ACEL New Voice Scholarships - Winners 2018

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the recipients of the 2018 ACEL New Voice Scholarships. The ACEL New Voice Scholarships recognise forward thinking, contextually relevant and responsive educational leaders whose work has had an impact above and beyond their immediate context. This year, a total of 20 scholarships have been awarded across four categories:

  • Category 1: The ‘New Voice’ in Educational Leadership
  • Category 2: The ’New Voice’ in Educational Leadership Research
  • Category 3: The ‘New Indigenous Voice’ in Educational Leadership
  • Category 4: The ‘New Voice’ in Early Education and Care

Each scholarship welcomes the recipients into the ACEL network and supports the dissemination of new learning and thought. The recipients will be recognised as forward-thinking, relevant and responsive educational leaders by peers and the wider education community.

The New Voice Scholarships initiative, launched in 2015, is a 10-year commitment from ACEL to identify ‘new voices’ in education.


Alice Dunlop

Position Lead Learning Consultant
Organisation Catholic Education Office South Australia
Location Thebarton, SA

Bek Duyckers

Position Head of Imaginarium
Organisation Perth College
Location Perth, WA

Cameron Paterson

Position Director of Learning and Teaching
Organisation Shore School
Location Sydney, NSW

Chris Bradbury

Position Director of Teaching and Learning
Organisation The Kings School
Location Parramatta, NSW

Christopher Rayner

Position Lecturer in Inclusive Education & Master of Teaching Program Director
Organisation University of Tasmania
Location Hobart, TAS

Louise Corrigan

Position Assistant Principal
Organisation Leanyer School
Location Anula, NT

Michelle Guerrero

Position Head of Health and Physical Education
Organisation Radford College
Location Griffith, ACT

Natalie Oddy

Position Associate Principal
Organisation Jolimont Primary School
Location Jolimont, WA

Rebecca Wells

Position Leading Teacher - Instructional Coach
Organisation Canterbury Primary School
Location Canterbury, VIC

Ruth Smith

Position Head of Program – Teaching and Learning
Organisation Calamvale Community College
Location Calamvale, QLD


Belinda Holmes

Position Deputy Head of Junior School Pastoral
Organisation St Andrews Lutheran College
Location Gold Coast, QLD

Caitlin Munday

Position Research Fellow: Professional Learning
Organisation The Scots College
Location Bellevue Hill, NSW

Christine Haynes

Position Digital Learning Leader/Adjunct Professor
Organisation Immanuel Primary School
Location Novar Gardens, SA

Katrina MacDonald

Position Teaching Associate and a Research Assistant
Organisation Monash University
Location VIC


Alison Wunungmurra

Position Family Educator - Teacher
Organisation Gapuwiyak School (Northern Territory DoE)
Location Winnellie, NT

Devlyn Coleman

Position Teacher
Organisation Swan Christian College
Location Middle Swan, WA

Madeleine Pugin

Position Secondary School Teacher - English and History
Organisation Education Queensland
Location Varsity Lakes, QLD

Mark Heiss

Position Director of innovation and Learning
Organisation Marist College North Shore
Location Sydney, NSW


Jacqui Cannon

Position Centre Director/Lead Educator
Organisation Murdoch University Child Care and Kindergarten
Location Murdoch, WA

Karthika Viknarasah

Position Director
Organisation Choice Childcare Holdings
Location Lidcombe, NSW