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Our Team

We’re passionate about giving students every opportunity in life.

If you would like to join our team, you can see our current vacancies here.

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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. 

 

 


 

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Sherrill Nixon

Director of Donor Relations

Sherrill spent 20 years as a journalist and editor at some of Australia’s leading media organisations, including Fairfax Media, before joining Schools Plus. She is still a news junkie, but is relishing a career change that allows her to help tackle the achievement gap between students of different socio-economic backgrounds. At Schools Plus, she is responsible for donor relations and communications.

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Jeff Bruce

Director of Education

Jeff has extensive experience in education in a career that has spanned almost 40 years. He is a former Director with the NSW Department of Education where he had responsibility for 34 schools in The Hills area in the North-Western suburbs of Sydney. Jeff brings significant leadership experience and is also a trained coach who has worked with many school leaders to increase their capacity to engage, motivate and inspire their school communities. Jeff loves to travel and is working his way through a bucket list of must see places to visit.

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Eric Jamieson

Director of Coaching

Eric’s career as a teacher, principal and education leader is dotted with awards for outstanding leadership and excellence. He was most recently the Director, High Performance in the NSW Education Department, after turning around student results as the Principal of Plumpton High. His endless thirst for learning is an inspiration to us all!

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Geraldine Baillet

Fair Education Program Manager

Geraldine is a strategy, economics, reform and policy professional with experience across industries such as finance, health, infrastructure and transport. This includes roles in the private sector and over ten years in the public sector, internationally and in NSW - most recently as an Executive Director, Performance and Strategy, within NSW Health. With a focus on strategic leadership, evidence and engagement, she is committed to developing and sustaining beneficial change for the community. Fun fact: Geraldine has a beautiful exotic French accent so we love listening to her.

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Kylie Buberis

State Manager VIC/SA

Kylie brings extensive fundraising, marketing and communications experience to the Schools Plus team. Having spent over a decade working for the Childhood Cancer Association, she remains incredibly passionate about helping disadvantaged children. Kylie looks forward to establishing our presence in the Victorian and South Australian markets. She admits the scariest things she’s ever done is jump out of a plane and abseil down a waterfall.

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Beth Gibbins

School Operations Manager

Beth has a wealth of experience in fundraising and events/project management. Before joining Schools Plus, she worked at a cancer support charity and has held a range of roles in the corporate sector. Passionate about the not-for-profit sector, she is also on a mission to find the best scrambled eggs in Sydney, one brunch spot at a time. Beth manages school program operations including the Fundraise Yourself program, assisting schools grow their own fundraising.

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Julie Molloy

Awards Program Manager

A former high school teacher, Julie has held many not-for-profit leadership roles in the education, youth and community development sectors. For nearly a decade, she led the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme; she now sits on the Board of Outward Bound Australia and works with the Australian Business and Community Network’s mentoring program. Julie tells great tales, including about the time she sailed across the Pacific on a tall ship or when coordinating the Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.

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Jennifer Bannan

Alumni Program Manager

Jen is a lawyer with over a decade of experience specialising in competition and consumer law, spanning both private practice and in-house in the UK  and Australia. She sought a career change in 2017 to marry her passion for education and her desire to do social good. Jen is responsible for driving our alumni program, to connect disadvantaged schools with their alumni so that they can engage, inspire and support current students.  When she's not at work, she loves to hike with Cradle Mountain being next on the list.

 

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Dee Gunasekara

Communications Manager

Dee has experience working in Marketing and Communications in Sydney and London. She’s worked in both the non-profit and corporate sectors, including charity, hospitality, biotech, property, media and advertising to design and drive communications strategies. She also has experience working as a Relationship Manager to maintain effective donor relations and drive fundraising initiatives. Fun fact: Dee has lived in six countries and has an ‘interesting’ accent to show for it.

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Dee Hughes

Admin & Operations Coordinator

Dee is the glue that holds our team together! With experience in fundraising, events management and marketing, she is a particularly organised individual who keeps the Schools Plus team on track. Dee manages our admin and operations, and also brings her creativity to our fundraising and events. If that’s not enough, she’s an amateur florist and a doting dog-mum to Ryan.

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Kristin Gomes

Project Manager

Kristin is our project management guru – over the past decade she has steered many significant programs in the education, health, aged care and international aid sectors for private, government and not-for-profit organisations. Kristin now works across a number of projects in Schools Plus. When she’s not in the office, she’s training for her next triathlon or mountain biking adventure.

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Your generosity will help schools provide the opportunities students need and deserve to fulfil their potential. Explore the much-needed initiatives on our Projects page and support a school today.

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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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Join our team

If you are passionate about improving education outcomes for students, we’d love to hear from you.

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