Dr Peter Ryan
Dr Peter Ryan is generally accepted as one of the leading experts on private higher education in Australia, and over the past 25 years has assisted many organisations to navigate the complex regulatory framework that ensures the quality of Australia’s higher education sector.
In 1987, following 10 years with Australia’s then-largest company, BHP, Peter set up his own boutique consulting firm to assist owners of small to medium businesses during the early stages of organisational development. He provided strategic advice on how to best meet their statutory obligations while growing in a controlled and efficient manner, with clear goals and benchmarks for success.
As General Manager and then Managing Director of the Australian College of Applied Psychology from 1997 to 2004, Peter led the College through a major growth phase, expanding the business both nationally, internationally and online. During this time the College made the complex and challenging transition from Registered Training Organisation to Higher Education Provider. The College was the first independent higher education provider to offer an Associate Degree and was part of the first tranche of approvals to offer FEE-HELP assistance to its students. The College has continued to go from strength to strength under the ownership of Navitas.
In 2004 Peter established Consult Ed to provide specialist support to independent higher education providers, specialising in the areas of regulatory approvals, quality assurance, and corporate and academic governance.
In 2015 Peter founded the Higher Education Leadership Institute aimed at fulfilling a niche role in the independent higher education sector by delivering global best-practice consulting and training to higher education providers through its team of higher education experts and researchers.
In 2020, HELI joined the ECA Group and Peter has assumed a non-executive role as Director of Higher Education across ECA’s three registered higher education providers.