Board members

Jane DANVERS

Presiding Member
Principal, Wilderness School

Jane was appointed Presiding Member of the SACE Board of South Australia in October 2012, after serving as the Deputy Presiding Member for 3 years. Currently Principal of Wilderness School, Jane was the inaugural Principal of University Senior College.

Jane is a member of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA), and the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education. She serves on the national AHISA Board and is a member of the University of Adelaide School of Humanities Advisory Board and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Wellbeing and Resilience Centre Strategic Advisory Board.

In 2013 she was awarded the AISSA Noel Volk Excellence Award and the Principals Australia Institute’s John Laing Award.

She has served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Non-government Schools, the Governing Council of St Ann’s Residential College, the future SACE’s Higher and Further Education Task Group, the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre Schools Reference Group, and the AHISA National Curriculum Advisory Group.

Robert DEBELLE

Deputy Presiding Member
Senior Associate, Systems Knowledge Concepts

Robert was appointed the Deputy Presiding Member in October 2012. He is a general economist and has wide experience in challenging and creative management roles in the private sector, government, and non-profit organisations. His experience includes Chief Executive of Studio Archetype in Sydney, one of the world’s foremost brand consultancies at the time, and manager of an Asia–Pacific e-commerce consulting firm based in Tokyo.

Robert is Managing Director of the strategic consulting firm ROBERT DEBELLE, and a Senior Associate of SKC, an economic analysis consultancy with a focus on network industries. Robert is also a member of the Adelaide Venue Management Corporation.

Cheryl BAUER

Board Member
Principal, St John's Grammar School

Cheryl is the Principal of St John’s Grammar School. Her career in education spans Independent and government schools and both coeducational and all-female student cohorts. Cheryl’s curriculum experience includes a role in subject moderation and membership of a subject advisory committee at SSABSA. Cheryl has also worked as a subject adviser and project officer in the Department for Education and Child Development, and with student teachers at the University of South Australia.

Cheryl is a Deputy Member of the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board, and she has also served a term as Chair of the AISSA Secondary/Combined Heads Committee. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, AHISA, Anglican Schools Australia, and AISSA.

Marion GUPPY

Board Member
Acting Deputy Chief Executive, School Education, Department of Education, Northern Territory Government

Marion has worked in education for over 25 years. She began her career in Victoria before moving to the Northern Territory, where she has worked in both regional and remote schools including Karguru School, Alpurrurulam School, Tennant Creek High School, and Katherine High School. Marion was the founding principal of Casuarina Street Primary School in Katherine before moving to Darwin, where she became the principal of Dripstone High School (now known as Dripstone Middle School) and then of Darwin High School.

Marion worked as the Northern Territory Department of Education’s Regional Director Darwin, Executive Director Arafura, and then the Executive Director Secondary Education. In mid-2015, she assumed her current role of Acting Deputy Chief Executive for School Education. Marion has degrees and postgraduate qualifications from La Trobe University and Charles Darwin University.

Marion enjoys working on system-wide initiatives and helping schools to improve their services. She strongly believes in enabling schools and their students to achieve excellence.

Kim HEBENSTREIT

Board Member
Director: Operations, Office for Education, DECD

Kim is currently Director, Operations in the Office for Education and Early Childhood within the Department for Education and Child Development. Previously, he was the Principal of Thebarton Senior College, a major provider of vocational education and training and of senior secondary and new arrivals programs for adult students. He has worked in senior leadership positions in secondary schools for the past 20 years.

Kim has worked extensively in developing programs that equip students for the transition from school to work. He has a keen interest in strategic leadership and governance. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Tony LUNNISS

Board Member
Director, Review, Improvement and Accountability, Office for Education, DECD

Tony is currently the Director of Review Improvement and Accountability in the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD). In this role, Tony is responsible for the conduct of external school reviews in all DECD schools. Prior to this appointment, Tony was Principal of Wirreanda Secondary School and a Board Member of the South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association.

