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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

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.

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Robert DEBELLE

Deputy Presiding Member

Robert Debelle is Regional Director, Asia Pacific, ProTom International Inc.

He is also a Director of Adelaide Venue Management Corporation.

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Kerrie CAMPBELL

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Ann DOOLETTE

Board 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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Anne DUNSTAN

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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.

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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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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.

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Peter PREST

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Trevor READ

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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.

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Martin WESTWELL

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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