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.

Jason Ball

General Manager of Operations

Jason BallJason is an experienced CEO, Managing Director and General Manager within large multi-brand education, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and wholesaling businesses.

Jason has cross functional experience in franchise and company operated businesses, across domestic and international markets and has proven his ability to build and lead high performing teams of talented people.

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.

Greg Bowell

General Manager Marketing

Greg BowellGreg is an award winning, senior Marketing executive with 20+ years’ experience in leading multi-brand and channel portfolios within FMCG, Retail, Hospitality and QSR, both in public and private companies.

Greg specialises in customer led strategy and brand transformation, building the capability and credibility of the Marketing function to inspire teams, brands and organisations to higher performance.

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.

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.

Tracey Wood

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Tracey WoodTracey has extensive legal, corporate governance and executive leadership experience with a proven record of managing significant legal portfolios, including approximately 10 years with Billabong International Limited where she held the role of International General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Tracey’s experience includes international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, management of significant litigation matters, legal compliance and enterprise risk and insurance management.

She holds Master of Laws (with High Distinction), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Hons) degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.