NSW Branch President - Ann McIntyre

Michael Bezzina Tony Bracken Suzanne Fern
Andrew Fraser Joanne Jarvis Kylie Lipscombe
Brenda Quayle Brad Russell Ann-Marie Furney
Andrea Stringer Vicki Treble  

Ann McIntyre - MLitt, BA, DipT, GDipOLCD, CF, FACE, FACEL

ACEL NSW Branch President

Ann McIntyre is recognised for her work in effective teaching and leadership and school and system improvement. Ann is an educational researcher and writer who provides powerful professional learning. Ann is an Honorary in Education at the University of Sydney and is the Australian National Researcher for the International Teacher Policy Study with the University of Stanford in California.

As the Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development in NSW she designed and led evidence informed programs, system innovations and reforms that significantly influenced the work of teachers, leaders and schools. As Superintendent of Schools and Principal Ann received numerous excellence awards and while Principal received a Quality Assurance Report stating “this school is on the leading edge of best practices in teaching and learning.”

Ann has been awarded; the Churchill Fellowship, the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award, the inaugural Sydney Leadership Award, the inaugural ACE Leadership in Professional Learning Award, the ACEL Patrick Duignan Award for Leadership, the ACEL Scholarship in Educational Leadership and the ACEL Dr Paul Brock Medal. Ann is a national fellow of ACE and a NSW and national fellow of ACEL. Ann is an international expert member of NSW DOE School Leadership Institute Board, an Editorial Board member of School Leadership and Management Journal, a member of University of Sydney, Teacher Education Advisory Board and a member of the AITSL School Leadership and Teaching Expert Standing Committee.

Michael Bezzina - BA(Hons), DipEd, MEdStuds, PhD., FACEL, FACE

Branch Executive Member

Michael Bezzina has been Director of Bezzina Consulting since 2018. He specialises in assisting schools and systems to build capacity in leading for learning. His previous role was as Director of Teaching and Learning at Sydney Catholic Schools. Prior to this he was Director of the Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership and Head of the School of Educational Leadership at ACU and Director of Religious Education and Educational Services at Catholic Education Parramatta. He has been a secondary school teacher, school leader, teacher educator, consultant, evaluator, system administrator, process facilitator and researcher.

He is a fellow of both ACEL and ACE. He has received the Patrick Duignan Award from ACEL, and an Outstanding Educator Award, and the Ron Ikin award from ACE. He holds an adjunct Professorship at ACU.

Dr Tony Bracken

Branch Executive Member

Tony Bracken’s current role is Assistant Director School Improvement at the Catholic Schools Office Broken Bay Diocese, NSW.  In 2016 he received a Leadership Award for his leadership role in Leading Learning in Broken Bay.

Prior professional experience includes a senior role at the Catholic Education Office in Parramatta and beforehand a secondary principal.

Tony has continued to maintain academic contact with the university sector, including sessional lecturing role in the Masters of Educational Leadership at Australian Catholic University and past or current advisory roles with two other universities.  For two years he has contributed to the National Policy Committee of the Australian College of Educators and coordinated the national response to the Chief Scientist’s national report on a science nation.

Suzanne Fern

Branch Executive Member

Suzanne has worked in Catholic education for 40 years in Sydney and country NSW. She has enjoyed over 25 years in leadership including her current role as Head of Teaching and Learning Services for the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle. Prior to that she was the Foundation Principal for the newest Primary school in the Diocese – St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm.

Suzanne has always sought opportunities to serve and contribute to the broader education community. Current and previous roles include working for or representing NESA, ACSP, AITSL, ACEL, ACE, IEU and PAI. She was awarded the John Laing Professional Development Award in 2015. Suzanne is enthusiastic and passionate about leading and learning in collaborative and creative ways based on evidence based research.

Andrew Fraser

Branch Executive Member

Andrew has had over 25 years working in Catholic education in the Sydney area. He is currently Head of People and Culture with Sydney Catholic Education Office. In this role and in previous system roles, Andrew has worked closely with school and system leaders to develop their leadership as leaders of learning.

Andrew has strong interests in social justice, workplace development and learning, teacher leadership and building the profession.

Andrew is currently a member of the NSW BoSTES Primary Curriculum Committee and a NSW Catholic sector representative on the AITSL National Performance Growth Network. He is also the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and has been conferred with an Australian College of Educators Fellowship.

