LEADERSHIP TEAM

Board of Directors
Christopher Campbell – Chairman of the Board
BSSc (Hons), University of Singapore; FFin, FAICD, FCIS

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Academies Australasia Group Limited. Responsible for managing the performance of Academies Australasia Group Limited (a company 100+ years in operation, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange since 1996). Responsible for managing the operations and resources of the Group and its corporate operations. Previous positions include over 20 years in senior appointments within central, commercial and investment banking in Australia and overseas. A member of the International Education Committee with Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), of the ACPET (NSW) Committee and on the Council of the Australia Latin America Relations Education Action Group.
Gabriela Rodriguez – Non-executive Director
BCompSci, Technological University Institute Antonio Jose de Sucre, Venezuela; BScSysEng, University Institute Santiago Marino, Venezuela, MAICD

Chief Operating Officer of Academies Australasia Group Limited, on the board of each of the 9 colleges in the Academies Australasia group. Over 10 years’ operational experience in various aspects of international education in Australia and overseas, including compliance, curriculum development, marketing and lecturing.
Mark Lo – Non-executive Director
BBus, Swinburne University of Technology; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management

Over 30 years’ experience in academia and industry. Served as the Vice President of DMR Asia Pacific, responsible for Practice & Resources and as Principal for the Southern Region with Unisys Australia. Served as Managing Principal for Unisys’ Asian Pacific operations based in Singapore, overseeing 600 professionals across 10 countries. Served as Vice President of the Unisys Corporation, responsible for the company’s World Wide Work Flow and Imaging program. Based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, supported a US$150m program across 38 countries of Central & South America, the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. Worked for IBM Australia and Arthur Young & Co. and spent many years in consulting with management and IT strategic planning specialisations. Lectured for Swinburne’s undergraduate programs and as adjunct teaching fellow for Swinburne’s Master of Information Systems Program.
Louise Cooper-Shaw – Non-executive Director
MEd, University of Melbourne; MA (Organisational Psychology), University of Melbourne; BEd (Educational Psychology), Monash University; GradDip (Criminology), University of Melbourne; BComm, University of Melbourne; MAICD

Director and principal consultant of Global Leadership Centre, a consulting firm engaged in the provision of leadership development programs globally. Adjunct senior lecturer and program coordinator for Federation University Australia, teaching leadership and management subjects such as organization behaviour, change management and strategic management in different locations in Asia. Mayor of Bayside City Council (2008-2012).
John G. Adnams OAM – Non-executive Director
BCom, University of Melbourne; AAIB, Associate of the Australian Institute of Bankers

4 decades of experience in the banking industry. Served in senior positions with the Commercial Bank of Australia Limited. Company Director and consultant of Westpac Banking Corporation. President of Small Business Mentoring Service with extensive involvement in business mentoring and training. In 2013, received Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to business and commerce, and to the community.
John Adrian McComb – Independent non-executive Director
GAICD

Former Chief Executive Officer of peak body Council of Private Higher Education, established by John with leading private sector institutions in the late 1990’s to effectively represent Australian private higher education institutions. Promoted good policy within the higher education sector and led in advocacy, seeing the introduction of FEE-HELP in the HESA and engaging in issues arising since.

Sold his digital mapping company to Telstra (rebranded as Whereis) and helped establish an innovative private institution linked with Macquarie University in Sydney. Worked for two decades in academic, technical, medical and scholarly publishing in a market spanning all Australian universities and colleges.
Senior Management Team
Esther Teo – Chief Executive Officer
MBA, Swinburne University of Technology; GradDip (Business Administration), Swinburne University of Technology; GradCertEd (Tertiary), Federation University Australia

Responsible for managing the overall operations and resources of the company and its academic and corporate activities. Held senior corporate positions for more than 22 years, operated own businesses and served teaching appointments at RMIT, Swinburne University and Monash University. More than 12 years’ experience in education, particularly international education, in vocational training and higher education.
Dr Stephen Spence – Acting Academic Dean; Program Director BBus (LM)
PhD Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA; MA Theology, Australian College of Theology, Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA; BSc Computer Science, Melbourne University

Provides academic leadership and direction for all academic programs within AAPoly. Oversees the development and delivery of quality teaching programs, recruitment of appropriately qualified academic leaders and teaching staff and the management of their performance. Served as Provost of Tabor in Adelaide, SA. Previous roles within Tabor (2007-2018) include Deputy Principal (Academic), Vice President of Education and Research, Dean of Theology and Social Sciences, and Head of School of Ministry, Theology, and Culture. Served as Principal of Burleigh College, SA, (2001-2006) and as lecturer in New Testament and Theology (1997-2000). On the Steering Committee of Higher Education Private Providers – Quality Network (HEPP-QN), a national board member with the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology, Tabor’s representative with the South Australia and Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), on the National Council of Deans of Theology and the South Australian State Committee of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), among others. Has published in the areas of theology and education.

Areas of Research: Teaching for Adult Learning, The Learning Organisation, Pauline Studies, and Historical Jesus Research
Alessandra Marques – Head of Student Services
MBA, Kaplan Business School; Master of Sales & Marketing, FGV-Brazil; Bachelor of Tourism, UPIS-Brazil

Oversees and manages the Student Services operations from student enrolment through to graduation, including all aspects of the student life cycle. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining operational systems related to student records and supporting the Academic Team, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures relevant to Administration and Student Services. 15+ years in the tourism industry and education sector in Australia and overseas. Areas of study includes Competitive Intelligence (Toronto University), focused on developing techniques for gathering intelligence ethically to achieve business goals.
Tanishq Oberoi – Head of Marketing
Masters (Commerce & International Business), Swinburne University of Technology; Grad Cert (Immigration Law & Practice), Victoria University; BA of English (Hons), Guru Nanak Dev University, India.

Manages the planning, co-ordination and implementation of marketing strategies to achieve AAPoly’s student recruitment objectives. Responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance in relation to marketing and sales, the recruitment of students and stakeholder management. Involved with international education and recruitment since 2006 (overseas) and served in various student services roles in AAPoly before joining Marketing in 2012.