Corporate Governance

EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd (EQUALS) is governed by a Board of Directors that includes independent members and a representative of the owner of the Institute. The independence of the Board of Directors provides a mechanism to separate the ownership and governance of the Company from the management of the Institute and to provide independent business, financial and higher education expertise and advice at the highest level of decision-making. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of EQUALS in addition to ensuring that EQUALS continues to meet its legal, regulatory, financial, social and societal obligations and responsibilities. The instrument establishing EQUALS’ is available here.

Board of Directors

Katina Jones

Founder and Chair

Katina founded EQUALS in 1991. Throughout this time Katina has steered the organisation through successive cycles of growth and expansion, demonstrating her ability to lead with consistency and purpose, all the while ensuring goodwill with students, suppliers and clients. As the founder of EQUALS, she has worked for over 30 years to ensure that EQUALS’ spiritual principles and mission are brought to life through an enduring commitment to developing human potential through education.

In addition, she has held leadership roles with Rotary International (being the first female District Governor of District 9500, South Australia), and held multiple board and committee positions within government, the not-for-profit sector and United Nations agencies.

Professor Paul Babie

Deputy Chair, Independent Member

Paul Babie is Adelaide Law School Professor of Property Theory and Law and Director of the Law and Religion Project of The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (which he founded in 2007). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2017. He is currently Associate Dean of Law (International) of the Adelaide Law School and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of the Professions. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Law (Research) of the Adelaide Law School (2007-2017) and Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of the Professions (2011-2017). He holds a BA in sociology from the University of Calgary, a BThSt from Flinders University, a LLB from the University of Alberta, a LLM from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford.

Vahid Chittleborough

Chief Quality & Risk Officer

Vahid is an accomplished lawyer and barrister with over 20 years experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation; commercial and corporate litigation; insolvency and corporate recovery. Over his career, he has worked with a number of Australia’s top tier law firms as well as internationally.

Mariē Chittleborough

Chief Executive Officer

Mariē has over 20 years experience in the independent education and training sector, the last 12 in senior leadership roles. She has developed substantial expertise and skills in human resource management, operations management and in the oversight of organisational risk and compliance requirements.

Prior to returning to Australia in 2011, Mariē held a consultancy role with the Cayman Islands Government, where she was responsible for the design and delivery of education projects for indigenous communities in the British Virgin Islands and Caribbean nations. Mariē has also held roles in the banking and finance sector (Macquarie Bank); local government (South Australia) and in commercial property management (Coles Myer Group).

Michael Edson

Independant Member

Michael’s depth of experience has grown from over 40 years in the banking and finance sector. Having worked throughout Australia as well as in Oceania and Asia, Michael’s diverse roles have spanned multiple areas, including retail banking, personal and commercial lending, human resources and operations management, risk and compliance management.

Since 2002, Michael has been a director of a boutique winery based in South Australia’s Riverland. He enjoys being actively engaged across all aspects of the business, from production and winemaking, sales and marketing, through to compliance and business operations.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Michael is committed to supporting his community through capacity building and service. This commitment has been recognised with the Rotary Leadership Award and Catholic Education Services Award. Michael has also been a Justice of the Peace in South Australia since 1998 and continues to serves as the current President of the ANZ Bank SA and NT Retired Officers Club.

Peter Majewski

Independent Chair

Peter Majewski is currently Research Professor and Research Leader in the Future Industries Institute of the University of South Australia (UniSA). He has a Degree in Geology and a PhD in Mineralogy from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. After being Senior Scientist and later Deputy Department Head at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany, between 1989 and 2002, he started at the University of South Australia in 2003 where he held various positions including Dean Research Education, Associate Head of School in Research, and Head of School of Engineering. In 2000 to 2001, he was member of the Scientific Council of the Max-Planck-Society, member and Deputy Chair of UniSA’s Academic Board between 2014 and 2016, and invited member of the Academic Board of the University College London, Australia, between 2015 and 2017. Peter is also member of the Managing Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network and currently Vice President of the Asian Nano Forum. Peter has a broad research interest in the area of materials science and engineering with over 180 journal publications, about 4200 citations, and an h-index of 34. While currently performing research on materials for thermal energy storage he is also Chair and Chief Engineer of Solar Car Project of the Australian Technology Network including five Australian universities to create a solar car for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in 2019.

Financial Standing

EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd (EQUALS) (ACN 078 991 858), is an independent education provider. As part of its reporting requirements, EQUALS submits independently audited annual financial statements. EQUALS’ most current Statement of Financial Standing is available here.

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