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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.


Presiding Member
Management Consultant

Prior to stepping away from full-time employment, Ruth was the Executive Director: Human Resources at the University of South Australia. She joined UniSA in 2008 following several years as a senior executive in the South Australian Public Service.

Before joining the tertiary education sector, Ruth was Director Workforce Development with the Department for Education and Children’s Services. In this role she led the iconic South Australian Centre for Leaders in Education, responsible for leadership training and professional development for school leaders across SA.

Some of her earlier appointments in education included Deputy Principal and Acting Principal of Seymour College, and Director of the Office of the Chief Executive for public education in SA. 

Ruth’s passion and enthusiasm for raising the bar and driving performance and improvement has seen her initiate many policy reviews, workforce strategies and organisational projects. She was officially recognised by the University of South Australia as a University Fellow in 2017, for her outstanding achievements and contribution to UniSA in areas of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

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Andrew Balkwill - SACE Board

Board Member
Principal, Mercedes College

Andrew is the Principal of Mercedes College, a Catholic school offering a holistic education to students from Reception to Year 12.

Andrew is a committed educator with a long personal and professional history in teaching and leading different school contexts, ranging from Reception to Year 12.  Previously, he held the positions of Principal at Sacred Heart College Middle School and Thomas More College. Prior to his becoming Principal of Mercedes College, Andrew was Principal Consultant in the Leadership Development Team for Catholic Education South Australia. In this role, he supported principals and schools so that they could improve the quality and performance of schools by embracing complexity, acknowledging that every student can learn, and focusing on future opportunities for students.

Andrew is passionate about educational leadership and believes deeply in the transformational power of education for young people and communities.

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Board Member
Headmaster, St Peter’s College

Having enjoyed a distinguished career across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the United Kingdom, Tim Browning was commissioned at the start of 2018 as the 15th Headmaster of St Peter’s College. 

Tim attended the University of Queensland, obtaining Honours in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education , Master of Educational Studies, and Graduate Certificate in Theology.

Tim is passionate about education, curriculum development, and finding opportunities for students to experience both enthusiasm  for, and a depth of, study. In 2018, Tim collaborated with the University of Adelaide to pilot Year 12 early entry to tertiary study based on prerequisite school subject results. Soon afterwards, he initiated the SACE  Cyber Studies curriculum development project, which has now moved to pilot stage . This project has drawn in schools and students from all three sectors (Government, Catholic, and Independent) and sees industry experts delivering up-to-date curriculum material to South Australian students.

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Kerrie Campbell - SACE Board

Board Member
Director and Principal Consultant at UXC Consulting Group

Kerrie has worked for over 30 years in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in sectors including banking, utilities, and the federal government. She has spent the past 7 years in the higher education sector, in the roles of Chief Information Officer at Flinders University for 3 years and acting Chief Information Officer and 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 for education and for implementing progressive methods to improve ICT delivery.

Kerrie has served on the boards of SABRENet and eRSA (e-Research SA) and as Chair of Scotch College’s Digital Advisory Panel.

Kerrie was named one of Australia’s top 50 CIOs in 2019 and again in 2020.

In 2020, she was the SA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and the SA winner of the Telstra Public Sector and Academia Award.

Kerrie is currently the founder of UXC Consulting Group.

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Eliza CHUI

Board Member

Eliza has led diverse teams across multiple countries to facilitate international partnerships in trade, investment, education, and R&D — during a long career in government, diplomacy, and higher education.

She was formerly Austrade’s Special Project Lead in International Education, after serving as the South Australia State Director when returning to Australia in 2020 upon conclusion of 10 years of diplomatic postings. She is also a member of the Seymour College Board.

Eliza led the Australian Government’s trade and investment promotion efforts in Taiwan as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in 2015–20. She was the Consul (Education) and Education Commissioner for North Asia in 2010–15; based in the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai, she led Austrade education teams in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia, to reposition Australian education and training in the region.  

Previously, she held wide-ranging leadership roles in policy, management, and global marketing at several Australian universities, including 14 years at the University of Adelaide from 1996 to 2010.

Eliza firmly believes education is a change agent for social mobility and is passionate about equipping the next generation with the knowledge and skills to meet and solve challenges.

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Iain HAY

Board Member
Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Flinders University

Iain Hay brings to the SACE Board a lifelong commitment to the provision of the world’s best educational opportunities to every South Australian. He is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Flinders University, and currently serves as First Vice-President of the International Geographical Union and Deputy Chair of an Australian Academy of Science National Committee. 

