Board of Directors
Associate Professor Anna Sullivan DipT, BEd, PhD
Associate Professor Anna Sullivan is the founding director of MCERA and was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Board in May 2016. Dr Sullivan is currently an Associate Professor of Education at the University of South Australia. She has worked as an academic at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University of Technology.
A/Prof Sullivan is a leading expert in the fields of teachers' work and school discipline. Her research and publications focus on ways in which schooling can be better for students and teachers. A/Prof Sullivan continually attracts research funding on significant research projects, including Australian Research Council Linkages, which involve collaborations with many education industry partners. Her research has informed education policy and practice across Australia. She communicates her research widely. She has appeared in numerous print, radio and television media and reported her research in social media and online platforms.
A/Prof Sullivan brings over 10 years school teaching experience to her research and lecturing having taught in the Primary, Middle and Secondary years of schooling across South Australia, New South Wales and England.
A/Prof Sullivan is an Executive Member of the Australian Association for Research in Education. She also holds the position of Communications Coordinator.
Dr Jim Davies
Company Secretary, Director
Jim is an independent education consultant and researcher, recently researching principals' professional practices that facilitate Indigenous education. He has previously held numerous leadership roles in the South Australian public education system including District Superintendent. He has been a principal, including being the foundation principal at the innovative Australian Science and Mathematics School established in partnership with Flinders University.
Jim was President of the South Australian
Secondary Principals Association for 5 years prior to his appointment as Chief
Executive Officer of Principals Australia Institute 2012-2015. He is a graduate
of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves as chair on the
Veterans' Children Education Board SA & NT.
Professor Michele Simons
Professor Simons is the Dean and Head of the School of Education at Western Sydney University. She has extensive experience in supporting learning in the fields of adult education, vocational education and workplace learning, and secondary teacher education programs. Professor Simons is a well-respected researcher, having won a number of nationally competitive grants from the Australian Research Council and the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation (NVETRE) Program. She holds Board-level and executive appointments with the Australian Association for Education in Research, Engagement Australia and University of Western Sydney Early Learning Ltd. Michele has recently been appointed to the Board of the Australian Council of Deans of Education.
Professor Martin Westwell
Martin is a Strategic Professor in the Science of Learning at Flinders University and Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century. Here he leads a team that collaborates with teachers, schools, systems, and policy-makers to develop evidence-informed innovation in policy and practice. As one of the Chief Investigators in the national Australian Research Council (ARC) Science of Learning Research Centre, Martin undertakes research into young people’s problem-solving and cognition, which connects the laboratory to the classroom to help improve student outcomes.
He is a member of the steering group of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Education Research Institutes Network looking at the future of education in the Asia-Pacific region. Closer to home, Martin chairs the Evidence for Learning Research Use and Evaluation Committee. He is a member of the South Australian Science Council, which provides high level, independent advice to the South Australian Government and Chief Scientist on science policy issues.
Nick is a Partner at Nexia Edwards Marshall specialising in business consulting and taxation. He has more than 25 years experience in the provision of taxation, accounting and business services to corporate clients, including ASX listed companies. He is also a long-standing contributor to the Australian accounting profession through his involvement with The Tax Institute, both locally and nationally. Nick was chair of the SA Education Committee in 2014, and has served as a member of the National Convention Organising Committee and the SA Technical Committee. He has extensive experience in helping not-for-profits to establish budgetary and finance systems. Nick also previously held the role of Treasurer of the Pilgrim School.
Roger advises MCERA on matters relating to government. He has been an adviser to South Australian Ministers for Transport, Employment, Further Education, Industrial Relations, Primary Industries and Water, and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Communities and Housing. Prior to that he established the Professional Writing program at the Adelaide College of the Arts. He has been a senior English teacher and teaching consultant in public schools and was engaged in action research for a national education research program in language and learning. He was on the executive of the AEU (SA). He is a member of the Adelaide Park Lands Authority and a member of the Australian Society of Authors.
Lincoln Smith is a Partner at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers specialising in Employment, Industrial Relations and Media Law, with over 17 years experience.
Lincoln has considerable experience representing individuals, corporate and not for profit clients in industrial, employment, occupational health and safety and discrimination proceedings across a range of jurisdictions and Courts, including the Federal Court, Supreme Courts of South Australia and Victoria, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and its successor, Fair Work Commission.
Lincoln is a Director of the Mary MacKillop College and a member of the Law Society’s Industrial Relations Committee.