2022 IHEA AGM – Special Address by TEQSA CEO – Farewell Dinner for Fmr IHEA CEO

On 22 June 2022, Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) members met at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) in Manly for the IHEA AGM, a special guest address by CEO TEQSA, Alistair Maclean, and farewell dinner for former IHEA CEO, Simon Finn.


IHEA members from across Australia attended the 2022 AGM in person, following an online AGM last year due to the pandemic.

Incumbent Chair, Alan Finch (former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Students and Support Services, Bond University) and incumbent Deputy Chair, Gabriela Rodriguez (Deputy Managing Director and Group COO, Academies Australasia Group) were uncontested in their re-election.

IHEA welcomed Bobby Abraham, Chief Admissions, Global Engagement and Partnerships, Excelsia College to the IHEA Board, replacing Julie Moss – Managing Director, Photography Studies College, who chose not to renominate.

All other incumbent members of the Board were reinstated.

IHEA Board 2022-23

Mr Alan FinchFormer Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Support Services)Bond UniversityCHAIR
Ms Gabriela RodriguezDeputy Managing Director and Group COOAcademies Australasia GroupDEPUTY CHAIR
Mr Bobby AbrahamChief Admissions, Global Engagement and PartnershipsExcelsia CollegeDIRECTOR
Prof James AdonopoulosAcademic DeanKaplan Business School and Kaplan ProfessionalDIRECTOR
Mr Joseph AnthonyszCEONavitas Careers and Industry DivisionDIRECTOR
Prof Kerri-Lee KrauseProvost and Senior Deputy Vice ChancellorAvondale UniversityDIRECTOR
Prof Alwyn LouwVice ChancellorTorrens UniversityDIRECTOR
Dr Ben O'HaraManaging DirectorCOLLARTSDIRECTOR
Ms Eve OllerenshawPro Vice ChancelloriCollegeDIRECTOR
Dr David PerryVice President AcademicAlphacrucis University CollegeDIRECTOR
Mr Ken RichardsonVice President, OperationsBond UniversityDIRECTOR
Ms Ann WhitelockChair, Aspiring Education Foundation and Professional Scholarships ProgramInternational College of Management, SydneyDIRECTOR

IHEA CEO, Dr Peter Hendy, welcomes Bobby Abraham to the Board and thanks Julie Moss for her service in the Media Release below.

Special Guest Address by Alistair Maclean, CEO TEQSA

TEQSA CEO, Alistair Maclean, gave a special address to IHEA members. Alistair spoke about issues relevant to independent higher education providers and some of the key challenges ahead for TEQSA. These include:

- Reviewing TEQSA regulatory practice

- Focus on improving performance

- Implementation of cost recovery

- Development of a regulatory risk model

- Re-engineering of regulatory processes

- Development of compliance and risk assurance

- Identification and addressing integrity threats

IHEA thanks Alistair Maclean for his special address to IHEA members.

Simon Finn – Farewell Dinner

That evening, IHEA members attended a farewell dinner for former IHEA CEO Simon Finn.

IHEA CEO, Dr Peter Hendy, provided opening remarks, followed by a welcome to ICMS by Ann Whitelock, and introduction of guest, Simon Finn, by IHEA Chair, Alan Finch.

A good time was had by all.

IHEA thanks Ann Whitelock and the hardworking team at ICMS for hosting these events.

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