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Executive Leadership Team

Prof Steve Larkin
B.Soc.Wk, M.Soc. Sc, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakan man. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master’s degree in Social Science from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Queensland.

Professor Larkin has served on numerous national advisory committees in Indigenous affairs. He chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC) for three years (2009-2012); and continues to provide invaluable input as a member of professional affiliations such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Beyond Blue, Member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group and Chair of the Healing Foundation.

Dr Sue Stanton
BA (History), MA (American Indian Studies), PhD
Elder Executive Advisor: Academic and Cultural Leadership (Elder Academic)

Academic Elder, Dr Sue Stanton - has the dual roles of academic and cultural elder to overview the academic direction at BI, ensuring the embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledges within the curriculum and throughout the Institute's broader practices.

Also as Kungarakan Traditional Owner-Custodian to provide appropriate cultural and ceremonial representation to visitors and guests of BI at Batchelor campus.

Dr Peter Stephenson
BAppSc(EnvHealth), MEnvStud, EdD
Executive Director: Higher Education and Research

The Institute appointed Dr Peter Stephenson in 2007 to lead the development of its research strategy and operations. In 2011 the role was expanded in 2013 to incorporate Teaching and Learning and again in late 2013 the Institute’s higher education and research portfolios came together under a single operational unit.

Peter initially moved to the Northern Territory in 2004 to steer the implementation of a newly accredited Environmental Health degree at Batchelor Institute. He is an experienced teacher, consultant, researcher and project manager with professional interests at the intersection of environment and health policy and practice; Indigenous communities’ capacity building; and professional education and curriculum development. He has been a consultant to the United Nations in Fiji and Cambodia and a manager of national research and development programs for Indigenous Australian environmental health practitioners.

Peter has a record of representation on national grant review panels, course advisory and professional accreditation committees, journal and press editorial boards and non-government organisation/not-for-profit boards.

In his current role at Batchelor Institute, Peter has strategic leadership and operational responsibility for development and implementation of the Institute’s Research Plan and for ensuring the Institute’s strong contribution into its higher education teaching partnership with Charles Darwin University.

Dr Jurg Bronnimann
MA (German Language and Literature), PhD
Head of School Higher Education and Research

Dr Bronnimann joined Batchelor Institute in 2011 as Manager of Learning & Engagement.

He has worked in the tertiary education sector for more than 20 years; in New Zealand, the Middle East and Australia. Before moving into the field of Teaching and Learning and curriculum development, he was a senior lecturer in German language and literature and the Program Director for the Bachelor of Arts at Unitec NZ with majors in German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and English.. Before entering the academic life Dr Bronnimann was an Air Traffic Controller in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his current role as Head of School, he is responsible for liaising directly with the four Heads of School at Charles Darwin University associated with Batchelor Institute’s involvement in the delivery of courses and programs, plus key counterparts in the CDU Office of Learning and Teaching. As Head of School, he manages the Higher Education lecturing staff and ensures the Institute’s commitment to quality and performance is achieved in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.

Dr Bronnimann also has the overarching responsibility for implementation and review of Batchelor’s Training, Teaching and Learning Plan, with particular emphasis on building organisational capacity, and promoting and supporting the achievement of excellence in higher education teaching, learning and student engagement.

Ms Eike Pakeha
Director: Performance Monitoring and Review

Ms Pakeha joined Batchelor Institute in 2011 to implement the restructure of Student Services. She moved to Australia in 1983, and she has worked in the VET and Higher Education Sector since 1989.

Prior to taking on the role at Batchelor she worked as:
  • Executive Officer in a large University faculty
  • Manager of Student Services (18,000 students)
  • Process Architect
  • Manager of Higher Education Course Accreditation
  Key achievements included:
  • Managing the administration of several faculty mergers;
  • Chairing the review of Student Administration at the University of the Sunshine Coast;
  • Centralising Student Services at CDU from a decentralized model;
  • Overseeing the administrative implementation of the Higher Education Support Act (HESA 2003) and introduction of a Summer Semester at CDU;
  • Review of Batchelor Institute’s Student Management System ensuring Commonwealth/NT legislative compliance.
Her professional interest is currently focused on building seamless pathway within the VET sector and to improve study options for students to improve their opportunities to complete qualifications leading to careers of their choice.

In her current role, she is responsible for the
  1. Administration of students including:
    • Enrolment
    • Recording of results, credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning
    • Issuance of full and partial qualifications
    • Graduations
  2. Student Data provision
  3. Management of course targets
  4. Student Management System (Callista) database and compliance.