Alex Murphy

Managing Director
BA (Hons), MAICD

Mr Murphy is Managing Director of INSEARCH Limited. He has 25 years’ experience with INSEARCH in education, marketing and senior management roles. Since assuming the MD role in late 2007, INSEARCH has more than doubled in size, extended its range of offshore partnerships delivering INSEARCH programs in the region and expanded its sponsorship of UTS initiatives, including UTS’s Indigenous strategy, alumni events and international student scholarships.

Mr Murphy is a Director of INSEARCH Education International Pty Limited and INSEARCH (Shanghai) Limited.

Mr Murphy has had a long interest in higher education, intercultural business and ethics, and has lived and worked in Indonesia. He studied linguistics, philosophy and Indonesia and Malayan studies at the University of Sydney and undertook research at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University where he also lectured in linguistics.

Mr Murphy ensures that learning and development of staff is fully supported by UTS:INSEARCH and he accesses executive training programs and coaching regularly to support his own learning and development.

Mr Murphy has been a member of the St James Ethics Centre since 1997.

Alex Murphy

Nathan Patrick

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mr Patrick was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Company Secretary of INSEARCH Limited in 2010.

As CFO/Company Secretary he is responsible for INSEARCH’s Finance and Governance activities. The Governance portfolio includes the Program Management Office (PMO), Campus Planning, Risk Management, Compliance (including liaising with Regulators), Offshore legal entities, Legal and Company Secretariat. 

During the previous 30 years, he held senior financial, management and governance positions in the professional services, manufacturing and construction industries in Australia and Asia.

His career includes 15 years in diverse roles in 'Big 4' accounting firms and five years as the Chief Operating Officer of a law firm.

Mr Patrick is a Director of INSEARCH (Shanghai) Limited.

He is on the management committee of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and of the Corporate and Legal Issues Committee of The Governance Institute of Australia.

Mr Patrick is a Fellow of the following organisations: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, The Governance Institute of Australia, The Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the UK Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Nathan Patrick

Peter Harris

Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

Mr Harris joined UTS:INSEARCH in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte specialising in Business Process Engineering and Corporate Reconstruction. Mr Harris has worked in nearly every industry sector.

Mr Harris moved from professional services to establish a sales and marketing business specialising in financial services as well as a number of internet start-ups.

His financial and marketing experience, along with his business process focus, has seen him hold various C-level roles including Chief Operating Officer in an ASX listed performing arts company.

Mr Harris is responsible for our strategic offshore partnerships, including our English language partnerships in China, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar, and for establishing new partnerships for delivery of academic programs or other strategic engagement in our key markets, forging strategic offshore partnerships with key government, industry and education bodies to promote UTS and UTS:INSEARCH. He is a Director of INSEARCH subsidiary companies and the INSEARCH Representative on advisory and management boards of offshore partnerships.

Peter Harris

Tim Laurence

Dean of Studies
BSc (Architecture), B Arch, Master of Art Theory

Mr Laurence is the Dean of Studies at UTS:INSEARCH. He is an academic leader with extensive experience in higher education teaching and education management. Prior to taking up his current position at UTS:INSEARCH, Mr Laurence held the position of Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS.

Mr Laurence holds overall responsibility for the design, delivery and quality assurance of all UTS:INSEARCH pathway programs both locally and internationally.

Tim Laurence

Carol Churches

Human Resources Director

Ms Churches joined UTS:INSEARCH in late 2007 as General Manager, Human Resources. She is an HR professional with 25 years' of experience in multinational and privately owned organisations across FMCG, IT&T, consumer products and private education sectors.

After an early career in IT, Ms Churches spent 14 years' in various human resources roles at Unilever New Zealand & Australia. She then established a successful HR and career transitions consultancy, working with business and private individuals for six years' before joining UTS:INSEARCH.

Ms Churches holds a Diploma of Business from Massey University in New Zealand.

At UTS:INSEARCH, Carol and the HR team facilitate the recruitment, engagement and development of staff, fostering a high performing organisation and inclusive culture.

Carol Churches

Belinda Howell

Chief Market Development Officer (CMDO)
BA (Hons), Grad Dip Management, MBA, GAICD

Ms Howell joined UTS:INSEARCH in November 2011. She has extensive experience in senior marketing and corporate affairs positions within a diverse range of services industries - financial services, professional services, travel and tourism, and higher education – in respected organisations such as British Airways, Macquarie Bank, Rabobank and KPMG.

Through her leadership of sales, marketing, product development, market intelligence and corporate communications, Ms Howell is responsible for attracting international and Australian students to UTS:INSEARCH and for the institution’s reputation and profile.

Ms Howell has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in French, a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Master of Business Administration. She has been awarded the Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in France.

Ms Howell has served on several not-for-profit boards and is currently on the board of Dunmore Lang College at Macquarie University. She also runs a small property in the Southern Tablelands devoted to beef cattle and horticulture. Her other interests include mental health and she is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Belinda Howell