Lisa was appointed following an extensive national and international search and succeeds previous CEO, Margery Evans.

Lisa joins AITSL from the New Zealand Ministry of Education. Her most recent role was Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement with responsibility for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders, across education and wider social sector.

Prior to this, Lisa was the Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge. In that role Lisa focused on using research and analysis to identify where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve. Lisa held several other significant posts at the Ministry and has a strong public sector background in strategic policy, research and insights analysis with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales and the British Army.