The Academic Board oversees all academic functions of the Academy, including academic governance, curriculum development, delivery and assessment.

The functions of the Academic Board are:

  • To assist and advise the JMC Academy Governing Council on all matters relating to and affecting the Academy’s teaching activities and its educational programs, including:
    • Rules governing awards and courses of study
    • Admission of students
    • Academic policy
    • Curriculum review process
    • Assessment moderation process
  • Recommending to the Governing Council the awarding of all academic qualifications.
  • To oversee and monitor course delivery across all campuses and receive reports on same.
  • To develop and review academic policy and report to and recommend to the Governing Council on same.
  • To recommend and oversee the implementation of academic policy.
  • To encourage scholarship and the maintenance and development of high standards of teaching.
  • To advise on educational aspects of the Academy’s strategic plan.
  • To develop detailed advice on new academic developments and priorities.
  • To receive reports from and oversee the work of the following Academic Board Committees:
    • Curriculum and Delivery Committees
    • Discipline and Conduct Committees
    • Assessment Appeals Committees
    • Course Advisory Committees
  • To report directly to the Governing Council on the above matters

Members of JMC Academy's Academic Board

Appointed Members (Fixed Term)

Dr John M. Jenkins
Chair, Independent Member


John Jenkins has extensive academic governance and leadership experience. His previous appointments include: Professor and Chair of the Academic Board at Southern Cross University (SCU); Director of SCU Online; Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at SCU; and Chair of the Academic Board at TOP Education Institute. John is the Director of John M. Jenkins Pty Ltd, providing consultancy services to higher education institutions in the areas of corporate governance, academic governance, course accreditations and curriculum development, academic policies and procedures, and student matters, including student appeals, complaints and grievances.

John has also held previous appointments at Central Queensland University, the University of Canberra and The University of Newcastle. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Register of TEQSA Experts and an Adjunct Professor at SCU.

John has published a large collection of books, book chapters, refereed journal articles and reports, which are listed here.


Professor William Randall Albury
Independent Member
PhD, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland USA
Emeritus Professor – School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales
Adjunct Professor – School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of New England

Professor WR Albury has deep understanding and extensive experience in academic governance. He has held many higher education advisory and leadership roles such as:

  • At University of New South Wales:
    • Head of School of History and Philosophy of Science
    • Chair, Faculty of Arts
    • Vice-Chair, Professorial Board
    • Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • At University of New England:
    • Dean, Faculty of Arts
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
    • Chief University Ombudsman
  • At other Higher Education Institutions:
    • External Assessor, MSc course in ‘Science, Technology and Society’, Griffith University
    • Member, BA Course Advisory Committee, Macarthur Institute of Higher Education (now part of Western Sydney University)
    • External Reviewer, ‘Science and Technology’ unit for BA students, Catholic College of Education Sydney (now part of Australian Catholic University)
    • External Reviewer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne
    • Deputy Chair, Course Advisory and Review Committee, Campion College Australia
    • Chair, Academic Board, JMC Academy

Academic Publications

  • 5 books (2 as sole author, 2 as co-editor, 1 as translator with introduction and annotations)
  • Over 80 refereed articles (sole authored and co-authored)
  • Over 80 book reviews in academic journals


Dr Lee McGowan
Independent Member
Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
Master of Arts (Queensland University of Technology)
Senior Lecturer, School of Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast


A Scot living in Brisbane, Lee McGowan has spent the 6 years since his PhD graduation crashing through intensive, consecutive and concurrent teaching contracts in the Creative Industries Faculty. It’s been great for his teaching – where he’s picked up a handful of teaching and performance Awards; and his service, he regularly makes appearances at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and his industry network continues to expand.


Elected Members (Fixed Term)

Kemo Bunguric
Head of Music, Sydney
Master of Recording Arts
Bachelor of Music Education


Kemo’s teaching methods and influence reflect his own passion and extensive skills in composition, arranging and music technology, especially since he is a piano accordion virtuoso and an Australasian Accordion Champion.

By the age of 13, Kemo had learned early on how important it was to market one’s self as a musician, a concept which he aims to instil in his students. Kemo ensures that his students understand how to develop themselves as well-rounded musicians and teaches them the importance of being progressive within the industry.


Daniel Bodnarcuk
Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production
Bachelor of Creative Industries (Audio Engineering and Sound Production)
Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Technology & Vocation Education and Training)

A musician, composer and sound engineer, Daniel is the owner and operator of boutique record label, Singplay. Daniels ongoing body of work includes compositions, performances and engineered material for local and international release, featured on iTunes, Radio and Film.

Daniel’s teaching philosophy is centered on establishing a bond between Education and Industry. Daniel is an AMEB trained musician, holding a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Production, and is currently studying his Masters of Education.


