Education Services Australia (ESA) is a ministerial company established by the Education Council. The company membership comprises all Australian Ministers with responsibility for education.

The Board

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:

Dr Tom Stubbs — Board Chair

Tom Stubbs

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.

Ms Sharyn O'Neill — Australian Education Senior Officials Committee (AESOC) nominee

Sharyn O'Neill

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.

Dr Brian Croke — Non-government schools nominee

Brian Croke

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.

Mr Malcolm Wells — Independent expert

Malcolm Wells

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.

Prof Barney Glover — Universities Australia nominee

Barney Glover

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.

Ms Fran Hinton — Independent expert

Fran Hinton

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.

Ms Helga Kolbe — Independent expert

Helga Koble

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.

Ms Leslie Loble — Independent expert

Leslie Loble

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.

Dr Gabrielle Phillips — Australian Government nominee

Gabrielle Phillips

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.