Academic Board

The Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board governs and is responsible for all academic matters at Kaplan Higher Education. The Academic Board’s key mandate is to ensure that Kaplan Higher Education’s courses, outcomes, student experiences and success are of the highest quality.

The Academic Board and its Committees develop, implement, endorse and review academic policies, and monitor the delivery of Kaplan Higher Educations subjects and courses.

The Kaplan Higher Education Academic Quality and Governance Framework outlines the terms of reference of the Academic Board and its subcommittees.

Academic Board members

Interim Vice President, Academic, Kaplan International (Australia)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Economics

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Chair, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Chair, Kaplan Business School Academic Board

 

Career overview

Dr Michael Evans is an independent academic consultant. Prior to Mike’s retirement from Kaplan Higher Education in August 2018, he was responsible for the Academic oversight of all Kaplan Higher Education operations in Australia. This includes driving the academic strategic direction of all areas of Kaplan’s higher education business including Kaplan Business School, Murdoch Institute of Technology, Bradford College and Kaplan Professional’s online postgraduate finance courses.

 

Prior to joining Kaplan Mike was a Professor of Management and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Southern Cross University in Australia. Mike has a wide range of business experience, with skills in managing, consulting, teaching and research. His recent research has focused on regional development and the business implications of climate change. He also has interests in valuation, innovation, commercialisation, and value creation within organisations. He has undertaken a wide range of applied research and consulting assignments for clients including reviews of strategic planning and implementation, performance measurement and evaluation, valuation and financial analysis.

 

Mike has also been actively involved in executive education activities, with a focus on accounting, finance and strategy. He has consulting, research and teaching experience across Australia, in Asia and in Europe. Mike has a wealth of experience in Asia, having been involved in business development for universities since 1987, focused on Singapore, Malaysia and China. He has managed academic and business activities across 10 countries.

 

Mike’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy. Mike also holds a prestige Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) designation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Business Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations)

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Academic Dean, Kaplan Business School
  • Academic Dean, Kaplan Higher Education
  • Chair, KBS Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Member, KHE Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Member, KBS Academic Board
  • Member, KHE Academic Board
  • Member, KBS Grade Ratification and Assessment Committee

 

Career overview

Dr James Adonopoulos’ PhD thesis was centred on the ways in which leaders influence employee engagement during organisational crises and significant change. Prior to his appointment as the Academic Dean at Kaplan Business School and Kaplan Higher Education, he was employed as a sessional member of staff at Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney.

His academic history is supported by practical corporate experience as a leader in a variety of industries, such as financial services and contact centres, at which his most noteworthy achievements were in relation to his employees’ engagement, performance and retention. In combination with his books and fortnightly newsletter, his insights on workplace relations are read by 100,000 people every month.

For more than a decade, he has worked with hundreds of organisations as a speaker, facilitator and consultant, helping them successfully lead change, engage staff, and improve performance. This work has taken him to almost a dozen countries, working with clients that include McDonald’s, American Express, Coca-Cola, Qantas, Optus, Ernst & Young, Gucci, Toyota and many government departments.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, USC
  • Master of Business, USC
  • Bachelor of Business, UQ

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board

 

Career overview

Professor Meredith Lawley is currently the Acting Head, School of Business (Faculty of Arts, Business and Law) and a Professor (Marketing) at University of Sunshine Coast. Meredith has extensive experience in the delivery of higher education programs both within Australia and internationally.

 

Meredith has a strong academic interest in the areas of marketing, consumer behaviour, international and online education. She is a member of the editorial review boards for both the Asian and European Journal of Marketing and has been an active TEQSA Expert since 2014.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), Flinders University
  • BA (Hons), Flinders University

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Chair, Murdoch Institute of Technology Grade Ratification & Assessment Committee
  • Chair, Kaplan Professional Grade Ratification & Assessment Committee
  • Chair, Kaplan Business School Grade Ratification & Assessment Committee

 

Career overview

Professor Oakley is Head, School of Social Sciences within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide.  The School is divided into four departments: Anthropology and Development Studies; Asian Studies; Geography, Environment & Population; Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies; and Politics & International Relations.  The School is also affiliated with seven research centres, institutes and development units.

 

Susan’s research expertise is two‐fold: the relationship between planning, governance and urban regeneration; and youth homelessness.  Susan is an active member of the Centre for Housing, Urban & Regional Planning.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Bond University
  • Master of Economics, UNE
  • Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (UNE)
  • Bachelor of Economics (UNE)

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board

 

Career overview

Professor Deborah Ralston has over 20 years’ experience as a non‐ executive director on public and private sector boards. She is a member of the RBA’s Payments System Board and was inaugural Chair of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee. Deborah is Chair of the SMSF Association and served as a member of the Ministerially appointed CIPR industry advisory group. Deborah also recently completed her term as non‐executive director with ASX listed Mortgage Choice, where she was Chair of the Investment Committee for Mortgage Choice Financial Planning.

 

Deborah has held a number of leadership positions in Australian universities and is a researcher with particular interests in financial regulation, superannuation, innovation and commercialisation. She is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

Academic qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Law

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board

 

Career overview

Robin Woellner was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Law, Business and the Creative Arts), James Cook University, Townsville and prior to that the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Law and Foundation Dean of the College of Law and Business at University of Western Sydney.

 

Robin has also served in various executive positions including as Vice President of the Australian Business Deans Council.

 

Robin is the lead author of Australia’s pre-eminent tax textbook, “Australian Taxation Law”, and has researched and published extensively. Robin is a well-known and respected commentator on all tax matters.

Head of Faculty, Kaplan Higher Education

Academic qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
  • Bachelor of Economics (Finance Major)

 

Kaplan contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board

 

Career overview

Victoria is a Senior Investment Specialist focused on Equity investment management with a focus on multi-manager / fund-of-fund portfolio construction, portfolio management, investment and research analysis and client and consultant relationship management with TCorp Institutional Investing.

 

Victoria has over 20 years’ experience in the applied finance sector and has been involved with Kaplan and the CFA Institute in various capacities, including Board membership, throughout her working career.

Head of Learning and Delivery, Kaplan Higher Education