Open Colleges Group owns three Registered Training Organisations and is governed by the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012.

Open Colleges Group is committed to a best-in-class education governance structure that fosters independent expert and industry input into our teaching, learning and scholarship and, to this end, has established an independent Education and Training Advisory Board that oversees the educational activities of the organisation.

Professor Bill Lovegrove

Chair

Professor Lovegrove was the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) from October 2003 until retiring as USQ’s longest serving Vice Chancellor in December 2011.

Prior to his appointment at USQ, Professor Lovegrove was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Internationalisation and Commercialisation) at Griffith University. He also held senior positions at the University of Wollongong after commencing his academic career at the University of Tasmania. Throughout his career Professor Lovegrove developed an international research profile in the area of visual information processing and dyslexia.

Professor Lovegrove’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours and PhD in Psychology through the University of Queensland. He also completed an Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business of North Western University in the United States.

He has extensive committee and Board experience having represented Universities Australia on the Universities Grants Committee of the University of the South Pacific, the Board of the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), the Board of Australian University Sport, and chaired the Board of Graduate Careers Australia. He is currently the Chair of the Study Queensland Industry Council and the Board of the Smart Water Research Centre.

Di Lawson

Di is currently the CEO of the National Skills Academy for Social Care in the UK. Between 2002 and 2007, Di was the CEO of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) in Australia. In this role, Di was instrumental in the development of the Community Services Training Package and Health Training Package. These Training Packages provide the foundation for workforce development in the health and community services sectors.

Prior to joining the CS&HISC, Di held senior positions in the Australian Human Resources Institute and Royal College of Nursing. Di holds a Bachelor of Nursing Education degree from Flinders University, Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies from Adelaide University and a Master of Education from the University of South Australia. Di also holds the certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

Professor Jim Taylor

Professor Taylor is currently a Professor within the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland. Jim is widely acknowledged as a leading researcher in online and open education having published a number of seminal research studies in e-learning, flexible delivery and open courseware.

In 2009, Jim received the Australian Higher Education Quality Award for his meritorious service to quality advancement in Australian higher education. In 2007, Jim received the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning for 25 years of sustained leadership in enhancing the quality of open and distance learning in higher education, both in Australia and internationally.

Shirley Stokes

Shirley has more than fifteen years experience relating to the performance of education organisations. This experience encompasses assessment of private higher education colleges for registration and accreditation, assessing vocational colleges for compliance with standards, and reviewing government schools in New South Wales and Victoria with the goal of quality improvement.

Shirley’s most recent appointments include: Manager, Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Transition, NSW Department of Education and Communities, where she was responsible for managing the transfer of higher education functions from State to Commonwealth responsibility; Manager, ‘Flying Squad’ Audits, NSW Department of Education and Communities (VETAB) where she managed the audits of RTOs offering courses to overseas students; and Manager, Quality and Regulation, (Higher Education) NSW Department of Education and Training where she managed higher education accreditation.

Shirley’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts and a Master of Education, all from the University of Sydney.

Shirley has also researched and published on school improvement and innovation as well as on reporting to parents on school achievement.

Prior to her work in assessing organisation performance, Shirley was a primary school teacher and also spent seven years training teachers, school executives and principals for the NSW Education Department.

Suzanne Judge

Representative of Open Colleges’ Trainers and Assessors

Since 1988, Suzanne has been the Integrated Planner for Bankstown Council. In this role, Suzanne develops strategic plans and policies, management plans and undertakes consultation with key stakeholders across the organisation.

Alongside this role, Suzanne has also been a trainer and assessor in the Business Services Training Package for the last seven years across a number of Registered Training Organisations including Open Colleges, St George TAFE and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Suzanne has been appointed to the Advisory Board as a representative of the Open Colleges’ community of Trainers and Assessors. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government from Charles Sturt University and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the Australian Business and Retail Academy.

Jason Renshaw

Representative of Open Colleges’ Students and Graduates

Jason graduated with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, delivered by Open Colleges in partnership with Integrated Care and Management Training, in 2012.

Jason is a teacher, trainer, author and instructional designer. He has more than 10 years experience in using web technologies in education for learners of all ages in a variety of countries. Jason is a literacy teacher and eLearning Coordinator for Gordon Institute of TAFE in Victoria. He is also Managing Director of English Raven Educational Services, which provides more than 2,000 free resources for teachers and learners of English, online learning platforms and curricula for schools. Jason was the Coursebook Writer and Series Editor for the Boost! Skills Series at Pearson Education.

In addition to his qualification with Open Colleges, Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne and a Certificate in teaching English as a Forum Language from Linguarama Language for Business in the UK.

Anthony Bohm

Anthony has extensive experience in the private education sector having worked in senior executive positions in Australia and the UK.

Prior to this, Anthony was co-founder and CEO Operations for Think: Education Group – one of Australia’s leading providers of campus-based education and training. Anthony also held senior executive positions with Kaplan Inc. (New York, London and Sydney) and IDP Education Australia (Sydney). Anthony has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) with Merit and is co-author of a number of seminal research publications in the area of international education.

Anthony was a member of the NSW Vocational Education & Training Accreditation Board (VETAB) and has previously been a member of the NSW State Committee of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). He was also a member of the NSW Tertiary Pathways Review Committee of the NSW Department of Education & Communities.

Simon Hitchick

General Manager, Education and Training – Open Colleges

Simon is a seasoned executive with leadership and management experience across the education and training sector. Simon has a strong track record of developing and managing quality assurance systems. In his most recent role as the General Manager of the National Audit and Registration Agency (NARA), Simon was responsible for overseeing the operations of NARA, making regulatory decisions relating to the registration and accreditation of RTO’s, providing advice to TVET and liaising with relevant State, Territory and Australian Government officials. Prior to this, Simon held a senior training role with St John Ambulance Australia. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Technology Sydney and an Advanced Diploma of Business Management from the University of Ballarat.

At Open Colleges, Simon is accountable for the overall quality of the learning experiences of our students. This entails the provision of educational leadership and management, ensuring compliance, benchmarking quality against best practice, attaining high levels of academic governance and industry engagement. The Heads of the various Faculties at Open Colleges report to Simon.