Mark G. Johnson
B.Comm, FCA, CPA, FAICD
CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 1 JANUARY 2016
Mr Mark Johnson is an experienced chairman and company director with a diverse portfolio. He was a Director of Westfield Corporation Limited until 8 June 2018, is currently a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Chairman and a Director of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Limited (HCF) and a Director on a number of other private boards.
Prior to embarking on his Board career, Mr Johnson was the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, from July 2008 to June 2012. His former roles include Chairman of the PwC Foundation, member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and Deputy Chair of the Finance and Reporting Committee at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark is a member of the Audit and Risk Management, Nomination and People and Culture Committees.
B.Comm (Hons), B.Law (Hons), CPA
MANAGING DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SINCE 1 JANUARY 2017
Gary Carroll was appointed as Managing Director and CEO on 1 January 2017, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer for the Group from 25 July 2016. Prior to joining G8 Education, Gary had over 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across multiple industries, including being Chief Financial Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Super Retail Group Limited.
Prof. Julie Cogin
FAICD, PhD, M.Ed., BBus
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
Professor Julie Cogin has worked in education for more than 25 years. In addition to her non-executive director responsibilities, Professor Cogin is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice-President at RMIT University, a multisector global university. She also Chairs the board of RMIT training Pty Limited.
Professor Cogin has held a number of senior education leadership positions over the last two decades, including Dean and Head of UQ Business School at the University of Queensland and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management and Deputy Dean, University of New South Wales Business School.
Professor Cogin is a recognised thought leader in strategy implementation, high performing workplaces and corporate culture, having authored books and world leading academic articles.
She has been awarded education awards at University, National and International levels and delivered education or consulting engagements for many leading companies throughout Australia, Asia and in the USA.
In 2016, Professor Cogin was named as one of Australia’s Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac.
She is a member of the Nomination and People and Culture Committees.
Susan Forrester, AM
BA, LLB(Hons) EMBA, FAICD
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 1 NOVEMBER 2011
Susan Forrester, AM, is a highly respected and accomplished professional Company Director with a powerful blend of management, board and consulting experience across ASX listed, public and private companies. She draws on more than 25 years of executive management expertise in large professional services firms, covering law, finance, HR, business and governance.
Susan has a proven leadership track record as a CEO and senior executive in the national professional services and finance industries. She gained a wealth of experience at the board table in complex corporate transactions, including private and public company mergers and acquisitions, industry aggregations and overseeing successful capital raisings.
On Australia Day 2019, she was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to business through governance and strategic roles and as an advocate for women.
Susan is Chair of the People and Culture Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
B.App.Sci, MBA, GAICD, SFFin
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 1 FEBRUARY 2016
Mr Foster has had a successful career in financial services spanning over 25 years, with his last executive role being Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Bank, Australia’s 5th largest bank. Since leaving Suncorp, Mr Foster has further developed his career as an experienced Non-Executive Director with a portfolio of Board roles across a diverse range of industries including financial services, retailing, local government, education and professional services. Mr David Foster currently serves as Chairman of MotorCycle Holdings Limited and as Director of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited.
David is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.
FAICD, MBA, BMath
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
Margaret is a specialist in customer centred business transformation, brand strategy, innovation, digital communications, customer experience and change leadership. She has 20 years senior executive experience working across major companies and brands in FMCG, food, technology and communications industries including multinationals, ASX 100 and not-for-profits. Her previous roles include National Marketing Director Lion Nathan, VP Marketing for McDonald’s Australia and CEO and Board Director of The Communications Council. Margaret has also served as a non-executive board director for the mental health charity R U OK? for 5 years, and is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Collective Wellness Group and Fairtrade AUNZ.
Margaret is a member of the Nomination and Audit and Risk Management Committees.
B.Com FCPA GAICD
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 13 MAY 2020
Peter is an experienced senior management and finance executive of publicly listed companies having held roles at CSR Limited, Rinker Limited, ABC Learning Limited and Sugar Terminals Limited. These roles have crossed a diverse range of industries comprising education, construction materials, manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture and includes 12 years of experience in the USA. He is also an experienced Non-Executive Director of a number of private companies and is currently the interim Chair of Mulgowie Farming Company and Deputy Chair of Somerset College.
Peter comes with an extensive background in child care operations, having joined ABC Learning as Chief Financial Officer immediately prior to the group going into administration and being a critical part of the team that managed, restructured and prepared the child care business for sale. Peter also has a background in governance, risk management, strategy and planning, merger and acquisitions and business restructuring and improvement.
Peter Trimble is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.