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Chair of Academic Board



Professor Keith Houghton
Chair of Academic Board

Dr Houghton is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University (ANU), and is Chief Strategist at the Higher Education and Research Group (HERG) and a Principal of Research Coaching Australia (RCA). He previous appointments include as Dean of the College of Business and Economics of the ANU and a member of the University Council and the University level Finance Committee. He also served as Chair of the Academic Board at ANU. Prior to that he was Fitzgerald Professor of the University of Melbourne, including a period as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of that University.
Professor Houghton is active in the commercial world with a number of private sector consulting engagements both in Australia and Asia. He has provided both policy and strategy advice to Federal Govenrment with Senator Simon Birmingham (then Minister of Education) citing Professor Houghton’s research as ground-breaking” (Australia Financial Review, 28 August 2017).
Professor Houghton has published widely in major international research journals as well as Australian domestic scholarly journals. He has authored or co-authored four books with a further book (a case book on research and research methodology soon to appear) and around a hundred journal papers, research monographs and policy papers.
He has served on a number of international Editorials Boards (including The Accounting Review in the US and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting in Europe). He continues to serve as an ad hoc reviewer of both domestic and international journals and funding agencies both in Australia (Australian Research Council -ARC -Discovery Grants, Linkage Grants and Laureate Fellowships) and overseas (including research funding agencies in the U.K., Canada, China and Qatar).
His research now includes contributions to the debate on government funding mechanisms and was called as a witness to the Parliamentary Inquiry on Funding Australia’s Research (August 2018). With others at HERG, he has been involved in the creation of the REEF (Research and Education Efficiency Frontier) Index.
Professor Houghton is the Patron of the Melbourne based charity that supports those with dyslexia and their families – SPELD, and was a community nominated torchbearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He has been awarded the Silver Medal of The University of Melbourne on two occasions.



Emeritus Professor Ed Davis AM
MA (Cantab), MEc (Monash) PhD (La Trobe)

Professor Ed Davis is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Financial Studies at Macquarie from 2002 to 2008. He is an economist who has specialised in industrial relations. During 1992 he held the post of Distinguished Academic Visitor at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has extensive experience in University leadership. He was a member of the Senior Management Group at Macquarie, the Senate Executive Committee and the Discipline Committee. Other positions held included Chair of the University’s Equal Opportunity Committee; Chair of the Permanency/Probation Committee and Chair of the Promotions Appeal Committee.
Since his retirement from Macquarie University in 2008 Professor Davis has undertaken assignments for a number of universities; these have included Chairing the Promotions Appeals Committee at the University of Western Sydney and chairing reviews of MBA programs at RMIT and AIM. He has assisted several universities with conflict resolution as a facilitator, mediator and investigator. Professor Davis is a former National President of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia. He is currently National Vice President and NSW President of ABC Friends. He was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2006 for “service to education and to the community in the areas of equity in employment, industrial relations and human resource management”.

Members (External)


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean
PhD(Monash), Graduate Diploma of Business - Management (Monash)
Diploma in Education (Sydney)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Sydney)
Master of Business (Southern Cross)

Alison Dean PhD is Emeritus Professor of Service Marketing and Managment, University of Newcastle. Prior to joining Newcastle in 2005, Alison was employed at Monash University, having entered the tertiary sector from the electricity industry. She has held many leadership and management roles, including Deputy Head of Faculty, Faculty of Business & Law, Dean and Head, Newcastle Business School; and Assistant Dean roles in Teaching and Learning, and Research Training. Alison's research agenda focuses on services marketing and management, and her studies have been published in a wide variety of high-quality journals. This includes 'Wong, Amy & Dean, Alison M (2009) “Enhancing Value for Chinese Shoppers: Store and Customer Characteristics”, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 123-134'.


Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

Formerly Professor of Management, College of Business, University of Western Sydney, Research Director, Sydney Graduate School of Management, Professor of Management and Director of International Programs, Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has been on the boards of Macquarie Graduate School of Management Pty. Ltd. and an Israeli start-up company, Rooster Notification Technology Ltd. He is currently on the international advisory board ofUK basedEmerald Group Publishing and is an active consultant to business and government.

Members (Internal)


Professor Peter Eddey
BCom (Hons) (UNSW)
MCom (Hons) (UNSW), FCA, FCPA

Professor Peter Eddey joined the Institute in 2013 after a career in public universities commencing in 1974. Prior appointments include Macquarie University (33 years) where he became Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Other appointments include the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, with overseas visiting appointments at the University of Washington (USA) and University of Kent (UK). Peter’s academic expertise is in the field of accounting and financial management. He has published in leading national and international research journals, including Abacus, Accounting and Finance, and the Journal of Accounting Research. Peter’s sole-authored textbook in corporate accounting enjoyed wide adoption by Australian universities for many years. While at Macquarie University Peter was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty. In this role, Peter created and implemented several successful postgraduate programs, including the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) and the Master of International Business in Sydney and Hong Kong. Over a long career in public universities, Peter has acted as a consultant to accounting firms, corporations and government bodies. Now as the Provost at IMC, Peter brings a depth of experience to his role in curriculum design, accreditation, quality assurance, academic management and in maintaining a close relationship with the accounting profession, higher education bodies, industry organisations and IMC stakeholders generally. 


