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Derryn Belford

Chief Executive Officer

Derryn is the Chief Executive Officer at StudyPerth - Western Australia's leading organisation dedicated to building and promoting the value of international education in WA, positioning Perth as an internationally recognised study destination and supporting international students connect with Perth’s best education, life and work experiences.

Derryn has more than 25 years’ experience in research and strategy, marketing and sector development, including most recently at Tourism WA, where she was Executive Director Destination Development and then Acting Managing Director.

Prior to joining StudyPerth, she was also Project Director at the Department of Jobs, Science, Tourism and Innovation. Derryn is passionate about international education, the sustainable growth of the State and the mutual benefits that a thriving sector provides to both overseas students and WA. And, while the global pandemic has significantly impacted the education sector it has also highlighted the critical role of international students in terms of helping to fill the State’s workforce short-fall and enabling education institutions to offer better study opportunities for all students.

Derryn has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of WA, and an MBA (Marketing) from Edith Cowan University. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Derryn is currently on the Gravity Discovery Centre Board, and was previously Deputy Chair of All Saints College, and the Swan Bells Foundation.