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 and 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 and government Boards in Australia.

Jodie Duignan-George, CQUniversity


Jodie is the Associate Vice-Chancellor, Cairns and Far North Region, at CQUniversity. Jodie joined CQUniversity five 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

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.

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 also recently completed a PhD at Waikato, his research interest relates to the study of university brands, disruptive innovation and the university of the future.

Committee Members

Joy Jenkins, CQUniversity


Joy is the Academic Operations Officer on the Cairns Campus, CQUniversity.  She joined CQUniversity 5 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.

Danielle Carey

Danielle Carey, FNQ Employment

Danielle Carey returned to Cairns in 2015 to address skills gaps affecting regional growth in Far North Queensland for the Department of Education and Training. Before returning to North Queensland, Danielle managed Study Brisbane, developing initiatives to increase Brisbane’s international student enrolment numbers and improve the international student experience. More recently, Danielle promoted long term economic and social growth as CEO of Regional Development Australia Tropical North and addressed the challenges to economic growth and industry diversification for Advance Cairns.

Danielle is currently delivering programs to help the region’s unemployed into jobs as a representative of the Federal Government’s Local Jobs Program. She is a member of the AICD and a previous Study Cairns Executive Board member.

Nami Harrison (nee Matsuoka), CCEB

Nami 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 20 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.

Frank Lanza

Frank Lanza, Lanza Legal

Frank is a Barrister-at-Law and a Nationally Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law with almost 30 years of experience. He is a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia. He is also a senior legal consultant to Lanza Legal, a local firm providing legal services to the community. He is an accredited and practising Dispute Resolution Practitioner and has been on numerous committees and panels, notably he was a member of the Cairns Community Legal Centre, Migration Institute of Australia state committee, Cairns Sister Cities Committee and Cairns Migrant Resources Centre. He taught commercial law at one of the local VET colleges and tutored Italian language at JCU.

He is passionate about education issues and very vocal about immigration reforms, in particular as they relate to international students. He has been advocating for a number of years to reform immigration law so as to give international students better opportunities and incentives to pursue pathways to permanent residency. 

Martin Lock, TAFE Queensland 

Martin has been working in the Education industry for over 15 years, 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. Ten years ago Martin joined TAFE Queensland working on Partnerships, Sales and Business Development.

Martin’s current role is varied but includes relationship development of School, ELICOS and University to TAFE pathways, management and direction of Student Engagement and Marketing.

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

Clare Magee

Clare Magee, James Cook University

Clare is the Director of the International Directorate at James Cook University. She has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and international education,  a decade of which has been in  academic and business leadership roles. A specialist in ELICOS/EAP,  Clare’s previous held roles in  secondary, pathways  and tertiary education in Vietnam, USA, China and Ireland  through which she has gained cross- cultural business acumen and relationship management experience for transnational work with  government and industry.

As an avid traveller and student Clare has completed post grad study abroad programs in Israel, Mexico, China and France.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education (TESOL), an Executive Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.  She is also registered as TEQSA expert in Direct Entry Programs and regularly presents at industry conferences.

Chris Zilm

Chris Zilm, Cairns State High School

Executive Principal of Cairns State High, Chris Zilm is keen to see international students return to Australia and restore the business in secondary and tertiary spaces.
Working with tourism providers in the future will open up opportunities for a re-branding and new opportunities for regional Australian spaces like Cairns with positive reputations and cultures in COVID-19 times.


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