Prof. Adam Gazzaley

World famous Author, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Inventor ; Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry; University of California ; and Founder, Neuroscape (USA)


This is your chance to meet one of EduTECH’s most-requested international speakers, authors and consultants. Join 4000+ delegates in the ICC’s Main Theatre for Dr Gazzaley’s keynote presentation “Neuroscience meets technology: a vision of the future of classrooms learning and assessments”. Adam Gazzaley is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Amongst many things, Adam is also: the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape; the 2015 recipient of the Neuroscience – Science Educator Award; the co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs; and the co-author of “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”. He has fascinated educators and technologists around the world.

Prof. Rose Luckin

Professor of Learner Centred Design, University College London, Knowledge Lab (UK)


What is your perspective on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education? How much do you understand it and its impact on teaching and learning?

Secretary of the NSW Department of Education – Mark Scott AO, who will also be speaking at EduTECH, said AI was transforming classrooms and learning, with teachers able to use technology to create customised content for specific subjects and students, but great teachers would never become obsolete.

"The future in the classroom is now. We are at a crossroads and we can't sit back and wait for the revolution to happen to us. We need to lead the change. This is education's moment," said Mr Scott in his recent speech.

Prof Rose Luckin has been developing and writing about the Learning Sciences, Educational technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) for over 20 years. Her research explores how to increase participation by teachers and learners in the design and use of technologies.

Don’t miss Prof Luckin’s presentation and breakout session that will change the way you think about AI forever. In addition to over 50 peer-reviewed articles and two edited volumes, Prof. Luckin is the author of Re-Designing Learning Contexts (Routledge, 2010), and lead author of the influential Decoding Learning report (Nesta, 2012).

Register now to be inspired and educated by Prof. Luckin. You’ll see the behind the scenes research that applies participatory methods to the development and evaluation of technology for learning.

After participating in your own session with Prof. Luckin, you’re also invited to explore the exhibition to pick up more tips and useful information about AI and how YOU can use it in your teaching.

Prof. Guy Claxton

Best-selling international author on education, intelligence and building learning power (UK)


Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist with a long-standing passion for bringing the mind sciences to bear on the improvement of schools. He has made both practical and academic contributions to education through a series of books that include What's the Point of School?, Building Learning Power, Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, and (with Bill Lucas) New Kinds of Smart and Educating Ruby. His latest book, The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves, with a foreword by Carol Dweck, was published worldwide in November 2017. His Building Learning Power approach has been influential in schools in many countries including Ireland, Poland, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile, as well as throughout the UK.

Prakash Nair

World renowned futurist, visionary planner and educational architect; and Founding President and CEO, Fielding Nair International (USA)


Prakash Nair is a futurist, a visionary planner and a recipient of the CEFPI MacConnell Award, the highest honour for school design. Prakash’s internationally acclaimed titles: “The language of school design” and “Blueprint for Tomorrow - Redesigning Schools for Student Centered Learning”, have revolutionised school design across the globe. Prakash lectures the Leaders of Learning course at Harvard University. Having worked with education departments in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, Prakash has an intimate understand of the challenges facing Australian educators. Join Prakash as he reveals how you can effectively design and adapt your learning spaces in environments shifted by technological, cultural and workspace change.

Lisa Rodgers

CEO, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)


Following an extensive national and international search, Lisa Rodgers was appointed CEO of AITSL, commencing in October 2016. 

Before joining AITSL, Lisa was Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement in the New Zealand Ministry of Education, with responsibility for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders across education and the wider social sector.

Lisa made significant contributions in several different posts at the NZ Ministry of Education, including as the Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge, applying research and analysis to identify where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve. 

Lisa has a strong public sector background in strategic policy, research, insight, and analysis with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales, and the British Army.

Jo Mithen

CEO, Monash College


As a Monash University alumna, Jo is a proud advocate of the power of an excellent education and the opportunities it provides.

She joined Monash College in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. Having worked at senior levels with universities for more than 15 years, her expertise lies in her ability to recognise market trends and affect change.

Under her leadership, the company has tripled student enrolments and strengthened the quality of graduates entering the University. Monash College is the largest University owned entity of its type in Australia and continues to grow at double digit rates annually.

A member of Monash University's Senior Leadership Team, Jo has developed robust partnerships between Monash College and the University faculties. Monash College delivers a range of solutions to issues such as student diversity, graduate employability, employer interface and teaching disruption. Jo has also extended international College partners, invested to diversify College leadership succession and unified the College under a single vision.

She is passionate about people and has focused her career on transforming business and culture. As a leader, she values accountability, fosters innovation and inspires excellence. Jo's international experience provides a deep understanding of issues facing education and markets around the world. During her six years as CEO at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), she represented Asia on the World Federation of Personnel Management Association Board. Since then, she has continually travelled and conducted business outside of Australia, particularly across Asia.

Prof. Stephen Heppell

Internationally acclaimed leader in learning, new media, and technology in education (UK)


Stephen's "eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground" approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology.

As a school teacher for more than a decade, and a professor since 1989, Stephen has worked, and is working, with learner led projects, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities, with his PhD students and with many influential trusts and organizations.

Stephen is, and has been, a regular face on TV all around the world - in the UK this ranges from Newsnight to the BBC Breakfast sofa and Sky News, to Channel 4's Things to Come - and on radio too: from BBC Radio 4's You and Yours to the Steve Wright Show - or even right back to Phil Miles on Australia's Island Sound radio in 1992! In Australia radio regular appearances range from national ABC to statewide Mix Radio in WA.

Stephen's ICT career (he is credited with being the person who put the C into ICT), began with the UK government's Microelectronics Education Programme (MEP) in the early 80s, after he had been teaching in secondary schools for some years - which he enjoyed enormously.

Stephen founded and ran Ultralab for almost a quarter of a century, building it into one of the most respected research centres in e-learning in the world - at one time Ultralab was the largest producer of educational CD-ROMs in Europe - before leaving it in 2004.

Alison Haines

Team Leader - Agriculture and Rural Operations, Charles Darwin University

 Alison Haines leads the Katherine Rural Campus based Agriculture and Rural Operations Team for the Charles Darwin University’s School of Primary Industries.
Alison is an experienced professional in extensive beef cattle production with broad experience across northern Australia who delivers quality Vocational Education and Training to students in some of the most remote areas of Australia.
Returning to CDU in 2013 after a 5 year tenure working with the NT Department of Primary Industries Research Farms, Alison assumed the role of Workplace Traineeship Program Coordinator for four years before advancing to Team Leader in December 2016.
Alison’s chief achievement has been sourcing and building an outstanding team whom cultivate strong partnerships and alliances with industry, stakeholders and cooperative organisations. These relationships foster open communication and collaboration, improving the quality and relevance of the training delivered.


Fiona Plunkett

Team Leader - AGriculture and Rural Operations, Charles Darwin University

Fiona Plunkett is the Workplace Traineeship Program Coordinator within the Katherine Rural Campus based Agriculture and Rural Operations Team for the Charles Darwin University’s School of Primary Industries.
With a background in Agriculture in south-east Queensland, Fiona completed a Bachelor of Education and taught high school students before heading to the Northern Territory to work in extensive beef cattle production. Joining the CDU team in early 2015, Fiona now coordinates the traineeship program for approximately 200 students. Fiona mentors the three staff who supervises these students as well as spending extended time on the road conducting workplace training and assessment visits on site.
Fiona, a member of the 2017 Future Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association program and winner of the 2017 NT VET Trainer of the Year, is a passionate advocate for the importance and potential of quality VET training in the agricultural industries.


Brad Seaman

CEO, IKON Institute


Brad has broad experience in leadership, management and training in both the public and private sectors. Brad’s experience includes the development and accreditation of training and delivery of vocational, professional development and personal leadership training to a range of audiences.

Since 2008 Brad has led IKON through significant growth and change both internally and in the sector. Starting with 32 students and growing the training organisation to 550 students across 20 courses in 3 states. Brad is passionate about the role of education in social change. He is a strong advocate for the integration of research, evidence based practice and education in to professional practice.

Dr Rod Dilnutt

Industry Fellow, The University of Melbourne


Rod is the Director of William Bethwey & Associates, a specialist information and change management consultancy. His professional experience has been gained in management and consulting positions and spans over twenty-five years’ as an internationally recognised consultant and educator. During this time he has helped many leading organisations develop business and digital capability to successfully transition to a higher level of operating maturity. Rod applies his practical knowledge and expertise to his assignments and widely sought after as a consultant for his views on innovation in the digital world.

Specialising in the formulation and deployment of strategy and architecture at senior executive level for many leading organisations Rod is a respected thought leader being recognised as the ICT Professional of the Year in the Australian iAwards 2013. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he lectures in Architecture, Strategy and Change Management in various higher degree programmes. He has published a number of research articles, a book on Organisational Change and supervises industry based research programmes. 

