MEET THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE TEAM
When students come to International House they get to meet and liaise with all of our management team who are supported by a team of onsite Senior Residents.
This management structure ensures an open door policy and that students always have someone to go to at any time of the day or night. Most importantly it ensures that as an organisation we continue to grow in our understanding of the requirements of international students and our commitment to providing the best on campus community for them.
Meet our Management Team below and our Senior Residents.
DR CARLA TROMANS
Carla has called International House (IH) home since 2003, and lives on site. She is passionate about the community and enjoys the diversity and intellect of our young residents. Prior to IH, Carla worked within the education industry as a secondary teacher, Head of Department & Deputy Principal, in various locations within Queensland and the Northern Territory. The final two years were spent as a project officer within the Workforce Capability Unit of Education Queensland.
Carla’s interest in the professional development of graduate teachers was realised through her doctoral thesis, completed in 2002. She has also gathered two masters’ degrees (one from UQ), one in administration, the other in curriculum. In particular Carla enjoys catching up with former IH residents at organised Alumni events and being a brand ambassador for International House Brisbane.
Yohan Nair has been the Deputy Director at International House since 2011 and has proven to be highly regarded and respected both by residents and colleagues. Yohan is a key member of the senior management team and his primary function is to provide support to the Director with the pastoral care of residents. This includes responsibility for the management and administration of the college to deliver a productive and harmonious living and learning community within the college.
Unlike the traditional college admissions process, IH does not interview students before accepting them. Instead, Yohan enjoys connecting with residents after they have arrived, when they are more relaxed and themselves, to find out how they are settling in and what more IH can to do assist them. As Deputy Director, Yohan also coordinates the academic tutorial program and assisted by the Student Club (IHSC), manages the cross-cultural calendar. Yohan originates from Malaysia and prior to his life at IH was a professional golfer.
Graham has been the Operations Manager at International House since 2010. Graham is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the college operations, ensuring that the facilities, assets, grounds and contracts are managed and maintained to a high standard. Graham is passionate about providing a livable, sustainable environment for residents during their stay at International House and is always on hand to provide advice on issues such as catering, cleaning, accommodation and repairs and maintenance. Originally from Wales in the United Kingdom, Graham previously travelled the world as a Marine Engineer before entering the Operations and Facilities Management field.
Jill Charlton is International House’s Accountant responsible for the going financial management of International House which cuts across ensuring the best value when it comes to catering and property maintenance and upkeep. She joined International House in 2009 after seven years in a similar role with another residential College at the University of Queensland. She was won over by the efficiency of operations that were delivered in such a friendly and relaxed manner – and that feeling has remained. Contrary to expectations, Jill does not spend all her time with figures, and delights in taking prospective students and their parents on tours of International House. As a parent herself, she knows what’s important for other parents and their aspirations for their children.
Symantha Liu, or Sam as she is known, is our Advancement Director responsible for marketing of International House and a number of our key events including O Week which is run twice a year for incoming students. She is also the key contact for our dynamic IH Alumni community organising global reunions and keeping them connected via our vibrant social media network. Born in Papua New Guinea, with a Chinese background, Sam plays a major part in our Chinese New Year Cultural Events each year. She is an experienced public speaker and media operator having previously worked as a journalist and television reporter, and part of her job involves media relations and management of our social media accounts. Sam is a mother of two young adults and a teenager and relates exceptionally well with our residents.
Yuki Kelly has been our Office Administrator since 2007 and is the first point of contact for all students – this includes being the behind the scenes person responding to initial student enquiries from around the world and managing our admissions process. Originally from Japan, Yuki feels at home in the respectful, accepting and rich cultural environment that is International House. She is the epitome of politeness and calmness and enjoys helping people transition to life at IH. Yuki shares a love of football with her son and is a passionate Liverpool supporter.
CUSTOMER SERVICE OFFICER
A true blue Queenslander, Kim our Customer Service Officer greets all our housies with a smile and is IH’s resident technical guru, always on hand to find a magic last minute solution for housies. Kim is a familiar face on UQ campus having worked as an IT Support Officer at Colleges Information Technology Group (CITG) for nearly 13 years, before being snapped up by Carla to bring her analytical skills and faculty contacts to IH. Kim enjoys travelling the world with her husband, the only thing she enjoys more is returning home to pick up her beloved cat Squeaky!
PETER VON PETHELY
GROUNDS AND MAINTENANCE OFFICER
Born in Esperance Western Australia, Pete, our Grounds and Maintenance Officer, began his career as a Storeman for a construction company in 1973. He trained as an apprentice carpenter in 1974 and has been plying his trade for over four decades. Pete is married to Alex and they have one son, Nicholas. Pete is mad about gardening and his green thumb can be seen all around IH in our lush gardens, especially “Little Tuscany” herb garden behind the Director’s residence and the IH citrus garden where he loves to tend our harmless native bees.
Take a Tour
Enjoy this video tour of our student accommodation and facilities. Book in for an actual tour.