At the heart of what we do are our people. We're pleased to be able to introduce some of them.

Executive Director
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Stuart Andrews

Executive Director

Stuart Andrews has been the Executive Director of AHEIA since 2011.

He is a workplace relations lawyer and was previously employed by AHEIA as its Legal and Industrial Officer between 1988 and 1993. Prior to re-joining AHEIA, Stuart was the HR Director at the University of Tasmania, where he was the lead negotiator for UTAS in five rounds of enterprise bargaining from 1993 to 2011.

Stuart gained his law degree from UTAS and holds a postgraduate qualification in Arbitration and Mediation from the University of Adelaide.  He is also a past President and Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of Tasmania.

Stuart was a member of the negotiating team that developed the national job protection framework with the NTEU in 2020, and represented AHEIA as a member of the JobMaker National Working Group on casual and fixed-term employment established by the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations in mid-2020.

03 8611 0512

0418 512 943

Workplace Relations Consultant
Workplace Relations Consultant
Workplace Relations Consultant
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Catherine Pugsley

Workplace Relations Consultant

Cathy has been with AHEIA since mid-2000. Prior to that she was a solicitor in private practice working exclusively in workplace relations. Cathy has also worked in industrial relations and human resources in the manufacturing sector, and as an industrial officer with a large employer association. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law from the University of Melbourne.

03 8611 0514

0413 643 753

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Peter Raymond

Workplace Relations Consultant

Peter is an experienced industrial officer who joined AHEIA in 2008. Peter has previously worked in the Australian Public Service at Centrelink, and then for the CPSU (SPSF as it was then known) in the early 90s as an industrial officer. He subsequently worked at RMIT University in the mid to late 90’s and at La Trobe University until 2006, followed by  2 years as a consultant with a private firm. Peter has a particular interest in the process of formulating and settling workplace agreements.

03 8611 0511

0422 458 015

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Bianca Rance

Workplace Relations Consultant

Bianca commenced with AHEIA in March 2014 as a Workplace Relations Advisor. In March 2016 Bianca became a Workplace Relations Consultant. She is an experienced HR Generalist and prior to her appointment at AHEIA, she held a variety of HR roles within the Victorian Public Service with the Department of Justice, the Public Housing/Local Government sector in London with H&F Homes and, most recently, the Victorian Health Sector with The Royal Children’s Hospital. 

Bianca holds a Master of Workplace and Employment Law from Monash University, a Master of Human Resource Management from Deakin University, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from Victoria University.


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0437 410 037

Workplace Relations Consultant
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Marcus Miller

Workplace Relations Consultant

Marcus has a wealth of Human Resources and Workplace Relations experience stretching over 20 years.  Prior to joining AHEIA, Marcus was a Senior Consultant, Workplace Relations at Deakin University. He has also held Workplace Relations and Human Resources roles at RMIT University, the University of New South Wales and Monash College, as well as in the Victorian Public Service and various trade unions.

Marcus is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Tasmania.

03 8611 0519

0400 152 359

Manager Learning and Development
Business Manager
HR Benchmarking and Events Manager
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Gerard Grant

Manager Learning and Development

Gerard joined AHEIA in July 2007 with extensive experience in a variety of senior Human Resources Management roles with Australia Post, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) and the City of Whittlesea (Local Government). He has led significant organisational development and change programs as well as numerous teams and projects.
Gerard leads AHEIA’s training services and enjoys supporting university leaders in building workforce capability. He has recently returned to AHEIA after a three year secondment with Australian Catholic University in the role of National Manager Capability Development.
Gerard has a keen interest in workplace learning and holds a Degree in Adult Learning and Development and a Master of Education (Work and Learning Studies) from Monash University.  Gerard is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education at La Trobe University. Gerard is a past Secretary of the Vic/Tas Division of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) and past Deputy Chair, Victorian Executive of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Gerard is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI): Fellow of the Association for Tertiary Education Management (FATEM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (FAITD).

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Fitri Elpilysia

Business Manager

Fitri commenced her appointment as Business Manager of AHEIA in May 2016. Prior to that she was a Finance and Administration Manager in a major landscaping company in Victoria. Her qualifications include Master of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University and Diploma of Accounting from Open Colleges. With her qualifications, as well as over 20 years of experience including running her own business, she has developed a wide range of skills such as accounting, contract management and strategic finance.

03 8611 0517

0409 818 392

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Henry Wong

HR Benchmarking and Events Manager

Henry joined AHEIA in 2012 from the Queensland University of Technology where he co-ordinated and promoted the HR Department's Universities HR Benchmarking program. He was also previously employed by the University of Queensland as a sessional academic teaching management, human resources, organisational behaviour and marketing.

Henry holds dual bachelor degrees in Economics and Business Management (specialising in Human Resources Management, Organisational Behaviour and Marketing) and a Master of Business Economics from the university of Queensland. Henry is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), certified workplace trainer and assessor and holds professional affiliations with AHRI (Certified Professional), AIM (Member), IMC, AMI and PRIA.


03 8611 0515

0447 000 639

Learning & Creative Design Consultant
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Annemarie Comerford

Learning & Creative Design Consultant

Annemarie joined AHEIA in July 2013, bringing with her a wealth of experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit fields. Annemarie previously served as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Institute of Public Accountants. Before that she worked across various sectors in Senior Administration roles including marketing, recruitment and finance. 


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0424 003 360

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2022 Team

Employees of the Association (from left):
Standing: Peter Raymond, Henry Wong, Stuart Andrews, Bianca Rance, Marcus Miller, Catherine Pugsley.
Seated: Fitri Elpilysia, Annemarie Comerford, Gerard Grant.

Training Terms, Conditions & Refunds

More than 28 calendar days prior to event start date a participant may: substitute an attendee, transfer to an alternative program date or cancel participation in a training program and request a refund by emailing

15 - 28 calendar days prior to event start date a participant may: substitute an attendee or transfer to an alternative program date

14 calendar days or less prior to event start date  a participant may: substitute an attendee.

To ensure the maximum value for AHEIA members, a minimum number of participants are required to run a successful program. AHEIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone a program to an alternative date. In this event registrants will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the next available program, or receive a full refund.

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) website,

AHEIA is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

Collection of your personal information

There are many aspects of the site which can be viewed without providing personal information, however, for access to AHEIA customer support features you are required to submit personally identifiable information. This may include but not limited to a unique username and password, or provide sensitive information in the recovery of your lost password.

Sharing of your personal information

We may occasionally hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, including but not limited to handling customer support enquiries, processing transactions or customer freight shipping. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. AHEIA takes reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

Use of your personal information

For each visitor to reach the site, we expressively collect the following non-personally identifiable information, including but not limited to browser type, version and language, operating system, pages viewed while browsing the Site, page access times and referring website address. This collected information is used solely internally for the purpose of gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalized content to you while you are at this Site.

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will use for these new purposes only, data collected from the time of the policy change forward will adhere to our updated practices.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

AHEIA reserves the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should not access or use the Site.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You have a right to access your personal information, subject to exceptions allowed by law. If you would like to do so, please let us know. You may be required to put your request in writing for security reasons. AHEIA reserves the right to charge a fee for searching for, and providing access to, your information on a per request basis.

Contacting us

AHEIA welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy and would like further information, please contact us by any of the following means during business hours Monday to Friday.

Call: 03 9614 5550

Fax: 03 9614 3125


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