Rod is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and serves as Director, Membership Life cycle Board, Vice Chair of the Victorian Branch Executive and member of the Professional Development Board.

Prof. Mike Keppell

former Pro VC Learning Transformations, Swinburne University


Professor Mike Keppell has worked at six universities, held formal leadership roles across all institutions, and been a full Professor since 2007. With a strong research and scholarship background in higher education, educational technology and innovative learning design, he has edited three books, authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and worked on research projects valued at $AUS16M. 

Passionate about learning and teaching, Mike has been an academic developer and designed institution-wide professional development with a focus on learning design via the creation of award winning educational resources that integrate into curriculum. 

Mike offers international recognition and academic thought leadership in the areas of personalised learning, blended learning, learning spaces, learning design, higher education pedagogy, learning-oriented assessment, authentic learning, educational technology, leadership and transformative learning using design-based research.

A champion of the formation of strong collaborative partnerships, Mike has led numerous multinational research, innovation and development groups and cross-institutional projects. He served on the ASCILITE Executive from 2000–2011 as Board Member (6 years), Treasurer (3 years) and President (3 years) and was granted Life Membership in 2011 – one of 10 offered in the last three decades.

Dr Jane Hunter

Leading Australian researcher in school education, innovative pedagogue and designer of the High Possibility Classrooms framework for technology enhanced learning in K-12 settings University of Technology Sydney (Australia)


Dr Jane Hunter is an education researcher, mentor and teacher educator in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. She is conducting a series of STEM and STEAM studies in Australian schools; in this work she leads principals, teachers, students and communities to better understand and support education change. Her book Technology Integration and High Possibility Classrooms: Building from TPACK is advancing new ways of enacting pedagogy in K-12 schools. Jane was a classroom teacher, a head teacher in secondary schools and throughout her education career she has received national and international teaching awards for outstanding contributions to student learning. She enjoys writing and her research-based presentations at national and international conferences challenge audiences to consider alternate education possibilities. You can follow Dr Hunter on Twitter @janehunter01 and via her blog on the High Possibility Classrooms website.

Dr Rebecca Vivian

Research fellow, Computer Science Education (CSER) Group


Dr Rebecca Vivian is a Research Fellow at the Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group at The University of Adelaide. She has expertise in Computer Science Education, Teacher Training and Educational Technology and has collaborated with stakeholders across industry, education, and government to deliver education and research projects. Rebecca is involved in the development of the national CSER K-12 Digital Technologies Education teacher-training program, which has seen over 13,000 teachers enrol and which includes the PL-in-a-Box extension, a partnership with Google Australia that empowers education leaders to facilitate professional learning in Digital Technologies with free, ready-made resources. Rebecca is passionate about engaging more young people in STEM, particularly in Technology-related areas, and sees supporting teachers, families and engaging children from the very first year of school as key. 

Prof. Katrina Falkner

Head of School, School of Computer Science; Lead, Computer Science Education Research Group Lead, Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies – Modelling and Analysis, The University of Adelaide


Associate Professor Katrina Falkner, Acting Deputy Executive Dean - Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Katrina Falkner is Head of School at the School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide. Katrina is Lead Project Coordinator of the CSER Digital Technologies Education Program, and is Founder and Director of the CSER Group, leading research into Computer Science Education and Computational Thinking. Katrina also leads the Modelling and Analysis program in the Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies, a collaborative research effort with DST Group. Katrinaís research efforts have together attracted in excess of $11 million in government and industry research funding.

Katrina is the winner of multiple teaching and educational leadership awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation, and the 2016 Australian Council for Computers in Education and Australian Computer Society Leader of the Year award. Katrina is the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Australasia, and Vice Present for the Australian Council of Deans in ICT.

Dr Arnaud Prevot

School Marketing Specialist, Technology Teacher


Originally from France, Arnaud is a teacher, technology coordinator, and marketing committee member. Arnaud’s has followed his doctoral work on school marketing with over 60 articles and two books on the topic ( A Perfect Fit, focusing on school marketing and It's Who We Are, focusing on school branding).

He currently works at two schools in the Portland, USA. He is also a peer reviewed academic author and is always looking to integrate business concepts into educational management and administration.

David St George

former Director Brand, Marketing and Communications, TAFE Queensland


A multi-award winning marketing and communications professional with over 20 years experience, including two and a half years with QSuper as Head of Group Marketing, two years with the Phillips Group as Director Marketing; four years as CEO of RedChilli Marketing; two and a half years with Brisbane City Council (BCC), with 14 months as Organisational Communication Director; five years with Mercer Human Resources Consulting including Head of the Sydney Communication Practice and over two years as Account Service Director at HRD Advertising and Marketing. Holds Bachelor of Business Communications Degree. Council Member Public Relations Institute of Australia (Qld Division).

Mark Scott AO

Secretary, NSW Department of Education


Mark Scott AO is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media.

The department is the largest education system in Australia, operating 2,200 public schools for almost 800,000 students.

Mark’s career began as a teacher in Sydney. He built on his interest in education with senior policy and leadership positions with two NSW education ministers, Terry Metherell and Virginia Chadwick.

Mark held a number of senior editorial roles at Fairfax, including Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of metropolitan, regional and community newspapers.

From 2006 to 2016, Mark was Managing Director of the ABC, overseeing the creation of new services like iview, News 24, ABC3 and digital radio and the expansion of online and mobile services, such as the ABC News site and podcasting.

He led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of respect, integrity, collegiality and innovation.

Mark was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to media and communications, and to the community through advisory and governance roles with a range of social justice and educational bodies.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney; and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney and UNSW.

Dr Michael Cowling

Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology , CQ University


Dr Michael Cowling is an information technologist with a keen interest in educational technology and technology ubiquity in the digital age, especially as it relates to the use of mixed reality in skills training, the changing technology culture in education, and the specific needs of students from non-English speaking backgrounds. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering & Technology at CQUniversity Australia. 

Dr Cowling is currently a partner in an OLT Innovation and Development grant and is the recipient of 3 CQUniversity Learning and Teaching grants related to teaching technology. He is a recipient of an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, is a three time recipient of a CQUniversity Learning & Teaching Award, and gained a CQUniversity Student Voice Commendation for his teaching practice in 2014. He is a regular contributor to media outlet The Conversation and is also a regular contributor in Australian radio and print media on the topics of Educational Technology and Technology Ubiquity.

Dr Cowling has a passion for the practical application of technology in the classroom, with a focus specifically on not just bolting technology onto a classroom setting, but instead investigating how technology can be weaved into the pedagogy of a classroom setting. Living by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, Michael works to help teachers and academics to innovate with technology to improve their students motivation and learning outcomes, leveraging technology as a tool to improve the overall education process, not a another resource that will gather dust in the corner of a classroom.

Michael's teaching interests include a broad-range of business and IT/IS subjects, including Systems Management, Systems Analysis, Organisational Behaviour, Network Security & Database Management. His research interests include educational technology, mixed reality, robotics, signal processing & articifial intelligence.

Anthony Salcito

Vice President Education, Microsoft (USA)

In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.

Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.

Salcito joined Microsoft in 1992, spending his early years at the company architecting high profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95. He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus, and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Junior Achievement of Washington, the European Foundation for Management Development, the National Community Education Association and Western Governors University.

With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Salcito authors Daily Edventures ( ), which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world. You can engage with Salcito at @AnthonySalcito .

Dr Ragnar Purje

Adjunct Lecturer – School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University


Dr Ragnar Purje holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia. He is the author of Responsibility Theory® which focusses on the use of relevant neuroeducation principles and practices to support and advance the academic and social learning of students.

Ragnar is also the initiator of NeuroNumeracy®, which is an intensive self-motivating neuroscience brain based numeracy learning program for children. The purpose of which is to not only enhance the skills, knowledge and understanding of the four operations in mathematics, but to also help the children advance in their emotional intelligence, self-efficacy and self-esteem.

Roni Zimmer Doctory

Senior Design Consultant, Fielding Nair International (USA)


Roni Zimmer Doctory has over 17 years of professional architectural and project management experience. She has served as an Architect and Design Team Leader at AlefBet Planners in Israel since 2007.

Roni has extensive knowledge of and experience working on a variety of projects including public buildings, welfare and community buildings, tourism and leisure complexes, neighborhoods and residential buildings, industrial and office buildings.

Roni graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

Her portfolio of educational work includes various schools throughout Israel. For the past two years, Roni has collaborated with Fielding Nair International on innovative educational projects including the nationally renowned GOGYA Teacher Training Academy developed by the AMIT Network of schools.

Roni’s commitment to education is inspired by the schooling experience of her own children. She represents a new generation of visionary young architects who understand the profound ways in which the built environment impacts student learning outcomes.

