TAS Branch President - Jacqui Lawless

Catherine Apanah Stephen Barratt Deb Day
Malcolm Elliott
Christopher Rayner James Seddon
Susan Walker

Jacqui Lawless

ACEL TAS Branch President

Jacqui is the Principal of Larmenier, a Catholic primary school in Launceston. A school which boasts a functioning school farm and shares its site with an Aged Care Home. Prior to this appointment in Launceston, Jacqui was the Assistant Principal at St James College, Cygnet. Jacqui has worked at many schools in the greater Hobart area and has worked across multiple sectors and across all schooling ages. In schools where she has had leadership roles of Principal, Acting Principal and Deputy Principal she has been an activator of school improvement and led significant educational change. She has worked extensively in the area of student support and special education and is passionate about quality education for all students. Jacqui has a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Special Education and Masters of Education.

Catherine Apanah

Branch Executive Member

Cath Apanah is a passionate educator and advocate of public education. She loves working with kids and staff to uncover and achieve their potential. Cath has worked in both urban and rural settings across both Western Australia, the UK and Tasmania. She is currently an Assistant Principal at Montrose Bay High in Hobart where she leads Teaching and Learning. Cath has been a recipient of an ACEL New Voice Scholarship and been listed as one of The Educator’s Rising Stars. She values the opportunity to continue connecting and engaging with educators through the cross sectoral ACEL network.

Stephen Barratt

Branch Executive Member

Stephen Barratt has spent half of his working life in Tasmania, Australia, working in the Government, Catholic and now Independent Education sectors, and the other half in four International Schools in Germany, Hong Kong and Australia. Despite specialising as a Business and Economics teacher, he also enjoyed three years as an elementary school classroom teacher. Currently he holds the position of Director of Teaching and Learning at the Friends School in Hobart, Tasmania. As an educational leader Steve is passionate about cultures that creates space for collective teacher efficacy to thrive.

Deb Day

Branch Executive Member

Deb is currently a School Improvement Leader for the Department of Education. Prior to this position Deb was the principal of Rosny College from 2015-2018 after coming to Tasmania from QLD where she was a principal in various public education contexts. She has a background in music education and a passion to creating equitable, high quality educational experiences for all. She is particularly interested exploring the leadership enabling factors empower schools to be on a strong improvement trajectory.

Malcolm Elliott

Branch Executive Member

Malcolm Elliott is president of the Australian Primary Principals Association – a position he has held since January 2019. From 2015 – 18 he was president of the Tasmanian Principals Association; National Executive Council member of the Australian Government Primary Principals Association; and a member of the Board of the Australian Secondary Principals Association. His current work involves representation of more than 7000 independent, Catholic and government primary school leaders across Australia. Malcolm is passionate about the role of education in bringing fairness to life opportunities for Australia’s children; and the role of education in nation building and ongoing development of a world society.

Christopher Rayner

Branch Executive Member

Chris is the Academic Director of Professional Experience in the School of Education, University of Tasmania. Chris' role relates to teacher education, pre-service teachers' school placements, and mentoring. Previously, Chris was Lecturer in Inclusive Education; he maintains a research focus on the ways educators and educational communities promote access, participation, and achievement for all students and cater for student diversity and exceptionality, particularly students with autism. His passion is to promote thriving learning communities through collaboration across the education sector. Chris was a recipient of an ACEL New Voice scholarship in 2018.

Susan Walker

Branch Executive Member

Working within the Catholic Sector of Tasmanian Education for over 30 years, Susan Walker is an experienced educator and leader. In 2020, Sue has undertaken a challenging new role of Director of Staff Development K-10 at Sacred Heart College, New Town, and prior to this was Deputy Principal of its Primary Campus for nearly 10 years. Before arriving at Sacred Heart, Sue worked as Teacher and Leader in several Catholic Primary Schools in Southern Tasmania, as well as having a period of teaching overseas in Samoa. Sue’s greatest expertise is described as being in harnessing, modelling and supporting collaboration, innovation and the creativity of those around her in order to transform educational practice which, in turn, enhances the learning outcomes of all students and families, regardless of background or educational need.