Governance

Governing Council

Professor Brian English, formerly the Foundation Professor of Social Work and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, is the Chair of the Governing Council at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). He brings forth a wealth of knowledge and has expertise in program development, accreditation and quality reviews within and across universities as well as other tertiary institutions. Having served in roles such as Department Head, Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Prof English is a leading figure in tertiary education management. 

Prof English has served as Branch President and National Director at the social work professional body, Australian Community Workers Association. Professor English has also had extensive governance experience at community, local government, state and national levels in education, community development, health delivery and creative activities. 

Professor English takes pride in his role in the development and oversight of SCI and values the opportunity to work with talented and dedicated colleagues to contribute to the development of the courses offered at SCI.

Associate Professor Alison Owens is the Chair of the Academic Board and serves as a distinguished member of the Governing Council, Course & Industry Advisory Committee and Learning & Teaching Committee at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). She is the Academic Lead, Scholarship and Professional Learning at the Centre for Education and Innovation at the Australian Catholic University. 

Assoc Prof Owens has over twenty-five years’ experience in teaching and researching education in higher education contexts. 

Assoc Prof Owens is the recipient of multiple internal and external research grants and publishes widely on higher education topics. Her fields of interest and impact are the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Creative Arts. 

Assoc Prof Owens completed her Doctorate in Education in 2006 (UTS) and completed a PhD in Creative Arts (CQU) in 2018.  In recognition of her commitment to professional learning for academic staff and PhD supervisions, she was awarded the ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Postgraduate Teaching Excellence in 2023.

Emeritus Professor Kevin Lyons serves as a distinguished member of the Governing Council at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). He has over 30 years of experience working in higher education in Australia, Singapore and the USA as an academic leader, researcher, and educator. He has held a range of executive leadership roles including appointments at the University of Newcastle as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean. He was also appointed CEO and Pro Vice-Chancellor of UoN Singapore.

Over the course of his career, Emeritus Professor Lyons has established an international reputation as a leading researcher and scholar in the areas of tourism, hospitality, and management.  Upon retirement in 2020, his contribution to the international academic community was recognised by the University of Newcastle who bestowed upon him the lifelong honorary appointment of Professor Emeritus. Emeritus Professor Lyons remains actively involved in higher education.  He now provides consulting services to a number of private higher education organisations and has remained engaged with the University of Newcastle on a number of initiatives. He continues to publish in highly ranked scholarly journals, supervises research Higher degree candidates, and undertakes occasional sessional teaching in the MBA at the University of Newcastle (UON).

Mr Steven Holliday serves as a distinguished member of the Governing Council at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). He is a Fellow of the CPA Australia and has been a member for more than 30 years. Mr Holliday has also been a member of the Governance Institute of Australia for more than 15 years.

 He has more than 20 years of experience in the Higher Education sector. As a senior university staff member, Mr Holliday has had considerable governance and management experience. He has also had financial oversight in many of his university roles. Mr Holliday is passionate about the delivery of quality learning, teaching and student support, and brings considerable experience working with international students.

 

Dr Susan Loomes serves as a distinguished member of the Governing Council at Southern Cross Institute (SCI) She has extensive experience in higher education leadership, holding positions such as General Manager, Campus Director, Executive Director Business Operations and National Executive Director, HR. 

Dr Loomes  is currently the Director of Student and Academic Services at Griffith College.

Dr Loomes has a strong commitment to student engagement, student retention and student success. Her doctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Wollongong and her research was on the recruitment and selection of senior academic leaders in Australian universities.

 

Mr Alex Malley serves as a distinguished member of the Governing Council at Southern Cross Institute at (SCI). He brings a wealth of industry expertise in the realms of accounting and business management. Currently serving as the CEO of the Australian Chiropractors Association since 2022, he previously held the position of Chief Executive at CPA Australia from 2009 to 2017. Mr Malley is a renowned startup investor, mentor, and bestselling author of “The Naked CEO”. Beyond his roles in the corporate world, he is an accomplished television host who has interviewed notable figures like Neil Armstrong, reaching audiences worldwide.

A familiar presence in Australian media, he has contributed as a regular commentator on The Nine Network’s The Today Show, ABC Breakfast, and 2GB radio station. Recognised on The Accountant magazine’s Global Accounting Power 50 List, his influence extends beyond business to encompass national economic and political discussions. He has also served on The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project.

 

Adj Prof Asif Iqbal has over twenty years’ experience as an academic, most of it in academic management roles. Educated in several continents Prof Iqbal’s initial commerce degree in Pakistan and a degree from the UK was followed by employment as an academic at the Assumption University of Bangkok and as the Head of the Marketing Department at the Bradford University, Bangkok Campus/Centre.

In Australia, Prof Iqbal lectured at the University of Wollongong, Australian Catholic University, Central Queensland University, and the University of Newcastle. He worked at the Central Queensland University for six years as lecturer and the Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law. In that role, Prof Iqbal led a team of over 100 academics in wide ranging disciplines. As Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Prof Iqbal played a key role in the establishment of the new Sydney campus of Central Queensland University.

