Chief Executive Officer (CEO)






Professor Ron Newman
Qualifications: ASTC Ind Des, GDipHEd (UNSW),

Profile: As a professional designer who joined the ranks of academia full time in 1994, Professor Newman brings a mix of design and business experiences, higher education and an acute business acumen to the management of projects and academic units.

Professor Newman completed his studies in Industrial Design at the National Art School (NAS) in the early 1970s and has held various design and design management positions in Australia and Europe. Senior design positions with Philips, Email and for six years as Research and Development Manager for Sebel Furniture paralleled his editorial stewardship of the national magazine Design in Australia and various executive roles within the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

For five years in the late 1980s Professor Newman was the Chief Executive Officer of the public company, Exhibit Resources, which he established, a company involved in design and fabrication of museums and exhibitions. Professor Newman has held many board directorships and consultancy positions to major companies.

Professor Newman was Head of School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for eight years from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 for 4 years he was Director & Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. In January 2005 Auckland University through its business incubator, IceHouse, appointed Professor Newman into a parallel role as Entrepreneur in Residence, a residency designed to initiate new collaborations within Auckland University and encouraging outreach to the commercial community of New Zealand.

In September 2006 Professor Newman left the University of Sydney, to join Raffles Education Corp (REC) to become Vice President and later (2008) President of Raffles University System, at REC’s headquarters in Singapore. Professor Newman left REC in 2011 and is currently CEO of Virtu Institute.

Along with his other qualifications and experience Professor Newman holds a TAE40110 Certificate IV Training & Assessment.

Chair Academic Board








Dr. Lee E. J. Styger
Qualifications: MSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CEnv, FIED, FIMMM, FICME, FCILT, REngDes, SMSME, MIEAust

Profile: Dr Lee Styger is the Executive MBA Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School. Before joining the Sydney Business School, Lee worked with many blue chip organisations in the business development, product development and people development spaces.

Lee is a thought leader and creative thinker. He is a rare individual who has forged a career in both industry and academia. Working in advanced technology and platform development, Lee’s career foundation has been in the new product development, rapid prototyping, niche production and 3D printing disciplines. Lee has worked on programs in industries as diverse as medical devices, automotive, avionics, environmental and education.

Lee has been a member of, and chaired, many prestigious design and industry committees and boards, delivering programs though out the European Union, Asia and the USA. He is regularly called upon to deliver keynote talks and lead innovation groups for businesses.

His experience has resulted in a passionate belief of the imperative that winning organisations must deliver meaningful customer delight through differentiation and value creation, at the heart of which lies good design.

Academic Director







Ms Rachel Hawkins
Qualifications: BDes, MCDArtDes, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Ms Rachel Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Graphics and Textiles from the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2006. A strong believer in continuing education, she then went on to study a Masters of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, completely online, graduating from College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2012. Rachel brings to Virtu this wealth of knowledge and experience in online study platforms and online collaboration. In 2012, Rachel also attained the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, adding LLN in 2013.

Ms Hawkins’ professional career began in the graphic design department of Sydney based fashion house, Jets Swimwear, from there she went on to work in commercial digital design and print in Vancouver, Canada.

On her return to Sydney, Ms Hawkins moved into senior design roles at entrepreneurial companies leading graphic design with a strong marketing focus; working with high profile brands such as: Sydney Water, AMP Capital, Centro Properties Group, GPT, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Lilydale Chickens and Bodytrim. Ms Hawkins is an experienced product and packaging designer with product ranges in Coles Supermarkets and Priceline stores.

During the last eleven years in the industry Ms Hawkins’ creative and conceptual capabilities have seen her undertake projects in product design, packaging design, corporate identity, advertising, marketing, signage and web based campaigns.

Administration Manager and Registrar








Ms Kerrin Carlson

Profile: After graduating from the University of New South Wales, Kerrin Carlson began her career with Morgan & Banks as the NSW Training Coordinator. Kerrin returned to Queensland where she worked as the Training Manager for Clive Anthony’s electrical stores. In 2006, Kerrin started her own consulting business in training and business strategy services, delivering to a range of clients across various industries.
This consulting led to a full time role in 2013 with one of her clients, where she took on the role as National Sales and Training Manager. Having been exposed to continuous learning, both on the job and during online business studies, Kerrin joins the Virtu team with motivation to apply her knowledge and skills to the Virtu staff and student experience.

Student Services Manager and Assistant Registrar








Ms Monique Eggeling

Profile: Monique Eggleing is a mum of two and lives in the Sydney Northern Beaches. Monique has been involved in RTO administration for several years and joined Virtu in early 2015. Monique also works for the Manly Chamber of Commerce with a strong background in: membership, management, marketing and events management. Through her various roles in rugby league and sports administration Ms Eggeling has understood the importance of developing a community around and activity; in Virtu’s case, education.
Monique’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the suburb of Manly is infectious as she strives to help local businesses grow, network and become more sustainable into the future.

Ms Eggelings role in Virtu makes her the best first point of contact for all student enrolment, complaint or appeal matters.