Professor Greg Elliott
BCom(Hons) (UNSW), PhD(UNSW)
Dean of Sydney City School of Business

Greg Elliott was Professor of Business (Marketing) and Head of Department and Associate Dean (International) at Macquarie University, a position he held from 2005. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Management in the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Greg has extensive experience in teaching marketing in Australia and overseas, and in course program management in South-East Asia and as an academic advisor to a number of higher education providers. Before joining Macquarie University, he held academic appointments at the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne; and visiting appointments at Trinity College and University College, both in Dublin, Ireland.
Greg has published extensively in the academic marketing literature and his current research interests are in the fields of services marketing, financial services and international marketing. Prior to his academic career, Greg spent over a decade in the marketing research and marketing planning area of the banking industry. At the end of 2015, Greg formally “retired” after 25 years at Macquarie University and is now Honorary Professor but since then, he continues to teach, supervise and conduct academic and commercial research, consult and advise.


Professor Jim Psaros
B.Comm, M.Comm, PhD(UNSW), FCPA

Professor Psaros is former Deputy Head, Faculty of Business & Law at the University of Newcastle. He has had a distinguished career in academia that has extended for over three decades, the majority of which was at the University of Newcastle. Professor Psaros achieved excellent outcomes in research, teaching and senior university management roles.Psaros was the Director of the University of Newcastle (Sydney), Deputy Head - Faculty of Business and Law, Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning and Director of Executive and Corporate Programs. He was formally the Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Newcastle. Prior to entering academia, Professor Psaros was employed for several years in Chartered Accounting and has experience in Australia and overseas working for Big 4 Accounting Firms.
For the last 20 years he has taught and researched at Australian and British Universities. He has sat on the Board of Directors of companies and the audit committee of government authorities. He has both extensive professional accounting and research experience. Professor Psaros has a PhD in Accounting from the University of New South Wales. Throughout his research career, Professor Psaros has focused on issues of practical importance. He has conducted research in a range of areas including auditing and fraud, the inadequacies of Australian accounting standards, and more recently, corporate governance. Professor Psaros has published a book and twenty-eight journal articles. He has made many presentations at professional and academic forums. He is respected as an expert by both the academic and business communities. Underpinning his expertise is the development of a model for assessing the adequacy oforganisationscorporate governance. This model has been used as the basis for an annual assessment of the corporate governance of Australia’s largest 250 companies, since 2002. Professor Psaros is also a highly motivated and inspirational teacher with ability to enthuse and challenge students to think critically and deeply about contemporary issues in accounting.

Katherine Lindsay

Associate Professor Katherine Lindsay
MA LLB (UQ) LLM Newcastle

Katherine Lindsay is an award-winning law teacher with over twenty-five years of experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Queensland, Newcastle Law School and the Australian National University. She has served twice as an elected member of Academic Senate at the University of Newcastle, and a member of the Coursework Postgraduate Programs Committee. She was the Deputy Head of the Newcastle Law School for 5 years and also served as Assistant Dean (Postgraduate and International) of the Faculty of Law.

Her research interests encompass Australian federal constitutional law and legal biography. She has researched and published in the discipline of law and in higher education as a member of the Peer-Assisted Teaching Scheme national research team under the leadership of Professor Angela Carbone.


Ms Cathy XU
BFA (UNE), M.Comm (UNE), GCHE (MQ), CPA, EDBA (Université Paris-DAUPHINE candidate)
President of Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce

Cathy Xu is the President of IMC. She has previously held various positions in the Institute, including Senior Academic Manager, Associate Dean of Business School, and Vice-President (Regulatory and Compliance).

Ms Xu has extensive knowledge in relation to higher education regulations, and experience in the higher education management. In the last ten years, Ms Xu had assisted the Institute to achieve a number of regulatory milestones for the Institute, including achieving re-registration, over 30 course accreditations and re-accreditations for the maximum allowed period of seven years without conditions under TEQSA, and recently achieving self-accrediting authority in the Management and Commerce field of education. She has spearheaded continuous improvement in the Institute’s various departments and continues to oversee day-to-day operations as well as guide key strategic decision-making in her role as President.

Felix Kiplimo Rotich
Student Representative

Current student of Master of Professional Accounting and Business

Miss Jessica Zhang
Executive Secretary to the Council and Academic Board

Miss Zhang is the Executive Secretary to the Council, Academic Board, and a number of other key committees at IMC. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has done both paid and volunteer work as an academic tutor.

As Executive Secretary, Miss Zhang ensures that coordination is achieved between the Institute’s various academic governance and strategic decision-making bodies. Her day-to-day duties involve assisting the President and Senior Academic Manager in a number of compliance and regulatory-related activities, and she has knowledge of the ESOS Act and the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.

Course Advisory Committee


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean


Emeritus Professor Ed Davis

Emeritus Professor Peter Eddey

Emeritus Professor Greg Elloitt

Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

Dr. Katherine Lindsey

For their short CVs, please refer to the above Academic Board members.