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Corporate Governance Board

The SIHE Corporate Governance Board bears full responsibility for the institution’s governance, strategic direction, oversight, and overall performance. Our Directors uphold the highest standards of accountability across all facets of SIHE’s operations. This encompasses the award of higher education qualifications and the continuous adherence to the criteria set by the Higher Education Standards Framework, ensuring excellence in every aspect of our educational offerings.

CAXTON PANG

EXTERNAL MEMBER BCOM, MCOM, CA, FCPA, JP

Mr Caxton Pang took a leap of faith in 2007 when he quit his highly paid job at a top-tier accounting firm to start up his own boutique accounting and business advisory practice, with only minimum capital and a tiny home office. His focus was on business advisory and client relationships with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) to differentiate from traditional accounting practices. He passionately believes in building strong client relationships as the key to a successful business.

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PROFESSOR ANDREW TERRY

DEPUTY CHAIR, LLB (HONS.), LLM (HONS.), BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR

Professor Andrew Terry has a wealth of experience in teaching and researching, Business Law in faculties of Business, Law and Management, and has published extensively with over 400 articles and papers in academic and professional journals as well as 10 books.  His research interest is franchising law, practice and development and he has been active in this field in both Australia and internationally.

He is currently a Professor of Business Regulation at the University of Sydney Business School and an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales. Andrew is a member of The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee and has been inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame. 

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DR STEVE BOUZALAKOS

EXTERNAL MEMBER PhD, MBA, MSC, DIC, GRADCERT, BEng, JP, MIE AUST

Dr Steve Bouzalakos has over 15 years of experience across several sectors including higher education, community services, financial services and mining at universities, corporate and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Australia. He is currently leading the quality and service improvement function of a large not-for-profit provider and has experience in policy governance, quality assurance and continuous improvement. Within academia, Steve has authored 24 international peer-reviewed original research and conference articles and book chapters. Steve has experience as a researcher at Cranfield University, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham and UNSW Sydney and as a lecturer at University College London predominantly focusing on environmental aspects of mining and carbon sequestration.

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DR NIGEL FINCH

PRESIDENT AND CEO, MCom, LLM, MBA, PhD, CA, FCPA, FGIA, FAICD

Dr Nigel Finch is the Principal Executive Officer at Sydney Institute of Higher Education. Nigel’s research has had an international impact in both academia and practice, and he is rated among the top 10% of academic authors on SSRN (Social Science Research Network). His weekly StockDoc market commentary podcasts are streamed on Spotify by Stockhead, reaching a national audience of institutional financial market participants.

Nigel holds degrees in Accounting, Business and Law plus a PhD in Business Law. His professional qualifications include Certified Practising Accountant, Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia. Previously, Nigel was an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in Accounting at the University of Sydney. Nigel has held senior roles as a Financial Controller, Investment Manager and Executive Director across a variety of industries. He is the author of more than 100 academic publications and several books on finance and investment, including Contemporary Issues in Mining: Leading Practice in Australia and Emerging Markets and Sovereign Risk.

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GRAHAM FORD AO

CHAIR MBA FAICD

Graham has over 30 years of experience in Corporate Governance and has held numerous Board Director and Chair roles across several sectors, encompassing a wide range of businesses nationally and internationally. Graham has operated in highly regulatory environments in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, in both corporate and academic higher education and vocational education environments. 

 

Graham was the Chair of Australia’s largest not-for-profit for 11 years and continues as Chair of a global not-for-profit, encompassing some 135 nations and 30 million members. Graham was awarded Member of the Order of Australia AM in 2015 for his service to the community, and Officer of the Order of Australia AO in 2023 for his distinguished service of a high degree to the Australian and international community. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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RENRONG (JACK) SHEN

DEPUTY CHAIR & FOUNDER BA, MA, JP

Mr. Renrong (Jack) Shen has over twenty years of experience in international education and holds the Managing Director and CEO positions at Australian Ideal College (AIC). He has diverse experience and involvement in multiple areas of private education, including ELICOS, vocational, senior high school and higher education. He oversaw the initial founding of both AIC and SIHE, and continues to oversee day-to-day management.

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Academic Board

DR RUTH FERRARO

EXTERNAL MEMBER PHD, MOB, MADED, BA, FGIA, GAICD

Dr Ruth Ferraro has 25 years of executive experience in business and education, most recently as Head of Education Delivery at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and General Manager of Education and Professional Standards at The Tax Institute. She is currently a TEQSA Expert Panellist and has a portfolio career including non-executive director roles on three higher education provider boards, as well as consulting to professional bodies. 

Having successfully led cross-disciplinary faculties based on her career ethos of ‘education as service’, Ruth has played an integral role in the design and development of education programs in multiple disciplines. Ruth’s career has combined the design and development of professional education – both technical and humanity programs.

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PROFESSOR RICHARD PETTY

CHAIR PHD, MCOM (HONS.), BBUS (HONS.1), FCPA ,FCA, FAICD

Professor Richard Petty has been a Professor or visiting academic and delivered lectures and keynote addresses at multiple universities around the world. Richard has authored and/or co-authored many academic and professional works, with a specialisation in the areas of Accounting and Intellectual Capital. 

He has a professional career spanning both business and academia. He is an active investor and has served on numerous public and private company boards.

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PROFESSOR ANDREW TERRY

DEPUTY CHAIR, LLB (HONS.), LLM (HONS.), BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR

Professor Andrew Terry has a wealth of experience in teaching and researching, Business Law in faculties of Business, Law and Management, and has published extensively with over 400 articles and papers in academic and professional journals as well as 10 books.  His research interest is franchising law, practice and development and he has been active in this field in both Australia and internationally.

He is currently a Professor of Business Regulation at the University of Sydney Business School and an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales. Andrew is a member of The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee and has been inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame. 

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DR NIGEL FINCH

PRESIDENT AND CEO, MCom, LLM, MBA, PhD, CA, FCPA, FGIA, FAICD

Dr Nigel Finch is the Principal Executive Officer at Sydney Institute of Higher Education. Nigel’s research has had an international impact in both academia and practice, and he is rated among the top 10% of academic authors on SSRN (Social Science Research Network). His weekly StockDoc market commentary podcasts are streamed on Spotify by Stockhead, reaching a national audience of institutional financial market participants.

Nigel holds degrees in Accounting, Business and Law plus a PhD in Business Law. His professional qualifications include Certified Practising Accountant, Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia. Previously, Nigel was an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in Accounting at the University of Sydney. Nigel has held senior roles as a Financial Controller, Investment Manager and Executive Director across a variety of industries. He is the author of more than 100 academic publications and several books on finance and investment, including Contemporary Issues in Mining: Leading Practice in Australia and Emerging Markets and Sovereign Risk.

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