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Our People

What we do

We bring inspiration and innovation to the educational industry.

Central College Online is built on team engagement, passion and diversity and our people are focused on a commitment to improving the standard of education opportunities available to adult learners in Australia, no matter who or where they are. The culture of CCO is founded on high standards, accessibility, affordability and real engagement between students, trainers, support staff and management, as well as dedicated faculty direction.  Our people are here because they have all been students at some time, and are now top professionals in their field, committed to providing you with the best student and stakeholder experience possible.


Alan ManlyAlan Manly | Managing Director

Alan is a founding director and current Managing Director of Group Colleges Australia. As Managing Director he is responsible for the corporate planning and governance of the group of companies.Alan has over thirty years experience in business management and marketing in the technology and education industries. He has thirty years experience as a Company Director with private and public companies. He is a former Director of the national Vocational Training industry representative body. He is currently a Board Member a national Higher Education Industry representative body.  He is the author of an autobiography: First edition  “One One Five, when there are too many lawyers”.  Second edition  “When there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.”Alan is a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Graham LockGraham Lock | CFO

Graham has more than 35 years’ experience working with both major international and prominent Australian companies covering a diverse range of challenging industries. To date, he has held senior financial and executive positions in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and the United States.He is a qualified CPA with bachelor degrees in business and commerce. Graham’s interests, expertise and focus are in business planning, financial management and control, strategic development, repositioning and alliances, business compliance, taxation, systems and working with GCA in identifying opportunities for growth.

Jennifer MccarthyJennifer McCarthy | General Manager

Jenny has a Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Master of Business (International Marketing), both from UTS. Jenny joined Group Colleges in July 1999 when it was initially established, after being involved in the development of the Marketing Plan to instigate and deliver Distance Learning.  Jenny brings to Group College’s management team over twenty years’ experience in private education in various roles from Operations Manager to Principal of large private business colleges.  Jenny established and ran UIC Sydney from late 2006, the higher education arm of GCA, until taking up the role of General Manager full-time in 2011.  Prior to becoming involved in private education, Jenny worked in the Applications Development of Westpac Banking Corporation, holding the position of Planning Manager.

Gerard NewcombeGerard Newcombe | Marketing Director

Gerard has both bachelor and master degrees in business administration, and a Diploma in Frontline Management. He also has certificates in philosophy, English language training and workplace training and assessment. Gerard has 30 years’ experience in international management, marketing and training across the Asia Pacific region.He has fellowships at both the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Asiatic Society in the United Kingdom, and is a fellow at the Institute of Company Directors in Australia. He also holds associate fellowships at both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Marketing Institute.Gerard has a long history in education, having held several senior executive and management positions with prominent educational institutions based in Sydney. He is an accomplished author, with published books on both marketing and Asia business skills, and is a registered Justice of Peace in Australia. Gerard is currently completing a Doctorate at Oxford University.

Pathway options

Graduates who plan to go further can leverage our partner network. This means if you complete a qualification such as an Advanced Diploma of Accounting, you could be eligible to apply for course credit for a Bachelor Degree Program at Universal Business School Sydney (UBSS).