Our students and alumni
Explore how the EMBA has impacted the careers of some of our current and former students.
My confidence levels have increased significantly, I think that's probably the biggest thing that the EMBA has given me.
Carmen Rechbauer, Executive MBA Class of 2017
My name is Carmen Rechbauer. I'm the Executive Director of Clinical Support Services at Healthshare, New South Wales.
My role at Healthshare, New South Wales is responsible for the food and patient support services in most of the hospitals in New South Wales Health.
We play a pretty big role in the life of a patient, because they often come to hospital quite scared, uncertain, they're in a very strange environment and so the services that we provide cater to their most basic needs.
I'm one of those people that would like to make a difference in the world. Taking up the challenge of trying to improve patient food services in the hospital environment some might say is an impossible challenge.
One of our signature projects was actually launched while I was doing the EMBA. My Food Choice is a new way of delivering food to patients. It's far more patient centric, it's delivering meals to patients closer to the time that they actually order the meal. And it's also providing them with increased choice.
I was really lucky, I guess that those two things came together, because I was actually able to take the things that I'd learnt in the EMBA and actually apply them as the project rolled out.
My confidence levels have increased significantly, I think that's probably the biggest thing that the EMBA has given me. I felt that I needed that degree to validate my experience. I'm not one for graduation ceremonies and pomp and ceremony, but it was really important to me to put that hat on and put that cape and walk up on stage and receive my EMBA. I walked off feeling validated.
If anyone's considering taking on the EMBA and you're similar to me, you're sort of probably getting towards the, you know, maybe the last 10 or 15 years of your career and you've got lots of experience behind you and you're sort of toying with the idea, I would say, do it.
The Executive MBA at UTS has been a real bonus for me. It's really helped me to focus my strategic and business thinking.
Luke Chess, Executive MBA Class of 2017
I'm Luke Chess. I'm a creative partner of my own advertising agency, Mammal, based in Balmain, Sydney.
My main role is to manage and ultimately ensure the quality of the creative product. We like to think that we're doing things a bit differently. We've got a more compressed model that gives our clients, we think, better value while still maintaining the quality of our creative product.
Our work is about solving usually big business problems for our clients. Every problem's different and that kind of is what keeps me interested. Despite our size, we're often tasked with making work that should have millions of dollars worth of impact for our clients.
We enjoy a whole range of different media and output, but new media is something that we're particularly interested in at Mammal. New Horizons is our disability services client. Most recently, we've done a project using virtual reality to allow people to access areas virtually that they might not be able to access in person. That's been a really interesting process. In some ways, incredibly simple. In other ways, really complicated in terms of getting the nuances of that right, ensuring that we're actually providing solutions that the end user, the people with disability, want.
I'm a really keen problem solver and in actual fact, the type of problem I enjoy solving can be quite broad in definition. I think good creatives don't necessarily in and of themselves make good creative managers. I do think on that point that doing something like the Executive MBA at UTS has been a real bonus for me. It's really helped me to focus my strategic and business thinking.
Once I started the EMBA, I think I found that I was able to better crystallise where I wanted to go next and it was an interesting process in as much as when I started the EMBA, I thought it was a ticket to taking me to a more senior role within multinationals and I very quickly realised that my desire was more to have better control over a business. And for that reason about halfway through, I chose to buy into this agency, Mammal, and take a little bit more control of my career direction.
Probably the thing the EMBA has given me most is confidence to tackle bigger problems, to walk into board rooms and feel like I belong, and to reassure me that I do know what I'm doing as much as anything else.
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- Scott Appleton, Senior Consultant at Compliance Council Pty Ltd
- Andries Claassen, Director Biometrics at Novotech
- Peter Cross, CEO and Founder at Commercial Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd
- Sean Daykin, Section Leader Water Infrastructure NSW at Jacobs
- David Gunn, Executive General Manager – Risk and Assurance at Xero
- Tracey Le, Manager - Legal/Credit Services at Balmain NB Corporation
- Lara Robertson, Vice President, Design and Distributor Sales at Glen-Gery
- Todd Severson, Chief Operating Officer at AGB Events
- Alex Au, Head of Web and Applications at University of Technology Sydney
- Michael Bradley, Partner Account Manager, ANZ – Strategic Partnerships at Dropbox
- Ashley Chang, Youtube Culture and Trends Lead, APAC at Google
- Simon Costain, General Manager at Go Study Australia
- Anna Cridland, Senior Marketing Lead – Oceania at HERE Technologies
- James Farrow, Sales Director at Upfield
- Richard Goodman, Managing Director at Heinemann Australia
- Jordan Guiao, Managing Consultant at JG Consulting
- Tanya Hocking, Transformation and Change Consultant at Brighten Consulting Group
- Stephen Johnston, Executive Director of Facilities Management at University of Southern Queensland
- Tania Krasinski, Coordinator, Community Development at Randwick City Council
- Dean Moore, Projects Delivery Manager at Enwave Australia
- Timothy Moses, Chief Operations Officer at Freedom Foods Group
- Luke Purcell, Technical Adviser – Customer Success at Dropbox
- Johannes Visage, Regulatory and Compliance Program Delivery at National Australia Bank
- Ryan Ayres, Project Manager - New Site Business Development at GenesisCare
- Mark Cavanagh, Program Architecture and Delivery at QUT
- Rishi Chawla, Director – Retail and Online, Australia and New Zealand at Jabra
- Massimo Gozzo, Director - Deal, Tax & Legal, Valuations and Asset Management Services at KPMG Australia
- Thomas Key, General Manager, Future & Innovation at TAFE NSW
- Steven Nicholson, Finance Director at Employsure
- Justin O'Hare, Chief Financial Officer at High Resolves
- Joshua Woods, Program Director and Chief Product Owner at DBS Bank
- Deborah Young, CEO at The RegTech Association
- Adrian Bancilhon, Cofounder at CoFinder
- Nathan Viviani, Implementation and Roll Out Manager at Subaru Australia
- Tom Culver, CEO and Founder at Goodments
- Ellie English, Founder and Director at Sirius Strategy Pty Ltd
- Freya Paterson, Assistant Director, Strategic Communications at University of Washington
- Clare Prior, Operations Manager at University of Technology Sydney
- Kim Samuel, Head of Finance – Operations at Seven West Media
- Darren Umbers, Managing Director at Performance Health
- Brendan Ible, Retail Assets Finance Manager at Caltex Australia