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Our Academic Leadership

Have you heard the phrase leadership starts at the top? We believe it absolutely does! Our Board are industry experts, and genuine educators. Monarch is an education organisation, and our board represents the very best talent.

  • Emeritus Professor Keith Houghton
    Emeritus Professor Keith Houghton Academic Chairman and Board Member

    Keith holds doctoral and post-graduate degrees from the University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has worked as a leading academic at the Uni...

    Keith holds doctoral and post-graduate degrees from the University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has worked as a leading academic at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University (ANU), and also has consulted extensively to the professional services industry. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Accountants in Australia. Keith has published prolifically in the fields of economics, accounting and public policy across a 30 year academic career.

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  • Dr John Shannon
    Dr John Shannon Academic Board Member

    John holds both doctoral and post-graduate degrees in economics from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University (ANU). John has lectured extensively at leading universities in Australia and Asi...

    John holds both doctoral and post-graduate degrees in economics from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University (ANU). John has lectured extensively at leading universities in Australia and Asia, as well as engaging in corporate consulting for Government and private firms. These roles have included economic advisory work to the Victorian Treasury, ACT Treasury, West Australian Treasury, Powercor, AMP Investments and Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (CIMB Group). John has published three textbooks with Wiley including (1) Mathematics for Business, Economics and Finance, (2) Excel for Business Mathematics and (3) Instructors Manual for Mathematics for Business, Economics and Finance.

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  • Dr Ruth Arber
    Dr Ruth Arber Academic Board Member

    Ruth holds doctoral and post-graduate degrees from Monash University with a focus on TESOL (Education). She is passionate educator that genuinely believes education can change lives. Her research interests extend to ...

    Ruth holds doctoral and post-graduate degrees from Monash University with a focus on TESOL (Education). She is passionate educator that genuinely believes education can change lives. Her research interests extend to identity and differences in education, including implications for understanding how discourses of race and ethnicity are played out. Her academic research has also covered internationalization and cosmopolitanism in schools and education systems.

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  • Lisa Constantine
    Lisa Constantine General Manager

    Lisa is the General Manager at Monarch Institute. She is passionate about helping Australians develop their skills and continue their professional development with Monarch’s flexible courses and training options. As...

    Lisa is the General Manager at Monarch Institute. She is passionate about helping Australians develop their skills and continue their professional development with Monarch’s flexible courses and training options. As the General Manager, Lisa leads a team of Course Consultants, manages key internal projects and oversees Monarch’s communication strategy. Prior to joining the Monarch team, Lisa was Director, Operations at Advant Group, a leading publisher in the financial services industry. Lisa holds an Arts degree and Grad Dip in Education.

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  • Cynthia Shannon
    Cynthia Shannon Head of Teaching & Learning and Academic Board Member

    Cynthia Shannon holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash), Master of Commerce (Hons) (Uni Melbourne), and has lectured at the AGSM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Whittier College in California over a peri...

    Cynthia Shannon holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash), Master of Commerce (Hons) (Uni Melbourne), and has lectured at the AGSM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Whittier College in California over a period of 35 years. She has taught accounting and finance in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and financial planning in Australia and Singapore. Cynthia has worked for BBL Funds Management Ltd, a specialist index fund manager, providing training and education support to financial planners, and also held a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation while practising as a financial planner. She is currently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Monarch Institute holding a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Cynthia has written a chapter for an Australian text book titled Personal Finance, first published by John Wiley and Sons in 2001 and has written course materials for the RMIT Master of Finance and Monarch Institute.

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  • Emeritus Professor Harry Clarke
    Emeritus Professor Harry Clarke Academic Board Member

    Harry holds doctoral and post-graduate degrees from the Australian National University (ANU) in mathematical economics. He has been a leading academic at the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the Austra...

    Harry holds doctoral and post-graduate degrees from the Australian National University (ANU) in mathematical economics. He has been a leading academic at the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in addition to holding academic posts at leading universities overseas. Harry’s research interests include environmental economics, public economics and applied micro-economic modelling. In addition to being the editor of the Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, Harry has been a prolific contributor to a wide range of academic journals.

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  • Dr Luckmika Perera
    Dr Luckmika Perera Academic Board Member

    Luckmika has held senior lecturer roles at leading Australian Universities, and holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Accounting from Monash University, and a Master of Education, Professional Accounting and Comme...

    Luckmika has held senior lecturer roles at leading Australian Universities, and holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Accounting from Monash University, and a Master of Education, Professional Accounting and Commerce from Deakin University and RMIT Universities respectively.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants Australia, a member of CPA Australia and CA Australia and New Zealand. Luckmika has undertaken extensive research with his publications covering cutting edge areas in the education and accounting fields.

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  • Ben Meikle
    Ben Meikle Academic Board Member

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University, a Diploma of Financial Planning and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning from Monarch Institute. Ben is Director of Advisory Services at Carnbrea &...

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University, a Diploma of Financial Planning and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning from Monarch Institute. Ben is Director of Advisory Services at Carnbrea & Co, a division of Bennelong Wealth Partners. Previously Ben was the Head of BBY China Broking Services, having built a successful career as a Senior Financial Adviser working for leading Australian financial services firms.

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  • Lisa Twite
    Lisa Twite Compliance and Continuous Improvement Manager and Academic Board Member

    Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Lisa helps implement Monarch’s quality assurance framework on a day to day basis. Lisa is a key member of the co...

    Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Lisa helps implement Monarch’s quality assurance framework on a day to day basis. Lisa is a key member of the compliance team focussing on compliance, data quality, regulation, internal audits and student progress.

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  • Maddy Moseray
    Maddy Moseray Student Engagement and Academic Board Member

    Maddy holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Business Management from Brisbane’s Graduate School of Business (QUT) and Griffith University respectively. Maddy is a key member of Monarch’s ...

    Maddy holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Business Management from Brisbane’s Graduate School of Business (QUT) and Griffith University respectively. Maddy is a key member of Monarch’s student engagement team involved in managing career advice, course advice, student enrollment procedures, student progression, customer service and continuous improvement strategies.

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