Disruption in Higher Education

Fri 17 Nov 2017
10.00am to 4.00pm





Professor John Abbott

Chancellor, CQ University

Mr John Abbott was appointed as the Chancellor of CQUniversity in November 2015, having served on the Council of CQUniversity since 2014. Mr Abbott has had an extensive and long term engagement with the University and its related entities over the past 30 years, first as a tutor at the then Capricornia Institute of Advanced education and most recently as a member of our University Council. He is deeply committed to our continued growth and to ensuring the University achieves its "Strong to Great" vision. To this end, Mr Abbott is extremely enthusiastic about playing a lead role in making sure CQUniversity emerges as one of Australia’s truly great universities.

Mr Abbott is passionate about the role universities play in the advancement of regional communities. As part of this, Mr Abbott has a strong interest in community and industry engagement, and creating valuable long-term partnerships which will contribute to our success as a university.

Professionally, Mr Abbott is an engineer and has held a number of senior management and corporate governance positions across industry sectors including power, oil and gas, minerals processing, mining, chemicals and engineering services. through his work he has established a number of very strategic national and international contacts in places such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, USA, Europe and the Middle East.

Peter Williams

Chief Edge Officer, Centre for Edge

Peter is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in Innovation. Peter started working with internet technologies in 1993 and in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group, Deloitte Australia. Since that time Peter is the CEO of the Eclipse Group, a Deloitte subsidiary, and then founded Deloitte Digital. He is also the Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council and the Chief Edge Officer. He is recently named as one of Australia’s top Digital Influences and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT.

Dr Sandra Lynch

Director, Institute for Ethics & Society, University of Notre Dame

Sandra Lynch is Director of the Institute for Ethics and Society and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus). Dr. Lynch is a moral philosopher, with expertise in applied and professional ethics, ethics and values education, the constitution of the self, friendship, critical thinking, and the intersection of philosophy and literature. Her recent research has focussed on the teaching of professional ethics, particularly legal and healthcare ethics both within tertiary education and within practice.

Stephen Parker AO

National Education Sector Leader Partner, KPMG Australia

Professor Stephen Parker AO is the National Education Sector Leader Partner at KPMG Australia. Before joining KPMG Stephen was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canberra for over 9 years, during which time significant internal reforms took place resulting in UC rising in world rankings and being assessed as one of the most efficient universities in the country. His previous roles include Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University and Dean of Law at Monash. He was an Academic Auditor for AUQA, a member of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council and a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council. Stephen was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for his distinguished service to tertiary education.

The role of governance in future proofing tertiary education institutions.

For many years now tertiary education institutions have been warned of the dire effects that new technologies and new players will bring to tertiary education. Disruption will create winners and losers and only the agile will survive. What do those charged with governing the institution do when confronted by such predictions.

  • What factors do board members and senior managers need to be cogniscent of to meet the challenges of the future? Are they agile, progressive and in step? How paramount are ethical considerations in governance issues?
  • Do they have a 360 degree view of advocacy?
  • Does the board need educating?
  • Do they know there own culture?
  • Is there room for new players?
  • What is the likelihood of mergers or consolidations.

This full day workshop will discuss the concerns of all institutions in governing for the future.

10.00 Opening
10.05 – 10.50 Professor John Abbott, Chancellor, CQ University
10.50 – 11.10 Break
11.10 – 11.55 Peter Willams, Chief Edge Officer, Centre for Edge
11.55 – 12.40 Dr Sandra Lynch, Director, Institute for Ethics & Society, University of Notre Dame
12.40 – 1.40 Lunch
1.40 – 2.40 Panel discussion - facilitator: Jenny Roberts, Panel members: Stephen Parker, KPMG & others
2.40 – 3.00 Q&A and close

Contact details

Veronica Mansueto
Members and Directors Coordinator
E. Vicevents@aicd.com.au
T. 03 9425 4200