Alumni and industry links

Building professional networks

Our world-class program has been designed to encourage peer-to-peer and active collaboration. You’ll thrive within our diverse community of talented, engaged and experienced students. We believe that progress is made through facing challenges, and you’ll be tested in a variety of ways from day one. Creative thinking, self-reflection, and innovation are central aspects of the experience.

Industry Advisory Board

The La Trobe MBA Advisory Board provides advice on issues relevant to the MBA program’s strategic direction. The board plays a distinct role in helping to promote the La Trobe MBA brand, facilitating the development of strong organisational links, and providing strategic direction for its development and future expansion.

Our board is composed of both internal and external stakeholders. Internal stakeholders include the Head and Associate Head of the La Trobe Business School, as well the Director and Deputy Director of the MBA program. External stakeholders serving on the board are a mixture of La Trobe MBA graduates and industry professionals.

Current external members of the board

Jill Gleeson

to be confirmed

Caroline Patton

Caroline is the founder and Director of Accuteque. As a mother of three, Caroline built the Accuteque business over an 11-year period with the support of her husband. Accuteque focuses on helping reshape other businesses, enabling them to be more sustainable.

Caroline started her career in 1989 as a customer service officer for National Mutual where she joined the business analysis team, specialising in implementing new processes and systems. This experience led to her focus on change and transformation, as well as optimisation of business operations. In 1997, Caroline joined Ansett Australia as a senior business consultant and in 1999 travelled to London to join Unisys. In 2002, Caroline returned to Australia where she founded Accuteque and has grown the business from a single consultant to a team of 40 people.

Caroline is passionate about delivering quality outcomes and providing people with a positive experience. She has consulted at senior levels in a number of multinational companies. She is a specialist in:

  • implementation and release management
  • people management
  • program and project management
  • quality assurance management
  • stakeholder relationship management
  • strategy definition and execution.

Caroline is a highly competent, successful and professional leader with diverse experience across a variety of industries, including airline, banking, finance, insurance, logistics, management consulting, petroleum, retail, superannuation and telecommunications.

Caroline has been engaged by the following clients:

  • ALH Group
  • ANZ Banking Group
  • BP Australia
  • CGU Insurance
  • CRT Group
  • FBT Transwest
  • Guild Insurance
  • KPMG Australia
  • Manningham City Council
  • NAB
  • Norwich Union
  • Pitcher Partners
  • Queensland Rail Regional Freight
  • RAMS Home Loans
  • RBC Dexia Investor Services
  • Scottish Equitable
  • Telstra
  • Unisys

Gerard Mullins

Gerard Mullins is a broadly experienced manager and consultant. Gerard has accumulated valuable professional experience across a range of industries and business sectors. As the founder and director of an IT services business, Gerard has engaged directly with owners, CEOs and directors to effectively manage one of their most valued assets (IT infrastructure, applications and business systems). This has provided great insight into the operations of a wide variety of businesses and industries. This experience is complemented by formal executive study and certifications.

Gerard’s key experience and interests include:

  • developing ICT strategies to complement business strategies
  • ICT risk management
  • ICT governance policy and practice
  • ICT project management
  • business development specifically the introduction of professional business management best practices
  • mentoring of business owners, managers and directors.


  • Master of Business Administration – La Trobe University
  • Australian Company Directors Course – Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Management – Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management – Victoria University
  • Certificate IV Building and Construction – Master Builders Association of Victoria
  • Graduate Diploma Building and Construction – Master Builders Association of Victoria


  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Member of the Master Builders Association of Victoria

La Trobe Business School industry partners


  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Dixons
  • Dobbyn & Cafara
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fordham
  • KPMG
  • MMG
  • PwC
  • Red Consulting
  • Warakirri Asset Management

Event management

  • Federation Square
  • Jack Morton Worldwide
  • Melbourne Arts Centre
  • Peninsular Hot Springs
  • Rydges
  • Sofitel on Collins

Human resource management

  • Henkel Australia and New Zealand
  • Annecto
  • CareSuper
  • Diamond Valley Community Support Centre
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Greenfleet
  • Melbourne Softball Association
  • VATMI Industries


  • Northern Health
  • OneSteel
  • Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC)
  • Amcor
  • Annecto
  • Ansell Healthcare
  • CareSuper
  • Darebin City Council – Community Partnerships and Strategic Planning
  • Darebin City Council – Sustainable Transport
  • Diamond Valley Community Support Centre
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Greenfleet
  • Impact Support Services
  • Melbourne Softball Association
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Whittlesea Community Connections


  • Melbourne City Football Club
  • Melbourne Cricket Club
  • AFL Players’ Association
  • AFL Coaches Association
  • AFL SportsReady
  • Bendigo Spirit
  • Carlton Football Club
  • Indian Premier League - Kings XI Punjab
  • Netball Australia
  • Northern Football League (NFL)

Tourism and hospitality management

  • Atlantic Group
  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Club Med
  • Crown Towers
  • Destination Melbourne
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Mantra
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Sofitel on Collins
  • STA Travel

Our graduates

Graduate as a leader who can develop and sustain a competitive advantage for your organisation.

*Source: 2015/16 QS Jobs & Salary Trends

Past La Trobe MBA graduates have worked at:

  • ACA Pacific Group Co. Ltd – Purchasing Manager
  • Accenture UK – Business Development Director
  • City of Whittlesea – Manager Infrastructure
  • Port of Melbourne Corporation – Executive General Manager, Business & Planning
  • PT Bank Maybank Indonesia – Head of Investment
  • Saint Gobain – National Product & Services Manager.