Dr Terri Simpkin


Dr Terri Simpkin is a forward thinking academic, consultant and thought leader. Her career has spanned academic leadership in Higher Education, entrepreneurship in her own companies and general management in the hospitality sector. She is now heavily involved in workforce development in the global Data Centre sector amongh other emerging industries and dynamic business operations.

Building on an accomplished and diverse career in management Terri built her own consulting and education companies in Australia for nearly a decade. She specialised in developing strategic responses and organisational development aimed at achieving improved business capability for clients. Her portfolio extended from local and national governments, industry associations, SMEs and large corporate entities in sectors such as the hospitality, FMCG, state owned utilities/infrastructure and education sectors. Work included consulting, business development and formal research among a broad portfolio of activities.

During this time she served on the boards of a not for profit charity and a national private education body. She has recently been appointed as a Trustee of the Baker Dearing Trust in the UK.

Her academic leadership role carried a global remit and included managing undergraduate and post-graduate delivery on campus, by distance learning and international partnerships across the world. Corporate programmes and business engagement were also part of Terri's remit and included budget management, governance, people management, quality assurance, innovation and change management responsibilities.

Involved in developing the global offering of post graduate leadership and management education to support a new business paradigm, she is working closely with the Data Center Sector, the Tri Services and professional services organisations to better equip managers to respond to emerging challenges. Her current research specialises in leadership and management, and the imposter phenomenon in women in STEM.

Having had over two decades of experience across consulting and general management in industry, Terri has the capacity to be both strategic and tactical, big picture and specific. Envisioning and directing complex projects in order to develop and deliver value and identifyable benefits is one of Terri's specific skills.

In 2005 she was awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship and travelled from Australia to the UK, Ireland and the US to study integrated HR systems and business practices; undertaking management education with Disney in Florida.

Her scope of capability and academic interests include changing business management paradigms, emerging leadership practices, second machine age responses to environmental challenges, workforce issues, gender in the workplace and more intelligent education.


PhD - University of Tasmania
Theorising Occupational Decision Making: A longitudinal study of hospitality training in schools.

Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) - University of Tasmania
Bachelor of Business Administration (HRM) - University of Tasmania

Advanced Diploma of Management
Associate Diploma of Business (Hospitality)


Chartered Member CIPD (UK)
Chartered Member AHRI (Aust)
Fellow - Higher Education Institute

Churchill Fellow