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Kent Institute Australia | Governing board
Kent Institute Australia is a successful Australian higher education and vocational training provider, with campuses centrally located in Sydney and Melbourne; close to all amenities with access to public transport.
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Governing Board


Leading the way


Kent’s Governing board is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s performance and deciding the strategic direction of the institute. The board also ensures we fulfil our responsibilities as an accredited Higher Education institution and Registered Training Organisation.


Emeritus Professor Kenneth George Hawkins
Executive Chair | Governing Board


Emeritus Professor Kenneth George Hawkins Kent Institute Executive Director

Kenneth Hawkins is an Emeritus Professor with over 40 years’ previous experience in varied teaching and leadership roles in Australian and International universities ranging from Faculty Dean, Head of School, and Executive Director of International Programs.
Professor Hawkins was also involved in the international student arena and established a strong depth of knowledge and expertise through his tenure as Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) at CQUniversity and Chief Executive Officer of its successful commercial arm C Management Services Pty. Ltd. He was an ASQA Auditor up to 2007 and is a member of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Experts Panel. A Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has held a number of previous company directorships.


Professor Hawkins was the CEO/Managing Director of Kent Institute Australia and was an integral member of the executive team responsible for driving the professional and academic growth.


Emeritus Professor Brian Charles Low
AM PhD, Doctor of Univ (Honorary), BSc, Dip Ed, BEd Hons


Professor Low has more than 30 years of academic management and leadership experience working with universities such as the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Macquarie University and University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). In 1996 he was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor, Vice President (Academic) and Professor of the University for UTS. Professor Low retired from UTS in July 2001. During the period 2002 – 2011 he acted as Panel Chair for expert panels established by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) for the Registration and Accreditation of Private Providers of Higher Education and their programs of study in NSW.


Professor Low is currently Chair of Kent Audit & Risk Management Committee.


Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Deane
PhD (Biochemistry), BSc (Hons1)


Elizabeth Deane has had over 30 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector. Her experience spans roles in teaching, research and senior management positions including Foundation Head of Department; Head of School; Dean of Faculty and Pro-Vice Chancellor Education and Students. Deane holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and was until her progression into senior management, an active, funded researcher and postgraduate student supervisor in the area of developmental immunology and disease. Elizabeth has also held a number of national and international competitive grants for research into Learning, Teaching and Higher Education.


Since retiring in 2015 Elizabeth has continued her active engagement with the sector. She has undertaken a number of institutional reviews addressing such diverse areas as Students Support Services; Governance and IT provision and continues to be an international reviewer for the Scottish, New Zealand and PNG Higher Education quality assurance agencies. Deane is actively engaged in supporting Higher Education Private Providers and is a member or chair of a number of academic and governance boards of existing and aspiring providers. She is also currently Chair of the WSU Human Research Ethics committee and a member of the Research ethics Committee of the University of Gibraltar.


Elizabeth currently Chairs the Kent Academic Board and two Course Advisory Committees, one for Business and one for IT and is an ex officio member of the Governing Board. She is committed to contributing to enriching all areas of academic activity at Kent.


Mr Alan Cullen


Alan has had extensive experience in senior positions in the finance industry including CEO of the Australian Finance Conference, Executive Director of Midland Bank’s Merchant bank and CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association.


Alan founded Cullen Capital in 2001. It is an Australian Financial Services Licence holder and has engaged in numerous capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and structured finance transactions and provision of corporate advice. His advice has been sought by listed and private companies, governments and their agencies and industry associations. His business advice has encompassed a wide range of business issues and he has been particularly active in assisting growth businesses of significant scale. One of the industries in which he has had extensive experience is in private education (higher education and VET). At Cullen Capital, Alan has developed many structured finance solutions that have enabled the more efficient use of capital and changed the way in which a number of industries have traditionally funded their activities. Alan’s deep relationships with the banks have facilitated productive collaborations providing superior outcomes for clients. Alan founded Channel Finance to increase the depth of choice for businesses in obtaining debt finance.


Alan has collaborated with long experienced experts in China-Australia business to facilitate and manage Chinese investment in Australian businesses and assets. He is a Director of China House Capital Partners and China House Consultancy.


Alan aims to bring innovative ideas, the value of experience and commitment to quality of execution to deliver value added service to clients.


Mr Girish Agarwal


Mr Girish Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant, India and Chartered Financial Analyst, USA with extensive working experience in Banking and Financial industry. Mr Agarwal has diverse expertise across various functions including Risk Management, Finance & Business Strategy, Debt Capital markets, Private Equity and Corporate Restructuring. He started his career in a leading bank in India and then moved to Singapore in 2006. In Singapore have briefly working in PE before becoming Chief Financial Officer of mainboard SGX listed company for 5 years. Post that Mr Agarwal is involved as Director and advisor to various companies across sectors. He is nominated by Inteco Education Pte Ltd which is majority shareholder in Kent Education.