Dr Don Owers AM – Chair

Dr Don Owers has been Chair of COPHE since 2012 and is currently Principal of St. Barnabas College, Adelaide. In 2007, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to victims and survivors of church related abuse and still researches in this important area.

Don was CEO of Tabor College of Higher Education for eight years, having previously held the position of Academic Dean.

Don has also been a member of the Office for Learning and Teaching Expert Panel and Specialist Awards Panel, the TEQSA Ministerial Advisory Committee and the TEQSA Standards Transition Advisory Group. He was also recently appointed to the Higher Education Standards Panel.

Mr Alan Finch – Deputy Chair

Bond University

Mr Alan Finch has spent most of his career at Bond University and is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Support Services). He was integral to the team that established Bond as Australia’s first private university in 1989.

Alan has held a number of different roles at Bond: Assistant Registrar, Director of the Office of Academic Services, Registrar, Company Secretary and Pro Vice Chancellor (Students & Academic Support).

Alan has served as the Deputy Chair of COPHE and as the Bond University nominee since COPHE was first established and has long contributed to the sector. He has held advisory and support roles on various government and professional bodies, including Ministerial appointee to the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) and Chair of its Finance Committee, as well as Ministerial appointee to Queensland’s Board of Secondary School Studies Advisory Council.

In addition to his role at COPHE, he is a member of Australian Tertiary Education Managers (ATEM).

Professor Justin Beilby

Torrens University

Professor Justin Beilby is Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia, part of Laureate International Universities. He practices as a General Practitioner and leads an international research project examining and developing new models of managing frailty.

As Vice Chancellor of Torrens University Australia, Justin works in partnership with 75 Laureate Universities world-wide, drawing upon the combined intellectual input of a global academic team.

Justin is chairing the establishment of a new global research health service partnership with academic colleagues in South America, Spain, United States and Mexico.

Professor Elizabeth More

Australian Institute of Management Business School

Professor Elizabeth More AM, is currently the Dean of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) School of Business and is an Honorary Professor at Macquarie University. She has been published widely – both locally and internationally – in the field of organisational studies.

Elizabeth’s academic career spans many key roles; Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie and Canberra universities; Director of the Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (MGSM); Chair of Academic Senate at Macquarie University; Foundation Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business at the Australian Catholic University (ACU); Professor of Management and MBA and Research Director at the MGSM; and Academic Director of Macquarie University’s City Campus. Elizabeth has also been an Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) Auditor.

She was recently appointed by Senator The Hon. Simon Birmingham to the Australian Qualifications Framework Review Panel and has held numerous Board positions in government and the not-for-profit sector.

Professor Ray Roennfeldt

Avondale College of Higher Education

Professor Roennfeldt is President of Avondale College. He has worked as a nurse, a minister and a cross-cultural educator.

Ray first attained qualifications as a registered nurse and then completed a Bachelor of Arts in theology at Avondale. He has also earned a Master of Arts in Religion and a Doctor of Philosophy from Andrews University in Michigan, USA.

Ray also served as Dean of the Faculty of Theology and senior lecturer in systematic and historical theology at Avondale. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Australian Theological Forum, Adventist Society for Religious Studies, Evangelical History Association and Society for the Study of Early Christianity.

Dr Philip Brown

Le Cordon Bleu

Dr Philip Brown is Academic Dean, Le Cordon Bleu and is an internationally experienced higher education leader, board director and company secretary.

Philip’s contribution to educational leadership includes his active promotion of, recruitment to and support of professional associations at regional, state and national levels. He has previously held the roles of CEO & Academic Director, UC College at the University of Canberra; Principal & CEO, Newbold College of Higher Education (UK); Vice-President (Learning & Teaching), Avondale College of Higher Education; and Executive Principal, UWS College at Western Sydney University.

Philip was awarded a doctorate in educational leadership (LSU) with additional postgraduate degree qualifications in tertiary education management (LH Martin, UMelb), commerce (UNSW) and educational administration (UNSW).

Philip has been recognised and presented as a Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK) and as a Fellow, Association of University Administrators (UK). He is also currently a Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors Course) and a Member Risk Management Institute of Australasia.

