Mayfield Education Board of Management


Board of Management

Mr. Graeme Houghton

Chairman Board of Management – Mayfield Education


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Graeme has worked in the health services in various Executive roles for more than 40 years. Graeme has worked as the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield Hospital, Austin Hospital, Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide, Healthscope Limited, and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He has also worked as a Regional Director at Healthscope Limited and was a Director of Western Health in Melbourne. Graeme was also Hospital Standards and Accreditation Adviser for two years to the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health and has chaired the three Tasmanian health organisations that provided public hospital and health services throughout Tasmania.

He has held an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at La Trobe University and has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Graeme has also been a board member for the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Guide Dogs Victoria and Psychs on Bikes Inc. He is a member of the Board of Curraghdene Investments Pty Ltd.

Louise O’Connor

Board Member & Deputy Chair of Board of Management – Mayfield Education

BSN, Grad Dip Management, MHA, GAICD

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Louise has worked in health services, clinical services management and hospital executive roles for the past 24 years. She has worked in the public system for 11 years in various roles, with a focus on operational management of clinical services. Louise worked for Epworth HealthCare for 13 years, in a variety of roles including Director Clinical Services, Executive Director Clinical Services and as an Executive Director at Epworth Eastern Private Hospital, Box Hill. Louise was also the Chief of Health Operations at Cabrini Australia where she led the Health Division.

Louise is currently the CEO of Adeney Private Hospital, a new joint venture private hospital between 40+ doctors and Medibank Private. This is an exciting project aiming to achieve zero out of pocket for all patients.

Louise’s passion is for clinical safety, patient outcomes, exceptional patient experience, staff engagement, operational and strategic efficiency and leading health services in the provision of excellence. She has a keen interest in the use of clinical technology and innovation to improve efficiency, and outcomes and to assist staff to reduce errors and increase productive time at the bedside.


Samantha Taylor

Board Member Board of Management – Mayfield Education

BA/LLB, LLM, Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

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Samantha is a Principal in the Property and Development team at Russell Kennedy and has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of commercial property transactions, including sales and acquisitions and commercial leasing. Her clients include the State government, local government and private enterprise and not-for-profit organisations. Samantha has acted for both large and small operators in the health care and allied health space, including Monash Health and Uniting Age Well.

Samantha has experience and knowledge of the education sector, having worked for the Department of Education, Monash University and Deakin University. In addition, she has worked as an academic for 7 years lecturing in Commercial Law, Corporations Law and Employment/Anti-Discrimination Law at Monash Business School and Corporations Law at Melbourne Law School.

Samantha is a member of the Property Council of Australia Commercial Office Committee 2023/2024 and has been recognised by Best Lawyers for expertise in Real Property Law since September 2022. Samantha is enthusiastic about diversity and equality; she is Deputy Convenor of the Russell Kennedy Women’s Network and is a member of the Russell Kennedy Pro Bono Committee.

David Gerrard

Board Member & Treasurer Board of Management – Mayfield Education

Bachelor of Business, MBA, Certified Practicing Accountant

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David is a qualified finance professional with senior executive experience in the public and private healthcare and not-for-profit sectors. He has more than 20 years of senior and executive management experience leading transformative business services and strategic functions within multidisciplinary organisation. He has accomplished in the areas of financial risk management, governance and is personally enthusiastic about developing and empowering high-performance teams. He is currently working as a Chief Finance Officer/ General Manager Corporate Services at Correct Care Australasia.

David has a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business Administration, is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Angela Scarlett

Board Member Board of Management – Mayfield Education

Masters in health services management, Bachelor of Educational Studies, RM, Graduate Diploma Health Education, RN

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Angela is a Senior Consultant/ Nurse Advisor with Pride Living, specialising in aged care education. She has more than 39 years of experience in the public and private healthcare sector including Coaching, Quality Management, Clinical Governance, Healthcare Management and Education. She has attained a master’s degree in health services management and post graduate qualifications with emphasis on adult education.

Her work profile has included senior roles in the public health sector and private aged care sector. Examples of some of her recent roles include Divisional Director of Nursing Surgery and Trauma for Royal Melbourne Hospital, Chief Nurse and Executive Surgical Services at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), a State Operations Manager Victoria, and a General Manager Clinical Governance and Client Safety at Arcare Aged Care, Head of Quality at Estia Health, Quality and risk advisor for BlueCross and Quality assessor for aged care standards and accreditation Agency ltd.


Executive Management

Zainab Akhter

Director Education/ Acting Chief Executive Officer

RN, DipCom, Cert IV TAE, BA, BN Honors, MN, PhD Candidate

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Zainab Akhter has 20 years of experience in vocational education management and nursing. She is skilled in coaching, team building, public speaking, management, educational pathways, and healthcare.

Zainab is a strong healthcare professional with a Masters in Nursing from The University of Queensland, BN Honours (research) from Monash University, and is a current PhD candidate at La Trobe University.

She prides herself on her commitment to advancement in nursing practice, health education, ongoing staff professional development, engaging educational framework, and strategic planning within the nursing and midwifery workforce and health education.

Zainab believes in leading by example both personally and professionally. She values innovation in education and strives to mirror it in her work and achievements.

