Think Education’s Academic Board Members oversee the quality assurance of all Think Colleges’ faculties and academic activities, including the maintenance of high standards in teaching and scholarships.

Emeritus Professor Adrian Lee
External Member & Chairperson

PhD, B.Sc. (Hons) (Melb)

Adrian completed a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Microbiology at the University of Melbourne. He then travelled to New York where he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller University. He became interested in the microbial ecology of the intestinal tract, a research interest that continued for the next 35 years. He joined the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 1968 as a lecturer, progressing to the position of Professor of Medical Microbiology and Head of the School of Microbiology and Immunology from 1990 to 1999. At UNSW he was the leader of a large research team investigating H. pylori and the diseases peptic ulcer and gastric cancer, has published more than 250 articles and was continuously funded by the NH&MRC from 1972-2003.

Throughout his time at UNSW, Adrian had been interested in teaching. He taught medical and science students for thirty-three years and was one of the first to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UNSW and was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Australian Society for Microbiology. He was one of the first Associate Members of the WHO Regional Teacher Training Centre based at UNSW and has been a WHO consultant in Medical Education many times; running staff development workshops on teaching throughout the world. It was this commitment to improving the quality of teaching that made him forsake his beloved gut bacteria and take up the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Quality Improvement) at UNSW in 2000. He has significant experience in quality audit of Universities and chaired the Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA) audits of four of Australia’s major universities.

Adrian retired in 2006 and since then has worked with many universities to help improve the student learning experience. In 2008, he was awarded a Career Achievement Award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. This award is given to individuals whose career achievements in learning and teaching in higher education have had a major influence and left an enduring legacy. Since his retirement, Adrian has facilitated sixteen workshops for the Australian government's Office of Learning and Teaching.

In 2009 Adrian accepted an invitation to chair the Academic Board of Think: Education Group as he was impressed with the Group's commitment to a quality learning experience for its students. He is particularly excited at the Group's recent determination to be "agitators for an education revolution".


PhD (U Calif at Berkeley), MTCP (U Syd), B Econ (Hons) (U Qld), FAICD

David Wilmoth is Director of Learning Cities International Pty Ltd, an advisory and project management company for education and urban development. He works with private, government and multilateral clients in the start-up and expansion of education institutions, institutional expansion, regulatory compliance and public-private partnership transactions, working in over thirty countries.

He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Environmental Design and Construction and now Emeritus Professor of RMIT University. He was a long-standing member of the Academic Board and led the higher education sector, international development and other portfolios. He led the build-up of RMIT’s international student body and was foundation CEO of RMIT University Vietnam, now a major branch campus, along with campuses and partnership programs in many other countries.

He is chair of the Higher Education Board of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, a director of the Australia-Vietnam Education Promotion Association, which provides university scholarships to Australians of Vietnamese background, and a director of AFS Intercultural Programs Australia, part of the world’s largest program of secondary student exchange. He was a director and CEO of Monash International and Monash College, the university’s pathway provider, and chair of the board of Royal Children’s Hospital International and Melbourne’s Knowledge Precinct. He was President (Victoria) of the Australia-Africa Business Council.

David teaches a masters-level course in decision-making and governance at the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He has degrees in economics and planning from the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, and California at Berkeley, and graduate certificates in educational leadership and management from Harvard University and the University of Melbourne.

Internal Academic Board Members

Kathleen Curry

Dean: Health

Emeritus Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen

Pro Vice Chancellor: Design and Globalisation


Pro Vice Chancellor: Business and Entrepreneurship


Dean: Education

Sue Buckle

Head of L&T: Health


Head of L&T: Design

Trish Fairbourn

Head of L&T: Business


Head of L&T: Hospitality


Director: Academic Quality Unit


Group Director: Futures

Sam Jacob

Chief Customer Officer


Academic Director