Our team is passionate about higher education and its transformative possibilities.

We have an expert Council of Senior Advisors from across the sector to provide independent insights on those projects that are particularly complex.

We also have extensive networks that we leverage for the benefit of our clients.

Wells Advisory team

Michael Wells +

BA LLB (Melb)
M Marketing (Melb)

Michael Wells is the Founding Director of Wells Advisory. His network within the sector in Australia and internationally has been built over the last twenty years and he is now one of the most respected advisors in the sector. Michael has held senior roles as a Commissioner of Australia’s national higher education regulator – TEQSA, as an executive for seven years at the University of Melbourne and spent almost a decade with boutique adviser Beaton Global, consulting to a wide range of clients and industries.

Michael’s commitment to advancing higher education led to the launch of Wells Advisory, as he recognised the need for experienced insights from people with senior experience in universities as well as those institutions that govern them.

Michael Wells

Sarah Griggs +

Senior Consultant
BA (Hons) (Melb)

Sarah Griggs is a Senior Consultant at Wells Advisory and has worked in higher education for nearly two decades. Her expertise in strategic planning and operational management has been honed through a variety of roles spanning faculty leadership, institution wide strategic and business planning, university profile planning and strategic risk management at the University of Melbourne.

Her ability to translate client needs into clear requirements and plans has been demonstrated through the complex and transformative projects she has led including major organisational reform and the design of an inaugural Business Intelligence (BI) capability and strategy. Leveraging the nexus between strategic planning and delivery across the higher education ecosystem, Sarah partners with clients to co-produce lasting solutions.

Sarah Griggs

Dr Paula Kelly +

Senior Consultant
BA(Hons) (Mon)
Grad Cert Quality Assurance (Melb)
MA (Mon)
PhD (Melb)

Paula Kelly is a Senior Consultant at Wells Advisory. With experience in higher education regulation, quality assurance and accreditation and as a higher education researcher, Paula has broad knowledge of the sector. Having held higher education roles across government (TEQSA) and academia (Melbourne and Monash University), Paula understands the complexities of policy and practice and can offer expert insight and judgement. Her focus spans higher education standards, evaluation and enhancement, institutional policy, curriculum design, teaching and learning and student surveys. Paula works with clients towards achieving quality outcomes.

Paula Kelly