She believes passionately that there is an urgent imperative for education change in Israel and throughout the world so that students are better prepared for a very different future than anything we have seen before. Towards this goal, Roni has been traveling within Israel and internationally and working closely with FNI’s President Prakash Nair and other senior managers at the Company to explore a wide range of effective education solutions. These include not just new ways to design school buildings but also methods to introduce and implement highly innovative, student-centered curriculums in new and renovated schools.

Karen Spiller

Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School


Karen has had teaching and leadership experience in both girls’ and co-educational Anglican schools for over 30 years. She has been Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School for eighteen years.

Karen is the Immediate Past National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia, Vice President of Independent Schools Queensland and a member of the Yalari board. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators. Karen is also a member of the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Advisory Group.

Karen holds both a Masters in Educational Administration and an MBA.

In 2013 Karen was appointed as a Fellow of Bond University. She supports QUT through their CEO advisory group to the Business Faculty and was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International.

Most recently, she was awarded a Medal of Order of Australia Queen’s Birthday Honour for her service to women, and to education.

In 2018, Karen will assume the Principal’s role at John Paul College in Brisbane.

Alanna James

Teacher, Claremont College


Alanna has a Bachelor of Education in Special Education from University of Technology, Sydney. She has taught at Claremont College for 8 years on Kindergarten and Year 4. Alanna has experienced the transition from single cell classrooms to co-teaching spaces and has mentored new staff in this process. She is the ‘lead teacher’ on the Kindergarten team. She has presented previously about the successes and challenges of co-teaching at EduTech and Australian Independent Schools conferences.

Lisa Inglis

Teacher, Claremont College


Lisa has completed a Bachelor of International Studies majoring in cross-cultural communication at Macquarie University. She has completed a Masters of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Sydney and began working at Claremont College in 2015 as a practical student. Lisa then earned a role as an intern teacher where she was mentored by the classroom teacher, offering support and assistance to the teaching team in a co-teaching classroom. She is now working as a classroom teacher on Year 4 and will be teaching Japanese 1 day a week from 2018 along with 4 days/week on class. Lisa works with a team including learning support, teaching and learning assistant and executive teachers to ensure the best learning opportunities for her students.

Bill Cohen

ICT Integrator/ Teacher Librarian, Asquith Girls High School


Originally a classroom teacher with experience across the public and private school systems, Bill Cohen is the Teacher Librarian and ICT Integrator at Asquith Girls High School. At Asquith Girls he runs a variety of co-curricular activities, teaches the Authentic Learning elective 'The Art of Game Design', and recently oversaw the first major redesign of the library's learning spaces in over a decade.

Bill has also worked as the Education Content Manager for a national education website, delivered workshops on social action and global citizenship to student groups ranging from 15-150 in size, and written extensively on technology and education for the ABC. He has previously spoken at conferences such as EduTECH, the 2016 and 2017 Australian Curriculum Symposium, the 2017 Australian School Library Association's Conference, and a range of TeachMeets. 

Against all expectations, he's OK with you dog-earing the pages on your books. 

Dr Phil Lambert

Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney


Australian author, educator and philanthropist, Dr Phil Lambert has an extensive background in education. His remarkable efforts have been recognized greatly as he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours back in 2012. And if that’s not cool enough, he’s now supporting the National Rugby League by reviewing its education programs!

With so much experience as a Principle, Executive Director, and General Manager, Dr. Lambert recently led the development of Australia’s first national curriculum so with that in mind, what better way to hear about Authority, Action and Agency than the man himself, the President of Australia College of Educators (NSW).

Barbara Pesel

Managing Director, Pesel & Carr


Barbara is an award-winning communications professional and Fellow of Public Relations Institute Australia. She has led communication programs for secondary schools, tertiary institutions and the producers of educational products.

With schools Barbara has provided insightful strategic counsel to help them successfully manage issues from reputational, internal and community.

Barbara has been recognised internationally both for her work in issues and crisis management which she will be presenting on at EduTECH.

Susan McLean

Director, Cyber Safety Solutions


Susan is Australia’s leading expert in cybersafety at schools.

She was the first Victorian Police officer appointed to a position involving cybersafety and young people. Susan is a member of the Federal Government’s Cybersafety Working Group and the National Centre against Bullying (NCAB) Cybersafety Committee.

At EduTECH Susan will be presenting on cyberbullying and also school photo permission policy.

David Ford

Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers


David is an expert in education law advising well over 80 educational institutions throughout Australia. David has presented at international conferences on enrolments, student rights, teachers’ liability, investigations, risk management, school counsellors and confidentiality, bullying and cyber bullying, outdoor education, school sport, discrimination, discipline and child protection.

David is a member of the Australian, New Zealand, English, American and South African Education Law Associations and he is the editor of Education Law Notes, a quarterly newsletter which keeps schools up-to-date with education law developments.

Gil Poznanski

Creative Technologies Activator, Libraries and Recreation City of Melbourne



Gil is an innovator, maker, and student of popular culture who excels at helping people tell their story and get their projects across the finish line.

He works as the Creative Technologies Activator for the Library at the Dock where he runs the Makerspace, a place where the public can come and learn all about the latest technology. He is an expert in methodology and workflow, something he learned and perfected when he worked aboard in the Hollywood film industry.

Nicknamed “The Kosher Tony Stark” by those who he has helped, Gil brings a flair to everything he does, and doesn’t shy away from the big projects.

Di Laycock

Head of Library Services, The Kings School



After a long and broad career as a classroom teacher, Di moved into teacher librarianship 15 years ago and is now Head of Library Services at The King’s School.

Di sits on the Board of the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC). She also helped developed the vibrant IBSC Action Research Program, for which she was awarded the Hawley-Jarvis Award for service to boys’ education. Her presentation at EduTECH will draw on her own research experience and share insights

Her ongoing commitment to research is also reflected in Di’s involvement in The King’s School research community and her recent completion of a Doctor of Education. Di’s research interest in the promotion of graphic novels as texts for school libraries and classrooms has provided her with numerous opportunities to share her work in Australia and overseas, and to publish in professional journals.

Jenny Kemp

Director of Information Services (Library), St Andrew's Cathedral School


Jenny is the Director of Information Services (Library) at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney.


She has recently overseen the redevelopment of their K-12 library space into three separate libraries, a unique challenge in a school located in CBD office blocks. Before becoming a teacher librarian, Jenny worked in a public library as a children’s librarian and before that as a secondary HSIE teacher.

Dr Jason Lodge

Senior Lecturer Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne


Jason's is an expert on cognitive science, educational psychology, higher education and educational technology.


His research focuses on the cognitive and emotional factors that influence student learning and the student experience in adult educational settings. Jason is interested in how educational technology is influencing the development of metacognition, critical thinking, expertise and professional ways of being and is part of the Educational Technology Research Group.

Vijay Varadharajan

Director Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre, University of Newcastle


Vijay is the Global Innovation Chair Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Newcastle and Director of Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC) at Newcastle.


Previously he was Microsoft Chair Professor in Innovation in Computing at Macquarie University and the Dean/Head of School of Computing and IT at University of Western Sydney (1996-2000).

Vijay is active in industry and government consultation including: member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Information and Communication Systems (2014 -- ); ICT Advisory Panel in the NSW Government (2014-2015); the Cyber Security Task Force (CSTF) in India (2015 -- ); and was a member of Strategic Research Priorities Committee (Cyber Security), Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia (2015).

Professor Gregor Kennedy

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) & Director, The University of Melbourne


Gregor is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education.


His current work involves leading the University of Melbourne's strategy in curriculum innovation and technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment, and undertaking research in educational technology.

Gregor research interests include university staff and students’ use of technology; interactivity, engagement and self-regulation in digital learning environments; the use of 3D immersive simulation for learning; and the use of learning analytics in educational research and evaluation.

Rodney Zandbergs

Senior Manager UX & Digital Design, RMIT University


Rod is a digital strategist specialising in UX design factors. He currently heads the UX practice at RMIT University in Melbourne. Across more than 15 years working both locally and abroad, he has delivered award-winning solutions across a diverse range of industries and contributed to multiple enterprise-scale digital transformation projects.

Dr Sara Branch

Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University


Sara is an expert in Workplace Conflict specialising in Workplace Bullying and Change Management. Sara has broad interest in Social Justice and recent research work has focused on applying organisational theory to enhance processes for collaboration.

Zoë Routh

Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Adventurist, Author of COMPOSURE and MOMENTS



Zoë’s is the author of 'Composure - How centered leaders make the biggest impact', and  'Moments - Leadership when it matters most.’ Originally from Canada, Zoe’s past leadership roles include Chair of the Outdoor Council of Australia, President of the Chamber of Women in Business, and Program Manager at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Oscar Trimboli

Author of Breakthroughs & Deep Listening


Oscar is a marketing and technology industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience across software and telecommunications organisations including Microsoft, PeopleSoft, Polycom, Professional Advantage and Vodafone. During his time at Microsoft, he was accountable for the 5-year journey to move Microsoft Office from DVDs to the Data Centre and their subscription business model.

