College Council

Professor Emeritus Mervyn Hyde AM - Chair of College Council


Professor Mervyn Hyde is Professor of Science and Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is also Professor Emeritus at Griffith University and was Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Board at Griffith University and held numerous positions in academic management of the University.

He has been an AUQA Auditor since 1998 and has undertaken a number of audits, most recently as Panel Chair for NSAI audits. He has worked in higher education in a number of countries including Norway, the USA, Italy, Ireland and Indonesia. He is also a member of the Register of Experts in Higher Education for the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

Professor Hyde was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) by the Governor General for his contributions to education in Australia and overseas in 1994. He has been a member of the Endeavour College of Natural Health College Council since 1997 and Chair since 2000.

Professor Hyde has a Bachelor, a Master and a PhD degree of Education from the University of Queensland.

Carolyn J Barker AM - Chief Executive Officer

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Carolyn Barker joined the Endeavour Learning Group in May 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and CEO-designate. In November 2010 Carolyn was made Chief Executive Officer. Her remit is to lead the organization to its next level of growth as a dominant Australasian player in the natural health and wellbeing education sectors.

Previously, Carolyn was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Management and Managing Director of TheCyberInstitute Pty Ltd. Under Carolyn’s leadership for more than a decade, the AIM Group grew into an interrelated cluster of commercially focused education, publishing, online learning and information businesses servicing corporate and government markets.

Carolyn started her career as a journalist and newsreader after which she owned and operated a number of businesses in the advertising, marketing and professional services sectors. She was also employed in the South Australian Government as a key team member to corporatize that State’s bus tram and train services.

Carolyn has had nearly 20 years experience working in owner operated businesses and medium to large enterprises in both the private and public sectors. She has consulted extensively to business, industry and government on leadership, innovation, organizational growth and change.

Carolyn is Chair of the Brisbane City Council’s Business Advisory Board and Chair of the Griffith Business School Advisory Council and is a director of a private health care company and a national law firm. For eight years she was Chair of The Queensland Orchestra and also Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts.

In 2005 Carolyn Barker was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, being awarded a Member in the Order of Australia for her service to business through management and educational organisations, and to the arts through The Queensland Orchestra.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Business from QUT and an MBA from University of South Australia. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Business Administration at QUT. She is also a graduate of the Centre for Creative Leadership in the USA.

Dr Kate Broderick - Director of Education


Dr Kate Broderick is an internationally recognised practitioner and academic. She is an Alumnae of the prestigious Bastyr University, and was an active member of the student body representing student interests on a number of University committees before building a successful Naturopathic Medicine and 5 Element Acupuncture Practice in Seattle.

Based at the Brisbane campus, Kate joined Endeavour in January 2013 as Program Leader Naturopathy, her teaching experience includes Naturopathic Philosophy, Hydro Therapy and Human Physiology and clinical supervision of Natural Cure at Bastyr University.

Kate has been member of a number international industry associations including, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Worsley Institute of Five Element Acupuncture and she was licensed as an East Asian Medicine Practitioner & Naturopathic Physician in the USA.

Kate has Professional Certification in classical five-element acupuncture from Wu Hsing Tao School, holds a Doctorate, Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.

Dr Gary Deed


Dr Gary Deed is a medical practitioner working in Brisbane. Queensland. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 and has worked in primary care for many years. He has a background of study and qualification in herbal medicine and is the current Chair of the Australian College of Natural Medicine’s Human Research and Ethics Committee.

Dr Deed has been a consultant lecturer on complementary medicine most recently for the University of Queensland undergraduate course, and RMIT Nutritional Medicine courses. He is an Academic Board member and College Council Member of Endeavour College of Natural Health. Dr Deed has been active in many educational forums to improve the knowledge and evidence base surrounding complementary medicine.

He has also been involved in supporting diabetes charities since 1995 and has been National President of Diabetes Australia since November 2006 until August 2009. Dr Deed is an Australian member of the International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region, a Board member of the Diabetes Australia Research Trust and a Board member for Diabetes Australia Queensland.

