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ACE Board

The College is managed by the ACE National Board:

  • Chair and National President – the Hon. Bronwyn Pike
  • President-elect – Professor Diane Mayer
  • Immediate Past President – Professor Stephen Dinham
  • Dr Tania Broadley
  • Mr Pat Elsworthy
  • Ms Rachel Hunter
  • Mr Peter Jacob
  • Mr David Kronenberg
  • Dr Catherine Scott
  • Professor Erica Smith

National President – The Hon. Bronwyn Pike, MACE

Bronwyn Pike spent her early years in South Australia and Malaysia and studied Humanities and Education at Adelaide University. Following an early career as a secondary school teacher in Adelaide and Darwin she worked in the Human Services Sector and was Director of Justice and Social Responsibility for the Victorian Uniting Church. Bronwyn had responsibility for a broad range of health and welfare services delivered by over 100 Uniting Care agencies and policy development, education and advocacy.

In 1999 Bronwyn was elected to the Victorian Parliament as the member for Melbourne and as a Minister in the Victorian Government. As the longest serving female minister in Victoria’s history she held the portfolios of Housing, Aged Care, Community Services, Health and Education.

In 2012 Bronwyn was appointed as Chair of the South Australian Urban Renewal Authority, a Director of Melbourne’s Wesley Mission, Chair of the Centre for Urban Research Advisory Committee and recently Chair of Western Health.

Bronwyn has a strong interest and expertise in public policy and works as a consultant to improve the quality and strategic focus of service delivery. Her extensive experience with government, non-government, business and academic sectors across a range of policy areas provides a strong foundation for her work.

Currently, Bronwyn works as a consultant with the private, public and not for profit sector on policy and strategy development.

President-elect – Professor Diane Mayer, MACE

Diane Mayer is Dean of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She has previously held leadership positions at Victoria University, Deakin University, the University of California at Berkeley and The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on teacher education and beginning teaching, examining issues associated with the policy and practice of teacher education and induction into the profession. She is lead CI on an ARC funded project ‘Investigating the effectiveness of teacher education for early career teachers in diverse settings: A longitudinal study’. Her research and scholarship has produced monographs, book chapters, articles in international refereed journals, research reports and commissioned papers, and invited keynotes in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, USA, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, the UK and China, plus numerous conference papers. She has been editor of the Routledge journal, Teaching Education for 16 years and is a member of the editorial boards of three international journals.

Immediate Past President – Professor Stephen Dinham OAM, FACE

Stephen Dinham is Chair of Teacher Education and Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen taught in government secondary schools in NSW before being appointed in 1989 to the University of Western Sydney where he held a number of positions including Head of the Department of Curriculum Studies, Associate Dean (Postgraduate) and Associate Professor.

In 2002 Steve took up a position as Professor of Teacher Education, Pedagogy and Professional Development at the University of New England. He then became Professor of Educational Leadership and Pedagogy at the University of Wollongong in 2005. Two years later his next role was Research Director of the Teaching, Learning and Leadership research program at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) followed by his current role at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).

Steve was a Past President of the ACE NSW Branch (2000–2002) and chaired the Steering Committee responsible for the NSW Minister for Education and Training and ACE Quality Teaching Awards introduced in 2001 till 2007. In June 2002, he was appointed to the Interim Committee for the NSW Institute of Teachers and in August of the same year, to the Commonwealth Review of Teaching and Teacher Education.

In November 2011 he was appointed to the Council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Associate Professor Tania Broadley, MACE

Tania Broadley is Academic Lead of the Curtin Learning Institute at Curtin University. She continues to conduct research into teacher education, which follows on from her background as Lecturer in Educational Technology for the School of Education at Curtin University, she taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, both face-to-face and online including Open University Australia (OUA) and regional programs.

Tania was Technology Project Manager for an ALTC grant and Research Associate with the Western Australian Hub of the National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR). From 2011–2014, she was State President of the Western Australian branch of the College. In 2014, Tania chaired the ACE National Council and was a member of the ACE Board.

