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Board members are nominated by the Education Minister. They are then appointed by the Governor in Executive Council. The Board is composed of people with relevant skills and experience. This includes the fields of early childhood education and care and school education. The Board is accountable to the Education Minister.

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The Hon. John Dawkins, AO, Presiding Member

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Photo of Presiding Member John Dawkins

John Dawkins was the federal minister for employment, education and training (1987–1991), chair of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council (2008–2014), and chair of the National Skills Standards Council (2011–2013). He has advised the World Bank, the OECD and UNESCO on education and training issues in six more developed and less developed countries.

John undertook a review of Education Adelaide in 2000 and in 2015–16 lead a ministerial review leading to the reorganisation of what is now the Education Standards Board. He was appointed as Presiding Member in November 2015.

Ms Ann Doolette, Deputy Presiding Member

Term ends: 30 June 2021

Ann Doolette Board Member

MEd, GDipEd, BA

Ann is an education consultant specialising in the development and implementation of quality-assurance systems and qualification standards, advising governments and government agencies in Australia and overseas.

Currently she is Deputy Presiding Member of the SACE Board, a board director of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and Chair of the Accreditation Standards Review Taskforce of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Her professional experience spans higher education, vocational education and school education. Ann was the executive head of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council from 2008 until 2013. She was the principal architect of the Australian Qualifications Framework 2011 and 2013 editions; and, during this time, she led both the review and implementation of the revised AQF.

Prior to this, Ann was a senior executive in the South Australian Government, responsible for the quality assurance of vocational education and non-university higher education. During this decade, she played a significant role in shaping national tertiary education policy and served on and supported national committees in the sector at the highest levels.

She has held senior teaching and policy positions in tertiary education.

Ms Judith Atkinson

Term ends: 30 June 2021

Judith Atkinson Board Member

DipBus (Human Resource Management), DipBus (Project Management), DipTeach (Junior Primary)

Judith is the CEO of three companies: Child Care Services Australia, Child Care Services SA and Child Care Services Training Australia. She has been an executive member of Childcare SA (the private peak body in South Australia) since 1984. Judith also held the role of president, vice president and executive member over this period.

She is the current vice president and past president of the Australian Childcare Alliance.

Judith has been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils and has been a board member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years.

She was Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Business Owner) in 1998 and recipient of a Centenary Award for Services to the Community (Children’s Services), awarded by the Governor-General.

Judith has been a teacher with the Education Department and is now focusing on early childhood education and care through her own businesses. Her businesses are responsible for the operation of four long day-care centres (two rural and two metropolitan), and an out-of-school-hours-care service, as well as a registered training organisation.

Ms Sarah Bartholomeusz

Term ends: 28 February 2020

 Ms Sarah Bartholomeusz Board Member

BA, LLB, GDipLP, AGIA (Governance Institute), GAICD

Sarah is the founder and Principal of You Legal, a new category of law firm, providing top-tier corporate and commercial legal services and corporate governance support to clients.

She has over 15 years' experience as a lawyer and active practice in corporate and commerical law. Sarah is passionate about how organisations are set up: to minimise their risks and maximise their potential.

Sarah is a fellow of the Governance Institute, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors Course, and a member of the Law Society of South Australia. She’s also the author of three best-selling books on governance, and a TEDx speaker.

Sarah is the chair of the Catalyst Foundation, a charitable and inclusive organisation providing information, support, programs and advice to South Australians on the ageing and disability journey. She is  also a mentor and expert in residence at the University of Adelaide’s innovation hub, ThincLab.

Ms Ksharmra Brandon

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Ms Ksharmra Brandon

BBehSc (Psych)

Ksharmra is the Director, Early Childhood Services, Department for Education. She has worked in the South Australian public sector for more than 17 years across a number of portfolios. These include justice, health, disability, education and early childhood.

She is currently responsible for providing strategic leadership of early childhood development policy, the department’s legislative and continuous quality improvement responsibilities under the National Quality Framework, and delivering universal and targeted integrated early childhood services for children and families.

Ksharmra has extensive experience in representing South Australia on national policy and working groups to advocate the state's best interests in relation to education, disability and early childhood. Further, Ksharmra has established high-performing teams to translate government policy into practice within highly complex and sensitive legislative frameworks alongside providing strategic leadership on major state-wide and national reforms.

Ksharmra is a member of the Teachers Registration Board.

Mrs Carolyn Grantskalns

Term ends: 30 June 2021

Carolyn Grantskalns Board Member

BA, GDipTeach

Carolyn is Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. She began her teaching career in what was then known as the Education Department of South Australia and moved to the Independent sector in 1988.

In 1990 Carolyn was appointed principal of Wilderness School, a position she held until 2006. During that time she was variously chair of the Industrial Relations Committee of AISSA, president of AISSA, and a member of the boards of a tertiary residential college (St Ann’s), the teacher credit union (then known as SATISFAC) and the National Council of Independent Schools of Australia.

In 2006 Carolyn took up the position of principal of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon, Victoria. In addition to that role, she also held the positions of chair of the Victorian branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) and membership of the AHISA Board, treasurer of Girls Sport Victoria and board member of the Centre for Strategic Education.

Dr Neil McGoran

Term ends: 30 June 2021

Neil McGoran Board Member

DEd, MEd

Neil is Director of Catholic Education South Australia with responsibility for 103 Catholic schools, comprising 46 000 students and 6000 staff across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

As an educator, he is interested in the needs of young people in the 21st century, in the context of an evolving, globally-focused and digital world.

Neil was previously chief executive of the SACE Board of South Australia, from 2013 to 2017, where he was instrumental in leading a program of transformational change.

Neil has over 25 years’ experience in education in roles including teacher, principal, senior administration and management.

