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


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Fiona Plunkett

Team Leader - AGriculture and Rural Operations, Charles Darwin University


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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.

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.

Claire Amos

Principal and Co-Founder, City Senior School (NZ)


Claire is currently the Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School - a new secondary school that opened at the beginning of 2014. Being the education powerhouse and thought-leader that she is – Claire will soon be the Principal and co-founder of the brand new City Senior School in Auckland at The Launching Pad (for new tech and innovation business start-ups that will work with students on joint projects).

The new school will be an urban inner city STEAM school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. It was also have “green” sustainability philosophy which will focused on through Green Innovation Projects. City Senior School will be a school that is characterised by its student’s partnership with business and industry, and the employment pathways it creates. By co-locating students and industry we will be able to support to students to work alongside and with their business partners and mentors.

Join Claire at EduTECH 2018 to hear their story; how she is building this school from the ground up, how they are funded, which companies they work with, and the lessons she has learned along the way.

Claire is passionate about her family, education, design, living by the mantra - “you can never be overdressed or overeducated”.

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.

Dylan Van Der Walt

Human Resources Business Partner (Sydney, Perth and PNG), Dentons Australia


Dylan has a passion for employee relations and mental health which has been a large agenda item at Dentons. In 2015 Dylan formed a health and wellbeing program, which won Dentons Perth office gold recognition from Healthier Workplaces WA, the only law firm to have received the accolade. During his time as a HR practitioner, Dylan has successfully managed employees with a range of presenting mental health related issues, including anxiety disorders and depression. He has also successfully navigated through the challenges of managing traumatic workplace events such as employee self-harm and death.

Robin Yarham

National Training Manager – Sales & Service, Seek Limited



Robin knew his passion was in L&D where he initially started out as a coach working for South Africans largest financial services provider.

He spent 6 years in Sydney working for Vodafone, News Limited and Westpac all with a focus on sales, customer experience and leadership. He moved to Melbourne with SEEK as their Training Manager for Sales, Service & Sales Management. His main focus since starting is designing and delivering a program that is blended, flexible and has the end user in mind at all times.

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.

Pip Cleaves,

Developer of Professional Learning, Senior Education Consultant, DLE Pty. Ltd.


Pip Cleaves is a passionate developer of professional learning. She loves to inspire and energise educators to provide learning opportunities that open doors for our future workforce. Her experience with integration of large and small scale educational technology projects have developed skills in a variety of focus areas. Among her most favourite accomplishments are those as a Microsoft Learning Consultant and Peer Coach Master Trainer. After recently spending a 2015-16 back in school to ensure relevance in her work, Pip is now back building her own small consulting business, Design | Learn | Empower. She spends most days supporting schools across Australasia through Coach in Residence programs and a variety of future focussed professional learning opportunities.

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.

Leanne Smith,

Business Manager, Ruyton Girls’ School and President ASBA (Vic)


Ms Leanne Smith commenced her role as Ruyton’s Business Manager and joined the Board as Company Secretary in 2014. So as to nurture the educational and social needs of our girls, Ruyton must maintain a rolling programme of improvements to our facilities. Leanne ensures that the sound financial management of the School allows us to achieve our goals. Leanne has an impressive track record in business operations, including financial management, fundraising, governance, human resources, occupational health and safety, risk and stakeholder management and strategic planning. This experience has been acquired from a wide-range of schools and corporations, including, most recently, Toorak College and Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School. Leanne is excited to be taking up her role at Ruyton. ‘As a business professional with genuine passion and interest in the education and future of our young people, I am extremely privileged to be a member of a compassionate and inclusive community and a team that ensures continued success in nurturing the educational and social needs of our girls.’

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.

Doug Thomas,

Principal, Claremont College


Doug is Principal of Claremont College, an Anglican co-educational primary school in Randwick, Sydney where he has been the Principal for 9 years. The school is an Australian leader in environmental education and sustainability and is one of a small number of schools that have significantly reduced its carbon footprint, particularly in energy consumption. Claremont College is recognised as a leader in innovation and design. Claremont’s classroom design and refurbishment project was awarded a Darch Horse Architectual Award (2014), Highly Commended by CEFPI (2014) and winner of the 2015 Australasian CEFPI People's Choice Award.

Claremont College is receiving world-wide attention for the implementation of an innovative co-teaching model which is linked to a school based research project. At least once a year, Doug travels to Mumbai and New Delhi where he trains teachers in slum schools, assisting them with their teaching and developing various school programs and community projects. Doug has a Masters in School Leadership and Educational Psychology.

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.