Stanley College
Stanley College

Board

Board of Directors

The main governing body of Stanley International College Pty Ltd (trading as Stanley College) is the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors provides a mechanism to separate ownership, governance and management of the College. It provides independent business, financial, higher education and vocational training expertise and advice at the highest level of decision-making and sets vision, mission and strategic goals, and ensures that the College continues to meet its legal, regulatory, financial and social obligations and responsibilities. Importantly, the Board includes a majority of external directors. The Board of Directors also appoints the College’s President to assist in the day-to-day running of the College. The President convenes the Executive Management Committee, which implements policy and administers the operations of the College.

Suzanne Ardagh - Stanley College
Suzanne Ardagh
  • INDEPENDENT CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • INDEPENDENT MEMBER, AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE
  • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, BUSINESS EXPERTISE

Suzanne is a management executive, Director and business leader with more than 30 years of international business experience. Her career has spanned diplomacy, corporate affairs, the executive education and professional associations. She has an extensive background in business development, strategic marketing, communications, international affairs and corporate governance. Suzanne has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and most recently in South East Asia, where she established the international arm of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Qualifications
  • Master of Business Administration, RMIT University (Melbourne)
  • Graduate Diploma of Business, Edith Cowan University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia
Alberto A Tassone - Stanley College
Alberto A Tassone
  • PRESIDENT
  • ENTREPRENEUR
  • LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE

Alberto graduated from the Swiss Hotel Management School in Lucerne (Switzerland) and pursued a career in Hotel Management in Asia before migrating to Australia in 1998. In Australia, Alberto embarked on his career in education management and held leadership positions at a large private college in Perth. Alberto joined Stanley College in 2009 as Director of Education, and, since 2010, has held the position of CEO / President. He is a member of the ITECA Executive Committee for Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and various Chambers of Commerce.

Qualifications
  • Master of Business Administration, Curtin University of Technology;
  • Graduate Diploma of Educational Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation, University of Western Australia
Professor Mark Israel - Stanley College
Dr Mark Israel
  • INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, CHAIR OF ACADEMIC BOARD
  • ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

Mark has extensive experience in higher education governance. He was a professor at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Flinders University.

Mark provides advice to public and private higher education institutions and government organizations in Australia, New Zealand as well as in Asia and Europe.

He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, all in the United Kingdom.

Mark also received the Australian Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year award in 2004.

Qualifications
  • Doctorate in Sociology, Oxford University
  • MA (Law) and MPhil (Criminology), University of Cambridge
  • Master of Educational Studies, Flinders University

Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK)
  • Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK)
Neil Fernandes - Stanley College
Neil Fernandes
  • INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
  • INDEPENDENT MEMBER, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING COUNCIL
  • EXPERTISE IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING

Neil Fernandes is a highly experienced education executive with a career that has spanned more than 30 years in the vocational and public education sector in Western Australia.
He was Managing Director of the Central Institute of Technology, between 2005 and 2016, and prior to that appointment, the Deputy Director-General (Training) in the Department of Education and Training.
Neil currently consults on education and training policy and strategy. He is a member of the Training Accreditation Council of WA; Chair of the International Education Advisory Committee of the WA Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority; Board Member of the Engineering Institute of Technology and a Council Member of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), University of Western Australia

Fellowships

  • Honorary Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne
Arthur Griffiths - Stanley College
Arthur Griffiths
  • INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
  • CHAIR OF AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE
  • AUDIT AND RISK, ACCOUNTING & FINANCE EXPERTISE

Arthur has more than 40 years of experience in audit and risk management, and financial accounting and reporting across government and corporate sectors. He has resumed the Chief Financial Officer position for many substantial organizations including Curtin University and various Education and Health Departments of Western Australia and. During 7 years at Curtin University between1997-2003, he was extensively involved in financial planning, forecasting, reporting and governance for a major academic institution at a time of major changes for the sector in moving from reliance on government funding to generating their own income primarily from overseas students and offshore programs. Arthur has also been working as a lecturer/tutor across all key accounting subjects since 2005 for Notre Dame (WA), Curtin and Murdoch universities.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting major) Fellow of Australian Society of Certified Practicing
  • Accountants (FCPA) Public Practice Certificate Australia
Dhyan Singh - Stanley College
Dhyan Singh
  • VICE PRESIDENT CORPORATE SERVICES & OPERATIONS
  • VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) AND RTO MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE

Dhyan established Stanley International College in August 2008 with three other colleagues, which initially offered only business and hospitality courses. Dhyan has further been appointed as the Director of Corporate Services and Operations which he undertakes the role of defining long-term strategic goals, proposing and presenting new business opportunities for Stanley International College. He maintains extensive knowledge of legislation governing Vocational Education, Higher Education, Migration, Student Visa and Government Funded Programs and reports upcoming changes to the Board of Directors. He critically analyses political, socioeconomic and environmental events that may impact Stanley International College’s future and assists the Board to make informed strategic decisions.

