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GOVERNANCESTRUCTURE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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:  

  1. 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;  

  2. The Academic Board supports the Board’s academic governance responsibilities to ensure the Institute fulfils its academic responsibilities as an Institute of Higher Education.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

ACADEMIC BOARD

ACADEMIC BOARD

The Academic Board is the principal academic advisory body to the Board of Directors on academic matters, including advice on academic outcomes, policies, and practices. Academic Board is responsible for effective oversight of the quality of learning, teaching, and scholarly activities at the Institute. 

The Academic Board has delegated responsibility from the Board of Directors for the academic governance of the Institute. The Academic Board approves academic policy and has responsibility for the oversight of educational objectives and delivery of the Institute’s higher education courses. 

The Academic Board operates independently of the ownership of the Institute to assure academic integrity of its courses. 

The Academic Board is supported by four sub-committees: 

  1. Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) monitors and reports on quality assurance processes for teaching and learning to ensure that day-to-day academic operations meet quality educational standards. The Teaching and Learning Committee has responsibility for advising the Academic Board on policy and practice related to teaching and learning;  

  2. Course Advisory & Review Committees (CARC) are convened for each course or discipline of offering. The CAC will provide advice on the development of new courses and review of existing courses. It will also provide advice on new course accreditation and reaccreditation of existing courses; 

  3. Grade Release Committee (GRC) reviews and ratifies assessment and final results. This committee ensures the quality of assessment moderation and reviews the academic standing of students; 

  4. Student Appeals Committee (SAC) is an ad-hoc committee, convened only as needed, and provides a forum for review and decision making in relation to student academic grievances matters. 

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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.

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR FIONA MARTIN

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.

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EMERITUS PROFESSOR ADRIAN PAYNE

Adrian is an internationally recognised executive development specialist, strategic consultant and marketing academic. He is Professor of Marketing Emeritus at UNSW Business School, Director of Payne & Frow Advisory and Visiting Professor of Marketing at Cranfield University UK. His former industry positions include roles as a Chief Executive and senior appointments in corporate planning and marketing.

Adrian has a special interest in using executive education to help organisations implement their business strategy. As a consultant and educator he has designed and managed many successful executive development programs working with leading companies including: Accenture, Aon, Barclays Bank, British Telecom, British Airways, Cable & Wireless, Ericsson, Experian, Guardian, IBM, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, KPMG, Legal & General, Linklaters, Lloyds TSB Bank, London Electricity, Mercedes-Benz, Nokia, Oracle, PwC, QANTAS, Rolls-Royce, Royal Mail, Royal Trust Bank, St George Bank, SAS, Standard Chartered Bank, Unisys and Zurich Financial Services.

He has made over 200 presentations and keynote addresses at firm seminars and conferences around the world. He has also lectured at many leading educational institutions around the world including INSEAD, IMD, London Business School, Northwestern University, Darden School University of Virginia, and Oxford University and Cambridge Universitiy.

He is an authority on Relationship Marketing, CRM and Marketing Planning and is an author of fifteen books and numerous journal articles on these topics. He has won many awards: 2011 Winner of Best Professor in Marketing Management Award, Asia Chief Marketing Officers Organisation; 2015 Winner Sheth Foundation/Journal of Marketing Award - the top award for a long-term contribution to the field of marketing; 2017 Winner ANZMAC Distinguished Researcher Award, and 2020 Winner ANZMAC/AMJ Industry Relevance Award for article making the most significant contribution to advancement of the practice of marketing.

His highly cited pragmatic research has resulted in over 30,000 Google Scholar citations. The 2020 Stanford University study of eminent world scholars ranks Adrian in the Global Top 2%. His work on CRM is ranked #2 out of 317 and on Co-creation #2 out of 205 Top Global Scholars. He has been admitted to membership of the following professional bodies: Fellow, Institute of Directors, UK; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Marketing; Fellow, Australian Marketing Institute; and Fellow, Royal Society of Arts.

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DR MANNY ASTON

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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MS ABBEY DANSON

Abbey Danson is an accomplished professional in the field of education, currently serving as the Director of Education at ICAT (Institute of Creative and Applied Technology). With a strong background in both Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education, Abbey has spent the past 10 years contributing to the advancement of education in various academic leadership roles. Abbey is also the co-chair of ICAT's Teaching and Learning Committee and a member of the Grade Release Committee. Abbey has also chaired Course Advisory & Review Committees for ICAT's development of programs.

Abbey's passion for education and her desire to create transformative learning experiences have driven her to challenge traditional forms of education and develop innovative and inspiring programs. She firmly believes that education should be a dynamic and interactive process that empowers students to thrive in their chosen fields.

GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

CORPORATE BOARD

COURSE ADVISORY + REVIEW COMMITTEE

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

CEO

COMPANY SECRETARY

GRADE RELEASE COMMITTEE

TEACHING + LEARNIING COMMITTEE

TEACHING + LEARNIING COMMITTEE

DIRECTOR OF

OPERATIONS + COMPLIANCE

COMPLIANCE + ADMINISTRATION

REGISTRAR

STUDENT ACCOUNTS

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