Richard Addiscott

Director, IT Planning, Governance & Security, Curtin University


Richard’s IT career spans 15 years and has led Curtin University's information security, IT planning and governance team since April 2015. Prior to joining Curtin University, Richard was a Principal Consultant with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence delivering GRC services across Australia. He has also worked as an IT leader in some of Australia's most secure environments across the National Security Community and was a Technical Advisor to the first Australian National Security Chief Information Officer.

Jennie Vinnie

Assistant Principal, Senior School Co-ordinator, Wooranna Park Primary School


Jennie has worked in both private and government educational sectors for over 30 years, starting in secondary and then eventually transferring into primary, whilst raising three children. Jennies roles over this time have varied, including: Head of the Drama Department and Creative Arts, producing multiple yearly, large scale plays with secondary students, Literacy co-ordinator, Toast Masters Speech coach (secondary students), Educational lead with Helen O’Grady’s Drama Academy (after school programs, Brisbane and Melbourne), Head of Innovations at Wooranna Park.

Kieran Nolan

Education Technologist, Wooranna Park Primary School


Kieran Nolan is a qualified Network Engineer, certified Cloud Migration Architect, and Educational Technologist, with certifications from Google, Microsoft and Cisco and a Degree in Network Engineering. He has 10+ years of experience working in schools from K-12 schools.

Under Kieran’s leadership, Wooranna Park Primary School (WPPS) has established itself as an exemplar in introducing the digital world to students. The school has led the way in establishing a ‘24/7 International Virtual Learning Environment’ in Minecraft, Victoria’s first CoderDojo, Australia’s first Immersive Education Club (iED Club), the World’s youngest Cisco class., and the very first ‘School on the Blockchain’

Darren Coppin

Behavioural Scientist, Australian Catholic University; CEO, Head of Research, Esher House


Darren Coppin is a behavioural scientist with the Australian Catholic University. He is also CEO and Head of Research of Esher House, an Australia-based consultancy that delivers “Policy Outcomes Through Science” across several countries for the education and employment sectors. Much of his organisation’s work is via the Australian Departments of Social Security, Employment and Education, resulting in world-leading increases in policy outcomes for less expenditure. His organisation has recently joined the JobReady Group, an IT company that enables Esher House to maximise the implementation of their predictive analytic, AI, big data, smartphone and behavioural economic tools.

Danielle Vandenberg

Head Teacher - English, Ambarvale High School


Danielle Vandenberg is Head Teacher English at Ambarvale High School, and accredited at Highly Accomplished with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Danielle, along with the Head Teacher HSIE, is responsible for leading the delivery of one of the four innovative pedagogy projects within the school: Year 9 Epic Humanities, a cross-curricular project between English and HSIE with a focus on Project Based Learning, growth mindset, enhancing student engagement and transference of knowledge. Danielle has also driven the implementation of innovative, research-based pedagogies in the Year 10 Gifted and Talented English class to deepen student’s understanding of English concepts to enhance their learning outcomes and encourage independent thinking and experimentation. She enthusiastically encourages strategic risk-taking in the classroom encouraging students to perceive challenges and failures as the perfect opportunity to learn.

Louise Barnott-Clement

Principal, Ambarvale High School


Louise Barnott-Clement has been the Principal of Ambarvale High School for over 10 years. She has Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership and Writing, and is currently completing postgraduate studies in Positive Psychology – all targeted to enhance and complement her work with young adults and staff. Louise passionately believes that education is the great societal equaliser, and has the power to lift young adults onto a platform of choice, which in turn positions them to navigate a purposeful and happy life. Louise works with her team to develop and drive innovative pedagogies and programs within her school, with a focus on student impact and our collective responsibility to ensure innovation and experimentation in learning spaces are a positive experience for all.

Justin Yee

Head Teacher - Teaching and Learning, Ambarvale High School


Justin Yee is the Head Teacher Teaching and Learning at Ambarvale High School. He is a passionate educator inspiring students and staff to engage with the process of learning. Justin has led the implementation of future focused education at Ambarvale High School through his holistic approach to learning. Evidence based practices, such as Inquiry Based Learning, Project Based Learning and Design Thinking Principles, have been used to broaden the knowledge and understanding of these concepts within the Ambarvale High School community. Since 2015, his implementation of the Year 7 Innovative Learning Program has seen staff and students acquire future focused skills. Justin’s leadership and the continual refinement of this program has seen a cultural shift within the school that allows staff and students to understand and develop a growth mindset and recognise their need and ability to be lifelong learners. His goal is to inspire individuals to make the impossible, possible.

Brennon Dowrick

Former Olympic Gymnast and multiple gold medal winner


After competing at two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and 7 Gymnastics World Championships – Brennon Dowrick knows a lot about succeeding, teamwork, productivity, and performance. Spending 18 years on scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport Brennon discovered the importance of surrounding himself with a strong team and perfecting the basics to achieve as well as taking every opportunity presented to him to allow him to achieve his Olympic dream. In 2014 Brennon and his wife Kym Hunter for purpose business Champion Life, an online program for schools to engage kids in developing lifelong healthy habits.

Don’t miss Brennon’s closing plenary live performance and presentation! You’ll be motivated, shown how to really focus, and live out your passion(s).

Eamon Hickey

Master Teacher, Calamvale Community College


Eamon Hickey is something of an oddity in education. His background in street performing combined with his affinity with mathematics and engineering allow him to teach both mathematics and science with an unusual flair.

Recipient of the Peter Doherty Outstanding Teacher award for his work of tripling senior science numbers in a low socio-economic school, Eamon now works as a master teacher specialising in both numeracy and STEaM. This is done in collusion with both ACU and UQ, implementing cutting edge technology in a STEaM subject setting.

Dr John Flett

Head of Educational Development, Gordon TAFE


John Flett has over 19 years senior management experience in educational and training design for the vocational and secondary education systems in Australia. He is currently Head of Education Development at The Gordon TAFE and responsible for educational reform, teaching innovation, online learning and library services across the Institute. John’s other roles in the TAFE sector include Head of Innovation and Strategy, Manager for Teaching Excellence, Centre Manager for Essential Business Skills, and Regional Manager.

John has previously managed and led an Enterprise-based Registered Training Organisation in the natural resources sector, and been a member of multiple Industry Skills Councils and Industry Training Board advisory committees. He is a current Board member of the Wynbay Local Learning and Employment Network, and committee member of two government Technical School projects.

Toby Loo,

Manager Infrastructure Projects and Services Information & Communication Technology, Sydney Catholic Schools


Toby joined Sydney Catholic Schools in 2005 as the ICT Infrastructure Manager and now the Manager for Infrastructure Projects and Services after spending several years in corporate and systems integration sectors.

Specialising in technology and network integration, Toby played a pivotal role for Sydney Catholic Schools during Australian Federal Government’s Digital Education Revolution and Building Education Revolution programs, during which Toby developed technology integration solutions for Sydney Catholic Schools’ BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) framework supporting 147 primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Toby holds a Master of Science in Internetworking from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is currently completing his Master of Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney.

Roxanne Ciddor,

Head of Educational Resources, Bialik College


Roxanne is the Head of Educational Resources at Bialik College in Hawthorn, Victoria and founder of the thriving Bialik makerspace. She is also a Director at Innov8 eLearning, which runs workshops for students, teachers and parents on making, coding, cyber safety and more. She is passionate about technology and its capacity to engage and teach everyone.

Andrea Patrick,

Chief Procurement Officer, NSW Department of Education


Andrea is responsible for establishing and maintaining robust procurement governance frameworks across the cluster/agency and provide executive leadership to ensure high quality strategic procurement advice and practices. She ensures that planning, sourcing, contracting and supply management is undertaken effectively and responsibly to support and enable the Department of Education's and NSW Government's strategic priorities.

Monica Williams,

Educational Consultant, Association of Independent Schools SA


Monica has been leading educational change in Digital Technologies, pedagogy, literacy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for 20 years, working at the local, sector and national levels. Recently Monica's work in the technology space has focused on sector initiatives in emerging technologies, STEM and mentoring school leaders in implementing the new Digital Technologies curriculum. As part of this work, she has been investigating how innovative technologies are a catalyst for transformational changes in the roles of teacher and learner. Monica provides professional learning on programming humanoid robots and the pedagogical practices that promote deep student learning in computational thinking and programming. She works with school leaders to build capacity in schools to embed software into effective pedagogical practices. Monica is a strong advocate of reconciliation and mentors leaders in project management strategies that embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into school culture and innovative classroom practices.

Dr Therese Keane,

Deputy Chair, Department of Education, Swinburne University of Technology


For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and expertise has been recognised through international, national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has a depth experience as a Director of ICT in K-12 education, having worked in a variety of school settings. At the national level, Therese is the Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing Technical Committee on Education. Therese is the Tournament Director for the FIRST LEGO League in Victoria and is the lead mentor for the RoboCats – the school girl only 2017 Australian Tournament winners.

