Paul has developed high-level leadership skills in Australia and overseas – in designing and delivering innovative and evidence-based initiatives for the higher education sector, in pioneering new forms of cross-cultural engagement, and in leading talented media teams to achieve impact in the public interest. He has demonstrated an ability to deliver outcomes in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Paul joined the General Sir John Monash Foundation as CEO in August 2023.
In Australia, Paul is well known as a former Editor-in-Chief of The Age at a time (2008 – 2012) when the newspaper and its digital platforms were setting the national agenda and winning awards for journalistic excellence. In 2012, Paul accepted an offer to become a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University, working to enhance the university’s standing as one of Australia’s most internationally engaged and dynamic higher-education institutions. After reviewing Monash’s strategy in Indonesia, Paul led a team to develop a concept for a new Australia-Indonesia Centre to deliver initiatives in collaborative research, education, cultural exchanges and analyses of attitudes and perceptions. This experience was valuable as Paul moved to become Managing Director of The PLuS Alliance, a collaboration between UNSW Sydney, King’s College London and Arizona State University. In March 2020, the alliance launched a joint-venture university in London (TEDI-London) aimed at responding to industry needs for creative, multi-skilled and entrepreneurial engineers.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Paul provided consulting services to universities in Australia and the UK, often working alongside Vice-Chancellors and senior executives. The advice included developing strategies for growth, student recruitment, digital innovation and partnerships. Paul has been a board member at Mental Health Victoria and is a former chair of the Dolphin Research Institute.
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
As Chief Financial Officer, Chuan is responsible for the Foundation’s financial functions including accounting, audit, investments and governance. He also leads all human resources and operating activities. His career spans over 30 years of varied experience in financial management, treasury, business leadership and information technology delivery in various global locations including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, London, Sydney and Melbourne.
Before joining the Foundation in early 2018, Chuan served as Treasurer and Finance Operations Manager at an Australian University and as Company Secretary for its subsidiaries. He has held senior positions in investment banks, transportation, mining, agricultural and tertiary education organisations.
He has a Master of Finance and Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from RMIT University and holds FCPA and CFTP (Snr) memberships.
Katharine Dix Corke
Executive Director, Partnerships
Katharine has over 15 years’ experience working in stakeholder engagement, business development and marketing strategy. Katharine’s experience in the not-for-profit sector includes working for the World Food Programme in resource procurement and extensive volunteering with The Song Room. Katharine has held senior positions in marketing, customer strategy and key account engagement.
As Executive Director of Partnerships, collaborating with the CEO Katharine is responsible for engaging and enhancing relationships of the foundations existing and new partners, as well as overseeing the delivery of all stewardship program activities.
Katharine has specialist certificates in Digital Marketing and in Copywriting, a Bachelor of Arts specialising in History and European studies, a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) and a Master of Marketing from Monash University. Katharine is a member of the AMI.
Appointed to the role of Scholarships Manager in early 2023, Anna oversees all facets of the Scholarship process, from coordination of review and selection panels, managing the application and selection process, to supporting Scholars pre- and post-departure.
Anna has had varied experience in the Australian tertiary sector, primarily at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe, where she managed programs which enhance students’ engagement and success. During her time at the University of Melbourne, she also managed study abroad programs and coordinated students’ engagement with overseas prestigious travelling scholarships such as the John Monash. Prior to her tertiary education roles, Anna taught English as a Second Language for several years, both in the People’s Republic of China and in Australia, preparing international students for tertiary study in Australia. Anna has a Master of Education, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Events and Marketing Assistant
Aideen joined the General Sir John Monash Foundation in 2023 as an Events and Marketing Assistant, supporting event coordination and helping to foster positive relationships with the broader General Sir John Monash Foundation community.
Aideen has a keen interest in social impact and communications. During university, she volunteered as a Consultant and Project Leader with Western Australia University Consultants, supporting various WA charities to develop and implement effective marketing and media strategies. She has experience in copywriting and editing for both digital platforms and university publications.
Before joining the Foundation, Aideen worked in management consulting with both not-for-profit and government sector clients and has an educational background in Law. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Western Australia.