Dr David Perry

Alphacrucis College

Dr David Perry is Vice President Academic at Alphacrucis College. His professional background is organisational management.

David also currently holds several leadership and service roles, including Secretary of the Council of Deans of Theology and President of the Association of Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges.

His academic expertise is theology, having completed a PhD at Australian Catholic University. He has also taught theology for a number of years.

Dr Dominic Szambowski

International College of Management, Sydney

Professor Dominic Szambowski is CEO and President at ICMS and has close ties with the ICMS community, having also worked there in his early career.

Dominic is an international education management leader and has held senior roles in Australia, Malaysia, Switzerland and the USA. These roles have concentrated on developing career-focused educational programs with industry while building student enrolment growth. In his capacity as Vice Chancellor of BERJAYA University College of Hospitality in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dominic helped launch the new BERJAYA Business School (BBS).

Dominic’s other roles have included President/CEO of INTI International College, Subang Jaya, Malaysia and Executive Dean, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism for the INTI Group; both roles were under Laureate International Universities.

At the Blue Mountains International Hospitality Management group, Dominic established systemised academic rigor and faculty professionalism measures, while boosting quality assurance practices at home and in Asia.

Dominic has also held student life and academic positions at State University of New York, the University Centre César Ritz, Brig, Switzerland, the Institute Hotelier César Ritz, Le Bouveret, Switzerland, and Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smiths, New York, USA.

Ms Julie Moss

Photography Studies College

Ms Julie Moss is Managing Director of Photography Studies College (Melbourne) and has over thirty- five years’ experience in leadership roles in the tertiary education sector.

Passionate about the value and role of independent tertiary education in Australia, Julie has a wealth of experience advocating for the interests of this sector at state, national and international levels. She is dedicated to photography and arts education and as such, was recognised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography with the prestigious award of an Honorary Fellowship.

Julie has served on a number of Boards and Councils responsible for quality assurance of education and training standards in Australia. Julie was an inaugural Board member of both the Victorian Qualifications Authority and its successor the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. She also served on Victoria’s Higher Education Advisory Committee.

She has represented Australia and the independent tertiary education sector on a number of government delegations and presented at numerous conferences.

Ms Julie Renwick

UOW College Australia

Ms Julie Renwick has 45 years’ experience in education and is currently General Manager of UOW College Australia, holding overall responsibility for academic governance.

Julie received the International Education Association of Australia’s (IEAA) Excellence in Leadership in International Education award in 2016. She currently holds positions as board member and Deputy Chair of the UOW College Australia Academic Board, Chair of the UOW College Australia Education Committee, Ex Officio Member of the UOW Academic Senate and University Education Committee, member of the UOW Strategic Course Development Committee and Strategic Marketing and Recruitment Reference Group and is Director of WEA.

Ms Gabriela Rodriguez

Academies Australasia Polytechnic

Ms Gabriela Rodriguez is an Executive Director and Group COO of Academies Australasia Group, a company with 17 colleges in Australia (including Academies Australasia Polytechnic) and one in Singapore.  Her background is in Information Technology and she holds degrees in Computer Science and Systems Engineering.

Born and educated in Venezuela, Gabriela and her husband left their jobs in 2000 and moved with their daughter to Australia. She joined Academies Australasia more than 17 years ago as a lecturer in IT and moved through its leadership group, holding positions in marketing, curriculum development and regulatory compliance. She also held senior management responsibilities in acquisitions, corporate restructure and financial management.

Gabriela has been on the board of the Academies Australasia Group for more than seven years and also holds Board positions on each of the group’s colleges and intermediary holdings.

Mr Shannon Sweeney

Macleay College

Mr Shannon Sweeney is a Director of the Australian College of the Arts Group, which comprises Macleay College and Collarts.

Shannon is a communications specialist with a background is journalism and marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from UTS and is currently completing an MBA at Australian Graduate School of Management.

Shannon is also a proud graduate of Macleay College and can speak from a student perspective on the value of independent higher education as well as industry-focused higher education.