Qualifications
  • Master of Electrical Engineering, University of South Australia
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, Maharshi Dayanand University, India
Gloria Seow
  • CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
  • COMPANY SECRETARY OF STANLEY COLLEGE
  • MEMBER OF STANLEY’S AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

Gloria is a Fellow of CPA with over 30 years of experience in various industries. They include the University sector, independent lifestyle retirement village and telecommunication industries.

Gloria provides strategic recommendations to the President and members of the Executive Management team.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Australia
  • Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Fellow of CPA Australia

Academic Board

As the peak body of higher educational academic governance at Stanley College, the Academic Board provides independent oversight of all academic matters for the Higher Education activities of the College. The Academic Board provides institutional academic leadership; approves new and reviews existing courses; sets academic standards and ensures they are maintained; develops, monitors and reviews academic policies; offers advice on corporate decision making to the Board of Directors; and ensures student participation in academic governance.

Dr Mark Israel
  • INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, CHAIR OF ACADEMIC BOARD
  • ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

Mark has extensive experience in higher education governance. He was a professor at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Flinders University.

Mark provides advice to public and private higher education institutions and government organizations in Australia, New Zealand as well as in Asia and Europe.

He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, all in the United Kingdom.

Mark also received the Australian Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year award in 2004.

Qualifications
  • Doctorate in Sociology, Oxford University
  • MA (Law) and MPhil (Criminology), University of Cambridge
  • Master of Educational Studies, Flinders University

Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK)
  • Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK)
Prof Phil Hancock
  • INDEPENDENT MEMBER, ACADEMIC BOARD
  • BUSINESS DISCIPLINE EXPERTISE

Phil Hancock is Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education at the University of Western Australia. Phil has been involved in a number of nationally funded learning and teaching projects and is joint leader of the project Achievement Matters: external peer review of accounting learning standards which has been operating since 2011. He has published widely in accounting and accounting education and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Education. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). In 2006 he received a national Carrick Institute citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and in 2013 received an award for outstanding contributions to accounting education by AFAANZ.

Qualifications
  • Masters of Commerce, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Australia
Prof Denise Chalmers AM
  • Independent Member, Academic Board

Denise Chalmers is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Australia. She has for over 25 years demonstrated leadership in higher education. She was Professor in the field of higher education teaching and learning and had led two university Centres of Teaching and Learning as Director. She was a Foundation Director of the Carrick Institute (later ALTC) with specific responsibility for Awards, Fellowships and International Links. She has served as President and then as Vice President of the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) since 2008. Denise has a national and international reputation for her leadership and scholarly contribution to building individual and institutional capacity in teaching and learning in higher education at local, national and international levels. She is recognised for her innovation in enhancing students’ learning and engagement through the development of teachers and teaching. Denise’s work has had a significant impact on her own students and many hundreds of university teachers. Through them, she has enhanced the learning experience of many thousands of students.

Dr Malcolm Abbott
  • Dean – Higher Education

Previously Malcolm has worked for Swinburne University of Technology, KPMG, AIS New Zealand, the Victorian Cabinet, and the ACCC. He was an economist by profession and the main fields of work in which he has been engaged have been the development of energy markets (natural gas and electricity), telecommunications investment, and water management. In addition, he has also worked in other areas of government policy including rail, seaports, airports, dairy industry deregulation, stevedoring and education. As part of this work he has undertaken projects for governments and industry associations in South Australia, Victoria, New Zealand, Israel, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Argentina, Peru, and Singapore.

Qualifications
  • BEc. MEc. (LaTrobe)
  • Ph.D. (Melbourne)
Dr Michael Wong
  • REGISTRAR

Michael has established a teaching career in Perth for about ten years. He moved from Singapore to pursue a doctorate at the University of Western Australia (UWA) where he developed his teaching experience. Upon graduation from UWA, Michael continued to pursue a teaching career in the higher education as well as vocational education and training (VET) sectors. Throughout his teaching tenure at various registered training organizations (RTOs) and a higher education institution, he has further assumed managerial positions as course coordinator providing student support. Michael joined Stanley College in March 2015 as a trainer for the Advanced Diploma of Management program. He later was appointed as the Acting Head of School Higher Education, to assist in planning and implementing the development of higher education courses for Stanley College. In March 2018, Michael assumed the role of Registrar, overseeing Stanley College’s registration matters. Michael is also a current Professional Member of Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM).

