Our People

Our Board

Rufus Black

Chair

Master of Ormond College
Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University
Director of Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Director of Teach For All
Former Partner of McKinsey&Company

John Denton AO

Board Member

Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Chair of the Business Council of Australia's Global Engagement Taskforce
Board Member of Asialink and Asia Society
Chair of Australia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Australia

Larry Kamener

Board Member

Founder and Global Leader of the Public Sector practice at Boston Consulting Group
Founder and Board Member of the Centre for Public Impact
Former Leader of Public Sector and Health Care practices in Australia and New Zealand at Boston Consulting Group

Anthony MacKay AM

Board Member

Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Strategic Education
Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research
Deputy Chancellor of Swinburne University
Former Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
Former Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Melodie Potts Rosevear

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Former Think Tank Coordinator of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
Former Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group

Steven Schwartz AM

Board Member

Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Executive Director of the Council of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Senior Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies
Senior Fellow of the Australian Scholarship Foundation
Senior Fellow of the Asia Society
Former Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University

Paul Brasher

Board Member

Chairman of Incitec Pivot
Non-Executive Director of Amcor Limited
Deputy Chairman of Essendon Football Club
Former Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited
Former Chairman of the Global Board of PwC
Former Chairman of Reach Foundation
Former Board Member of Asialink

Peter van Onselen

Board Member

Contributory Editor of The Australian
Anchor on Sky News
Professor of Politics and Foundation Chair of Journalism at the University of Western Australia

Our Ambassadors

Adam Gilchrist AM

Champion Cricketer

“Teach For Australia Associates bring a sense of compassion to their work, making sure that students know they have someone to turn to when they need it most.”

Champion Cricketer

Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest cricketers of his generation and perhaps the best wicket-keeper batsmen of all time.

Adam has had a number of company directorships outside of cricket and is Australia’s Education Ambassador to India.

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Member for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory

“Teach For Australia is a powerful program. The evidence is clear that it is changing lives among children in disadvantaged schools.”

Member for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP is one of Australia’s most respected parliamentarians. He is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity, Charities and Not-For-Profits and Trade and Services, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT.

Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has written numerous books, including Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia, and The Economics of Just about Everything.

Annie Fogarty AM

Fogarty Foundation

“Few things are more important than helping to change the life course of young children from disadvantage to opportunity. This is the mission of Teach For Australia and all the evidence indicates they are succeeding in this critical endeavour.”

Executive Chairperson, Fogarty Foundation

Annie Fogarty is Executive Chairperson of the Fogarty Foundation which supports and creates initiatives to provide educational opportunities for children and young people.

Annie is on the boards and advisory groups of a number of education and arts related organisations including the boards of Roseworth Primary School, Teach Learn Grow, the Fremantle Press and the Centre for Social Impact advisory group. Following her lifetime of outstanding contribution, Annie was made a Member of the Order of Australia and has received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University. Annie is an Ambassador for Children and Young People in WA.

Brett Wigdortz OBE

Teach First (UK)

“A young person’s background should not be a bar to the best education. Yet, for many people across Australia this is the desperate reality. Teach For Australia is changing this by placing exceptional leaders in the schools that need them the most.”

Founder and CEO of Teach First;
Co
Founder of Teach For All

Brett Wigdortz is the CoFounder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Teach First is now the largest recruiter of graduates in the UK and is a founding member of the Fair Education Alliance in the UK. 

Carol Schwartz AM

Women's Leadership Institute Australia

“I have enormous respect for Teach For Australia because it is about leadership: talented young Australians choosing to tackle education disadvantage throughout their lifetimes: as great teachers, principals, social entrepreneurs, system reformers, and government and political leaders.”

Founding Chair, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia

Holding one of the country’s most diverse portfolios of board appointments, Carol Schwartz is an esteemed leader and change maker in areas including gender equality, women’s leadership, governance, social enterprise and business and finance issues.

As Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Carol is the driver of the womenformedia.com.au initiative, which aims to increase female representation in the news media. 

Damien Hardwick

Richmond Football Club

“We need to work towards a society where every person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. I believe Teach For Australia is making great strides towards this goal.”

Senior Coach, Richmond Football Club

Damien Hardwick is the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club. He had an outstanding career with Essendon and Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League and was a key player in the 2004 Port Adelaide Premiership team.

Damien has a Bachelor of Business (Commerce) as well as a Diploma of Managing and Leading People. 

