international awards including the 2006 Alumni Award from the University of Sydney and the Howard Williams Medal from the College of Physicians for “outstanding contributions to Paediatrics and Child Health in Australasia”.

Kim has written or edited 14 books and has over 300 publications. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Sydney and involved in curriculum review, as well as teaching programs, in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

Adjunct Professor to Western Sydney University

DipTeach, BEd, AssocDipMus; GradDipArts, Dalcroze II, MEd(Hons), PhD

Professor Deirdre Russell-Bowie has been lecturing in Creative Arts Education for over thirty-seven years and has authored a prolific number of music and creative arts books and other publications.

Her research interests include developing children’s self-esteem through the arts and preservice and inservice teachers’ attitudes to, and practices in arts education as well as technology mediated arts education.

She has written 32 books and numerous national and internationally published journal articles and conference papers. Her website artsMMADD.com offers teachers free creative arts resources developed from her many resource books.

Deirdre has won the prestigious national Australian Award for University Teaching as well as several University awards for Teaching, Community Service and Research. She is now retired and serves as an adjunct Professor to Western Sydney University.

Executive Director, Anglican Education Commission, Diocese of Sydney
Adjunct Professor of Education, University of Sydney

BA, DipEd, PTC, MEd, MEdAdmin, EdD, FACE

Dr Bryan Cowling is the Executive Director of the Anglican Education Commission in the Diocese of Sydney. Bryan’s career of 35 years in the NSW Department of Education includes work as a teacher, consultant, inspector of schools, Regional Director of Education and subsequently the State Director of Curriculum. He later became the inaugural State Director of Vocational Education and, in due course, Director of School Education Policy. In 1999 he became the founding Principal of Thomas Hassall Anglican College at Middleton Grange. Bryan is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Bryan is a member of a number of State and National boards, councils and committees related to education. At the international level, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Transforming Learning Project between the Kuyers Institute at Calvin College Grand Rapids USA, the Stapleford Centre and Canterbury Christ Church University UK, and the Anglican Education Commission in Sydney. Among a number of other awards and acclamations, Bryan was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Education for service to vocational and career education in Australia and curriculum implementation support in NSW. He has a passionate interest in the delivery of quality education from pre-school to University, the genuine contextualising of the Christian faith in a secularist educational environment, and a dynamic Australian Christian approach to education at every level and in every context.

Chief Academic Officer, Excelsia College

PhD (UNE); MSc(Oxon); BEd (Stirling)

George is a scholar in Educational leadership and management. He has been at the University of Sydney since 2004 where he has been involved in teaching, research and service to the University, discipline and community since his appointment. He completed his PhD at the University of New England, Australia with a focus on Educational leadership; MSc (Governance of Education) from the University of Oxford, England and BEd (with Distinction) from the University of Stirling, Scotland.  

He is outstanding in his field with a productive and diversified program of research. He has been Director of the Leadership and Management Program at The University of Sydney, School of Education and Social Work; member of the Association for Tertiary Education Management; Panel member of the NSW Teachers Scholarship Committee (Educational Leadership); Member of the University of Sydney’s International Regional Expert Group (Africa) and Coordinator of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee among others. He has been a referee for numerous international academic Journals including; Journal of Educational Administration; Teaching and Teacher Education; International Journal of Leadership in Education; School Leadership & Management; Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management and Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. His philosophy of education is governed by equity, social justice and democratic values.

Dr Wendy Moran, Program Director

Master of Education (Excelsia Senior Academic)

Dr Wendy Moran’s qualifications include a Master of Education (Pastoral Guidance) and PhD both awarded from the Australian Catholic University and  a Bachelor of Music Education (with Merit) from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. She was awarded the prestigious award of higher education Carrick Australian Teaching Award (2009) Citation for Outstanding Contribution­ to Student Learning. Wendy has authored a substantial list of academic publications comprised of journal articles, book chapters and refereed conference proceedings. She currently holds an executive position in the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching who publish the top-ranking teacher education journal Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Wendy is passionate about research and education.

In her most recent position, Wendy worked with the Sydney Catholic Schools as an Education Officer in the area of Inquiry and Improvement focusing on data analysis and research in the school sector, and with the Australian Educational Research and Evaluation as Director. She has been teaching and lecturing for over 30 years in classroom management, teaching methodologies and music education at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), later working as a research academic at the Institute of Advancing Community Engagement within ACU. Wendy will work one day a week for the Centre of Educational Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) for the NSW Department of Education where she works as the Principal Evaluator while working at Excelsia the remaining four days a week.

Dr Sunaina Gowan, Coordinator Leadership & Management

Excelsia Senior Academic

For many years Dr Sunaina Gowan has been committed to education excellence, and acknowledged by her peers, students, colleagues across a number of Universities and Colleges in Australia. It is for this commitment that she has been recognised; receiving a number of awards such as the Curtin University Business School, Commendation Award for ‘Exceptional Contribution in the delivery of Curtin University Programs'; the Curtin University ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award; the Universal Business School ‘Outstanding Commitment to Teaching and Learning’ award and the University of Sunshine Coast appreciation award for ‘Contributions to the USC program’ and was nominated for the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s ‘Excellence in Teaching & Learning’ award of Federation University.

