Heads of Campus

About the Heads of Campus

Federation University has a Head of Campus at each of its main campuses. The Heads of Campus have broad oversight of campus operations and key civic engagement activities. They liaise with community groups, industries, local government, students and staff to achieve optimal outcomes within their communities of interest.

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Ballarat (Camp St, Mt Helen, SMB)

Associate Professor Sam Henson

Sam’s early career started in the construction industry in Weipa, Far North Queensland, before spending a period in China during 1979-80 where he was part of a team assisting Chinese construction companies with new building technologies.

On his return to Victoria, Sam worked for a London based commodity trading house and gained significant international business experience in Japan, Korea, Europe, UK and Scandinavia over an eight year period.

This was followed by a number of years of consumer-based marketing experience as Account Director in a small Melbourne advertising and promotions agency, 'The Marketing Pool'.

Upon completing an MBA at Monash in the early 1990s Sam took up an academic position at Central Queensland University as a lecturer in marketing, and four years later moved to Ballarat with his young family.

Joining the former School of Business at the University of Ballarat in 1996, Sam helped to design and develop the internationalisation efforts that have become such an important part of Federation University Australia’s profile today. Alongside these international activities, Sam taught (both in Australia and at overseas campuses of Federation University Australia), consulted to industry, and engaged Federation with the Ballarat and Buninyong communities.

In his current role as Head of Campus (Ballarat), Sam leads many of the civic engagement activities at Federation, searching for reciprocal, shared value outcomes for the University and its communities of interest.

On the research front, his PhD explored high-growth small firms in regions, and he maintains research interests in small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), sustainable regional development, community engagement, and creativity and innovation.

Sections within the Head of Campus (Ballarat)

The Head of Campus (Ballarat) oversees:

Support staff to the Head of Campus (Ballarat)

Andrea Davies
Executive Assistant

Phone: +61 3 5327 9203
Email: head.ballaratcampus@federation.edu.au


Ms Kathy Racunica

Kathy has over 20 years in management across higher education spanning diverse senior roles, leading large multicultural and cross discipline teams, developing and executing strategy, managing multimillion dollar budgets, human and physical resources, and business development.

Kathy has worked at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Swinburne University, with leadership in Faculty management, research centre management, university campus management, and a number of university wide leadership roles including international student management, change management across enterprise systems, and central administration.

Kathy has extensive engagement with industry and government, along with international Universities and government groups.

As Head of Campus (Berwick), Kathy has responsibilities for campus operations and strategic development. She represents the university in the region and engages with key stakeholders to further strengthen and develop education opportunities, research innovation, and employment for the region.

With a strong passion for building effective and flourishing work environments Kathy’s continuous professional development has included positive change management and large scale transformation projects including people, processes and systems.

Kathy has qualifications in arts, change management, and post graduate qualifications in education and business.

Support staff to the Head of Campus (Berwick)

Anna Panayiotou
Coordinator, Campus Operations

Phone: +61 3 5122 6126
Email: anna.panayiotou@federation.edu.au


Ms Alex Elibank Murray

Phone: +61 7 3727 3333
Email: head.brisbanecampus@federation.edu.au

Being engaged in international education for more than 15 years, Alex joined Federation University in 2016 as the inaugural head of the Brisbane Campus to lead its establishment, ongoing growth and diversification. Prior to joining the university she held senior roles in the vocational and higher education sectors in NSW and WA.

Having worked in Japan for 8 years, Alex returned to Australia to join Charles Sturt University in the faculty of education, later joining the international relations team where she developed the university’s student mobility office, CSU Global.

Broadening her sectoral experience, she moved to vocational education heading up international relations for Challenger Institute of Technology. During her time in WA she also held leadership roles in student support services and research and business development.

As Head of Campus (Brisbane), Alex leads campus integration, operations and strategic development. She represents the university in Queensland with key stakeholders and develops opportunities for collaboration with industry, government and community partners.

Alex has a passion for building mutually beneficial relationships with industry to enhance the student experience and develop links for broader university collaboration.


Ms Leigh Kennedy

Leigh grew up in Traralgon, Gippsland completing secondary school at Traralgon High School.

Following her completion of secondary education, she then moved to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Commerce Economics (Hons) from Monash University before starting work with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

As an executive with nearly 20 years of international leadership experience, spanning five continents, she is acknowledged for her proficiency in strategy, research and planning in banking, consulting, communications, research and analytics.

Leigh has previously worked with consulting firm, Accenture (2000-2006), and a British bank called Standard Chartered Bank (2006-2014). In 2011, Leigh was awarded an Executive MBA (Distinction) from the CASS Business School, City University London.

In March 2019, Leigh joined Federation University from Regional Development Victoria, where she served as the Gippsland Regional Director for approximately four years.

As Head of Campus (Gippsland), Leigh is responsible for facilitating the integration and engagement of the campus in the wider university operations and in the local, regional context. She represents the university locally and engages collaboratively with local community, industry and government leaders to advance the engagement strategy for the Gippsland Campus and to optimise the campus’ development and contribution to the region.

Leigh is passionate about the region and being able to work to optimise the campus’ development and contribution to the region.

Support staff to the Head of Campus (Gippsland)

Angela Mazou
Coordinator, Campus Operations

Phone: +61 3 5122 6489
Email: angela.mazou@federation.edu.au


Associate Professor Geoffrey Lord MBA MAICD

Geoffrey was appointed as the Head of the Wimmera campuses in February 2012. In addition to his business development and administrative oversight roles Geoffrey works to raise the profile of Federation University in the Wimmera region by representing the University on local, state-wide and national organisations, business and economic boards and working parties.

Geoffrey’s university career commenced at Charles Sturt in 2010, where he worked as a project officer conducting research and developing courseware across four institutional higher education and TAFE partner organisations, including Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, for the then Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Early Childhood Education Workforce Capacity Project.

Prior to this Geoffrey spent 23 years working for the Department of Defence as a serving member in leadership, training, national curriculum development and policy development, as well as project management roles within the RAAF and the Army, including ADF Management Services Agency as a Management Consultant. It was during Geoffrey’s military career that he completed undergraduate studies in Vocational Education and Training at Charles Sturt University, subsequently completing an MBA with the Graduate School of Management, Southern Cross University.

Geoffrey is Chair of the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, an elected member of the University’s Academic Board, sits on the University Health and Safety Policy Committee, is a member of The Federation University Australia Foundation Advancement Committee, and sits on a variety of external community Boards.

Sections within the Head of Campus (Wimmera)

The Head of Campus (Wimmera) has responsibility for the Wimmera Campus Business Manager and Wimmera Administrative Support Officer staff.

The Head of Campus (Wimmera) also supports in the management of the Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC).

Support staff to the Head of Campus (Wimmera)

Lyn Parish
Personal Assistant

Phone: +61 3 5362 2636
Email: l.parish@federation.edu.au