David Evans

Evans and Partners

“Teach For Australia continues to place talented people into schools across the country to help lift student outcomes in disadvantaged communities. I am pleased to see the program grow in recent years.”

Executive Chairman, Evans and Partners

David Evans is the Executive Chairman of Evans and Partners and established the investment advisory company in June 2007.

Since 1990, David has worked in a variety of roles within JB Were & Son and the merged entity Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty Ltd. Prior to establishing Evans and Partners, David ran Goldman Sachs JBWere’s Private Wealth business and the Institutional Equities business. His most recent role at GSJBW was as Managing Director and Chief of Staff.

David is a Director of Seven West Media (SWM) and Chairman of the SWM Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee. He is a member of the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group and Chairman of Cricket Australia’s Investment Committee.

Elana Rubin

Mirvac Group

“Teach For Australia is putting impactful and passionate people where they’re needed most, and helping them change the lives of their students.”

NonExecutive Director, Mirvac Group

Elana Rubin is an experienced company director and has made major contributions in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Mirvac Group, Afterpay Touch Group, ME Bank, Transurban Qld, Qualitas, VFMC and VMIA. Elana is the former Chair of AustralianSuper, one of the largest industry superannuation funds in Australia.

George Bailey

Champion Cricketer

“As someone who has served as captain on multiple cricket teams, I understand the importance of leadership. Teach For Australia’s work to build a pipeline of leaders in the education system is key to the future of Australian education and something I strongly support.”

Champion Cricketer

One of Australia’s most distinguished cricket players, George Bailey was the captain of the Australian T20 team and vice-captain of the Australian One Day International (ODI) team at the Cricket World Cup. George is just the second Australian to captain his country in his international debut.

George currently plays for both the Hobart Hurricanes and the Tasmanian Tigers, where he is the team captain.

Jan Owen AM

Foundation For Young Australians

“Teach For Australia aligns with my two great passions: 1) social innovation – Teach For Australia takes an entrepreneurial approach to creating great teachers and innovative school and system leaders; and 2) improving the lives of young Australians through the most powerful lever we have available – education.”

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

Jan Owen is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

In 2012 she was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.

Dr Janine Kirk AM

The Prince’s Charities Australia

“Teach For Australia’s theory of change works in practice. They recruit and train some of Australia’s top young talent to become teachers and school and system leaders, lifting education and life outcomes for children in low income communities. I’m proud to support such a passionate and effective organisation.”

Chief Executive, The Prince’s Charities Australia

Janine Kirk is the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Charities Australia which delivers the charitable endeavours of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Australia. She is also a director of a range of organisations in the medical research space, the arts, sport and international development.

Prior to her appointment, Janine was a Partner at EY where she was responsible for establishing and leading the Victorian Government & Public Sector practice for the firm. She was also a Director of the EY Foundation. Janine spent 12 years as the Chief Executive of the Committee for Melbourne. Following a lifetime of contribution to many community causes, Janine was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University in 2007was appointed a Monash University Vice  Chancellor Professorial Fellow (20122015) and is currently a Vice Chancellor Distinguished Fellow at Deakin University.

Professor John Dewar

La Trobe University

“People living in regional and rural Australia are half as likely to have a degree as people living in the city. I am delighted to see how Teach For Australia is addressing this problem by placing outstanding teachers in these communities.”

Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University

Professor John Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, having served previously as Provost at the University of Melbourne, and taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK. John also worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co. John is a board member of Universities Australia.

He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995, before completing a Ph.D at Griffith University.

John Dyson

Starfish Ventures

“Teach For Australia Associates bring passion, energy and a sense of humility. A huge value-add to any school community. I’m proud to support such a worthy cause.”

Co-Founder, Starfish Ventures

John Dyson is one of the founders of Starfish Ventures, which supports the start-up and growth of innovative new companies. Prior to founding Starfish Ventures, John worked in the investment banking and stockbroking industries for JAFCO Asia, Schroders, Nomura Securities, KPMG and ANZ McCaughan.

John is also a Co-Trustee of the Dyson Bequest, a charitable foundation that provides grants to a range of social welfare, educational, and environmental causes.

John Inverarity

Teach For Australia

“Having joined Teach For Australia, I am delighted to witness highly talented young men and women coming into teaching with passion and committing themselves to combatting educational disadvantage. Teach For Australia is a fantastic initiative.”

