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Board of Directors

Dr. Chandana Hewege – Non-Executive Director


Well respected in his field of expertise, Dr. Chandana Hewege holds a Ph.D. in Management from the Monash University, a Master of Business Administration Degree and B.Sc. in Business Administration Honours from the University of Sri J’pura, Sri Lanka. During his illustrious career, his academic and professional experiences have been primarily focussed on teaching, research and industry consultancy and he has published around 45 referred research papers and referred conference papers. Dr Hewege has worked on a wide spectrum of research areas such as corporate social responsibility, management controls of transitional economies, marketing, logistics, international business and research methodology.

His interest in education prompted him to get accredited as a teacher in higher education by the Staff Education and Development Association, United Kingdom (SEDA, UK) and he has close to 20 years of teaching experience (undergraduate and postgraduate, local as well as overseas). He has been richly recognized for his academic and research excellence, and has received many awards that include the best critical literature review award, Department of Management, Monash University; Emerald Literati Award-Social Responsibility Journal 2017; the Teaching Excellence Award by the Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University of Technology: the best reviewer 2007 award, Contemporary Management Research Journal; and the best student Gold Medal award, Department of Business Administration, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Chandana served the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal ranking panel in 2013 for Marketing, Tourism, Logistics and commercial services research areas.

Professor Anthony Welch Chair (Independent Non- Executive Director)


Associate Professor, Anthony Welch has held a number of positions in the discipline of nursing in both the private and public sectors of the health care industry (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong).

Such positions have included Hospital Manager, Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing, Senior Supervisor, Unit Manager, Principal Educator, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Post-Graduate Studies.

He has also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia. He is currently employed at Central Queensland University as Assistant Dean Community Engagement, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Svetlana Johnson (Independent Non- Executive Director)


With over 20 years’ experience, Svetlana’s professional career has been extensive and varied, ranging from accounting to consulting, internal audit and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) positions. She has a substantial amount of experience in all areas of business and in particular driving process improvement and business optimisation. Some of Svetlana’s industry experience is in legal practice, professional services, retail, and hospitality. Her Board and Committee experience includes the Australian Legal Practice Management Association as Victorian Treasurer for over 5 years.

Dr Philip Brown (Executive Director)


Dr Philip Brown is an internationally experienced CEO, board director, company secretary, dean, academic director, principal, advisor and educator. Dr Brown is exceptionally qualified in tertiary education management, commerce and risk management, including an earned doctoral degree in educational leadership.

Phil’s professional affiliations include: Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA); Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); Associate Member, Institute of Internal Auditors Australia (AMIIAA); and Certified Practising Risk Associate, Risk Management Institution of Australasia (CPRA).

Phil has been recognised and presented as a Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK) for “very extensive experience in leading, as well as developing, learning and teaching in higher education”; as a Fellow, Association of University Administrators (UK) for “substantial commitment to the continuing professional development of others, and the impact and influence this has had on higher education administration and management”; and as a Fellow, Australian College of Educators (Australia) for “innovative leadership in establishing teaching as a profession through roles as author, consultant, teacher, assistant principal, principal and president of a professional association.”

Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath (Acting CEO)


Bijo is the founder, Acting CEO of Institute of Health and Nursing Australia(IHNA). His demonstrated passion towards education, entrepreneurship and technology has shaped the vision of the company.

Bijo has a Master’s in Business Administration and has a qualification in Mechanical Engineering.

Bijo has worked extensively world-wide and is well respected as a prominent community figure in Australia, Malaysia & India. Bijo’s extensive project management and business management experience is the driving force behind all programs and activities of IHM and Health Careers group and has led the organisation to successfully start a number of international businesses.

As the acting CEO of Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA), Bijo oversees and manages the operational activities, systems and policy implementation of the organisation. He is also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Corporate Governance in Educational Sector, from Swinburne University.

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