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Academic Board Members

Chair of the Board


Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas

MA (Iowa), PhD (honoris causa) (Superior University), Fellow Academy of Social Sciences Australia

(Refer to the Council Member Biography)


Members (External)


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean

PhD (Monash), Graduate Diploma of Business - Management (Monash), Diploma in Education (Sydney), Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Sydney), Master of Business (Southern Cross)

Alison Dean PhD is Emeritus Professor of Service Marketing and Managment, University of Newcastle. Prior to joining Newcastle in 2005, Alison was employed at Monash University, having entered the tertiary sector from the electricity industry. She has held many leadership and management roles, including Deputy Hed of Faculty, Faculty of Business & Law, Dean and Head, Newcastle Business School; and Assistant Dean roles in Teaching and Learning, and Research Training. Alison's research agenda focuses on services marketing and management, and her studies have been published in a wide variety of high-quality journals. This includes 'Wong, Amy & Dean, Alison M (2009) “Enhancing Value for Chinese Shoppers: Store and Customer Characteristics”, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 123-134'.



Emeritus Professor Peter Flood

MSc (UNE), PhD (UQ), MSc (AU), IEM (Harvard)

Professor Flood is the Provost of Top Education with over 40 years experience in higher education including 31 years at UNE, 9 years at University of Queensland and 3 years as Provost. He has held academic management and executive positions including Head of Department, Head of School, Dean of Faculty, Pro Vice-Chancellor (research), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) and Acting Vice-Chancellor. He has served as a Board Member of 4 Cooperative Research Centres, the National Marine Science Centre (Coffs Harbour), the Animal Genetics Breeding Unit, the International Livestock Resource and Information Centre Ltd, and the Primary Industries Innovation Centre at the University of New England Rural Properties Board. He also served as the 2010 Chair of the National Steering Committee for Research Infrastructure in Earth and Geospatial Sciences of Auscope Ltd. Professor Flood has received additional academic recognition by recently being appointed Honorary Professor in Geosciences at the University of Sydney. 


Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

BA (Sydney), PhD (UNSW), M.A.P.S

Formerly Professor of Management, College of Business, University of Western Sydney, Research Director, Sydney Graduate School of Management, Professor of Management and Director of International Programs, Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has been on the boards of Macquarie Graduate School of Management Pty. Ltd. and an Israeli start-up company, Rooster Notification Technology Ltd. He is currently on the international advisory board of UK based Emerald Group Publishing and is an active consultant to business and government




Professor Xiongwen Lu 

PhD (Fudan)

Professor Lu is the Dean of School of Management at Fudan University, one of the leading business schools in China and internationally. Under his leadership, the School has been accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, and established several international joint programs with MIT, University of Hong Kong and other worldwide leading universities.



Associate Professor Yiming Tang

MA (Nankai), MBA (York), PhD (York)

Associate Professor Tang is an Associate Professor in Management (Marketing) at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. His teaching and research areas include marketing and strategic management.


Emeritus Professor Ted Wright

LLB (Dalhousie), Bsci (Toronto), MA (Cambridge)

Emeritus Professor Wright was the Dean of Law (Head, School of Law) at the University of Newcastle since January 2002, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law and The Acting Dean (Nov - Dec 2001), Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business & Law between 1 Dec 2005 and 15 Mar 2006. He was also appointed Law Reform Commissioner of Victoria in 1991 and 1992, as a member of the Commonwealth Access to Justice Advisory Committee in 1993 and 1994. He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).



Members (Internal)

MinshenDr Minshen Zhu

BA (Fudan), PhD (ANU), CLHE (Harvard)

Principal ex-officio Member

(Refer to the Council Member Biography)



Professor Sam Blay

LB (Ghana), M Int. Law (ANU), PH.D (Tasmania)

Deputy Principal (Academic)

(Refer to the Council Member Biography)


Professor Peter Eddey

BCom (Hons) (UNSW), MCom (Hons) (UNSW), FCA, FCPA

Dean of Sydney City School of Business

Professor Eddey is an Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University with over 40 years’ experience in university education. After graduating from UNSW with honors degrees, he joined the faculty of UNSW before moving to Macquarie University where he became Professor in Accounting and published research papers in leading national and international journals (including Abacus and the Journal of Accounting Research) and was the sole author of a widely adopted textbook in company accounting. Professor Eddey was the Director of Graduate Studies in the Business and Economics Faculty at Macquarie University and developed several highly successful programs including the Master of International Business and the Master of Accounting (CPA Extension). Subsequently, he spent two years at Charles Sturt University as Professor of Accounting before he joined TOP Education as Head of Business School. Professor Eddey is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants. 


