Our People

Our Staff

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Principal Dr Simon Livingstone
PhD,  M School Mgt, Grad Dip FET, B Bus, Dip Farm Mgt, A.I.M.M.
Deputy Principal Tony McMeel 
B.COM, CPA, M Prof Ed & Train
Director Agriculture and Agribusiness
Andrew Baker
B.Bus, M.AgBus, GCertF
Director Equine Management
Emma Morel
Director Postgraduate Studies and
Centre for the Study of Agribusiness
Dr Yasmin Chalmers
PhD, BSc(Hons)
Principal Research Associate Dr Peter Smith
Facilitator of
The Centre for the Study of Agribusiness
Professor Tim Reeves

Director of Teaching & Learning
Senior Lecturer in Information Technology

Des Umbers
M.Prof.Educ.& Trng, Dip TT
Lecturer in Agronomy
Co-ordinator Farm Business Management 1st Year
Toby Campbell
B.Ag.Sc, B.Arts, GradCert SustAgri
Lecturer in Livestock Production and Management Matt Robertson
B.Ag.Sci (Hons), PGDipTeach(Sec)
Lecturer in Accounting
Co-ordinator for Agribusiness 1st Year
Deanne Whelan,
BCom, GCertF
Lecturer in Finance and Accounting
Cleo Gower,
BA(Hons), ACA, Grad Dip Ed
Lecturer in Marketing and Business Communications David Cornish
B.Ag.Ec, B.B.M.(Acct), Dip F.P.

Lecturer In Animal Production Sam Inglis
Grad Dip Ed, Dip FM Hons
Lecturer in Equine Management Dr Nick Roe

Part-time Lecturers

Lecturer in Marketing

Campbell Jeffery
MBA, B.Ec.
Lecturer in Agricultural Engineering Ian Farran
B.E.(Agric) M.Eng.Sc.Grad.Dip.Agrib,Grad.Dip.Elec.Comp.
Lecturer in Farm Business Management Peter McCann
B.AppSc(Ag), MBA
Lecturer in Animal Health

Dr G Davies
Lecturer in Horse Health

Dr A McKinnon
BVSc, Msc, Dip ACT, Dip ABVP, Dip Vet Med. 
Lecturer in Horse Health

Dr A McLean
PhD, Bsc, Dip Ed. 
Lecturer in Animal Production

Cam Nicholson
B.Ag.Sci (Melb), M.App.Sci (UWS), MAIAST
Lecturer in Farm Business Management, Finance, Business Analysis
Tony Hudson


Foundation Manager Alannah Halloran
Foundation Officer Gail Smaniotto
Scholarship Coordinator (part-time) Janet Craigie-McConnell
Marketing Officer Sophie Sutherland
Librarian Marg Frewin
BSSc(Lib), Grad.Dip.Mgnt
Catering and Accommodation Manager Lyn Cameron
Lecturer and ICT Manager Scott Vanderkley
B Info Tech, Grad Cert Ed
ICT Support Specialist
Ben Hole


Student Services Officer Cathy Bell
Administration Officer Jenny Hendricks
Administration Officer Claudia Nasuti
Finance Officer Cathy Bent
Building and Facilities Co-ordinator Graham Coates

Practical / Industry Placement Coordinators

Agribusiness 1st Year Deanne Whelan
BCom, GCertF, ASA
Agribusiness 2nd Year Andrew Baker
B.Bus, M.AgBus, GCertF
Agriculture Matt Robertson
B.Ag.Sci (Hons), PGDipTeach(Sec)
Equine Management Mr Bill Cockram

CRICOS Provider Code 00306D


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What Marcus Means to Graduates

Rob McGavin, Graduate of Excellence 2000 1993
Executive Chairman Boundary Bend Limited, Australia’s largest vertically integrated olive company. 2007 Australian Agribusiness Exporter of the Year

“What really struck me about Marcus was the philosophy and culture of
the place and its students. The buzz of aspiration and purpose surrounding
Marcus Oldham rubs off on all who are lucky enough to attend. Marcus will
stimulate the apathetic and ensure the majority of students, by the time they
graduate, are focused and determined about their ambitions.”


Emily Butcher, Equine 2000
Shortlisted for 2008 New Zealand Olympic Team

“Marcus Oldham was a fantastic experience for me. One that I feel privileged to have
experienced, and that gave me the knowledge and opportunities that have helped me
to get where I am today. The course not only gave me the practical and life skills
required to be successful, but also the business management skills to run an Equine
business that is helping to support my dream of representing NZ in Eventing.”


