ITECA Seeks New Deputy Chair – Higher Education

Date —

10 September 2020

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors, is seeking a new Deputy Chair – Higher Education.

Key Issues —

The role of ITECA Deputy Chair – Higher Education is a critical leadership position, with the appointee to play a key role in setting ITECA’s strategy that ensures the sector builds upon its reputation for delivering quality outcomes for students and their employers.

The search follows the announcement by the current Deputy Chair  Higher Education, Ms Kathleen Newcombe, of her intention to step down from the ITECA Board after twenty years of service.

The appointment comes at a critical time for ITECA as it continues to support independent higher education providers deal not only with the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic but also with adjusting to the impending governments reforms. Over the coming months, ITECA will play a crucial leadership role to ensure that independent higher education providers are positioned to support the government’s economic recovery plan.

“The Deputy Chair – Higher Education is a key member of the ITECA Board which sets the strategic direction for ITECA. The focus is firmly on assisting our members get through these challenging times and to ensure independent higher education providers retain their capability to support the next generation of professionals,” Adjunct Professor Harnisch said.


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ITECA Leadership & Governance Framework


ITECA Board – Appointment EOI Deputy Chair, Higher Education Brochure [PDF]
ITECA Board – Background information

ITECA is a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and operates in a best-practice corporate governance framework. Directors are expected to have experience in corporate governance and financial management, augmented by a wide range of contacts across the independent tertiary education sector. ITECA is the leading voice recognised by parliamentary and departmental stakeholders as a key source of evidence-based policy advice for the independent higher education and vocational education, training and skills sectors.

The position of Deputy Chair – Higher Education also includes the position of Chair of the ITECA Higher Education Reference Committee.  These have been filled by Ms Newcombe, the Chief Executive at the Sarina Russo Group that includes an innovative partnership for Sarina Russo Education to manage the James Cook University campus in Brisbane.

“Kathleen has played a leadership role with ITECA, and the tertiary education sector, for some twenty years and her contribution is highly valued and will be missed. The ITECA Board and membership thanks Kathleen for her service” Adjunct Professor Harnisch said.

Expressions of interest need to be lodged not later than 30 September 2020.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, in the first instance contact the ITECA Chair or ITECA Chief Executive and their details are available in the information document listed above.


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