In 2005, Prof Iqbal was instrumental in setting up the Sydney Campus of Curtin University of Technology where he worked as the Academic Director leading a large team of academics until 2009. He managed the comprehensive campus audits conducted by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and was the Chair of the Academic Board at the Sydney Campus of Curtin University of Technology.

Prof Iqbal has been member of various corporate and academic committees at the Central Queensland University, Curtin University of Technology, the University of Wollongong, the University of Newcastle, Australian Institute of Business and QIBA Sydney.

As member of the CPA Australia Universities Committee, he played a key participant’s role in establishing a new membership pathway through study of foundation courses.

Following his role at Curtin University and prior to joining Southern Cross School of Business (SCSB), Prof Iqbal established the higher education division of Williams Business College and led it successfully in gaining the status of a non-self-accrediting higher education institution. The College Governing Council then appointed Prof Iqbal the Campus Director & Dean of Williams Business College. Prof Iqbal served as the Chair of the Higher Education Executive Management Team and a member of the Governing Council and the Academic Board. He is well-known for his expertise in higher education management and is widely consulted in the areas of higher education registration and course accreditation regulatory process.

 

Academic Board

Associate Professor Alison Owens is the Chair of the Academic Board and serves as a distinguished member of the Governing Council, Course & Industry Advisory Committee and Learning & Teaching Committee at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). She is the Academic Lead, Scholarship and Professional Learning at the Centre for Education and Innovation at the Australian Catholic University. 

Assoc Prof Owens has over twenty-five years’ experience in teaching and researching education in higher education contexts. 

Assoc Prof Owens is the recipient of multiple internal and external research grants and publishes widely on higher education topics. Her fields of interest and impact are the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Creative Arts. 

Assoc Prof Owens completed her Doctorate in Education in 2006 (UTS) and completed a PhD in Creative Arts (CQU) in 2018.  In recognition of her commitment to professional learning for academic staff and PhD supervisions, she was awarded the ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Postgraduate Teaching Excellence in 2023.

 

Associate Professor Tony Drew serves as a distinguished member of the Academic Board at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). He is an experienced professional offering strategic consulting services globally for the internationalisation of higher education. Assoc Prof Drew is the Former Assistant Dean International (Faculty of Business and Law) and Associate Professor in International Business and Management at the University of Newcastle.

 

Assoc Prof Drew specialises in institutional theory, economic sociology, and the internationalisation of higher education, developing frameworks to understand how informal business institutions evolve in different societies. His recent accomplishment includes the publication of “The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Higher Education Systems and University Management” (Oxford University Press, 2019).

 

Dr Angela Daddow serves as a distinguished member of the Academic Board at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). She has extensive experience in lecturing and researching in in Social Work Education at Deakin University, Victoria University and RMIT. She has had academic roles in Learning and Teaching at Australian Catholic University and Victoria University. Her social work experience includes working with vulnerable families who present with compounding health, mental health, trauma, addiction, and structural issues that significantly impact on their well-being.

 

Dr Daddow has expertise in family therapy, mental health, child and family welfare, supervision, and management. With post graduate qualifications in Social Work, and Doctoral research in Education, her research interests include pedagogies for diverse learners, inclusive curriculum design, palliative care, and education toward ecological justice. 

 

 

Adj Prof Asif Iqbal has over twenty years’ experience as an academic, most of it in academic management roles. Educated in several continents Prof Iqbal’s initial commerce degree in Pakistan and a degree from the UK was followed by employment as an academic at the Assumption University of Bangkok and as the Head of the Marketing Department at the Bradford University, Bangkok Campus/Centre.

In Australia, Prof Iqbal lectured at the University of Wollongong, Australian Catholic University, Central Queensland University, and the University of Newcastle. He worked at the Central Queensland University for six years as lecturer and the Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law. In that role, Prof Iqbal led a team of over 100 academics in wide ranging disciplines. As Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Prof Iqbal played a key role in the establishment of the new Sydney campus of Central Queensland University.

In 2005, Prof Iqbal was instrumental in setting up the Sydney Campus of Curtin University of Technology where he worked as the Academic Director leading a large team of academics until 2009. He managed the comprehensive campus audits conducted by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and was the Chair of the Academic Board at the Sydney Campus of Curtin University of Technology.

Prof Iqbal has been member of various corporate and academic committees at the Central Queensland University, Curtin University of Technology, the University of Wollongong, the University of Newcastle, Australian Institute of Business and QIBA Sydney.

As member of the CPA Australia Universities Committee, he played a key participant’s role in establishing a new membership pathway through study of foundation courses.

