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Phil Payne

CEO Study Perth​

Policy Forum: Regional Education​

Phil joined StudyPerth as Executive Director in September 2017. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Board in March 2020.

Phil leads a team which, in collaboration with government, educational institutions and other stakeholders, provides a leadership role in building the profile of international education in Western Australia and overseas.

Phil sits on various committees, including the Australia China Business Council Tourism and Education Committee, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority International Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Council of International Students Western Australia.

Prior to joining StudyPerth, Phil was employed by Murdoch University as the Director of External Engagement, where he managed a team of over 50 staff who were responsible for the recruitment and admission of students, both international and domestic.

From 2012 to 2014, Phil was the Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Murdoch University. In this role, he was responsible for transnational partnerships in Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai and the development and management of pathways and partnerships. In 2012, Phil was also appointed as the inaugural Chair of Murdoch Singapore, a subsidiary of Murdoch University and remained a Director of the Board until 2017.

Phil’s previous roles at Murdoch University included Pro Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Peel Campus and Chief Executive Officer of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Phil began his career in healthcare, in the UK then Australia, and has managed hospitals and a Medical School.