BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is the formally constituted governing body, which includes independent members, exercising competent governance oversight of the Institute. The Board is accountable for all the Institute’s operations in or from Australia, including accountability for the award of higher education qualifications, for continuing to meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 (HESF 2021), and for the Institute’s representation of itself.
The role of the Board of Directors is to govern the entity, set the Institute’s strategic direction, approve its financial plan and organisational policies, and ensure the Institute complies with the law and meets its obligations.
The Board of Directors (‘the Board’) is the principal governance body of the Institute. The governance model includes two standing committees of the Board:
The Risk Committee (RC) supports the Board by providing an objective non-executive review of the effectiveness of the Institute’s financial reporting and risk management framework, and oversight of the implementation and operation of the Institute’s risk management framework;
The Academic Board supports the Board’s academic governance responsibilities to ensure the Institute fulfils its academic responsibilities as an Institute of Higher Education.
MS SARAH STAVROW
Ms Sarah Stavrow is an accomplished Company Director with a transformative vision and a history of successful acquisitions and leadership. Ms Sarah Stavrow is the Executive Director of the Institute of Creative Arts + Technology. She is a visionary leader dedicated to shaping the future of education and empowering students for success in the dynamic world of fashion, creative arts and technology.
MR PAUL O'CONNOR
Mr Paul O'Connor is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director. He is an Australian qualified lawyer, holding a Bachelor of Laws from QUT and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. He also holds the CEO Certificate from the Singapore Institute of Management. Mr O'Connor is currently finalising a Master's degree in corporate governance from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship within Swinburne University. He has extensive governance experience, having served on more than 20 boards and committees including across the higher education sector. He has also served in chief executive and governance roles for a Commonwealth Government authority (Comcare). Mr O'Connor is currently an independent non-executive director and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of AIBI Higher Education; an independent member of the Higher Education Committee of the Australian Guild of Music; and an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
PROFESSOR ELIZABETH DEANE
Professor Elizabeth Deane has an extensive academic career spanning over 30 years' in the higher education sector, including in executive and governance positions in the public and private parts of the sector. Professor Deane was the Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Australian National University from 2008 until 2012. Following this, she held the position of Professor, Director, Learning and Teaching and Dean at the University of Western Sydney (online) between 2013 and 2015. Professor Deane is engaged in supporting higher education private providers as a consultant and among other roles, is currently an independent member of governance bodies with the Australian Institute of Higher Education and CIC Higher Education. As a higher education consultant, Professor Deane has undertaken a number of independent reviews in the higher education sector for TEQSA, universities and private higher education providers, and has been engaged as a quality assurance and educational discipline reviewer in Australia and internationally.
MR EDWARD SLADE
Mr Edward Slade is the Managing Director and founder of Schoolhouse Solutions, a consultancy and corporate finance firm focused on the education sector. He was previously a Managing Director of CLSA Ltd, a leading investment bank headquartered in Hong Kong, and has a career of over 30 years in Finance with groups such as Flemings, BZW, Credit Suisse and ABN Amro Rothschild. He has a BA and an MA in Modern Languages and Philosophy from Oxford University. Mr Slade began advising education groups in 2005 when he raised equity for Raffles Education, a leading Singapore-based higher education provider. Since 2013 he has focused primarily on advising education groups, and has advised China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, Crimson Education, News Corp, Brookes Education, Matrix Education, Australian Homestay Network, Australian Institute of Business, IU University of Applied Sciences.
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