Karen Stewart,

ICT Director, Swan Christian Education Association


For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and expertise has been recognised through international, national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has a depth experience as a Director of ICT in K-12 education, having worked in a variety of school settings. At the national level, Therese is the Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing Technical Committee on Education. Therese is the Tournament Director for the FIRST LEGO League in Victoria and is the lead mentor for the RoboCats – the school girl only 2017 Australian Tournament winners.

Matt Farmer,

Program Lead - Products and Market Engagement, National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP)


Matt Farmer has spent over 25 years solving wicked problems through the application of information technology. As NSIP Program Lead, Matt is a strategist, architect, designer, developer and policy maker; often all before Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewing, Hall 5-7, Level 4, Exhibition Buildingtime.

Making information relevant, helpful, powerful and safe across the education sector is the focus of his work, and the work of the whole NSIP team.

Education's desire to harness data in improving outcomes poses some of the greatest systemic technical challenges there can be, and playing a part in solving those challenges is what continues to motivate Matt and all of the NSIP crew.

Ian Ralph,

President, MITIE


After many years as Director of ICT at SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Sydney, Ian retired in 2014 from full time work and almost immediately began working, with others, to formalising MITIE. Since MITIE's incorporation in 2015 Ian has served as its President during which time membership has grown to over 1600 with members coming from all Australian States and Territories and other countries including New Zealand. MITIE hosts an active forum, runs 1 day conferences in NSW and SA and provides high quality professional learning opportunities for its members. Ian has always been very active in the broader community of those who manage ICT in education and he is widely respected and recognised for his work in this area. Ian was inaugural chairman of the organising committee for AISNSW’s ICT Management and Leadership Conference in 2005 and continued as chair in 2006 and 2007. In 2014 Ian founded Dashboard Consulting working as a consultant on a range of projects for a number of Independent schools and other organisations.

Keith Krueger,



For over 25 years, Keith worked nationally and globally on policy and leadership issues relating to the use of information technologies to transform education, health and libraries.

This year Technology & Learning selected him as one of the “big 10” most influential people in ed tech, and the Center for Digital Education identified him as a Top 30 Technologist/Transformer/Trailblazer. In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade. In 2016 he received a Special Recognition award from the Council of Great City Schools.

He serves on many Advisory Boards including eSchool News, the Education Committee of the National Park System, the Friday Institute at NC State University and the Wireless Reach Advisory Board. He is a past Board Member/Treasurer of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET).

Keith has a global reputation as a key thought leader and has organized senior level U.S. delegations to visit Australia, Asia, Europe and South America to examine best practice in ICT in education.

In fall of 2015, Keith conducted a Work Study on Digital Equity as an Associate in Practice at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. As a Certified Association Executive, he has extensive background in nonprofit management and has a Masters from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

James Stewart,

Director of ICT and eLearning, Barker College


James is a passionate Educator and ICT Professional with 18 years of experience in the NSW Private Education sector. His passion is to develop, facilitate and support information communication and learning technologies to support 21st Century learning, promote schools as institutions of excellence, and encourage students to be resilient learners that can adapt to the challenges of the modern world.

As a firm believer in the benefits of utilising technology within education to promote active and collaborative learning as well as deeper understanding, he does not believe in the usage of technology for technology's sake as learning needs and outcomes should always drive the implementation and usage of technology within teaching and learning. James is a proven advocate for eLearning and blended learning in K‐12 education, in particular when using these learning methods to increase differentiation and provide flexible, self‐paced learning environments that promote learner creativity, exploration and resilience.

Matthew Gausden,

Director of ICT, St Joseph's College


Matthew has worked in industry’s as diverse as banking, finance, tourism and mining before settling into Education. His roles have always been somewhere between measured continuous improvement and more dynamic transformational change.

Matthew has experience across the public and independent education sectors with various BYOD models from the Managed to VDI to unmanaged solutions. He is currently the Director of ICT for St Joseph’s College in Brisbane who operate a full BYOD solution without end user device management.

Warren Kennard

General Manager, Ducere Business School


Edtech enthusiast and business leader, Warren has extensive experience in the education sector. Warren has worked across secondary schools, private and public tertiary education, vocational education and training, eLearning, edtech, online professional development and enabling technologies. An adept sales and marketing professional, Warren is focused on financial sustainability and for-profit commercial models that enable educational institutions to deliver better education.

A lifelong learner, Warren is passionate about educations impact in changing people’s lives while uplifting society toward higher-order consciousness. This can only be made possible through an eagerness to learn being met with well curated content, presented in innovative and engaging ways, and underpinned by robust pedagogy. Moreover, institutions need financial resources to meet the growing need for quality education … this Warren refers to as ‘the business of education’.

Warren will be speaking about the need for educational institutions to consider innovative commercial models to remain competitive, and to deliver on their promises, as the sector embraces further large-scale disruption.

Dr Richard Owens

Head of Teaching and Learning, Woodleigh School


Richard Owens is Head of Teaching and Learning at Woodleigh School. He has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, Deputy Head and Head of School, and was the founding Director of an international centre for professional learning. He is known internationally for helping teachers, school administrators and system leaders drive innovation and improvement in teaching, learning, collaboration, and leadership. He has worked with teachers, school administrators, academics, and system leaders from Australia, Asia, South America and Europe.

Dr. Richard Owens is the Head of Teaching and Learning at Woodleigh School. He works across the three campuses of the school to drive the development of an innovative personalised learning model for all students. Richard has previously served as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, Deputy Head and Head of School, and was the founding Director of an international center for professional learning. As a consultant, he has worked with teachers, school administrators, academics, and system leaders from Australia, Asia, South America and Europe. Richard specializes in the areas of school and system effectiveness and improvement, leadership development, and teacher collaboration.

Steve Francis

former Principal, Kowloon Junior School (HK) and Jindalee State School (QLD)


Steve Francis is the expert in the complexities of leading effective schools. He is the first choice of Principals around Australia. Whether they want to enhance the skills of their leadership team or they want their staff to be genuinely and absolutely engaged, energised and enthused to REALLY create the difference that sets schools apart, they turn to Steve. Steve understands the challenges and demands of being a Principal. He has been the Principal of a number of schools from a one-teacher school through to a large metropolitan school in Queensland and an international school in Hong Kong. Since returning to Australia in 2008, Steve works with leading educators to help them reach their potential. Steve brings passion, energy and enthusiasm to his professional development programs. As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Steve is one of only 100 professional speakers in Australia to be awarded the highest, worldwide recognised designation. Steve is the author of four books including "First Semester CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU!", “Time Management For Teachers”, “A Gr8 life Live it Now!” and his latest, a workbook, co-written with Bruce Sullivan – “Attitude is Everything”. Steve completed a Masters in School Leadership in 1995. His research on teacher stress led him to develop the Happy School program. Over 500 schools across Australia subscribe to receive Steve’s weekly Happy School articles and use them to boost staff morale and reduce teacher stress. Steve also developed the Survey My School and Survey My Class instruments to help school leaders drive school improvement and the Gr8 People range of resources for schools. Steve is passionate about work – life satisfaction and keeping things simple.

Gail Bray

Seniro Manager Learning Development, Victoria Polytechnic

For the past 15 years, Gail has successfully led the implementation of multimillion-dollar greenfield projects in the TAFE sector. She served in various organisational roles, gaining strong skills in change management, project management, digital design, agile development and LEAN thinking. As an early adopter of technology, Gail has consistently strived to better understand technology and how it improves educational outcomes.  At Victoria Polytechnic, Gail is currently responsible for leading a transformational project focused on creating/implementing Blended Learning Solutions that provide clients with access to high-quality digitally enabled training that supports the development of skills and job outcomes. 

Gail’s work has been recognised as best practice, winning two international LearnX Awards (2017); platinum for best blended learning model and silver for best interactive eLearning scenario and the Australian Institute of Training Development (AITD) Award for Best Implementation of a Blended Learning Solution (2017).

Peter Hutton

Principal, Templestowe College


Peter Hutton was appointed Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in 2009. It was a broken school with just 286 local students and 23 year sevens. Today, under Peter’s vision and leadership, TC has over 1100 students and was recently recognised as one of the most innovative schools in the world. The last six years has seen dramatic changes including the option of three starting times, removal of year levels and the introduction of individualised learning plans for all students where they choose from over 150 subjects. Students sit on staff selection panels, form the core of the curriculum committee, provide formal feedback to their teachers each 5 weeks, run their own for-profit businesses and are even employed to help run the school.

At 50, Peter’s varied experiences include 20 years’ as a Principal/Assistant Principal in 4 schools, being an Insolvency Accountant with PWC, being an officer in the Australian Army Reserve and running his own Property Development and Tree Lopping Businesses. As a dyslexic, Peter sees the world differently, and has spent his life challenging rules, assumptions and conventions.

