The people who work at G8 Education are passionate about early learning. We’re driven by the idea that our work is helping to shape the lives of tens of thousands of children every day. Together we are working to improve early educational benchmarks in Australia to ensure superior outcomes for the next generation.

Gary Carroll

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Gary CarrollGary joined the Group as CFO in July 2016 and became CEO and Managing Director in January 2017. He has extensive senior leadership experience in both financial and operational roles covering various industries.

He holds Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Law (Honours) degrees and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Sharyn Williams

Chief Financial Officer

Sharyn WilliamsSharyn Williams joined G8 Education in February 2017 in the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Sharyn has broad experience in finance and leadership roles with over a decade of ASX-listed experience as CFO and Company Secretary across a number of industry sectors including automotive, education, electrical, wholesale and manufacturing.

Sharyn holds an MBA, Bachelor degrees in Business and Education and is a Fellow CPA and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Malcolm Ashcroft

Chief Operating Officer

Sharyn WilliamsMalcolm joined G8 Education in March 2021 in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Malcolm has broad experience in senior executive roles and transformation environments, with diverse leadership experience spanning a range of sectors, including health care, construction, mining, property, infrastructure and financial services. His career experience includes being a Senior Partner with KPMG, Acting CEO of an ASX 100 and a number of executive roles focused on driving organisational change.

With a track record of building high-performance teams and developing step-change strategies to deliver positive outcomes, Malcolm is excited to have joined an organisation such as G8 which makes such an important contribution to the development of our children and our communities.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant.

Tabitha Pearson

Chief People and Transformation Officer

Tabitha PearsonTabitha joined G8 in October 2020 as Chief People and Transformation Officer. She has over 25 years experience in People and Culture leadership roles in ASX listed companies, across a number of industries (including Finance, Hospitality and Retail). She is passionate about culture, engagement, capability and transformation.

Tabitha holds a Bachelor Arts majoring in Psychology and Post Graduate Qualification in Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Training. More recently she has completed the AICD Company Directors course.

Tracey Wood

Chief Legal, Quality and Risk Officer

Tracey WoodTracey joined G8 Education in May 2018 and has extensive legal, risk management, corporate governance and executive leadership experience, with a proven record of managing significant legal portfolios. Tracey’s experience covers international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, management of significant litigation matters, compliance, enterprise risk management and insurance, including 10 years with ASX listed Billabong International Limited where she held the position of General Counsel & Company Secretary. She holds a Master of Laws (with High Distinction), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Hons) degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Robert Dawkins

General Manager Property

Robert DawkinsRobert is an executive leader and property specialist with over with 20 years of experience managing substantial property portfolios of ASX-listed organisations in the retail and financial sectors.

Robert’s experience includes approximately 18 years with Super Retail Group Limited, where he held the position of General Manger Property and Store Development. During his tenure he also led the Group’s Legal, Compliance and Sustainability functions and served as the Group Company Secretary. Prior to Super Retail Group, Robert was Property Manager for Bank of Queensland Limited.

He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) degree, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a Chartered Secretary.

Natalie Roach

Chief Customer Officer

Natalie RoachNatalie is an accomplished senior executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in driving strategic change, transformation and customer experience improvements in the global aviation, transport and travel industries. She has extensive experience in operations management, stakeholder engagement and communications, and has demonstrated success in developing customer-centric cultures and driving business improvements in complex and highly regulated environments.

Natalie is excited to have joined G8 and will champion a customer-focused strategy and culture to deliver the best experience for families.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of European Languages and Business (Hons) degree and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Nelson

Chief Information Officer

Peter NelsonPeter joined G8 Education in 2016 bringing with him a 20 year IT career in Local and State Governments, consulting, airports and aviation. He holds degrees in both Information Technology and Business Administration, as well as industry certifications in business intelligence and IT service delivery.

With diverse knowledge of technology and its ability to energise and enable people, he believes that mentoring the IT Team into customer-orientated service providers, he can leverage technology to enhance the education and care of the children within our G8 centres.