Board Profiles

Tony Faure 2024

Tony Faure

Chair

Tony Faure is a seasoned Chair and Non-Executive Director with deep expertise in technology, data, digital media and marketing. Known for his strategic leadership, he is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs and has successfully guided both small and large growth companies to continuously innovate and create new experiences.

Tony has advised some of Australia’s leading technology, data and digital media companies. He previously served as CEO of ninemsn and HomeScreen Entertainment, and he was the launch Managing Director, Australia & NZ and later Regional Vice President, South Asia for Yahoo! from 1997 to 2001. Tony's board roles have included positions at SEEK, iSelect, Independent Business Media (publisher of Business Spectator/Eureka Report), Junkee Media, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia’s NSW Advisory Board. He is also the former Chair of Pollenizer and former Non-Executive Director/Interim Chair of Uno Homeloans.

He currently Chairs ASX-listed oOh!media (ASX:OML), Lawpath, PredictHQ and Year13. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director at Common Interest, and is Vice Chair at Tidal VC – an early stage venture capital firm.

Marc 2024

Marc Washbourne

Chief Executive Officer

One of ReadyTech’s founders since 1999, Marc has overseen ReadyTech’s growth from a small software development house to a leading provider of education and employment technology in Australia.

With 20 years’ experience building technology for the education and employment sectors, Marc now heads up a global team of 160 people committed to the relentless pursuit of innovation and better technology for over 3,600 customers.

Marc is a former software developer who couples a technical background with a strong strategic vision for ReadyTech’s products, which unlock the value of SaaS and additional services for customers.

Helen Lea 2024

Helen Lea

Independent Non-Executive Director

Helen Lea is a seasoned Independent Non-Executive Director with deep expertise in transformation, talent and performance, and human resources. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), as well as a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI).

With a career spanning executive, directorship, and advisory roles across ASX listed and private companies, Helen brings a wealth of strategic insight and leadership acumen. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee at both ReadyTech and MiQ Private Wealth, where she plays a pivotal role in governance and compensation strategy.

Her previous roles include serving as an Advisory Board Member at Flare HR, and as a Non-Executive Director at butn – a B2B lender that’s innovating the way SMEs fund and grow their business. Helen is renowned for her commitment to enhancing organisational effectiveness and fostering the success of individuals within these organisations.

Tim Ebbeck 2024

Tim Ebbeck

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tim Ebbeck has over 30 years of board, executive, and advisory experience across a breadth of industries including software and technology, AI, blockchain, media, sport, consulting, energy, and finance.

Tim’s executive experience includes roles as Chief Executive Officer at SAP (ANZ), Chief Executive of Oracle (ANZ), Chief Commercial Officer of SAP (APJ), and Chief Commercial Officer of NBN Co.

His board roles have included being Non-Executive Director for Bigtincan Limited (RDY.BTH), Indara Digital Infrastructure (JV Australian Super and Singtel), CPA Australia, Central Coast Local Health District, The Yield Technology Solutions, Nextgen Distribution, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences NSW, and Insite Organisation.

Tim is a professional company director and advisor to a range of companies in the technology and emerging industries and a former CEO member of the Business Council of Australia.

Tom Matthews

Tom Matthews

Non-Executive Director

Tom Matthews has over 15 years of experience in private equity, principal investment, investment banking and middle market advisory and valuations in both Australia and the UK.

A partner at leading private equity manager Pemba, Tom has led a number of transactions across Pemba’s areas of focus since 2015, including investments into HR3, JobReady and Vital Software. Tom has held a variety of senior roles prior to joining Pemba, including at private equity firm Sovereign Capital Partners in the UK, the Investment Banking Group of Macquarie Bank, and Deloitte Corporate Finance in both Sydney and London.

Mark Summerhayes

Mark Summerhayes

Alternate Director

Currently Managing Director at Pemba Capital Partners, a leading investor in small and mid-sized private businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

Currently Chairman of the Board at Coverforce and a Director of Ausreo, Instant Access, InteriorCo and ReadyTech.

Previously a co-founder of SB Capital Partners, Managing Director at Smedvig Capital and a board member of Device Technologies.

Previously at Bain & Company advising corporates on a mix of strategy, M&A, and operational improvement projects.