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

THE TAG BOARD of DIRECTORS 

 

TAG Chair  - 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. 

"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 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 - Shelley Valentine

       

Started in the Student Services sector with the UNSW Union sixteen years ago. Now CEO for that organisation under its 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 - Mitch Trevena

       

 

CEO 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 Director - Daniel Randell

       

CEO of 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 - Jessica Brown

       

General Manager of the Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild. A business degree-qualified student service provision specialist with over 11 years’ experience in the sector, nine of which have been with the Guild. Brings experience from the university sport sector, where I supported SEQ university and TAFE sport delivery agents through her role as Regional Development Manager with UniSport Australia. 

"My vision in terms of my contribution to the future of TAG, is capitalising on my strategic relationship management strengths, influencing and empowering member engagement to drive best practice, knowledge and information sharing, and providing advice on how to streamline and grow the national student programs which TAG deliver. In a commercial sense, I see this as one of the most fluid and critical spaces for TAG in the near future – one which will be strengthened if aligned more closely with student outcomes and the student experience in mind."

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TAG Director - Sarah Jennett

       
Two years as Director of the University of Canberra Union (now UCX) overseeing areas including finance, commercial operations, campus life, student clubs and societies, live music and conferencing and events. 25 years senior management experience in areas covering business development & consultancy, financial accountability, legislative compliance and development of positive organisational cultures. Holds a BA in Management, Cert IV in Frontline Management, Cert IV in Training & Assessment and currently completing my MBA at UC.
 
"I perceive TAG’s greatest strength as the ability to bring members together to share experiences and provide an exchange of knowledge and a commonality of purpose. The diversity of activities TAG members undertake is both broad and unique. This requires the organisation to be agile and adaptable and I foresee that this will be a continuing trend."
 

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TAG Director - Alf Maccioni

       

CEO of UOW Pulse since its creation two and half years ago, managing all commercial services including retail food and beverage outlets and commercial tenants, sporting facilities, childcare and Student engagement and involvement, at the University of Wollongong. Previously CEO of the Australian Newsagents Federation (ANF) for seven years, unify the state bodies into the one national body. Prior to that, COO at Students at Macquarie, successfully building a team that grew the organisation to survive the impost of Voluntary Student Unionism.

"I have a strong belief that organisations such as ours are essential in all tertiary education establishments as they provide the life that they need to exist. Our different organisations are the reason that students want to remain on campus, want to stay in education and assist with the creation of lifelong relationships."

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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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THE TAG TEAM 

 

Shahrin Leontarou - Programs & CSR Manager

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02 4322 1205

0405 839 694 

         

 

               

 

April Alexander - 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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