There is a lot of discussion about why we should reform education and theory presented on what it should look like, but very little about the how to do it!

Sue Matthews

Principal, Business Manager


Sue is the Business Manager & International Student Program Co-ordinator at Coromandel Valley Primary School in South Australia. Sue oversees the administration and financial management of the school. Sue began the international student program at the school in 2005 and has enjoyed the rich cultures that the program has brought to the school. Coromandel Valley School is an International Baccalaureate school delivering the Primary Years and the Middle Years Programs. She has delivered presented workshops and presented internationally in South Korea and the Czech Republic.

Heather Bailie

Library & Information Services Manager, The Kings David School (KDS)


Heather is the Library & Information Services Manager at The King David School (KDS) in Melbourne. In 2017 she completed her Masters of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation) online through Charles Sturt University, studying areas including Literature in Digital Environments, Designing Spaces for Learning and Digital Citizenship in Schools. At KDS her role encompasses the library, supporting the iPad program and integration of GSuite Edu, and teaching ICT in years 3-5. In 2013 she had a "gap year" working with Australian Red Cross on the National Emergency Management Project funded Educating the Educators project. Prior to that she was College ICT Coach, Teacher Librarian and IT teacher at Mill Park Secondary College. Heather is a Google Certified Innovator, a social media fanatic, a lover of apps and gadgets and a geek at heart.

Chelsea Wright

SLAV Member, Teacher Librarian and Augmented Reality expert, Salesian College, Rupertswood


Chelsea is a library manager with a passion for "new librarianship" and the role of school libraries in providing equitable access to digital literacy and new and emerging technologies. She is a strong advocate for the reimagining of school library services to facilitate the many new ways information can be accessed and experienced by students. Her current interest is in the Maker culture, exploratory learning spaces and the use of school library resources to encourage divergent thinking. Chelsea currently manages the library at Salesian College Sunbury, a large Catholic Secondary College in outer metropolitan Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Information & Knowledge Management) an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia, and is a couple of months off finishing her Master of Teaching (P-12)

Trish Cislak

Head of Libraries and Research, Crescent School, Toronto, Canada


Trish is Head of Libraries and Research at Crescent School in Toronto, Canada. Her role encompasses leading a team of library professionals in two libraries in the development of information literacy skills, nurturing faculty partnerships to support teaching and learning. She loves the challenge of enhancing a reading culture at a boys’ school and, as a result, Crescent has created a number of school-wide activities to promote the power of reading and community development. The Crescent team uses technology as one tool to integrate and innovate they ways they offer programming. Trish was published in the ASLA Access Journal ‘National Year of Reading 2012’ sharing her research integrating audio books into her library programming.

Karen Malbon

Teacher Librarian, Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School


Karen has been working in school libraries for twenty years and is currently the teacher librarian at the senior campus of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne. Karen recently graduated with a Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) from Charles Sturt University where she developed interests in open education and digital curation.

Karen Player

Museum Outreach Manager, Australian Museum


Karen has been the Manager of Museum Outreach since 2007 and oversees the Museum in a Box, Virtual Excursions and Incursions programs for the Australian Museum. Karen is also the Education Outreach representative on the national citizen science project Frog ID.

Karen has been working across the Australian Museum on innovating programs to engage visitors and students for the last 20 years. With a passion for natural history Karen has focused on developing programs that empower students to get out an explore the environment around them. Karen has a Masters of Environmental Education and is currently the Chair of Virtual Excursions Australia.

Joyce Sendeckyj

Head of Information Services and eLearning, Christian Brothers College, St Kilda


Joyce is currently Head of Information Services and eLearning at CBC St.Kilda. Joyce has recently focussed a Masters of Teaching on ICT in education, and, combined with a career in Information Management, that has seen the exponential growth of technology in educational settings over the more than 25 years, witnessing transformations in literacy and learning that are dynamic and always controversial. The conversation on the educational realities of eBooks and eTexts in the classroom will be based on recent research, coupled with observational and survey data from Joyce’s school at CBC St. Kilda East, with interesting and surprising trends for students from pre-schoolers (emergent readers) to teenagers.

Dr Lyn Hay

Online Learning Innovation Leader Senior Lecturer, u!magine Digital Learning Innovation Laboratory, Charles Sturt University & Director, Leading Learning Institute


Lyn works with schools to evaluate the functionality and impact of their school library, and design future-focused school library spaces, teams, programs and services. She will show how her vision and capacity building framework of Function, Form and Brand can be used to rethink the functionality and design of your school library.

Scott Sorley

Executive Director ICT Services, University of Southern Queensland


Scott is Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland. Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems. Scott has lead major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value. He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people's lives and create value for society.

Paul Fallon

CIO/CTO, W2 Shared Services, WelTec & Whitireia (NZ)


Paul is the CIO/CTO of W2 Shared Services in New Zealand, a wholly owned business of WelTec and Whitireia Polytechnics. He was brought in nearly four years ago to manage the transition of ICT Services people, processes, and technology from the two separate polytechnics, to a single shared services unit that provides efficient services to WelTec and Whitireia. Paul has worked in both the tertiary space and large private sector organisations in New Zealand, Bahrain, and the UK.

Janine Garner

author and CEO, LBDGroup


Janine is the author of “Its Who You Know – how a network of 12 key people will fast-track your success” and “From Me To We – Why commercial collaboration will future-proof business, leadership and personal success”.

Tim Oyston

Facilities Manager, SHORE School


Tim is a passionate Facility Manager in the Education sector with comprehensive experience in school projects, technology, leadership and strategic planning.

Tim has twenty years’ experience as a Facility Manager for two independent schools including The Illawarra Grammar School for 16 years and over 4 years in his current role at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School SHORE.

Tim has qualifications in Management, Carpentry, Building, Graduate Certificate in Facilities Management and a Master’s Degree in High Performance Buildings with the faculty of Architecture Design and Planning at Sydney University.

Andrew Trnacek

CEO, Higher Ed Services


Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Higher Ed Services and previously, a senior partner at Grant Thornton with account responsibility for the public sector and the national lead for education.

Shehan Micheal

Procurement Manager, Sydney Cathloic Schools


Shehan is currently the Procurement Manager for Sydney Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney and is responsible for the purchasing activity in 152 schools. He moved across to the education sector in 2015 having held a prior role in Aged and Community Care. During Shehan’s time working in the Not for Profit industry, he has demonstrated his excellence in Procurement and Supply Chain functions both here in Australia and internationally.

With 16 years of experience in variance levels of Procurement functions, Shehan is skilled in managing all aspects of assigned purchasing and supply streams. In the last two years he has introduced Strategic Procurement to Sydney Catholic Schools and prior to this he transformed the Procurement platform at Anglicare.

Dr Janelle Wills

Associate Director, Marzano Research, Solution Tree Australia; and Education Consultant, Hear and Learn


Dr Janelle Wills is currently the Associate Director of Marzano Research for Solution Tree Australia and Education Consultant for Hear and Learn. She has over thirty years of teaching and leadership experience and has developed and led significant initiatives at both a school and sector level. Her PhD focused on self-efficacy and contributed to multiple fields of knowledge including gifted education, assessment and feedback. She works extensively with schools, regions and systems throughout Australia

Toby Walsh

leading Australian Artificial Intelligence Scientist, University of New South Wales


Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney. He has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has won several other awards including the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT and the Humboldt Research Award. His book, “It’s Alive: AI from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots” was published in July 2017 by Black Inc.

Toby is a leading voice in the discussion around the societal impact of AI, and is a passionate advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives. He was behind two open letters, one signed by thousands of AI researchers and the other by more than one hundred founders of AI and robotics companies calling upon the UN to take action on lethal autonomous weapons (aka “killer robots”). He has subsequently spoken on the topic at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. His twitter account @TobyWalsh was voted one of the top ten to keep abreast of developments in AI. You can read more at his blog,

Toby Walsh has authored a paper, The AI Revolution, as part of the NSW Department of Education’s Education: Future Frontiers Occasional Papers Series.

Vicki Waters

Principal, Pymble Ladies' College


Vicki is a well-known and respected independent school leader and speaker. For the past decade, she has led a national discourse on the need for world-class education and opportunities for girls while leading the century-old Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney. As a leader of more than 2,000 students, 600 staff and a broad community of highly involved stakeholders—College parents and alumni—Vicki has developed a unique skill set that blends her passion for education with in-depth knowledge and practice of leadership, teams, innovation, organisational development, technology, risk and compliance, and HR. At Pymble, she works with the governing board, the College Council, to develop Towards 2020, an eight-year strategic intent to guide the development and change of the College. This wide-reaching document has been a platform for significant change within Pymble, including restructuring organisational and academic staff to employ a Director of Improvement Strategy. Among its many achievements, Towards 2020 has enabled significant investment in creating a forward-facing curriculum that future-readies students, and a professional development partnership with Harvard University and other world education leaders to guide change.

