Our Purpose

The governance and leadership teams at the Australian School of Accounting (ASA) are dedicated to ensuring that the School delivers a quality educational experience to all our students.

The Australian School of Accounting is governed by the Board of Directors. The Board appoints an Academic Board which has oversight of the School’s academic functions and policies.

Together with the senior management team, the Board of Directors and the Academic Board have oversight and responsibility for setting the vision, goals and strategic direction of at the Australian School of Accounting as well as decision-making around policies, courses, performance, operations and administration.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors’ role is to ensure that ASA is properly resourced and managed so it can deliver a high standard of education in compliance with the School’s strategic objectives and plans, internal policies and regulatory requirements.

With effective governance, the Board of Directors promotes and protects the reputation and interests of ASA. It fosters an environment that supports and protects freedom of intellectual inquiry and promotes the wellbeing of students and staff. The Board of Directors fulfils these responsibilities by overseeing the performance of ASA and making sure that it achieves its vision, values, aims and objectives.

The Board of Directors’ decisions are made in the best interests of the students and staff to support the quality of education and the learning environment offered by ASA and to maintain a culture consistent with the School’s strategic objectives. The Board of Directors ensures that ASA is well-governed and adequately resourced so the School’s strategic objectives can be met

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Board of Directors

Christine Hawkins (Chair)

B Comm (Hons), M Comm, FCPA, FAICD

Christine Hawkins AM is privileged to be the first Chair of the ASA Council, working with the Council, the Board of Directors and Academic Board and staff since 2017 to develop the vision for ASA. She passionately believes in the role of outstanding education for students to support their future vocational and personal development.

Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Financial Management with honours and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. She was originally an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia, spending 3 years on secondment to the University and employed there on the academic staff, prior to moving into investment banking.

Dr Keith Sloan


Dr Keith Sloan has doctoral, masters and bachelors qualifications in economics and a post-graduate Diploma in Education. Doctor Sloan is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management. He has more than 36 years of research, consulting and teaching experience in the areas of education innovation, value chain management, international finance and economics, investment analysis, portfolio management, and corporate finance.

His career includes academic positions with Southern Cross University, the University of New South Wales, the Macarthur Institute of Higher Education (now the University of Western Sydney) and the Water Resources Commission of NSW.

Professor Philip Poh


Professor Philip Poh has more than 30 years of leadership experience in multiple industries as well as in academia and the services sector. He has served as a Board Director of public listed companies in Singapore and South Korea. He has also served as a Board Director of private companies in the United States, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically in Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

He is the distinguished Edison Professor of Business Research at World Certification Institute (US). He is former adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University (Australia) from 1998 to 2016, and has served in similar capacity at other universities in US, UK and Australia.

Chris Hudson

FCPA, FWCI, WCMP, MBA (NE). BCom (NSW). GradDipEd.(Syd).

Christopher Hudson is a founding director of the Australian School of Accounting. He has a diverse background in business and education spanning over four decades. Christopher’s career commenced in auditing working for a large chartered accounting firm (now KPMG) followed by appointment as financial controller for a multinational organisation.

His extensive accounting experience being complemented by various business consultancies, business start-ups, multiple company directorships, combined with an extensive history in Tertiary & Higher Education as well as professional education and training.

Christopher held a tenured academic position at Southern Cross University plus various entrepreneurial and managerial positions spanning a period of 23 years. He is highly skilled in business planning, financial management, has strong analytical skills and an international business exposure.

Emeritus Professor Peter G. Flood

BSc. UNE; BSc. Hons First Class UNE; MSc. UNE; PhD. UQ; IEM Harvard

Professor Flood is a distinguished Australian Academic spanning more than five decades of activities as a scientist, a geologist, and higher education administrator.

He lectured at the University of Queensland (1972-1979), the University of New England (1980-2009), and the University of Sydney (2013-2014). He is the author of more than 350 research publications. He was a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Miami in 1981.
At UNE he rose through the academic ranks from Senior Lecturer, Professor, Head of Department, Head of School, Dean of the Sciences Faculty, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, and acting Vice-Chancellor on occasions. He retired from UNE as Emeritus Professor in 2009.

Since retirement, he was Provost at TOP EDUCATION in Sydney for 6 years. He serves the Private Higher Education industry as a member of Course Advisory Committee, Member of Academic Boards, Chair of Academic Board, Member of Council, and at two Institutions as Dean of Studies

The Academic Board’s Role

Is the principal policy-making and advisory body on all matters relating to and affecting the quality of ASA’s teaching and learning. The Academic Board will provide leadership in promoting a culture of academic excellence in teaching and learning at ASA, ensuring academic integrity and freedom of intellectual inquiry.

The Academic Board must ensure that ASA has appropriate academic standards, that these are reflected in its policies and procedures and that they are effectively implemented by management, monitored, maintained and reviewed. Academic governance should be based on consultation, collegiality and broad-based
representation and to achieve this, the Board should maintain a respectful working relationship with the Principal and the academic leadership of ASA.

Academic Board Members

Associate Professor Skye Saunders

LLB, GDLP, PhD (Law)

Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of New England and is a recognised expert in the field of sex discrimination law. Skye has been researching, presenting and consulting on issues of workplace sexual harassment for more than a decade.

Her work ‘Whispers from the Bush- The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women’ (2015) is the first Australian research on the complex issue of sexual harassment in rural and remote workplaces. In 2017 the Victorian Women’s Trust produced a short documentary film called ‘Grace Under Fire’ which is based on Skye’s research on sexual harassment in rural workplaces.

Dr Philip Ross

BBus, MCom, PhD, CA

Dr Philip Ross has extensive experience local and international higher education as well as extensive industry experience. His most recent full-time academic appointment was as an Associate Professor in accounting at Western Sydney University (WSU). During his time at WSU he also spent five years as the Head of the School of Accounting.

His qualifications include a B.Bus (Accounting), M.Com (Accounting) and a PhD. Dr Ross is an active member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) via his contributions to the CA program.

Emeritus Professor Suresh Mukhi


Suresh Mukhi is Principal and founder of AustEd International Education Advisory as well as a visiting Professor of Management at The University of Fiji. Prior to taking up these positions he was the Chairman and Founder of AITM, a Registered Training Organisation, the Foundation Professor of Management and was until 2002 special advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on international relations at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Until the end of 1999, Suresh was Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (External Affairs) at UTS, responsible for all external activities of the University, both national and international.