Education Services Australia (ESA) is a ministerial company established by the Education Council. The company membership comprises all Australian Ministers with responsibility for education.
ESA is governed by a board of directors led by an independent chairperson, and comprising both representational and independent expert members. The current Board membership is:
BSc (Hons) University of WA, PhD, Dip Ed, L Mus, A University of Adelaide, FAICD, FAIM Chair Director: March 2010 – current
Board chair; Remuneration Committee chair
Tom Stubbs is Managing Director, Executive Advisory Services Pty Ltd. He previously held many senior executive roles in the South Australian Government, most recently as Chief Executive of the Government Reform Commission. Earlier he was involved in physics teaching and research at the University of Adelaide.
Dip Tch, BEd, MEd Edith Cowan University Director: December 2010 – current
Sharyn O’Neill is Director General, Department of Education, Western Australia. She is responsible for providing quality education for all Western Australians who choose public schooling.
BA (Hons), Dip Ed Macquarie University, DPhil, Oxford University Director: March 2010 – current
Brian Croke is the Executive Director, Catholic Education Commission NSW, Deputy Chair of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, a member of the National Catholic Education Commission and a Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research. He is also Adjunct Professor in History at Macquarie University.
BA, Dip Ed, Grad Cert Ed, University of Tasmania Director: December 2012 – current
Finance, Risk and Audit Committee member
Malcolm Wells is a former Deputy Secretary in the Tasmanian Department of Education, with responsibility for further education and training. Prior to this he was General Manager responsible for public education in the state’s north-west. He has extensive experience in the school sector and more recently in vocational education and training. Malcolm is a member of the Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania.
BSc (Hons), MSc, Dip Ed, PhD, University of Melbourne, MAICD Director: December 2011 – current
Professor Barney Glover is Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University since January 2014 and was formerly Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013. He has held previous positions as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at The University of Newcastle and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at Curtin University of Technology. Barney has an extensive research record in applied mathematics, particularly optimisation and operations research and mathematics education.
BA, Dip Ed, University of New England, FACE, FAIM, FACEL Director: March 2010 – current
Finance, Risk and Audit Committee member
Remuneration Committee member
Fran Hinton is an independent education policy advisor who has held senior executive education policy and management positions, including Chief Executive Officer of the ACT Department of Education, Youth and Family Services and Chief Executive of Teaching Australia.
BEc, University of Adelaide, CPA Director: March 2010 – current
Finance, Risk and Audit Committee Chair
Helga Kolbe is an independent policy advisor who has held both private and public sector executive positions in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, including Deputy Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services.
BSc Cornell University, MPA Harvard University Director: March 2010 – current
Leslie Loble is the Deputy Secretary, External Affairs and Regulation in the New South Wales Department of Education. She leads strategy and policy on whole-of-education sector, state and national developments in education, spanning early childhood education, schooling and tertiary education.
PhD University of Sydney, M URP, BSc Director: February 2016 – current
Gabrielle Phillips is the Branch Manager of the National Data Reform Branch, Schools and Youth Cluster, Australian Department of Education and Training. Gabrielle responsibilities have included providing strategic policy advice and leading programmes on improving national data and evidence. Previously Gabrielle has held roles in the Commonwealth in Child Care, Early Childhood Education and Family policy.