The Board of Directors (BoD) is the governing body for the Institute.

The BoD exercises overarching corporate and educational responsibility for organisational funding, strategic direction, business and risk management, supported by the Executive Leadership Group and informed by the Academic Board, the Creative Industries Advisory Board and the Philanthropy Advisory Board under delegated authority.


Paul Zahra 

Paul Zahra is a Non-Executive Director, Board and Company advisor and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian retail industry for over 35 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited and senior management roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.

Paul’s current non-executive roles include: Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation, a not-for profit that assists disadvantaged LGBTI youth, Chair of professional services firm, PwC Diversity and Inclusion Board and Chair of FutureYou Executive Program.

Paul is also a Non-Executive Director of several private companies and is an alumni of Stanford University, USA.

Deputy Chair


Marie Carroll was until 2015 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the University of Sydney, with responsibilities curriculum, graduate studies and higher degrees by research strategy, and teaching and learning. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Otago University in New Zealand  

Professor Marie Carroll



With over 30 years’ experience in the Accountancy profession, Graham provides oversight of financial management within AIM and works to ensure that all financial processes are held to a rigorous standard as well as being transparent. Graham's vast experience and expertise in fiscal matters ensures that AIM complies with all government regulations and is able to devote as many resources to the benefit of its students as possible. Apart from being a Director at the Australian Institute of Music Graham is also an advisor to the Boards of various groups of private companies. 





Athalie has been with AIM since it’s inception and provides continuity with founder Dr Peter Calvo’s vision. Athalie has seen the school develop from its early stages as a VET provider to a fully accredited higher education provider, delivering a range of opportunities that focus on quality and providing students with the highest standards of teaching.



General Manager & CFO, Australian Independent Record Association (AIR)

Maria Amato is the General Manager of the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) and the founder of Results Management, a company she founded in 1994 to provide management accounting services to a broad range of clients. Maria is also the Chair of the Creative Industries Advisory board for the Australian Institute of Music. Maria has over 25 years’ experience in the arts, entertainment and not-for-profit sectors and was formerly board member and Treasurer of Music Victoria and CEO/CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

Chief Executive Officer



Guy Bentley has worked in both the hospitality and education industries for over thirty-five years in numerous leadership positions.
In 2015, he was awarded the Ashley Spencer Award for 'Service to the Industry' at the HM awards. In 2011, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Accommodation Association of Australia for his contribution to Industry Education.




Diana brings over a decade of senior business planning and financial management experience to her current leadership role at AIM, having previously held Management Accountancy and Financial Analysis positions in the Recruitment, Media, Business Directory Services and Hospitality sectors.  Prior to joining AIM, Diana held the role of Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.


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