Board of Directors
Janet Holmes à Court, AC
Owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, Janet is also Chair of the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA), Deputy Chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA), a Board Member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) and the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF). Janet is also 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
(Reappointed 31.10.2016 for three years)
Andrea is an experienced creative producer and executive producer of scripted screen content. She has worked in the independent production sector for 20 years, as an executive in large international organisations and as a partner in boutique independent production companies. Andrea’s recent producing credits include the award-winning Wrong Kind of Black, based on the life of Boori Monty Pryor; groundbreaking screen opera The Divorce; popular comedy series How to Stay Married and It’s A Date; landmark documentary Sporting Nation with John Clarke; and Indigenous comedy series 8MMM Aboriginal Radio. Her other producing credits include Outland; Tripping Over; SeaChange; After the Deluge; CrashBurn and Worst Best Friends. Andrea is on the Board of Film Victoria as well as the ACTF Board.
(Reappointed 21.06.2019 for three years)
Cheryl Best is currently the Executive Director, Learning and Business Systems in the NSW Department of Education. Cheryl is responsible for business engagement and sponsorship, digital media services, including the development of high quality resources utilising mobile and immersive technologies to enhance teaching and learning, school policy coordination and review, international student programs in public schools, financial support services and funding to all public schools in NSW and the Assisted School Transport program. Part of this role involves developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external groups to achieve better outcomes for public education in NSW. Cheryl’s career in education spans over 30 years. During this time she has worked in a variety of educational settings and has a wealth of experience in school leadership and the development of quality teaching and learning programs. Cheryl represents the New South Wales Government on the Board.
Appointed 09.04.2019 for three years
Ian has over 20 years experience in the Australian film and television industry, and is currently a director of Indian Pacific Pictures and Aura Film Finance. Ian was CEO of Screenwest, the Western Australian film financing body for over a decade, financing hundreds of screen projects, including Mystery Road, Breath, Red Dog, Satellite Boy, Paper Planes, Bran Nue Dae, Cloudstreet, SAS: The Search for Warriors, Outback Truckers, Lockie Leonard and many more. Originally a lawyer, Ian also worked at the ABC, and has served on the Boards of national screen agency Ausfilm, Awesome Arts and the FTI. 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 Executive Branch Manager, 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.
(Reappointed 27.11.2019 for three years)
Jenny Burgess graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education. Jenny has also completed post-graduate studies in educational administration and a Masters of Education with a focus on literacy and numeracy teaching and assessment. Jenny has worked across a number of areas within the Department of Education including senior secondary, educational performance, and curriculum development. Recent leadership roles have included Deputy Secretary Support and Development and the Director Curriculum Services. Jenny‘s current role is Deputy Secretary Strategy and Performance, 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 29.06.2016 for three years
(Reappointed 29.06.2019 for three years)
Susan Cameron is the Executive Director of Learning Improvement in the South Australian Department for Education. 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. 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 board 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), Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), 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 and is a member of the Advisory Council of JP Morgan. Her not for profit directorships include the ACTF, Obesity Australia Ltd and she is Chair of the Crown Resorts Foundation. 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 09.04.2019 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.
(Reappointed 15.06.2018 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 14.01.2019 for three years
Robyn is currently Executive Director, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Department of Education. Robyn has extensive curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment expertise and is responsible for a diverse portfolio across Prep to Year 12. This includes implementation of the new QCE systems in state schools; Australian Curriculum; Early Years; STEM; Global Schools through Languages; Literacy and Numeracy and the State Schools improvement agenda. Robyn is an experienced educator with a career spanning over 25 years. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and prior to her current role at DoE, Robyn spent eight years in curriculum design and development. Robyn represents the Queensland Department of Education on the Board.
Appointed 14.02.2018 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.