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The Board

The Board consists of 11 members nominated by the Minister for Education and appointed by the Governor of South Australia, and the SACE Board's Chief Executive (ex officio).

Members have a broad range of relevant backgrounds and expertise required to enable the Board to carry out its functions effectively.

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Board members


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.

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Deputy Presiding Member
Education Consultant

Ann is an education consultant specialising in the development and implementation of qualification standards and quality assurance systems. She advises governments, government agencies, and education institutions and sits on the governing boards for education-related agencies in Australia and overseas. Her experience spans higher education, vocational education and training, and school education.

Ann was the Executive Head of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council from 2008 until 2013, after which she left to pursue her consulting practice. During that time, she led the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and was the principal architect of the AQF 2011 and 2013 editions. Prior to this, Ann was a senior executive in the South Australian Government responsible for the quality assurance of vocational education and training and non-university higher education. During this decade, she played a significant role in shaping national higher education policy and served on and supported national committees in the sector at the highest levels. She has held senior teaching and policy positions in tertiary education and holds a Master of Education, Diploma of Education (graduate), and a Bachelor of Arts.

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Board Member
Chief Information Officer, Flinders University

Kerrie has worked for over 30 years in the ICT industry in sectors including banking, utilities, and federal government. She has spent the past 5 years in the higher education sector; her previous role was Deputy Chief Information Officer at the University of Adelaide. 

Kerrie won the Centrica Blue Sky award in the United Kingdom in 2004 and a CeBIT Application Development award in 2014.

A strong supporter and builder of positive cultures, Kerrie has a passion for the use of technology and innovation as an enabler to education, and for implementing progressive methods to improve ICT delivery.

Kerrie currently serves on the boards of SABRENet and eRSA (e-Research SA) and on the Scotch College Finance Committee.

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Board Member
Principal, Pulteney Grammar School

Anne is the Principal of Pulteney Grammar School, an independent coeducational school in the City of Adelaide, for students from Early Learning to Year 12.  

With over 25 years’ experience in teaching and learning, Anne has held a range of senior leadership positions in independent schools in South Australia and Tasmania.

Anne is Deputy Chair of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA). She is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the SA/NT Branch, and has also contributed to the SACE Principal Partnership Strategy Group and the Special Provisions Advisory Panel.

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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.

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Peter McKAY

Board Member
Principal, Paralowie R-12 School

Peter is currently the Principal of Paralowie R-12 School, a large complex Reception to Year 12 public school in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. He is also the Chairperson for the Northern Adelaide State Secondary Schools Alliance (NASSSA). Peter was previously the Principal of Mount Gambier High School and has held a range of senior leadership positions in remote, regional and metropolitan schools and also spent a short time in the Department for Education and Child Development’s state office initiating the Advanced Technologies Project.

Peter is also a board member for the South Australian Secondary Principals Association (SASPA) and represents SASPA on the Inter-Sectorial Secondary Principals Education Consultative Committee (INTERSPECC) and the ACARA National Innovation and Science Agenda project working party with a focus on implementing digital technologies. He is a member of the SASPA Curriculum and Pedagogy Committee.

Peter is committed to ensuring high quality teaching, purposeful learning and a rigorous and relevant curriculum that develops a culture of authentic engagement sits at the centre of a quality school experience for all young people.

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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.

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Board Member
Chief Financial Officer, University of South Australia

Since 2005 Peter has led the finance function at the University of South Australia. He has been a member of the SACE Board’s Planning, Finance and Performance Committee since 2014.

Peter has broad financial, commercial, and general management experience in Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand across a broad range of large and complex organisations, including Hills Limited, DB Schenker, and Ernst & Young. 

Peter also holds non-executive director positions at UniSA Health Pty Ltd, since 2005, and South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC), since 2017. In 2014 Peter spent 2 months at Harvard Business School studying the Advanced Management Program to build on his MBA (Advanced) from the University of Adelaide. Peter is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Trevor READ

Board Member
Regional Director Alice Springs, Department of Education, Northern Territory Government

Trevor has worked in education in the Northern Territory for over 20 years. He held leadership roles at Alice Springs High School and Centralian Senior College before becoming Assistant Principal and then Principal of Darwin High School for 6 years.  

As Regional Director Alice Springs, Trevor is responsible for the performance and development of 32 principals in the region to support the delivery of improved educational outcomes. Trevor provides strategic system leadership and management, with a sharp focus on delivering quality education and coordination of service delivery to achieve improved student outcomes.

He supports principals to co-design and implement a continuous school improvement cycle, including tailoring, amending, and monitoring the school strategic plan and annual action plan, and principal and teacher performance and development plans.

Trevor is passionate about school improvement and building a culture of evidence-based decision-making to support the quality and effectiveness of service delivery to schools. 

Trevor has qualifications from La Trobe University and the University of Queensland.

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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.

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

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.

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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