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Torrens University Australia Limited was incorporated as an Australian company on 3 January 2012 and is governed by a Governing Board of eleven Members. The role of the Governing Board is to oversee the operational performance and to set the strategic direction of Torrens University Australia.

The composition of the Governing Board is as follows:

Mr Michael Mann AM, Chancellor and Chair 

Michael is Managing Director Asia Pacific, Laureate International Universities. He most recently served as founding president of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) university in Vietnam, where he established two campuses (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). He previously was the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam and Laos. Michael also has served as a member of the Australian diplomatic corps in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, France and Italy.

Professor Justin Beilby – Vice-Chancellor, Torrens University Australia

Justin was appointed the second Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia in January 2015. Prior to this appointment, Justin was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, a position he held from 2005 until mid-2014.

Justin is a qualified practising General Practitioner, Board member and leader in primary care/general practice reform in Australia over the last 20 years combined with an extensive senior management career at the University of Adelaide. In Justin’s role as Executive Dean, he had oversight of all academic, educational and research programs and was responsible for budgeting and resource management (budget $220 million annually), the management of 750 staff, 1500 Affiliate members and 3500 students across a number of locations within the State. He led the academic development of a new $200 million Medical and Nursing School in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct for the last two years. He has demonstrated experience and skills in research, both clinical and policy related, workforce planning, financial and people management, philanthropic funding, leading major capital programs, leading change programs and governance. He has had broad international experience, establishing educational and research partnerships in the United States, Middle East, China, South East Asia, and Japan.

As a member of the senior management team of the University of Adelaide he was involved in managing extensive change within the University, as the sector adapts to the digital revolution, learning and teaching reform, increased research accountability and complexity, globalisation, and the need to expand the range of quality educational programs to cater for all students requirements. In addition to overseeing all academic, educational and research programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, health sciences and psychology he has been involved in research, both clinical and policy related in the areas of workforce planning, primary care financing, chronic illness and the quality use of medicines for almost twenty years, in urban and rural settings. This has led to significant publications in the area of new models of chronic illness management, asthma, diabetes, primary care financing and workforce planning.

Mr Guy Bentley – CEO, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Since 1981, Guy has been the CEO of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), for the last eight years. BMIHMS operates campuses at Leura and Sydney, New South Wales campuses, as well as delivering it programs internationally at campuses in China, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand and Chile.

Ms Linda Brown - CEO Laureate Australia

Ms Brown was appointed CEO Laureate Australia on 1 July 2014. Ms Brown, who has served as CEO Think Education since 1 May 2013, has more than 23 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Think Education, Ms Brown was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she was responsible for maximizing the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division. She was part of the Senior Executive team which facilitated a highly successful joint venture between SEEK and Swinburne to create Swinburne Online.

Her background is diverse incorporating leadership experience in the areas of private, public, government, social enterprise, commercial and education. She is recognised at state and national levels as an innovative strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance and is committed to strong student outcomes, technology led innovation and employability. Ms Brown has represented Australia for six years at APEC Women Leaders¹ Conference in Asia Pacific and was identified by Management Today as one of  25 Australian women to watch.

The Honourable Gregory Crafter AO 

Greg served as the Member for Norwood in South Australian Parliament. He also served for 11 years in Cabinet as Minister for a range of portfolios, including Recreation and Sport, Housing, Urban Development and Local Government Relations, Education, Community Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs. Since leaving politics, he has worked in advisory and consultancy roles.

Tim Daniels - CEO-Asia, Middle East, and Africa, Laureate International Universities 

Tim is CEO-Asia, Middle East, and Africa at Laureate International Universities. He came to Laureate from Apollo Global, where he was President. Prior to joining Apollo Global, Tim was chairman and CEO of the Wall Street Institute, managing director for all K-12 Investments at Sylvan Ventures, CEO of Experior Assessments, and vice president of operations for USF&G. Tim received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. He serves on the board of trustees for Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Dr Allan Fisher - Vice Chancellor INTI International University 

Allan was appointed interim Vice Chancellor INTI International University, Malaysia in January 2013. He is also currently Chief Academic Officer for Laureate Education Asia Ltd. He has held a number of positions with Laureate Education Inc since 2007 including Divisional VP, Divisional SVP, Corporate VP, SVP Network Products and Services.

Emeritus Professor Dennis Gibson AO 

Dennis has had a distinguished career in executive, academic and governance leadership in Australian higher education for 28 years. From 2003 to 2010 he was Chancellor RMIT University in Melbourne. Prior to taking up that position Dennis was Vice Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology from 1989 to 2003. As Director of the Queensland Institute of Technology from 1982 to 1989, Dennis was instrumental in the transition from an institute to a university.

Ms Paula R. Singer – President and CEO, Laureate Global Products and Services Group

Paula leads the Laureate’s international online, network products and services, information technology, and U.S. campus-based operations, as well as its global programs in hospitality management; culinary arts; and architecture, art and design. She has served in a number of senior leadership roles since joining Laureate Education, Inc.

Mr John Vermaaten - Chief Financial Officer Laureate Education Asia

John is the Chief Financial Officer Laureate Education Asia, a position he has held since 2010. John’s career has seen him hold senior positions in major accounting firms and positions as Chief Finance Officer for companies around the globe.

Mr Robert Zentz – Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Robert has served as general counsel of Laureate Education since joining the company (then named Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.) in 1998. He oversees all of Laureate’s legal affairs worldwide.