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01.08.19 | ICHM News

Major Moves

Natalie Simmons will step - at least for now - into the top job as ICHM’s Chief Executive, and Dr George Brown formally takes on the role as Principal.  

Natalie Simmons, currently Director Finance and Administration, steps in as ICHM’s Interim Chief Executive from early next year.

She is currently working alongside Chief Executive Gerald Lipman in an extended handover.

Prior to joining ICHM in May last year, Natalie had been National Manager Corporate Services for medical indemnity company MIGA for 15 years, responsible for Finance, IT, Business Analysis, Projects, Risk and Compliance, and Facilities Management. She was previously with FH Faulding & Co and Mobil Oil.

‘ICHM is a well-established and internationally recognised institution that delivers on the vision of being the hotel school of choice for the industry professionals of tomorrow. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to provide our students with the highest quality education and industry connections and the opportunity to grow the college’, says Natalie. 

Dr George Brown, who has been Acting Principal for the past year, has been formally appointed as Principal. Prior to that he was Director Academic, responsible for maintaining the integrity of ICHM’s academic standards.

He previously held senior academic positions with Navitas Study Group (Australasia), Australian Institute of Business and Think: Education Group (a wholly owned subsidiary of Laureate International Universities).  Earlier, he had helped establish ICHM’s degree programs while working with Regency Institute of TAFE. 

‘Ever since its inception, ICHM has continued to be at the forefront of industry relevant, applied and academically rigorous higher education. I am pleased to be part of a professional team whose mission is committed to equipping students with the knowledge, skills and professionalism for their futures’, says George 

After 22 years at ICHM as Chief Executive, Gerald Lipman will step down in January 2020. ICHM was owned by the Lipman family from foundation in 1992 to 2017, when it was acquired by Charles Darwin University.