Chief Executive Officer

Phone: +61 (0)3 9286 9267
Office: E3 Directorate, Elgar Campus
Post; Private Bag 2014 Box Hill 3128 Victoria, Australia

Executive Assistant: Irene Biris
Phone: +61 (03) 9286 9267



  • Graduate Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies (equivalent to Masters of Corporate Leadership)
  • Graduate USAF University, Air War College (equivalent to Masters in Strategy)
  • Graduate of the RAF GD Aerosystems Course (equivalent to Graduate Certificate)
  • Diploma in Company Directorship
  • Graduate AICD Company Director Advanced Program
  • Graduate Boeing Executive Development Program
  • Advanced Diploma of Personnel and Operations Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Navigation)
  • Diploma of Government (Management)
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Air Navigation)
  • Diploma of Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Air Navigation Instruction
  • Numerous other courses in subjects as diverse as project management, Spanish language, Internal Audit, Explosives, computer programming, negotiation skills and crisis counselling


Areas of Responsibility

The role is to provide outstanding leadership and direction for the BHI Group, working closely with the Board, to ensure the BHI Group achieves:

  • The strategic goals outlined in the 2015 – 2018 Box Hill Institute Group Strategic Plan
  • Business sustainability
  • Successful execution of the BHI Group’s vision, business plan, policies and effective use of resources.


Professional Background

Norman is the Chief Executive Officer of Box Hill Institute and Centre for Adult Education and was appointed to this role in July 2014.  He has led the development of the organisation’s new strategic plan 2015 – 2018 which has a focus on financial sustainability and serving communities through education, training and lifelong learning.

Norman’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of Public Transport Victoria and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Thales Australia, a large systems engineering company which Norman led through a significant restructure which merged four independent companies and led to a highly successful financial turn-around.

Prior to this Norman had completed a long and distinguished career in the Department of Defence, serving in The Royal Australian Air Force, and rising to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. His exceptional service was recognised in June 1993 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He was also awarded the Australian Service Medal South East Asia and Australian Service Medal Irian Jaya.

No stranger to continued education, throughout his career Norman has obtained a number of qualifications including in corporate leadership and strategy, aviation, management, administration, air navigation and engineering.

Norman is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Master Project Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management and was a Member of the Business Council of Australia (2006-2008).

Norman has also held a number of Board positions including as a Non-Executive Director of both the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Institute for Telecommunications Research.