Gregory J Harper

Dean - Hospitality

Gregory J Harper is a highly experienced executive, leader, consultant and academic. Currently, Pro Vice-Chancellor with Torrens University, Greg has held a number of senior executive positions in the public and private sectors. For example, Chief Executive of a large Queensland TAFE Institute, a Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Education and Training, and CEO of a licensed club. He also ran a successful workforce development consulting business. Greg has completed post-graduate qualifications in learning and development, and economics, and has a doctorate in leadership development.

Justin D Pierce

Director of Innovation, Industry, and Employability.
My philosophy toward education is Never waste a day.

Justin has earned the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma, a Bachelor of Information Technology with First Class Honours, a Master of Education, a Master of Business Administration with four majors and a Doctor of Philosophy in information security from Deakin University. He is a life fellow of the Australian Graduate School of Leadership, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member and Certified Professional with the Australian Computer Society. Justin has published nearly 60 articles in academic and industry journals, has a start-up business in software, consults and coaches in industry.

Jarrod Main

Senior Lecturer - Hospitality

Jarrod began his career working for Marriott International Inc. Jarrod spent five years working for Marriott International in food & beverage, front office & guest relations at properties in Circular Quay, Parramatta & London. After a successful career in hotels, Jarrod moved into a corporate training role at Laureate Australia, developing resource and facilitating training across Australia and online. Jarrod began teaching at William Blue in 2014.

Kirsten Browne

Program Director – Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management

Kirsten has over 15 years of international hospitality experience, with stints working in Asia, Europe and Australia. After beginning her front of house career of traditional restaurants in Japan. Kirsten soon transferred her skills to the hotel industry and has worked in various roles in food and beverage, night audit and reservations. Kirsten continued her career with the Accor group in a general manager role at Ibis hotels in the UK and then in Sydney. After many years of conducting workplace training, Kirsten moved into hospitality management education five years ago and is currently a program manager for higher education.

Rakkitha Kumarage

Lecturer – Hospitality

Rakkitha has over 12 years’ experience in the industry, with specialized expertise in the areas of hotel management, food and beverage operations, front desk management and hospitality training and assessing. He is astute in identifying areas in need of improvement, with the vision to develop and implement successful action plans. Rakkitha’s hospitality experience spans over time spent in Australia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the Maldives.

What started as various roles in food and beverage in hotels across Sri Lanka built to Rakkitha taking on the role of Food and Beverage Executive at Eden Resort and Spa. This role involved the management of the resort’s seven food and beverage outlets, as well as managing operations, HRM, finance and marketing. Working at the Eden Resort and Spa then lead to Rakkitha having the opportunity spend time at IHG’s Kandooma Fushi Resort in the Maldives, before returning to Sri Lanka to join the executive team at the Royal Palms Beach Hotel.

In 2010, Rakkitha expanded his academic knowledge by studying an MBA (Business) at the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. Moving to the UK opened up a plethora of opportunities in the hospitality industry, which saw Rakkitha spend time with numerous hospitality establishments; Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, The Beauchief Hotel, and Best Western Cutler’s Hotel to name a few.

In 2015, an executive guest relations position with Hilton Worldwide saw Rakkitha move to Australia, where after over 2 years in the position, he made the decision to move into the areas of vocational and higher education, spending time with the International College of Advanced Education in Darwin, before joining the William Blue team in 2017.
Rakkitha is an asset to the academic team at William Blue, and is currently a learning facilitator and lecturer in hospitality, teaching face to face and online courses.

Sarah Hind

Senior Lecturer - Hospitality

Sarah Hind has over 13 years’ experience in the Higher Education and Vocational Education sector in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and is passionate about facilitating students in the online and blended learning environment.

Sarah started working for the airline industry as a customer service agent at Newcastle International Airport in the UK, where she then joined the sales team at British Airways, UK.  Moving to New York City, Sarah has worked for VisitBritain, the British national tourism agency responsible for promoting Britain globally, marketing specifically to the USA and Canadian markets.

Having spent some time travelling, Sarah continued her career in education working with industry partners such as Contiki, STA Travel, Stray Travel, Feejee Experience, House of Travel and Amadeus to develop subject and course materials for educational courses in New Zealand.

Sarah joined William Blue in 2013 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality teaching face to face and online across a range of courses.

Sarah’s qualifications:

  • MA (Ed) Adult Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management.