Management Staff Profile

Bijo Kunnumpurath

Founder, Managing Director & CEO of HCI group

Bijo Kunnumpurath

Bijo is the founder, Managing Director & CEO of HCI group, who has great passion towards education, entrepreneurship and technology. Bijo has a Master’s in Business Administration and is also a Mechanical Engineer by qualification. Bijo has worked across the globe and is respected as a prominent community figure in Australia, Malaysia & India. Bijo’s extensive project management and business management experience is the driving force behind all programs and activities of HCI group and has led the organisation to successfully start a number of international businesses. As the CEO & Managing Director of Health Careers International Group Pty Ltd, Bijo oversees and manages the operational activities, systems and policy implementation of the organisation. Bijo is also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors).

Ditty Kunjukunju

Chief Operating Officer

An Information Technology specialist by profession, graduate in Physics and Masters in Computer Applications by qualifications, Ditty is Chief Operating Officer for Health Careers International Group Pty Ltd. As the COO for HCI group, Ditty is responsible for developing and implementing strategic management decisions and also ensures that operations of all HCI’s campuses are consistent with the business interests and organisational goals. Ditty brings with him vast experience in a senior management level, having worked with reputed organisations in US, Australia and India. Ditty has more than 10 years of professional experience in organisational management and in managing systems and multi-locational IT infrastructure requirements. Ditty has also worked for more than 2 years’, as the Campus Manager for HCI Perth campus.

Pankaj Patel


Pankaj has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance which range from financial reporting, taxation to auditing and brings in established skills in corporate finance, financial analysis, taxation, accounting and auditing. Pankaj holds Bachelor of Commerce degree and he is also a member of Certified Public Accountant (Aus) along with Chartered Accountant (India). Pankaj is working with HCI Group for the past eight years’ and is responsible for managing financial aspects of the entire group.

Russell Freemantle

Director of Studies

Russell started as the Board member of Academic Board of studies for IHM and later joined HCI, as Director of Studies for IHNA & IHM. Russell is a Nurse by profession has over 18 years’ experience specialising in Acute, Sub acute care and Mental Health areas. In his career as a Registered Nurse, Russell has held numerous senior management positions including, Director of Nursing for Private Nursing Homes, Course Coordinator and Chair Faculty of Health, Engineering & Science PG research Platform presentations at Victoria University. Russell has many papers and journals published and added to his credits. Russell is a frequent contributor to various nursing & regulatory publications. As the DOS of HCI, Russell oversees and ensures implementation of curriculum development processes and policies, supervision and leadership of Course Coordinators and the facilitation of communication between academic staff and senior operational managers.

Dr Jacob Thomas

Curriculum Development Manager

A renowned surgeon, with M.S in Orthopaedic Surgery and with over 20 years of Medical Expertise, Dr Jacob is the Curriculum Development Manager for HCI Group. Dr Jacob has worked across best of hospitals; to name a few, Medical Consultant with Ministry of health Oman and as a Registrar with Austin Health, Melbourne. Dr Jacob brings in a rich repertoire of industry knowledge and academic base to the Curriculum Development team of HCI. Being the Curriculum Development Manager for HCI, Dr Jacob ensures that the course development process is in accordance with the course endorsement or accreditation standards and criteria and the developed course materials meets the quality expectations and standards set by the regulatory bodies.

Thean Khor

Business Development Manager (Domestic & International)

Thean is the Business Development Manager (Domestic & International) for Heath Careers International Group Pty Ltd. He has over 20 years of business development and marketing experience in several industries. In the last 15 years, Thean has a riche exposure in healthcare marketing & hospital management at senior management level. He was instrumental in building up a successful marketing program in a tertiary care hospital and also oversees marketing operations for a big hospital group. Thean holds an MBA from The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and is a Full member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM), UK. His work has taken him around Asia and USA and he brings with him regional and international experience to the team.

Stephen Jones

Corporate Strategy Manager

Stephen Jones is the Campus Manager for HCI Perth Campus. Stephen is responsible for development and establishment of HCI’s corporate strategy on a campus level. This includes monitoring campus budgets, achieving sales targets and managing and developing existing business and commercial opportunities specifically for Perth campus. Stephen has more than 25 years of experience working in public education and training along with RTO managerial experience in VET sector. Stephen has also worked as Teacher Development coordinator for the Department of Education, which involved developing programs, assessment schemes and tasks as well as facilitating learning opportunities for the teachers.

Mark William Favetta

Head of Department, Blended Delivery

Mark Favetta is HCI’s Head of Department for Blended Delivery. Mark focuses on enriching the quality of the student learning experience through the implementation of interactive learning activities that are beyond those attainable through face-to-face classroom interactions. Mark has more than 10 years’ experience in senior education sector with specialist blended systems design, delivery, Elearning and RTO program management. Mark also has experience in developing and delivering customised innovative technology driven learning interventions for international and national organisations across a wide variety of and industries including Utilities, Mining, Finance and education Tertiary and VET sector.

Tracy Holland

Course Coordinator, HCI Parramatta campus

Tracy Holland is the Course Coordinator for HCI Parramatta campus. Tracy has numerous tertiary qualifications including Master Clinical Practice, Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Nursing, Bachelor of Health. Tracy has more than 8 years of experience working in Acute and Residential care, along with exceptional clinical and leadership skills. During her 23 years’ of experience in nursing field, Tracy has been in charge of a variety of senior management positions including Quality & Educations Manager, Registered Nurse and Care Manager within the Residential Aged Care Sector.

Shali Bijo

National Training Manager

Shali Bijo

Shali Bijo is the National Training Manager for HCI group. Shali has been responsible for multiple portfolios including Director, Curriculum Development & Compliance, Course Coordinator and Nurse Educator, during her 9 years’ of service with HCI. Shali played a key role in various aspect of course development including the quality check and course delivery guidelines. Shali has been a major contributor in external audits for accreditation and re-accreditation of nursing courses and certificate courses by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and ISO accreditation (At Melbourne, Sydney and Perth campuses of IHNA. Shali is with IHNA since the inception of the organisation and is qualified as a Master of Orthopaedic Nursing from Victoria University, has recently completed Diploma of Vocational Education& Training; Diploma of Training design and Development.



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