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.
Mr Patrick Loke Pak Hoe
Chair | Governing Board
After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University, USA with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Finance, Mr Loke embarked on a successful career as a financial analyst. He worked with Goldman Sachs New York, London and Singapore.
In the mid ’90s, Mr Loke co-founded Tien Hsia Language School, which has since grown into the largest language school chain in Singapore. He has previously held senior management positions in several private education providers and is a director and shareholder in several successful private education, food and beverage companies.
Emeritus Professor Kenneth George Hawkins
PhD, MEd, BA, DipPE, FAICD, FAIM
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 is the CEO/Managing Director of Kent Institute Australia and is 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.
Mr Von Kian Tay
Mr Von Kian Tay has over 18 years of experience in the banking/financial services and corporate fundraising industries. He studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales. Upon his completion of these degrees, Mr Tay was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1997. He then embarked upon a successful career in the finance industry, working with many top tier organisations including Ernst and Young.
Emeritus Professor Deborah Joy Clayton
BAppSci, GradDipSciEd, MAppSci, GAICD
Professor Clayton has extensive experience in the University sector and with government, and is the principal consultant and director of Clayton International, a private international education consulting company. She is an expert in quality and onshore and offshore international education and works with public and private providers in the HE, VET and ELICOS sectors, as well as with governments in Australia and overseas. She is an international reviewer for the New Zealand Universities Academic Quality Agency and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority as well as consulting to that agency. She was a member of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Establishment Taskforce in 2010-2011, continues to consult to that agency and is on TEQSA’s register of external experts.
She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held, or currently holds, directorships in not-for-profit and for-profit companies and associations.