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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

Chairman

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).

Belinda Wall

Belinda Wall

BA, Dip Ed, MA

Belinda has broad and extensive experience within the public education system and is currently the new Director, Educational Leadership for the Wollondilly Principals Network. She was the Principal of Woonona High School in Wollongong; has been the Deputy Principal of three high schools; and held the executive positions of District Guidance Officer (Senior Psychologist) and Relieving Student Welfare Consultant.

Belinda was elected President, Secondary Principal Council, Illawarra South East Region in 2013, a position she still holds. In 2017, she was seconded by the Department of Education to the position of Principal School Leadership, collaboratively mentoring and coaching principals with a focus on continuous school improvement and building leadership capacity.

Belinda has forged significant learning partnerships between schools and tertiary settings and collaborated with the University of Wollongong in broadening the scope of a Quality Teaching and Mentoring Program for pre-service teachers and their supervising professional experience mentors.

In 2017, Belinda was one of 12 inaugural recipients of the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.

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Kim Williams

AM

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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Lisa Paul

AO PSM

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.

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Michael Devine

Michael Devine is the Principal at Western Port Secondary College in Hastings, Victoria, and is currently acting as Senior Education Improvement Leader in the south east Victoria region.

Throughout his career, a key focus for Michael has been addressing the impact of education in low socio-economic and disadvantaged communities, through individually tailored and whole-school cohort programs. He's also had an unrelenting focus on whole-school improvement and cultural change, to achieve positive results in academic, social and emotional outcomes. 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Diploma of Education and Masters in Education from Monash University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University. He is also an inaugural Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award Fellow.

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Peter Jackson

Peter was CEO of Melbourne Football Club from 2013 to 2018.  Prior to his time with Melbourne FC, 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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Rosemary Conn

CEO

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. 

Under Rosemary’s leadership, Schools Plus has connected with over 25% of disadvantaged schools in Australia through programs, workshops and inquiries; and created major partnerships with foundations and corporates to support innovative programs that generate long-term change in schools and the wider education system.

In addition, Rosemary was the Co-Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Education Funder Network (2016-2018), shifting the conversation to focus on what works and advocating on behalf of disadvantaged schools. She has made submissions to various forums, including the Review to Achieve Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski 2.0 Review), and presented at conferences and events to raise awareness of Schools Plus and the needs of disadvantaged schools. She was also featured in the 2019 NSW Inspiring Women showcase.

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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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