Our People

Tertiary Access Group is governed by an elected Board of Directors, while the operational control is managed by the Managing Director, Andrew Leontarou, and supported by the TAG administration team


TAG Chair  - Andrew Woodward


CEO of the University of Sydney Union, former Vice President of ACUMA, TAG Director since 2015, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chartered Company Secretary and qualified Chartered Accountant. Experiences over the last 25 years includes small organisations, ASX listed companies and now the not for profit sector. A strong supporter of the need for the industry bodies to evolve with the changes in our market.

"TAG delivers the necessary services to enhance the student experience across the country. This includes developing a strategy that ensures TAG is sustainable, growing and relevant to its members, not just the financial conditions for members, but also to better recognise,represent and serve our primary market - the students.

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 TAG Treasurer - Paul Clayton



General Manager at QUT Guild. Previously Facilities Manager, and Operations Manager, at UQ Sport. 22 years of management experience in the services industry in various roles, largely in sport or student activities. Previously Deputy General Manager - Commercial Services for the University of Plymouth Students' Union, as well as holding the position of staff advisor to the the Ethical and Environmental Committee of NUSSL in the UK. Joined UQ Sport just after the 2011 floods, during the rebuild phase. Part time lecturer in Sports Management at the University of Queensland. 

"I bring sporting experience to the board and TAG. I am a genuine believer in the mission of TAG to increase value and improve student life. Coming from student's union in the UK, I have seen the value of the group purchasing consortium in action as well as the positive impact the organisation can have from added value and from ethical and sustainable practices." 


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 TAG Director - Jane Caton


National Infrastructure Manager, Australian Catholic University, previously Manager, Student Programs, former CEO of The Co-op Bookshop and President of the Australian Campus Booksellers’ Association (ACBA). TAG Director since 2015.

"TAG aims to develop vibrant and successful campuses via the development of sustainable financial success for TAG members, providing professional development for members and delivering a membership strategic plan." 

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 TAG Director - Lowan Sist 


Executive Officer, Monash Student Association. Extensive experience in National and International Hospitality sectors. 15 years in the University sector, with Macquarie University, The University of Melbourne and now Monash University. TAG Director since 2015. In spare time; Firefighter, trainer and assessor and Brigade Secretary with Country Fire Authority. 

"We can best serve our communities and the people that populate them. I believe efficiency and a simpler communication model can only improve our opportunity to relate relevant data across all members."

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 TAG Director - Shelley Valentine



Started in the Student Services sector with the UNSW Union fourteen years ago. Now CEO for that organisation under it's current name of [email protected] Limited, overseeing a diverse portfolio of student and commercial services including Bars, Cafes, Graduation & Gift, Vending, Marketing, Membership, Legal & Advocacy, Volunteering, Clubs, Sport, and Venues & Events. An active member of TAG for several years. A TAG Director from 2013-2015, and now since 2016, whilst previously contributing to both AACA and ACUMA sub-committees.

"TAG is in a unique position to deliver a comprehensive offering to a united membership base.  Understanding the needs of the members, embracing innovation and change whilst challenging the status quo of old will be critical in ensuring tangible and valued outcomes for members. An active, adaptive and responsive industry organisation can enhance all it’s member organisations"

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 TAG Director - Daniel Randell


General Manager at the University of South Australia Student Association (USASA) Inc, since 2013. Previously 8 years as General Manager of Music SA, an independent not-for-profit and peak body for the Music Industry. Over 10 years experience on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards and executive committees including the Australian Music Industry Network, Arts Industry Council, Adelaide West End Association (Treasurer), JL Music Group P/L (MD) and most recently as Vice Chair of Music SA. Member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

"I have a strong interest in music and the arts, particularly relevant as we look at the purpose and place of our national student experience competitions in environments that are considerably different from when these activities were conceived."

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TAG Director - Mitch Trevenna



General Manager of the Bendigo Student Association (BSA), La Trobe University Bendigo campus since February 2014. TAG Leadership Development Committee member. Employed for 12 years in an independent Prep – Year 12 School as Community Relations Manager overseeing enrolments, events, marketing/advertising, alumni relations and community partnerships. The1990’s were spent living in remote Indigenous communities throughout the top end of the Northern Territory working for Tertiary Health in various roles.

"I love my job and enjoy working with students creating new initiatives to engage them in university life. Giving students the opportunity to achieve a holistic university experience beyond academic attainment will better prepare them for the future and I see it as our job as a student association to provide these experiences."

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TAG Managing Director - Andrew Leontarou


Managing Director of Tertiary Access Group since 2006. Previously Commercial Services Manager at UNSW Union and Sydney Airport Operations Manager of Airport Retail Enterprises. 

"Our members provide the colour on campus; our proven ability to sustain mutually beneficial relationships amongst our members, partners and Australian students is the foundation of  our success"

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Shahrin Leontarou - Programs & CSR Manager

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02 4322 1205

0405 839 694 





April West - Communications & Engagement Manager

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0412 703 078



Kim Tyne - Accounts & Administration

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02 4322 1205



Lisa McDonald - Team Support

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02 4322 1205 






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