Denise Capes

School Manager

About me

I have been a member of the professional staff team at Murdoch University since 2007.  From 2013 I have been working in the role of School Manager for the School of Health Professions, working across the two campuses of Mandurah and South Street, and leading a team of 14 administrative officers, assisting with the delivery of the successful nursing, chiropractic and counselling undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School.

Since commencing at Murdoch I have been involved in policy development and project management, including major grant projects, as well as provided administrative and accounting support to the University’s subsidiaries, including the Murdoch Foundation and Murdoch Veterinary Trust.  My role now is primarily to provide strategic and operational planning and support to the SHP School Dean and School Executive Group.  I am responsible for budget, operational/strategic planning and risk management for the School.  Other areas of responsibility include administration of all staff contracts, asset management, insurance, procurement and governance within the School.

In my years at the University I have also worked within the Finance Office and University Registrar’s Office (formerly the MU Legal & Governance Office), always in an administrative capacity of varying degrees, and being fortunate to have been able to take up opportunities to work on various university working and steering groups as well as project teams, often leading to the implementation of new initiatives and policies across the university.

Since 2013 I have been an active member of the Association for Tertiary Education Management which links me with people across the sector and gives me the opportunity to undertake professional development opportunities, providing me with the ability to maintain currency with ongoing changes within the sector itself and providing access to best practice examples from other Universities and education institutions operating within the Australian Higher Education sector.

I graduated with my Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia in 2010, being fortunate to have been able to take up the opportunity to undertake two of my international business units overseas in Malaysia.

Prior to working at Murdoch University I spent over 25 years working in the Australian seafood industry, primarily in the import/export sector, initially as Export Manager for a publicly listed seafood company based in Perth, with this role later evolving into Office Manager for the larger group of companies.  At the time the group comprised of 17 companies in total.   Both roles offered me a vast array of experience in the areas of accounting (management and financial accounting), marketing, inventory management (across seven cold stores located both domestically and internationally), management and coordination of all import and export documentation and customs clearance processes and procedures, quality assurance, group foreign exchange transactions, including monitoring the organisations numerous Forward Foreign Exchange Contracts, debtor management, coordination and responsibility for all payroll processes for all permanent and casual staff working across the various companies within the group. This position also allowed me to be heavily involved in the creation and implementation of the first Australian AQIS approved quality assurance program for the full seafood processing line for the group, from fishing vessels and crew through to coldstores and logistic suppliers.  This was the first quality assurance program of its kind approved by AQIS in Australia and at the time went on to be used as a template for other Australian seafood producers.