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Education Australia Limited (formerly IDP Education Australia Ltd) is a company owned by 38 Australian universities and holds a 50.1% share holding in IDP Education Pty Ltd (IDP).

Greg West

Mr Gregory West

Chartered Accountant (CA) – Chief Executive Officer, Benitec Biopharma

Mr Greg West is a Chartered Accountant with many years of board experience. He was appointed to the Board of Education Australia Limited in 2006. Mr West was the Chair of the Risk and Audit Management Committee and he was recently elected as Chair of the Board of Education Australia Limited at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Mr West is the Chief Executive Officer of Benitec Biopharma Limited, a dual listed public biotech company. Mr West is a Director and Audit Committee Chairman of UOWD Limited    (a business arm of Wollongong University) and is a director of IDP Education Limited, a subsidiary of Education Australia Limited. Mr West has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has held senior finance executive roles with financial institutions, including BT Australia, Deutsche Bank AG and NZI Insurance Limited.


David Battersby


Professor David Battersby AM

PhD (Waikato), MHEd (UNSW)- Vice Chancellor, Federation University Australia

Professor David Battersby has a first class Honours degree and a PhD from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and a Masters degree in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales.

He recently completed his term as Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat from 2006 to 2014.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat) in July 2006, he held various senior appointments at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales for almost two decades. These included the positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of Campus and Dean of Faculty.

Professor Battersby is the recipient of academic and research awards from the Commonwealth Relations Trust, the Australian-Japan Foundation and the British Council and has been a higher education consultant to UNESCO and the OECD.

In 2015, Professor Battersby received a Queen’s Birthday Honour by becoming a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to tertiary education as a senior administrator and academic.

Professor Battersby is currently a member of the Board of IDP Education Ltd, he recently stepped down as the Chair of Education Australia Limited. He is a Founding Chair of Regional Universities Network and Founding Chair of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.


Professor Gregory Hill

PhD (QLD), BA (Hons) (QLD) - President and Vice Chancellor, University of Sunshine Coast

Professor Greg Hill has served as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2011 and previously as Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2005-2010.

As the University’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Hill is responsible for leading the University's strategic development and the management of operations across sites from Hervey Bay to Melbourne.

Professor Hill is recognised nationally for research, teaching innovation, technology transfer to developing countries, and Indigenous education. His research interests include: remote sensing, wildlife ecology, environmental planning, and education.

Current membership of Boards and Committees includes:

· Foundation Member, Regional Universities Network;
· Board Member, Education Australia Limited;
· Member, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Ltd; and
· Fellow, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Den Hollander  

Professor Jane den Hollander

PhD (Cardiff) Wales, BSc (Hons), MSc (Johannesburg) Wits – President and Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University since 2010. Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.

Professor den Hollander is a Board member of Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Deputy Chair and Trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council, Chair of Skilling the Bay, member of the VERNet Board and a member of the Kardinia Park Trust. Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University.


John dewar

Professor John Dewar

PhD (Griff), MA (Oxon), BCL, Vice Chancellor, La Trobe University

Professor Dewar has been Vice-Chancellor and President of LaTrobe University since January 2012.

Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist, and a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College. He taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.

Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995,and before joining LaTrobe held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost.

Professor Dewar is Chair of the IRU Group of Universities;a Director of Universities Australia and UA Lead Vice-Chancellor on Workforce issues; Vice-President of the AHEIA Executive Committee; Chair of the Victorian Student Planning Advisory Group for the Victorian Department of Health; a Director of Education Australia Pty Ltd; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College; and a Director of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

He is also Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School, an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and an Adjunct Professor in the LaTrobe Law School.

Professor Dewar was named by The Australian as one of the most influentialpeople in higher education in 2014 and 2015.


Belinda Robinson

Ms Belinda Robison

BA, (UNE), Master Env. Law (ANU), AICD – Chief Executive Officer, Universities Australia

Belinda Robinson is the Chief Executive and Director of Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s 39 universities.

Belinda is a highly qualified company director with more than two decades’ experience sitting on ASX-listed, government and NGO boards as well as task forces, working groups and advisory committees. She is currently a Director of The Conversation Media Group; Education Australia; and IDP Education.

She has held board and advisory positions with organisations including Beach Energy; CSIRO; Institute for Minerals & Energy Resources and a range of government and community groups.

Belinda has a reputation for high-level public policy development and analysis, political advocacy, government and stakeholder engagement strategy. She has strong corporate governance, remuneration and sustainability expertise.

Before joining Universities Australia in 2012, Belinda was Chief Executive of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. She has a Master of Environmental Law (Australian National University); a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England); is a long-standing member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; she has completed the AICD Chairman’s Mentoring Programme and has the AICD Company Directors Diploma.


Professor Colin Stirling

PhD, (Glasgow) BSc Hons,(Edinburgh)

A highly awarded academic who has taught and researched at some of the world’s leading universities, Professor Colin Stirling joined Flinders University in January 2015 as it’s eighth Vice-Chancellor. He was appointed to the Board of Education Australia at the 2016 Annual General meeting.

Professor Stirling has more than 12 years’ experience of university senior management, including Vice-President of the University of Manchester (UK) and Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Western Australia.

Born and educated in Scotland, Professor Stirling’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) with first class honours from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

He consolidated his distinguished academic career as Professor of Genetics at the University of Manchester where he was awarded several prestigious research fellowships and prizes.

Throughout his academic career, Professor Stirling has established a record of leadership, innovation and successful change management in Higher Education.


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