Experts in higher education

Engines of Success is a management and board consultancy offering customised services to Australian universities and higher education colleges.

We help organisations improve their education management, corporate governance, international relationships, strategic planning, risk management, issues and crises communication, CSR / sustainability and stakeholder engagement.

We advise and serve alongside CEOs and directors, vice chancellors, not-for-profit leaders and government departments and have been involved in the business development of some of the region’s best known institutions.

A sample of some of the organizations and governing bodies our staff have worked with:

Our Services

Why Do People Use Engines of Success?

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Education management

We help universities and colleges improve their performance. We review and consult on how higher education providers can better achieve the regulatory compliance requirements (such as the “Higher Education Standards Framework” including Threshold Standards), which all providers must meet in order to enter and remain within Australia’s higher education system.

Corporate governance

A common goal for many organisations is to have the most effective governance framework in place that best meets their individual circumstances and needs – helping to drive enhanced organisational performance while at the same time aiding conformance with various requirements (e.g. the company’s constitution, policies, controls and procedures as well as with applicable external regulations and laws

Strategic planning

It’s hard to accomplish anything without a plan. Our experienced staff can work with you to create or improve upon your organisation’s strategic plan. We can help develop your mission, vision and values, identify your strengths, opportunities, threats and weaknesses, conduct an environmental scan, establish goals, key messages, strategies and tactics, and monitor and evaluate your performance.

Business with Australia

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has unlocked significant opportunities for Australia and China for both goods and services. Our bilingual staff can help your business to take advantage of these opportunities. We assist Chinese companies wanting to import from or export to Australia and act as agents and representatives for Chinese companies within Australia.

Business with China

China is a complex market which can be difficult to navigate on multiple levels – cultural, legal, commercial, and political. Competition for market share is also intense. Our knowledge and insight help Australian companies navigate these complexities. Our staff can provide general import and export advice and market and supply selection assistance to organizations ready to engage with China.

CSR / sustainability

Sometimes referred to as “enlightened self-interest” corporate social responsibility is “the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large”

Issues and crises communication

“Crisis communications is a branch of PR that is designed to protect and defend an individual, company, or organization, usually from a reactive response, facing a swelling public challenge to its reputation, brand, and community. Throughout the course of history, we’ve learned that all that’s required to ignite a negative firestorm is a spark from a single voice or an organized congregation”

Risk management

Risk management requires “…well-established and effective functioning processes to regularly identify exposures, assess the related risks, establish the associated controls, and assess key controls and management issues and actions”

Stakeholder engagement

“Public relations is about reputation – the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you. Public relations is the discipline which looks after reputation, with the aim of earning understanding and support and influencing opinion and behaviour. It is the planned and sustained effort to establish and maintain goodwill and mutual understanding between an organisation and its publics”

Workshops & speaking

Our experienced team can deliver presentations and workshops on a variety of business topics. We tailor our talks to your needs.

Executive education

We understand the difficulties of planning and implementing management and executive education programs. We advise and build on leadership capabilities for individuals and organisations by connecting them with leading-edge development programs, curriculum designers, facilitators, coaches and mentors.


We’re regularly called upon to review programs, institutions, people, manuscripts, reports and plans. Over the years, we’ve worked with some of the world’s leading institutions and corporations to help improve business performance, publications and the quality of higher education courses.

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So what on earth are they teaching in business schools? That was the question asked at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit last month. More than 50 senior academics and business leaders had joined together at the summit to discuss the role of corporations in society and how universities can… Read More

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Phillip Cenere to chair the PwC/AICD round tables on Asia Readiness next Wednesday. 80+ directors and executives from ASX300 companies discussing why Australian businesses are missing the Asian opportunity and what they can do about it. Read PwC’s white-paper here:  

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Rarely does a week go by when I’m not approached by somebody asking me “how do I become a university lecturer?” Often the people asking are senior executives with much to offer the next generation of industry professionals. The problem they face is that the higher education sector is a labyrinth to navigate filled with… Read More

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$100 can help ensure a family keeps its power on this winter. Will you support Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 18th?

HELP SUPPORT VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT The aim of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is not only to raise funds, but raise awareness of homelessness. Our goal is not just to service the homeless, but to bring about an end to homelessness. The discomfort of sleeping on the streets is a fragment of the larger reality we… Read More

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Phillip Cenere reports on the latest lessons for university governance and discovers that a global outlook is dominating boardroom discussions. We teach this stuff, so you think we would be good at it. But if recent headlines are any indication, that is not always the case. Last year saw several higher education institutions struggling with… Read More

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Originally published in Company Director – December 2014 Phillip Cenere FAIM GAICD investigates the value of coaching and mentoring and asks how executives and directors can navigate critical turning points in their careers. As the associate dean of a business school and as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW Council, curriculum… Read More

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What Our Customers & Colleagues Think

“I regard Philip as a consummate communications professional, who is not only a business subject matter expert, but also walks the talk every day by building the business alliances and relationships that are instrumental”
“I’ve known Phillip for three years. His advice and insight on the board has always been valuable, pragmatic and to-the-point. As a fellow member of the communications profession, he has consistently upheld the highest ethical standards of our industry. His approachable and friendly manner, coupled with an ability to listen and synthesise the information presented, make him a fantastic colleague”.
“Phillip had been my lecturer during my time studying for my Bachelor of Marketing and PR degree at the University of Notre Dame. Phillip’s knowledge and expertise in the field always shone during his lectures, and his enthusiasm for the subject was inspiring. His determination to keep lectures interesting and keep students interested was admiring, and I appreciate everything he has done during my degree. Phillip is no doubt a fantastic lecturer, coordinator and mentor.”
“Phillip Cenere has demonstrated all the necessary qualities of a good leader. He is energetic, hard working, innovative and supporting of his colleagues. Phillip is highly recommended.”

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