Academic Governance

To provide a framework whereby the Institute is equipped with independent academic advice, HELI’s Board of Directors delegates the academic governance of the Institute to the Academic Board. The Academic Board comprises academic staff from other higher education providers, tertiary education practitioners, members of the Institute’s academic staff and a representative of the Institute’s alumni.

The Academic Board operates independently of the ownership and management of the Institute to assure the academic integrity of the Institute’s courses. The Academic Board has responsibility for academic policymaking, academic administration and oversight of the educational processes. This ensures that the Academic Board maintains appropriate control over the administration of the curriculum to allow educational objectives to be achieved. The Academic Board is chaired by one of its independent members.

Members of the Academic Board are:

Professor Emeritus L.Z. (Zbys) Klich
Independent Chair

Prof Klich was previously Chair of the Governing Board for Airways Aviation and Global Director of Academic Affairs for SAE Institute. He has also held prior appointments as Vice-President of Southern Cross University in Australia until 2007, and before that as Dean of Education and Dean for Internationalisation, as well as a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

His PhD research examined exceptional cross-cultural thinking skills. His teaching, research and publications have been in the areas of intercultural studies, professional learning and professional development, collaborative partnerships between universities with regions as well as with industry groups, and has included work published through the NATO Scientific Studies Division, and with the OECD in Europe.

He has been an advisor on several international education projects, he has worked as a consultant for national and state government projects in Australia, he has served on Ministerial Advisory Councils for Education, and he has been a quality auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency, as well as a higher education specialist auditor for the Government of Oman.

Professor Dawn Bennett
Independent member

Professor Bennett is Assistant Provost and Director of the Transformation CoLab with Bond University. She is an experienced senior leader, an educational reformist, and a passionate educator. Dawn’s expertise is the enhancement of student success and graduate employability through data-driven approaches to student retention and engagement, teaching, curricular reform and work-integrated learning.

Dawn is also a staunch advocate for student equity and addressing the impacts of disadvantage. She has a long history of respectful partnerships with first nations communities and is co-author of a national Framework for Respectful Work and Learning with Australia’s First Peoples.  Dawn is an internationally known researcher with a world-class publication record. Her EmployABILITY Thinking initiative engages over 60 institutions globally and the dataset is now the biggest collection of student-derived confidence data in the world.

Dawn is also a passionate educator. She has won a national citation and Australian national teaching award and she is a Senior National Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow. Dawn is a Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy and Vice President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows. 

Dawn is heavily involved with governance and compliance with Bond University and is a member of the executive committees. She is an eternal member of two academic boards and one course quality committee. Dawn’s fields of education are Education, the Arts, and Business. 

Judith Bowler
Independent member

Judith Bowler has worked in the tertiary education sector since 1980. She has strong values around the critical importance of adult education and training and is committed to the belief that all people have the power to make positive changes in their lives through empowering educational experiences.

Previously, Judith was an adjunct faculty member of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). As a member of the faculty, Judith lectured for the Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Judith has served as member of the NSW state committee for the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET). Judith was also an invited member of the NSW Business Chamber’s workforce skills policy committee from 2002 to 2009. 

Judith brings a wealth of educational experiences in tertiary education to her role on the Academic Board.

Professor Clive Smallman
Higher Degree Research Coordinator

Clive is an experienced academic leader and executive, having worked in both public and private higher education in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Clive’s expertise supports the development of strategy and its execution through operations, with a strong focus on developing strategic maps and efficient business models. Strategic risk management is a strong influence on Clive’s work, as well as facilitating growth through managed change. Clive is an active researcher and has an extensive publication record.

Associate Professor Scott Richardson
Executive Dean, ECA Higher Education

Associate Professor Richardson has over 15 years of experience in the higher education sector and was previously the acting Managing Director and Executive Dean at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, Academic Director for RMIT University in Singapore and prior to that spent almost 4 years as Director of Academic Affairs at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Lincoln University, New Zealand and was an Academic Advisor for the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation’s China Hospitality Educators Initiative. Scott obtained his PhD from Griffith University, Australia and has worked at several other well-known Australian and International Universities.

Scott also has extensive tourism and hospitality industry experience having worked in the industry for more than 10 years. During this period, he worked in hotels, tourism and event companies as well as the travel industry. He is the author of more than 50 publications in leading tourism and hospitality journals and conference proceedings and is a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Panel of Tourism Experts.

Gary Greig
Quality Manager

Gary Greig has been in academic leadership and quality assurance in the Australian tertiary education sector throughout his academic career, formerly with the Australian College of Applied Psychology and more recently as an expert advisor with HELI.

Gary works in collaboration with his academic team to build and maintain a robust quality assurance framework and best practice outcomes for academic and operational quality and integrity.

Jian Jiang
Alumni member

Jian was one of the first students to enrol in HELI’s Graduate Certificate in HE Academic Practice in late 2018 and successfully graduated with the award in 2019. Jian has been a registered Chinese medicine practitioner with AHPRA since 2012 when in the same year she became Dean of the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) and has successfully led and managed the growth and development of the Institute including through her membership of the Institute’s Academic Board and as Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  

Jian has maintained her membership of the Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee (CMAC) since 2012 and was appointed an Accreditation Assessor for CMAC in 2014. Since then she has been a team leader in the accreditation assessment of several university Bachelor and Masters programs in Chinese medicine. In 2021, she was once again appointed to the assessment team in their cyclical review of RMIT’s Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine), Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) and Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine). 

Since her graduation from HELI in late 2019, Jian has served as Alumni Member on the Institute’s Academic Board.

Allan Cormack
Course Coordinator

Allan is a highly qualified and experienced educational leader and manager whose career has spanned Australian and some international regions and embraced all educational sectors. From the ‘classroom to the boardroom’ Allan brings a depth and breadth of expertise in educational leadership and management that is best characterised by his ability to lead by example and create opportunities for success, to inspire a shared vision, and to build collaborative and inclusive learning and work environments.  

Allan has qualifications in education, international relations, and communications, and a strong record of successfully leading the development and growth of local and international education organisations, programs, and initiatives.