Dr Gowan obtained a PhD in Management from Western Sydney University and also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration with specialisation in Human Resources Management and a Master of Information Systems from the University of Ballarat. She has done a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education from Federation University and a Graduate Certificate in Research from Western Sydney University. Dr Gowan has a highly developed expertise in team leadership, curriculum development and design; with extensive experience in lecturing, guiding and supporting domestic and international students.

Her current research interests include Education and Belonging, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Formation as well as Leadership and Emotional Labour. Currently she is working on a collaborative research project titled the ‘Well-being of International Students in Sydney’ with scholars at Excelsia College as well as Student Formation in Higher Education. She is also co-founder and ex-President of Lean In Incorporated - a not-for-profit, community based organisation dedicated to supporting newly arrived migrant women to Australia. She has been successful in securing a grant from the Minister for Multiculturalism, under the 2017/18 Multicultural NSW Grants Program – Unity. She is also Director of the AIBC Internship Program for International students in Sydney.

Director of Research, Excelsia College

BSc(Hons), DipCrim, DipEd, MClinPsy, DipBS, PhD

Dr Maureen Miner Bridges is Excelsia College’s Director of Research. She also holds Honorary/ Adjunct research positions at the University of Western Sydney and Australian Catholic University. Previously Maureen held the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Western Sydney, where she chaired the Psychology and Spirituality Society funded jointly by UWS and the Metanexus Foundation. Her research and scholarship in the fields of psychology, religion and spirituality have been recognized by a Crawford Miller Fellowship (St Cross College, Oxford) and a fellowship for the John Templeton Oxford program of seminars and research into Christianity and science. Maureen has served on Academic and Advisory Boards of major Sydney theological institutions (Australian College of Theology, Sydney College of Divinity). She has authored several books and almost 50 peer refereed publications and reports in key areas of psychology including abnormal psychology, organisational psychology, and psychology of religion. Maureen is an invited reviewer for major journals in her field, including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Psychology and Theology, Review of Religious Research, and Theology and Science.

Ms Leigh van de Vorstenbosch is our student representative on Academic Board for 2019. Leigh is in her fourth and final year of her Masters of Counselling at Excelsia College.  Her prior studies included a BSc (Hons), Dip Biblical Studies (Hons) and Cert III Bus Admin (Medical). Leigh’s career has involved a short stint in palaeontology, 20 years of full-time parenting, and Practice Management. Her hope is that by entering the counselling field, she can care for the vulnerable as she follows Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25:35-40.

Chief Executive, Excelsia College

Peter held the role of Managing Director Oceania at Sony. He has also held senior management roles in Australia and overseas for over 30 years with companies such as Sony, Telstra, Panasonic, Sharp, Bridgestone, Citizen and Philips. He is currently a Board Director at Gift of Life Foundation, former Board Director of Australia-Japan Society and AMTA (Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association) and a current Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce.  Peter is a former Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Academic Staff

Dr Peter Stiles


(Acting) Head of Education

Dr Stiles has had many years of teaching experience and been Head of English, Director of Studies, Director of Human Resources and Head of Middle School in leading independent schools. He holds a Doctorate in Literature and Theology from Glasgow University, Scotland. He has studied Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and been the recipient of several international awards.

Vivienne Webster

Otago University: Dip Phys Ed, Auckland Sec Teachers College :Grad Dip Ed :Sec Teachers College Diploma

Professional Experience Coordinator

Vivienne brings extensive teaching experience to the position, having taught Science, Biology and PDHPE in both Auckland and London. Vivienne has past experience working in Advertising and Marketing, and was first employed at Excelsia College (then Wesley Institute) in Marketing, before transferring to Education. Vivienne is passionate about health and fitness and has been employed as a Health Counsellor, Sports Nutrition lecturer and Health Club Programme Manager. She has had her own Personal Fitness and Pilates business for many years, working in London with HRH Princess Michael of Kent and other Royalty and celebrities.

Dr Wendy Moran

MEd Programs Director

Dr Wendy Moran worked as teacher educator for 19 years at the Australian Catholic University and held coordinator positions in professional experience and undergraduate programs during that time. Her research focused on educationally and personally caring teachers, professional experience models, and more recently pedagogical confrontations in teacher education using self-study methodology. Since 2014, Dr Moran created and directed her own consultancy focussed on the evaluation of teaching and learning initiatives in large school systems, while also working for Sydney Catholic Schools in school data inquiry and improvement. In February 2019, Dr Moran began at Excelsia College four days a week as the Master of Education Program Director and maintains a presence in evaluation by working one day a week at the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) at the NSW Department of Education. In her research, Dr Moran is writing about the changes currently experienced by teachers and school leaders in Australia and the impact that these changes have on their professional practice and identity.

