The role of the Academic Advisory Board (AAB) is to provide advice to the Board of Group Colleges Australia (GCA), appropriate to the academic activities of the company. This advice includes comment on curriculum design and content, course delivery, course assessment, and evaluation of courses. The AAB will also provide advice on strategic academic alliances useful to further the overall objectives of GCA. It may provide advice on the appointment of senior academic staff within GCA, or on any other academic matter raised by the Board of GCA.
The AAB is not accountable to the Board of GCA for the design and content of the curriculum, course delivery, course assessment and evaluation of courses, all of which are the responsibility of paid staff of GCA.
lan Finch is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Bond University. He joined Bond’s foundation team in 1987 and was heavily involved in the initial planning of the academic and student administration for Australia’s first independent, not-for-profit university.
Mr Finch is also Deputy Chair of the Council of Private Higher Education and has served on a variety of bodies, including the Advisory Council to the Board of Secondary School Studies and the National Advisory Committee on Higher Education Statistics.
Professor Tom Valentine is the Chairman and Executive Director of the Salisbury Group. Professor Valentine is formerly a Professor of Banking and Finance at the University of Western Sydney, a position he has held since 1995. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Commerce from 1995-1998.
Other prior positions include: Professor of Finance, University of Technology, Sydney; Professor of Finance and Director of the Centre for Applied Finance, Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education and Professorial Fellow and Director of the Centre for Studies in Money, Banking and Finance, Macquarie University
He has been a member of the Board of the Australian Financial Institutions Commission, Chairman of Audit Committee, Australian Financial Institutions Commission, Member of the Board of the Financial Institutions Commission of NSW and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Financial Institutions Commission of NSW.
Professor Valentine has consulted to the Law Reform Commission on Bankruptcy and Managed Investments, was a consultant to the Royal Commission into the State Bank of South Australia as well as a Senior Advisor to the Campbell Committee of Inquiry into the Australian banking system that led to the deregulation of the financial sector.