Academic Board

Message from Chair

Hilary WinchesterWelcome to the Australian Institute of Business (AIB), a 34-year-old business school that delivers practical, high quality and innovative education to its students. As Chair of the Academic Board, I am pleased to play a part in AIB’s mission to deliver quality life-changing experiences for our students by giving them the skills required to be irreplaceable in business.

One of the primary roles of an Academic Board is to foster excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and research. It is a role that we take very seriously here at AIB, and one that determines the nature of the oversight given to the AIB programmes and academic activities.

AIB provides students with the opportunity to apply their studies directly to the workplace, resulting in fast returns on investment for both students and their employers.

AIB is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, offering the full suite of business degrees, including the prestigious PhD and the largest MBA in Australia (Australian Government Department of Education & Training, 2016 data).

AIB is registered as a higher education provider in Australia by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), and its qualifications are accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and internationally recognised. This ensures our degrees are equivalent in standing to qualifications issued by Australian universities.

AIB is an organisation, committed to the promotion of further understanding of what business leadership is and what the sustainable development of business enterprise means, as well as pursuing the development of the skills to practice effective performance in these fields. Its individualised attention and approach to online learning offer just the right environment for busy practitioners to share their insights, ask questions and consolidate their practical work-related learning.

As an experienced quality assurance specialist and winner of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award, I am committed to maintaining the high level of quality in AIB’s programmes, so that you can be assured that you are receiving qualifications of the highest standard to lead you and your business into the future. I look forward to welcoming you to AIB, helping you reach your career goals and enabling you to be irreplaceable.


Emeritus Professor Hilary Winchester (Chair, External Member)

M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon), FAICD
Professor Winchester is a higher education consultant, specialising in Quality Assurance. She was the former Provost of CQ University and has chaired the Academic Boards of two Australian Universities. In 2011, she won the Australian Higher Education Quality Award and is a member of TEQSA's Register of Experts.


Professor Kevin O’Brien (External Member)

BEcon (Hons), MSc (Econ)
Former Pro Vice Chancellor & Vice President, Division of Business & Enterprise, University of South Australia.


Professor Margaret Hicks (External Member)

BEd, GradDipRdg&LangEd, MEd, EdD
Professor Hicks is a consultant specialising in learning and teaching in higher education. She has held former roles as PVC Student Life at Flinders University and Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of South Australia.


Associate Professor Ros Cameron

FAHRI & FAITD BA, Grad.Cert. Inst.Design, Grad. Dip. Welfare Law, M. Prof. Edn & Trg and PhD
Associate Professor Cameron is Head of Discipline in HRM and Management. She is also an ex officio member of the Academic Board in her role as Research Manager.


Jenny George

BSc(Hons), PhD
Jenny is the CEO of Converge International, one of Australia’s largest mental health providers to Australian workplaces. She was a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne working within the Melbourne Business School. Jenny also held other academic roles including Associate Dean (Students), Associate Dean (Academic Programs), Deputy Dean and Dean of the school.


Dr Kavita Goel

BCom(Hons), MCom, ACMA, MPhil, PhD
Dr Goel is an academic in Finance and is an elected member of academic board representing AIB academics.