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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% shareholding in IDP Education Ltd (IDP).

Mr Gregory West

Chartered Accountant (CA)

Greg is a Chartered Accountant with experience in investment banking, financial services and the biotech sector. He was elected as Chair of Education Australia at the 2016 AGM held on 8 November after serving on the board for 10 years as an appointed Director. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in December 2006.

Greg is a Council Member of the University of Wollongong and a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of UOWD Limited, a business arm of the University of Wollongong.  Greg is also a Director of the St James Foundation.

Greg has recently held senior roles in the Biotech sector in the US and Australia. He has worked at Price Waterhouse and held senior finance executive roles in investment banking with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, NZI and other financial institutions.


Professor David Battersby AM

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

Professor Battersby 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 May 2008 and he was the Chair from 2011 until 2016. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Education Australia Limited. Professor Battersby is a Director of IDP Education.

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. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University.

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 regional tertiary education as a senior administrator and academic.



Professor John Dewar

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

Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012. He was elected as Director of Education Australia Limited on 4 June 2009. He was reappointed by the Board as an Appointed Director at the 2017 AGM.

Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995. He taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.

Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995, and held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe.

Professor Dewar is a Director of Universities Australia until 2020; a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College; a Director of the Board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and was Chair of the IRU Group of Universities between 2014-6.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School, an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and an Adjunct Professor in the La Trobe Law School.

His previous appointments include member of the Attorney-General's Family Law Pathways Advisory Group (2000-1), Chair of the Family Law Council (2001-4), Chair of the Queensland College of Teachers (2006-9), member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2007-11) and Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (2014-5). In 2014, he chaired the Legislation and Finance Working Group for the Federal Education Minister.

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


Professor Colin Stirling

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

Professor Stirling is a highly awarded academic with an extensive record of leadership and innovation in higher education. Professor Stirling was elected to 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. Professor Stirling was appointed as Non-Executive Director of IDP Education Limited in February 2018.

He commenced as Vice-Chancellor & President of Flinders University in January 2015 and is leading ambitious changes for the University. Born and educated in Scotland, he graduated with a PhD in genetics from the University of Glasgow. He was a NATO Research Fellow of the University of California, Berkeley and then consolidated his distinguished academic career as Professor of Genetics at the University of Manchester where he was awarded several prestigious research fellowships and prizes including the Lister Institute Jenner Fellowship and a Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship.

He has more than 13 years’ experience of university senior management across a range of leadership positions including Vice-President at the University of Manchester, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and later Provost & Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University.

Professor Stirling also serves on various Boards including the Don Dunstan Foundation, Business Higher Education Round Table and and is currently the Chair of the Innovative Research Universities group.


Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

BN (Manitoba), MN(Research)(Manitoba), PhD (Arizona), FAICD, FTSE - Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Kristjanson  is Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology a position she has held since May 2011. She was elected as Director of Education Australia Limited on 15 May 2018. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering (ATSE).  Professor Kristjanson is Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Director of Global Citizen.

Professor Kristjanson was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development at Curtin University (2006-2011) and was the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by the Cancer Council of Western Australia (2001-2006). In 2007 she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Balfour Mount Professorship in Palliative Medicine. In 2012 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation.   In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation.

In 2017 Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours list. She was recognised for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, contributions to cancer research and palliative care, and to women.


Mr Allan Tait

BSocSc Hons (Birmingham), Chartered Accountant (CA & ICAEW) – Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and CFO, University of Melbourne

Mr Allan Tait was elected to the Board of Education Australia Limited in May 2018. He was appointed Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Melbourne in May 2014 and has been the University’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2009.  His portfolio encompasses the key resource areas of the University: finance, human resources, property, digital & data, and sustainability. He is responsible for the University’s operating budget, investment and property portfolios. He is a member of the University’s two senior leadership groups: Chancellery Executive and University Executive.

Allan joined the University in 2006 as Vice-Principal Commercialisation in conjunction with which he was CEO of the University’s commercial subsidiary, UoM Commercial Ltd. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne Allan was a Partner in the corporate finance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Finance Director of the local investment banking subsidiary of the Toronto Dominion Bank, and CEO of Gadens Lawyers (Melbourne), a top ten national legal firm.

Allan is a chartered accountant and a member of the institutes in both Australia and the UK, and a member of the Finance and Management Faculty of the institute in the UK.  He has an honours degree from the University of Birmingham (England) and has undertaken further finance and executive management studies at INSEAD and the Melbourne Business School.

His company director experience includes the boards of various organisations in the private and public sectors, in both Australia and internationally (including China, Singapore, India, Canada, New Zealand and the UK). He has chaired a number of these boards or their finance or audit committees. Allan is a member of the AICD.


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