Corporate Governance

Higher Education Leadership Institute (HELI) is governed by a Board of Directors that includes a majority of external members along with a representative of the owner of the Institute. The independence of the Board of Directors provides a mechanism to separate the ownership and governance of the Company from the management of the Institute and to provide independent business, financial and higher education expertise and advice at the highest level of decision-making. The Board of Directors is chaired by one of its external members. The Board of Directors sets the Institute’s mission and strategic goals in addition to ensuring the Institute continues to meet its legal, regulatory, financial and social obligations and responsibilities.

Members of the Board of Directors

Neil Bridge
Independent Chair

Neil is a highly experienced business leader. After senior posts in the NSW Public Service Neil became Managing Director of a highly regarded RTO, Workplace Australia Group, until its sale in 2007. Neil has since been General Manager of St Patrick’s Institute of Education and Quality and Governance Advisor at The Entourage Education Group.

Apart from leading the corporate oversight of the Institute, Neil also brings his business acumen, knowledge of tertiary regulatory frameworks and keen insight into government policy to this position.

Professor Emeritus L.Z. (Zbys) Klich
Independent member and Chair of the Academic Board

Prof Klich was previously Chair of the Governing Board for Airways Aviation and Global Director of Academic Affairs for SAE Institute. He has also held prior appointments as Vice-President of Southern Cross University in Australia until 2007, and before that as Dean of Education and Dean for Internationalisation, as well as a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

His PhD research examined exceptional cross-cultural thinking skills. His teaching, research and publications have been in the areas of intercultural studies, professional learning and professional development, collaborative partnerships between universities with regions as well as with industry groups, and has included work published through the NATO Scientific Studies Division, and with the OECD in Europe.

He has been an advisor on several international education projects, he has worked as a consultant for national and state government projects in Australia, he has served on Ministerial Advisory Councils for Education, and he has been a quality auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency, as well as a higher education specialist auditor for the Government of Oman.

Dr Peter Ryan
Founder and CEO

In 2004, after 7 years as General Manager and Managing Director of the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Peter established Consult Ed to provide specialist support to educational institutions involved in the provision of higher education. As Consult Ed’s principal consultant, Peter has been actively involved with a number of tertiary education providers, specialising in the areas of regulatory approvals, quality assurance, and corporate and academic governance.

Peter has assisted many organisations to navigate the complex regulatory framework which ensures the quality of Australia’s tertiary education sector. Peter has also undertaken academic due diligence on a number of acquisitions on behalf of prospective purchasers and provided strategic advice in relation to regulatory matters associated with takeover and merger activity in the Australian private higher education sector.

In 2015 Peter established HELI as a new education enterprise aimed at fulfilling a niche role in the non-university higher education sector through the delivery of global best-practice advisory services and professional development to higher education providers.