Research Profile

Dr Lotte Latukefu

Lotte holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Wollongong, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music (NY) and a Bachelor of Music from the ANU School of Music. Collaborative Learning in Music, in particularly singing, has been a particular research interest for Lotte for about seven years. In her PhD thesis she examined the work of Lev Vygotsky and socio-cultural theorists who have followed in order to address questions concerning the nature of learning singing in collaborative settings. Her thesis demonstrated that there is a rich resource of learning to be found in the way that students interact with each other and learn from each other. Forming a nexus to this research is her own creative practice as a mezzo-soprano. Lotte’s practice-led research is concerned firstly with developing a canon of Australian contemporary art song that is influenced by Asia and the Pacific and secondly, experimenting with different kinds of folk music such as Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan and Italian in order to extend the genre known as Australian Folk Music. She is a member of The Con Artists Community Gypsy Orchestra and Zumpa (Italian folk band).

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu

BA(Hons), MMus, MMus, Hon.DMus

Lecturer, Large Ensemble (Choral), Musical Direction
Tutor, Conductor

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu (Sada) is the Music Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of Suzuki Cello Ensemble and Choirmaster of Sydney Sakura Choir. Sada completed a Masters of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Later he was granted a fellowship to study conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. Sada has studied conducting under Imre Pallo, Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder CBE, Hirofumi Misawa and Kazuki Sawa. Sada resides in Australia with a Distinguished Talent visa granted for his achievements by the Australian Government.

Candice Boyd

Tutor, Contemporary voice and contemporary violin

Candice teaches singing and violin specialising in contemporary singing and violin, as well as classical violin. In 2010, she began teaching the choirs and small vocal groups at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. She has toured with Ben Hazlewood and Molly Meldrom, and is currently performing with her self-managed duo “Am Believe I” developing her skills as a singing violinist, which is also the focus area of her Masters research.

David Pudney

AssDipJazzStud, Industry Professional

Lecturer, Functional Keyboard
Tutor, Jazz Piano, Bass Guitar, Double Bass

David completed his Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1984 and has been a sought after bass player in the Australian jazz scene since that time, with a wide repertoire of mixed styles. He spent 16 years as bassist in the Don Burrows Quartet and has worked with many distinguished Australian and overseas jazz artists. David is also a pianist and teaches piano, electric and double bass, and improvisation at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy, Avondale Conservatorium in the Newcastle area, and here at Excelsia College. As a working musician, recording artist and teacher, he brings a wealth of musical experience to Excelsia College.

Tony Lewis

Tutor, Ethnomusicology; small ensemble

Tony Lewis is a percussionist, composer, recording producer, ethnomusicologist and music educator with over forty years of professional experience. Based in Sydney, he specialises in contemporary cross-cultural music forms, and music for dance and theatre. He performs with the acclaimed eclectic music trio Waratah and in a number of freelance contexts. Throughout his work, Lewis has been committed to the creation of new Australian music with diverse cultural origins. Lewis has performed with many of Australia's leading contemporary and cross-cultural music, dance and theatre groups, and with many visiting international artists - including Sangam, Tal Vad, B'tutta, Caroline Lynn's World Edge, The Renaissance Players, Southern Crossings, Nakisa, REM Theatre, the One Extra Company, The Great Bowing Company, Sandy Evans, Matthew Doyle, Satsuki Odamura, Riley Lee, Mark Atkins, Michael Atherton and Jeannie Lewis. Lewis has a PhD in ethnomusicology from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, achieved through research into the garamut (log drum) music of Baluan Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. He has lectured in music at Macquarie University, the University of New England and the University of Western Sydney. He currently writes and delivers lecture material in music and ethnomusicology for a number of tertiary institutions in Australia.

Peter McNamara

Tutor, Composition; Advanced Harmony

Peter McNamara is an award-winning Sydney-based composer gaining a reputation as one of Australia's most talented and innovative emerging voices. His work is particularly influenced by landscapes and the physics of the natural world and universe, and extends across a wide variety of musical genres including orchestral, chamber, electronic, installation and film composition. Between 1999 and 2011 he studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with composers such as Michael Smetanin, Bozidar Kos and Trevor Pearce, graduating with a PhD. McNamara numerous awards include the 2015 APRA Professional Development Award, the Gallipoli Songs Prize in 2014 (The General’s Garden), second place at the 2011 Young Composers Meeting with Orkest de Ereprijs (Cross Modifications), the 2008 2MBS-FM composition award for Orchestra (Modes of Deception), the 2007 Betty Amsden Award for Orchestra (Auftauchen der Nacht) and second place in the 2007 Asian Composers League Young Composers Awards (Landscape of Diffracted Colours). McNamara also received a High Credit from the Lepo Sumera International Composition Contest in 2003 for his orchestral work Shadows of Fallacy.

Kathleen Connell

BA, DipEd, GradCertVocPedag, MA, PhD in progress

Tutor, contemporary and classical voice

Following her successful performance career, Kathleen gained postgraduate qualifications in the teaching of singing (Master of Vocal Pedagogy from University of Western Sydney). She prides herself on staying abreast of the latest teaching practices in relation to voice training and is currently undertaking a doctorate of musical arts. She regularly attends professional development courses, and is invited to present at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally. Kathleen’s studies ensure her clients learn singing using global best practice and a mix of major evidence based methodologies. Kathleen is highly regarded as a teacher, offering strong technical training that enables singers to achieve a robust and musically adept voice.

