TEQSA Gets New Chief Executive Officer

Date —

1 September 2020

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is the regulator for the higher education sector and it has been announced that Mr Alistair Maclean has been appointed its new Chief Executive Officer.

Key Issues —

The role of TEQSA Chief Executive Officer is important as the regulator seeks to protect student interests and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector through a proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.

In taking-up the role, Mr Maclean brings extensive public and private sector leadership experience to TEQSA, as well as strong skills in international engagement and negotiations developed during his twenty-five years working as a diplomat and advisor.

Prior to his appointment at TEQSA, Mr Maclean was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) from 2013-20, where he was responsible for the management of IBAC’s activities and functions. From 2008-13, he was General Manager (External Affairs) with PanAust Ltd, an ASX-listed gold and copper producer.

Mr Maclean was previously an Australian diplomat, serving as Ambassador to Laos from 2004-07, with prior postings to Washington DC and Bangkok. In between, he fulfilled various roles in Canberra, including as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister.

The relationship between ITECA and TEQSA us strong, underpinned by a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations.

"ITECA looks forward to working with Mr Maclean as we share the same interest in providing a best-practice regulatory environment for independent higher education providers," said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

Mr Maclean will commence with TEQSA on 1 September 2020.

Getting Involved —

ITECA's ability to be an effective representative for independent higher education providers rests on the great guidance from members serving on the ITECA Higher Education Reference Committee.  ITECA Membership  It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to higher.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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