John Barnes has extensive executive experience in tertiary education and joined RMIT in January 2012.
Prior to joining RMIT University he held senior management positions in TAFE Institutes for some 16 years most recently as General Manager, Business Development at Kangan Institute of TAFE. He has also held roles developing and managing student services at Victoria University and Richmond University, an American University in London. He began his career as a secondary school teacher.
John has a Masters of Business Administration from RMIT, Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice, Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Swinburne), a Bachelor of Education (Victoria College now Deakin) and a Bachelor of Arts (Monash).
John has extensive experience in marketing and student, industry, alumni and government engagement, both in Australia and internationally. In his work he draws on a strong understanding of educational practice combined with systematic analysis of markets and industries. He is committed to strong educational outcomes in responding effectively to student, industry and government needs.