The National Advisory Board provides strategic advice and support to the Australian School of Applied Management. To date, the Board has served an instrumental role in the design and implementation of all ASAM management courses. The Board comprises an esteemed line-up of Australian experts from academia, government and industry.
Board members are carefully selected to represent a diversity of scholarly and business perspectives. The Board is chaired by Antony Maxwell, ASAM's Director of Learning & Development. The National Board of Advisors comprises an esteemed line-up of Australian experts from academia, government and industry.
Advisory Board Members
Professor Shelda Debowski
Director of Organisational and Staff Development Services, University of WA
Professor Debowski is widely recognised for innovation relating to academic research and leadership across the Australian higher education sector. Professor Debowski has been President of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) for the last four years and is currently President of the International Consortium for Education Development (ICED).
Associate Professor Scott Eacott
Leader Educational Leadership Research Programme, Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University
Scott Eacott is currently Associate Professor and Leader of the Educational Leadership Research Group in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the Australian Catholic University. He is widely published in the field of educational leadership and his contribution and research interest fall into three main areas: leadership theory; leadership preparation and development; and re-conceptualising strategy in the education context. He sits on many editorial boards, including some of the fields leading international journals and is regularly called upon by professional associations and systemic authorities for advice on contemporary issues.
Professor Milenko Gudic
Director, Central & East European Management Development Association
Milenko Gudic is Director of CEEMAN's International Management Teachers Academy. Milenko is also a consultant and lecturer at the Economics Institute - Belgrade, Serbia, visiting professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Montenegro and a frequent guest speaker at universities, management development institutions, and international conferences in Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States.
Milenko's internationally recognised competence and expertise has been extensively used by various international institutions, organisations and agencies (OECD, UNDP, UNIDO, EEC, ETF, ICPE, CEEMAN, EFMD, etc) in a number of expert and consulting assignments. With a professional focus on change management, leadership and entrepreneurship, business ethics, and value-driven management, he has published a number of papers on management and management development issues. He has also developed several case studies, many of which are registered at international case clearing houses and used at prominent business schools.
Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, D.Phil.
Professor of Business Ethics, Dean of Studies & Member of the Academic Board, UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland
Dr. Henderson holds the positions of Dean of Studies and is a Member of the Academic Board of UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland. He has previously held the position of Director of Studies at Monarch. Before assuming the position of Dean at UGSM-Monarch Dr. Henderson was an affiliate professor at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France. Dr. Henderson has also been a lecturer for real estate finance within the Faculty of Management at McGill University as well as a guest lecturer for Corporate Social Responsibility at the European School of Management, the University of Monaco and the London School of Business and Finance. Dr. Henderson holds a D.Phil. in Business Research from UGS-Monarch Business School as well as a Doctorandus and MBA from Nijenrode Unversiteit in The Netherlands. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from McGill University in Montreal. He is a chartered member of the Canadian Institute of Management, a member of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the United Kingdom and a member of ACUNS-Academic Council of the United Nations System.
HR Director, Bupa Asia Pacific (HBA, MBF)
Penny Lovett is the Human Resources Director for Bupa Asia Pacific. With 10 million customers in over 190 countries, Bupa is a giant in the insurance sector. Penny Lovett is a member of Bupa's Executive Leadership Team and since joining Bupa in 2002 she has successfully lead numerous change management and people programs, including the landmark merger of Bupa Australia and MBF.
Founder & CEO, Latitude Learning Academy
Tom qualified as an Accountant, an Investment Banker, a Master of Business Administration and a Strategy Consultant before realising business succeeds because of people not powerpoint. After fifteen years as a consultant with Arthur Andersen, Bain International and most recently Deloitte, Tom advised Australia's leading organisations on operational excellence and growth.
Tom identified as a consultant the need for leadership apability to realise performance improvement in business and hence founded the Deloitte Leadership Academy (DLA). In January 2013 Tom established the Latitude Learning Academy which is solely focused on improving the performance of businesses by developing their people.
Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib AM, CSC
CEO, Air Services Australia
Air Commodore Staib was promoted to the rank of Air Commodore in January 2006 and took up the post of Director General Strategic Logistics in Joint Logistics Command. She is currently the Commandant at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
In 2009, she was appointed as a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for exceptional service to the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Defence Force in the field of logistics strategic planning.
Dr Ann Stewart
Director, The Equity Office, The University of Queensland
Dr Stewart is Director, The Equity Office at The University of Queensland with responsibility for encouraging and leading strategic and cultural change to embed equity and diversity in the University's policies and practices.
Ann's background is in education and prior to moving to Queensland she spent nearly 20 years in the Northern Territory in various senior roles including School Principal, lecturer in Teacher Education and later Regional Coordinator for Batchelor College in Arnhemland.
Professor Phyllis Tharenou
Executive Dean, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Flinders University
Professor Phyllis Tharenou is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Flinders University. Prior to her current appointment, she held positions in the university sector as well as managerial and administrative positions, including Executive Director of Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences at the Australian Research Council.
Professor Tharenou is an organisational psychologist who is well known for her publications on managerial career advancement, women's advancement in management, international careers, training and development, absenteeism, and employee self-esteem. She is also the winner of several awards including the Elton Mayo Prize from the Australian Psychological Society for outstanding academic contribution to Industrial and Organisational Psychology and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.
Emeritus Professor Paul Thomas AM
Former Vice-Chancellor and President
University of the Sunshine Coast
In 1994, Professor Paul Thomas AM became Planning President for the University of the Sunshine Coast, the first university to be developed on a greenfield site for a quarter of a century. In January 1996, he became the University's inaugural Vice-Chancellor.
He was honoured with an Order of Australia medal for services to higher education and the establishment of the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2007.
Director, Organisational Development, Curtin University
Juris Varpins is Director, Organisational Development at Curtin University. Prior to his current role, Juris held leadership positions within Curtin’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the Western Australian Department of Training, the Management Development Institute (University of Western Australia) and the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training.
Juris is an experienced practitioner and manager in the related fields of organisational development, education and professional development. He has particular expertise in leadership and management training and development, change management, team development and trainer development.
Ambassador, Adult Multicultural Education Services
Ahmed Yusuf's career in vocational training spans more than 20 years, two continents and six industry sectors. Ahmed has held senior leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, Human Resources Management, and International Development.
As the Ambassador for AMES, Ahmed is responsible for enabling a shared and better understanding of the vital work of AMES among staff, clients, communities and other stakeholders.