Joanne Jarvis

Branch Executive Member

Joanne Jarvis is the Director of the NSW School Leadership Institute. Joanne has been an active contributor to the professional learning of teachers and school leaders throughout NSW over an extensive period of time. Her leadership of professional learning in lifting student achievement, effective leadership, curriculum and formative assessment has resulted in positive evaluations across NSW. Joanne has a strong background in assessment, curriculum development and school leadership and has been a NSW secondary school principal for 15 years. Joanne is a member of the executive of the NSW Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL). She is a NSW Fellow of ACEL and in 2017, she was honoured to be conferred as a national Fellow of ACEL.

Dr Kylie Lipscombe

Branch Executive Member

Kylie is a lecturer, researcher and coordinator in educational leadership at the University of Wollongong. Her current research interests are focused on collaborative cultures in schools and middle leadership.

As an experienced educator, Kylie has extensive experience in the field, working across a variety of sectors and projects. Former roles include classroom teacher, assistant principal, educational consultant and lead writer in a number of national curriculum projects. As an accredited Cognitive Coach and senior associate in professional learning communities (PLC), she has supported more than 200 educational organisations through the rigorous process of re-culturing as a professional learning community.

Kylie collaborates with a variety of community organisations and associations, previously serving on the National Board of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and as an advisor to the Centre of Professional Learning Communities.

Brenda Quayle

Branch Executive Member

Brenda Quayle has worked in NSW Public Schools in Western Sydney for over 25 years, including her current role as Principal at Erskine Park High School. Throughout her career, Brenda has operated in Head Teacher roles in the areas of Teaching and Learning, English and HSIE, as well as working with school groups in a variety of contexts to refine assessment practices and create innovative strategies for implementing quality teaching and learning for all students. She is an advocate for public education and believes in the power of quality of quality cross sectoral professional networks as the facilitator of strong education for all young people.​ 


Brad Russell

Branch Executive Member

Brad Russell is currently the NSW Department of Education Director Public Schools NSW for the Albury Principals Network.

Brad has extensive experience in designing, implementing and leading professional learning for educational leaders and teachers. His areas of expertise and research include reading, effective pedagogy and standards based practice.

The cohesion and alignment of systems, policies, procedures and practices based on research are the drivers for Brad’s work. He is regarded as an innovator, leader and collaborator by his colleagues and peers.  

Brad’s interests are collective responsibility for social cohesion and building social capital, gardening and Greyhound Adoption. He has been awarded the NSW ACEL Fellowship.

Ann-Marie Furney - B.A., Dip. Ed., FACEL

Branch Executive Member

Ann-marie Furney is an experienced school and system leader and educational consultant with deep experience in pedagogy, innovation and professional learning. She is passionate about helping teachers and students from rural, regional and remote NSW to become better learners and thinkers. She led the implementation of first synchronous IT delivery virtual selective high school to support students across Western NSW.

Ann-marie is the Director of School Mentoring Improvement & Coaching. (SCHMIC). Ann-marie co-wrote the Learning Thinking SCOPE a pedagogy of learning focusing on thinking. Working with regional colleagues she is currently researching the impact of this program on learning improvement.

Ann-marie has been awarded both NSW and National ACEL Fellowships. In 2019 she joined the NSW ACEL Executive.

Andrea Stringer

Branch Executive Member

Qualified as a K-6 teacher by NESA, Andrea has a global perspective on education as she is credentialed in Washington and California. She has a Master of Education that focused on Primary Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education. Andrea received the Keith Tronc Award in 2015 for most outstanding teacher and is on the editorial board of School Leadership & Management Journal. As managing consultant for NSW/ACT at Growth Coaching International, Andrea’s role incorporates coaching leaders and educators, facilitating workshops and strategic planning. She believes that an educator's professional learning should be personalised and empowering. Andrea has a passion for supporting women who aspire to be educational leaders and her doctoral research focuses on coaching in education.

Vicki Treble

Branch Executive Member

Vicki Treble has worked in both small rural and large urban schools for over 30 years as a highly effective teacher and then principal. More recently, she has been working as an independent educational consultant and as a tertiary advisor in universities, developing capacity into the future. She has held a lifelong passion for teaching and commitment to professional learning being the key driver of change in our schools.

Vicki has received an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence – Excellence by a Principal; NSW Government Outstanding Service Award; and a National Excellence in Teaching Award – Leadership. She has been listed in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People and conferred with an Australian College of Educators Fellowship