The GCA Board was reconstituted on 3rd December 2013 per TEQSA’s recommendations for the GCA Board to provide oversight of UBSS as GCA’s higher education provider. The GCA Board replaces the UBSS Council that was set up under the previous legislation.
Appointment Date: 03/12/1998
Alan is a founding Director and Managing Director of GCA group of companies.
As Managing Director he is responsible for the corporate planning and governance of the group which includes supporting subsidiaries for two Registered Training Organisations, comprising five colleges, offering accredited pathway courses including English Language, Vocational Education, and Higher Education. The Higher Education courses being Business Degree, Accounting Degree and Masters of Business Administration.
Alan is a published author, company director and entrepreneur with over thirty years’ experience in the technology and education industries. He has twenty years’ experience as a Company Director with private, public and NFP companies.
He has been active in representing the education industry and is a former Director of the national Vocational Training industry representative body. He is currently a Board Member of a national Higher Education Industry representative body.
Prior to a career in education Alan had a career in the ICT industry working for Digital Equipment Corporation and later third party vendors. He established a start-up software company and a computer college that expanded into the GCA Group of Companies.
He is the published author of an autobiography that details a ten year legal battle where he represented himself from the local court in North Sydney to final victory in the High Court of Australia:
“When There Are Too Many Lawyers… There Is No Justice.” Book reviews and media interviews go to www.alanmanly.com.au
Alan has presented talks on entrepreneurship and the education industry from the view point of a company director and entrepreneur.
Alan is a Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company DirectorsEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgLinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/alanmanly
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_ManlyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/alanmanlyauthor/ Current Company Directors Extract
Dr Alexander has an extensive portfolio and record of success in teaching, domestic and international course development, academic leadership, and business management in both the private and public education sectors. He taught and conducted research at universities in Australia and the UK over many years being appointed a Professor of Product Innovation at Western Sydney University before serving as Dean of the Faculty of Business & Technology. He led the Faculty as Dean for over 10 years with full academic and executive management responsibility for a large and diverse faculty recruiting substantial numbers of international students. As Dean Dr Alexander led the establishment of research centres and research degrees in the Faculty and established a number of trans-national degree programs in SE Asia.
He served as the Executive Director of the University of New South Wales Foundation Studies Division for over six years. During this time UNSW Foundation Studies was extremely successful in preparing international students for university study and graduates of the program consistently demonstrated better progression rates and academic achievement that international students who entered the university directly. Under his leadership the Division established innovative new programs to meet identified international market need, established collaborative transnational programs in New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia and initiated partnerships leading to new programs in China and Singapore.
Dr Alexander joined the International College of Management, Sydney (a leading NSA-HEP specialising in applied higher education in the services management sector) as Executive Dean in 2007 and in January 2012 was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Strategic Development). He led the strategic and academic development of the College for over eight years and for combined this with oversight of the academic and business development of “Aspire Institute”. Aspire Institute was established by the International College of Management, Sydney as a pathway college delivering a Foundation program, ELICOS, VET and HE diploma programs which articulate directly to the College courses and also into a number of university degree programs in Australia.
BEcon (Hons) (ANU), DipEd (Syd), PhD (Qld)
Appointment Date: 03/12/2013
Gus has worked in international organizations, government at all levels, universities and private industry. He was employed for 15 years by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including two years in Seoul as IMF Advisor to the Korean Minister of Finance and two years in Paris as IMF Representative to the OECD. He has undertaken numerous consultancies for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Government.
Gus has served as Chief Economist and Branch Head of the NSW Treasury Department, and has lectured in universities in Australia, the United States, China and Korea. In 2000, he moved to China as Australian Manager of an AusAID project to help China join the WTO. Since then, he has worked closely with the Chinese Government, with Chinese companies seeking funds on global capital markets and with investment banks and private equity companies in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom seeking to invest in China.
In the IMF, Gus focused on the macroeconomic performance of the world economy and major Asian countries. He participated, as Mission Member and Mission Chief, in 20 projects (six to Japan, six to Sri Lanka, two to Laos, two to the Philippines, two to Korea, one to Vietnam and one to a selection of countries leading the development of the Asian-dollar market).
Gus has held the position of Professor in Korea (Sogang University), the United States (George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University) and China (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, the University of International Business and Economics and Nottingham University). At Nottingham University he was Director of Department, Associate Dean of the Business School and Head of the Business School.
While at Nottingham University, Gus was director of a range of entrepreneurial projects aimed at production in China (for example, building energy-efficient, perfect air quality apartment complexes in Ningbo) and marketing in China (including craft beer from the Midlands in the United Kingdom, agricultural equipment designed in Sweden and luxury tourism to the United States). He also sourced and directed more than 200 projects for students, many of which have led to the establishment of profitable new businesses. Most recent projects focused on business opportunities in the high-tech areas of biotechnology, neurotechnology, nanotechnology and robotics.
In 2015, Gus became a fulltime staff member of UBSS, as MBA Program Director from Mid-September and Academic Dean from early November. In these roles he has introduced changes designed to update course content (to better reflect emerging employment opportunities), improve course delivery (by raising the qualifications of lecturers and strengthening professional development) and make timetables more student-friendly (by concentrating programs by days and publishing a timetable that is fixed for the normal study period of incoming students). He has also focused on strengthening compliance with regulatory requirements by improving the organizational structure to ensure all compliance areas are covered by a staff position and the persons in those positions are fully aware of the associated compliance responsibilities.