State Manager  Western Australia, Teach For Australia

John Inverarity is well known as an Australian and state cricketer, and more recently, the Chairman of Selectors for Cricket Australia. Less well known is that John’s greatest passion is education.

John Inverarity taught maths at various schools in both Australia and the UK. He served as Vice Principal at Pembroke School in Adelaide and Headmaster of Hale School in Perth. He is now leading the work of Teach For Australia in Western Australia.

John Wylie AM

Australian Sports Commission

“Teach For Australia is doing incredibly important work to tackle one of this country’s most corrosive social problems: educational inequity.”

Chair, Australian Sports Commission

John Wylie is Principal of investment firm Tanarra Group and Chair of the Australian Sports Commission. He was previously CEO of the financial services firm Lazard.

John is President of the Library Board of Victoria, a Trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University, and a Director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team. Following his contributions in many fields of endeavour, John was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.

Julian Leeser MP

Member for Berowra, New South Wales

“When you speak to parents, students, and principals, you really see how much of an impact the Teach For Australia Associates have had.”

Member for Berowra, New South Wales

Julian Leeser MP was elected as the Federal Member for Berowra in July 2016 and has already made significant contributions to the national debate on issues from mental health to reform of Australia’s federation.

Prior to this, Julian was a senior executive at Australian Catholic University. He has served on several boards including Mercy Health, one of Australia’s largest private health organisations, Teach For Australia, and Playwriting Australia. Julian was previously Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. He also worked as a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques and was an associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan.

Justin Langer AM

Champion Cricketer

“Teach For Australia Associates are experts in their field, and they make it their mission to help kids really understand why their subjects matter.”

Champion Cricketer and Head Coach, Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers

Justin Langer is one of Australia’s greatest ever opening batsmen, who played with distinction for Australia in 105 Test matches. He is Head Coach of both the Warriors and Perth Scorchers in Australian domestic cricket.

Justin is currently a Leadership Coach for a Teach For Australia Associate in Western Australia.

Kate Cotter

Jetstar

“No issue is more important to me than children having access to great education, so they can enjoy a life of opportunity and freedom. I am inspired by the work of Teach for Australia, which is helping to create a society where every child gets the best possible chance to fulfil their potential.”

Head of Strategy, Jetstar

Kate Cotter has had an outstanding career as a strategy adviser, assisting numerous organisations in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors to find pathways to a brighter future.

Prior to working at Jetstar, Kate ran her own business. She also had a long career as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group. She has advised numerous educational institutions and other child welfare organisations tackling childhood disadvantage and she is passionate about children’s safety and their access to high quality education.

Mark Brayshaw

AFL Coaches Association

“The Associates that Teach For Australia recruit are of an outstanding calibre, which is having such a positive effect on young people across the country. I’d like to see a pipeline of top AFL players undertake Teach For Australia, making a big contribution in education and raising the status of the teaching profession.”

CEO, AFL Coaches Association

Mark Brayshaw is a former Australian rules footballer who played for North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL and Claremont in the WAFL.

Mark is currently the CEO of the AFL Coaches Association, having previously been the CEO of Richmond Football Club.

Professor Michael Brear

The University of Melbourne

“At a time when many schools are struggling to recruit qualified science, technology, engineering and maths teachers, Teach For Australia is injecting outstanding young STEM professionals into the classroom. In 2016, 53 per cent of Associates were qualified to teach STEM.”

Professor of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Michael Brear is a Professor of Engineering at The University of Melbourne and an outstanding innovator in transport and energy systems, with a particular focus on low emission technologies and energy efficiency. He takes pride in ensuring his research not only delivers insight, but also produces real world innovation.

He has established a myriad of partnerships, such as with Ford Motor Company, Princeton University and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Professor Brear is the Director of The University of Melbourne’s Energy Institute and the creator of the University’s Master of Energy Systems. Professor Brear is passionate about quality STEM education for Australia’s children.

Michael Traill AM

Social Ventures Australia

"The best-performing countries in the world have high-quality public schools with quality teaching across the mainstream. Teach For Australia is critical to making sure this country has high-quality teachers for every child.”

Chair, Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council

Michael Traill has been a leading figure in both corporate Australia and in driving innovative social enterprises. He was founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia from 2002 until 2014, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm.

Michael is Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Chairman of Assetic Pty Ltd, and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia. He is the author of Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social Investment.

