The Higher Ed Services’ Board is responsible for the appointment of the CEO and the probity and governance of company activities. The Board is appointed by our shareholder Universities Australia.

The Board, which meets four times a year, approves new initiatives, associations and contracts and receives reports from the CEO on company operations. The Board is subject to the usual ACNC reporting responsibilities and the company is externally audited on an annual basis.

2019 HES Board Members - Mr Stephen Somogyi

Mr Stephen Somogyi - CHAIR

Steve has extensive experience in the financial services and health care industries, including 27 years with National Mutual involving roles as Chief Manager for New Zealand, Associate Director-Operations and Chief Finance Executive. Steve was a Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority from July 2003 to June 2006.

He holds a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne in Physics and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Steve is a Director of ANZ Wealth companies and the Guild Group companies and is a Commissioner of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, a Trustee of RMIT Foundation, and a Director of Spatial Vision Innovations.

Peter Bryant

Peter Bryant commenced in the Vice President (Corporate Services) role in November 2017 after serving almost four years as the Chief Financial Officer at Griffith University. Prior to 2014 Peter held senior finance and executive roles at Billabong International Limited and Australian Music Group.

His areas of responsibility include: Planning and directing the University's central administrative services., Advising the Vice Chancellor on policy, strategy and tactics to support and enhance the University's mission., Health and Safety, Employment strategies to support a high performance culture and support the University’s strategic commitment to recruit and retain high quality general and professional staff and Capital Planning.

Dr Christine Burns

Christine is the Chief Information Officer at University of Technology Sydney. Her specialities include: Board membership, impact of technology on business models and the future of work, developing and implementing strategy, change management, leading large teams through transformational change, operational excellence, IT portfolio development and management. She is also a Director of AARNet.

Professor Steve Chapman

Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University
CBE, PhD BSc Newc, HonDSc Edin, FRSE, FRSC, CChem

Professor Steve Chapman commenced his role as Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University (ECU) in April 2015.

Prior to joining ECU, Professor Chapman was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from 2009, and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006.

Professor Chapman holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Newcastle University. In 2001 he received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his ground-breaking work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous Plenary Lectures at International Conferences. He was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland.

Among his board and committee memberships while Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Professor Chapman chaired the Funding Policy Committee of Universities Scotland, and was a member of the Board of the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association.

In Australia, Professor Chapman is a Non-Executive Director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Board (since 2017); a Director of the Universities Australia Board (since 2020); a Panel member appointed by the Federal Minister for Education to the Higher Education Standards Panel under the TEQSA Act 2011 for a term of three years (2020-2023); member of the Board of Governors of the Forrest Research Foundation (since 2020); and a Member of the Mindarie Senior College Board (since 2015).

In 2005, Professor Chapman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2011 he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to higher education.

2019 HES Board Member - Geoff Knuckey

Mr Geoff Knuckey


Geoff Knuckey had a 32-year career with major accounting firm Ernst & Young and retired as a Partner in December 2009 to pursue a new career comprising board non-executive director and Audit Committee positions in the private and public sectors.

He is currently Chairman or non-executive director of six private-sector companies and is also Chair or Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committees for twelve government departments. His particular skills are in financial reporting and analysis, risk management, corporate governance and internal audit. Geoff is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has been a Registered Company Auditor since 1995. He is Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a member of the Australian Institute of Management. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from ANU.

Geoff brings his expertise to the Higher Ed Services Board.

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Life), Deputy Provost and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Kerri-Lee Krause is an experienced university executive who is recognised nationally and internationally for her contributions to higher education policy, research and practice.

Current national leadership roles include: Deputy Chair, Higher Education Standards Panel. Recent leadership roles include Chair, Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Committee, Chair, Ministerial Implementation Working Group for the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions and co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women’s Committee. Current Board Directorships include: Non-Executive Director, Education Services Australia; Non-Executive Director, Higher Education Services. Recent Directorships include: Non-Executive Director Edugrowth - Edtech Innovation Ecosystem (2018-2019), Non-Executive Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (2013-2018).

Professor Krause has a track record of leading university-wide strategic change and organisational renewal. Experience includes: outcomes driven strategy development and execution; academic workforce strategy refresh to achieve research and academic priorities; academic program renewal; faculty engagement and policy alignment; and systemic improvement of the student experience and outcomes.

International leadership in higher education quality enhancement has been recognised through such appointments as international reviewer for the Scottish Quality Assurance Agency. She is internationally recognised for research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings. Professor Krause is a lifetime fellow of the international Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) and has published widely in the field of higher education policy and practice. 

Ms Anne-Marie Lansdown

Ms Anne-Marie Lansdown is Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s university sector, where she leads the policy team.

Prior to this appointment she was the Chief of Staff to Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel from 2016-2018.  Anne-Marie worked for 15 years as a senior executive in the Commonwealth government and was one of the original architects of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Anne-Marie’s background includes insight and understanding of the national science, research and education sectors, and extensive international education and collaboration experience.  She has been involved in policy and planning for the Education Investment Fund, the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), and Australia’s first National Broadband Strategy, as well as with the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Ms Lansdown is a director of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organisation and the Australian Research Data Commons.

2019 HES Board Member - Dr Stephen Weller

Dr Stephen Weller

Steve is the Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Australian Catholic University. He leads the Corporate Services Portfolio which is focused on performance and service excellence and features 500 staff located across six campuses. He has more than 25 years’ experience in tertiary education across six universities in three states. He holds a PhD in Organisational Justice from Victoria University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.