Tim Amitrano, Equine 1999
Olympian - Australia

“Riding horses at top level is hard work. Understanding how to manage your finances
and make a business out of it can be even harder. At Marcus Oldham, I developed
strong business skills complemented by sound practical and horse husbandry
knowledge. It was a very intense year of study but just what I needed to help me


Simone Poonawalla, Horse Business Management 1997

"My time at Marcus Oldham was one of the most important years of my life. My family has been involved in thoroughbred breeding in India since 1946, so I suppose my interest and passion for horses was a natural progression. Having said that, traditional lore, where knowledge and techniques are passed through generations is no longer enough. After investigating a range of equine colleges around the world, I chose Marcus Oldham's Horse Business Management course because it offered such an in depth program, both academically and practically. The combination of personal attention and lectures delivered by respected industry leaders not only encouraged personal confidence but also opportunity. I will be forever grateful for my Marcus experience which has allowed me to work and travel the globe."


Alex Matheson, Equine 1995
NZ Dressage Champion

“My year at Marcus Oldham gave me an excellent grounding in a number of academic
subjects and life skills that have helped me with my working career.
The equestrian knowledge and contacts gained during my studies has given me a
marvellous opportunity to excel with my equestrian career.”


Imtiaz Anee, Equine 1995
Olympian – India

“Marcus Oldham gave me a unique opportunity to realise my dreams of competing
at the elite level. I owe much of my success to Marcus Oldham, and will never forget
the amazing start it gave me to my international career.“


Fleur Cushman, Equine 1993
Editor Racing Post Weekender, UK

“I have a superb career working in an industry that I’m fanatical about. This would
not have been possible had I not had a head start with the knowledge gleaned from my
time at Marcus Oldham. This gave me a terrific advantage and one that has allowed
me to get closer to becoming an expert in my field."


Jill Smolenski, Equine 1989
Manager breeding operation New Zealand, caring for approximately 30 mares and preparing their offspring for sales

“Marcus gave me the confidence to take on management positions and I encourage
anybody who has a passion for horses, to go to Marcus Oldham. Attending the
College shaped my future, instilling the confidence and knowledge I required to
achieve my goals.”


Tim Croagh, Farm Management 1982
Western Plains Pork, Mt Mercer, Vic

"The years spent at Marcus Oldham have proven to be invaluable to me. The business approach to the course and the different skills needed to run an agricultural business sets Marcus Oldham apart from other courses on offer. This knowledge learnt was critical in my approach to look at all different types of agriculture. Marcus has also created an enormous network of contacts for me since graduating and so has given me the advantage I was looking for."


Jim Paltridge, Equine 1979
Managing Director, Newmarket, UK office of Melbourne based International Racehorse Transport

“I have probably had a hand in arranging to fly well over 50,000 horses around the
world - to and from most continents. The Marcus course has proven invaluable to me
in many walks of my life, and no doubt will continue to do so.”



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'Everyone at Marcus is so close ...First Year ... Third Year ... lecturer - everyone is approachable and easy to get along with"
Alexandra Purcell, Agribusiness 2013

"I advise coming to Marcus. You will not regret for one second your decision."
Alexandra Webster, Agribusiness 2013

"Life at Marcus is great!"
Anna Cotton, Agriculture 2013

"I like the people and connections at Marcus."
Harry Kelly, Agribusiness 2013

"The whole course is very beneficial, I like the way it is structured."
James Higgins, Agriculture 2013

"Marcus overseas tours offer opportunities we would otherwise not have. Smaller classes mean more one-on-one time with lecturers."
Jess Green, Agribusiness 2013

"The staff are friendly and willing to help."
Lesley Tomkinson, Agriculture 2013

"Fantastic lecturers... fantastic tours. Great opportunity to meet new people from around Australia."
Nick McNamara, Agriculture 2013

"If you want to get ahead in industry, Marcus is the best place to start"
Patrick Taylor, Agriculture 2013

"Everyone gets along wih no separation between the different courses. Marcus is extremely welcoming and the lecturers ... give us the best opportunity for the future."
Rhys Curr, Agriculture 2013

"The industry placement year is a wonderful idea."
Rosie McClymont, Agriculture 2013

"I like the small community where everyone has a common interest. The course is well structured and brings together all the different skills needed to run a successful farming business in today's world."
Stuart Tait, Agriculture 2013

"Marcus is teaching us skills that are up to date and relevant to our industry."
Tom Upton, Agriculture 2013

"I love ... the wide mix of people with farming backgrounds from all over Australia and the world. What I like most about Marcus is the people."
William Corlis, Agribusiness 2013


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