RMIT Training Team and Board

RMIT Training Executive Leadership Team

Jake Heinrich

Jacob Heinrich

Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland; a Masters of Education (TESOL) from the Queensland University of Technology; and a Master of Business Administration from RMIT University

He has extensive experience in the education sector having worked as a lecturer in China, Vietnam and Australia and ESL teacher in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, China, Mexico, Cambodia and Vietnam. He has also held executive positions in higher education and pathways institutions, as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he was responsible for a range of international education products. 

Jake joined RMIT Vietnam in 2016 and commenced as Director, Pathways Vietnam with RMIT Training in November 2018.

Maxine Sahhar

Executive Director - Pathways
Maxine Sahhar

Maxine holds a Masters of TESOL from Monash University; and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney.

She has extensive senior management experience in international education in both the university and TAFE sectors. She has managed the implementation of English language and Foundation Studies programs in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Maxine joined RMIT Training in September 2018 as Director, Pathways.

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Professor Julie Cogin

(Chair) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Business & Law)
Julie Cogin

Julie also serves as a non-executive director on the board of an ASX200 listed company and Chairs the board of RMIT Training Pty Ltd.

Prior to joining RMIT, Julie was Dean and Head of UQ Business School at the University of Queensland, being the first female Business Dean at a Go8[1] university. Preceding this, Julie held multiple senior academic roles at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), including Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). In 2012, Julie was awarded UNSW’s highest leadership award.

Julie is a recognised thought leader in high performing workplaces and corporate culture, having authored books and academic papers including those in the prestigious financial times top journal list. Julie has also secured substantial competitive grant funding, from the Australian Research Council and industry.

Julie has received education awards at University, National and International levels, including an Australian citation and being ranked by the London Financial Times as the 6th best Organisational Behaviour teacher in Global MBA programs.

Julie has more than 25 years’ experience delivering education or consulting engagements for many leading companies throughout Australia, Asia and in the USA including Australia’s top four banks and Hong Leong Bank in Asia, several large insurance companies, Qantas, GE, News Corp, Boral, Deutsche Post DHL, PWC, KPMG and Optus. She has also been engaged as an expert witness on several occasions and presented evidence in a case that was resolved in the High Court.

Julie has been a regular commentator on Business television programs and is frequently interviewed on the radio and quoted in the press.

In 2016, Julie was named as one of Australia’s Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac.

Mish Eastman

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vocational Education)
Mish Eastmen

Mish Eastman is responsible for developing and leading an impactful strategic direction and vision for Vocational Education at RMIT.  

An experienced education and health leader, she has strong expertise in identifying and creating new models of education and training in collaboration with industry, enhancing tertiary pathways, and understanding how to create educational and employment success for learners. 

Ms Eastman has previously held the positions of Manager, Health Services at TAFE Tasmania and Director, Tasmanian Polytechnic.  Prior to joining RMIT, Mish was Executive Director Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE) at Swinburne University of Technology, providing strategic and operational leadership over teaching and learning programs.

Dionne Higgins

Chief Operating Officer
Dionne Higgins

Ms Higgins is responsible for University operations and the delivery of corporate services that aim to continuously improve student and staff experiences at RMIT. She oversees the Operations portfolio and ensures that it has sufficient capability to deliver efficient and effective services including:

  • developing, implementing and maintaining processes and systems to enable achievement of RMIT goals
  • providing physical and virtual spaces that complement and enhance teaching and learning
  • enabling the development of our people to allow them to maximise their contribution to RMIT and consistently achieve their development objectives
  • equipping our people with the resources necessary to deliver on the University’s commitment to its students and staff.

Briony Lewis

Company Secretary
Briony Lewis

Briony Lewis was appointed General Counsel in November 2017 and subsequently took on the role of University Secretary in 2018. She joined RMIT following a career in various in-house legal environments where she has acted in the capacity of General Counsel and Company Secretary. Prior to moving into the in-house legal space, Briony practised as a corporate lawyer at the global firm now known as Norton Rose Fulbright. She is passionate about the opportunity that education brings and combines her people and legal skills to lift legal literacy and heighten the value of legal services in the workplace. 

In addition to General Counsel and University Secretary, Briony is Company Secretary for the controlled entities of RMIT University.


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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.