Study Cairns Management Committee

Office Bearers

Janine Bowmaker, Banora International Group


Janine is the Managing Director of Banora International Group (BIG), an Australia-wide business with its Head Office based in Cairns. BIG centres around the International Student market providing various service orientated divisions including homestay, farmstay, study tours, edutourism, volunteering and traineeships.

Janine has been a member of Study Cairns for 14 years, a member of the Study Cairns Management Committee for 12 years and held the role as President for 3 years. She also sits on several tourism boards.

Janine is extremely passionate about tourism and the international education sector and committed to growing this industry for the Cairns region.

Sarah Mort, MiHaven

Vice President

Sarah is co-founder and Director of MiHaven Pty Ltd. MiHaven is a social enterprise established in Cairns and has been operating since 2011. The company’s operations include construction, property development and training. In early 2017 MiHaven identified a gap in the market for high quality purpose built student accommodation in Cairns and now has three student accommodation facilities for international students studying in Cairns.

Sarah has had an expansive career in the property development industry with an Hons Bachelor degree in Town + Regional Planning (Melbourne University), post graduate degree in Urban Economics (UTS) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s. Sarah has extensive industry experience on both company & government Boards in Australia.

David Craig, James Cook University


David joined JCU from New Zealand where he was Assistant Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waikato. David has worked in higher education for more than 10 years, 6 years in Australia (at UTS and ACU) and the past 5 years in New Zealand. Prior to higher education, David enjoyed a successful career in a variety of sectors, most notably in property, commercial banking, consumer goods and sport and leisure, where David was a senior executive at companies such as Macquarie Bank, Landcom & Coca-Cola the Australian Rugby Union.

David has an undergraduate degree from the University of Technology (Sydney), a Master’s degree from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. David has recently submitted his thesis to complete a PhD at Waikato, his research interest relates to the study of university brands, disruptive innovation and the university of the future.

Martin Lock, TAFE Queensland North


Martin has been working in the Education industry for a decade, predominantly working in the field of International Education.

Having started his career in education at a Queensland based University, he moved over to the Vocational Education sector, working for one of the largest Private VET institutions in Australia. 8 years ago Martin joined TAFE to help with Partnerships, Sales and Business Dev.

Martin’s current role is varied but includes relationship development of School, ELICOS and University to TAFE pathways, management & direction of Sales & Recruitment for TAFE.

A key focus is on diversity of students across the six regions and building the international student experience within these regions.

Committee Members

Melissa Banks, James Cook University

Melissa has over twenty-five years of experience in multiple education sectors and service providers. She has held senior positions in three Australian Universities, provided consultancy services in international education services, and led major research projects in her capacity as Head of research at IDP Education Pty Ltd.

Melissa has contributed to national and international forums and publications throughout her professional career with 17 articles located on the Database of Research in International Education. She is best known for her work in global student mobility, outcomes and impacts of international education in Australia, student retention and transition, Australian transnational tertiary education, and institutional internationalisation strategies.

Melissa recently commenced work at JCU with a mandate to develop and drive the University’s international strategy and is looking forward to helping grow the sector in Cairns.

Carol Doyle, You Study International

Carol has served on the Study Cairns Management Committee for a total of 9 years with 8 years of those in the position of President.

Carol also manages her own business You Study International, a Cairns-based English language college. At the invitation of Trade & Investment Qld, Carol has also represented the region in the development of the 2016-2026 International Education & Training Strategy to Advance Queensland.

Carol is incredibly passionate about growing international education for the TNQ region.

Jodie Duignan-George, CQUniversity

Jodie is the Associate Vice-Chancellor, Cairns and Far North Region, at CQUniversity. Jodie joined CQUniversity four years ago and with a background in Social Science and close to 20 years of experience working in higher education, she has a broad knowledge of issues facing the sector. Jodie has a keen interest in community development with particular expertise in business development. She is a member of a number of local and national boards and is deeply committed to the growth of International Education in the Cairns region.

Linda Forbes, Education Queensland International Cairns & Far North QLD

Linda has been a member of the Study Cairns Executive for a number of years.

Linda is a graduate of UQ and has extensive Secondary School Teaching and Guidance and Counselling experience in Queensland government schools. She has also worked as a Secondary School Deputy Principal and Careers Counsellor at JCU. Linda has university qualifications in Commerce and owned/operated a Cairns general aviation business.

The EQI International Education Programs include the International Student Program in state primary and high schools, group Study Tour School Programs and Professional Visits and the department’s Temporary Residents Admissions Centre (TRAC) programs for Tourist Visa, Bridging Visa and Dependant Students whose parents are studying with international education institutions in Cairns.

Joy Jenkins, CQUniversity

Joy is the Academic Operations Officer on the Cairns Campus, CQUniversity.  She joined CQUniversity 4 years ago after spending 20+ years at James Cook University.  She has extensive experience in higher education, and has broad knowledge of student service delivery. She was instrumental in developing many of the student services that currently exist today on the Cairns Campus, and has expanded her interests into academic operations at CQUniversity.

Joy’s background has primarily been in the Learning and Teaching arena and she is passionate about educational opportunities for all students.  This passion is shared with developing educational opportunities in the far northern region and as such is committed to supporting the growth of international education in this region.

Nami Matsuoka, CCEB

Jami is the Marketing Director at Cairns College of English & Business (CCEB). Nami has been with CCEB since its inception a decade ago. In that time, the business has grown dramatically, and has earned the QLD Export Award three years in a row. Nami started her career 18 years ago in Japan where she worked for schools and head office of GEOS, the largest chain of English language schools in the country.  Over the years she has built up strong relationships with agents, schools, tour companies and students both in Australia and all around the world.  She is a passionate promoter of Cairns and strives to ensure that students have a unique and unforgettable life experience whilst studying in our city.

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