Prof. Martin Locke

Infrastructure Financing and PPP’s expert and consultant, University fo Sydney Business School


Martin is an infrastructure specialist with over 30 years of experience and has advised Government on a wide range of major PPPs. He is a Former Partner of PwC having led the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney for over 12 years. Before that he was an investment banker with the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell group with a focus on infrastructure project financing and worked in London, Sydney, Singapore and Johannesburg. He has established an independent private consultancy, Lidunian Partners, and has a portfolio of consulting and non-executive director roles. His clients have included Cushman & Wakefield, NSW Government and Infrastructure Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney Business School and is a Council Member of International Project Finance Association. He is currently part of the research team investigating whether school PPPs have delivered value for money in the operational phase.

Dr. Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas (USA); and Global Chair, University of Bath (UK)


Yong Zhao is an internationally recognised scholar whose work focuses on the implications of globalisation and technology on education. As a Mitchell adviser his focus is on the implications of globalisation and technology on education.

Yong is Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models.

Yong has published over 100 articles and 20 books. His latest is “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World”. Read Yong’s full biography.

Warren Berger

Questionologist, Author of internationally acclaimed “A more beautiful question” (USA)


Berger’s current project, A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas , (Bloomsbury), is an examination of the ways deep questioning can lead to innovation and change, and how we can get better at doing it in both business and daily life. For the 250-page book, Berger interviewed leaders at dozens of companies such as Google, Netflix, IDEO, and airbnb, as well as hundreds of entrepreneurs, educators, artists, social activists, and basement tinkerers about the role of questioning in their successes. Berger’s website "" features hundreds of articles, videos, studies, and links about the powerful role of questioning in business, education, and daily life.

Jonathan Walter

Principal, Woodleigh School


Jonathan is regarded nationally as a specialist in experiential education and has a history of developing innovative learning programs for students which engage them in active learning and meet their individual learning needs.

Jonathan began his educational experience working in Outdoor Education programs, then transitioned into middle year program, and now he leads Woodleigh School which is renowned for its creative and innovative student-centred learning programs. Currently Woodleigh is working to transform it educational model to acknowledge a boarder talent base than an ATAR can measure.

Part of this model includes The Experiential Learning Project (ELP) is a senior secondary course focused on real-world learning. Complimentary to the VCE, the ELP nurtures innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship by providing a rigorous, personalised pathway for students to pursue their interests and passions through Years 11 and 12. The course helps students to develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in their particular field of interest, along with the opportunity to earn formalised credentials with university partners and gain work experience through job placements with partner organisations. A central focus for the learning is on the practical application of knowledge, skills, strategies and approaches to real-life initiatives and challenges. The course uses a combination of independent project work, seminars, workshops, and online assignments, as well as the opportunity to learn with peers and from external experts.

Lucas Rizotto

award winning VR/AR creator, technologist, immersive experience designer, artist (USA)


Lucas is an award winning XR creator, technologist, designer, artist and composer with the firm belief that Mixed and Virtual Reality have the potential to supercharge human learning through the development of memorable interactive experiences.

Mixed Reality allows us to redesign education in a way that wasn’t possible before. As education for the most part tends to be passive, Lucas’ creations allows the student to see the effects in real time – turning education into more of a ‘sandbox’ experience. His work stems from his own personal experiences and struggles throughout his education experience; turning highly abstract lessons into visual, interactive and fun educational experiences.

Robyn Slattery

Associate Professor of Immunology, Monash University


Robyn is an internationally recognised innovator in teaching, bringing to you “Duet lectorials” for Higher Ed.

Robyn undertook her PhD training at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Jacques Miller, the forefather of modern immunology, who discovered the function of the thymus, T and B cells. She has spent 25 years, first at the DNAX Research Institute (Palo Alto, USA), then at The John Curtin School of Medical Research (Canberra, Australia), and finally at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), developing genetic engineering tools for their application in the discipline of immunology.

Robyn also plays a major role in teaching immunology to Science, Biomedical, and Medical undergraduate and post-graduate students at Monash University. For her contribution to teaching, Robyn received the Monash Central Clinical School Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015, the Inaugural Teacher Innovation and Impact Award from the Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching in 2016 and the Monash Student Association (MSA) Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching for the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences in 2016. She is the Director of Undergraduate & Post Graduate Education at Monash’s Central Clinical, and passionate about leading innovative change in education.

Dr Grainne Oates

Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Swinburne University


Dr Grainne's primary research interests are in learning and teaching with a special focus on teaching innovations to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes. She recently developed 'Quitch' a content neutral gamified mobile learning platform to enhance the first year student experience. The platform has now been trialled in more than 110 Universities across the world. Student feedback has been very positive. Grainne also publishes on topics relating decision-making in local government, including how the quality of councillors impact on performance, both environmental performance and also on the quality of accounting earnings of local governments. Grainne has earned more than $175,000 in research funding. Grainne is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government (JCIBG). Prior to joining academia Grainne had a successful 13 year career in the pharmaceutical industry working for CSL.

Prof. James Arvanitakis

Dean, Graduate Studies, Western Sydney University


Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. James was also the founding Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award (2016) and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Excellence in Education Award (2017).

James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Council in 2015. In 2017 he was appointed a Research Fellow of the Australian Indian Institute and sits on the Australian Indian Education Working Party.

A former economist and free market advocate, James changed his position after witnessing child and indentured labour. After 9 years of working in finance, he has since worked with a cross section of organisations across Australia, Asia, Pacific and Europe including Oxfam Hong Kong, Aid/Watch and Friends of the Earth (France).

His research areas include citizenship, resilience, trust and the future of universities. James has authored over 100 articles in 2016 released three books: Sociologic (a first-year sociology textbook with Oxford University Press), Citizen Scholar and the future of universities (Palgrave), and From Despair to Hope (Penguin). In 2017 he will be releasing a new edited collection on the Australian Indian Higher Education collaboration he has been overseeing as well as a new edited collection on property rights and piracy. James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV.

He has undertaken a number of consultancies with a focus on cultural and trust audits, cultural change programs and future visioning.

James is a board member of the Public Education Foundation, the Chair of Diversity Arts Australia, an Academic Fellow at the Australian India Institute and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

A collection of his work can be found at and can be connected through twitter @jarvanitakis

Renee Hindmarsh

Executive Director, Australian Technology Network of Universities


Renee is an experienced communicator with extensive experience in leadership, policy and media roles across State and Federal Governments. She has advised a number of Ministers, within the Finance, Attorney-General, Health and Prime-Minister and Cabinet portfolios.

She was previously a Director in Australia’s largest Government Relations firm, where she assisted businesses, universities and other higher education providers with their government relations engagement and strategy.

Tom Worthington

Honorary Lecturer in Computing, Australian National University


Tom Worthington is an award winning e-learning designer and computer professional. He is an independent educational technology consultant, advising on e-learning and blended learning for university and vocational education. Tom is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Australian National University in Canberra. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to national Internet policy and is also a Past President, Honorary Life Member, and Certified Professional of the Society. Tom is also a voting member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has a Master of Education in Distance Education from Athabasca University, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the Australian National University and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the Canberra Institute of Technology. Tom blogs as the "Higher Education Whisperer", on course design, teaching and research.

Sarah Cordiner

Executive Director and Head of Campus, University of Notre Dame


Sarah has been a leader in the adult education industry for over 12 years, consulting and implementing education strategy and workforce development initiatives in accredited and non-accredited training for Government, public and private organisations and institutions internationally.

Sarah is the Executive Director and Head of Campus for The University of Notre Dame in the remote Broome campus. Sarah’s role plays a large part in ensuring access to vocational and higher education in some of the most remote communities in Australia, and in this keynote will share some of the strategies that the University of Notre Dame have been using to overcome the barriers to education and training in such a challenging environment.

Matt Keller

Senior Director, XPRIZE


Matt Keller is the Senior Director of the $15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE, a five-year competition challenging teams to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. Previously, in his capacity as Senior Vice-President of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), Matt led OLPC¹s ground-breaking literacy project in remote Ethiopia testing the theory that children from non-literate communities could teach themselves to read using tablets filled with applications designed for self-learning.

Matt has also served as a senior program officer with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for five years, serving in Rome, Italy and as Legislative Director for Common Cause in Washington, D.C. where he led efforts on Capitol Hill focusing on openness, accountability and campaign finance reform in the United States Congress. Matt has also worked as a lawyer and lobbyist on behalf of migrant farm workers in the Southwest United States, and as a Jesuit Volunteer in Portland, Maine.

Andrew Smith

CEO, Education Services Australia


Andrew is currently working on innovative, technologically advanced and creative ways to incorporate Digital Technologies into everyday lessons is the future of Australian education. Join Andrew in an eye-opening session about NAPLAN online.

