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Governing Board

Governing Board


Ms. Janet Beard
Chair and Non-Executive Director

Janet has more than 40 years’ experience in management roles at four Australian universities. She has undertaken consultancies and reviews of administrative, technical, and academic support services in universities, nationally and internationally. Janet has managed and coordinated major organisational change programs and implemented improved administrative services. Her special interests and expertise are in the strategic and operational elements of managing change, and in organisational development and continuous improvement, with a particular emphasis on aspects of HR. Her business skills have been informed by a track record in managing large and complex faculties at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, and she has also undertaken a senior leadership course at Stanford University.


Ms. Elaine Wang
Shareholder and Non-Executive Director

Elaine has extensive experience in management roles across a range of industries. She completed a BA in Finance at Shanghai University, and subsequently completed a MA in International Financial Analysis at Newcastle University in the UK. Elaine has had a successful career in the marketing and financial sector through her work with the Bank of Communication in China. After completing an Australian Company Director course and successfully becoming a member of AICD, her interests have evolved into a career in business development and management.


Mr. Andrew Wells AM
Non-Executive Director

Andrew is an expert in Higher Education Library Management and Digital Libraries. He was the University Librarian (Head) at the University of New South Wales. Prior to that, Andrew was the Assistant Director General, Resource Sharing Division at the National Library of Australia, and enjoyed senior positions and responsibilities at the State Library of New South Wales, and the University of Queensland Library. He has held the positions of President of the Council of Australian University Librarians, and Member of the Board of Intersect, NSW’s e-research organization from 2010-12. In 2017, Andrew received an AM for significant service to academic librarianship, to the development of innovative information delivery technologies, and to professional councils.


Ms. Rachael Williams
Non-Executive Director

Rachael has an extensive industry background in ICT. She is currently employed by HP Computing as the Enterprise Business Manager, Government and Education Enterprise Sales, and Personal Systems. She has a broad background in senior ICT leadership, business transformation and market-facing roles. Rachael was awarded the TELSTRA CEO Award for Innovation in 2013 – 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) as well as specific qualifications in direct marketing. Rachael is committed to issues affecting women and is a strong advocate for women in ICT careers, being a volunteer with United Nations Women, as well as a member of UNESCO.


Mr. John Manning
Non-Executive Director

John is the Managing Director of JAM Business Advisory, providing strategic advice to private enterprise with a focus on creating value through sustainable growth, good governance, and supporting organisational and individual development. He has over 30 years’ experience in executive, board, and advisory roles across a variety of industries in small to medium size enterprises. These range from emerging to well-established enterprises, with direct experience in Education and Training as both a Chief Executive and key advisor working primarily with young adults. He has a strong commercial and financial background having held senior roles in medium size and listed corporate entities in these areas and chairs the Audit and Risk Sub-Committee of AAEG.


Ms. Helen Lyons
Non-Executive Director

Helen has extensive experience in Human Resource Management as a senior leader, manager, and consultant. In these roles, Helen has worked within government, universities, and the private sector. She is committed to the principle that authentic leadership and human-centred organizational design are the keys to building a transformational workforce. In her roles as Executive Director, Program Manager and Lead Business Partner, Helen has been instrumental in leading change and renewal in Human Resource Management and organizational effectiveness.


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