Leanne Gibbs

Leanne Gibbs has completed her PhD studies with Charles Sturt University in Australia. She holds the position of Senior Manager, Engagement and Translation with Early Start, University of Wollongong. Leanne has held leadership positions in the delivery of early childhood education, professional development and advocacy and brings academic and practical knowledge to conversations on leadership and leading.


Dr Kate Highfield

Dr Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and researcher, currently working with Early Childhood Australia - as the General Manager or Professional Learning and Research Translation. Kate’s work explores effective technology integration and use, with a focus on potential impacts on learning (for adults and children), pedagogy and play. Kate has spent over two decades working as a classroom teacher and as a teacher educator and researcher at Swinburne, Macquarie and Charles Sturt Universities.

Panel Session:
'Leadership-as-practice: navigating complex landscape'

This conversation explores the complex landscape of leading within early childhood education and school settings. Leanne and Kate discuss the potential of leadership-as-practice to cultivate leading and to meet the challenges of contemporary environments full of complexity. They illuminate the arrangements that make the emergence and practice of leadership possible.