Independent Directors

Christine Cawsey AM

MEd (Admin), BA, DipEd, FACEL

Christine Cawsey is the immediate past president of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (NSWSPC) and a former member of the executive Australian Secondary Principals’ Association. She is the current principal of Rooty Hill High School - a highly successful, cosmopolitan, and comprehensive 7 – 12 school in the western suburbs of Sydney.

From 2001 – 2005, Christine was a member of the Premier’s Council for Women. In 2007, she was awarded the National Awards for Quality Schooling for Excellence by a Principal and in April 2008, her book, Learning for Leadership (written with Michelle Anderson from ACER) was published. As a result, in December 2008 she was named one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2009, she was awarded the ACEL Hedley Beare Prize for Educational Writing by ACEL. Again, in 2011 she was recognised with the Macquarie University Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to her profession and in August 2011, was appointed to the Board of the AFL’s newest club, the GWS Giants.

Christine is also a member of the 2012 ACER LLEAP Board. She was made a member of the Order of Australia in January 2012 for her work as a principal and educational leader in western Sydney and joined the board of the Smith Family in January 2013.

Diane Joseph

Diane provides leadership and direction to the operations of one of the Territory’s largest directorates. She is responsible for advising the Minister on key strategic and policy issues, working with other agencies across Government, and providing strategic educational leadership to ACT public schools and their principals. She is accountable for 87 public schools educating over 43,000 young people, a staffing profile of 5800 educators and officers and an annual budget in the order of $1.1 billion.

Diane has played a key strategic role in influencing education policy at a local and national level. She was a Director of the Board of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) 2012-2015, Chair of the Senior Officials Group (AEEYSOC) for the COAG Education Council 2014, and an observor member on the Board of the Austrailan Curriulum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) 2014. She has provided significant input into progressing national On-Line Assessment.

As a public service leader Diane is known for her ability to work collaboratively and with integrity in integrating services across government, community and business to support every learner to remain engaged and to become a productive and responsible citizen. Her fundamental belief it is that it is vital that students leave our schools, our higher education institutions, and our training organisations, with expanded opportunities resulting from significant academic and personal growth

Ross Fox

Ross began as Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission in July 2013 leading the new commission which has been substantially reformed by the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education. In this role Ross is responsible for national policy development and advocacy on behalf of 1730 Catholic schools which enrol more than 760,000 students and receive almost $8billion in government funding. Prior to his current position Ross was the Director of Policy Research and Communications at the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and Executive Officer of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd. He has been active in education policy at a state at national level in the non-government sector since 2007.

Ross was educated at UNSW (Bachelor of Engineering, First Class Honours) and Oxford University (Honours MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics). He has a depth and range of practical and consultancy experience in a diversity of situations – from McKinsey & Company working across Australia and New Zealand as a management consultant to remote Indigenous communities in WA where he was a relief store manager and acting community development adviser. He has also worked in industry in business improvement roles and as a senior policy advisor.

Branch Appointed Directors

Australian Capital Territory

Michele McLoughlin

Michele McLoughlin BA (Hons, History); DipEd, Macquarie University; Grad Dip History/Anthropology, Australian National University; Grad Dip Information Systems, University of Canberra. Awarded the Leanne Harvey Ford Award for excellence in ‘The services for young people, specialisation within the Librarianship courses’, University of Canberra; ACEL ACT Certificate of Excellence for ‘Excellence in Educational Leadership’. Michele is currently Deputy Principal and International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator at Telopea Park School, Lycée Franco-Australien de Canberra.

Michele has worked as a secondary teacher leader in New South Wales Government Schools (regional and Western Sydney) and since 1998 in ACT Secondary Government Schools. Michele is passionate about education and how it changes lives. Michele believes in the importance of the school community and the school community’s role in engendering a sense of belonging, and a place where everyone is valued.

Michele has been a long-standing member of ACEL ACT. As a member of ACEL ACT Michele has worked collaboratively with ACT Government, Catholic and Independent teachers and leaders. Michele is the past Chair of the ACT/NSW MYP Coordinators Group. In her roles working for ACEL and the IB Michele has recognised the importance of national and international dialogue and communication. Michele looks forward to bringing the voices of teacher leaders to ACEL National.

New South Wales

Ann McIntyre


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 was driven by her deep understanding of the power of the alignment of teacher, leader, school and system learning and their impact on student outcomes. She led the development of professional frameworks, standards, programs and research. As superintendent of schools and school principal she received numerous excellence awards and while principal received a school quality assurance report stating “this school is on the leading edge of best practices in teaching and learning.” Ann was a key writer of the Great Teaching Inspired Learning teacher quality reform agenda in NSW.

As a result of her contribution to educational leadership 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 NSW ACEL Fellowship and the National ACE Fellowship.


Northern Territory

Aderyn Chatterton

Aderyn has been the regional director of Darwin schools for the past four years. Prior to that she’s had thirteen years’ experience as an assistant principal, teaching principal and principal in urban and remote schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Throughout all stages of her career she has remained passionate about identifying, supporting and challenging aspirant and emerging leaders. Most recently, this commitment has translated into the development of an innovative high potential leaders program that is about to be launched in the Darwin Region.