Andrew believes that schools are using code to experiment with art and music, to improve spelling skills and to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills – and has therefore created The Digital Technologies Hub to include up-to-date learning resources and activities that will equip students and teachers with the skills and capabilities they need to flourish in the digital world. It includes an abundance of best practice content that is easy to navigate and implement.

Andrew has strategic leadership in the education, training and not-for-profit sectors. Previously Andrew has been the CEO of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training and Vice President (Engagement) at Swinburne University.

Rob Steffler

Dean of Studies, Glasshouse Christian College


Rob is a lynchpin to Queensland's most innovative school and has long had a passion for innovative curriculum. As the instigator of the DeLorean Project, he is champions finding/collating all the supporting data and research that tells us we are onto a great thing. In a plan that began in 2014, Rob put out the call for teachers of a similar mind, to share in his vision for a mighty student negotiated learning project. Destined to be something new, innovative, inspirational and, most of all, to provide authentic, engaging learning opportunities for our Year 10 students, the DeLorean Project was born, and launched in 2016. Rob has afforded the Year 10 cohort of 2016 a truly unique occasion to have ownership over their learning, to impact their community and to follow their own passions. The DeLorean Project is a truly rare bird, with few other schools nationally offering anything akin to it.

Dr Pak Tee Ng

Associate Dean of Leadership Learning, Head of the Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education (Singapore)


Dr Pak Tee Ng advises global education systems in a highly entertaining and widely respected way. He oversees and teaches in milestone executive programmes for leaders in Singapore schools (Principal-ship and Head-of-Department-ship). Pak Tee’s main areas of teaching, research, training and consultancy at NIE are Educational Leadership, Educational Policies, Learning Organisation, Change Management, Innovation, Complexity, and Coaching. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. His latest book, Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes, is one of Routledge’s fastest-selling titles in 2017.

We are honoured to have Pak Tee tell us of Singapore’s education journey from a struggling system to one that is hailed internationally as effective and successful, which came through hard work and tenacity of many education policymakers, practitioners and teacher educators.

You will find intriguing how the Singapore education system is strengthened by embracing the creative tensions generated by four paradoxes: timely change and timeless constants, centralisation and decentralisation, meritocracy and compassion, and teaching less and learning more.

Mei Yee Chan

Deputy Director (Learning Technologies), Department of Educational Development Singapore Polytechnic (Singapore)


Mei Yee is currently the Deputy Director overseeing Learning Technologies and Media Development in the Department of Educational Development. Two recent major projects that she had worked on were the implementation of a Polytechnic sector-wide eLearning Platform known as the PolyMall, and the migration of SP’s own enterprise Learning Management System to the Cloud SaaS platform.

Mei Yee joined Singapore Polytechnic (SP) in July 2003 to work on Knowledge Management-related projects in the Department of Computer and Information Systems. She was responsible for the implementation of the Enterprise Document Repository, Enterprise Search Engine and Expertise Locator. During her 7 years with the Knowledge Management Office in the department, she also led the development of the Enterprise Taxonomy and Meta-data.

Richard Henderson

Director of Global Education Solutions, Lenovo


15 years working in technology and services startups and global companies with a focus on product, marketing and strategy. Previous to these roles, Richard was in education as a classroom leader and a special needs resource, led curriculum software sales, and most recently leading strategic education offerings for one of the most innovative companies in tech.

Andrew Kong,

Manager Strategic Sourcing and Contracts, Strategic Procurement, Edith Cowan University


Andrew is the Strategic Sourcing & Contracts Manager at Edith Cowan University (ECU). He is primarily responsible to lead the procurement function at ECU, where they successfully implemented an award winning procurement function with a strong emphasis in customer value, technology and analytics.

Andrew holds qualifications in MCIPS and PMP and graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota, US and the University of British Columbia, Canada. He also currently pursuing his CPA designation

Criag Lehman,

Associate Director, Commercial Services Financial Services, The University of Newcastle


Craig is the Associate Director of Strategic Procurement at the University of Newcastle and is responsible for oversight of the Procurement, Category Management, Contract Administration, and the purchasing function.

Craig is an award winning Procurement Professional and has been at the forefront of the procurement and supply chain professions for over 20 years. He has successfully implemented strategic procurement transformations across FMCG, Media, and Education sectors and most recently was awarded the Procurement Leaders Asia Pacific Procurement Excellence Award.

Geoff Hinchcliffe,

Executive Director, State Archives and Records Authority of NSW


Geoff joined the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW (State Archives NSW) in April 2014. Geoff is leading the change to digital recordkeeping in the development of the services and frameworks needed to support NSW Governments accelerated move to digital business.

Geoff is the current Chair of the Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA), which aims to promote common approaches and consistency in the management of records across its members, across all formats which include digital and physical

At the State Library of NSW Geoff was the Director of Digital Library Services and CIO and was instrumental in securing the $70m in funding to establish the Library's 10 year Digital Excellence program. At EduTECH, Geoff will be presenting at the Future Library Congress.

Dr Terry Byers,

Research Fellow, ARC Linkage Project, The University of Melbourne


Terry is the Director of the Centenary Library and Innovation in Learning at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, Queensland where he oversees strategic direction and operation. Terry works with teachers to understand better their pedagogical practice in technology-enabled and contemporary learning environments and how this affects learning experiences and outcomes. At EduTECH Terry will be presenting at the Future Library Congress.

He is also a Research Fellow (part-time) on the 2016-2019 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change’.

Terry recently completed his PhD dissertation in conjunction with the ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ ARC Linkage project focusing on empirical evidence of the impact of innovative learning environments. His thesis, in which he was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award, derived quantitative methods to ascertain the empirical impact of different learning spaces on teachers and students.

Louise Park,

Literacy Expert & Children’s Author


For Louise Park, ensuring handwriting is practiced in the classroom and at home from an early age is a crucial step in ensuring all children have the necessary skills for a brighter future.

Louise is an esteemed Australian children’s author and educator, and is the Bright Futures Are Written By Hand campaign ambassador for BIC Australia and New Zealand. Louise has been an advocate for children’s literacy for over 25 years. With a background in education and children’s publishing, she has been able to share best practice in literacy from both sides: in the classroom and through resources and materials used to help children improve their literacy in reading and writing.

Today, Louise, in partnership with BIC, is a spokesperson for the benefits of handwriting and provides valuable workshops and seminars on how to engage children in the classroom today. Her passions include: discussing and finding solutions for the fact that, despite technology plays a more prevalent role in education, the importance of handwriting in the 21st Century is still relevant and unlocks critical cognitive and physical benefits.

The Hon. Julia Gillard,

27th Prime Minister of Australia; Chair for Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education


Julia Gillard is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education. She came to the Global Partnership after a distinguished career of public service in Australia. She served as Prime Minister of Australia between 2010 and 2013 and successfully managed Australia’s economy during the global economic crises. Education is Ms Gillard’s passion. She reformed Australia’s education at every level from early childhood to higher education with a special focus on disadvantaged children. She delivered new standards to improve the quality of childcare and access to early childhood education for every Australian child and developed a needs-based funding system for every school and ensured that funding was tied to a quality improvement agenda of better teaching, individual learning plans and parental engagement. She also established Australia’s first national curriculum and ensured significant investment in school buildings. Before becoming Prime Minister, Ms. Gillard was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Gillard served as Shadow Minister for Health followed in 2006 by an appointment as Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Social Inclusion. In 2003, Ms Gillard took on responsibilities for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and in 2001 Ms. Gillard was appointed Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration. Previously, from 1998 to 2000, Ms. Gillard was a member of the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations.

The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP

NSW Minister for Education; Member of the Legislative Assembly; Member for Pittwater; Minister for Education; and Member of the Liberal Party


Rob is currently the Minister for Education with the NSW Government, where he is responsible for the leadership of teaching and learning across the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in NSW. He has previously taught students at secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Rob has also served as Minister for Planning, where he was focused on promoting development throughout the state that improves people's lives into the future, as well as securing the conservation and sustainable use of our State's environmental and historic heritage. Rob has also served as Minister for Environment and Heritage, Assistant Minister for Planning, and Minister for the Central Coast.

Previous parliamentary roles have included service as the inaugural Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, membership of the parliamentary Privileges committee and the committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and as Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Infrastructure.

Outside parliament, Rob has been an Honorary Fellow with Macquarie Law School, a director of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning and an Assessor with the Northern Beaches Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia. Rob has also worked as a solicitor in general commercial practice.

He was first elected as the parliamentary representative for the NSW electorate of Pittwater in 2007, and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2011 and 2015. Rob has double degrees in arts and law and has completed a PhD in law under a Commonwealth Scholarship. He is currently reading for a MSc in sustainable urban development.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Federal Minister for Education and Training; Liberal Party Senator from South Australia; and Minister for Education and Training; and Manager of Government Business in the Senate