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Board & Management

Directors

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 prior to the company’s acquisition by Oracle.

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

  • Ariane heads the Products and Markets division at wealth management firm JBWere. She is a member of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) Investment Committee and Development Board as well as 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 Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and HSBC in the United States, Europe, Japan and Hong Kong

  • Ariane is a graduate and 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 was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia in early 2014 and was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat, a position to which he was appointed in 2006

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

  • He was foundation Chair of the Australian Regional Universities Network and the board of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and is currently on the board of directors for Business Higher Education Round Table Board, Committee for Ballarat and Melbourne Institute of Technology

  • David is also Chair of the Board of Education Australia Limited

Belinda Robinson

Belinda Robinson Non-Executive Director
  • Belinda was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in November 2015

  • Belinda is the Chief Executive and Executive Director of Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s 39 comprehensive universities. She is also a Director of The Conversion Media Group and Education Australia. Belinda is highly qualified company director with more than two decades’ experience sitting on ASX-listed (Non-executive Director of Beach Energy Limited from May 2011 to February 2016), government and NGO boards and committees

  • Belinda has extensive knowledge and experience in higher education policy, government processes, political advocacy, corporate governance and remuneration. Belinda has been the Chief Executive of peak industry bodies for more than 15 years and has held a number of senior and senior executive positions within the Federal Australian Government, including eight years with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • Belinda has a Master of Environment Law (Australian National University); a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England);  is a long-standing graduate member of the AICD and has completed the AICD’s Chair’s Mentoring Program 

Greg West

Greg West Non-Executive Director
  • Greg was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at IDP Education in December 2006

  • Greg 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.

  • He is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of UOWD Limited (a business arm of Wollongong University)

  • Previously, he 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

  • Greg is also a Director of Education Australia

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 Deputy Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, and Non-Executive Director of PPB Advisory and Arete Capital Partners. Chris retired as Deputy Chairman of Linking Melbourne Authority in December 2015. He is also a member of the Australian Research Industry Advisory Board, 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.

  • Chris 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.

  • 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 he 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
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
Varaporn Dhamcharee

Varaporn Dhamcharee Regional Director, South East Asia
  • Varaporn joined IDP Education in January 2015 as Regional Director, South East Asia
  • She is based in Bangkok, Thailand and in her role Varaporn is responsible for IDP Education’s offices in five countries in the South East Asia region: Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and Cambodia
  • Varaporn has over 20 years of sales, commercial and general management experience gained across Asia. She previously held senior leadership positions with Kimberly-Clark as General Manager for Thailand and Managing Director for Taiwan and Vietnam
  • Varaporn’s most recent role was as Managing Director for Green Spot, a Thai FMCG business that employed over 1,500 staff and exported to 45 countries
  • Varaporn holds a BA (Hons) from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from Sasin Graduate Institute, a partnership between Chulalongkorn, Kellogg and Wharton
Harmeet Pental

Harmeet Pental Regional Director, South Asia, North America & United Kingdom
  • Harmeet commenced work with IDP Education in March 2009 as Regional Director, South Asia and is currently Regional Director, South Asia, North America & United Kingdom
  • He is based in Gurgaon, India and in his role Harmeet is responsible for 36 IDP Education offices in six countries in South Asia: India, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia. In addition, Harmeet is also responsible for the client teams based across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and IELTS operations in Canada
  • Prior to joining the Company, Harmeet worked in general management roles with Avon Products across India and Vietnam and VLCC (India’s leading health and beauty services company). Prior to that he had sales, operations and marketing experiences across Lakme Lever (Unilever company) and Reckitt Benckiser
  • Harmeet holds an MBA and BA (Hons) in Mathematics from Delhi University
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

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