Ms Mandy Richardson

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Mandy Richardson Board Member

MEd, BA (Journ), BEd (Primary), DipTeach

Mandy has been involved in the out-of-school-hours-care (OSHC) sector in South Australia for 25 years and is a passionate advocate for OSHC. She has been Director at St Pius X Catholic School OSHC since its inception in 1991 and is currently Chairperson for the OSHC Association in South Australia.

Mandy is also a National Outside School Hours Services Association representative and facilitates professional development for the sector in partnership with the Gowrie Training Centre. She has also worked as a project officer for the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, as a moderator and advisory committee member for the National Childcare Accreditation Council and also as a private consultant.

Ms Catherine Ryan

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Catherine 'Kate' Ryan

BTeach (Early Childhood Education), AdvDip Child Care, CertIV Training and Assessment

Catherine, also known as Kate, is the Director of Halifax St Children’s Centre and Preschool in Adelaide, which provides long day-care for children aged from six weeks to school age and sessional preschool for children in the year before they attend school. The centre has a strong focus on researching early childhood pedagogy and educational leadership through inquiry projects. Catherine has been an active member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) since 2001, both as an executive member and branch president and has served as a director of the National Board of ECA.

She has a strong background in the use of narrative assessment in the early years and has provided professional learning across Australia on this topic. Over the past three years Catherine has been actively involved in the leadership of the South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project. This project involves more than 18 services in researching the principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project within South Australian contexts. In 2017, Catherine initiated (and continues to lead with other early childhood colleages) a special project that is supporting educators of children aged birth to three years to engage in action research of the learning processes of our very youngest learners.

Her current educational interest is building a view of children as competent citizens in their local communities and developing systemic documentation processes that reflect an image of children as competent learners and provide a meaningful basis for professional learning for educators.

Ms Lynda Secombe

Term ends: 30 June 2021

Board member Lynda Secombe

MEd (Lead & Mgt), GDipEd (Lang & Lit Ed), GDipEd (Theol), DipTeach (Primary)

Lynda is a Senior Educational Consultant at the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA). She has more than 25 years' educational experience within the SA Independent sector as a teacher, principal and in key advisory positions at the AISSA

She believes in, and is committed to, the provision of quality learning opportunities that will enable all children to fully participate as 21st century citizens. As an accredited coach, Lynda currently applies her knowledge of improvement, innovation and change when working with school leadership in a range of school communities across SA.

She is thoroughly conversant with the national education agenda and current policy issues, including registration, compliance and accountability requirements for schools and early childhood settings. Lynda has a keen research interest in supporting school improvement through strength-based approaches to develop instructional and pedagogical leadership across all levels of a learning organisation.

Ms Vivienne St John Robb

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Vivienne St John Robb Board Member

GDip Child & Family Programmes, Dip Children’s Services (Child Care), AdvDip Government (Management), AdvDip Government (OHS), DipOHS, Dip Training Design & Development, Dip Voc Ed & Training, CertIV Training & Assessment, MBTI Accredited Administrator (APP) – Dip Vocational Education and Training

Vivienne is a freelance consultant with experience in long day-care (as an educator and manager) and family day-care service coordination in South Australia and Victoria. She has been a TAFE lecturer in Children’s Services in South Australia and Victoria, in conjunction with work as an early childhood project officer with the Point Pearce Aboriginal Community and the point of contact for the national Partnerships Against Domestic Violence child-protection program and the national Together for Kids program supporting service delivery for the homeless.

Vivienne has been intimately involved in the governance and facility development of Walkerville Primary School as councillor for 11 years, and six as chairperson. She is also a board director on YMCA SA and a member of the Child Development Council.

Mr Bruno Vieceli

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Bruno Vieceli Board Member

MEd (Leadership), BEd (Special Education), DipTeach (Primary)

Bruno is the Assistant Director, Religious Identity and Leading Learning for Catholic Education SA. This portfolio includes responsibility for religious education, Catholic studies program, Catholic office for youth and young adults, Catholic resource and information service, Catholic office for family and parish-based catechesis, staff spiritual and religious formation, Australian curriculum implementation, numeracy, behaviour education, early years education and care, special education, early-career teachers program and teacher certification.

He is a member of the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

His professional experiences include 23 years as a principal in Catholic primary schools, five years as a principal consultant in Catholic Education SA and three years as a senior adviser in school reform. Bruno commenced in his current role as assistant director at the start of 2012.

Ms Karen Weston

Term ends: 28 February 2020

Karen Weston Board Member


Karen Weston is the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and External Relations in the Department for Education and joined this department in June 2017. She is responsible for facilitating quality strategy and policy development, intergovernmental relations and ensuring a strategic approach to stakeholder engagement for the Department for Education.

For 16 years Karen has held several positions in the Victorian public service in both the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education and Training. Her policy reforms include the national early childhood quality reforms, development of Australia’s first early childhood curriculum framework and state reforms related to parenting programs and transition to school. Karen has also been responsible for regulating over 4000 education and care services in Victoria and for changes to information-sharing provisions related to children and young people’s wellbeing and safety. Her work has included building stakeholder relations in both the early-childhood and schooling sectors and working in partnership with universities on research.

Karen embarked on her career in education by co-founding Kindergarten Parents Victoria (now Early Learning Association of Australia) in 1990, a peak body representing over 900 members. The organisation was established to promote, develop and sustain the delivery and management of educational programs accessible to all young children, and to provide ongoing advice to kindergarten committees of management. From there, Karen served in various elected positions with Early Childhood Australia (Vic. Branch, president and treasurer), chaired advisory committees and provided consulting and project management services, before joining the public sector.

Karen has been an accredited assessor under the National Quality Framework for Education and Care Services.