Faculty appoints former NRMA Chair as Professor of Practice

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


The Faculty of Business and Law has appointed Mr Kyle Loades, former NRMA Chair and UON alumnus, as Conjoint Professor of Practice.

Mr Loades has been a champion of the University and the Faculty over a number of years, actively contributing as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board giving frank and fearless advice to the PVC and other senior Faculty leaders. He has served on several senior leadership selection panels.

Professors of Practice are distinguished professional leaders, who help to translate and promote and the integration of academic scholarship with practical experience.

Kyle has significant experience as chair and leader of a number of nationally significant boards including Credit Union Australia, HMRI and NRMA. He is extremely well networked with key industry and government decision makers and will provide the Faculty with access to new opportunities not previously accessible.

While Kyle is a recognised leader on the national stage, he also knows the realities of what is involved in being an entrepreneur and running a successful business. His experience as business operator in the motor vehicle industry gives him insights that are practical and grounded.

Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Travaglione has welcomed his appointment.

“It is fantastic that Kyle will be a regular presenter in our new MBA program that we have recently restructured to include specialisations. Kyle will be assisting in our efforts to increase industry impactful research” Professor Travaglione said.

Kyle has previously guest lectured and given presentations to academic staff and students in the Faculty. His critical perspectives challenge conventional wisdom - such perspectives have been very welcomed by both staff and students who have had the opportunity to interact with Kyle.

Kyle's industry based knowledge is underpinned by a scholarly foundation that he built through his postgraduate and continuing professional education. His qualifications include an MBA degree at the UON, and professional training and education at the Harvard Business School and ANU.

“I’m incredibly passionate about this new role and the importance of contemporary education so that students graduate with the necessary skills to hit the ground running ready to deliver practical outcomes in growing or starting a business. Ensuring that students are receiving the right education based on the needs of an ever-changing industry will deliver benefits to the whole of the Hunter region and beyond in terms of successful business growth and employee satisfaction,” Mr Loades said.

Kyle is ideally placed to provide strategic support, access to networks and industry insights that will be highly valuable to the Faculty of Business and Law.