Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor

Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor


Aspiring Education Foundation

ICMS Professional Scholarship Program Scholarships

Email: [email protected]

Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor is Chair of the Aspiring Education Foundation and runs the Professional Scholarship Program at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).

Ann is dedicated to ensuring the overall success of ICMS as a higher education institution and contributes to business strategy and vision.  Her experience and established relationships with regulatory bodies – such as TEQSA where she is a ‘Critical Friend’ – means she acts in a regulatory advisory capacity to ICMS and pathway provider institutions Aspire Institute and the International Sport College Australia (ISCA), the latter of which she was instrumental in establishing in 2018.

Prior to her work in higher education, Ann had many years’ experience as a business owner and operator and was winner of the Small Business Award in 1995 and nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 1996.

She has also worked as a Hotel General Manager, and in the financial services industry specialising in Corporate Superannuation Specialist & Fund Acquisition.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts – Social Sciences from Monash University and an Advanced Diploma Financial Services. She is involved in Hope 103.2 Christian Radio and is a member of the Australian Catholic Business Network.


The Australian, October 2018, ‘Discounts undermine credibility’

“Higher education institutions award scholarships for myriad reasons but it has come to light that the process for international students gaining a scholarship into higher education is increasingly non-transparent, and that there is misuse by some providers…”


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