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ACADEMIC BOARD

The Academic Board is an independent body of senior academics and industry practitioners that is responsible for the governance of Kaplan Business School courses.

ABOUT THE ACADEMIC BOARD

The Board has the delegated authority of the Kaplan Corporate Board to make decisions on academic matters and provide guidance and advice to management on higher education issues and trends. KBS’s Academic Quality and Governance Framework outlines the terms of reference of the KBS Academic Board and its subcommittees.

Members of the Academic Board provide expertise in the areas of higher education, business management and accounting and professional practice.

ACADEMIC BOARD MEMBERS

Honorary Professor – Faculty of Health Science – University of Sydney

Academic Qualifications

  • MA (University of Sydney)
  • MEd. Hons (Sydney University),
  • PhD (UTS)

Career Overview

Professor Gonczi started his career in education as a TAFE teacher of General Studies in 1971. In 1978 he was appointed to Sydney Teachers College where he taught on professional development courses for TAFE teachers. He was appointed senior lecturer in 1984. In 1989 he joined UTS and in 1991 was appointed as Associate Professor and head of the Department of Human Resource Development.
In 1994 he became Head of School of Adult Education and in 1997 was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Education a position he held until mid 2005. He was a Professor of Education from 1998 to the end of 2005.

His main academic interests have been in the area of educational policy, vocational education and training, professional education and educational leadership.

In 2006 Professor Gonczi set up a consulting company specialising in vocational and higher education. He has recently undertaken projects for the Migration Agents Registration Authority, FINSIA, Billy Blue Colleges, Insearch,Whitehouse School of Design, Kaplan Higher Education, Australian Institute of Music, Australian Institute of Actuaries and the University of Sydney, amongst other organisations.

He has been Chair of the Academic Board of Wollongong University College and NSWTAFE Access and General Education advisory Board and is currently a member of the academic boards of Macleay College, and of Collarts. He is chair of the academic board of Whitehouse and chair of the Academic Boards of Kaplan on line Higher Education and Kaplan Business School.

Current Responsibilities

Currently Professor Gonczi is working part time in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney as Director of Educational Innovation. The balance of his week is taken up with consulting projects.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Chair, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board (2011 – present)
  • Chair, Kaplan Business School Academic Board (2013 – present)
  • Member Post Graduate Academic Advisory Committee (2004 – 2007)
  • Chair of the Open Entry Academic Advisory Committee (2001 – 2003)
Professor of Accounting and the Director of the Financial Education and Research Unit (FERU) in College of Business.

Academic Qualifications

  • BCom
  • DipEd
  • MEd
  • PhD

Career Overview

Beverley is a Professor of Accounting and the Director of the Financial Education and Research Unit (FERU) in College of Business. She was previously an Associate Professor in Accounting at RMIT and Deakin.

She has an established background in management roles in higher education having been Head of School and Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Deakin University. She’s also been the Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University (2009-2011).

Beverley has strongly built links with professional accounting bodies and is the inaugural Chair of the Faculty of Accounting Education of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). She is currently an advisor to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority for the Economic and Business curriculum years 5 to 10.

She is also the recipient of numerous research grants linked with international and national professional accounting associations (e.g. IFAC, ACCA/IAAER, AFAANZ, CPA Australia, ICAA).

Beverley’s research profile in higher education includes publication in numerous international journals, and presentations at national and international conferences.

In addition, Beverley has also been engaged in research projects investigating training in the insurance and financial planning disciplines.

Current Responsibilities

Currently Professor Gonczi is working part time in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney as Director of Educational Innovation. The balance of his week is taken up with consulting projects.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
Vice President, Academic, Kaplan International (Australia)

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Economics

Career Overview

Dr Michael Evans responsible for the Academic oversight of all Kaplan Higher Education operations in Australia. This includes driving the academic strategic direction of all areas of Kaplan’s higher education business including Kaplan Business School, Murdoch Institute of Technology, Bradford College and Kaplan Professional’s online postgraduate finance courses.

Prior to joining Kaplan Mike was a Professor of Management and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Southern Cross University in Australia. Mike has a wide range of business experience, with skills in managing, consulting, teaching and research. His recent research has focused on regional development and the business implications of climate change. He also has interests in valuation, innovation, commercialisation, and value creation within organisations. He has undertaken a wide range of applied research and consulting assignments for clients including reviews of strategic planning and implementation, performance measurement and evaluation, valuation and financial analysis. He has also been actively involved in executive education activities, with a focus on accounting, finance and strategy. He has consulting, research and teaching experience across Australia, in Asia and in Europe. Mike has a wealth of experience in Asia, having been involved in business development for universities since 1987, focused on Singapore, Malaysia and China. He has managed academic and business activities across 10 countries. Mike’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy. Mike also holds a prestige Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) designation.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Commerce (Canterbury)
  • PhD (Sydney)

Professional Qualifications

  • FASSA
  • FCPA

Career Overview

Murray Wells is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney. He was a Professor of Accounting, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Foundation Director of the Graduate School of Business in the University of Sydney. He was a lecturer in Accountancy at the University of Canterbury from 1964 to 1967. He was President of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research from 1987 to 1992 and was made an Honorary Life Member in 2002. He is a Director of Seven Network Ltd and Kaplan Higher Education Pty Ltd. He was a Director of Telstra Corporation Ltd from 1989 to 1994.

