Board of Directors
Chairman and Non-Executive Director, LLB
Mark Kerr is the Chairman of Think Childcare Limited. Mark has specialist expertise in the areas of finance, marketing and property, the stock market, political and issues management
Mark holds a LL.B. degree from the University of Melbourne, completed articles and practised as a solicitor.
In 1982 he founded Product Management, a sister company of International Public Relations, later known as Weber Shandwick Worldwide (WSW).
In 1989 he was appointed Finance Director of WSW, in 1994 Joint Managing Director, and in 1998 Chief Executive Officer.
An initial major assignment was the co ordination, licensing and franchising for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Mark directed one of the most successful product launches in Mars Confectionery history. To coincide with the launch of the blue M&M, WSW coordinated a high profile stunt with the Carlton Football Club to change the colour of the navy blue uniform for one day.
Other assignments have included investor relations programmes in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Mark has advised the successful bidders for some of Australia’s biggest privatisation sales.
In the late 1990’s he co-founded Vital Capital (now known as Phosphagenics Limited), a venture capital company that specialised in longer-term investment in small-to-medium enterprises.
His community involvement currently extends to being a member of the Victorian Committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is also a Committee member of the St Vincent's Institute Charity Golf Day.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mathew Edwards has been involved in childcare since 2001 and is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Think Childcare Limited. He was the Managing Director of LEA from 2009 and has overseen the development of that company’s business of improving and managing childcare centres, with ownership of centres in VIC, NSW, WA & SA.
The LEA business centred around developing greenfield sites and the trading up of under-performing centres. Prior to LEA, Mathew was a director of Australian Daycare Group and has extensive management experience in retail and commercial property roles. Mathew has taken greenfield sites through the negotiation, design and construction process to fully occupied and profitable licensed Centres. Mathew is also a director of Baker Street.
Mathew has extensive experience in business strategy and management of multi-site businesses. Mathew is a senior executive with CEO and GM experience in both publicly listed and private organisations. Mathew has actively owned and operated childcare services for over 14 years. With extensive experience in developing centres from concept to full occupancy, Mathew has developed operational processes covering Finance, HR, Administration and Marketing that are robust and provide information in real time.
Mathew has an acute ability to identify and implement the key drivers of the performance of a childcare service. Mathew appreciates the performance of a centre is driven by the performance of the Educators in the centre. He adopts and lives by the philosophy of, “Happy staff give you happy children, happy children give you happy families and happy families pay you money happily, giving you happy shareholders.
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Paul Gwilym is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience in accounting, financial management and general business, with a background in insolvency and reconstruction and has operated his own consultancy specialising in strategic planning, restructuring and capital raising.
Paul was the Chief Financial Officer of LEA from November 2013 until assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer with the Company. Paul's previous Board experience includes Games R Us Australia Ltd, Senacon Limited and Nubax Limited. Paul was a director of Games R Us Australia Ltd, prior to its Listing on ASX.
Paul was appointed as a Director on 21 July 2014.
Joe has 17 years’ multi-national experience as a Non-Executive Director in Aged Care, Agricultural and Vocational Education industries. With over 32 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, company auditor and accredited business valuation expert, and 25 years as a founding Partner at PPB Advisory. Joe has in-depth experience in government funded and regulated industries, infrastructure and the education sector.
Joe currently serves on the boards of Campus Living Funds Management Limited and Melbourne Polytechnic. Joe was Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and board member of Retirement Village Group and Wesley Mission Victoria, founding board member and Finance Committee Chair of Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania, President of the National Australia Africa Business Council and former Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Forensic Accounting Special Interest Group.
Joe is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy, he is an Accredited Business Valuations Specialist and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
BA, MBus, GradCertAppFin, GAICD
Evonne Collier is a professional Non-Executive Director and an experienced leader in business scale-up and transformation, branding strategies, new to world and category innovation, digital disruption and B2B and B2C customer experience. She has 25 years’ senior executive experience working within blue-chip multinational companies and brands in the FMCG, Packaged goods, Pharmaceutical and Entertainment/Technology sectors.
She currently serves on the boards of 1300SMILES (ASX:ONT) and a number of large private and publicly unlisted companies, including Winson Group and BML Pty Ltd. She is the Chair of Digital, member of Audit and Risk, HR and Remuneration and Legal and Compliance committees within these organisations. She also mentors start-ups and serves on an Advisory Board for Ingredients Plus.
Evonne holds a Bachelor of Arts (UQ), Master of Business (QUT), Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance (Macquarie University) and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has also taught at QUT’s post-graduate business school.