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Leadership team

The SACE leadership team carries out the functions of the Board as set down in the legislation and implements the Board's decisions.

Chief Executive

Professor Martin Westwell

Building on his research career at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Martin and his family moved to South Australia in 2007. Here, he took up the position of Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century and then Strategic Professor in the Science of Learning at Flinders University. His children attended public schools in South Australia.

Martin was a Chief Investigator in the national Australian Research Council (ARC) Science of Learning Research Centre, collaborating with classroom teachers to use principles from cognitive science in the development of pedagogical approaches and assessment practices. He was one of only two recipients of a $1m education grant from the Australian Space Research Program, collaborating with schools to develop ways of using earth observation technologies in students’ SACE Research Projects. His research has included the development of electronic assessment items, the use of machine learning to interrogate large education data sets, and the use of mobile eye-tracking technology to better understand how students allocate their attention. He has worked with UNESCO using evidence to inform strategic planning of education in the Asia-Pacific region and has been a member of the steering group of their research network.  

In 2018, Martin received the prestigious Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ (ACEL) Gold Medal, awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the study and practice of educational administration and leadership.

Martin has worked extensively with education systems and other organisations in using evidence to inform policy, practice, innovation and impact in education. He was a Board Member of the SACE Board for five years before taking on the role of Chief Executive.

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Corporate Services

Snezana Maio
Executive Manager, Corporate Services

As Executive Manager, Corporate Services, Snezana is responsible for:

  • leading and managing the Corporate Services Group
  • achieving strategic priorities and key deliverables in the areas of communications, finance, human resources, procurement, records management, protective security, facilities management and front-line customer service
  • ensuring the development of policies, procedures and priorities in the abovementioned functions and compliance with legislation and Government policy and mandates
  • leading strategic Corporate Services projects and change initiatives.

Deborah Cooper
Manager, Communications

As Manager, Communications, Deborah is responsible for:

  • leading and managing the Communications team
  • promoting the reputation of the SACE Board locally, nationally and internationally
  • ensuring the SACE Board’s services, programs and events are promoted
  • leading the development and implementation of corporate communication policies, procedures and guidelines
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Curriculum and Assessment

Jan Raymond
Executive Manager, Curriculum and Assessment

The Executive Manager, Curriculum and Assessment, is responsible for:

  • the policies and overall management of the quality of school-based assessments for the SACE
  • managing quality assurance procedures for the consistent application of performance standards in Stage 1 and Stage 2 school-based assessments
  • providing assistance to schools to strengthen school-based assessment practices including:
    • providing feedback/information to schools at key points of the assessment/moderation cycle to strengthen the use of performance standards
    • using statistical systems to monitor and oversee the investigations into significant variations between the external and school-based assessment of Stage 2 subjects
    • managing the systems for timely and, where appropriate, decentralised approval of SACE learning assessment plans and local programs.

Meridie Howley
Acting Manager, Learning and Assessment Design

As Acting Manager, Learning and Assessment Design, Meridie is responsible for:

  • providing a leadership role in the development, management, and implementation of curriculum, assessment, and quality assurance systems, including:
    • leading and managing the SACE Board's policies, procedures, and agreements in relation to curriculum and assessment, including accreditation and recognition of SACE subjects, programs, and courses
    • leading the SACE Board's cycle of curriculum development, accreditation, and review
    • managing the processes for interpreting and implementing the senior secondary Australian Curriculum
    • leading and managing assessment and quality assurance processes for external assessment and other learning
    • coordinating analysis of the operational implications of curriculum, assessment, and quality assurance processes for schools, school sectors, other providers, and the SACE Board.

Cathy Schultz
Manager, Moderation and Standards

Luke Nash will be managing this role for August and September.  The Manager, Moderation and Standards, is responsible for:

  • leading and managing the SACE Officers – Curriculum and Assessment to provide feedback and information to school personnel at key points in the assessment cycle
  • leading and managing the assessment and quality assurance processes for school assessment and other learning, including moderation of Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects
  • leading and managing Special Provisions processes
  • managing assessment and quality assurance support for the Northern Territory
  • managing and coordinating the SACE International program.

Hassan Mekawy
Manager, Professional Learning and Networks

As Manager, Professional Learning and Networks, Hassan is responsible for:

  • leading and managing professional learning programs related to SACE curriculum, assessment and quality assurance
  • developing strategies and processes which engage others and build professional learning in collaboration with school sectors, and other partners and stakeholders
  • coordinating the identification of professional development priorities in collaboration with the school sectors, school leaders, and SACE Board groups
  • managing the monitoring and evaluation of professional learning programs and providing strategic advice to the SACE Board and school sectors.
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Information Services

Michaela Bensley
Executive Manager, Information Services

As Executive Manager, Information Services, Michaela is responsible for:

  • the development of policies for, and overall management of the SACE Board's data and information technology systems
  • ensuring the successful and timely delivery of SACE results, data and information
  • the provision of efficient and effective information services to meet customer needs
  • the development and implementation of an information services strategy to meet the long-term goals of the SACE Board.

Claire Tola
Manager, Results and Information Management

As Manager, Results and Information Management, Claire is responsible for:

  • providing leadership and management of the SACE Results team
  • ensuring the accuracy and timely release of SACE results
  • providing high level policy advice regarding the integrity and use of SACE data
  • liaising with school sectors, higher education and the training sector to meet their business needs
  • developing data and IT systems and processes associated with the implementation of SACE Board policy.

Simon Thompson
Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure Services

As Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Simon is responsible for:

  • providing leadership and management of the Infrastructure Services team
  • leading the development and implementation of plans, policies, standards and directions for Infrastructure Services
  • achieving digital business objectives and ensuring the core infrastructure functions are reliable, stable and efficient
  • interpreting and resolving infrastructure service incidents and outages.
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