Board of Directors
Chairman and Non-Executive Director, LLB
Mark Kerr is the Chairman of Think Childcare Limited. Mark is an experienced director whose other current roles include Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Contango Microcap Limited (December 2009 to present) and Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Hawthorn Resources Limited (22 November 2007 to present).
He is also a director of Baker Street. Mark is a director of Berkeley Consultants Pty Ltd which specialises in public relations and reputation management consultancy. He is also a director and adviser to various private companies. Mark's community involvement currently extends to being a member of the Victorian Committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
He is also a committee member of the St Vincent’s Institute Charity Golf Day Committee. Mark was the Non-Executive Chairman of Process Wastewater Technologies Limited from December 2007 to June 2013. Mark was appointed as a Director on 21 July 2014.
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.
Non-Executive Director B.Ec (Hons), FCA, GAICD
Andrew Hanson is a chartered accountant and retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2011 after over 27 years’ service, including 16 as a partner. As a former audit and transaction services partner, Andrew brings deep accounting, commercial and governance experience.
Since then he has been a director or advisory board member of various private companies, including the Chairman of Guest Group and Prestige Inhome Care. In addition, Andrew is an independent adviser to the board of Beacon Lighting Group Ltd and a member of their audit and remuneration & nomination committees.
Mr Hanson was appointed as a Director on 16 September 2014.