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.




Ed St John is an experienced and versatile Chief Executive who has performed leadership roles across diverse industry sectors.

Currently the Executive General Manager of the Ethics Centre – a highly respected non-profit which specializes in content, events and business consulting services – Ed’s recent experience also includes advisory work, board positions and executive roles in social media and vocational training.

Between 1995 and 2010, Ed St John was one of the leading executives in the Australian entertainment business. During a period of enormous growth and change in the music industry, Ed held executive roles at Sony Music Australia, BMG Australia (where he was Managing Director for five years) and Warner Music Australia (President and CEO), running local operations as well as participating as an active member of global management teams. Ed was the decade-long Chairman of Australia’s leading music event, the ARIA Awards and a Director and Chairman of peak industry association ARIA.

Ed’s career has also included lengthy stretches as both a music journalist and TV producer. He has acted as superstar talent consultant for juggernaut TV franchises such as The Voice and X Factor.

The sum of these career experiences has made Ed a specialist in a number of disciplines, including corporate strategy, change management, sales and marketing, business consulting, event management, stakeholder management, strategic partnerships and content creation and delivery. Ed has a deep knowledge and extensive relationships within the Australian and international music industry.






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



Ian brings extensive knowledge, experience and wisdom gleaned from a diverse and international professional career.

Ian is an effective leader of growth and change across communities, businesses and people.

Ian is a strong and commercially astute partner to ambitious CEOs and Board Chairs and understands the needs and expectations of business owners and backers.

Ian is proven in CFO and COO roles across all organisational types and sizes - assets up to $5 billion, revenue from $50 million to $1 billion, teams from 50 to 5,000 persons - particularly in the financial services, professional services, government and NFP sectors.

Ian see the big picture and can create and execute strategies and plans that place organisations ahead of changing circumstances or conditions.

Ian is adept at creating simple but compelling stories that ensure focus and generate stakeholder commitment and contribution to these strategies and plans.

Ian builds respected and valued operations by investing in relationships, meeting client’s expectations and dealing fairly with suppliers and supporters.

Ian has a collegiate and collaborative style, drawing insight and value from the diversity of ideas, experiences and perspectives of those around me.

Ian is able to sustain all of this through bringing high levels of personal energy and curiosity, and by building and developing teams of similarly motivated and committed individuals.





Nigel Hennessy FAICD, is a professional company director and strategic advisor. He has had an extensive career as a CEO and director for public, private and not for profit companies in Australia and the USA. He was deputy Managing Director of BAE Systems Australia; Managing Director Combined Communications Network (ASX.CCZ) during its merger with Cabcharge Australia (ASX.CAB); Regional Managing Director of Simoco Pacific (ex Philips Mobile); Managing Director EASAMS Ltd and Chairman and CEO of AquaSpy, Inc in the USA. Current positions include, NED at the Australian Institute of Project Management, NED and Chairman of Farm-Map Analytics, NSW Councillor AICD and Committee member for Regional Development Australia (RDA).  He is also a certified Advisory Board Chair and advisor to several companies. He holds a degree in Cybernetics and Mathematics, Graduate of AICD and a Financial Planning Diploma.

Company Secretary



Since moving to Australia in late 1999, Hana has worked in senior finance, company secretary and leadership roles in complex environments across manufacturing & engineering, media, higher education, ICT, tourism, airline industries as well as in the Not-For-Profit sector. Hana is a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, an MBA, a Master of Research and completed her doctoral thesis – titled ‘Discipline in the University Context: Measurement and Associations with Competitiveness and Productivity’ - at Macquarie Business School, Sydney, Australia. During her professional tenure at Macquarie University, she was highly commended in the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff in the category “Collaboration and Connection” between academic and professional staff. She was also elected onto the Macquarie University Council. Hana is passionate about lifelong learning, continuous improvement, staff development and bringing out the best in all employees. As a consultant at With Focus Consulting, she has worked with her clients to increase work process efficiency and profitability and break down cross-departmental silos. Her research interests include human capital, skills (in particular discipline), competitiveness, work readiness and workforce productivity.