Board of Directors
Megan Bonny MVO
Megan Bonny brings the Board valuable experience in communications, stakeholder engagement, and sponsorship. She is an award-winning senior executive and works for the ACT Chief Minister’s Department as its Communications and Change Management Strategist, overseeing a government-wide procurement reform program. She has advised CEOs, boards, business leaders, federal government ministers, senior officials and not-for-profits on communications, digital marketing, and managing stakeholder relationships.
Megan has acute media and political acumen, having worked as an ABC Radio journalist, and a media advisor to various Federal Government Cabinet ministers, and having led the communications capability in several government departments. She has an extensive media network and a proven track record of working with the media to promote public policy initiatives. Megan also brings valuable governance skills to the Board. She is a member and graduate of AICD, is a former board member of Education Centre of Australia, and has held senior corporate roles in Government in which she has demonstrated integrity and sound judgement.
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.
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.
Susi is the founder of Learning 21, an education
consultancy group. Until June 2017, Susi was the Global Education Lead in
Telstra where her role reached all Australian schools, TAFEs, universities and
key education agencies. The role had a global focus, particularly Asia, MENA,
Europe, USA and Southern Africa.
Susi’s key areas of focus are the provision of thought leadership, solution innovation, industry insight & strategic engagement with education C-levels and ministers. She is focused on collaborating with education leaders to help them arrive at their preferred future. Susi is a champion of the link between learning & fulfilling your potential as well as contributing to the nation’s economy.
In 2010 Susi established and chaired the Education Leaders’ Circle which comprised highly respected education leaders from across Australia. The group represented the K12 sector, TAFEs, universities, education agencies and peak associations. The Circle met regularly to confront the challenges associated with the changing Australian education landscape. Particular attention has been given to the business issues of student engagement, teacher professional learning, the role of assessment and the use of technology to transform the learning environment. The views of the Education Leaders’ Circle have been formalised in white papers: Personalised Learning – Meeting the Australian Challenge released in November 2011; Quality Teaching for Personalised Learning: Leveraging Technology for Exceptional Results launched in December 2012, mEducation – Mobility Enabling Personalised Learning, May 2014; ‘The Role of Learning Analytics in Future Education Models’, Dec, 2015 & Data-Driven Personalised Learning, June 2016.
Before joining Telstra, Susi fulfilled a number of roles as educator, business development manager and chief education officer in Australian Education. Susi has published a number of conference papers about developing sustainable learning practices & integrating ICT. In 2013 Susi was invited to join the GSMA Global mEducation Advisory Group. In 2012 Susi was appointed Chair of the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) National Education Special Interest Group; served as a Board member of the Greater Western Sydney Education Alliance; the ‘We Link’ Advisory Group hosted by Education Services Australia and, by invitation of the education minister, served as a board member on the New South Wales Community Languages Schools Board.
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.
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.