All CISWA activities are directed by a voluntary Executive Council consisting of current/retired staff from a variety of WA Education Providers. The Executive Council meets on a monthly basis.
President: Dr Kevin McKenna, former DVC International, Curtin University
Kevin has had extensive experience in the international education sector with over 30 years at Curtin University. He had various roles in Curtin Business School until in June 2000 he was appointed as the founding Pro Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University of Technology’s Malaysian Campus in Miri, Sarawak.
From 2004 to 2009 he had overall responsibility for all of Curtin’s international operations, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International. In 2008 he was responsible for the establishment of Curtin’s Singapore campus. He is now retired and is currently the President of CISWA.
Vice-President: Simon Davies Burrows, Manager Internationalisation, Edith Cowan University
Simon has overseen a variety of areas at ECU including international admissions, compliance & quality assurance, student mobility and International relations and academic partnerships. He was founding Chair of the WA Universities ESOS Reference Group. In 2011, in recognition of his contributions to international education, Simon was awarded the inaugural Australian Universities International Directors Forum ‘Tracey McCabe Fellowship’.
In 2012, Simon received the Vice-Chancellor’s staff award for his sustained contributions to internationalisation at ECU. Simon has contributed to industry discussion and delivered presentations and workshops on compliance and international admissions to industry colleagues across all sectors. He is the current Vice President of the Council for International Students of Western Australia.
2nd Vice-President: Associate Professor Celia Cornwell- Associate Dean Engagement and International Development, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University
Celia Cornwell took up her role as Dean International for the Faculty of Health Sciences in July 2010, having previously worked at Curtin and in universities in the UK. Celia has 20 years of experience in international relations in business, government and higher education, and is a fluent speaker of Standard (Mandarin) Chinese.
Celia has extensive experience in the development of international opportunities and partnerships for the private, government and university sectors.
In her current role Celia provides strategic leadership for the international activities of the Faculty of Health Sciences. She manages international student recruitment and seeks out and develops teaching and research collaboration with international partner universities. Celia also leads and manages the development of transnational programs both at other Curtin campuses and with independent education partners.
In a previous career in State Government she had responsibility for management of intergovernmental relations and bilateral investment promotion with China and other countries in the region.
Treasurer: Amanda Fritz, Director International Programs, Anglican Schools Commission International
Amanda has over 16 years experience working with International students. This has primarily involved working in Overseas Student Health Cover as the National Manager and WA State Manager for Allianz Global Assistance (formerly Worldcare Assist), and six years in Homestay Management with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).
She has founded and managed AHN operations in WA and was also the Chief Executive Officer of AHN Australia, who is the licensed manager for the Australian Homestay Network in WA, SA, NSW, NT and Qld. Amanda worked as part of the global Partnered Allianz Global Education (PAGE) team with Allianz Global Assistance in 2015, which helped to promote quality services to International students and promote Australia as a destination of choice for student mobility. In 2016, Amanda took a position managing the International Programs for the Anglican Schools Commission, which represents 14 independent co-educational secondary schools across Australia.
Amanda is a passionate manager who is well organised, experienced and knowledgeable within the business of delivering services to clients and customers.
Amanda is a firm believer in the quality of Australian education and the benefits that an Australian education experience can bring to an international student. As such, she is always working to ensure the delivery of educational services for her schools create a positive and memorable experience for all students studying within them.
CISWA Projects Manager: Lia Simmonds
Lia holds a double degree in Marketing and Indonesian Language from Curtin University. Lia has worked in a variety of marketing management roles and operated her own small business.She has worked with CISWA as their Projects Manager since 2011.
Lia has a passion for integrating international students within the WA community and enjoys facilitating the programs CISWA offers.
Executive Councillor: Sam Pan, former International Student
Sam Pan is a former international student from China who holds degrees in Accounting and Marketing from Curtin University. As a former international student, he deeply understands the difficulties that international students face in adapting to a new environment. He strongly believes that promoting friendship and connections among international students is a great way for supporting their study lives and enriching their experiences. He has been actively involved with CISWA as a voluntary councillor for over 3 years.
Sam has been actively involved in volunteering for various organizations supporting youth development in Perth such as the Perth Youth Advisory Council and Propel Youth Arts. He founded the International Friendship Party event series under the name of “Umbrella Bay”, aimed at providing opportunities for international students to socialize, meet new friends, and have some fun.
He believes life is an adventure and that the highlight of living in Australia is forming new friendships.
Executive Councillor: Ibrahim Latheef, Strategic Advisor – Community Engagement, WA Police
Ibrahim Latheef served as Lieutenant Colonel at Maldives Defence Force (MNDF 1984 – 2004) and later Senior Deputy Commissioner at Maldives Police Service (MPS 2004-2007). He now works for WA Police as the Strategic Advisor (Community Engagement Division).
During his distinguished career, Ibrahim has fulfilled many senior roles and has been involved in various projects of strategic importance, including spearheading the development of newly established Maldives Police Service, Commanding Officer of Security Division (MNDF), and Head of Criminal Investigation Department (MPS).
Ibrahim is a highly trained officer with an excellent academic, military and policing background. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. A graduate of Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, US Army.
Ibrahim Latheef has an Associate Degree of Social Science in Police Studies from Edith Cowan University, Australia (1994) and a Master of Arts in Social Science from University of Leicester, England (1999).
Executive Councillor: Eva Godwin
Eva has been working in the VET industry for over 20 years. She owned her own RTO for 15 years catering for the local and international student market and became an industry leader in her field for Innovation and Best Practice. Eva volunteered her time for 5 years on the National Training Package review committee representing private RTO for Service Skills Australia.
In her current role she supports international and local students throughout their learning journey and is responsible for compliance and quality assurance.
Eva’s passion is to offer practical students support focusing on improving participation, engagement and learning outcomes.
Executive Councillor: Carol-Ann Lynch LLB, Principal RMA at EasiVisa and WA Branch Executive – Migration Institute of Australia
Carol-Ann was a partner in a respected UK law firm before migrating to Australia. She sits on the Branch Executive of the Migration Institute of Australia (WA) and supervises EasiVisa’s team of skilled migration and education professionals who provide guidance and support to onshore and future international students, often on a pro bono basis. The team at EasiVisa focuses on the integrity, quality and outcome of the international study experience as well as promoting Western Australia as a premier Australian study destination. Carol-Ann is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to CISWA’s valuable work.
Executive Councillor: Joanne Phillip-Clarke- College and International Manager, DNA Kingston
Joanne has worked in international education for 12 years with both DNA Kingston Training and Navitas. She is currently the College Manager at DNA Kingston Training who won the WA 2015 International Training Provider of the Year award from DTWD.
Joanne position’s within the education industry have included Student Services, Office Management, Quality and Compliance, and International Student Management. Joanne is passionate about delivering high-level customer service and social inclusion for all students.
Executive Councillor: Graham Jackson
Graham is now retired after many years as a Commonwealth Public Servant who worked with International Students. He is deeply concerned for student welfare matters particularly regarding student expectations, hardships/pressures and the potential of exploitation prior entry and after arrival.
Executive Councillor: Julie Craig, Manager, International Sponsored Studies (ISSU), Curtin International, Curtin University