Institute Council

Institute Council


Emeritus Professor Dean Forbes (External Member)
PhD (Monash), M.A. (Papua New Guinea). B.A. (Flinders)

1adkf2613aEmeritus Professor Dean Forbes is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Flinders University, Chair of the Intensive English Language Institute and a management consultant specialising in higher education. 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.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President at Flinders University from 2000-2013 he led the international activities of the University and the community engagement program and was acting Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University on over 50 occasions.

He served on the Board of Directors of Study Adelaide, Flinders Consulting Pty Ltd, International Education Network Ltd and International Education Network Consulting (Hong Kong) Ltd. He has chaired both the Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors (International) Committee and the Innovative Research Universities Australia International Committee. He was on the Australian Universities Quality Agency Audit Panel, Chairing the Audit of Deakin University and serving on the Audit Panel for the University of Western Australia and Curtin University and is on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts.

He has worked for AusAID and the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, International Labour Organization and AusAID, as well as working with government agencies and research institutes in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

A graduate of Flinders University, Dean Forbes completed an MA at the University of Papua New Guinea and a PhD at Monash University.


Deputy Chairman

Emeritus Professor Peter Flood (External Member)

PhD (UQ), MSc (UNE), BSc (First Class, UNE), IEM (Harvard)

2017-07-12_09-22-34Emeritus Professor Flood is a distinguished Australian Academic spanning 5 decades of activities as a scientist, a geologist, and higher education administrator. He is the author of more than 350 research publications. He is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and has held previous appointments at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Miami. He lectured at the University of Queensland (1972-1979), the University of New England (1980-2009), and the University of Sydney (2013-2014). He is a Fulbright Post Doctoral Fellow.
At UNE he rose through the academic ranks from Senior Lecturer, Professor, Head of Department, Head of School, Dean of the Sciences Faculty, Pro Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and acting Deputy Vice Chancellor International. He retired Emeritus Professor in 2009. Since retirement he was Provost at TOP EDUCATION in Sydney for 6 years. He serves the Private Higher Education industry as member of Course Advisory Committee, Member of Academic Boards, Chair of Academic Boards, Member of Councils, and as Dean of Studies. Perceived conflicts of interests are managed in a transparent manner.
He has served as a foundation member for 6 years on the Chairs of Academic Boards of Non University Higher Education Institutions and has undertaken three annual academic benchmarking exercises for interested institutions. This is a demonstration of the industries recognition of his integrity that they trust his confidentiality when it comes to corporate-in-confidence matters regarding their business. He brings to ELITE Education a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts.





Mr. John Corrigan (External Member)
MBA, B.Bus, Grad Dip (Finance), Grad Dip (Marketing), FCPA

John-CorriganMr John Corrigan is managing director of Moorestone, a specialist financial management services firm that assists the finance function in delivering improved performance and added value to the business. His work experience includes a number of years in financial and management consulting. Prior to consulting he worked in various financial management roles (from cost accountant to finance director), both nationally and internationally, for several multi-national corporations. John was technical advisor to CPA Australia’s Centre of Excellence for a number of years and is a regular conference speaker and business writer on contemporary financial and management issues. His professional activities currently include being a member of CPA Australia’s NSW Divisional Council, a member of CPA Australia Limited Representative Council, convenor of the CPA/CIMA Management Accounting discussion group and co-ordinator for the Australian Reporting Awards.



Ms. Barbara LAWRENCE (External Member)
LLB(QUT), GradDipLegalPrac(QUT), PGDipCnfctMgt (Macq), BA(UNE),  GradCertMgmt(CSU), GradDipPubPol(Deakin)

LinkedIn photoBarbara is a consultant and service provider to the higher education sector in Australia in the areas of student management, university governance and compliance. Barbara is a non-practicing Lawyer registered with the Supreme Court of Queensland, a current member of the Queensland Law Society and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Barbara has held senior leadership and management positions in a number of Australian Universities as an administrator for a period of thirty years, fulfilling roles of Vice-President and Academic Registrar, Executive Director of Student Services/Student Administration and Head of Residential Accommodation. In addition, she has undertaken audits and reviews and provided consultancy services into universities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. With a keen interest in governance, quality auditing compliance, dispute resolution, social justice and social inclusion, Barbara’s specialist areas are in higher education administration, policy and processes.



Dr. Chun JIANG (Internal Member)

 Chun JiangDr. Jiang has more than 18 years’ experience in university teaching, curriculum development, and academic administration. Prior to founding Elite Education Institute, Dr. Jiang was the Academic Director of some higher education providers. He has great experience in postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum development. Since 2009, he has developed BIB (Accounting), BBus (Professional Accounting, Business Management, Communication and PR), MPA, MPAB, MIB, and MMPR. Dr. Jiang brings to Elite a wealth of experience in higher education management and his own subject matter area of Accounting and Finance. He is a passionate advocate for quality and practicality in university teaching and in the useful application of accounting as a profession for the betterment of society. Dr Jiang has been teaching accounting undergraduate and postgraduate programs in several universities since 2004. These have included UNE, ACU, Curtin (Sydney), CQU (Sydney), UB (Sydney) and other institutes. Dr Jiang is a Fellow member of CPA and a CPA professional examination developer & marker. He is an active professional accounting practitioner and holds a CPA Public Practice Certificate. Dr Jiang is also a Justice of Peace (JP) since 2008.



Professor Leonard Webster (ex officio Member)
PhD (Monash), M Ed St, BA, Dip. T, Cert A, MACE

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Compliance)

lwebsterProfessor Webster comes to us with over 25 years experience in the higher education sector. Most recently Professor Webster has held senior higher education academic, teaching and learning, quality and compliance appointments including Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Pro Vice Chancellor Quality and Compliance, Australian Universities Quality Agency Audit Director, Director of Regulation and Review and Senior Higher Education Adviser for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA ) and as a Teaching and Learning Fellow. Professor Webster has a PhD from Monash, is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, won several awards for his Teaching and Learning innovations and published a number of books including co-author of the book “Leadership and Management of Quality in Higher Education”.