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Mentors

"The real need is for leadership programs which are not just about skills, but which specifically focus on self-knowledge and self-reflection....this is the real power of Aurora" - Mentor feedback

Mentors

Over 70 mentors have attended the Aurora Leadership Institutes since 1995, providing a central role in the success of the program. Many have attended Aurora as participants and are now senior industry professionals volunteering their time. They observe the operation of the group, provide constructive feedback and share their professional and personal experiences. Their stories are shared honestly and openly at Aurora and provide a very powerful learning experience for participants.

  • Callum Ingram
    • 2016

    Over the course of his career, Callum has held executive and leadership positions within public sector, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and has extensive experience in corporate services, strategy and policy development. Callum is currently part of the executive management team at Museum Victoria where he is responsible for financial control, governance, commercial operations, human resources and facilities management across the organisation’s five sites. From 2002 to 2012, Callum was employed in the Victorian Public Service in the Departments of Justice and Premier & Cabinet. Prior to 2002, Callum lived in Scotland and worked across a range of industries including seafood and the arts.

  • Graham Black
    • 2014
    • 2015
    • 2016

    Graham Black has worked in the university sector for the past 24 years. He spent over 23 years at CQUniversity and is now the Head of CQUniversity's Brisbane Campus. Graham spent nearly 10 years as Director at CQUniversity Library where he managed over 50 staff across 10 campus libraries from Mackay in the North to Melbourne in the South. For nearly two years he acted as Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Services which included academic staff development, curriculum design and development, enabling programs, distance education, language centre and printery. Graham is a past president of the Australian Library and Information Association and a former convenor of the Queensland University Libraries Office of Cooperation. He was also an active member of the Council of Australian University Librarians having been on the Executive and convening CAULS Learning and Teaching Advisory Committee. Graham was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the 2002 Frye Leadership Institute. Graham has continued his interests in leadership by presenting on the topic at EDUCAUSE in Australasia, and participating as a mentor at Aurora Leadership Institutes. Graham has attended, presented and facilitated at a number of AVCC/CAUL leadership conferences. He was also an industry leader at the 2008 CAVAL Horizon Leadership Institute. He also has interests in technology applied in library environments, library buildings and international education. Graham has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship from Canberra CAE and an MBA from Central Queensland University. Away from work Graham is a reasonable golfer, a very average tennis player, and an acceptable home brewer.

  • Laurinda Thomas
    • 2014
    • 2015

    Laurinda’s library career started in 1998 as a Library Assistant working for Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and continued with her first professional position as an Assistant Librarian at Wellington at Victoria University of Wellington in 2001. Moving to the UK in 2004, she worked for Endeavor Information Systems (now Ex Libris), consulting with and training librarians across Europe as they implemented the Voyager Library Management System. Following the merger of the companies, she took the opportunity to pursue a year of self-employment, developing and delivering training in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia. On returning to New Zealand, Laurinda was employed by the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST), initially as a Knowledge Analyst, before moving into the position of Director of Knowledge Management. During her time at MoRST she led a number of IT and Information Management projects including co-leading the merger of information functions when the Ministry was joined with the Foundation for Research Science and Technology in 2011. Following the creation of the new Ministry of Science and Innovation, Laurinda became the IT Operations Manager, managing the day-to-day running of the Ministry’s technology. In 2012, she took up a role at Archives New Zealand (part of the Department of Internal Affairs) as the Public Sector Digital Continuity Manager, focussing on long-term digital recordkeeping in the Public Sector. In 2014, Laurinda moved to the role of Manager, Information Management, at the Office of the Auditor General, managing the Library and Records functions of the Office and setting the Information Management and Security strategy for the Office. Since 2009, Laurinda has been on the National Council of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), and is currently the LIANZA President. During the last 17 years, Laurinda has worked in 3 sectors, for 7 employers, had 10 different job titles, and held 5 different voluntary positions in LIANZA. She attended the Aurora Leadership Institute as a participant in 2010.

  • Margie Jantti
    • 2015
    • 2016

    As the Director Library Services at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Australia, Margie provides leadership and direction for library services spanning six onshore campus locations and guidance for offshore library partnerships in the UAE and Asia. She is an active member of UOW policy and governance committees. She is the Deputy President of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), and for a number of years chaired the CAUL Quality Assessment Advisory Committee and contributes to the CAUL and Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT) Leadership Institutes. Key outcomes at UOW Library for the past 5 years include: significant restructuring of the organisation to extend capacity to support the research community, the creation of the Library Cube (an enterprise reporting system focussing on the impact of library resource usage and students’ academic performance) and revitalised approaches to organisational performance monitoring and reporting frameworks.

  • Rachel Esson
    • 2016

    Rachel Esson is currently the Associate Chief Librarian, Research Collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library part of the National Library of NZ. In her role she is responsible for developing and managing the heritage collections of the National Library. She is a professionally registered librarian who has held senior and strategic roles in academic and research libraries for over 15 years. She has a MLIS from Victoria University and also holds a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from the University of Otago University. She has researched and published in the area of evaluation of library services. Her previous roles as Associate Director, Library Academic Services at Victoria University and Medical Librarian (University of Otago, Wellington) give her an excellent understanding of the strategic role of libraries in supporting and contributing to research and teaching and learning. She is actively involved with the Library and Information Association of NZ and is currently the councillor for the Wellington region.

  • Sue Roberts
    • 2015

    Sue Roberts has provided strategic leadership for the tertiary and public library and information sectors in the UK, New Zealand and Australia for 20 years. Throughout her career Sue has focused on the transformation of services to meet the changing landscape and on the engagement of stakeholders and partners to establish and achieve shared goals; this has included major change initiatives, capital projects, service developments and technological innovation. Sue’s leadership roles include Dean of Learning Services at Edge Hill University in the UK, University Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Victoria, Australia. Sue is a published author on the subjects of leadership, management, organizational development and change. She has undertaken a range of professional leadership roles at local, national and international levels; she is currently Director of CAVAL and Chair of the Aurora Foundation.