Academic Board


Times Education has established an academic advisory board, comprised of industry leading professionals, tasked with the responsibility of promoting excellence in teaching and learning, and overseeing quality assurance of the academic functions of Times Education. The academic advisory board will have scheduled meetings each year, and advise Times Education and its Principal Executive Officer on the academic aspects of Times Education’s business plans. They will also assist with the formulation, coordination, approval and review of Times Education’s curriculum and academic policies.

Emeritus Professor Robert Castle

Emeritus Professor Robert Castle was Head of Economics, Dean of Commerce, Director of International Programs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( academic) and DVC (Academic and International) at the University of Wollongong. He has written extensively on labour history and economics. In recent years he has consulted widely on academic quality and governance.

Professor David Battersby
Vice-Chancellor of Federation University

Professor David Battersby was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat. He has held senior academic appointments at universities in Australia and New Zealand. He is the recipient of academic and research awards from the Commonwealth Relations Trust, the Australian-Japan Foundation and the British Council and has been a higher education consultant to UNESCO and the OECD.

Dr Henry Lee
Academic Program Manager of UOW College

Henry Lee has been the Academic Program Manager at UOW College, University of Wollongong, since 2008. In that role he oversees the operation of the College’s university pathway and higher education Diploma courses. Henry holds a PhD in History from the University of Wollongong and lectured there in the Faculty of Arts, in History and Politics, and then in the Faculty of Commerce, in Industrial Relations, before joining UOW College.

Ms Gai Warner
Principal Executive Officer of Times Education

Ms. Gai Warner has been involved in the international education industry since 1988. She has established and managed Schools, Colleges, partnerships and programs both domestically and internationally. Ms. Warner has a first class Honours degree, an Advanced Diploma in Management, a Diploma of Quality Auditing and a wealth of experience in Vocational Education and CRICOS registered Colleges. Gai has worked at Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University and been the Principal of a number of Institutes in Sydney.

Mr Ahmed Ratan
Director of Studies of Times Education

Education: Master of IT with Honours, Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering, Adv. Dip of Business Management, Adv. Dip of Project Management, Adv. Dip of IT, Diploma of Business Administration. Experiences: Started his career as an IT professional but moved to the vocational education and training industry in 2009. He had worked at number of RTOs as key academic personnel since. Over the course of his career he was also actively involved in numerous ASQA audits and gained a broad insight for both VET and CRICOS compliances. He is currently working as the “Director of Studies” for the Times Education Group.

Mr Peter Lewis

In his role at Kaplan Higher Education in Singapore, he and his team grew international enrolments from 11,000 in 2011 to over 18,000 enrolled students in 2013, partnering with 14 Universities from the UK and Australia. He was the Founding Director at The Hotel School, Sydney (formerly The Intercontinental Hotel School) now an established quality brand in Sydney and Melbourne. In the spirit of lifelong learning, he has gained two degrees in education, completed a Master of Management and has studied Strategic Management at Cornell University. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper
Higher Education Consultant

Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper has extensive experience in Senior Executive positions in Australian Universities. Joan was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) & Registrar at UNSW for 5 years. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Flinders University and a former Dean of Informatics at the University of Wollongong, where she served as Chair of the Academic Board, and she has held senior positions at the Australian National University and the University of Newcastle. In 2003 she was appointed an Emeritus Professor of Wollongong, a title conferred in recognition of her contribution to the University, and in 2004 she was awarded the University of Newcastle’s Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence. In April 2012 UNSW appointed her as an Emeritus Professor.



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