Board of Directors
Janet Holmes à Court, AC
Owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, Janet is also Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, a Board Member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation. Janet is a member of the Centenary Trust for Women Board of Advisors at the University of Western Australia, the State Buildings Advisory Board, Western Australia, and Commissioner for Australia for the Venice Architecture Biennale. She has won numerous awards, including a Companion of the Order of Australia and named 2018 Western Australian of the Year Arts & Culture. Janet is an elected member of the Board.
Appointed 30.10.2013 for three years
(Re appointed 31.10.2016 for three years)
Andrea is an experienced creative producer, executive producer and story producer of high-end scripted content. As a partner in leading production company, Princess Pictures, she has made innovative and flagship content including the acclaimed Wrong Kind Of Black, based on the life and stories of Boori Monty Pryor; the groundbreaking screen opera The Divorce; comedy series It’s A Date; landmark documentary series Sporting Nation with John Clarke and indigenous comedy series 8MMM Aboriginal Radio. Andrea’s other producing credits include Outland, Tripping Over; SeaChange; After the Deluge; CrashBurn and Worst Best Friends. Andrea is a director of Film Victoria and represents the Victorian Government on the ACTF Board.
Appointed 21.6.2016 for three years
Cheryl Best is currently the Acting Executive Director, Learning and Teaching in the NSW Department of Education. Cheryl is responsible for delivering high quality programs, professional learning and resources that support students’ learning and promote innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. This includes K-12 curriculum; languages programs; arts and sports programs; rural and remote education initiatives and leading the implementation of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. Part of this role involves developing and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders to achieve better outcomes for public education. Cheryl’s career in education spans over 30 years. She has worked in various educational settings and has a wealth of experience in school leadership and effective implementation of strategic priorities. Cheryl represents New South Wales Government on the Board.
Appointed 9.4.2019 for three years.
Ian has over 20 years experience in financing and commercial matters in the Australian film and television industry, and is currently a director of Indian Pacific Pictures and Aura Film Finance. Ian served as CEO of Screenwest, the Western Australian peak film financing body for over a decade, financing hundreds of film and television projects, with some highlights including Red Dog, Satellite Boy, Looking for Grace, Hounds of Love, Paper Planes, Bran Nue Dae, Australia, Breath, Cloudstreet, Mystery Road, Outback Truckers, SAS: The Search for Warriors, Who Do You Think You Are, Lockie Leonard and many more. Originally a lawyer, Ian has worked at executive level at the ABC, and has served as a non-executive director on the Boards of national screen agency Ausfilm, Awesome Arts and the Film and Television Institute. As well as the ACTF, Ian is also currently a Board Member of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Ian is a Commonwealth Government representative.
Appointed 09.01.2017 for three years
Jason Borton is the Director, Learning and Teaching with the Australian Capital Territory Education Directorate. Jason is a dynamic leader who is committed to implementing innovative practices that cater for the needs of 21st Century learners. He uses social media to promote public education at a school, state and national level, reaching a wide national audience on a regular basis. Jason has been an educator in the ACT public school system since 1996. He was a school leader in three different schools, before being appointed as the Principal of Richardson Primary School in 2012. Jason was the winner of the 2014 AEU ACT Public Education Award. He has a Bachelor of Education. Jason represents the Australian Capital Territory Government on the Board.
(Re appointed 9.9.2016 for three years)
Jenny Burgess graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education. Since that time Jenny has been working across a number of areas within the Department of Education. More recent leadership roles have included Director Curriculum Services, Director Equity Services, and Manager - Strategic Policy and Planning. Jenny's substantive role is as the Deputy Secretary, Support and Development, however she is currently undertaking the Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Performance role, where she has responsibility for providing strategic policy advice to the Secretary of the Department and the Minister for Education on a broad range of matters. Jenny represents the Tasmanian Government on the Board.
Appointed 29.6.2016 for three years
Susan Cameron is the Executive Director of Learning Improvement in the South Australian Department for Education and a member of the Senior Executive Group. Her knowledge of curriculum, teaching and learning and school improvement comes from a long and distinguished career within the education system. For over 20 years Susan successfully held principal positions across Adelaide schools, leading student learning and educational change. Susan’s educational leadership and experience includes holding significant systemic roles at the forefront of educational change for curriculum, school improvement and equity of outcomes for learners, leading to local and national education reform. Susan is a member of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and Asia Education Foundation. Susan represents the South Australian Government on the Board.
The Hon Helen Coonan
Helen is a former Senator in the Australian Parliament, a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Her current appointments include inaugural Chair of Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), non-executive directorships of Crown Resorts Limited and Snowy Hydro Limited. She is the Chair of Place Management NSW and Co-Chair of GRACosway Pty Limited. She also Chairs boutique fund manager, Supervised Investments Australia Limited, is a member of the Advisory Council of JP Morgan and was previously a member of the Board of Advice for Aon Australia. Helen’s not for profit directorships include the ACTF and Obesity Australia Ltd. She is an ambassador for Menzies School of Health Research, The GUT Foundation and is on the Advisory Council for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Helen is an elected member of the Board.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Appointed 9.4.2019 for three years.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile adolescent and child psychologists. He wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on Adolescents with Cancer and named and founded CanTeen more than 30 years ago with a group of young cancer patients. He has worked as an academic, researcher, and political lobbyist. He is also the author of 14 books and is an Ambassador for Smiling Mind, Big Brothers Big Sister, Read the Play and Road Trauma Families Victoria and sits on the National Centre Against Bullying and the Federal Government’s Online Safety Working Group. He is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's Sunrise, as well as a social commentator on the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW and Sky News. He is married with 2 sons and is a special Patron of the Hawthorn Football Club. Michael is a Commonwealth Government representative.
(Re-appointed 15.6.2015 for three years)
Garry Hewitt currently holds the position of Assistant Executive Director with the Department of Education in Western Australia. Garry is responsible for strategic leadership and the delivery of Department, State and Commonwealth reforms in Early Childhood and Aboriginal Education Teaching and Learning and in WA public schools. Garry’s leadership in Education spans 40 years and encompasses 22 years as principal in a diverse range of primary schools, a year as vice principal in Toronto Canada and 18 months as District Director of Schools in the Canning Education District in Perth. Garry has a Masters of Education specialising in Teaching and Learning. Garry represents the Western Australian Government on the Board.
Appointed 14.1.19 for three years
Robyn is currently Executive Director, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, State Schools -Performance, Department of Education. Robyn has extensive curriculum development expertise and is responsible for a diverse portfolio across Prep to Year 12. Her portfolio currently includes the implementation of the new QCE systems in state schools; the Australian Curriculum, Early Years intervention and monitoring, STEM, Global Schools through Languages; Literacy and the State Schools improvement agenda. Robyn is an experienced professional educator having tutored at Griffith University in the Education faculty, and has significant experience as a teacher and administrator in both the state and independent schooling sectors. Prior to her current role at DoE, Robyn spent eight years in curriculum design and development at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Appointed 14.2.18 for three years
Regina is Director of the Families as First Teachers program, a quality early learning and family support program with the Northern Territory Department of Education. She is responsible for implementation and fidelity of 38 programs across remote Aboriginal communities and key urban centres. This includes professional learning and training of program staff, policy, outcomes and partnerships with government organisations and research entities. Regina's expertise is developing quality relationships that influence and develop teacher leaders to work confidently with children, families and partners to ensure early development gives children the best possible start in life. In 2014, Regina was awarded an ACEL Honorary Fellowship and in 2017, as part of the Early Childhood Education and Care team, an ACEL Leadership Award. Regina represents the Northern Territory Government on the Board.