AIM's Leadership Group is made up of a wealth of experience from across music, entertainment, performing arts, education and business credentialled individuals, who are passionate and committed to the vision and mission of AIM. The AIM Management Team ensures that students receive the best possible education, through high calibre teaching staff, professional ever developing facilities, and seamless administration.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Greg Clarke

Dr Greg Clarke is an experienced CEO working across the academic, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. His background is in the humanities, with a doctorate in English Literature on Australian Nobel prize-winning author, Patrick White. Greg has led private educational ventures based at Macquarie University and at New College, University of New South Wales, and between 2010-19 was Group CEO of Australia’s longest operating charity, the Bible Society.

 


 

Executive Dean, Academic Affairs


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALISTAIR NOBLE

Associate Professor Dr Alistair Noble began his life in music as a pianist, studying with Isobel Grigor, Alan Jenkins, and Larry Sitsky. A subsequent interest in the work of Winifred Burston (a remarkable Australian pianist who had studied with Busoni in Berlin) led to a Masters Degree in musicology, based upon extensive archival research. Alongside this historical research, Alistair found that music analysis is a way to bring together many of his diverse interests in composition, performance, and critique of music. A PhD in this field, completed at the Australian National University, presented groundbreaking work on the music of American composer Morton Feldman. 

Previously Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University, Alistair has been part of the Academic team at AIM since 2016

Head of Pathways and Engagement

JULIAN GOUGH

Julian has been active for 30 years, both nationally and internationally in the creative arts and has extensive experience in tertiary and secondary education, in Jazz and commercial performance, composition, musical direction and management.

He has had numerous works performed internationally for major events and television productions, toured extensively as a saxophonist and composer and has recorded original works in several genres and has received an APRA composition award and two ARIA nominations. 

Prior to his current role, Julian was the Principal of AIM Senior Secondary College and Head of Contemporary Music.

As well as leading the Pathways and Engagement team, he oversees the Marketing and Recruitment teams across all of AIM. 

Head of Operations

CAROL RILEY

Carol is directly responsible for the management of the day to day organisation and operations of the AIM Melbourne campus.

With over 11 years’ experience in the education sector, Carol has found success by actively cultivating environments that empower students and staff to think outside the box, view obstacles as challenges, expand their horizons, and ultimately achieve the goals they have set for themselves. With a Post Graduate Certificate of Strategic Leadership, Carol has provided executive vision and strategic direction to a ten-campus institution that offers flexible pathways to achieve certificates, diplomas, and university degrees. Carol has established a reputation as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. She has received many awards including an Outstanding Leadership award.

Head of Student Experience and Success

JENNY FENNER

Jenny leads a diverse team of dedicated staff across both the Sydney and Melbourne campuses. This team is responsible for ensuring the student experience at AIM is of the highest standard. With over 10 years’ experience in Student Services roles in Higher Education, Jenny has a developed a thorough understanding of the student journey. She acknowledges that this journey is different for every student and her team aims to support each student through this journey. Jenny is dedicated and passionate about AIMs students and strives to deliver the best possible experience.

Head of Learning and Teaching

DR GARY HOLGATE

Gary Holgate’s credentials are many and varied.

His Associate Diploma Jazz Studies featured majors in both electric bass and double bass, and for his Master of Music degree he focussed on jazz performance while also studying classical bass techniques. Gary has performed and recorded with many acclaimed jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave MacRae, and Jazz Nouveau.

His doctoral project focussed on interactions in improvised music and his research interests include live jazz performance and qualitative research methodologies.

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

HANA KRSKOVA

Since moving to Australia in late 1999, Hana has worked in senior finance, company secretary and leadership roles in complex environments across manufacturing & engineering, media, higher education, ICT, tourism, airline industries as well as in the Not-For-Profit sector. Hana is a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, an MBA, a Master of Research and completed her doctoral thesis – titled ‘Discipline in the University Context: Measurement and Associations with Competitiveness and Productivity’ - at Macquarie Business School, Sydney, Australia. During her professional tenure at Macquarie University, she was highly commended in the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff in the category “Collaboration and Connection” between academic and professional staff. She was also elected onto the Macquarie University Council. Hana is passionate about lifelong learning, continuous improvement, staff development and bringing out the best in all employees. As a consultant at With Focus Consulting, she has worked with her clients to increase work process efficiency and profitability and break down cross-departmental silos. Her research interests include human capital, skills (in particular discipline), competitiveness, work readiness and workforce productivity.