Paulene Henderson, Board Chair
B Bus (Acc), MBA, CA, GAICD
Paulene has enjoyed senior executive roles in strategic finance and developing and delivering capital management strategies. These include equity raising, issue of listed debt instruments, restructuring of banking facilities, investor relations and technical aspects of taxation and statutory reporting. Paulene brings to the table a full suite of CFO skills and a wealth of corporate financial experience, driving impressive results in a dynamic and high-risk sectors. Strategically and commercially minded with a focus on optimizing financial performance and driving continuous improvement; exhibiting strong leadership when 'charting the course', her track record speaks to strengths in identifying direction, mapping and executing a plan, assessing the risks and financial impacts and effectively managing investor and stakeholder communication and relations.
B Bus, B Com, GradDip CA
Jack is the Co-Founder and CEO of Edstart, a technology and financial services company providing funding and payment services in the education sector. Jack also has over five years experience as a Chartered Accountant working at KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business from Bond University.
MBA, FPRIA, FAICD
Christine Lohman is a communication specialist with over 35 years’ experience providing strategic communication advice at CEO and Board level to the public and private sectors. She established one of Queensland’s most successful public relations, corporate communication and crisis management consultancies. An experienced director with a thorough understanding of organisational structures and governance. Christine currently serves on Griffith University Institute for Glycomics - Board of Advice; and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Gold Coast Regional Committee. Some past directorships include The Arts Centre Gold Coast (HOTA), WorkCover Queensland, St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health Limited.
Professor Geraldine Castleton
Cert T, B Ed, GradDip T, M Ed (Hons, First Class), PhD
Professor Castleton is a highly experienced and successful leader who has provided strategic direction and management at a senior level in educational institutions across the tertiary, vocational education and school sectors. Her leadership in universities in Australia and the United Kingdom includes the roles of Head of Postgraduate Education, Dean and Head of School of Education. Expertise includes development and delivery of innovative education programs; developing policy, managing and undertaking ground-breaking research and consultancy. Geraldine has a distinguished international and national track record in research in literacy across a range of contexts (schools, community settings and workplaces) including the successful management of projects and dissemination of results. She has served on national curriculum and research advisory and reference committees including as a member of the Australian English Curriculum and currently is a member of the Australian Council for Educational Research expert group for the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Geraldine's expertise in adult literacy has included the design and leadership of accredited and non-accredited professional development for adult literacy tutors in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Taiwan. Her contribution to education was recognised by her peers in the 2019 Australian Council of Deans of Education Outstanding Contributon to Education Awards. Currently Geraldine is a volunteer with The Smith Family’s Learning Club.
Cert T, B Ed, B Econ, GradDip Ed (School Admin), GradCert SocSc (Interprofessional Leadership), M Ed
Peter’s previous career experience includes roles in the Queensland Education Department of teacher, secondary school principal and senior officer. He has been a lecturer at the University of Queensland. He also has lengthy experience as company director including Chair of the QT Mutual Bank board and inaugural Chair of the RACQ Bank board. Presently enjoying farming (part time) and committee service in community associations.
B Comm, CA, ICAA
Ric is a senior partner of EY, with over 30 years’ experience (19 years as a partner) working with leading companies in Australia and the UK. In his role leading the audits of publicly listed companies, growing private businesses, and not-for-profit enterprises, Ric engages with directors and management on strategic, financial, valuation, enterprise risk, and corporate governance matters. Previously Operations Leader for EY QLD Assurance, EY National Training Committee member, Ric led EY QLD Property and Middle Markets focus, and also serves as a Director and the Treasurer for Circa, one of the world’s leading circus performance companies.