Our governance structure

The centre consists of four boards:

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises the centre on strategic issues and facilitates external engagement relating to the performance and sustainability of the centre. It performs this role by contributing to the strategic management of the centre and by drawing on members’ experience in industry for the benefit of the centre. The board will support and further the centre’s mission, executive education and linkages with industry and government relevant to the centre.

Governing Board

The Governing Board oversees centre activities and has responsibility for its annual business plan (including budget, audit, financial management and reporting). It ensures compliance with University regulations and policies. The board also provides advice as needed on business development, IT infrastructure, infrastructure management, operating resource allocation and sustainability.

The Governing Board approves the Annual Statements presented by the Executive Director, after which the Annual Statement is submitted to the University (to Financial Services and the Senate Finance and Audit Committee) and the Serpentine Foundation. The Governing Board is authorised to obtain outside legal or other professional advice and to secure the attendance of external advisers with relevant experience and expertise if it considers this necessary, after consultation with the Chairman and the Executive Director.

Academic Committee

The Academic Committee supports the activities of the centre and acts as an interface between the centre and participating faculties and schools of the University of Sydney. The responsibilities of the Academic Committee are to:

  • lead and oversee the development of executive education short courses, thought leadership content and research strategies as directed or delegated by the Executive Director of the centre (following consultation with the Governing Board, and the Advisory Board as needed).
  • support centre activities, including executive education, public events and thought leadership.
  • act as a communication mechanism between the centre and their home faculties and schools.

Members of the Academic Committee will also advocate for the centre in their home faculties and schools, and across the broader academic and professional community.

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee implements key project and operational milestones established by the Executive Director (following consultation with the Governing Board, and the Advisory Board as needed) and facilitates the day-to-day running of the centre. The Operations Committee also contributes towards the strategic and operational goals of the centre as needed.