Steven Crain

Tutor, Guitar; small ensemble

Steve is a Sydney based jazz guitarist, composer and band leader. In 2011 he released a solo album “Kthwack!”.Steve studied at the Sydney Conservatorium in the early ’90s and over the last 25 years has enjoyed playing jazz, blues, gospel, pop and latin music in Sydney, across the country and internationally. He is in high demand in Sydney as a performer and combines this with teaching guitar at Excelsia College and part time music ministry at St Barnabus Broadway.

David Holmes

Tutor, Guitar

David Holmes was the Music Director for Christian City Church Sydney and the Music Director for Darlene Zschech (2003 – 2005) Dave has travelled and performed, ministering all over the world and has played on over 400 album projects including Steve Grace, Darlene Zschech, Youth Alive, C3, and Hillsong. Dave is an arranger, session musician, songwriter, vocalist, music director, teacher lecturer and producer.

Mr Ralph Pyl

AssDipJazzStud, Industry Professional

Lecturer, Small Ensemble (Jazz), Large Ensemble (Instrumental)
Tutor, Trumpet

Ralph has performed and recorded with many artists both in Australia and overseas including international stars K.C and the Sunshine Band, Shirley Bassey, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Sir George Martin, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Al Jarreau, Tim Rice, Harry Connick Jnr, Glenn Close, Michael Buble, Jerry Lewis, Frankie Valli, and national stars including James Morrison, Daly Wilson Big Band, Don Burrows, Anthony Warlow, Marcia Hines, Carl Riseley, Silverchair and since 1998 has been lead trumpet in ‘Frank - The Sinatra Story in Song’. Ralph and his world renowned ‘Sydney All Star Big Band’ won four consecutive Australian Entertainment Mo Awards for best jazz ensemble of the year for 2002-2005. Ralph’s credits have also seen him playing in several Sydney theatre productions including 42nd Street, Porgy and Bess, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Cats and Fame just to mention a few. He has also appeared on over 100 albums, motion picture soundtracks and TV commercials.

Ludmila Beliavskaia

DipMus, MMus(Hons)

Tutor, Classical Piano

A graduate of Rachmaninov Conservatorium of Music in Russia, Ludmila has more than 30 years experience of teaching classical piano. She started working at Rachmaninov Conservatorium of Music as a teacher in solo piano and chamber ensemble performance. She also worked as an accompanist. Having worked in Australia for 15 years, Ludmila currently teaches at the University of New South Wales, Excelsia College and International Grammar School. Some of her recent performances include concerts with the German Chamber Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and the Greek Choir at Sydney Town Hall. Ludmila’s students have received awards at piano competitions both in Russia and Australia.

Julia Michaels

Tutor, Contemporary Vocal; Song Writing, Small Ensemble

Regularly performing in venues across Sydney Julia has worked alongside artists such as Paramore, Delta Goodrem, Prinnie Stevens, Barry Crocker, Darlene Zschech and Merrick & Rosso as well as featuring as a guest vocalist with Soul Deep, Busy Hands, One Foot in the Groove, Cardboard Animals and Dr Bob and the Amazing Disciples of Groove.Recently Julia has received international recognition for songwriting. The single "Walls" off A Beautiful Descent EP was awarded Song of the Year in Adult Contemporary Category of the 2014 Song Contest in the U.S. Her single "Love my Ghost" won Song of the Year in the Folk/Acoustic Category at the 2015 National Songwriting Awards hosted by the Australian Songwriting Association (ASA) as well as placing Runner Up for Australian 2015 Songwriter of the Year (ASA)

Clare Heuston

BA(Hons), AMusA, CertIVAWT, CertIVTA

Lecturer, Performance, Small Ensemble (Vocal)
Tutor, Voice

Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with a special interest in Performance Studies. She then spent four years directing original works for The Native Rose Music Theatre Co. Studying under Susan Reppion, Sue Falk, and then Anthea Moller, she won the World Song section of the 1998 SMPAC, then the Lady Persia Galleghan Award for Operatic Voice in 1999. She also won the Mozart Prize at the National Eisteddfod that year. She started teaching singing at The Actors’ College of Theatre and Television in 2000. She now divides herself between the ACTT, Excelsia College, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and her private studio, as well as performing. Projects in recent years include singing arias from ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ to her own ukulele accompaniment as incidental music for the Raw-Em production of Louis Nowra’s ‘Cosi’ at The Haven. In 2012 her first play, ‘Televention’, was produced at the King St Theatre. With pop trio The Slow Days, she co-wrote the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival show ‘Distilled’.

Mr Alan Ho

AMusA, BMus(Ed), MMus(Conduct)

Lecturer, Harmony and Analysis I-II, Aural Perception I-II
Tutor, Piano

Alan is a lecturer in Harmony Analysis and Aural Perception at Excelsia College. Alan has many years of experience in teaching piano and conducting. Alan teaches piano and was an Australian Music Examinations Board piano examiner. Alan conducted the Bankstown City Choir, Holy Spirit Youth Group, Australian Youth Choir, Yellow River Chorus and is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chinese Leisure Learning Adults Choir.