Lance Balchin
Head of Animation & Game Design, Brisbane


Lance is an educator in the creative industries, with over 15 years hands on experience teaching Photoshop. Lance’s relationship with Photoshop started in 1991 with Version 2.5 (pre layers!) and he has built a substantial understanding of the software over 25 years. Lance currently lives in Brisbane, Australia and was admitted to practice law two years ago.

Lance Balchin is also a children’s illustrator and author who has internationally published two books in the ‘Mechanica’ series with the Five Mile Press, Simon & Schuster, Little Bee Books and Bonnier Publishing. There are a further seven picture books to follow as well as a set of four novels. The books carry a strong environmental message and are written for children aged from 8 to 14.


Ex-Officio Members (Continuing)

Dr George Markakis
Chief Executive Officer
PhD.I (University of New England)
Bachelor of Business - University of Technology


George Markakis started in accounting and business over 20 years ago. George has studied and worked in a number of business areas, including but not limited to compliance, business advice and management practices. He is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

In 1998, George joined JMC Academy. His initial role was Business Manager, encompassing all aspects of the business including academic, financial and operations. In 2001, as the organisation grew, the role was redefined to be that of Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. He has been a key member in all accreditation and re-accreditation processes for vocational and higher education, and was integral in the expansion of the College into Victoria in 2000 and Queensland in 2008.George has overseen the growth of the College, from being a single campus vocational education provider with just over 200 students to a private Higher Education provider across three states, over 15 qualifications and in excess of 1,600 students. 

George is a member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) Finance Committee, a judge for the AIMIA awards (Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Awards), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Dr Sue-Ann Stanford
Director of Education
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Sciences) Education, University of Sydney
Master of Applied History, University of Technology Sydney

An education management specialist with 20 years experience in the vocational education and higher education sector, Dr Stanford has a proven track record in working with private educational institutions to have them registered, their courses accredited and then assisting them to manage the change from one institutional type to another with regards to regulatory requirements and cultural shifts.

Dr Stanford also worked as Academic Director at MCI Institute and MCI Solutions, Kaplan Professional Education, and at the Think Education Group providing academic leadership, initiating and maintaining appropriate academic governance mechanisms, leading a diverse team of highly skilled people, including academics, subject matter experts, instructional designers to develop and deliver innovative and engaging learning experience and innovate product lines and delivery modes, developing HE courses for re-accreditation.

Peter George
Chair, Learning and Teaching Committee
Head of Film & Television, Melbourne


As a Producer, Director, Writer, Interviewer and Script Editor, Peter brings a resume of credit and awards to JMC Academy. As a filmmaker, major credits include the award winning documentaries Original Schtick, Schtick Happens, The Dream of Love, Not So Straight and The Triangle Wars, and fiction films Absence and William. Original Schtick won 2 AFI awards and the prestigious Rouben Mamoulian Award at the Sydney Film Festival. Almost all of Peter's films have travelled widely around the globe, including Original Schtick and William, which were invited to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 

The Triangle War premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund, and recently won Best Australian Documentary at the inaugural Antenna International Documentary Festival.

In addition to filmmaking, Peter has also worked as a copywriter, a book editor, an industry consultant, an Advertising Account Executive and was the former Editor of If Magazine


Attachment: Academic Board and Academic Governance Induction Handbook

Membership and Meeting Protocols

The protocols for membership and meetings of the Academic Board are as follows:

Membership of the Academic Board shall consist of:

  • External members appointed by the Governing Council shall have a post-graduate qualification and university experience in a senior academic position.
  • Internal representative members shall be one Head of Department from each campus chosen by the Heads of Department from that campus, and one student representative, as elected by the students.
  • The student representative member will be elected on a rotational basis allowing fair representation of all campuses.
  • The Chair of the Academic Board shall be an external member elected by the members of the Board on the basis of a simple majority of those voting.
  • If the first vote is inconclusive, a second vote shall be held. If the second vote is inconclusive, the Chair of the Governing Council shall select one of the candidates to be Chair of the Board.
  • The members of the Academic Board are provided with all relevant information prior to meetings and are obligated to preserve commercial-in-confidence information.

Frequency of Meetings

The Academic Board meets on a date and time according to a pre-arranged schedule with a minimum of three meetings per year. Additional meetings may be scheduled should they be required.


The Director of Education is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Academic Board.

Communicating with the Academic Board

For further information on communicating with the Academic Board please contact your local representative.

Learning & Teaching Committee

JMC Academy’s Learning and Teaching Committee is a committee of the Academic Board. It is the principal advisory committee on learning and teaching and provides recommendations to the Academic Board on the maintenance of academic standards and high-quality learning as well as on policy, initiatives and innovation.