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Professor Anthony Welch – Chair (External)

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Associate Professor Anthony Welch has held a number of positions in the discipline of nursing in both the private and public sectors of the health care industry (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong). Such positions have included Hospital Manager, Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing, Senior Supervisor, Unit Manager, Principal Educator, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Post-Graduate Studies. He has also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia. He is currently employed at Central Queensland University as Assistant Dean Community Engagement, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

His thirty years of teaching in the tertiary sector have included Professional Development, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Creative Arts Therapy, Counselling, Spirituality, Men’s Health, Qualitative Research Methods, Evidence-based Practice, Trans-cultural Nursing, Indigenous Health, Community Health, and Philosophic Inquiry.

Other professional activities have included invited International Scholar/Professor, Invited Keynote Speaker, Member of an Aged Care Consultancy Team to China under the auspices of the Myer Foundation, and Ministerial appointments.

His qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, Melbourne; Master of Education, LaTrobe University, Melbourne; Bachelor of Education, LaTrobe University, Melbourne; Bachelor of Nursing, RMIT University, Melbourne; Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing Education), Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences; Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Communications, St John of God Institute, Sydney; Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing, Larundel Psychiatric Hospital, Melbourne and; Certificate in General Nursing, Lewisham Hospital, Sydney.

Mr Joseph Fong (External)

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Mr Fong is the founding Director of the Achiever Consulting Group (ACG) and is the Head of Asia, Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. He has accumulated over 20 years of corporate public affairs, corporate leadership developments, government affairs and regional business development across Asia-Pacific.

He is an internationally experienced senior executive with a global perspective and an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare markets, high tech digital media and the high touch geo-political landscape across Asia.

Mr Fong works with corporations, public sector agencies and peak industry groups on a full range of projects that include best practice management of the public affairs function, structural reviews, CSR and issues management strategy, reputation measurement and reviews and stakeholder engagement strategy and reviews. Mr Fong also provides senior executive mentoring focusing on corporate strategy and effective stakeholder engagement in Asia.

Since the mid ‘80s, he managed Fortune 100 brands in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Australia and the US being Country head, Asia Regional head and Vice President and General Manager of a global business in the US.

Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath (Internal)

CEO and Managing Director

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An Indian-born citizen of Australia, Bijo Kunnumpurath is the Founder Director of Health Careers International – one of the leading global providers of healthcare education and research. As the Managing Director of the Institute of Health and Management (IHM), he sketches the vision of the organization on a global scale, providing the way forward in overseeing systems, ensuring compliance with legal / statutory obligations as well as implementing policies in risk management and quality assurance.

Recognized as an accomplished entrepreneur with a remarkable business acumen, he has been integrating skills from several business backgrounds to bring about a proactive approach in business development, innovation, change management and governance, especially in the education and training sectors.

Bijo has a Master’s in Business Administration perfectly complimented by a qualification in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked extensively worldwide and is esteemed as a notable socially-responsible personality in diverse communities across Australia, Malaysia as well as India. He is also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors). A firm believer of continuous learning, Bijo is currently pursuing Ph.D. at the Swinburne University, in the field of good governance in private education.

Professor Antony Jacobson

Non-Executive Director

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Renowned as a highly successful innovator and entrepreneur, Prof. Antony Jacobson is a leading authority, key note presenter and globally experienced professional in entrepreneurship, innovation, global business development and expansion. He is connected to the world’s leading innovation institutions, Fortune 500 companies, leading venture capital firms, incubators and start-ups.

He is academically-qualified at an exceptional level and holds a Master of Commerce (International Business) and Graduate Certificate Higher Education-Teaching and Learning.

With a 20-year entrepreneurship, innovation related commercial, Start-up, Incubation, V.C and academic background, Prof. Antony is highly experienced at commercializing and seed funding new ventures, concepts and research breakthroughs. He is an experienced Professor of Practice-Entrepreneurship and was Professor of Practice in residence at the prestigious La Trobe University Business School Melbourne Australia. In April 2018, Prof. Antony was appointed Deans Fellow and Visiting Scholar on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the world-renowned Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Chandana Hewege

Non-Executive Director

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Dr. Chandana Hewege holds a Ph.D. in Management from the Monash University, a Master of Business Administration Degree and B.Sc. in Business Administration Honours from the University of Sri J’pura, Sri Lanka. Chandana’s academic and professional experiences are predominantly centred on teaching, research and industry consultancy. He has published around 45 referred research papers and referred conference papers. Chandana’s academic research encompasses a wide spectrum of research areas such as corporate social responsibility, management controls of transitional economies, marketing, logistics, international business and research methodology.

Dr. Chandana is also accredited as a teacher in higher education by the Staff Education and Development Association, United Kingdom (SEDA, UK). He possesses close to 20 years of teaching experience (undergraduate and postgraduate, local as well as overseas). Chandana has won several awards for his academic and research excellence, including the best critical literature review award, Department of Management, Monash University; Emerald Literati Award-Social Responsibility Journal 2017; the Teaching Excellence Award by the Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University of Technology: the best reviewer 2007 award, Contemporary Management Research Journal; and the best student Gold Medal award, Department of Business Administration, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Chandana served the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal ranking panel in 2013 for Marketing, Tourism, Logistics and commercial services research areas.

Ms Helena Steel

Non-Executive Director

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Helena Steel is a former Human Resource Director and HR & Change Management Executive. She is currently a Researcher, Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer at Swinburne University. Helena is also a qualified Career Development Practitioner, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Educator and published Author. She has served on Boards of Management for over 15 years, with corporate international experience both full time as well as consulting roles across most employment sectors such as IT, Sales & Customer Service, Airlines, Victorian Public Service, Call Centres, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing, Logistics and the Insurance industries, to name a few.

Helena is a former Victorian President for the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI in 2004 – 2005). She is a current AHRI Fellow serving on the AHRI Board for 7 years and is also a Professional Member for the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), having served on their Victorian Committee. Her qualifications include: Master of Business in Organisational Change Training and Development, Graduate Diploma Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management, Certificate IV in Workplace & Business Coaching, Master Practitioner Coach Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Master Results Coach, Master in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Advanced Neurological Repatterning, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In her spare time, Helena volunteers as a trained Dog Obedience Instructor at her local Dog Club, on most Sunday mornings.

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