CATC Academic Team - Helmut Lueckenhausen

Helmut Lueckenhausen

Executive DeanFaculty of Design

Helmut has many years’ experience in the academic aspects of design, from a lecturer in 3D Design to Dean, Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Helmut led the Faculty (previously the National School of Design) into becoming a significant international force in the field of design, including increasing onshore international student numbers eightfold as well setting up programs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Successful programs were similarly set up with Billy Blue in Sydney.

Helmut led the establishment of the National Institute for Design Research, and the development of new policies and programs for design practice-led research and re-introduced the Swinburne School of Film and Television. Most recently, Helmut was Pro Vice Chancellor Internationalisation at Swinburne, providing senior academic leadership and advocacy including curriculum developments, staff capability, graduate attributes, and the research endeavour. Previous to this role, Helmut was Pro Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak.

What inspires you on a day-to-day basis?

Making stuff – whether creative objects, systems, new educational programs and courses, new models of infrastructure, new ways of facilitating learning and doing things – leaving something in place that wasn’t there before, or in better condition than it was before. In short – justifying having been here.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Helmut is a leading exponent in the field of studio furniture and design for wood, having maintained a regular national and international lecture program, including forum, conference and workshop presentations. His work is in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and state collections throughout Australia. He was honoured with a survey exhibition of his life’s work 11 April – 11 June 2015 by the Art Gallery of Warrnambool.


  • PhD, Design
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Art (Industrial Design)
  • Diploma of Education
  • Diploma of Industrial Design


CATC Academic Team - Jens Schroeder

Jens Schroeder

Head of Academic StudiesPhoto Imaging

Dr. Jens Schroeder is passionate about everything digital and video games in particular. Throughout his career Jens has presented at a number of conferences, spoken at German and Australian universities, and managed an award-winning creative media institute. He also worked in a Berlin-based games studio, acts as an assessor for the NSW Government's Interactive Media Fund and judges entries for the AIMIA Awards.

A firm believer in the transformative power of digital games, he also is part of a start-up that explores game-based learning solutions for teaching English to students in developing economies in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

Self-improvement and helping others. I still learn on a daily basis and love to support others to do the same. Education is something that no one can take away from you; it’s an incredibly valuable asset that opens the world to you – something I personally experienced. If that doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning, I don’t know what will.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Jens is a closet car nerd who once aspired to be a music journalist in his younger years.


  • PhD in Media Studies
  • Masters in Cultural Studies
  • Masters in Arts and Media
  • Currently doing an MBA
CATC Academic Team - Scott Skipworth

Scott Skipworth

Head of Academic StudiesInterior Design

Scott is thrilled with the brilliant schemes the CATC students submit for their Interior Design and Decoration assessments and champions the CATC students and alumni across a range of industry connections. Prior to settling in Australia, Scott worked in interior design and architectural agencies in New York on clients like Guggenheim Museum, Sony, Pepsico and some celebrity clients in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York and Michigan. In Sydney, Scott led an innovative house project in Palm Beach with fjmt Studio.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

I am particularly interested in ways remotely located interiors and digital/virtual environments are merged through technology to constitute a unified spatial experience, challenging the biological limits of human embodiment, the physical boundaries of interiors and the definition of place.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Scott has his own studio, SPS Architecture, having designed interior projects in Darling Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill.


  • Master of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts, Art History

Program Managers

CATC Academic Team - Alison Kerr

Ali Kerr

Program ManagerGraphic Design, Brisbane

Specialising in experience design, design thinking and research both locally and internationally, Ali played with the folk over at the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design, Harper Mackay Architects in the UK and the Brisbane Festival. Ali has led the creative design, direction and production of annual reports, marketing events & conferences, sponsorship campaigns and web site development across both print and digital media. Ali has been teaching at THINK Design since 2011, dedicating her knowledge, energy and experience to the role of Program Manager at the Brisbane campus, where she develops, delivers and coordinates subjects across the degree and diploma program.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

I am inspired mostly by the people around me, watching talented emerging designers grow and develop is thrilling and inspires me no end. I am also inspired by innovation, the home fix-its that people develop to get by with their day to day tasks… pure genius!