Following his role at Curtin University and prior to joining Southern Cross School of Business (SCSB), Prof Iqbal established the higher education division of Williams Business College and led it successfully in gaining the status of a non-self-accrediting higher education institution. The College Governing Council then appointed Prof Iqbal the Campus Director & Dean of Williams Business College. Prof Iqbal served as the Chair of the Higher Education Executive Management Team and a member of the Governing Council and the Academic Board. He is well-known for his expertise in higher education management and is widely consulted in the areas of higher education registration and course accreditation regulatory process.

Dr. Anju Kalluvelil Janardhanan is the Deputy Dean of Southern Cross Institute (SCI). Dr Janardhanan’s teaching philosophy centers around innovative and reflective practices, utilising technology to create student-centered learning experiences. She prioritises fostering a positive classroom culture that promotes respect, diversity, and inclusivity, ensuring every student receives the best possible education.

Dr Janardhanan has a proven track record of embedding activities and resources that enhance the student learning experience, both locally and internationally, with her average teaching feedback consistently rating above 4 out of 5. In the realm of research, she focuses on Accounting, Finance, Higher Education, and Management. Her research articles have earned prestigious accolades and are published in esteemed academic journals worldwide.

Dr Janardhanan’s educational qualifications include Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Education) from Federation University, Doctor of Philosophy in Commerce (Accounting and Corporate Governance), Master of Philosophy in Commerce, Master of Business Administration in General Management, Master of Commerce, and Bachelor of Commerce. Additionally, she is a Member of Institute of Public Accountants Australia, Associate of Institute of Financial Accountants UK and a Fellow of Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ. 

With her vast expertise, passion for teaching, and dedication to research, Dr Janardhanan inspires and empowers her students to become lifelong learners and active contributors to their communities and the world beyond the classroom. Her motto is “Embrace knowledge, Inspire Minds, Ignite Change” and her vision for a brighter future in education drives her to make a meaningful impact on the academic community and beyond.

Course & Industry Advisory Committee

Associate Professor Georgia Clarkson is the Chair of the Course & Industry Committee and serves as a distinguished member of the Academic Board at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). She has a mixed disciplinary background in arts, teaching and paramedicine. She has a focus on inclusivity in education having completed her PhD around the impact of inclusive educational practice.

 Assoc Prof Clarkson has worked as an academic since 2008 and has been employed by several higher education providers, where she has worked in leadership roles in shaping programs and projects. Her interdisciplinary experience has guided her leadership of numerous teaching development projects in collaboration with colleagues from a broad range of disciplines. Experience in policy development and governance enhances her higher education leadership experience. 

 

Dr Adrian Melia serves as a distinguished member of the Course & Industry Advisory Committee at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). He has over 20 years’ experience combined as a practitioner and academic. Prior to entering academia Dr Melia worked in the Finance industry as an Actuarial analyst as well as Management Consulting for clients in Financial Services and Government.

Presently the Deputy Head of School for Teaching & Learning and  Senior Lecturer in Finance, at the University of Newcastle, Dr Melia is an award winning researcher, with main research interests in corporate finance and asset pricing. He has published in leading national and international finance journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, European Journal of Finance, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal and the Australian Journal of Management. With a focus on ensuring his academic translates into practice Dr Melia’s research has been recognised by the superannuation industry and collaborates and consults with both investment and insurance firms.

 

Dr Helen Haslem serves as a distinguished member of the Course & Industry Advisory Committee at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). She is an experienced lawyer and academic with extensive expertise in civil and criminal law, who has over a decade of legal experience, including a background as a federal prosecutor and government lawyer.

 

In addition to her legal career, Dr Haslem is a dedicated researcher and academic. She has taught undergraduate law units at various universities, including ACU, UTS, and Macquarie University. Her unique blend of legal experience and academic dedication is underscored by her commitment to effective learning design and principles of education.

 

 

Dr Haydn Aarons serves as a distinguished member of the Course & Industry Advisory Committee at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Dr Aarons brings over 20 years of expertise to his work in the expansive fields of Social Sciences and Social Work. With a strong commitment to teaching and research, he has contributed significantly to these disciplines throughout his distinguished career.

His research focuses on religion, health, communities, migrants and refugees, and culture. Dr Aarons has also specialised in research methods for the Social Sciences and Social Work and has applied his expertise in survey research to a wide range of academic, industry, and policy research.

 

 

Dr Indra Seher serves as a distinguished member of the Course & Industry Advisory Committee at Southern Cross Institute (SCI). She has Ph.D. in Computing and Information Technology from Western Sydney University and has over two decades of professional experience. With a diverse work experience in the IT industry as well as academics, she brings extensive experience to teaching, designing, and coordinating tertiary-level courses in Information Systems.

As an active researcher, Dr Seher’s interests span areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, and Natural Language Processing. Her professional journey includes a tenure as a Project Manager at Western Sydney University and significant involvement as a Reviewer, Programme Committee Member, and Technical Committee Member for various international conferences.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Dr Seher has served as a course advisor for both postgraduate and undergraduate students. She remains dedicated to teaching and innovative research in Computing and IT, embodying a proactive and challenging mindset.