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 Corporate Limited until 8 June 2018, is currently a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and a Director on other non-listed company 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 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.
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 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. Her in-depth expertise in financial services and prudential supervision draws on her experience as a banking and finance lawyer, corporate counsel with the predecessor to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and as Executive Director with Queensland Treasury Corporation. Susan has 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.Com., B.Acc (Cum Laude), ACA
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 25 MARCH 2010
Brian Bailison has over 25 years’ experience in finance, corporate finance and operations from senior roles in listed and unlisted businesses in South Africa and Australia, including Rand-Merchant Bank Limited (investment banking), the Ivany Investment Group (diversified investment group) and PAYCE Consolidated Limited (diversified property development group).
Brian is Chair of the Audit and Risk Management 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 Thorn Group Limited, and as Director of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia 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.
Prof. Julie Cogin
FAICD, PhD, M.Ed., BBus
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
Julie is the Dean & Head of UQ Business School, University of Queensland. Prior to this position, Julie held numerous senior leadership roles at the University of New South Wales. Julie is a recognised thought leader in high performing workplaces, leadership and corporate culture, having authored several books and published in the world’s top academic journals. As an educator she has received national and international teaching awards and spoken extensively about disruption in education. Julie has over 25 years’ experience leading education & consulting engagements for many leading companies throughout Australia, Asia and in the USA. In 2016 Julie was named a one of Australia’s 100 women of influence for her work to address the gender leadership imbalance.
Julie is a member of the Nomination and People and Culture Committees.