Na Ri Kim

BA(Mus), BCA(MusPerf), MMus

Piano Accompanist
Tutor, Piano

Na Ri is an experienced piano teacher, organist and music theory teacher. Na Ri Kim was born in South Korea and interested in music from a young age. She started learning the organ when she went to university. While studying, she performed in numerous concerts as a soloist and accompanist. She migrated to Australia after she got married in 1998. She studied and completed a Bachelor of Music at Wesley Institute and a Master of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium. She is currently teaching at Excelsia College, Message Musical School in the Korean Community and as a private piano teacher.

Luke Sweeting

Tutor, Performance (contemporary and jazz piano); Small Ensemble; Composition

Improvising pianist and composer Luke Sweeting resides in Sydney, Australia. He is best known for the strength of his composing like in his 2012 jazz album 'People and Lightbulbs' and more recently with the Grey Wing Trio who recently released their debut album 'Amoroso' on Jazzhead. Last year, Luke toured Germany, Sweden and Australia with Svelia, The Grey Wing Trio in Australia and toured New Zealand and Australia with Kiwi/Aussie collaborative band Antipodes. He also toured in April with Vulkan quintet (DENMARK/AUST) whilst performing with other projects. uke studied at the ANU School of Music before their recent course changes, receiving the Dennis Griffin Scholarship to complete his performance based masters. He studied and performed with and alongside trumpet legend Miroslav Bukovsky (of Wanderlust and Ten Part Invention fame), James Greening (of Greening from Ear to Ear) amongst many others at the school. Luke received the Sprogis Woods Composition Competition for his large ensemble piece Sound Canvas in 2010. In 2013, with the help of the Australia Council Luke was able to pursue overseas studies with Florian Ross (German pianist/composer) and Hävard Wiik (Norwegian/Berlin pianist).

Mitch Farmer

Tutor, Drums

Mitch has established a reputation as one of Australia's most sought after all-round drummers with a career spanning over 28 years. His credits include both Australian and International Artists, touring and recording with Tommy Emmanuel (with whom he performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony), Rick Price, Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Dragon, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Richard Clapton, Jimmy Barnes, Glen Shorrock, Brian Cadd, Guy Sebastian, Wendy Matthews, Andrew Oh, Mondo Rock, Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Worship Team. USA: Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Jim Lauderdale, Israel Houghton, Alvin Slaughter, The Blues Brothers. UK: Katherine Jenkins, Martin Smith, Tim Hughes. Theatre: The Lion King, Oh What a Night, Priscilla. TV shows & Performances: Ch 10, 9, 7, ABC, Australian Idol, Y T T band 2012, Carols in the Domain, Sydney Concert & Symphony Orchestras. Tuition: private teaching, St George, Peakhurst Girls, Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), JMC Academy, Australian Institute of Music.

Mr Art Phillips


Lecturer, Music and Media, Music and the Moving Image, Screen Music Analysis

Art was President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers 2001-2008 and served as Vice President from 1992-2000. He is also a councillor for Music Australia (Music Council of Australia) representing ‘Music in Film and Television’ since 2005. He is a two-time EMMY winning composer for a myriad of TV series and films both in the USA and Australia. He penned the R&B single ‘Here We Go’ for Minnie Riperton, co-wrote the Motown Record release ‘Now That I Have You’ for recording artist Teena Marie, composed for Santa Barbara (NBC), The Love Boat, Neighbours, Missing Persons Unit, The Lost Treasure of Fiji, and Outback House, and his production library work on over 75 album releases used on the television shows includes Cold Case Files, Good Morning America, The Dog Whisperer, E True Hollywood Story, America’s Most Wanted, A Current Affair (US), Celebrity Profile, NYPD Blue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Survivor, 60 Minutes, The Ricki Lake Show, Harry’s Practice, The Great Outdoors, Extra-The Entertainment Magazine Show and The USA Today Show, and many more.

Jeremy Rose

Tutor, music history; performance (saxophone); small ensemble

Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose is interested in expanding dialogues between music disciplines, styles and cultures. He has released over a dozen albums of original music with his various collaborative and solo projects including The Vampires, The Strides, Jeremy Rose Quartet, Compass Saxophone Quartet and the Earshift Orchestra. Jeremy has performed at festivals, venues and concert halls throughout Australia, Europe and the UK, and has recently collaborated with guitarists Lionel Loueke and Kurt Rosenwinkel. The media has reported that Rose is ‘a bold, emerging Aussie voice’ (Limelight), that ‘his playing shows subtle glimpses of a mature master’ (The Australian), and that his ‘compositions are ruthlessly crafted affairs, with sufficient variety to bring out different aspects of everyone’s playing” (SMH). Jeremy’s numerous accolades include the 2015 APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz, two Bell Awards, a two-time Freedman Jazz Fellowship Finalist, an ARIA nomination and an Australian Music Prize short-listing. In 2016 Jeremy curated the inaugural APRA Song Hub for Jazz in Berlin with US guitar luminary Kurt Rosenwinkel, and was guest soloist-composer with both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Modern Music Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. In 2017 Jeremy was selected for the prestigious Art OMI Residency in New York

