The CEOs

Meet the 2019 line up of CEOs that will be mentoring selected students for a day.

Andrew Barkla

Andrew Barkla
CEO and Managing Director, IDP Education

Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at IDP Education in August 2015.

Andrew has extensive experience in the technology, services and software industry, with over 20 years of senior management experience in roles across Australia, New Zealand, Asia/Japan and North America.

Prior to joining IDP Education, Andrew worked for SAP as President of Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to his role at SAP, Andrew held leadership roles at Unisys, including as Vice President of Unisys’ Asia Pacific Japan operations covering 13 countries, as Member of Unisys’ Global Executive Committee and as Chairman of Unisys West, a technology services joint venture between BankWest and Unisys.

Prior to his role at SAP, Andrew held leadership roles at Unisys, including as Vice President of Unisys’ Asia Pacific Japan operations covering 13 countries, as Member of Unisys’ Global Executive Committee and as Chairman of Unisys West, a technology services joint venture between BankWest and Unisys.

Elizabeth Koff

Elizabeth Koff
Secretary, NSW Health

Elizabeth has held a number of Senior Executive roles within the NSW health system, across operational and policy portfolios.

Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health in 2016. As Secretary, Elizabeth is responsible for the management of the NSW health system ($24 billion budget and 118,000 FTE) and setting strategic direction to ensure NSW continues to provide exceptional healthcare, research and education.

Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Kate Palmer

Kate Palmer
CEO, Sport Australia

Kate Palmer is the CEO of Sport Australia and is passionate about sport and believes unquestionably in the power of sport and physical activity to reflect the very best in our culture to be a powerful vehicle for change. Kate is driven by a shared purpose to contribute to improving the health and well-being of Australians and making communities stronger through sport and physical activity.

Kate is a transformational leader who has steered organisations to excel in delivering on strategic outcomes from high performance and growing community participation through to building capability of sport and international sporting success.

Kate spent 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia, was Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, a Trustee of the MCG and CEO of Netball Victoria. Kate is a member of Chief Executive Women and has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management.

Steve Weston

Steve Weston
Co-Founder and CEO, Volt Bank

Steve has a wealth of industry experience, gleaned in senior leadership roles at a number of financial services organisations in Australia and overseas. He was CEO of Mortgages at Barclays (UK) before heading home and co-founding Volt Bank. Steve has built a reputation for building strong teams who, under his stewardship, have been at the forefront of regulatory change and introduced significant innovation into their respective markets, particularly via the use of technology and the leveraging of big data.

Tony Stuart

Tony Stuart
CEO, UNICEF Australia

Tony Stuart is the CEO of UNICEF Australia, which advocates and delivers programs for children domestically and internationally.

Tony is the Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. He has 20 years of corporate experience in marketing, financial services and executive and board roles. He is a member of Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board.

Previously, Tony was the Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and prior to that was the CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited. He was a founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, a Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, a member of the Executive Committee for Sydney and on the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.

Throughout his career, Tony has been and continues to be, passionate about customer and supporter engagement, a strong advocate of Net Promoter Scores, the customer’s Total Journey Experience and purpose-driven organisations.

Tony is married to Pippa and lives in Clontarf. They have two children Matthew aged 21 and Charlotte aged 18.