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
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 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
Leadership consultant

Kim recently retired from his role as Director, School and Preschool Operations at the Department for Education and Child Development. Previously, he was Principal at Thebarton Senior College, a major provider of senior secondary and new arrivals programs for adult students. He has worked in senior leadership positions in secondary schools for the past 25 years.

Kim has served on a number of boards and 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.

Peter McKAY

Profile to come

Helen O'BRIEN

Board Member
Leadership consultant

Helen is Director of Helen O’Brien Consulting, a company that provides executive leadership services to leaders in education. This work follows more than 30 years’ service to Catholic schools in South Australia, including a period as Director at Catholic Education South Australia.

Helen has a strong history of service to the SACE Board, and enjoys observing the outstanding results being achieved across South Australia and internationally through the study of a world-class certificate. She believes that innovation and creativity are critical to the structure of the SACE, and to the operational procedures of the SACE Board. 

She has a firm belief in the capacity of young people to create societies and environments that will support their preferred futures. She considers that success in the SACE is foundational to that outcome.

Jan RAYMOND

Board Member (ex officio)

A/Chief Executive, SACE Board of South Australia

Jan Raymond was appointed Acting Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia in August 2017. Jan brings to the role extensive experience as Executive Manager, Curriculum and Assessment, and a drive to continue the pursuit of excellence and equity for all SACE students.

Jan is a passionate leader in education. She is committed to ensuring positive educational outcomes for all young people through maximising student achievement in the SACE and the SACE International program.

Jan has held the roles of Executive Manager, School Assessment Services, and Manager, HR and Corporate Services at the SACE Board, where she led major structural change within the organisation to meet the outcomes of Success for All: Ministerial Review of Senior Secondary Education in South Australia (2006) and the subsequent major legislative changes to the SACE Board of South Australia Act 1983.

Prior to her appointments with the SACE Board, Jan held roles within schools as a middle manager, and a specialist teacher of mathematics and geography.

Jan is absolutely committed to the success of all young people through the SACE, and to ensuring that each student is equipped with the skills and capabilities required for a confident transition into further study, work, and the community.

Pam RONAN

Board Member
Principal Consultant, Leadership Development Team, Catholic Education SA

Pam is currently a member of the Leadership Development Team at the Catholic Education SA, working with 17 principals in secondary and primary Catholic schools in the north-east and north-west regions of Adelaide. Pam was appointed to the inaugural SACE Board in 2008 and has been Chair of the Accreditation, Recognition, and Certification Committee of the SACE Board since 2012.

With 17 years of experience in leading two R–12 Catholic co-educational colleges, Pam is also a Fellow and former President of the SA Branch of the Australian College of Educators, as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australia Professional Managers Association. Pam was awarded the MacKillop Medal for outstanding educational leadership in 2006 and the Catholic Superannuation Leadership Excellence Award in 2012.

Pam is a current member of the UniSA Professional Educational Advisory Group and a former Director of the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools.

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.