He was Chairman of the Australian National Business School from 1992 to 2001 and of B Digital Ltd from 1999 to 2004. He was the Australian Accountant of the Year (Academia and Government) in 1993 and the American Accounting Association’s 1983 International Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and 1995 Outstanding International Accounting Educator. He was the Ernst and Young Professor of Accounting in the University of Sydney from 1983 to 1992 and the James Cusator Wards Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, the Arthur Andersen Gästprofessor at Universität Hohenheim (Stuttgart) and the Curtius Visiting Professor at Universität Seminar der Wirtschaft (Schloss Gracht, Germany).

He has lectured at universities in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji. He won the Hourglass Award (Academy of Accounting Historians) for the best book on accounting history in 1979 for his book “Accounting for Common Costs” and was editor of the international journal Abacus for 20 years.

Murray has served on the NSW Science and Technology Council, he was NSW State President of the Australian Society of CPAs and a member of the Society’s National Council. He received the CPA Australia’s President’s Award in 1982. He was President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and was made a Life member in 2000. He served on the Council of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre. Murray was Deputy Chairman of OTC and a Director of Worldschool Ltd (2000-01) and Kaz Group Ltd (2003).

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Director, Kaplan Higher Education
Adjunct Lecturer – Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University

Academic Qualifications

  • LLM: (University of Sydney)
  • MCom (UNSW)
  • BCom (UNSW)
  • LLB (UNSW)
  • Fellow of CPA Australia
  • Chartered Tax Adviser of Taxation Institute of Australia

Professional Qualifications

  • FASSA
  • FCPA

Career Overview

Patrick Gallagher has board experience in a number of entities in the university, public and private sector – including at ASX listed entity level. He is currently an adjunct staff member and lecturer-in-charge of courses at Macquarie University at Masters level. He is also an instructor within the CPA Program of CPA Australia and from 2004 to 2012 was a consultant, instructor and review examiner for CPA Australia Greater China (including a period as review examiner for exams jointly held with the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs).

He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at UNSW (which included co-founding and acting as Director of the Australian Taxation Studies Program) with various other responsibilities including – member of University Committees and also member of university entities’ Boards of Directors. He has also been an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Western Sydney which included a period as Director, re-constructing the MCom (Financial Planning) degree.

Patrick has Extensive domestic and international experience, including as Australian Director of ‘AusAid’ programs in China. His experience extends to strategy development (including as strategy consultant to the large Chinese corporation TsingHua TongFang), governance, company and taxation law and finance and risk management.

Patrick was the Founding President of the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association and is currently an adviser and governance consultant to organisations in the not-for-profit sector (including charitable and religious organisations).

Patrick is also the author of many papers and publications in Australia and overseas. This includes the former Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and various universities including UNSW and Potsdam University. He has also presented at conferences and seminars of the Australian Taxation Institute. He is currently Author for CPA Australia “CPA118 Ethics and Governance” segment which is studied by approximately 11,000 CPA candidates each year. Author/co-author of the majority of assessable written educational materials for since 2011 to the present (S1 2014).

Patrick is also the sole Director of a specialist consulting company and in this capacity he provides practical advice on many aspects of governance, tax and risk.

Current Responsibilities

  • Managing Director, Governance Tax & Risk Pty Ltd
  • Consultant to IGAP at Macquarie University

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board

Academic Qualifications

  • MSc Applied Positive Psychology (in progress)
  • Grad Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MSc Economics
  • BA(Hons) Economics

Career Overview

Martin is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Kaplan Business School. He teaches a number of subjects on the MBA programme including; Economics for Global Decision Makers, Strategic Human Resource Management, Leadership Strategies for a Changing World, Strategic Management, Business Perspectives and the MBA Capstone.

Martin has a proven track record of leadership and change management in both human resources and finance. He has held senior positions at Westfield, Vodafone, Air New Zealand, Burger King and Allied Domecq.

As well as his teaching responsibilities, Martin is a Company Director for a number of human ressources and recruitment businesses. He also works as a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach

Martin is a qualified accountant with memberships of the CPA (Australia) and CIMA (UK). He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and a professional affiliate of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Teaching and Learning Committee

Academic Qualifications

Helen has extensive domestic and international experience in academic governance and quality assurance systems and processes in both Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education contexts. Her established background and senior level experience in this space spans over a decade and includes but is not limited to strategy development; course delivery, academic leadership, program development and accreditation and registration. Helen’s experience extends to working directly with TEQSA and ASQA in gaining provider and course accreditation and registration in medium to large, conglomerate educational entities. For instance, in her previous role as Director of Higher Education & Head of Academic Services Division at THINK Education Group, Helen was responsible for the reaccreditation of all the Group’s courses. Helen now holds the position of Director, Academic Governance and Quality at Kaplan Australia and plays a key role in supporting the Vice President, Academic in the academic oversight of all Kaplan Higher Education operations in Australia.

Kaplan contributions

  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board

Career Overview

James is in the final stages of his PhD, researching the ways in which leaders influence employee engagement during organisational crises.  His previous qualifications cover a diverse range of disciplines such as marketing management, political science, and business leadership.  Over the past year, he has been a sessional academic at Macquarie University and UTS, where he has taught under-grad and post-grad management units.  At UTS, he has been part of the team that pioneered a revolutionary method of teaching that places the student (rather than the curriculum) at the centre of the learning experience.

James’s academic background is complemented by a decade’s worth of experience in corporate leadership where he led teams of up to 100 people for some of Australia’s largest financial services organisations.  His achievements were strongest in matters of employee engagement and retention, where his results exceeded not only the industry standard but also world’s best practice.  Since then, he has run his own business as a leadership consultant, working with hundreds of organisations (such as Telstra, Qantas, Ernst & Young, Flight Centre, Macquarie Bank and many government departments) in a dozen countries.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Kaplan Business School – Dean
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board