Meet the team

The faces behind JPIC Academy

JPIC Staff

The team behind JPIC Academy is the same experienced staff leading our renowned School Preparation courses in Queensland, Australia.

Our team speaks a range of languages and comes from a diverse range of countries, with many of us starting our Australian journeys as overseas students.

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As the Founding Director of JPIC (1997), Mr Russell Welch was a pioneer in international education and responsible for the College’s development and significant growth in the competitive International Private Education and Training environment at that time; he has continued to represent the education industry at State, National and International levels.

Elected to the Board of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) in 2008, Russell also served as International Committee Chair and Member of the National Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS). In 2016, Russell moved from the NEAS Advisory Council to Board Member National ELICOS Accreditation Scheme. Most recently, Russell has joined the Australia China Business Council (Education) and is Qld Branch Education Working Group Chair.



David is an education leader with a passion for second language development. With a background in English, Business and Social Sciences, he believes in the broadening of horizons and perspectives through languages, interactions and experiences.

“through different languages, we engage with different experiences and perspectives”.

Contemporary pedagogy and digital solutions are a focus of David’s, with an objective to remove barriers to learning and create connections beyond individual school communities – an objective of JPIC from day one.


With a passion for International Education and innovative technology, Allan brings more than 15 years of marketing and engagement expertise to the student experience at JPC and JPIC. Allan is committed to creating a memorable and unique customer experience for international families from the first point of contact.

Allan’s involvement in many digital projects throughout the College has received great recognition, by providing customer focussed solutions through digital innovation.

An experienced Engagement Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Instructional Design, Management, and Email Marketing.


A career office professional at the executive level, Sarah has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors and has a proven track record in highly sensitive and high-pressure environments.

As a member of the College staff for over twenty years, and Executive Assistant to the Director JPIC, Sarah also oversees the process of appointing education agent partners for the College.

Sarah uses her positive outlook and energy to encourage others, and is inspired daily by the ongoing customer-centric innovations occurring at the College in the ever-changing global environment to support our students, overseas parents and the College community.

Josephine Zhong

Josephine Zhong is a highly experienced and dedicated Student Services Accommodation Officer. She is able to speak English, Chinese and Cantonese and can assist overseas students with support services, such as: pastoral care, well-being and student accommodation. She has been an important team member for three years and has helped many students to build a life-long relationship with Homestay Provider.

Mary Gabriel

Mary Gabriel is a highly qualified and experienced educator specialising in teaching English as a Second Language. She has taught High School Preparation classes at John Paul International College for over sixteen years. Mary’s experience and strong digital literacy skills enable her to creatively utilise a range or learning platforms and educational applications to enhance student experience in both face-to-face and virtual classrooms. Mary is dedicated and passionate about motivating and inspiring students to achieve the greatest outcomes.​

Zack Milverton

Zackary Milverton is an experienced Mathematics and Science educator with over 9 years experience. He has a passion for his subject area and has shared this passion with students from all walks of life. Zack has taught both Mathematics and Science to international students for the past 7 years and has worked within a team to develop Maths and Science courses to be delivered to students across a wide spectrum of language ability levels.