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Ali has two rows of eyelashes like Elizabeth Taylor and a secret Helvetica tattoo.


  • Masters of Digital Design (Completing mid-2015)
  • Graduate Certificate, Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts, Theatre
  • Certificate IV in Design, Shillington College
CATC Academic Team - Nathan Scoular

Nathan Scoular

Program ManagerGraphic Design, Sydney

Nathan has worked as a creative director and art director for prominent design, packaging and branding agencies including XOU, Pearshop and Jack Watts Currie. He has led the creative direction of corporate communications teams, developed visual identities, environmental graphics, packaging and advertising campaigns across both print and digital media.

Nathan has been teaching at THINK Design since 2008, developing curriculum material in conjunction with the academic team and mentoring colleagues new to teaching.

Outside of his management, teaching and pastoral support roles, Nathan has received multiple Australian Publishers Association Awards in the book design category since 2008. His team was also a finalist in the Australian Graphic Design Association Biennial Design Awards, Identity category in 2004 and was awarded a distinction in the packaging FMCG category the same year. 

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

That it’s often the small, incidental things that end up making the biggest difference

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Nathan covers more kilometres each year cycling than he does driving, his favourite typeface is Meta and he has an aversion to sand.


  • Advanced Diploma, Design and Advertising
  • Certificate IV, Adult Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV, Training and Assessment
CATC Academic Team - Robyn Latimer

Robyn Latimer

Program ManagerGraphic Design, Online

Robyn’s experience as a professional designer spans multi sectors of the design industry including owner/operator of Eye Visuals' design studio for over 20 years. With publishing design being her area of specialisation she manages the design and production of large, complex projects for clients that have ranged from the light hearted Wiggles and Walt Disney to corporates such as LJ Hooker head office.

A particular project she is proud of involved writing and producing a national awareness campaign for television, radio & print for the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia, and more recently a 30 metre long multi-media learning wall at a school.

Through the transformation from print to digital Robyn’s skills progressed to include web design, digital publishing and multi-media. Other areas of experience include advertising, branding, event management, public speaking and tutoring graphic design. Robyn is passionate about using design ‘for good and not evil’ and has performed work on a pro-bono basis in the not-for-profit sector for the past 10 years for which she received a 2010 NSW volunteer of the year award.

In her capacity as a teacher Robyn enjoys sharing her hands-on knowledge to benefit students with real world, contextual learning.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

As my grandmother used to say ‘only boring people get bored’—I keep busy and make the most of every opportunity.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Robyn grows organic olives and garlic and has lived in over 5 countries


  • Bachelor of Design Visual Communication
CATC Academic Team - Melissa Obrien

Mel O'Brien

Program ManagerInterior Design and Decoration, Sydney

Previous to working for Think Design, Mel worked in both residential and commercial Interior Architecture co-ordinating teams of designers towards completion of projects ranging from large scale health developments, cultural and theatre precincts, commercial fit outs, and social housing commissions. Mel has travelled extensively to many corners of the globe, always with the intention of gleaning as much design inspiration as possible. It is this inspiration that she uses to inform her design practice as an awarded installation artist and exhibition designer. Mel is currently working with a number of clients from large corporate groups to small grass roots performance art programs, and thoroughly enjoys the wide variety of briefs, budgets and outcomes that are specific to each project’s needs.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

The world of design is an all-or-nothing one. I live and breathe within this fabulous world, which means that I get inspiration from everywhere – buildings passed on the way to work in the morning, illustrations in children’s books, conversations with industry experts, and being able to pass on all of this to our students. Watching students grow as designers is an amazing thing!

