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.

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.

Mr. Attila Gaspar
Compliance Manager

Attila Gaspar has extensive experience in the domestic and international education industry. He started his career as a trainer in IT, Web design and Multimedia in 2001 and has worked in a number of high quality VET, ELICOS and Higher Education Providers at senior level academic and operational positions. During his career, he has managed both small and large scale educational teams in both private and public enterprises. His main achievements include overseeing academic delivery for over 4500 VET and ELICOS students in one of the largest international providers in Australia and at a later stage as national operations and quality manager within a large domestic and international provider. He holds a Masters of Professional Communication, a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Media and Communication) and a Diploma of Information Technology (Multimedia Integration). He is currently the Compliance Manager with Times Education.

Mr Mark Lucas
Director IAE Global

Mark Lucas established IAE GLOBAL in partnership with OJ Kim of IAE EDUHOUSE in January 2006. IAE GLOBAL is one of the world’s leading international education recruitment and marketing consultancies with over 90 offices in 16 countries recruiting in excess of 20,000 students per year to institutions around the world. Mark has been active in the private export education sector and was a director of and past Chair of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, a former convener of the Affiliation of International Education Peak Bodies and a founding member of the Commonwealth Government Contribution Review Panel in Canberra.

Heidi Reid
Principal of Times Academy

Heidi has worked in International Education for more than 20 years in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. She is currently serving as the convenor for the Pathways Network for the International Education Association of Australia and is active on consulting committees and conference organisation in the ELT industry.  Heidi sits on the Advisory Council for NEAS and is an Executive Director for the International Institute of Business and Technology in Perth, Australia. Heidi has a Masters of TESOL, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Masters of Business Administration in Human Resource Management.  She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



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