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Board & Management


Peter Polson Peter Polson Non-Executive Director and Chairman
  • Peter was appointed Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in March 2007.
  • Peter has broad experience in the financial services industry, first as Managing Director of the international funds management business with the Colonial Group, then as an executive with the Commonwealth Banking Group with responsibility for all investment and insurance services, including the group’s funds management, master funds, superannuation and insurance businesses and third party support services for brokers, agents and financial advisers.
  • He is Chairman of Challenger Limited, Challenger Life Company Limited, Avant Group Insurance Limited and Very Special Kids.
  • He is also a director of Avant Mutual Group Limited and Avant Group Holdings Limited.
Andrew Barkla Andrew Barkla Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
  • Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at IDP Education in August 2015.

  • Andrew has extensive experience in the technology, services and software industry, with over 20 years of senior management experience in roles across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America.

  • Prior to joining IDP Education, Andrew worked for SAP as President of Australia and New Zealand.

  • Prior to his role at SAP, Andrew held leadership roles at Unisys, including as Vice President of Unisys’ Asia Pacific Japan operations covering 13 countries, as Member of Unisys’ Global Executive Committee and as Chairman of Unisys West, a technology services joint venture between BankWest and Unisys.

  • Earlier in his career, Andrew was Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft’s Asia Pacific region.

Ariane Barker Ariane Barker Non-Executive Director
  • Ariane was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to IDP Education at the completion of its IPO in November 2015 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

  • As the CEO of angel investor network, Scale Investors, Ariane works to facilitate investment for female entrepreneurs and gender balanced startups who are in early stage businesses. She is a board member of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), a member of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) Investment Committee, and is a former Board Member of Emergency Services & State Superannuation (ESSSuper).

  • Ariane has extensive experience in international finance, risk management, and debt and equity capital markets, having worked in executive roles with JBWere (part of National Australia Bank), Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and HSBC in the United States, Europe, Japan and Hong Kong.

  • Ariane holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

Professor David Battersby

Professor David Battersby AM Non-Executive Director
  • David was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in February 2011. He served as foundation Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia from 2014-2016 and was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat, from 2006-2014.

  • David’s previous senior appointments have been at universities in Australia and New Zealand and he has undertaken consultancies for UNESCO, the OECD and various government agencies.

  • He was previously Chair of the Australian Regional Universities Network, is currently on the Board of Directors for the Melbourne Institute of Technology and is an Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University. 

  • David is also a Director on the Board of Education Australia Limited.

Professor Colin J. Stirling Non-Executive Director
  • Colin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in February 2018.

  • Colin is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University and brings over thirty years of experience in international education in Australia, the UK and the USA.

  • He also holds a number of other board positions across health, academic and community organisations and is the current Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group and a board member of the Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT).

  • Educated at the University of Edinburgh, and with a PhD from the University of Glasgow, Colin began his award winning scientific career at the University of California, Berkeley.

Greg West

Greg West Non-Executive Director
  • Greg was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in December 2006. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience in investment banking and financial services. Greg is Chief Executive Officer of the ASX listed biotech, Benitec Biopharma Limited, a Council member of the University of Wollongong and a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of UOWD Limited (a business arm of Wollongong University). Greg is also chair of Education Australia and a Director of the St James Foundation.

  • Previously Greg has worked at Price Waterhouse and has held senior finance executive roles in investment banking with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, NZI and other financial institutions.

Chris Leptos

Chris Leptos AM Non-Executive Director
  • Chris was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in November 2015.

  • His other Board roles include Chairman of .au Domain Administration Limited, Deputy Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, Non-Executive Director of Arete Capital Partners, and President of the National Heart Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of The University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics, the Advisory Council of Asialink, a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, a Governor of The Smith Family, and a Fellow of the AICD.

  • He was previously a Senior Partner with KPMG and Managing Partner Government at Ernst & Young where he had national responsibility for leading the public sector and higher education practice. Chris retired as Deputy Chairman of Linking Melbourne Authority in December 2015.

  • Earlier in his career, Chris was General Manager of Corporate Development for Western Mining Corporation and Chief of Staff to Senator John Button. He was a member of the Infrastructure Planning Council of Victoria and the Australian Information Economy Advisory Council.

  • Chris has lived and worked in Jakarta, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Toronto, and in 2000, was designated a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business and the community.

