Both AIM Sydney & AIM Melbourne are proud to have some of the best music, performing arts & entertainment management industry professionals available, on staff, anywhere in Australia.

Julian Gough

Julian Gough

Position

Head of School

Campus

Sydney & Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Julian Gough

  • Position

    Head of School

  • Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

  • Departments

    Foundation Studies & Academic Support

With 25 years experience in education, performance, composition and musical arrangement. Graduating in 1985 with a major on saxophone, he established himself in Sydney as a performer and arranger throughout the 1990s, working with many local and international acts. Branching out into music production, Julian worked as a composer and arranger for television and film, writing themes for several successful series between 1996 and 2002.

In 2002, he was appointed as Musical Director for the Independence Day ceremonies in Timor L’Este for the United Nations. He composed, arranged, recorded and produced the soundtrack for this historic occasion.  In 2005, he was appointed Associate Musical Director for the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar,  supervising, producing, arranging and composing various scores. He was musical director for the Sydney Chinese New Year Parade from 2007 – 2010.  

Since 2007 his main focus has been tertiary and secondary education at AIM, where he heads a highly qualified team of dedicated educators across two departments.

Julian Gough

Foundation Studies & Academic Support

Professor Guy Bentley

Professor Guy Bentley

Position

Executive Leadership

Campus

Sydney & Melbourne

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Professor Guy Bentley

  • Position

    Executive Leadership

  • Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

Guy Bentley has worked in both the hospitality and education industries for over thirty-five years in numerous leadership positions and is currently CEO of the Australian Institute of Music since 2017.

He has received many significant awards to recognise his contribution to education and industry. In 2017 he was honoured as a fellow of THE-International Centre for Excellence for his work in international accreditation and quality benchmarking and in 2015, he was awarded the Ashley Spencer Award for 'Service to the Industry' at the HM awards. In 2011 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Accommodation Association of Australia for his contribution to Industry Education.

During his time at Glion Institute of Higher Education, it won the world’s Best Hotel School (2015) and the most innovative education program in 2016 at the World Hospitality Awards. 
 

Professor Guy Bentley

Beau Sherrard

Beau Sherrard

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Beau Sherrard

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Audio

Beau has been working in the audio industry for 15 years in both the live and studio environment.  He has engineered and produced all kinds of music from classical to jazz, pop, rock, heavy metal, and brings this experience to the classroom. He has worked with the likes of INXS, Grinspoon, The Living End and Mick Hart. His experience and understanding of analogue and digital technology both past and present, delivers vital knowledge and skillbase to Audio students, making Beau a great asset to the AIM audio team.

Beau Sherrard

Audio

Mark Ashton

Position

Deputy Head of School

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Mark Ashton

  • Position

    Deputy Head of School

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Stagecraft & Production

Mark comes from a background in Event Management and Digital Marketing, having previously worked at the Sydney Opera House and not-for-profit charity organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Mark has worked on a wide range of projects, from the complexities and extravagance of big budget productions such as Vivid LIVE, to small scale fundraisers run on a shoestring budget.

These days Mark is Co-Founder, Operations/Business Development at IMPAK Records, a boutique Artist Management and Label Services company tailored for emerging artists.  In these roles he oversees all aspects of the business, with a particular emphasis on growth strategies for developing artists’ careers, social media & digital marketing, as well as business development. 

In addition, Mark works as the Program Leader for the Entertainment & Arts Management Department at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. As well as supervising the administrative operations of the department, he also enjoys applying his real world experiences into a classroom context, teaching several units of study.

Mark loves his tech, gadgets and guitars - and has a wildly irrational mistrust of anyone who doesn’t like Radiohead.

Stagecraft & Production

Dan Archer

Dan Archer

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Dan Archer

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Composition & Music Production

Daniel graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2010 with an Honours Degree in Composition and Music Production.

Dan is a Sydney based songwriter, producer and composer. During his studies he composed and performed in a variety of ensembles, including alternative group Knucklepuk, who toured nationally and performed at the 2005 Dee Why Youth Festival, alongside artists Frenzal Rhomb and international act Strung Out.

He has since been producing and performing in numerous Sydney based groups including Arc Archer and Shake Your Blood, whilst making a living as a successful private tutor. In 2010 he released his debut solo album 'Before We Became Us' as a result of his Honours Degree project.

Since graduating Daniel has been working as an instructional designer in his family business Archer id3, producing audio and visual multimedia content for online-based training. In 2011 he went onto obtaining certification in PRINCE2 project management methodology.

Dan Archer

Composition & Music Production

Peta Downes

Peta Downes

Position

Program Leader

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Peta Downes

  • Position

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Dramatic Arts

Peta Downes is a theatre director, producer and tertiary arts educator of over twenty-five years’ experience. 

She is a PhD candidate with the Performance Studies department of the University of Sydney, where she is currently researching the intersection between creative entrepreneurship and independent theatre practice in Australia. Additionally, she holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing (QUT), a Bachelor of Arts – Honours -1A in Directing and Educational Drama (QUT) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management (UTS).

Prior to her appointment as Program Leader – Dramatic Arts with AIM, Peta was the Course Manager - National Short Courses for NIDA's Open Program (2010-11) and Executive Coordinator - Creative Industries for University of Western Sydney (2011-2013).

As an actor, she trained extensively in the Suzuki and Viewpoints Methods and performed with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company in Brisbane, before she was invited to work and train with director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company at their Summer Intensive in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1999. She has directed for La Boite Theatre Company, the Queensland Theatre Company and the Bell Shakespeare Company and has developed and produced new theatre works with the Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts (Brisbane), Darlinghurst Theatre and the Seymour Centre (Sydney). Additionally, she has trained acting and directing students and directed multiple productions for the Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Central Queensland University (Rockhampton), Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga), Actors Centre Australia and Actors College of Theatre and Television.

Whilst at AIM, Peta has directed productions of Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (2014), 13 by Mike Bartlett (2015), Twelfth Night (2016) and Romeo and Juliet (2017) by William Shakespeare, Anna Karenina by Helen Edmundson (2016) and Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (2017).
 

Peta Downes

Dramatic Arts