Governance and Leadership | Governing Board | Colleagues at a table | Large
The Think Board oversees operational performance and discusses the strategic direction of the group.

Governance structure

Think Education Board committees

The Think Board has two committees which meet quarterly before each Board meeting:
  • The Finance Committee provides expert advice to the Board both on Think Education’s financial performance in the current year and also the financial implications of any future plans.
  • The Audit and Risk Committee provides expert advice to the Board on Think Education’s audit and risk performance.


Think Education Board members

Michael Mann AM, Chair

Michael was Managing Director Asia Pacific, Laureate International Universities until 2019. He most recently served as founding President of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) University in Vietnam, where he established 2 campuses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Previously, he was the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam and Laos, founding CEO of the Australian Television Network at the ABC, and has served as a member of the Australian diplomatic corps in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, France and Italy.

Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton AO

Gerard, former Vice-Chancellor of Wollongong University, is one of the most highly regarded and experienced education leaders in Australia. He is also one of the longest serving Vice-Chancellors (from 1995-2011), and a former Chair of Universities Australia. He was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for his contribution to tertiary education in Australia, and in 2008 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Linda Brown

Linda is Chief Executive Officer of Think Education and President of Torrens University Australia. Prior to joining Think in 2013, Linda was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Prior to Swinburne, Linda held the position of Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts. She also has global business and educational experience, including Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker, Managing Director Dartington Tech UK and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College.

Michael Reed

Michael, formerly Regional Counsel – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at Laureate International Universities. Prior to joining Laureate he was a partner at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm and has practised as a solicitor for over 35 years.

Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Strategic Education, Inc.. Previously he served as Treasurer and Senior Vice President of Finance for Strayer Education, Inc., and as Regional Vice President of Operations, Director of Business Operations, and Campus Director for Strayer University. Prior to joining Strayer, Daniel held financial and operational roles with Legg Mason Wood Walker and Fairmont Schools Inc.

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