Governance

Governance
at Waratah Institute

The reputation of Waratah Institute hinges on excellence in decision making. Good governance plays an important role in decision making by ensuring the Institute meets its strategic, educational, legislative, and community responsibilities.

The centerpiece of corporate governance is a formally constituted governing body, which at Waratah Institute is referred to as the Corporate Board. The Corporate Board is accountable for the governance and performance of the entity overall, including, in the case of registered higher education providers, meeting and continuing to meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HESF 2015).

Governance at Waratah Institute follows the traditional model of Australian universities, with ultimate accountability for compliance and quality resting with the Corporate Board. Members of the Corporate Board are the primary strategic level decision makers. The Corporate Board has delegated authority for:

  • academic matters to the Academic Board;
  • risk strategy and management to the Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • operational matters to the Executive Management Committee.
  • These committees are established to meet external statutory and non-statutory requirements.

    The Academic Board at Waratah Institute will have sub-committees to support its activities, in particular the Program Advisory Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee and Assessment Review Committee.

    The following diagram summarises the relationship between Waratah Institute governance committees.

Corporate Board Members

John Cameron

Independent director of Watarah Institute, Chair of the Corporate Board

He has 46 years’ experience in public and private higher education, including senior management positions at UNSW, UTS and ACU, and governance roles in private colleges and not for profit institutions.

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Elizabeth Deane

Independent director of Watarah Institute, Higher Education and Chair of its Academic

She has had over thirty years’ experience in the Higher Education sector, in senior leadership positions including Director, Learning and Teaching at WSU, Dean, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at MQU and Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Students at ANU. She is currently an independent higher education consultant, working with several registered and applicant providers.

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Stephen Andrews

CEO and a director of Watarah Institute Higher Education

For the past 13 years he has held senior management positions within private higher education institutions, including Torrens University and Think Colleges.  He has held several positions on governance committees, including Academic Board and Teaching and Learning.

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Xiang Luo

Owner of Watarah Institute Higher Education and a director

He has extensive experience in the education sector over the last 20 years. He is currently the owner and CEO of the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence, which includes RTO 40835, arrangements with Victorian secondary schools for the delivery of English language preparation courses at several schools in China, and arrangements with NSW TAFE for vocational qualifications delivered offshore.

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Academic Board Members

Elizabeth Deane

Independent director of Watarah Institute, Higher Education and Chair of its Academic          

She has had over thirty years’ experience in the Higher Education sector, in senior leadership positions including Director, Learning and Teaching at WSU, Dean, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at MQU and Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Students at ANU. She is currently an independent higher education consultant, working with several registered and applicant providers.

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William Caelli

Emeritus Prof William Caelli, AO is an independent member of the Watarah Institute Higher Education Academic Board.

He has held several academic positions including Professor and Head of School at the Queensland University of Technology, and most recently Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. He is a world-renowned expert in cybersecurity and has many publications on that topic.

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Ravi Seethamraju

Associate Professor in the University of Sydney Business School, IT innovation adoption and accounting systems

Has 25 years of teaching and research experience in four major Australian Universities. His research explores the evolving relationships between IT innovations and performance in organizations and supply chains, and the role of IT innovations in student learning. Before moving into academe, he had 10 years of corporate consulting and training experience and consulted in the fields of operations and information management, supply chain management and organizational restructuring. He has extensive experience in leading program design and curriculum development, lead the adoption of various teaching innovations and held leadership roles in academia and professional organizations.

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