Unity Puglisi

Finance Manager

Assoc CPA, Bachelor of Business, Grad Dip Advanced Accounting, Grad Dip Forensic Accounting, Grad Dip Travel and Tourism, Grad Dip Public Administration, Grad Dip Project Management

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Unity Puglisi has enhanced qualifications in accounting, including an excellent understanding of the application of accounting principles. She has 20 years of extensive experience in financial management roles and leading functions, including forecasting, budgeting, reporting and strategic planning. She also has a demonstrated record of providing quality financial management services in a variety of not for profit, corporate and education industry settings.

Unity is currently overseeing the operations of Mayfield Education’s finance department and in her previous tenures has led diverse teams, including regional offices across states, driving results in complex environments. She has worked in a range of settings and has governed stakeholder relationships including auditors and board executive management.

Unity has also undertaken due diligence work, supporting the successful acquisition of businesses as well as strategic financial advice in determining the financial sustainability of organisations. She has successfully led change management processes, including the introduction of new software and in the implementation of significant process improvements.

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Mayfield Financial Standing

Mayfield Education Inc. Statement of Financial Standing

Provider Name: Mayfield Education Inc

ABN: 26 540 881 341

Date of Statement of Financial Standing: 30 June 2022

Tuition Assurance Arrangement details

The name of the scheme:

Australian Government Department of education (ABN 12862898150) / Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (ABN 96584957427) 2022 Up-front tuition protection levy

Document date: 18/01/2023

Customer reference: 2800198714

Customer number: 3003303195

Levy Component

Administrative fee

$111.00 per provider + (19 Up-front students for 2021 x $9.33 per student) –  $288.27

Special tuition protection

$12,920.00 in Up-front payments for 2021 x 0.100% special tuition protection percentage – $12.92

Risk rated premium

(19 Up-front students for 2021 x $2.00 per student) + ($12,920.00 in Up-front payments for 2021 x 0.040% risk premium percentage) x (4.70 risk factor value + 1)

1. Completion risk factor score: 2.70
2. Financial strength risk factor score: 2.00
3. Non-compliance history and registration
renewal risk factor score: 0.00
Total risk factors score: 4.70


What Our Graduates Are Saying

Teachers are knowledgeable; especially Ewald who has more than 30 years’ experience in the Theatre Technician field. He brings the best out of his students. He makes his classes enjoyable with his humour whilst demanding hard work from us. He requires us to be attentive during the class to ensure our best understanding of the subjects to produce the best results possible. This ensures our every success. After a difficult start brought on by initial nervousness, I found his style helpful and easy to follow. I really enjoyed this class.

Crystal (Ping Zhang)

I have started my Cert IV operating theatre technical support course with Mayfield in July 2021. Studying at Mayfield Education has boosted my knowledge, skills and self-confidence. The support, advice and suggestions provided by Ewald assisted me in getting work ready. I am pleased to say that I have been offered a job during my work placement. Thank you to Mayfield Education.

Samjhana (Samu) Uprety

Thanks to Ewald & Jaafar for your encouragement and advice during the course that has led me to places I never thought I would go.

Thank you so much for your support and mentorship throughout my course.

I have learnt so much during Cert IV Sterilisation service & Cert IV Operating Theatre technical course.


I would like to express my appreciation for the placement provided to myself to complete the medication course in 2020.

As it was an extremely difficult year for all, I  would like to sincerely thank all of who spent the time and sourced the placement. At the completion of my placement with EPC I was offered an amazing job opportunity and commenced the following week. All the staff at EPC were both helpful and encouraging throughout my placement and continue to be so now that I am no longer there as a student but employed as EEN.

Thank you again and I hope to see you while you are visiting future Mayfield students.


My placement was very good and although the first day was daunting they made me feel at home and explained every aspect of the role. It was great and I am confident that this is what I want to do


I've just started my first week at X Private Hospital and the certification has come right on time for my pre-employment checks. I'd like to thank you for all the help and support you've given me at my time at Mayfield, and for seeing me through to the end.


Ly LikarLy Likar
02:08 24 Aug 23
Thank you so much for dedicated teaching from experience teacher and all support for good work placement from Mayfield Education!
Esther SamuelsEsther Samuels
16:03 24 Jul 23
Recently finished my PG in Diabetes Nursing, I found Mayfield to be an awesome Tafe, one of the best Tafe for Diabetes Education and with lots of support for their students. Hence, it is highly recommended. Thanks to Mayfield Team.
Vivienne SpeirsVivienne Speirs
07:19 06 Jun 23
(From an attendee at our recent conference. Mayfield education presented).The disinfection and sterilisation lecture given by Lisa Li was very informative and gave practical instruction on best practice for sterilisation. It was great to have such a vital part of our everyday practice reinforced, and the importance of strict adherence highlighted. I learnt about gold standard sterilising operations and workplace set up, common issues and how to avert these, and the importance of adhering to manufacturer’s guidelines for all solutions and processes.
Rajan AnandRajan Anand
23:05 24 Feb 23
Recently finished my course from mayfield education very satisfied with their Services.Highly experienced and educated staff.very professional highly recommend to everyone. Big thanks to Zainab Akhter (Director of the collage).Amreen (Trainer) very helpful.
Tallulah HTallulah H
06:40 15 Sep 22
Having completed my course here in recent weeks, I could not be more pleased and grateful with the current staff involved. This year has been well structured to the best of their ability, given the climate of the pandemic. I have found the coordinator and staff to be very responsive and have very much appreciated their ongoing support.

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