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Mr. Simon Chaplin


Principal and CEO

Simon is a highly experienced educational professional with 30 years of experience working in the sector. Simon has worked across the secondary, ELICOS, vocational and higher education settings and has demonstrated success in developing strong working relationships with other executives, professionals, team members and students.

He began his career as an English Language teacher and is passionate about seeing students’ progress and achieve their goals. Since moving from English teaching into management he has been successfully promoted several times including holding key leadership roles in private education providers such as Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Academic Manager, and Director of Studies positions. He has extensive experience in teaching and learning and enjoys building positive relationships with students, staff and stakeholders.

With a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment for the higher education sector Simon is keen to ensure that the Australian School of Accounting (ASA) achieves its strategic goals through providing the highest standards in student care and equity, excellence in teaching and learning and innovation in course development and delivery with an industry and employer focus.

Simon believes that providing effective student support together with a welcoming and open environment and quality education programs is key to the continuing success of higher education students.

Dr Margaret Drever

BCom, GradDipTechEdu, MEc, PhD, FCPA

Academic Dean

Margaret has been involved with a number of Higher Education Providers; Australian School of Accounting, Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy, King’s Own Institute, Charles Sturt Study Centre (Study Group) and Sydney Campus of Business and Information Technology.

Her role previously with Australian School of Accounting was that as Chair of Academic Board. Her position with King’s Own Institute was that of Academic Director/Deputy Dean and was also part of the Academic Board. At Charles Sturt Study Centre her roles were Academic Director for Accounting and Business (Sydney and Melbourne) as well as Adjunct Associate Professor with Charles Sturt University.

Prior to moving into the Higher Education Providers sector Margaret worked as an academic at Southern Cross University, University of NSW (ATAX) and has been a TAFE teacher in Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

She worked as an accountant for Boral in Sydney, for a number of years before moving into the academic world once obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Technical Education and Masters in Accounting and Entrepreneurship.

Contributions to the wider community is that she is a Fellow of CPA Australia and served on NSW Divisional Council from 2004 to 2012 and was NSW President in 2011. She was the President of Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) 2009/2010 and served on the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) for a number of years and as Director at Large and Senior Vice President of Programs in 2009.

Margaret’s passion is to pass on her knowledge to students and ensure that they engage in lifelong learning and get involved with a profession. This has been demonstrated in addition to what is mentioned above but also by starting mentoring programs at Southern Cross University and Charles Sturt Study Centre and writing a workbook and textbook in accounting theory with John Wiley & Sons.