Myriam Wylie

Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria

“As someone passionate about bilingualism, TFA’s ability to recruit individuals with foreign language skills is impressive. In 2016, 20 per cent were fluent in a language other than English and a number of Associates have worked to establish foreign language programs at their schools.”

Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria

As Director of the John & Myriam Wylie Foundation, Myriam is a well-respected philanthropist who is passionate about education.

Monaco-born, Myriam is a strong proponent of school language programs and bilingualism and was named Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria after her work promoting bilingual education programs.

Dr Ric Charlesworth AO

Australian Sports Coach

“Good teachers can be life-changing, and that’s what Teach For Australia is all about. We need to make sure that every child in Australia has access to a great education.”

Australian Sports Coach and Former Politician

Ric Charlesworth has led a life of remarkable contribution. He is a doctor of medicine and a former captain of the Australian Hockey team, the Western Australian State Hockey team, and Western Australian Cricket team.

Ric served in the Federal Parliament for 10 years. He was also Coach of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, coaching them to two Olympic Gold medals, before coaching the National Men’s Hockey team.

Rob Nairn

Australian Secondary Principals Association

“Almost 40 per cent of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds do not complete Year 12. This needs to change and I applaud Teach For Australia’s work to create a pipeline of outstanding teachers and school leaders working to bring opportunity to children in low income communities.”

Executive Director, Australian Secondary Principals Association

Rob Nairn has made an outstanding contribution through his vocation as a lifelong educator.

He is Executive Director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University. Rob also contributes through a portfolio of roles including as a Director at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, Director at Principals Australia Institute and Executive Member of the International Confederation of Principals. He has extensive experience in metropolitan and regional senior high schools in Western Australia particularly in low socioeconomic areas.

Sir Rod Eddington AO

J.P. Morgan

“One of the best things about Teach For Australia is that it encourages passionate people, who wouldn’t otherwise have thought of teaching, into the schools that need them most.”

Non-Executive Chairman, J.P. Morgan

Sir Rod Eddington is one of Australia’s most experienced and accomplished business leaders. His many past roles include CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways. In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for services to civil aviation.

Sir Rod now holds the position of Non-Executive Chairman (Australia & New Zealand) at J.P. Morgan and Non-Executive Chairman of Lion. Along with other non-executive directorships with 21st Century Fox, China Light & Power Holdings, and John Swire & Sons, Sir Rod also serves as a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Interim Chair of Visit Victoria, and President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

Susan Boucher

Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines

“Teach For Australia has created a community with a long term vision, and impact that goes far beyond the classroom. I’m looking forward to seeing Teach For Australia continue to grow its reach across the country.”

Chair, Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines

Susan Boucher has worked at an executive level in the not for profit sector for more than two decades across both education and health. She was previously CEO at Principals Australia and a long-serving Executive Director and Non-Executive Director of the Board at Teach For Australia.

Terry Moran AC

Boston Consulting Group

“International evidence shows the two key levers to drive improved student outcomes are quality teaching and school leadership. Teach For Australia recruits and trains top talent to play exactly these roles.”

Senior Adviser, Boston Consulting Group

Terry Moran has been one of the most significant public servants of his generation, contributing to numerous critical reforms at both Federal and state levels.

As Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, he was Australia’s most senior public servant from 2008 to 2011. He had a long and highly successful stint as Secretary of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria. He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Training Authority and a former Director-General of Education in Queensland. In 2012, Moran was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to public sector leadership, policy and management improvement.

Terry is currently the Chairperson for the Centre for Policy Development, Chair of the NSW Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company, a member of CEDA’s Board of Governors, and a Senior Adviser at the Boston Consulting Group.

Vedran Drakulic OAM

Gandel Philanthropy

“Teach For Australia truly recognises that every child matters, and is working hard to make sure that every child reaches their full educational potential.”

CEO, Gandel Philanthropy

Vedran is the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest family philanthropic organisations in Australia. Vedran has worked in the not for profit sector for many years holding a broad range of roles including with the International Red Cross overseas, the Australian Red Cross, and Oxfam Australia.

In the 2017 Australia Day honours, Vedran was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to the community through a range of charitable organisations”.

Wendy Kopp

Teach For All

“I was struck by the calibre of Teach For Australia Associates and the impact that they’re having in schools. These people are changing the lives of young people across Australia.”

CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All

Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfil their true potential.

Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children.