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



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 William Randall Albury
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

3. Independent Member

Professor Hilary Winchester

  • Emeritus Professor, Chancellery and Council Services, University of South Australia
  • 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

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Master of Arts (Queensland University of Technology)

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)


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. 

6. Head of Department (Melbourne)


Kim Edwards

Head of Games and Animation, Melbourne

  • Film & TV Postgraduate Diploma: VCA Film & TV School, Animation 2003.

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)


Mark Overett

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 Horin

Student: Animation

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

  • 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.

10. Director of Education


Dr Sue-Ann Stanford

  • 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.

  • Provide academic leadership, including monitoring the quality of provision
  • Initiate and maintain appropriate academic governance frameworks and mechanisms 
  • Lead a diverse team of highly skilled people, including academics to develop and deliver innovative and engaging learning experiences

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. 

  • The College, Sydney
  • Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)
  • Whitehouse Institute of Design
  • JMC Academy

Presentations and Publications

  • Author and co-author of academic journals articles
  • Author and co-author of conference papers

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Tertiary Education Managers (individual)
  • Higher Education Private Providers Quality Network (institutional representative)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (individual)

11. Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research


Professor Philip Hayward

  • PhD, (MQU)
  • Master of Education in Film and Television Studies, University of London Institute of Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education in English and Media Studies, University of London Institute of Education
  • BA Honours English, University College Cardiff

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.

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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:

  • 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.


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.


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.