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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 Ltd (IDP).

Greg West

Mr Gregory West

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

Mr West was appointed to the Board of Education Australia Limited in 2006. He was the Chair of the Risk and Audit Management Committee and was 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. He is a Director and Audit Committee Chairman of UOWD Limited (a business arm of Wollongong University which includes its international campuses) 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. Mr West is a Chartered Accountant with extensive board experience.


David Battersby


Professor David Battersby AM

PhD (Waikato), MHEd (UNSW) - Former 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 2013. Professor Battersby was elected as Director of Education Australia in 2006 and he was the Chair from 2011 until he stepped down at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Education Australia Limited. Professor Battersby is a director of IDP Education Limited, a subsidiary of Education Australia Limited.

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

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. Professor Hill was elected as Diretor of Education Australia in 2011 and he is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board.

Current membership of Boards and Committees includes:

· Foundation Member, Regional Universities Network;
· Board Member, Education Australia Limited;
- Sunshine Coast Lighting Pty Ltd
- Thompson Institute Pty Ltd
· Member, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Ltd; and
· Fellow, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.



Professor Jane den Hollander AO

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

Professor Jane den Hollander AO has been Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University since July, 2010. She was appointed as Director of Education Australia in 2011. At Deakin, 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 holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg.  Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Professor den Hollander is a Board member of Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited.  She is a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Council, Chair of Skilling the Bay (a Victorian Government initiative), a member of the Kardinia Park Trust and a member of the VERNet Board (Victorian Education and Research Network)

Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University,
Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia. Professor den Hollander received an Order of Australia for her distinguished service to tertiary education in the 2017 Australia Day Honours awards.


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. He was appointed as Director of Education Australia Limited in 2009.

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.


Professor Colin Stirling

PhD (Glasgow) BSC Hons, (Edinburgh) - Vice Chancellor, Flinders University

Professor Stirling is a highly awarded academic who has taught and researched at some of the world’s leading universities. He joined Flinders University in January 2015 as its eighth Vice-Chancellor. He was electedto the Board of Education Australia Limited in December 2016. He was also appointed as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in early 2017.

He 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. 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.

Professor Stirling has held several directorship positions on the boards of Business Higher Education Roundtable, Don Dunstan Foundation, FCD Health Education Ltd and Flinders Fertility. He was previously a Trustee for Don Dunstan Foundation and he is the Chair of the Board of Innovative Research Universities group.


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