Dr Deed has a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland.

John McIntosh


John is a respected and experienced homeopathy practitioner and educator, having spent 25 years as a full-time practitioner and 20 years lecturing students. During this time he has provided expert advice to craft course curriculum development committees and for many years served on the Queensland branch of the Australian Homeopathic Association including six years as Queensland State President. John has also been a member of the College Council of Endeavour College of Natural Health for many years.

John developed an interest in anthropology earlier in his career and spent a number of years travelling through remote New Guinea, Southeast Asia and India and studied their traditional healing systems including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan healing practices and the tribal medicine of Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Maluku and Northern Thailand.

Earlier in his career John obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science – Geology and worked for BHP as geologist in charge of underground mining operations at Cook Colliery.

John’s other interests include environmental building, permaculture and biodynamic farming.

John has Bachelor level qualifications in homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine and has also studied remedial massage therapies, herbal medicine and iridology.

Associate Professor Michael Nagel


Associate Professor Michael Nagel has more than twenty five years experience in various forms of education across three continents. He has taught primary, middle school and high school in Canada and Australia, was the director of a foreign language institute in Japan, has worked as a behavior specialist with Education Queensland and has been involved in Australian tertiary education since his arrival from Canada in 1995. His PhD research encompassed an international project that looked at the learning experiences of Australian and Canadian middle year students.

Dr Nagel has worked in the United States researching neurological development in children, with a particular interest in early and adolescent development and areas related to a sexually dimorphic brain. In 2006 his book entitled ‘Boys-Sit-Us: Working WITH the Hidden Nature of Boys’ was released in Australia which was followed in 2008 by ‘It’s a Girl Thing: Schooling and the Developing Female Brain’.

His two latest books 'In the Beginning: The Brain, Early Development and Learning' and 'Nurturing A Healthy Mind: Doing What Matters Most for Your Child's Developing Brain' complement his previous volumes of work but focus on neurological development in children from birth through age 8.

Dr Nagel has also conducted workshops and seminars for teachers and parents at more than 200 schools in Australia and abroad. He was recently selected by the Australian Middle Years of Schooling to be their travelling scholar and by Generation Next as a keynote speaker for all of their Mental Health conferences held throughout Australia.

Twice nominated as Australian Lecturer of the year, Dr Nagel has won a number of awards for linking theory with the everyday realities of raising and working with children, and he is a feature writer for the Child series of magazines which offers parenting advice to more than 1 million Australian readers.

Dr Nagel is keenly interested in all facets of education and child development, but his primary motivation is helping to ensure that schools and 'schooling' are positive and enriching experiences for 21st century students and teachers alike.

Dr Nagel has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina, a Master of Education and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology.

Dr John Ryan


Dr John Ryan is a general practitioner specializing in medical care favouring the avoidance of drugs and surgery where possible. He practiced acupuncture for 33 years, during which time he served as Secretary and then President of the Queensland Branch and National Board Member of the AMAC (Australian Medical Acupuncture College).

He is past Queensland President of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College and Australian Integrative Medical Association, and has served as a National and Queensland Examiner in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Examinations, and on the Wellness Committee of Brisbane North Division of General Practice. Dr Ryan was also the President of the University of Queensland Medical Society where he represented more than a thousand medical and therapy students and served for two years on the UQ Medical Faculty Board.

Dr Ryan was for five years a member of CMEC (Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee) of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), advising the Government on Complementary Therapies and was twice reappointed. He was the only medical member of the Advisory Board of Canossa Hospital/Medical complex at Oxley, Brisbane for six years, during which time he helped guide rapid development of hospital, medical and specialist centre, residential care and dementia care unit development.

He was Deputy Chair of Council and has been a member since its inception, and was inaugural Medical Ethics Chair of the Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Dr Ryan currently divides his time between his busy practice at Aspley Medical Centre, his various medical interests and extensive charity work.

Dr Ryan has a medical degree from the University of Queensland, a Master of Science Nutrition (Distinction) along with a postgraduate qualification in Children’s Diseases.