Qualifications
  • PhD (Economics), University of Western Australia
  • Master of Social Science (Economics), National University of Singapore
  • Bachelor of Arts (Geography), National University of Singapore
Dr Ruchi Permvattana
  • Academic Program Manager

Dr Ruchi Permvattana is a published author in the field of accessible e-learning and has completed a PhD (Information Systems) titled “The VIVID Model: Accessible IT e-learning environments for the Vision Impaired”. Other qualifications include both undergraduate and Master degrees in Design, specialising in online learning design.

Ruchi’s work experience includes several years of research for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Curtin University focusing on resolving online education for vision-impaired students, lecturing and subject coordinating for the School of Information Systems at Curtin University and Academic Program Manager at Stanley College. Ruchi also participates in the creation, design and development of accessible websites. Ruchi’s primary career goal is to work towards improving the independence and employability of people with a range of disabilities.

Dipak Saha
  • Student Representative Council

Dipak Saha represents the Student Representative Council on the Academic Board, a newly appointed position in 2021. Born in Mauritius, Dipak came to Perth in 2002 and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Business at Stanley College. He is an Area Director for Toastmasters International District 17 and Vice President for Education in the City of Perth Toastmasters Club. He is an international speaker on mental illness and actively shares via social media and in person his story “Be Inspired by Strangers”. Dipak’s passion is to share joy and happiness and embraces everyone he meets with a warm smile.

VET Council

The VET Council has delegated authority from the Board of Directors to monitor and assure the quality, profitability, and efficiency of Stanley College’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. It provides a forum for the identification, analysis, and resolution of problems related to the development and delivery of VET courses in the College; assists with strategic planning for the sustainable provision of quality VET courses; has oversight of training and assessment in relation to vocational education related matters; and gives guidance and advice to the College’s Board of Directors, Executive and management staff in respect to these matters.

Neil Fernandes
  • INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, CHAIR OF VET COUNCIL

Neil Fernandes is a highly experienced education executive with a career that hos spanned more than 30 years in the vocational and public education sector in Western Australia.
He was Managing Director of the Central Institute of Technology, between 2005 and 2016, and prior to that appointment, the Deputy Director-General (Training) in the Department of Education and Training
Neil currently consults on education and training policy and strategy. He is a member of the Training Accreditation Council of WA; Choir of the International Education Advisory Committee of the WA Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority; Board Member of the Engineering Institute of Technology and a Council Member of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Vickie Powell
  • Vice-President Corporate Services and Operations

Vickie has worked in the Vocational Education sector in Western Australia for over 20 years. She held Senior Management roles for some of Perth’s largest Registered Training Organisations and was the founding Manager of three RTOs. Her experience spans a variety of industry areas including Business, English Language (ELICOS) and Community/Health Services, Hospitality/Commercial Cookery, and Children Services and was the leader in bringing some of these courses into the Private RTO arena. Vickie has been a professional member of many organisations including Australian Council for Private Education and Training, International Student Association of Australia and the Business Industry Training Council, Council for International Students of Western Australia. As part of these memberships, she has assisted in the formulation of policy pertaining to international students and the provision of education including the structure of accreditation/registration framework currently used today.

Peta Marshall
  • Dean, Vocational Education and Training

Peta is an experienced education professional who has over 18 years working within the Vocational Education and Training Sector. She has worked for both the state and national VET regulators carrying out audits and providing advice and support to VET Providers on regulatory requirements and was also involved in establishing and improving regulatory processes and systems. Peta has consulted for and held management and advisor roles for a number of large VET private providers in Western Australia. Peta has extensive background in Quality Management Systems, RTO Compliance, training and assessment practices and course development.

Karen Smith
  • Associate Dean, Development and Quality (VET)

Karen worked for the WA public sector for 35 years with most of her time spent in the regulatory bodies within the education and training departments. Her most senior role within the government was the Director, Training Regulation where she was responsible for the registration and audit of all Western Australian registered training organisations with the Training Accreditation Council. In 2010, Karen left the public service to work in the private sector as the Chief Operations Officer for a large training organisation and was responsible for compliance, student management, resource management and human resources.

Karen is currently the Associate Dean, Development and Quality (VET) at Stanley College and is assisting with establishing the traineeship and apprenticeship area, compliance, and training administration.

Karen’s qualifications include Diploma of Leadership and Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices (Lean Office) and Lead Auditor.

Stanley College acknowledges that its campuses are situated on Noongar land. We pay respect to the Wadjuk people, their Elders, past, present and emerging, who remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of the land.