Panel Members - Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools

Mr David Gonski AC

Mr David Gonski AC

State

New South Wales

Current position

Chancellor, University of NSW (2005)

President, Art Gallery of NSW Trust (2016)

Chairman, Australian & New Zealand Banking Group (2014)

Expertise/qualifications

David was the chair of the review into school funding in Australia in 2011.

He has been Chancellor of the University of NSW for 12 years and has also served as Chairman and/or trustee of Sydney Grammar School for 18 years.

David has a keen interest in education having taught as a part time lecturer at the University of NSW for five years in the early 1980’s.

He is a lawyer by training who has been involved in corporate advisory and governance of large and middle size companies for many years.

Mr Terrey Arcus AM

Mr Terrey Arcus AM

State

New South Wales

Current positions

Founder & Consultant to Port Jackson Partners Limited (1991)

Director Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2010)

Chairman Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2015)

Expertise/qualifications

Strategic Advice

Terrey joined McKinsey & Company initially in New York and London in 1973, and developed his skills as a strategic advisor by pursuing challenging assignments in the USA, Europe and Australia. As a Principal in Australia between 1979 and 1983, Terrey led the firm’s work with a number of major client relationships. McKinsey only had offices in Japan and Australia in Asia in 1984 when Terrey opened and established the resident McKinsey practice in Hong Kong, aimed at serving the Chinese community in Asia, and developing a practice in China. Terrey drew upon the support of partners and offices around the Pacific Basin in this entrepreneurial endeavour. Terrey was elected a Director of McKinsey & Company Inc. in 1985, the year the Hong Kong office was opened, and for the rest of the 1980’s worked extensively in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and China for both multinational and local clients on issues of strategy and organisation.

Terrey and his wife Anne decided to return to educate their children at high school in Sydney in the 1990’s but suffered the loss of their young son, Richard, to Aplastic Anaemia. This emotional experience kick-started their philanthropic endeavours to support the Cord Blood Bank and medical research at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

Terrey founded Port Jackson Partners Limited in 1991, supported by his former McKinsey partner Fred Hilmer, who was then the Dean of Australian Graduate School of Management at University of New South Wales. Port Jackson Partners has prospered as a boutique strategy advisory firm, serving large public and private Australian and multi-national clients via a high octane, partner rich business model, over the last 25 years.

Community

Rather than serve on boards that conflict with his advisory practice, Terrey supports his community interests by conducting pro-bono assignments for major not-for-profit enterprises. He prefers to be involved personally, rather than just support his community interests with philanthropy.

These community interests range from education (e.g. University of NSW, University of Sydney, Sydney Grammar School) to Medical Research (The Garvan, Victor Chang MRI), to the Arts (Deputy Chairman Australian Council for the Arts 2002-2006, Director 2001-2015 and 2015+ Chairman of Sydney Symphony Orchestra). Terrey was awarded the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contributions to community.

Dr Ken Boston AO

Dr Ken Boston AO

State

New South Wales

Current positions

Retired

Recent Previous employment

Chair, NSW Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy (2012)

Member, Review of Funding for Schooling (Gonski Review) (2010)

Chief Executive, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, England (2002)

Director-General of Education and Training NSW, and Managing Director of TAFE NSW (1997)

Director-General of School Education, NSW (1992)

Director-General of Education, South Australia (1988)

Expertise/qualifications

Ken’s career in education has spanned three Australian states, and Australia and England nationally. Ken has contributed to the fields of primary, secondary, vocational and higher education; he has been a practitioner, research analyst, policy adviser and system level chief executive.

Ken’s particular interests have covered curriculum design, qualifications design, pedagogy, assessment, school governance, school and systems management, transition to work, educational leadership, and quality assurance.

Ken is familiar with the contemporary literature and research in these areas, and equipped to consider and weigh the evidence and submissions to be sought by the Review. He is fully conversant with the issues surrounding national performance; with the transition of school leavers to post-school activities; with the strategic targeting of outcomes for different student cohorts, according to need; with the relationship between governance and sustained improvement in student outcomes; and with the importance of quality assurance and accountability in guaranteeing a successful return on education investment.

Ms Valerie Gould

Ms Valerie Gould

State

Western Australia

Current positions

Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA)

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIPS:

ACARA (July 2014)

Concept One Superannuation Fund (September 2015)

Expertise/qualifications

In Valerie’s 20 years with AISWA, her focus has always been on supporting schools in their quest to improve students’ outcomes. This has involved assisting school leaders and teachers implement curriculum changes and national and international testing regimes, including using the results of these assessments to inform work with students. Her work with schools and other stakeholders has been in the areas of curriculum change across all years of schooling including Senior Secondary Education; and in meeting government regulations from a national and state perspective. Valerie recognises the importance of a good, safe and supportive educational environment and with that, she has worked with the inclusive education team to ensure this is the case in each school.

Valerie has a range of extensive experience working with schools and teachers across a range of settings. In her roles with AISWA as Manager of Curriculum and Targeted Programs and in the last nine year as Executive Director she has worked with remote Aboriginal schools, boarding schools that have comprehensive programs for secondary Aboriginal students and Curriculum and Re-Engagement (CARE) schools that work with students at educational risk. Valerie has also managed 4 Indigenous advancement Strategy grants.

Valerie was the Senior Education Officer for Vocational Education at the Curriculum Council in WA, and for a number of years worked with schools, training providers and industry groups on the implementation and certification of VET in Schools. This included preparing students for the future, whether it be employment, further education and training or life in general. More recently Valerie has worked with