During Tony’s tenure as Principal of Wirreanda Secondary School, the school developed a variety of innovative programs and facilities focusing on improving student learning and wellbeing outcomes, including the development of a Learning Hub and a Learner Wellbeing Centre. Wirreanda Secondary School also delivered significantly improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and young people enrolled in the school’s successful Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program, which included an extensive range of vocational courses and accreditation, and featured high levels of SACE completion.

Tony has worked in a wide range of school, regional, and central office leadership positions. He was a curriculum officer at the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) and author of several subject frameworks in the original SACE. He is a member of the SACE Board’s Innovation Development Advisory Group.

Neil McGORAN

Board Member (ex officio)
Chief Executive, SACE Board of South Australia

Neil is the Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia. Neil was appointed to the position in October 2013, and aims to continue the pursuit of excellence and equity for SACE students.

Neil is a passionate educator and is committed to ensuring positive educational outcomes for all young people. He has taught a range of SACE subjects including English, Literacy for Work and Community Life, Numeracy for Work and Community Life, and Stage 2 Community Studies, and his areas of professional interest are educational leadership, curriculum and assessment policy, and change management.

Before his appointment as Chief Executive, Neil held several school-based leadership positions, including principal, deputy principal, and director of studies. He has also worked as a system leader in Catholic Education South Australia.

Peter McKAY

Profile to come

Helen O'BRIEN

Board Member
Director, Catholic Education

Helen is Director of Catholic Education South Australia. She works with other senior leaders to articulate the vision for the system of Catholic schools in South Australia and to put in place strategies that will bring the vision to a reality. Helen works at the strategic level across the system of Catholic schools, and with other sectors and governments. Her work is interdependent with the leadership of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Helen has worked as a deputy director, regional adviser, principal, mathematics consultant, and teacher in the Catholic education sector. She considers her work on the SACE Board to be foundational to the well-being of all young people in the senior years of education in Catholic schools in South Australia.

Helen is committed to ensuring that all young people have access to the best learning opportunities possible.

Pam RONAN

Board Member
Principal, St Francis de Sales College

Pam is the Principal of St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker. She was the recent Chair of the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools in South Australia (2014–15) and is currently state President of the Australian College of Educators, as well as being a member of various committees and groups supporting high impact well-being and learning outcomes for students in regional and rural areas. Pam’s areas of interest and research include transformational leadership and evidence-based mapping of cognitive development and self-efficacy.

In 2016–17 Pam will be the South Australian representative for Catholic Secondary Principals Australia. She has recently engaged all of her R–12 teaching staff in the Institute of Educational Assessors’ professional learning program comprising five modules on assessment.

Peter VAUGHAN

Board Member
Chair JamFactory and TAFE SA Boards

Peter joined the Board in October 2012. He began his working life as a secondary school teacher in Victoria, and has since undertaken diverse roles in a variety of industries, including industrial arbitrator, marketing manager, industry spokesperson, and various senior management roles in both the private and public sectors. Peter was the Chief Executive Officer of Business SA, before retiring in July 2012. He continues to serve on a number of Boards including those of JamFactory (Chair) and TAFE SA (Chair). Peter has sat on various other boards and councils including the Training and Skills Commission, WorkCover SA, and Cancer Council SA.

Martin WESTWELL

Board Member
Strategic Professor in the Science of Learning & Director, Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century, Flinders University

Martin leads a team that collaborates with teachers, schools, systems, and policy-makers to develop evidence-informed innovation in policy and practice. As one of the Chief Investigators in the national Australian Research Council (ARC) Science of Learning Research Centre, Martin undertakes research into young people’s problem-solving and cognition, which connects the laboratory to the classroom to help improve student outcomes.

He is a member of the steering group of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Education Research Institutes Network looking at the future of education in the Asia-Pacific region. Closer to home, Martin is a member of the South Australian Science Council, which provides high level, independent advice to the South Australian Government and Chief Scientist on science policy issues.