Dr Jim Watterston
Jim is currently the Director General of the Department of Education, Training & Employment (QLD). Prior to his current position, Jim was the Deputy Secretary of the School Education Group in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Preceding this appointment, he was the Director General of the Department of Education and Training (DET) in the Australian Capital Territory for a period of almost three years during which time he worked with a range of committed colleagues to facilitate the implementation of an ambitious strategic vision for the jurisdiction that was focussed on personalising learning through the provision of consistently high quality teaching and school leadership.
Prior to moving into the ACT, Jim was the Regional Director of the DEECD’s Eastern Metropolitan Region; a diverse and high performing educational jurisdiction comprised of 250 secondary, primary and special schools. Subsequent to this appointment he was the Director of Schools in the West Coast Education District in Western Australia.
Jim has also served as a Superintendent of Education and had 14 years of experience as a principal in both primary and secondary schools.
Jim also currently serves as the National President of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership (ACEL) where the Board has overseen a restructure of the organisation to ensure that members’ interests are recognised and proactively represented at all decision making levels. Jim is also a board member of Educations Services Australia (ESA).
Dr Neville Highett
Ph D (Alberta), M Ed (Alberta), Grad Dip Ed Admin (Adelaide University), B Ed (Flinders University), Dip T [Sec] (Adelaide), Dip T [Prim] (Wattle Park), FACEL.
Dr Neville Highett is a freelance consultant with expertise in the education sector. Since 1976 when Neville became an Inspector of Schools, his work has focussed on school effectiveness, school leadership, and school review and school accountability. He has had the unique experience of working for the government school sector at senior executive level in three states (Queensland – Senior Review Officer; New South Wales – Director of Program Evaluation; South Australia - as Director Planning and Accountability and as Executive Director of Schools) plus the experience of being a principal of large independent coeducational day and boarding school.
At the commencement of the 1999 school year he accepted a four year contract as Principal of Immanuel College. While at Immanuel College, Dr Highett developed a process for the 360 degree evaluation of the principal, the College Council and for the evaluation of each individual Council member. This process has generated a high degree of interest across the independent school sector.
He retired from the position of Principal of Immanuel College in January 2003 and established Quality Insight Consulting Pty Ltd. For the past seven years he was working in Papua New Guinea restructuring their school inspection system, but is now concentrating on school reviews, and evaluation of systemic programs.
Australian Capital Territory
Ms Kerrie Blain
New South Wales
Mr Chris Presland
Mr Tony Roberts
Ms Helen Starr
Dr Jenny Stanley
Ms Anne Foale
During her career, Anne has been a Teacher in Tasmanian government schools and Tasmanian Catholic education. She has held senior leadership roles for past 20 years including Deputy Principal and Principal (Currently Principal of St James Catholic College, Cygnet). Anne was the recipient of John Laing Award from Principals’ Australia in 2010. Anne was also a Member of the Tasmanian Branch of CaSPA and on the organising committee for national conference of CaSPA in Hobart in 2010.
Mr Jeremy Ashenden Beard
Jeremy has been a member of ACEL since 1995 and has been President of ACEL Victoria since mid 2010. He has been with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development since 1975. Fulfilling many roles in schools before becoming his last appointment as Principal at Koonung Secondary College, Jeremy has involved in a broad range of curriculum and professional learning initiatives. His most significant achievement in this area being initiating Australia’s largest annual teaching and learning conference in conjunction with Elaine Brownlow. Most recently he has taken a leadership role in school improvement as the Regional Network Leader for 52 primary, secondary and special government schools in the Boroondara and Dandenong Ranges local government areas. In this role he has led a consortium of schools focussed upon data, assessment and collaborative teacher teams in partnership with the University of Melbourne. He has developed high level skills in analysing school and system data to assist schools in the development of evidence-based strategic plans centred around personalised student learning.
Mr Keith Newton
Mr Kevin Richardson
BEd(Torrens CAE), DipTeach (Torrens CAE), GradDipTheology in Education (ACLE)
Currently Principal of Immanuel College at Novar Gardens, Kevin Richardson established the internationally acclaimed Technology School of the Future, has held senior executive positions in WA, NSW and South Australia Government and had systemic responsibility in marketing, legal, IT and accountability and strategic planning in education.
As a result, Kevin has been a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences, including being an inaugural speaker at the first International Principals’ Conference in Geneva. He has been a member and chair of several national education committees, and has been invited to participate in several global 'think tanks' on education.
Kevin was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for significant contribution to education, in particular in the field of technology and named an Apple Distinguished Educator. In 2004 he was a national finalist in the Year of the Built Environs – Imagining the Future Award.
Kevin currently serves on several boards and communities including being on the Executive Committee of the Australian Council on Children and the Media.