Paul Nicolaou is currently the Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Leaders Council and Director of Corporate & Community Solutions a private company specialising in strategic advice, marketing, fundraising, media, public relations and event management. Paul’s wide and deep network in Sydney’s business community will be of great value to UBSS as it seeks to enter the executive education market in Sydney.
Paul sits on the Boards of The Gut Foundation, which conducts research & education campaigns on bowel cancer and The Estia Foundation, which provides support services to children with disabilities. In addition, Paul is an ambassador of Start Up Australia which is an entrepreneur-led not for profit organisation that wants to create a strong Australia for the future, through the creation of more entrepreneurial ventures.
Paul was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Hotels Association of NSW. He held that position for nearly three years. The AHA is one of the largest industry associations in Australia representing 1,700 pubs and 100 accommodation hotels in NSW. Paul managed 30 staff and represented his members in the federal, state and local government arenas.
Prior to the AHA, Paul was the Executive Chairman of the Millennium Forum, which was the fundraising and engagement arm of the Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division.
Paul was formerly on the board of The Centennial Parklands Foundation, which is a charitable organisation that has been established to ensure the Centennial Parklands environment, and heritage value continues to be enjoyed now and by future generations. In addition Paul was on the Bill Crews Trust which exists to encourage and develop new and innovative projects aimed at alleviating poverty in Australia and in third world countries.
Paul was also the former NSW President of the Marketing Institute of Australia for 4 years, a member of the Council for ten years and is currently an Associate Fellow and Certified Practicing Marketer of the Marketing Institute of Australia.
Paul was a non-executive director for Roses Only, which moved from start-up to a $20 million company over a period of five years.
In the early years Paul, was the former Chief Executive Officer of the UNSW Foundation, which was responsible in raising $10-$12million a year for providing important medical research and scholarships for disadvantaged students at the University of New South Wales. At the same time he was the Director of Public Affairs & Development for three years at the university managing 50 staff.
Paul served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Development for three years at UNSW as well.
Prior to his senior roles at the university, Paul was the Director of Fundraising at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Camperdown. He held that position for nearly six years. Every year, Paul and his team raised between $12-$15million per annum for vital research and lifesaving equipment for the sickest children in the state.
When Paul was studying his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Commerce at the University of New South Wales he was involved & achieved the following:
• 1986-1987 - UNSW Faculty of Arts Representative• 1987 - Education Vice President of the UNSW Student's Union• 1987-1989 - Student Representative on the UNSW Academic Board• 1988 - President of the UNSW Student's Union• 1988-1990 - Member of the UNSW Student Disciplinary Committee• 1988-1990 - Board Member of the Universities Credit Union• 1988-1990 - President of the Hellenic Society of UNSW• 1989 – Completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree majored in Economics and Industrial Relations• 1989-1990 - UNSW University Union Board member• 1989-1990 - UNSW Faculty of Commerce Representative• 1990 - Undergraduate Alumni Award Recipient• 1990 - UNSW Alumni Graduand Award winner• 1990- Completed his Master of Commerce Degree majoring in marketing & organizational behaviour
Finally, during 2009-2013 Paul provided alumni & development advice for the UNSW Faculty of Science and from 2009 until now is a Board Member of the UNSW Hellenic Studies Foundation.
Paul is regarded as one of Australia’s leading fundraisers raising money for many charitable organisations. As a result of this, Paul over his career has received the following awards recognizing his substantial efforts:
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Appointment Date: 29/07/2015
Greg Whitby is widely acknowledged as an innovative educator who is passionate about ensuring that schooling meets the needs of today’s learners. For the past 14 years, Greg has led a system of Catholic schools in both the Dioceses of Wollongong and now Parramatta.
Over the past two decades, Greg has been rethinking the nature of learning and teaching in a digital age and the role of learning environments and technology in supporting new pedagogies.He has been instrumental in the development of new school and learning space designs to accommodate contemporary learning and teaching.
In recent years, Greg has worked with school and system leaders to build teacher capacity in order to improve the learning outcomes of every student. He has forged global partnerships with leading educational thinkers such as Michael Fullan, Viviane Robinson, Helen Timperley and Lyn Sharratt to assist in bridging the gap between theory and classroom practice.
Greg has developed a strong national and international profile and regularly presents on educational change and leadership, school innovation and technology. He was nominated to deliver the prestigious AW Jones Oration in 2011. In the same year, Greg was appointed to the Federal Government’s Digital Education Advisory Group. He is also founding Chairman of CEnet (Catholic Education Network) – a not for profit company linking 745 schools across Australia on a robust virtual private network. In addition, Greg is Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian Institute of Management for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of education.
He received a Papal Knighthood in the Order of St Gregory the Great for his contribution to Catholic education. Greg was also named the most innovative educator in Australia by the Bulletin Magazine in its annual SMART 100 awards. He was nominated by esteemed educator, Hedley Beare.