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Our Board

Meet the Schools Plus Board. We have a passionate and professional Board of Directors who volunteer their time to help increase education equity.

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Angus James


Angus brings more than 25 years of corporate finance experience and a background on boards in the business, arts and education sector to his role as Chairman of Schools Plus.

A former Chief Executive of ABN AMRO Australia and New Zealand, he is now the Principal Partner at independent corporate advisory partnership Aquasia. He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is also a past non-Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia (2004-2008), the Australian Financial Markets Association (2005-2008) and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2009-2014).

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Lisa Paul


Lisa was the Secretary of the federal Department of Education between 2004 and February 2016.

In 2011, Lisa was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public sector leadership and received the Australian Chartered Accountants’ Federal Government Leader of the Year award.  In 2003, she was awarded a Public Service Medal for leading the Australian Government’s domestic response to the Bali bombings.

She holds positions on many boards, including the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Social Ventures Australia and the Advisory Board to the Strategic Centre of Leadership Learning and Development.


Michael Traill


Michael was the founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) from its inception in 2002 until late 2014, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. SVA is a non-profit organisation that has raised more than $45m from social investors to fund outstanding ventures and strengthen Australia’s non-profit sector. It helps to create better education and employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians by bringing the best of business to the social sector.

Michael is now Executive Director of SVA, Chair of GoodStart Early Learning, Chairman of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Assetic Pty Ltd, and a Director of M H Carnegie & Co.

In 2010, Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations. He holds a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard University.

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Kim Williams


Kim has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries in Australia and overseas. He has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s, including as chief executive at News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.

Kim has also held numerous board positions, including as chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (which he founded in 1998) and the Sydney Opera House Trust.

He was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. Kim is a current board member of numerous commercial bodies and foundations and serves as a commissioner of the Australian Football League.

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Peter Jackson

Peter has been the CEO of Melbourne Football Club since 2013.  Prior to joining the club, Peter held various positions in the AFL industry including CEO and/or Managing Director of Essendon Football Club from 1996 -2009. Following his retirement from Essendon, Peter was appointed Chairman of AFL Victoria as well as Chairman of AFL SportsReady. He relinquished these roles after joining Melbourne Football Club.

Peter has also operated as a consultant providing strategic advice, mentoring and leadership development for companies as well as to some other AFL clubs.

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Andrew Jones

Andrew is the Principal of Broadmeadows Valley Primary School in Melbourne’s north, and a PhD research student at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (University of Melbourne).

Andrew has worked in Victorian schools as a teacher and a school leader for more than 20 years. He led the closure and regeneration of four failing schools in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and is currently conducting research into teacher professional learning with Professor John Hattie. He also holds a Masters in International Education Policy.

Andrew has four primary school-aged children, plays drums in Melbourne rock band Royal Parade and loves to surf.


Lisa Porter

Lisa is the Principal/Instructional Leader of Claymore Public School in south-west Sydney. She has considerable experience leading schools with complex issues arising from low socio-economic, migrant and Indigenous communities. Lisa is also in demand as a mentor of aspiring principals and school leaders, providing professional development on school leadership and management practices.

Lisa enjoys family life with her husband and three children, and enjoys travelling and spending quality time with family and friends.



Rosemary Conn


Rosemary is the inaugural CEO of Schools Plus, with extensive experience in the business and not-for-profit worlds. She has worked closely with schools, corporations and the community to bring about positive change in previous roles with Beacon Foundation, CAF Australia and Deloitte. 




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Ebru Davidson

Company Secretary

Ebru is a corporate lawyer and partner at the national law firm, Thomson Geer. Ebru has extensive experience in private and public mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and securities law. Ebru is an accredited Chartered Secretary and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.



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Why We’re Needed

Research shows that disadvantage is a huge factor in student performance. But we don’t believe a postcode or background should determine a student’s future.

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Our Founding Members

Schools Plus is backed by an impressive list of not-for-profit organisations. In 2013, a group of passionate leaders in the not-for-profit sector, philanthropists and government representatives met to discuss how a national organisation could be created to increase giving to schools in need.

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