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Mel, who is fascinated with finding out the history of all buildings that she enters, wishes that she had been a student of the Bauhaus under the tutelage of Mies van der Rohe. She also once owned a gold 1994 BMW named Shirley.


  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
CATC Academic Team - Emma Fenton

Emma Fenton

Program ManagerInterior Design and Decoration, Melbourne

A qualified architect, Emma has spent almost 10 years post-graduation in large, award winning architectural & design firms including Francis-Jones Morehen & Thorpe on public, educational, interior and master planning projects. Most recently she lead the design team with fjmt in Sydney for a cultural and community centre upgrade, currently under construction in the Blue Mountains. Defining experiences in her design career include travelling and working in developing countries. Innovation, re-use of materials and overwhelming community spirit within informal settlements embedded her strong commitment to environmentally and socially responsible design.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

Having recently moved to Melbourne to pursue independent practice and academic work, I am loving the strong creative communities at the city’s vibrant core, and also the excellent coffee.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Emma’s most defining experience was an extended working stint in Delhi, India.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture)
CATC Academic Team - Bernie Thompson

Bernie Thompson

Program ManagerInterior Design and Decoration, Brisbane

Like many people in education, Bernie has a varied professional background. In his previous roles, he was Qld Manager for Non-Resident Investment, Interest and Royalties for the ATO. He has worked as a cook in an aged home, for a solicitor in Knightsbridge in London and he was a Business Training Consultant for MLC in Melbourne. 

Bernie’s design experience includes designing rugs, drafting for architectural firms, working on high end residential projects and running his own interior design business.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

My staff and the spirit and humour they bring with them every day, inspires me.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Bernie drives a Skoda. He can’t wait for Season 5 of GOT and his favourite movie is Babette’s Feast.


  • Master of Education (Global)
  • Bachelor of Adult & Vocational Teaching
  • Diploma of Interior Technology
CATC Academic Team - Guy Sherlock

Guy Sherlock

Program ManagerPhoto Imaging, Sydney

Guy is interested in the traditions of photography, believing that photography should be a separate art form from that of extreme digital manipulation, or compositing. He finds that an image is more successful when the subject is manipulated prior to shooting with wardrobe, props, makeup and lighting. In recent years Guy has worked as a professional freelance photographer and is capable of photographing in a number of different styles and across many genres. He has exhibited in galleries both in Sydney and regional NSW as well as having had photographs published in many newspapers and magazines. Guy’s goal at CATC is to bring industry knowledge, skills and practice to the classroom – providing students with life changing education and experiences.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

Inspiration is all around us. As a photographer I think it is important to be observant and I’m constantly sponging all sorts of inspiration and motivation from the experiences I encounter in day-to-day life. I find inspiration everywhere, sometimes in the most unexpected places… It could be an early morning swim in the ocean, or listening to the lyrics in a song, or meeting new people - inspiration is everywhere.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

In 2010 Guy travelled around America with an emerging Australian rock band - managing, driving and photographing the whole adventure. Prior to delving into a career of photography and education Guy was once a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field.


  • Master of Arts Practice Photomedia
  • Bachelor Arts Photography
CATC Academic Team - Richard Whitfield

Richard Whitfield

Program ManagerPhoto Imaging, Brisbane

Probably best known for his editorial portraiture, Richards’s celebrity sitters have included entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Richards’s original passion was advertising photography and his work has been recognised at the New York Advertising Festival and is also included in the permanent collection of the ACMP. Richard studied Fine Art in his native UK and ran a successful studio in Hong Kong before relocating to Sydney and then Brisbane.

What inspires you on a day to day basis?

Great images still inspire me every day: whether revisiting the work of the industry greats or discovering the work of emerging photographers. In particular, seeing the development of our students’ work over the course of their studies with us keeps me inspired and motivated.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Richard nearly got himself fired on the first day of his first industry job for over-zealous use of the dust-off spray and once foolishly turned down a shoot with INXS’s Michael Hutchence.


  • Master of Business (Communication)
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art