MBA Director and staff
Dr Geraldine Kennett
Dr Geraldine Kennett is the Director of the La Trobe Business School MBA Program. She was previously a Professor of Practice in Management and Director of Industry Engagement at La Trobe University where she was responsible for teaching, curriculum development and providing industry engagement initiatives for the Business School.
Before joining La Trobe University she was the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Victorian Chief Executive Officer responsible for the development and management of a range of professional development programs and services for members. Geraldine was also the Institute’s Program Director, Australian Industry Group’s Membership Strategy Manager and Australian Human Resource Institute’s, Professional Development and Membership Manager.
In the past Geraldine worked as a lecturer in the school of management for Central Metropolitan College of TAFE and as a business and human resource manager for Myer Stores Ltd.
Geraldine is currently Deputy Chair of Multicultural Arts Victoria and a Board member of Connecting Home (formerly Stolen Generation Victoria).
Her qualifications include a Doctorate of Business Administration and a Masters in Training and Development. She is also a Reviewer for the Australian Journal of Public Administration and the American Journal, Review of Personnel Public Administration.
Statement of expertise
Geraldine has specialist expertise in leading, managing and growing sustainable not-for-profit organisations, in particular organisations with complex stakeholders and education outcomes. As CEO of a peak body/professional association she had a reputation for excellent governance and relationship building capabilities. Geraldine has been on not-for-profit Boards for more than 10 year, undertaking roles in audit, risk and finance, human resource management and strategic planning.
Board Governance and directorship skills include:
- Strategic planning
- Risk analysis
- Business and financial acumen
- Governance administration
Leadership and business management strengths include:
- Developing strategic objectives and accompanying corporate plans
- Business development and entrepreneurship
- Business acumen and strategic financial management
- Stakeholder management, partnering and collaboration
- Working with integrity, dignity and social responsibility
La Trobe Business School Professors of Practice
The Professors of Practice are curriculum advisers with significant and recent industry experience. They bring practical advice as well as industry networks and connections to our students, while improving curriculum design by ensuring it is relevant and up-to-date with industry trends. They facilitate meaningful engagement with businesses, policymakers and professionals, as well as contributing to research and teaching.
Dr Susan Inglis
Susan has spent over 20 years as a consultant in HR, leadership and management in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. This has encompassed recruiting and selecting executives, helping leadership teams to work more collaboratively, coaching individual managers, and supporting CEOs in strategic planning processes. On a broader HR front, she is a trainer, facilitator, developer of strategies and researcher, and has created HR processes, programs and policies for a range of organisations. Her passion is maximising individual and team capabilities and fostering collaborative work relationships.
This experience is coupled with 10 years of postgraduate study in organisational learning, leadership and management. She holds a PhD in Business Administration, a Master in Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts. Her thesis focused on how to maximise learning and sharing at work to improve organisational outcomes. Since 2009, she has combined consulting with lecturing in leadership and management to MBA students at La Trobe University and RMIT University, teaching in Melbourne and Vietnam. Susan is currently a Professor of Practice in Management, while continuing her consulting practice.
Dr Nicholas Shipley
Nicholas is Professor of Practice in Marketing. He commenced working with La Trobe Business School in July 2016 and has a broad professional background in higher education, corporate and consultancy work in marketing and organisational development.
His strategic marketing experience embraces roles in banking, public and private tertiary institutions, telecommunications, as well as social marketing for international development in South East Asia.
He has extensive teaching and learning experience in marketing and a particular interest in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in higher education. Prior to joining La Trobe Business School he was a director of WIL programs at two Australian universities.
Nicholas holds undergraduate qualifications in business from the UK and USA. His postgraduate qualifications include a Master of Business (Marketing), Master of Arts (Collaborative Education Partnerships) and a PhD in Professional Studies in Work Based Learning. He is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) and member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), and has contributed to a number of academic texts in marketing and WIL.
La Trobe MBA staff contacts
Dr Geraldine Kennett
Dr Jennifer R Spoor
Dr Bret W Slade
Dr Mei-Tai Chu
Professor Jane Hamilton
Dr Nicholas Shipley
Dr Kok-Boon Oh
Dr Susan Inglis
Dr Jennifer Laing
Dr Vanessa Ratten
Dr Jillian Cavanagh
Dr Suzanne Young