Board of Directors

Mark Kerr

Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Limited
Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Development Limited


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.

Mathew Edwards

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Think Childcare Limited
Director, Think Childcare Development Limited

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.

Joe Dicks

Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Limited
Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Development Limited

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.

Evonne Collier

Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Limited

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.

Michael Doble

Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Development Limited

Michael has a Bachelor of Business (Property) and an Associate Diploma in Valuations from RMIT University, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Australian property market. With over 32 years’ experience, he started as a valuer with Knight Frank, moved into funds management with ANZ Funds Management and for the last 16 years has been at APN Fund Management Ltd (APN). Michael has been the Chief Executive Officer (Real Estate Securities) and more recently transitioned to Chief Investment Officer (Real Estate Securities) at APN.

In the last 25 years in funds management, Michael has successfully invested in a range of listed (including stapled structures) and unlisted property entities in Australia across core asset classes and newer sectors in the listed property environment such as healthcare and child care.

His experience dealing with large and small listed property entities has helped him develop a strong focus on strategy, governance, compliance and risk management.

Having now concluded executive duties, Michael has transitioned to a Non Executive career. Apart from Think Childcare he sits on the Advisory Board for property debt group Monark and Chairs the board of the Newmark Hardware Trust.

Nick Anagnostou

Non-Executive Director – Think Childcare Development Limited

Nick brings to the Company over 30 years’ experience in the real estate and funds management industries and most relevantly has been deeply involved as a senior executive in the childcare sector since 2005 and in particular as CEO from 2008 to 2019 of Australia’s largest ASX listed childcare Property Trust, the Charter Hall Social Infrastructure Trust, which was acquired from Folkestone. Nick navigated the REIT through the GFC and failure of its largest tenant in 2009 and subsequently grew the childcare REIT from a market capitalisation of approximately $20m to $1.2bn. On numerous occasions, it was rated as Australia’s best performing listed property trust and led to various awards.

Nick’s expertise is in real estate and site selection, corporate transactions, strategy and capital markets, with an extensive network within the childcare industry including Institutional Investors throughout Asia. His approach is based on maintaining a disciplined strategy, with high transparency, sound governance and innovative research. In his roles, he successfully acquired over 300 childcare services and successfully developed a further 70+ childcare services.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Business (Prop - Hons), is a qualified Valuer, an Associate of the Australian Property Institute and FINSIA. He is also a non-executive director of the Vision Australia Foundation, part of Vision Australia which is the nation’s largest provider of services to the vision impaired.

James Spenceley

Non-Executive Director, Think Childcare Limited

James is a well-known Australian professional investor, award-winning entrepreneur and experienced company director. He is the Chairman of Airtasker and former CEO and co-founder of MHOR asset management.

In 2007 James founded Vocus Communications and went on to become the youngest Australian to create and lead an ASX100 company. James was instrumental in building the Vocus business from a market cap of $25m at listing to a multiple billion market cap via both organic and M&A growth.

James is a two-times EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner and in 2018 was inducted into the Telecommunications Hall of Fame. James is the first ambassador for the Women on Boards program and a board member of the not for profit, Humpty Dumpty foundation.