JMC Pty Limited (ACN 003 572 012) is incorporated as an Australian Proprietary Company under the Corporations Act 2001. Originally established by Dr J Martin Cass in 1982, the organisation was subsequently incorporated in July, 1988. The trading name for the company is the JMC Academy, which operates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The JMC Academy has a Charter that establishes the foundation of its higher education services by providing a clear governance framework for the corporate and academic activities of JMC, ensuring it meets relevant external standards and legislation, including:
All JMC Academy staff are responsible for ensuring the efficient performance and high-quality provision of the higher education delivered by JMC Academy. The governance of this provision is the responsibility of JMC’s formally appointed boards, committees, sub-committees and working parties.
JMC Academy’s governance structure includes the following:
View our Governance Chart
The Governing Council has oversight of JMC Academy’s funding, strategic direction and management. It comprises of a majority of external members who are experienced in governance roles in either the education sector or the public and private business sectors.
Functions of the Governing Council are to:
View our Statement of Financial Standing.
Mr Robert Peile (Chair) – External Member
A chartered accountant in public practice, Robert provides specialist advice and consultation to small and medium enterprises on business, financial counselling and management issues; Australian taxation law practice; accountancy advisory; corporate insolvency, recovery, reconstruction and intensive care and self-managed superannuation.
Robert is a chartered tax advisor, registered company auditor, liquidator, tax agent, selfmanaged superannuation auditor and acts as an external examiner to the Law Society of New South Wales. Robert has served on the JMC Academy Governing Council since 2005.
Dr John M. Jenkins - Academic Board Representative
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.
Mr Peter James – External Member
Director Solicitor James Legal
Peter has been practising as a solicitor since 1988 and held the position of associate in a multijurisdictional law firm before establishing James Solicitors in 1994.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Queensland and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in July 1988, to the High Court of Australia in August 1988 and to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in November 1988. He is an International Associate Member of the American Bar Association and also a member of Best Practice Lawyers and one of the first members of the Quality in Law.
Peter has a strong background in commercial law, construction law and litigation, corporate compliance, risk management and best practice and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr Rodd Camm - External Member
Rod has over 30 years’ experience in tertiary education, developing expert knowledge of policy, federal and state responsibilities, governance, institutional operations, management and regulation. Rod has been leading significant organisational change for much of his career and possesses a unique range of experience as chief executive officer (CEO) of government agencies, statutory bodies, government-owned corporations, the National Centre for Vocational Research (NCVER) and private sector organisations. Rod engages on complex policy issues and has expertise in leadership, strategy, policy, change management and in facilitating innovation and opportunity through organisational design. Rod applies data analytics and interpretation to policy challenges in public administration, tertiary education, industry skills development, vocational education and training (VET) in schools and international education.
Pamela Christie - External Member
Pam has held a range of senior executive positions in Government regulation and in the tertiary education and training sector over the past 30 years. Pam has a great passion for changing lives through quality education and training and has driven major organisational, policy and regulatory reforms across a number of key leadership roles.
Pam’s strengths include driving organisational and cultural change and transforming organisations to be more customer-focused, efficient and commercially successful. She is highly accomplished in strategic leadership, innovation, advocacy and workforce reforms.
Pam is widely respected across Government and the tertiary education sector in Australia and internationally as an innovator and thought leader. Key achievements include forging partnerships across Governments, tertiary educational institutions, industry bodies and enterprises.
Dr Martin Cass - Managing Director
Martin founded JMC Academy in 1982 and has remained staunchly dedicated to lifting the quality of education and training in the Creative Industries. Martin launched Australia’s first ever accredited courses in Audio Engineering (1991), Multimedia (1996), and Digital Television (2000) in an industry still relatively new to the opportunities and prospects of a Creatively-driven multi-media explosion within an environment traditionally.
Martin is or has been a member of multiple accreditation and advisory panels across the higher education, vocational training, creative industries and philanthropic sectors including:
Dr George Markakis - Chief Executive Officer
A Chartered Accountant by profession, George joined JMC Academy in 1998 and has held the position of CEO since 2001. During this time he has overseen the acquisition and expansion of campuses and has driven the accreditation and re-accreditation processes both in the vocational and high education sectors. George oversees the operation today across three states, 15 qualifications and over 1,800 students. George is a Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.