Dr Lotte Latukefu

Lotte holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Wollongong, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music (NY) and a Bachelor of Music from the ANU School of Music. Collaborative Learning in Music, in particularly singing, has been a particular research interest for Lotte for about seven years. In her PhD thesis she examined the work of Lev Vygotsky and socio-cultural theorists who have followed in order to address questions concerning the nature of learning singing in collaborative settings. Her thesis demonstrated that there is a rich resource of learning to be found in the way that students interact with each other and learn from each other. Forming a nexus to this research is her own creative practice as a mezzo-soprano. Lotte’s practice-led research is concerned firstly with developing a canon of Australian contemporary art song that is influenced by Asia and the Pacific and secondly, experimenting with different kinds of folk music such as Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan and Italian in order to extend the genre known as Australian Folk Music. She is a member of The Con Artists Community Gypsy Orchestra and Zumpa (Italian folk band).

Hailey McQueen

Acting Lecturer, Drama Pedagogy Lecturer, Director

Teaching Drama Pedagogy, Acting and directing Hailey has been a part of the School of Drama at Excelsia College for twelve years. Graduating from Excelsia as Valedictorian in 2002, Hailey went on to receive a Diploma of Education and a Master of Applied Theatre Studies from the University of New England. As an actor her credits include a host of short films, theatre and the occasional television commercial. For Wesley Institute she held lead roles in; Talking With, The Hot Mikado, Easter, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, J.B, The Popular Mechanicals, Charlotte, Only Words and Morning Sacrifice. In 2005 Hailey was involved in the development of a successful theatre company, Cufflink Productions and consequently had the privilege of working with some ‘Theatre Greats’ including Tony Taylor. For Cufflink Productions; Talking With (Seymour Centre), The Popular Mechanicals (Newtown Theatre and Big Laugh Comedy festival) and The Cardboard Box (Tony Taylor). She went on to develop Lumi Theatre, a physical theatre ensemble and Wesley Institute’s Alumni theatre company Twisted Tree Theatre. More recently Hailey established Clock and Spiel Productions with Yannick Lawry producing and directing two sold out seasons of The Screwtape Letters in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Dr Mark Seton

Theatre History Lecturer & Production Manager

Dr Mark Seton is an Honorary Research Associate (Department of Theatre and Performance Studies) at The University of Sydney. He is an adjunct lecturer in Theatre History at Excelsia College, and in health and wellbeing for actors at the International Screen Academy (ISA) and the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT). He was recipient of the 2009 Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to conduct a study tour of actor training healthcare practices in the UK. Arising from this study, the Equity Foundation, in collaboration with Dr Seton, Assoc Prof Ian Maxwell (Department of Theatre and Performance Studies) and Dr Marianna Szabo (School of Psychology) at the University of Sydney, initiated a ground-breaking Actors’ Wellbeing Study (AWS) in collaboration with the Equity Foundation in 2013. Alongside membership of the international Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health, Dr Seton is one of the founding members of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH). In addition, he is Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian College of Theology and regularly provides training in ethical research practices to its member Colleges.

Michael Frawely

Acting Lecturer

Malcolm is a writer/director/teacher & actor with over 35 years of professional experience. His plays &/or productions have been performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Byron Bay & Darwin. He has taught at NIDA, Sydney Theatre School, Screenwise, Actors College of Theatre & Television (ACTT), Theatre Nepean (University of Western Sydney), Screen Actors Workshop, ADASA, Ed5, Kick & Gala Studios. He has been a member of the Excelsia team since 2014.

Wendy James

Costume Designer Lecturer & Design Mentor

From the high drama of Greek Tragedy or working from a Music Score instead of a Script or the language of Dance, Movement and Choreography, Wendy has designed Costume for Opera , Dance, Film, Drama, Physical Theatre, Cabaret, Musicals and Site Specific events. She delights to turn her creative eye to each and every project, from delicate textiles to structured pieces of armour or fantasy creatures that float and soar across the stage or to the building of a Victorian corset that reflects its social history. Originally a Visual Arts and Fine Arts/Design graduate, Wendy has developed Scenic Art and Surface Decoration and has designed numerous Sets for Theatre and Stage Performances as well as Site Specific events.

She has both designed and directed for Opera: Merry Widow, Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutti ( Sydney) choreographed and designed costume: Dance works : Musai (NIDA) Drama : House of Bernada Alba ( Seymour Centre) costume: New Breed: Carriageworks, costume : to but name a few!

Having a great love of the Creative Arts and Performance as well as research into images and ideas has inspired and led Wendy to share this in its many forms found and applied, in design for theatre and staging. This meant searching out images that inspire, stimulate imagination and creative thinking and promote inquiry into the meaning of beauty in a Poste Modern world.

Her work has taken Wendy from home base in Sydney, to around Australia and overseas. From the Rosalyn Packer Theatre in Sydney, the Arts Centre in Melbourne, Canberra Arts Centre, Riverside theatre Parramatta, NIDA, Seymour Centre, Carriageworks, to New York and the Garment district.

Wendy is at present working with Sydney Dance Company as a Costume Designer and Wardrobe Manager. She also makes time to design for a variety of Theatre Projects involving Costume in and around Sydney.

