The Higher Education Standards Panel membership

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, with responsibility related to the standards applying in higher education in Australia.

Emeritus Professor Ian O'Connor AC (Chair)

Former Vice-Chancellor and President, Griffith University

Professor O’Connor was the Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University from January 2005 until December 2018. He led the major growth of the University’s five campuses over that period.

Following completion of degrees of Bachelor of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland, he held various academic appointments there including President of the Academic Board before moving to Griffith.

Professor O’Connor is published in the field of juvenile justice, child welfare and the future directions of social work and the human services. 

Professor O’Connor currently serves as the Chair for the South Bank Corporation and the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees and is the Deputy Chair for Trade and Investment Queensland.

Professor O’Connor retired from the position of Vice Chancellor in December 2018.

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause (Deputy Chair)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Life) and Deputy Provost, the University of Melbourne. Prior to December 2019, Professor Krause was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at La Trobe University.

Professor Krause previously provided institutional leadership for the quality of learning, teaching and research across Victoria University, working closely with the Deans of the Academic Colleges and the heads of the respective Research Institutes and Centres.

Professor Krause was the Chair of the Implementation Working Group for admissions transparency and Chair of the Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) group. Professor Krause is nationally and internationally recognised for her research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings.

Her research expertise spans broadly across higher education policy areas, with a particular focus on the changing student experience, the evolving nature of academic work and implications for quality and standards in higher education.

She has a commitment to evidence-based enhancement of institutional performance and quality improvement in higher education.

Ms Adrienne Nieuwenhuis

Director, University of South Australia

As Director: Office of the Vice Chancellor and Strategic Programs at the University of South Australia, Ms Nieuwenhuis is responsible for providing high-level strategic analysis and advice to the Vice Chancellor and Senior Management group and overseeing the effective development and implementation of strategic projects across the University.

Prior to this, Ms Nieuwenhuis was the Director: Quality, Tertiary Education, Science and Research in the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology where she provided strategic leadership and policy advice to support tertiary education, science and research in South Australia. In this role she was also responsible for a range of regulatory services for both VET and higher education and worked closely with the Commonwealth Government in the establishment of the national regulatory systems for VET and higher education. She was an inaugural member of both the Higher Education Standards Panel and the National Skills Standards Council.
Ms Nieuwenhuis is also a member of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission.

Ms Nieuwenhuis has over 20 years of experience in tertiary education policy, academic and student administration in higher education. She originally joined the University of South Australia in 1988 and has held a number of positions in the University, including Deputy Director: Student and Academic Services and Senior Adviser: Academic Policy and Programs. Following her work in State Government, she returned to the University in 2012 to take up the role of Director: Policy and Strategy.

Dr Sadie Heckenberg

Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Sadie Heckenberg is a Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre at the Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Heckenberg recently served as the President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA). A Wiradjuri Woman, Dr Heckenberg was the 2014 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholar, undertaking her research in the Kamakakūokalani Centre for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa. Dr Heckenberg’s oral history research focuses on Indigenous methodologies, Cultural Safety, ethical research practices and protecting Indigenous spoken knowledge through intellectual property and copyright law.

In 2016, Dr Heckenberg undertook a Confucius China Studies Program Young Leaders Fellowship. In 2017 she was a National Library of Australia Summer Scholar and a Columbia University Oral History Institute Summer Fellow. Dr Heckenberg has extensive experience with student representation having previously been the Women’s Officer for NATSIPA; Co-Vice President Equity, NATSIPA Liaison Officer and Women’s Officer for the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations; and the Indigenous Officer and Gippsland Campus Representative for Monash Postgraduate Association.

In 2018, Dr Heckenberg obtained her PhD in Indigenous Oral History at Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr Krystal Evans

Head of Communications and Government Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Prior to her current role, Dr Evans led the BioMelbourne Network, a membership-based industry association for the health innovation and life sciences industries in Victoria, Australia. Her role was to connect, support and enable the biotechnology and medical technology sectors, bringing together researchers, public and private companies, clinicians and specialist service providers. She is committed to advancing Australia’s position as a global destination for life sciences and health technology and creating opportunities for growth and investment in our sector.

Dr Evans has an undergraduate degree in medicinal chemistry and holds a PhD in medical biology undertaken at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Formerly, Dr Evans led a malaria vaccine development program at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, which attracted funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NHMRC and Commercialisation Australia. In this role she was responsible for positioning lead malaria vaccine candidates for progression into early-phase clinical trials. She was a founding member and Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and Mid-Career Researcher Forum.

Dr Don Owers AM

Ministry Development Advisor, St. Barnabas College

Dr Owers is currently the Ministry Development Advisor of St. Barnabas College, Adelaide, a theological education centre affiliated with Charles Sturt University after previously serving as its Principal. Prior to his roles at St. Barnabas College, Dr Owers was CEO of Tabor College of Higher Education (2008 – 2016) having previously held the position of Academic Dean (2006 – 2008). He has been Chair of the Council of Private Higher Education since 2012. Through 2015 – 2016 Dr Owers was a member of the Office for Learning and Teaching Expert Panel and Specialist Awards Panel, a member of the TEQSA Ministerial Advisory Committee and a member of the TEQSA Standards Transition Advisory Group. From 2016 – 2017 he was an observer on the Higher Education Standards Panel. In 2007 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to victims/survivors of church related abuse and his current research interest relates to the lived experience of the families of victims/survivors.

The Hon Phil Honeywood

Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association of Australia

Mr Honeywood became Chief Executive Officer of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) in November 2011. He brings extensive knowledge of all aspect of higher education, including international education, and a strong network of both private and public providers. Mr Honeywood was the Member for Warrandyte in the Victorian State Parliament, Australia, for 18 years (1988–06). During this period he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the then Premier Hon Jeff Kennett (1992 to 1996) and as the Victorian Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996 to 1999).

He was also Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2002–06. Since retiring from full-time politics in 2006, Mr Honeywood has been Marketing Director and CEO at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College in Melbourne. He also served two terms on the Governing Council of Swinburne University of Technology. He is the current Chairman of the State Government of Victoria’s Interpreting and Translation Service (VITS).

Mr Honeywood also serves on the Council for International Education and recently was the Chair for the Global Reputation Taskforce established by the Minister to focus on the COVID-19 outbreak.