Mr Michael Wells, Founding Director, is one of the leading advisors on higher education in Australia and internationally. He advises universities, independent higher education providers (iHEPs) and investors on market entry and development, partnership strategies, regulation and quality. Over 20 years, Michael has been a management consultant to a significant number of education institutions, has held senior executive positions in planning/quality/finance/risk for Australia’s leading university, and has been a founding Commissioner of Australia’s higher education regulator TEQSA.
Michael has consulted to organisations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Chile, and Hong Kong. He has founded and built one of the leading firms of higher education advisors (www.wellsadvisory.co ). Michael specialises in aligning commercial / market considerations with the academic mission and culture of higher education institutions. Michael has deep understanding of structures, culture, and organisational frameworks that operate in higher education. He brings insights for his clients in terms of governance, strategy, regulation and operational excellence, built from practical experience and a keen interest in performance measures, markets, and quality.
Prior to establishing Wells Advisory in 2016, Michael was a full-time Commissioner at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) from 2011-2015, where he designed and led the establishment of a world-leading risk framework, national data collection and streamlined approach to regulating standards. He was Executive Director of Finance and Planning at Australia’s top ranked university, The University of Melbourne from 2005-2011 where he was a member of the Senior Executive Committee and Academic Board, and led university-wide planning and the annual US$1.1b university operating budget process, capital stage gating, strategic risk program and quality audits. Prior to the University of Melbourne, Michael’s career focussed on legal practice, strategy consulting and brand valuation. Michael is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australia and is a member of the Market Research Society of Australia.
Michael holds the following degrees: MMktg (Melbourne Business School), Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Unimelb)