Darryn Melrose - GM Design and Creative Tech

Darryn Melrose

Chief Marketing Officer & Industry Partnerships

Darryn joined as General Manager, Design and Creative Technology, in January 2021, having previously served as GM Design and Creative Technology for Torrens University from 2016 - 2019 and Chief Executive of Media Design School (MDS) from 2013 – 2019. Darryn has a strong background in the tertiary education sector in New Zealand, Australia and globally, previously serving as CEO of Whitecliffe College of Arts Design, Fashion and Technology and as a Board Director for Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Outside of education, his breadth of experience spans financial services, FMCG, retail, marketing, telecommunications, and digital sectors. His accomplishments include founding the Digital Leadership Group, elevating AIM Proximity as the second best direct/digital marketing agency in the world in 2009, and leading the world’s first entry by a bank into the energy and telecommunications retail markets. He was also the creator and leader of GlobalPlus, the triple-alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand and Telecom.