Senior management team

Andrew Barkla

Andrew Barkla Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
  • Andrew commenced work with IDP Education in August 2015 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
  • Refer to the Directors section above for a summary of Andrew’s professional credentials
Murray Walton

Murray Walton Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
  • Murray commenced working with IDP Education in March 2010 as Group Financial Controller and is currently Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, positions which he has held since May 2010
  • Prior to joining the Company, Murray held senior finance and management roles with Kodak and SC Johnson in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia Pacific
  • Murray started his finance career with Fisher & Paykel before spending the next 25 years working for United States based multi-nationals
  • Murray is a chartered accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Warwick Freeland

Warwick Freeland Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director IELTS
  • Warwick commenced work with IDP Education in November 2008 as General Manager, Strategy and Business Development and is currently Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director IELTS, a position which he has held since July 2011
  • He is responsible for strategy, marketing, acquisitions, information services, project management and IELTS
  • Prior to joining the Company, Warwick worked for Carl Zeiss Vision in Germany as VP Global Product Marketing and Innovation. He has also previously worked with high-growth electronics and machine tools companies
  • Warwick has also managed the Victorian Government’s economic development for Europe and North America
  • Warwick holds a Graduate Diploma, Marketing from Monash University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Swinburne University of Technology
Harmeet Pental

Harmeet Pental Chief Operating Officer
  • Harmeet joined IDP Education in March 2009 and was, until recently, Regional Director, for South Asia, North America, UK and Network Shared Services
  • In October 2017 Harmeet was appointed as IDP's Chief Operating Officer
  • Harmeet currently has overall responsibility across IDP's South Asia, South East Asia and Middle East regions, the US and Canada client relations teams, Canada/Latin America IELTS business activities and Customer and Operations transformation
  • Prior to joining IDP, Harmeet held general management roles with Avon Products across India and Vietnam and VLCC (India’s leading health and beauty services company).
  • Harmeet holds an MBA and BA (Hons) in Mathematics from Delhi University
Georgia Murphy

Georgia Murphy General Manager, People and Culture
  • Georgia commenced work with IDP Education in April 2009 as the General Manager, People and Culture
  • Prior to joining the Company, Georgia served in senior human resources management roles where she was responsible for the management of complex, multi-site human resources operations, organisation development, strategic planning and change management
  • Georgia holds a Masters in Business from Victoria University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Organisation Development from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT
James Cauchy

James Cauchy Regional Director, Australasia
  • James commenced work with IDP Education in January 2008 as Regional Manager Australia and is currently Regional Director, Australasia based in Melbourne, Australia
  • James is responsible for IDP Education’s onshore operation in Australia including Student Placement and IELTS. James also manages the Australian and New Zealand client relations functions as well as the web development team for IDP Education websites across its global network of countries. James is also responsible for the operation for IELTS and Student Placement in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea
  • Prior to joining the Company, James worked in operational management positions for a number of different brands at major Australian retailer Coles Myer
Imad Chaoui

Imad Chaoui Regional Director, Middle East
  • Imad commenced work with IDP Education in 2017 as the Regional Director responsible for the company's Middle East operations in 17 countries. He is based in Dubai
  • Imad brings to IDP over 20 years of sales, commercial and general management experience from the pharmaceuticals, consumer and medical devices industries
  • Before joining IDP, he worked with the Swiss healthcare company Novartis from 2009, leading several of the company's group subsidiaries. Of these, his most recent role was as General Manager of Alcon, overseeing 13 countries across the Middle East.
  • Imad holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Chatenay-Malabry University Paris XI, and an MBA from Ecole Superieure des Affaires in partnership with Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris.
Allen Jiang

Allen Jiang Regional Director, North Asia
  • Allen commenced work with IDP Education in 2007 as Country Manager and is currently Regional Director, North Asia
  • He is based in Shanghai and, in his role, Allen is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s business operations in North Asia, which currently covers China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • Prior to joining IDP Education, Allen was the Business Unit Director leading sales and marketing with a United States-based medical device company (Stryker) and prior to that spent 10 years with Johnson & Johnson in both their consumer and professional product divisions
  • Allen holds a Bachelor of Medicine from the Medical School of Zhe Jiang University and an MBA from Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Piyush Kumar

Piyush Kumar Regional Director, South Asia
  • Piyush commenced work with IDP Education in 2015 as the Country Director for India. During this tenure Piyush led extensive expansion into India, and more recently led the successful market entry into Nepal
  • In October 2017, Piyush joined IDP's Global Leadership Team (GLT) as the Regional Director for South Asia. In his role Piyush is responsible for IDP Education offices in six countries: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Korea and Mauritius
  • Prior to joining IDP, Piyush was in a leadership position at SBI Cards, a joint venture between GE Capital and the State Bannk of India, where he led the largest new customer acquisition channel for the business across 45 offices in India
  • Piyush holds an MBA from the Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development and an Electrical engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology.
Craig Mackey

Craig Mackey Director, Corporate Development
  • Craig joined IDP Education in 2013.
  • As the Director of Corporate Development, Craig is involved in many aspects of strategy, M&A and investor relations.
  • With an investment banking background, Craig brings to IDP a broad perspective on corporate strategy and finance, and leads all of the company's acquisitions and investments.
  • Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Financial Services Institute of Institute of Australasia.
Craig Mackey

Simon Emmett Chief Executive Officer, Hotcourses Group
  • Simon was appointed CEO of The Hotcourses Group in 2015 having held a number of senior management roles in the business since joining in 2000.

  • He joined the IDP global leadership team when Hotcourses was acquired by the business in 2017.

  • Simon is based in London and leads the strategic direction and operational delivery of the Hotcourses Group. He is also responsible for key partnerships, developing people and culture.

  • He graduated in Economics from the University of Warwick.

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