Professor Peter Ryan
B Com (Merit), UOW, 1981; Grad Dip App Corp Gov, GIA, 2005; D Prof (Trans St), CQU, 2009;
Professor Ryan is 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 ten years with Australia’s then-largest company, BHP, Professor Ryan established 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, Professor Ryan 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, Professor Ryan 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, Professor Ryan founded the Higher Education Leadership Institute (HELI) 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 Professor Ryan has assumed a non-executive role as Director of Higher Education across ECA’s three registered institutes of higher education.