“Higher education is experiencing major changes, challenges and opportunities. Borders are shifting, funding models are being reinvented, and the missions of universities are being redefined. I’ve served in senior leadership roles since 2003 and have been privileged to help shape and manage some of those changes.

I believe that success leaves footprints and have spent most of my life studying and modelling successful people and organizations. I enjoy working with great people, places and projects – it’s why I come to work every day.”

Phillip Cenere


Phillip Cenere FAIM GAICD

Phillip Cenere FAIM GAICD is an experienced and seasoned C-Suite executive with demonstrated success in strategic management of large and complex world-class institutions.

For more than 20 years he has served in senior leadership roles including as Associate Vice Chancellor, CEO, Executive Dean and Professor. During this time, he has made a distinguished service to higher education management, the business professions and executive education through his governance roles, fostering professional and business ethics education and volunteering for charitable and not-for-profit causes.

Phillip’s most recent appointments include serving as CEO of Australian Vision Research, Executive Dean, Professor and CEO of the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence and Associate Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus (NSW) for CQ University.

Phillip has served on the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ (AICD) NSW Council as well as the institute’s National Education Advisory Committee, Curriculum Development Committee (responsible for the flagship Company Directors Course) and Director Professional Development Committee. He has also served on the councils and committees of the Banking and Finance Oath, RDA Sydney, Australian Business Deans Council, Australia China Business Council, Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM), Public Relations Institute of Australia, Early Bird Marketplace and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA). Phillip has also served as Chair of Startup Capital, a privately owned company investing in the technology and edu-tech sectors, Managing Director of Engines of Success, a management and board consultancy, and as a Specialist Consultant (Higher Education) for Third Bridge Group.

He has published articles on governance in higher education including for the magazine Company Director (AICD) and co-authored the book Communication Skills for Business Professionals (Cambridge University Press) and peer reviewed works by Pearson Australia and McGraw-Hill Australia.

He organised and chaired a partnership between AICD and ATEM to co-present annual director workshops on good governance, strategic directions and risk management for the tertiary education sector and chaired the Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Expo (MAPexpo) each year (an event aimed at inducting students and graduates into the professions).

Phillip previously served six years as Associate Dean of the School of Business and Senior Lecturer (Public Relations) at The University of Notre Dame (Sydney campus) and also taught across a range of business and communication subjects at Adelaide University, Macquarie University, UTS and the University of Wollongong. He has served as a registered expert for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (for which he has audited colleges) and was a member of the Academic Board of the University of Technology Sydney.

Phillip developed and served as chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Summit (sponsored and hosted by CPA Australia), the Australian Institute of Management’s Leadership Breakfast, and the director conferences The New Silk Road: Creating a Route Map for Australian Businesses Heading to Asia (sponsored and hosted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers & AICD) and Expecting the unexpected: Crisis Management for Directors (AICD), as well as presenting at the Ethics Education Forum: Supporting and informing the teaching of ethics across universities (UNDA) and Learning & Teaching Forum: Incorporating authentic learning tasks in curriculums (UNDA).

Phillip has also devoted his time to charitable and not-for-profit causes including serving on the board of directors of the Centre for Disability Studies (affiliated with The University of Sydney’s Medical School and the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney) and Nutrition Australia (Australian Nutrition Foundation Inc) (the organisation which developed the original Healthily Eating Pyramid). He also served on the remuneration committee of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.