In addition, Iain sits on the Board of Governors of St Peter’s Girls’ School , the Sustainability Advisory Group of the Adelaide Hills Council, the Council of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, and the Board of health insurer HCI. 

Iain completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and was later awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Canterbury. He also has a Master of Educational Management degree from Flinders University. 

Among his scholarly and governance qualifications, Iain holds Fellowships of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Institute of Managers and Leaders (Australia/New Zealand). He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

During an academic career across Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and USA, Iain has received numerous national and international awards for research, teaching, and leadership. These include the Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2006.

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Board Member
Principal, Salisbury East High School

Kristen is a highly experienced and dedicated principal with a record of leadership success in school communities across South Australia.

Leading Peterborough High School, Kingston Community School (R-12), and Kapunda High School before taking on the role of principal of Salisbury High School in northern Adelaide at the beginning of 2021, Kristen’s professional life has been driven by a strong commitment to equity and making a difference to the life chances of young people . She also has a broad understanding of local public schools through her experience as a Review Principal and Acting Education Director.

Kristen’s association with the SACE goes back to its inaugural year (1992) when she was a member of the SACE Training and Development team as a Regional SACE Implementation Consultant. She has also been a Department for Education representative on the SACE Board Electronic Examinations Working Party (2018), an exam moderator, and most recently a teacher of the SACE Research Project and Personal Learning Plan (PLP).  

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Board Member
Director of Review Improvement and Accountability, Department of Education SA 

With more than 20 years’ experience, 13 in executive leadership positions across a number of schools, Roy is passionate about the potential of education to transform young people’s life opportunities. Roy has been a teacher and school leader in South Australia and in England, serving a range of communities.

Roy is the current Chairperson of the Mt Lofty Partnership of Schools, and Chair of the Adelaide Hills Student Pathways alliance which has cross-sector representation and prioritises successful vocational outcomes for all students. Roy is also a member of the Department for Education’s Reform Coordination Team, which works centrally to support the implementation and evaluation of the department’s strategic directions.

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Peter Prest - SACE Board

Board Member
Chief Financial Officer

Peter is Chief Financial Officer at The University of Adelaide and a member of the SACE Board’s Planning, Finance and Performance Committee since 2014 and Chair from July 2021.

Peter’s broad financial, commercial, and general management experience in Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand extends across a broad range of large and complex organisations, including Hills Limited, DB Schenker, Ernst & Young and more recently as Chief Financial Officer at the University of South Australia.

Peter held non-executive director positions at UniSA Health Pty Ltd, from 2005 to 2022, and South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC), from 2017 to 2022. In 2014 Peter spent two 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, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a certified Enterprise-wide Risk Manager.

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Pam Ronan - SACE Board

Board Member
Educational leadership consultant

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 2009. Her roles as the Manager of Learning and Wellbeing for 102 Catholic schools in South Australia, as well as leadership in School Quality and Performance for Catholic Education SA have required working on local, state and national projects and initiatives in educational leadership, innovation and change.

With 17 years of experience leading two large Reception to Year 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 is also a recipient of the MacKillop Medal for outstanding educational leadership and Leadership Excellence Awards, as well as being a Company Director for the past 18 years.

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Michaela BENSLEY

Michaela Bensley - SACE Board

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

Michaela is the Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia. Michaela has a history of leading an education organisation at a range of levels across a diverse range of functions and has been the Deputy Chief Executive of the SACE Board for the last three years. 

In close partnership with the Chief Executive, Michaela worked to implement the Board’s vision by supporting the leadership direction and governance necessary to ensure the successful delivery against strategic and financial goals. 

Michaela is heavily invested in the SACE Board’s purpose of shaping education so that students thrive. Her deep understanding of the SACE ensures there is essential alignment between this purpose and its articulation in the pillar of Connected Qualification. 

Michaela is excited by the opportunity to build on the SACE Board’s business maturity as a Bold Leader, particularly in the areas of continuous improvement, evaluation, automation, and customer service excellence. 

With a commitment to adaptive leadership Michaela’s approach supports and promotes an innovative and inclusive workplace culture, focussed on delivering services that align with strategic purpose and create maximum impact.

Michaela continues to represent the SACE Board on a range of state and national committees and forums.

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