William Angliss Institute

Singapore Board

Hon John Pandazopoulos | Chair

John currently holds the position of Chair of Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board, one of Australia’s best known tourism regions and Chair of the Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee.

John is Victoria’s longest continuous serving Tourism, Major Events and Gaming Minister with 28 years experience in Public Policy, Government and Governance at International, National, State and Local Government level. Former Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Racing, Major Projects and Employment. Former Member of the ‘Cleanevent’ Advisory Board, one of Australia’s largest Events businesses at the time. Local Councillor and Mayor in the then City of Berwick and Executive of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Former Chair and Deputy Chair Victorian Parliament Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Dr David Foster | Director

Dr David Foster has been working in the tourism and leisure industries for over two decades, as an educator, consultant and operator. He began his career in tourism as a planner, since then he has operated a travel agency and tour company and worked as a consultant on a wide range of tourism and park-related projects.

David spent many years involved in tourism education and research. For most of the 1990s he was Associate Professor and Head of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure at RMIT University and managed a research and consultancy company owned jointly by RMIT and William Angliss Institute.David has a range of experiences in tourism at the strategic level on a variety of tourism boards (Tourism Accreditation Board of Victoria, PATA Southern Chapter, Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tourism and Hospitality Group, Tourism Noosa, Tourism Sunshine Coast etc.) and has been a member of several Reference Groups for Tourism Victoria. He was also Chair of a major events committee that was responsible for initiating the celebration of the sesquicentenary of the discovery of gold in Victoria (2001).David has been a judge in the Victorian Tourism Awards for many years. He has also served as a mentor for those awards and worked with a number of aspiring applicants. He is currently Chair of William Angliss Institute Higher Education Academic Board and Director of the Australian Centre for Tourism and Hospitality

Dean Minett | Director, Minett Consulting Pty Ltd

Graduating from William Angliss College (as it was known then) in 1982 with a Certificate in Catering, Dean took on his first General Management role at the age of 22. He has worked in, managed or consulted to hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants and casinos for over 34 years across all states of Australia and is co-author of two best-selling hospitality & tourism textbooks, "The Road to Hospitality" and "The Road to Tourism".


Dean is the principal of his own management consultancy, specialising in tourism and hospitality and prior to this was Country General Manager, Australia/Director for The Ascott Limited, the world's largest owner/operator of serviced residences. Dean has been actively involved in many aspects of the industry via board or committee membership including the Catering Institute of Australia, The Hospitality Management Guild, Australian Institute of Hospitality Management, Australian Hotel Association, Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association and Victoria University. He was involved with the Victorian Tourism Awards from 2001 to 2005 in the capacity of both judge and Chairman of the Mentor Panel and was recognised as a "Legend of Tourism" by Tourism Training Australia in 2004.

Dean completed his Master of Business (Hospitality & Tourism) in 2007, researching Ethics and Leadership in Hospitality and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Nicholas Hunt  | William Angliss Institute Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The Institute’s CEO works closely with Government to implement state and national policies and is responsible for achieving revenue targets as set out in the Institute’s Strategic Plan, as well as other performance targets as specified in the Skills Victoria Annual Performance Agreement.

A key aspect of the CEO’s role is to drive and develop the Institute’s industry focus at both a strategic and operational level, ensuring the efficient use of resources in meeting the needs of stakeholders and clients. This includes driving change to support the Institute’s effectiveness and accountability.

The CEO also identifies international and domestic commercial opportunities for innovative and flexible foods, tourism and hospitality industry focused vocational education and training programs.

The CEO is also a member of the Board.

Mr Wayne Crosbie | Director William Angliss international

Wayne’s role within Angliss International is to implement a strategy of internationalisation across the Institute. This involves the planning, implementation and managing of the Institute’s international activities. Angliss International is responsible for the recruitment of overseas students into accredited Institute programs, providing support services for these students and monitoring student progress.

Wayne is also responsible for identifying, developing, implementing and managing new offshore opportunities and projects, and in particular, the Institute’s joint campuses in partnership with foreign education providers.

Wayne has developed strategic partnerships with a range of domestic and international organisations which include regional forums such as the ASEAN Secretariat, government organisations such as the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Workforce Development Agency, Singapore and global hotel chains such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton Worldwide and a range of education and training organisations.

Mr Ian Nicolson | Head, Regional Development Singapore

Ian is WAI Singapore's Chief Representative in China; member Management Committee, Singapore Association of Professional Training and Consulting Organisations.

Prior to joining WAI, Ian spent 15 years providing advice to government on industry training needs through his involvement in a number of Industry Training Boards including Service Skills Victoria.