Currently, Tania is a project member for the OLT funded project, ‘Building Resilience in Teacher Education' (BRiTE, 2013–2015) which will develop online modules to assist pre-service teachers build resilience for the profession. Tania is also working on ‘Mapping resources, activities and processes supporting the development of tertiary learning and teaching grant applications’, a strategic initiative grant funded by the OLT in 2014.

Mr Pat Elsworthy, FACE

Pat Elsworthy has made a significant contribution to the design and implementation of curriculum in Queensland secondary education over many years. As a representative of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes Queensland and The Queensland Catholic Education Commission in numerous educational arenas he has been a leading advocate for the School - Based Assessment and Moderation processes.

Through his involvement with the Queensland Studies Authority on its Curriculum Committee and Assessment, Moderation and Certification Committee, and previously as Chair of both District and State Panels, Pat has played an instrumental role in the introduction of numerous educational initiatives such as the ETRF, QCAR and the Queensland Certificate of Education.

Pat has been a long term President of both the ACE Brisbane Metropolitan Group and of The Association of Catholic Secondary Schools of Queensland and in 2015 has become Chair of the ACE 2015 National Conference Working Party and a member of the ACE Finance Committee.

Ms Rachel Hunter

Rachel is the Chair of the Board of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services and the former Chair of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).She was formerly the Chair of QCOMP and of Legal Aid Queensland; and Deputy-Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust Board. Rachel was a Governor-in-Council appointee on Griffith University Council 2000-2013; and was re-appointed in 2015. She was elected as the Deputy Chancellor in October 2015.

Since her retirement she has undertaken a range of capability reviews in public sector agencies, including Departments of Health. Rachel served as Director-General of the Department of Education, Training and the Arts from September 2006. Rachel previously held the position of Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General from 2003 to 2006, when she was appointed to undertake a review of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. She also served as Queensland’s Public Service Commissioner from December 2000 until November 2003, and the Director of the Southbank Institute of TAFE and the Chair of TAFE Queensland. Rachel has an acute interest in social justice, and the role government plays in this.

Mr Peter Jacob

Peter Jacob is the Director of Alphington Private Wealth Pty Ltd, which is a firm specialising in Wealth Management for private clients.

Being the former Head of Southern Region for Wesptac Private Bank’s Premium Wealth Services business meant that he was responsible for multi-million dollar direct investment portfolios. Peter has worked for Australia’s largest financial institutions including Westpac Private Bank, ANZ Corporate and Institutional Banking and AXA Funds Management.

With an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and B.Sc (Forestry), he is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Peter is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mr David Kronenberg, MACE

David Kronenberg’s career has been diverse, particularly since his move to Hobart in 2003. He is currently the Academic Director – Undergraduate Programs, in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, UTAS, and formerly Co-Head of the School of Accounting and Corporate Governance at UTAS.

Prior to his shift into the academic world, David has held some wonderfully rewarding positions including State Coordinator for the AGQTP (a cross-sectoral position) and Senior Education Officer with the Catholic Education Office. Prior to Tasmania, he worked for over 30 years in Victorian schools – in both the state and independent systems – as well as overseas (Zimbabwe prior to the Mugabe era).

Dr Catherine Scott, MACE

Catherine Scott has taught in NSW primary and secondary schools, as well as working as a school counsellor in that state. Catherine has also worked at a number of Australian universities where she taught educational and developmental psychology to pre-service and practising teachers and trainee school counsellors. While living in NSW, Catherine served as a co-opted member of the NSW Committee and also Chaired the university panel of the ACE Quality Teaching Awards.

Professor Erica Smith, MACE

Erica Smith holds a Personal Chair in Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Federation University Australia in Ballarat. She has published widely, mainly in the area of training policy; apprenticeships and traineeships; enterprise training; and VET teachers and teaching. She is an experienced researcher and currently holds several Australian Research Council grants. Erica has worked on VET teacher-education programs at three universities.

Erica has previously worked as a human resource manager and trainer in several industries; and, in the VET sector, as a TAFE teacher, a manager of a Registered Training Organisation, and a manager of a State Industry Training Advisory Board.

Erica is currently the convenor of the Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) and contributes to Australian and international developments in VET teaching quality and qualifications. One of her current research projects examines whether higher qualifications for VET teachers would help to address quality problems in the VET system.

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