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Jay Laga'aia

Acting for Screen Lecturer

One of Australia’s favourite entertainers and actors Jay Laga’aia has an array of film, television and theatre credits to his name. Jay’s film credits include Nims Island and Star Wars; his television credits include; Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Jay’s Jungle, McLeod’s Daughters, Legend Of The Seekers, Xena: Warrior Princess and Playschool.

He has played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera, Mufasa in The Lion King – Musical, The Wizard in WICKED The Musical, along with a role in Children of the Sun with Sydney Theatre Company. A gifted musician, Jay has written and recorded six children’s albums with ABC for kids (four which received an ARIA nomination) and toured his live show throughout Australia. To date Jay has had the pleasure of having his work orchestrated by, and performing with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016 Jay appeared in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here on Channel 10 and appeared in the new Foxtel drama series Fightin Season. The fourth series of his children’s television show, Jay’s Jungle for 7TWO, commenced filming in September, as well as writing and performing in a Christmas show at The Sydney Opera House in December.

Amanda Stephens Lee

Lecture Acting (First Year), Voice (Second Year)

Amanda is a graduate of NIDA’s MFA (Voice) program, and she holds a BA (Performance Studies) from the University of Sydney.  Her training includes acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art; The Actors Centre (London); voice with Patsy Rodenberg, Kristen Linklater and Barbara Houseman; acting with Larry Moss, Scott Williams (Meisner Technique) and Philippe Gaulier (Physical Theatre/Clowning); and singing with Elena Doria (Metropolitan Opera House, NYC).

Acting includes: On the Shore of the Wide World (Griffin), Leaves (KX Theatre), Four Places (Outhouse Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Burley Theatre, Seymour Centre), Macbeth & Taming of the Shrew (Sport for Jove), and Open for Inspection (Darlinghurst Theatre). Film credits include several short films, commercials, corporate films and the feature Operation Lysistrata.

She has taught in many of the major drama schools in Sydney and at East 15 Acting School in London. Amanda is a member of MEAA, Equity and the founder of Some Company Productions. She was nominated for a Best Actress award in the Sydney broadwayworld.com theatre awards for her performance in Leaves.

John Sullivan

Production Lecturer & Designer

John Alan Sullivan is a Mudgee based Designer with a passion for the unusual (although he has done his fair share of realism). John’s wide range of artistic experience spans at least three areas of design and began in the fashion industry. At eighteen, John started studying at The Whitehouse Institute of Design. He quickly found himself designing for the stage via runway shows, and a fascination for theatrical expression was born. After ‘serving’ two years at the sewing machine, he shifted his focus onto set and props and took a design assistant job with Channel 7. He then studied at Excelsia College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in 2015. In his final year and after graduating from Excelsia College he was employed by the ABC for the design and construction of set pieces and props for Giggle and Hoot.
John has worked as set, costumes and props designer for many different theatres and television companies. Production highlights include Faust (2013) A Thousand Cranes (2013), Acting Out (2013), (2014) and (2015), Classic Shorts (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), The Falcon (2014), The Main Thing (2014), Blood Wedding (2014), Experiment with an Air Pump (2014), Bubble (2015), The Oresteia (2015) and Norm and Ahmed (2015). He designed and constructed the set and costumes for the 2015 graduation show, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, and is currently working in the same capacity on Mustard Seeds Production’s performance of My Father’s Left Testicle at The Depot Theatre. He has also worked as Head of Art on the short films Yolo (2013), SRC (2014), Enough Rope (2014), Soul Date (2014), Cross My Heart (2015), Hope to Die (2015) and The Outsider (2016).

Scott Parker

Movement Lecturer

Scott Parker is a performer, theatre maker and director with a diverse skill set ranging from puppetry and Commedia dell’Arte to contemporary physical performance and installation. Scott is a founding member of Matriark Theatre Inc, producing works for young people, touring to festivals and schools. Works include Alarum (2012), HalfWorld (2013-14) and GODFACE (2015-16) as well as many smaller works for touring.  Scott recently received support from the Ian Potter Foundation to study under acclaimed theatre teacher Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Performance).


Laura Turbott

Counselling Placement Coordinator

Fiona Watters


Linda Higgins-Reid


Professor Angus Hooke

BEc (first class honours), Dip.Ed, PhD

Casual Lecturer

Professor Angus Hooke is a sessional lecturer with Excelsia. He worked for 15 years with the International Monetary Fund, as Senior Economist in the Asian Department, Division Chief in the External Relations Department, Advisor to the Minister of Finance in Korea and Resident Representative to the OECD in France. He was also the Chief Economist for both Australian Government’s Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the NSW Treasury Department. As an academic, Angus has held the position of Professor of Economics/Finance/Entrepreneurship at universities in the United States, France, Korea, Australia and China. He was Associate Dean / Dean of the Business School (3,300 students) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).

