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Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor

Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor


ICMS Scholarships

ISCA Inception & Strategy

Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor is Chair of the Aspiring Education Foundation and ICMS Professional Scholarship Program at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).  One of her key passions is to continue building the scholarship program, which is underpinned by very strong values that centre on creating opportunities for students to access higher education.

Ann is dedicated to ensuring the overall success and quality of ICMS as an 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.

With a passion for civic leadership, Ann is also Deputy Chair of Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA). IHEA is an advocacy body representing Australia’s private higher education institutions, of which the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is a member. Read more

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

She has worked as a General Manager, National Sales Manager in hospitality and tourism and in the financial services industry specialising in Corporate Superannuation Specialist & Fund Acquisition in both the industry superannuation and corporate banking sectors.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts – Social Sciences, majoring in Psychology and Sociology from Monash University and an Advanced Diploma Financial Services (Financial Planning). She is involved in the Independent Higher Education Australia peak body and is a member of the Australian Catholic Business Network.

Recent Publications:

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…”

Recent Presentations:

TEQSA: Friend or Foe? Working well with our Regulator 


“Many parents are facing an uncertain financial future and as a leading educational institution, it is our obligation to ensure motivated students can access tertiary education and a career…”

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