Professor Philip Griffith

BJuris, LLb, LLM

Dean of Sydney City School of Law




Professor Eugene Clark

PhD (Tasmania), Fellow of Australian Academy of Law

Dr Eugene Clark is Distinguished Professor of Law and Senior Foreign Expert with the College of Comparative Law, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He is also an Emeritus Professor and former Pro-Vice Chancellor (External Relations), University of Canberra. He has also been Dean of two law schools in the US and has worked extensively in Asia and North America. He has earned five university degrees including postgraduate qualifications in law as well as education from universities in both the US and Australia. He serves on the editorial boards of three international journals and was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Arizona and North Carolina Bar Associations. Professor Clark has extensive teaching and research publications portfolio, which includes Cyber Crime, Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Intellectual Property Law, Legal Education to mention but a few.


Professor Brian Gibson

B.Comm (Newcastle), MBA (Newcastle), M.Comm (Newcastle), PhD (Newcastle)

Senior Director of Research

Professor Gibson is a Senior Director of Research and Curriculum Development at Top Education. He is also currently the Director of International Accounting Program at Rangsit University in Thailand. Professor Gibson is also a conjoint professor at University of Newcastle Business School. He is also former President of SEAANZ (Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand).


Professor Jim Psaros

B.Comm, M.Comm, PhD (UNSW), FCPA

Professor Psaros is former Deputy Head, Faculty of Business & Law at the University of Newcastle. He has had a distinguished career in academia that has extended for over three decades, the majority of which was at the University of Newcastle. Professor Psaros achieved excellent outcomes in research, teaching and senior university management roles. Psaros was the Director of the University of Newcastle (Sydney), Deputy Head - Faculty of Business and Law, Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning and Director of Executive and Corporate Programs. He was formally Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Newcastle. Prior to entering academia, Professor Psaros was employed for several years in Chartered Accounting and has experience in Australia and overseas working for Big 4 Accounting Firms. For the last 20 years he has taught and researched at Australian and British Universities. He has sat on the Board of Directors of companies and the audit committee of government authorities. He has both extensive professional accounting and research experience. Professor Psaros has a PhD in Accounting from the University of New South Wales. Throughout his research career, Professor Psaros has focused on issues of practical importance. He has conducted research in a range of areas including auditing and fraud, the inadequacies of Australian accounting standards, and more recently, corporate governance. Professor Psaros has published a book and twenty-eight journal articles. He has made many presentations at professional and academic forums. He is respected as an expert by both the academic and business communities. Underpinning his expertise is the development of a model for assessing the adequacy of organisations corporate governance. This model has been used as the basis for an annual assessment of the corporate governance of Australia’s largest 250 companies, since 2002. Professor Psaros is also a highly motivated and inspirational teacher with ability to enthuse and challenge students to think critically and deeply about contemporary issues in accounting.


Ms Cathy XU


Vice President (Regulatory & Compliance), Senior Academic Manager

Representative of Academic Staff on the Board

Ms Cathy Xu is the Associate Dean of the Sydney City School of Business and Senior Academic Manager of the Institute responsible for academic operation, management and development. Prior to her work at TOP, Ms. Xu was a financial accountant in a commercial firm. Ms. Xu is also a Member of TOP’s Academic Executive Committee.

Elena Andrada VLADUMs Elena-Andrada VLADU

Current Student of TOP's Bachelor of Laws

Student Representative





16 Members in total

Course Advisory Committee


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean


Professor Peter Eddey

Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

Associate Professor Yiming Tang

Emeritus Professor Ted Wright

Professor Philip Griffith


For their short CVs, please refer to the above Academic Board members.