Brenda Barugahare

Casual Lecturer

Dr David Poole

B.Bus, MBA, M.Ed.Admin., PhD

Casual Lecturer

Dr Poole is an Adjunct Lecturer at Excelsia College. Dr Poole has delivered MBA and undergraduate programs in the People’s Republic of China (2000, 2002, 2007, 2010) and Vietnam (2009, 2010), served as Visiting Professor of Management at Utah State University in the United States (2001), and is co-author of the popular textbooks "Management: An Asia-Pacific Perspective" (Wiley, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014) and “Contemporary Issues in Management and Organisational Behaviour” (Thomson Learning, 2006). He served as Senior Lecturer in Management at Western Sydney University between 1996 and 2004 and in a similar role at Macquarie University from 2010 to 2011. He currently owns and operates a business in the online retail sphere in addition to his teaching responsibilities.

Dr Sunaina Gowan

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Leadership and Management

Dr Sunaina Gowan has obtained a PhD in Management from Western Sydney University, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Information Systems from the University of Ballarat. She has also done a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and a Graduate Certificate in Research. Sunaina has a highly developed expertise in team leadership, curriculum development and design, with extensive experience of lecturing, guiding and supporting students of diverse backgrounds. Currently she is working on a collaborative research project on the ‘Well-being of South Asian International Students in Sydney’ with scholars at Macquarie University. She is also Co-Founder and President of Lean In Incorporated - a not-for-profit, community based organisation. Currently she works at Excelsia College in the role of Senior Lecturer & Coordinator Leadership and Management.

Dr Henry Boateng

Casual Lecturer

Dr Narsico Cerpa

Casual Lecturer

Prof Martin Downson

Casual Lecturer

Dr Sarah Eyaa

Casual Lecturer

Maryam Mathers

Casual Lecturer

Dr Amy Lee

Casual Lecturer


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Integrative Studies

Excelsia College aims to provide excellence in higher education within a distinctive Christian framework. Every university and college works out of a particular worldview which integrates knowledge with action, and information with personal formation. Accordingly, all undergraduates at Excelsia study a suite of subjects called Integrative Studies, in which students are encouraged to assess critically their own worldview, and to engage thoughtfully with the Christian worldview that undergirds all teaching and learning at Excelsia.
The Integrative Studies curriculum addresses a range of topic areas:
Worldview seeks to clarify the way we conceptualise God, the world, the human person, and morality. It provides the student with intellectual and practical tools to assess critically whether a worldview is both intellectually coherent and practically useful, within our various social and political contexts.
Ethics draws upon the Western intellectual tradition, and the particular contributions of Christian thinkers, to help develop a workable framework for making moral decisions.
Biblical Studies enables students to read the central texts of Christianity, both Old and New Testament, in a way that is historically grounded and contextually aware. As a seminal text in the development of Western Culture, this course explores the relevance of the Christian Scriptures for both the believer and non-believer.
Vocation studies the way the Christian intellectual tradition speaks to the notion of "calling" in regards to the work we perform in this world. It encourages students to see their work as meaningful praxis, in which they are able to make a real and significant contribution to the world.

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A multi-denominational, not-for-profit Christian higher education provider, Excelsia College's mission is to be an academic community benefiting the world by producing research characterised by exemplary scholarship consistent with a Christian world view, and graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions.
Excitingly, together with Indiana Wesleyan University, we are part of a global Christian learning community with big plans for the future. Excelsia College has 36 years of experience in Christian higher education in Australia, and IWU has 99 years of experience in Christ-centred education in the US and global markets. Together the partners are well positioned to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Excelsia facilitates our students’ outstanding academic, professional, personal and spiritual development in a rigorous, supportive, collaborative learning community.
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  • For the continuing integration of all our degree programs with Christian faith, as we pursue our mission to benefit the world by producing research characterised by exemplary scholarship consistent with a Christian world view, and graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions
  • For God’s provision of our new campus at 69-71 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park
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  • For our joining forces with Indiana Wesleyan University, seeking to make Excelsia College the foundation for the first global Christian University in Australia
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  • That God will guide wise decisions by boards and management, so He can continue to use Excelsia to bring glory to Himself, as we seek to become a Christian university
  • That God will guide our development of new courses, and our steps to becoming an Australian University
  • That God will bless the launch this year of our first business degrees and our first PhD in organisational leadership
  • That God will guide our recruitment and development of world-class staff to achieve our Mission and Vision
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  • That our activities will equip students and staff for the next steps in their professional and spiritual journeys, and that God will draw us all close to him

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Alumni Testimonials

“Being able to witness first hand the professional production of a film from my initial concept all the way to being played on the big screen at Dendy Cinema was an invaluable experience for me as a student. Serving as both the writer during pre-production and Focus Puller/Camera Assistant during production enabled me to appreciate the evolution of a filmic project. This experience instilled such confidence within me as an artist that when graduating I felt fully equipped to enter the industry as a film maker." 

Murray Lambert Excelsia Alumni

Bachelor of Dramatic Art Graduate

"After many years after working for a church and another Christian organisation, I came to the realisation I'd like to become a school chaplain. As I looked around I saw that Excelsia offered the best degree to achieve my goals and equip me for teaching primary students."

Nigel Vaux Excelsia Alumni

Master of Teaching (Primary)

“The Excelsia College Master of Counselling program was a rich learning experience that grounded me in the skills that I needed to advance my counselling career."

Lisa Champion Excelsia Alumni

Master of Counselling Graduate