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:
1. Chair - Independent Member
Dr John M. Jenkins
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.
2. Independent Member
Professor Randall Albury
Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales and Adjunct Professor, University of New England
3. Independent Member
Professor Hilary Winchester
Emeritus Professor, Chancellery and Council Services, University of South Australia and Adjunct Professor, Flinders University
Hilary is Director and Principal of Hilary Winchester Pty Ltd, specialising in Higher Education Quality Assurance, audits, reviews and compliance assessment. She is Chair of Academic Board at the Australian Institute of Business and Emeritus Professor of the University of South Australia and Central Queensland University, and is best known for her previous work on equity in higher education, quality in private providers and for expertise on academic governance.
Hilary’s previous senior appointments include Pro Vice Chancellor: Strategy & Planning at the University of South Australia, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Flinders University, and President of Academic Senate at the University of Newcastle. She was an AUQA auditor for 10 years and has been a panel member for the Australian Research Council and an assessor for the former Australian Learning & Teaching Council. She is a current member of the TEQSA register of experts and is also an international auditor for quality agencies in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the Middle East, and in recognition of her work in quality standards, regulation and governance, particularly in the private sector, Hilary was the recipient of the 2011 Australian Higher Education Quality Award.
4. Independent Member
Dr Lee McGowan
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.
5. Head of Department (Sydney)
Head of Music, Sydney
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.
6. Head of Department (Melbourne)
Head of Games and Animation, Melbourne
Kim is a technologist, educator and animator with over a decade of experience working in media education.
From Sultans to Festivals, Health organisations to studios, he has maintained an active practice working with
a broad range of clients in animation. Kim believes animation and interactive media is a product, comment and forecaster of our global society.
Media dynamically shifts into new territories, requiring new perspectives and Kim sees the responsibility of education is to enable active creatives in this dynamic space.
7. Head of Department (Brisbane)
Head of Film and TV Production, Brisbane
Mark Overett is a writer/producer and founding partner of Australia/New Zealand production company New Holland Pictures Two. Mark’s films include 6 x AFI Award winning drama “Unfinished Sky” (2007, dir. Peter Duncan); NZ comedy “Separation City” (2009, dir Paul Middleditch), Danish/Australian action/comedy “At World’s End” (2009, dir Tomas Villum Jensen), and Finnish/German/Australian sci-fi comedy “Iron Sky” (2011, dir. Timo Vuorensola), thriller “The Fear of Darkness” (2014, dir. Chris Fitchett). Recently, Mark's film AZZURO, starring Olivia Simone and Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti, won Best International Short Film at the 2018 Santa Monica International Film Festvial.
Mark also likes to keep his toes in documentary production and is currently producing a definitive documentary and concert film of legendary punk band The Saints. He was also Writer/Post Production Supervisor on “ABBA – Bang-A-Boomerang”; and Executive Producer on “Shadow Play – The Making of Anton Corbijn”. He also wrote the UK documentary “Albatross” produced by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds”; and “Running Away” documentary (Ch 9). In 2018
As Script Editor/Script Supervisor, Mark’s credits include some 12 short films including the multi-international award-winning “The Landing” (2013, dir Josh Tanner ); “Maiden” (2013, dir Stephen Kanaris); “The Streak” (2013, dir Michael Gillett) and “Jacob Fights Giants” (2012, dir Janelle Rayner & Simon Toy)
8. Student Representative
Jacinta is a digital illustrator who has a passion for storytelling. Growing up on stories like The Wishing-Chair and The Chronicles of Narnia, she has been inspired to create her own characters and develop magical worlds for them.
Jacinta enrolled at JMC Academy with a bias towards illustration and traditional animation, but along the way has become just as attached to creating and animating within the 3D medium. She is currently in her second year studying Bachelor of Creative Arts - 3D Animation at JMC Academy at the Brisbane Campus.
Since beginning her studies, she has worked on contract for various companies, completing work in character design and background painting. She is excited to continue gaining further experience upon graduation and one day hopes to become a director within the Animation and Game Design industries.
9. Chief Executive Officer
Dr George Markakis
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.
10. Director of Education
Dr Sue-Ann Stanford
11. Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research
Professor Philip Hayward
Philip is a Research Advisor in Music and Media Arts in the School of Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney. Philip is also editor of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures and a member of audio-visual ensemble The Moviolas. He has published widely on various music, screen soundtrack, media and cultural heritage topics and has received two ARC Discovery grants, two ARC Collaboratives and various other research grants from bodies such as the Asian Development Bank and the Japan Foundation. Philip has had sustained research collaborations with academics from Kagoshima and Tokyo Metropolitan universities in Japan, from Pattimura University, Ambon (eastern Indonesia) and The University of British Columbia.
Outside academia, Philip is actively involved in rainforest restoration in far north New South Wales.
12. Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee
Mr Peter George
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
The protocols for membership and meetings of the Academic Board are as follows:
Membership of the Academic Board shall consist of:
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. SECRETARIAT The Director of Education is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Academic Board.
For further information on communicating with the Academic Board please contact your local representative.