PROGRAMS & PUBLICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Head of Programs and Publications

CHRIS NEWCOMBE

chris.newcombe@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0805

Chris has worked in education in Australia and internationally for the last 19 years. He worked in a variety of teaching and training roles at all levels and age-groups before moving into education management for universities, not-for-profits and private education providers. He has extensive experience working with accrediting bodies as well as managing events and organisational change management programs. Chris’ experience working with a diverse range of Australian and international education leaders will be at the heart of his approach to driving ACEL’s publications and programs forward in the future.

Marketing Executive
Executive Assistant to CEO

JAMES REYNOLDS

james.reynolds@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0801

James Reynolds is ACEL’s Marketing and Communications Executive and first point of contact for ACEL marketing, advertising, content, communications, sponsorship and publishing enquiries. James brings his experience across marketing, communications and content delivery plus a background in executive support with additional qualifications in systems and programming.

EVENTS & BRANCH SUPPORT DEPARTMENT

Head of Events

PEGGY REEVELL

peggy.reevell@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0804

An accomplished business events professional with over 25 years’ experience across all aspects of conferences, exhibitions and sponsorships. Peggy is passionate about helping organisations meet their objectives through events. She believes events bring opportunities to exchange ideas, collaborate and network with like minded people. Having been involved in delivering many of Australia's biggest national and international conferences, trade & public exhibitions; Peggy has a deep understanding of the intricate details of event planning and delivery. Honing her skills with some of Australia's best venues and event management companies Peggy is looking forward to bringing these skills to ACEL and contributing to their strategic growth and development.

Events Executive

ALEX FITZGERALD

alex.fitzgerald@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0810

Alex is responsible for the coordination and logistical support for all of ACEL’s national conferences and workshops. Her previous experience in hospitality and events roles have equipped her with the organisational skills required to manage the demands of event planning.

Some of Alex’s responsibilities include event registrations, customer service, speaker and supplier liaisons. Alex also works closely with ACEL’s state and territory branch executives, providing support and guidance for their state awards and local events.

Membership & Customer Relations Executive

THERESA TRAN

theresa.tran@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0809

As the point of contact for all of ACEL’s member services and queries, Theresa provides efficient daily communication and support to our valued members and customers. With a proven background in sales and customer service from the hospitality and tourism sector, she is responsible for membership renewals, maintaining the membership database and providing accurate membership reports to support the broader ACEL team.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Head of Finance

JANE LOWMAN

jane.lowman@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0807

Jane is responsible for all aspects of financial management of ACEL. She works in conjunction with Branches, members, the Board and the office team to ensure the company is running efficiently and effectively from a financial perspective. Prior to her role with ACEL Jane was an administration officer, office manager and accounts payable clerk for various companies. She gained an incredible amount of knowledge and skills from more than a decade of experience in office administration and applies this daily to her role as the ACEL Finance Officer.

Accounts Assistant

SUMAN PATEL

suman.patel@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0811

Suman is an accountant at ACEL and is responsible for keeping the accounts up to date and preparation of financial reports. Suman is an Accountant with experience in bookkeeping, payroll, reconciliation, GST, Income Tax, BAS. She is a Bachelor of Commerce with majoring in Accounting & Finance, Company Secretary and Diploma in Taxation.

Prior to Suman's role at ACEL, she has worked for an Infrastructure finance company, Accounting firm and Logistics company in the area of accounting, Finance and taxation. She is eager to learn and develop her skills in accounting and finance with ACEL.

DESIGN & COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT

Senior Graphic Designer

NALAKA PERERA

nalaka.perera@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0803

Nalaka is in charge of creating the visual identity of ACEL. It is important that the look and feel of the organisation maintains a professional and modern presence. He started out as a freelance designer and photographer while studying a Diploma in Digital Media and a Bachelor in Visual Communications in Sydney. Here at ACEL, his design role involves working on promotional material, digital/web design and print design. Outside of design, Nalaka is also responsible for running IT solutions and technical support around the office.

Graphic Designer

NERISHA HARILAL

nerisha.harilal@acel.org.au
(02) 8396 0812

Nerisha is a Graphic Designer at ACEL and is responsible for aiding in the development of all brand collateral. Nerisha has a Diploma of Graphic Design and experience working as an intern in the design industry across various agencies. She is eager to grow and develop her design and professional skills working at ACEL.