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Meet the Corporate Board

Azeezur Rahaman (CEO)

CEO, Member, Corporate Board - SCEI-HE

Azeezur, a masters graduate, is the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Education Institute. A Masters graduate, Azeezur Rahaman’s Vocational Educational Training organisation has registration with ASQA and VRQA delivering VCE, Vocational and non-accredited courses.

Zubair Dawood

Member, Corporate Board - SCEI-HE

Zubair Dawood is a Chartered Accountant and Director of ZASH Partners, an accountancy firm. ZASH Partners is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Tax Agents for both local and foreign inbound businesses. ZASH also consults on succession planning for organisations

Kate Hamond

Secretary, Corporate Board - SCEI-HE

Kate Hamond is an Executive Community Management Consultant with extensive experience Board Member, Commissioner, Ombudsman, and CEO in the Early Childhood Education and Care field. She is a skilled strategic planner who focuses on stakeholder engagement, corporate governance, and risk management.

Catherine Robbins

Member, Corporate Board - SCEI-HE

Catherine is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the public and private sector focused on audit, operational finance, systems development and support. As a qualified project manager she has delivered a range of complex large-scale business and technology programs. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Law) and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Professor Anona Armstrong

Chair SCEI-HE Corporate board


Professor Anona Armstrong is a consultant, company Director and Professor Emerita at Victoria University, where she was the former Head of the Corporate Governance Research Centre. She has extensive experience as a consultant to government departments and several large private corporations, including as Chair of Assessment panels for VRQA and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory committee for Cemeteries. Professor Armstrong is a Past President, Fellow and Life member of the Australiasian Evulation Society, and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Victorian Council of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia.

Meet the Academic Board

Your SCEI-HE experience will be supported by an Academic Director, Course Coordinator, Field Placement Officer, Student Welfare Coordinator,Staff and Student Support Officers.

Kerrie O’Neill

Member, Academic Board - SCEI-HE

Kerrie has extensive experience within Early Childhood Education. She is currently a Director of Work Safety Hub. In this role she works with early childhood practitioners to develop their knowledge of regulatory frameworks within their workplace.

Over the past nineteen years Kerrie has contributed to (and remains) a member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange. A not for profit organisation that is recognised as an influential voice in policy, theory and practice development within the early childhood education sector.

Hector Gaston

Member, Academic Board Chair, Course Advisory Committee - SCEI-HE

Hector is an experienced local government executive with a broad history of working within service and regulatory/funding frameworks. He has been responsible for setting and driving organisational strategy to ensure the successful development of inclusive communities and the delivery of significant community infrastructure. He has further experience in the management of large budgets and the implementation of organisational change, service excellence and cultural change. Hector is currently the Director of Community Services at the Hume City Council.

Dr Sally Stafford

Chair, Academic Board - SCEI-HE

Sally has extensive experience in governance and strategic management of higher education institutions. She is an active participant on corporate and academic boards of universities and private HE institutions. Currently she serves as a member of the governing board (non-executive director) of three private higher education colleges. As a consultant, she has wide-ranging experience in advising universities and private higher education institutions. Her consulting experience includes governance, institutional strategy and management; quality assurance and improvement systems; preparation for audit and accreditation; leadership development; and international education initiatives. Previously Sally held a senior management position at Monash University as Director of University Academic Projects and Services.

Dr Jenny Game

Acting Academic Director

PhD (University of Western Sydney), MA (Monash University), Dip, ed. (University of London), BA honours (La Trobe University), BA (Melbourne University)

Jenny is an experienced education leader in the university sector with a career defined by robust experience managing, designing and implementing innovative, high quality VE and HE courses. She is a composer, performer and scholar with interests in contemporary intercultural composition, improvisation, music education and Australian Indigenous music and dance.

Dr Alvin Rendell

Academic Director - SCEI-HE

PhD (RMIT University), Master of Creative Writing (RMIT University) and Bachelor of Teaching (Deakin University)

Alvin is the Academic Director at SCEI-HE responsible for managing the accreditation of SCEI-HE programs and overseeing program quality across the Institute. Alvin has been a lifelong teacher, course designer and director of studies. He has extensive experience in higher education course development, specifically liaising with accrediting bodies such as the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and peak industry bodies. He has successfully managed the accreditation process of degree programs across a diverse range of disciplines

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