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
PhD, MEd, BA, DipPE, FAICD, FIML Governing Board Executive Chair & Managing 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 former member of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Experts Panel. A Fellow of both the Institute of Management and Leadership and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has held a number of previous company directorships.
Professor Hawkins was the Foundation CEO/Managing Director of Kent Institute Australia and was an integral member of the executive team responsible for driving the professional and academic growth.
Dr Catriona Lavermicocca
PhD, CA, LLM, BEc/LLB
Dr Lavermicocca’s expertise lies in Corporate and Academic Governance with long standing experience in Academic Leadership roles within the education sector.
Dr Lavermicocca holds qualifications in Accounting and Law, including a Master of Laws and Doctorate in Taxation Law and has published works pertaining to large company tax compliance behaviour. She is also a Chartered Accountant.
Her key appointments have included:
Dr Lavermicocca has had numerous public speaking and professional engagements. She has developed and implemented subjects, courses and strategic initiatives, managed professional accreditations and been appointed to various university and professional committees. Further, she brings extensive experience in teaching and learning, course development, mentoring of students, embedding research in Couse Design and risk management.
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 Shishir Dhanuka
Shishir holds a MBA (IB) degree from IIFT, New Delhi and has an extensive working experience in the Banking industry in India and Singapore. He has recently taken on the mantle of an entrepreneur and covers clients in Singapore and in emerging economies like Myanmar and Indonesia. He offers consulting services across various functions including Fintech, Finance & Business Strategy, Private Equity and Corporate Restructuring.
Shishir started his career with a leading bank in India in 2003 and then moved to Singapore in 2009. In Singapore he has worked with leading banking institutions like Citi, DBS and ANZ.
Shishir enjoys strong relationship with financial investors, advisors, PE and legal counsel.
With rich experience in financial industry, understating of restructuring space and regulatory framework, Shishir can be of great value add to Kent and its shareholder’s Inteco.
Mr Terence Paul Sperber
Director, Chair of Kent Audit & Risk Management Committee
Terry is a commercial and corporate lawyer, having commenced practice in 1994.
He specialises primarily in commercial advisory and dispute resolution and has a particular specialisation in the Corporations Act.
Terry has worked at two of Australia’s most prominent law firms (Deacons and Freehills – now Norton Rose Fulbright and Herbert Smith Freehills) and was also previously a partner at Swaab.
He is the founder and director of TPS&Co Lawyers, continuing to provide commercial, legal and advisory services.
His clients come from a diverse range of industries and sectors and include multinational and publicly listed companies.
Terry has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Laws. He has also completed his Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Terry is currently Chair of Kent Audit & Risk Management Committee.