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The Council is the Governing Board of AIHE that comprises of a large proportion of independent members who are experienced in governance roles in either Australian Universities or public and private business sectors. AIHE Council is accountable for the direction setting and oversight of the provider as a whole.

For further details about the Terms of Reference of AIHE Council, see HERE 

For the Terms of Reference of the AIHE Council Nominations Committee, see HERE

Members of AIHE Council

Professor Emeritus Dean Forbes

Council Chair

Dean Forbes is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Flinders University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and was a Public Policy Scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2013. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President at Flinders University from 2000-2013 he led the international and community engagement activities of the University. Prior to that he held appointments at The Australian National University, Monash University and the University of Papua New Guinea. A graduate of Flinders University, Dean Forbes completed an MA at the University of Papua New Guinea and a PhD at Monash University.

Dr Vicki Feast (Academic Board Chair AIHE)

Ex Officio members

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Dr Vicki Feast is currently the Chair of AIHE Academic Board.  Prior to this AIHE role Vicki worked as a consultant at the University of South Australia (UniSA) for six years.  However, for most of her working life (23 years) prior to this Vicki worked at the UniSA in a range of different roles including as Associate Professor and Dean: Teaching and Learning and Dean: International.  Vicki’s discipline expertise is in Economics.  Vicki taught Economics in a range of onshore and transnational programs in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Hong throughout her career at UniSA.

Dr Angela Noack (Interim General Manager AIHE)

Ex Officio Member

Angela is a successful leader and manager skilled in academic and corporate governance, business administration, policy analysis and project management in the higher education and natural resources management (NRM) sectors. Angela has a Doctor of Philosophy in the environmental sciences. In 2017 she joined the dedicated team who collectively achieved Adelaide Institute of Higher Education’s registration as a Higher Education Provider on 6 February 2019. Angela is working with the AIHE Council to achieve AIHE’s goals and aspirations.

Don Chen (Director Adelaide Institute of Higher Education)

Appointed Member

Don Chen is the founder of Adelaide Education Group. Coming to Australia as a young overseas student in the early 1990s, Don started his career working as an IT consultant but as a son of a teacher, he always had the passion to work in education. In 2000, Don set up an international education agency and in 2009, he successfully launched the Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology, subsequently establishing Adelaide International School in 2016 and Adelaide Institute of Higher Education in 2019.
Don’s strength lies in business development having forged countless transnational partnerships between institutions from around the world and his work has seen tens of thousands of international students come to study in Australia.

Scott Edwards (Director Y Partners Business Services Pty Ltd)

Appointed Member

Scott Edwards is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with over 25 years’ experience providing tax and business advice to clients across a wide range of industries. Scott holds a Certificate of Public Practice, is a Registered Tax Agent, and is currently Head of Accounting at Y Partners in Adelaide.

Scott sits on a number of Advisory Boards and Finance and Risk Committees, where he provides guidance on general business matters, strategy, and advice on matters relating to an entity’s financial affairs. Scott brings financial and business acumen to his role as a member of the AIHE Council.

Kerrie Evans (CEO Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology)

Appointed Member

Kerrie started working in Vocational Education in 1992 and since then developed her expertise in Competency Based Training and related compliance systems. Kerrie has extensive experience in managing regulatory frameworks, contracts, continuous improvement and quality assurance systems. Kerrie is interested in the potential for integration of each sector of education to improve student experience and facilitate life long learning. As a strategic manager, Kerrie has provided the leadership that has developed Adelaide Education Group from a small RTO to the multi-sector provider it is today.

Nigel Smalls (Director of SBH Solutions Pty Ltd)

Appointed Member

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