Our story

Recognising Academic Excellence

Our mission at GMAA is to promote the standing and enhance the value of MBA, DBA and other postgraduate management qualifications.

Our objectives are to:

  • Promote the standing of graduate schools of management in Australia.
  • Enhance the value of graduate management qualifications in Australia.
  • Contribute to the development of Australia and its management resources.
  • Provide a forum for the interaction of members and students from various management schools.
  • The continuing development of members by actively pursuing the regular exchange of ideas and knowledge between members and leaders in industry and management education.
  • Maintain the position as the nationally recognised Professional Association for MBA, DBA
    and other postgraduate business management qualifications in Australia.



Our team

The GMAA Board and Secretariat

Maxwell Gratton

National President

Maxwell Gratton is an award-winning three-time CEO (Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Football Federation Victoria, and Basketball ACT), underpinned by a Bachelor of Arts (Sports Administration) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), both earned from Victoria University.

Prior to his current appointment as a CEO in the arts and entertainment industry, Maxwell successfully led not-for-profit organisations within the area of sports management and organised numerous major sporting competitions and events for thousands of players/members, registrations, and development programs.

He has extensive experience in managing strategic and operational plans, along with a strong track record of stakeholder and volunteer engagement, community consultation, marketing and communication, business development, and sponsorship management.

Maxwell is a Board Member (Associate) of the Chapel Street Precinct Association, and the Chair of the Victoria University Alumni Advisory Panel. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Dr. Darryl Gauld OAM

National Auxiliary


Dr Darryl Gauld is in his 4th decade in educational leadership and management roles. In addition to having worked as a School Principal since 1994, he has taught learners from most countries at primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, RTOs/TAFEs, higher education providers, universities, through to large corporations, since the 1980s.

After joining the GMAA (Graduate Management Association of Australia) Inc in 2000, Dr Gauld became a Fellow and the Vice-President. His award-winning Doctorate produced an Effective Teacher Model that has been published and presented, nationally and internationally.

Brian Jones

Victorian Chancellor &

National Treasurer

Brian Jones has forty-two years’ experience in corporate, professional accounting, taxation, audit and business advisory fields. He has been in practice as an accountant, business adviser and forensic accountant since 1989.

Prior to this he was with BP Australia and BP Finance Australia for six years in accounting policy and systems, corporate accounting and corporate treasury roles. Brian also worked for Touche Ross in London, Birmingham and Geneva. He also spent three years in brand management.

He now specialises in strategic planning, taxation, management and forensic accounting. Brian has worked in a wide variety of industries ranging from international to small business.

As well as holding an MBA, Brian has an Honours degree in Economics from University College London, is an FCA (Fellow of CAANZ) and an Accredited Business Valuer and Accredited Forensic Accounting Specialist.

Brian has been involved with GMAA for over 20 years becoming National President. He became President of the Victorian Chapter in 2004.

Kyle Arthars

New South Wales

Chancellor & Secretariat

Kyle Arthars is currently employed as an operations and human resources executive within a multi-sector private education group. Holding an MBA from the University of Newcastle, an undergraduate degree in Information Systems, a range of vocational qualifications and currently completing a double degree in Laws and Languages.

Kyle has over a decade of management experience in the international education sector ranging from Higher Education, through Vocational, English language and non-accredited corporate training.

Sylvia (Argyro) Dionisopoulos

Victorian Vice Chancellor & Director

Sylvia has over 20 years’ experience in Adult Education, Training and Assessment. She is a qualified Learning and Development Professional. Holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development (BAL&D), Diplomas in; Business (Front-line Management), Training and Assessment systems and Diploma in TESOL. 

Sylvia started her career as a computer operator in 1989, she worked at ANZ Bank for 8 years operating / managing Automatic Cartridge Systems (ACS) – Silos (Robots). Sylvia is a Director / Manager of her own company registered as ‘Modkinetic Training and Consulting’, she develops resources and delivers Training / Assessment to various organisations and RTO’s in the higher education and VET sector.

In 2019, Sylvia assisted International students and managed a ‘live’ research and analysis project for the GMAA. This project created awareness  and prompted Sylvia to join the Board and contribute to recognising and rewarding academic excellence.

Thao Nguyen


After completing her MBA in Sydney, in 2000, Thao secured a management role at The British Council, in Hanoi, Vietnam for eight years.  She then went on to become the Business Manager of the British University, in Hanoi, for five years.

These senior roles allowed Thao to gain extensive experience in developing, implementing and managing business and operational plans.  She has also maintained a strong track record of exceeding targets, business development and administration management.

Now, Thao works as a Human Resources Adviser for a prominent Accounting firm, in Melbourne.

Tysen Woodlock

Head of Business


Tysen is a science and law graduate, and admitted to practise law in Victoria. He joins the GMAA after having worked in academia, retail and the transport industry.

He is completing a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne University. He applies design thinking and lean methodologies to many of the business challenges he confronts.

Christopher Bryce

Operations Manager

Christopher Bryce is the Operations Manager of the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).

At the beginning of his Managerial career, he has stepped into an important role at an important time.

Whilst the GMAA is going through organisational change, Christopher is excited to be a part of that challenge and is making the most of it.