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 AM (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.

John Corrigan

MBA, B Bus, GradDip Marketing, GradDip Finance, FCPA

John is a founding director of the Australian School of Accounting. His professional experience includes a range of roles in financial and management consulting, business management, both nationally and internationally. He has extensive experience in business start-ups and is currently involved in a range of businesses that cover education, professional development, IT, disability, and consulting. In addition, he holds a public practice licence.

He has been a sessional lecturer in accounting and management at various universities over an extended period.

John has been heavily involved in the accounting profession, primarily through his involvement with CPA Australia in various roles.  Acknowledged as a subject matter expert and innovator in various areas of the accounting profession and he has been a frequent conference speaker, both nationally and internationally.

John’s focus is on contributing to the ongoing development and wellbeing of the accounting profession through his involvement with the Australian School of Accounting to ensure its relevance and value to business and the wider community.

Sanjeev Kumar Sharma 

B.Com ( UTS), GradCert in Law and Practice (ANU), Justice of the Peace

A graduate of UTS and ANU, Sanjeev has been significantly involved in promoting Australian education in many unchartered territories worldwide for more than 20 years. His sincere dedication and contribution to the Australian education sector have won him many awards and recognitions. The past decade has seen his growing involvement in research and development projects in international education. Furthermore, he has initiated and involved in a number of projects around many parts of the globe including not- for-profit initiatives.

With extensive business development experience and proven records in leading successful teams, Sanjeev is seen as a strong proponent of capacity building and educating that imparts tangible career outcome.  As a strong advocate of ‘Education for life’ and passion for the education industry, he has been a key member of the ASA Board. Sanjeev shares ethics, integrity, professionalism and quality are the key principles in the education industry.

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

Dr Barry Wilks (Chair)

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (UQ)

Dr Barry Wilks has previously worked at Southern Cross University for over 30 years.  During this time, he has taken academic leadership roles including Head of the School of Multimedia and Information Technology as well as course coordinator of the IT courses at that institution for many years.  After merger with the School of Business and Tourism he was elected Chair of the School Board and Academic Integrity Officer for the School for nine years until retirement from the university in 2019.

Dr Wilks has been involved in the Information Technology field for over forty years.  He worked in the areas of software engineering and client/server computing, designing and implementing many systems, courses and units.  His formal qualifications are all in the area of Computer Science and he has performed many consulting roles in software engineering before and during his academic career and he is currently working in this area.

Associate Professor Skye Charry

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.

Professor Lawson Savery

HND (Mechanical Engineering), MSc (Aston). PhD (UWA)

Professor Savery was formerly the Executive Dean, Faculty of Business at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales before his retirement in 2006.  Lawson originally trained as an engineer before having a distinguished career in the field of management and business studies.  His was Head of the School of Management at the Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology before moving to SCU.  His research has focused on human resource management, organisational change and behaviour, employee satisfaction, stress within management teams and currently the role of cooperatives in the economy.  Lawson has published over 120 refereed articles in such journals as the Harvard Business Review, Human Relations and the International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing.  He has co-authored a number of books and has written numerous chapters in books.  He has supervised candidates to doctoral and masters by research to completion.  Lawson has also served on several academic boards including the Management Development Institute of Singapore.  He has also taught in several countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Lawson is currently Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.