Aderyn has been a member of the NT branch of ACEL for the past four years. During this time, she’s taken on a range of roles. Aderyn has been part of the committees that have organised the 2016 and 2017 ACEL NT awards and the inaugural Territory wide ACEL Wellbeing conference (2017). She has also supported professional networking events, participating as both a panel member and MC. Aderyn MC’d both the 2016 and 2017 awards ceremonies as well as the 2017 NT Breakfast with the Minister.


Dr Deborah Kember

BHMS (ed) Qld, GradDipEd(CompEd) QUT, MEd QUT, PhD QUT. FACEL

Deb is a teacher by profession, with currently working as a Director in the State Schools Division of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment. She has dedicated over 30 years to the school education sector In Australia and New Zealand as a project manager, policy developer, university lecturer, school leader and teacher

Deb’s belief in the power and excitement of collegial professional learning led her to take on leadership roles during her career such as President of the Queensland Society of Information Technology in Education, followed by President of the Joint Council of Queensland Teachers' Association. The latter role led to national professional community leadership that included the role of Vice-President of the Australian Joint Council of Teacher Professional Association and interim board member of Teaching Australia.

Deb joined ACEL in 2005 to broaden her thinking about leadership and learning. She has been a member of the Queensland Branch Executive since 2010, becoming a Fellow in 2014 then Queensland President and a National Director.


South Australia

Warren Symonds

Warren Symonds is an experienced educator who has worked in Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) in South Australia since 1987. His teaching experience has varied from small Area Schools through to large metropolitan High Schools. For the past seven years Warren has been the Principal of Mount Barker High School. During this time he has initiated Mount Barker High Schools’ introduction of Positive Psychology into the whole school approach. This approach was expanded into the Mount Barker community and eight primary schools to improve the wellbeing of children and young people across the Adelaide Hills. Professor Martin Seligman has referred to the approaches being used at Mount Barker High School as being a world’s first and at the cutting edge of teaching Positive Education to a whole school community.

Warren is a newer member to ACEL starting his membership in 2013. During his membership he has been an active member supporting the development of leadership with a focus on leader’s wellbeing. He was the recipient of the 2017 ACEL SA Educational Leadership Medal and the ACEL National Fellowship.


Tameika Grist

Tameika is passionate about supporting learning for all, and in particular, supporting and developing teachers and leaders in their work so that they may have a greater impact on the students in their care. Tameika has learnt and served in a variety of capacities, across Primary and Secondary classes in Independent and Catholic educational settings, for the past 18 years. She loves learning new things, finding ways to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning, helping others and making learning fun. She is currently enjoying the challenge of pioneering the role of Director of Pedagogy (K-12) at St Mary’s College.


Coralee Pratt

M. Ed, B.Ed, Grad. Dip. Early Childhood Teaching. National Fellow ACEL.

Coralee Pratt is an educational leader who has worked in a diverse range of settings and communities across all regions in Victoria and in Queensland. She is currently Executive Director, Bayside Peninsula Area, South East Victoria Region and in 2016 was a Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEIL) in the Outer East Area, North East Region of Victoria.

Coralee has been an executive board member of both the ACEL Queensland and Victoria Branches and since 2014 has been responsible for coordinating the ACEL Net professional learning events including the popular ACEL Q & A Forums.

Coralee has been principal of three schools: Camberwell South Primary School (2012 – 2015); Helensvale State School, one of Queensland’s largest primary schools (2010-2012) and Roberts McCubbin Primary School, Box Hill (2000 – 2005).

From 2005 – 2009 she held several system leadership roles including Assistant Regional Director in the Eastern Metropolitan Region where she played a significant role in leading the school improvement agenda in 248 government schools.

Over the past decade, Coralee has been influential in leading educational change and the design, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive suite of professional learning and leadership development programs at school and system level. Her work with ACER and the Grattan Institute in targeting teaching to personalise learning had a significant impact and resulted in Camberwell South PS being identified as one of Australia’s 40 most innovative schools in 2014.

Western Australia

Sinan Kerimofski

Sinan is the Principal of Vasse Primary School, an Independent Public School, situated in the southwest of Western Australia. He is also the ‘CAPES’ region Network Principal.

Vasse Primary is situated in a rapidly growing suburb. The school was established in 1869 where 12 students commenced their schooling with one teacher. Now the school boasts over 730 students and 75 staff. He has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan schools in Western Australia over the past 26 years. Sinan’s focus has been to ensure the school is well resourced with a strong positive culture through focusing on fostering positive relationships.

He is also passionate about engaging students through creating flexible, adaptable and stimulating learning environments.

Sinan's leadership beliefs are simple:

  • Create clear vision and direction
  • Build solid relationships through positive communication and shared experiences
  • Surround yourself around good people
  • Acknowledge innovation and self-improvement.