Wayne Craig

Regional Director, Northern Metropolitan Region

Wayne is the Regional Director of Education for Melbourne’s Northern Metropolitan Region. Having previously taught mathematics and science at technical school level he is now responsible for the operation of 200 primary, secondary and special schools as well as the Distance Education Centre of Victoria and the Victorian School of Languages.

Prior to this appointment Wayne was Principal of Box Hill Senior Secondary College. Under his leadership Box Hill Senior built a reputation as an innovative school providing diverse programs and pathways, and developed new approaches to the use of ICT as both a teaching and management tool. In 2004 Wayne received the prestigious Outstanding School Leader Award from the Department of Education and Training.


Anna Vlass

Manager Regional Strategy and Delivery, DEECD Northern Metropolitan Region

Anna’s current role is managing the implementation of the Northern Region’s school improvement strategy.  Previously as the Assistant Director Curriculum and Pedagogy on the Broadmeadows Regeneration Project Anna worked closely with the principals and teachers of the Broadmeadows schools to develop a relevant and robust teacher practice that reflects how students learn in the 21st century.

Anna brings over 30 years of teaching and management experience to the Advisory Board. She is the former principal of Box Hill Senior Secondary College and a former member of the Victorian Qualifications Authority and Victorian Educational Training reference group.


Lynn Davie

eLearning Manager, The Office of Government School Education

Lynn believes that teachers need to see the possibilities that technology provides if we are to realise its potential to teach new things in new ways. As eLearning Manager for the Office of Government School Education at DEECD Lynn’s team enables teachers to build their confidence and ability to use ICT for improved teaching and learning.

Prior working at DEECD Lynn was Assistant Principal at Essendon North PS where she was also the Project Officer for the Navigator School Project. In this role she facilitated professional learning for Victorian and interstate educators and hosted delegations of international educators, politicians and the World Bank. Lynn designed and delivered professional learning programs related to ICT and curriculum reform for teachers in New Zealand, China and India.

Lynn has been recognised internationally for her work with improved learning and teaching in schools being awarded the VPPA IT Study Award in 2004 and named Apple Distinguished Educator from 2000-2006.

Ian Burrage

General Manager, Innovation and Next Practice Division - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

George Osborne

Manager, Learning Community Department - City of Hume

George served for 22years as an officer in the Australian Army, including a 2-year appointment in Hawaii in 1998/99 as a Strategic Planner with the US Marines, for which he was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal. During his military career George undertook training in the UK and USA, and in turn delivered training in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

George left the Army in 2001 to take up an appointment as Manager Training and Development with the Country Fire Authority with responsibility for approx 3000 volunteers and 100 staff. In 2006 he became the General Manager of Training and Community Services with BEST Community Development, a multi award winning not for profit organisation.

In January 2008 George commenced as Manager Learning Community with Hume City Council in Melbourne. In this role George is responsible for the Hume Libraries, the Hume Global Learning Centre (conference centre and training rooms) and is Executive Officer for the renowned Hume Global Learning Village network of more than 750 members. He has previously operated his own consultancy for Leadership and Teamwork solutions and has lectured in Strategic Planning and Leadership.


Marco Pantano

Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel

As the Corporate Affairs Manager for Intel Australia, Marco manages the Intel Teach programs – which are world leading PD programs for teachers. Corporate and Social responsibilities and Government Affairs are also areas that Marco supports and works with key sectors to deliver governance and policy protocols.
15 years of ICT experience (10 years at Intel) and vast experience with education across Australia and Asia Pacific. The contributions and expertise of Intel in ICT and best practices in educational policies to the board will be a valuable asset to IdeasLab.
Intel’s is the worlds largest semi-conductor company and operates in over 60 countries WW. A key focus for Intel is to work with education to improve both teaching and student learning outcomes.


Field Rickards

Dean of Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Field Rickards is the Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and has 35 years experience in education. He is focussed on the learning outcomes of young people and has done extensive research into learning for hearing impaired children. Field holds national and international patents for computer-based technology that measures hearing in babies.

As Dean, he has guided the transformation of the faculty to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the reform of the professional training of teachers with the introduction of the new Master of Teaching program in January 2008.

Prior to being appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education in August 2004 he was President of the Academic Board of the University of Melbourne.


Professor Gregory Baxter

Pro Vice-Chancellor Students and Teaching and Learning, Victoria University

Greg’s focus is on building and improving learning, teaching and professional teaching capability as well as the student experience across the entire student journey. Greg also oversees Learning in the Workplace and Community, a strategic initiative whereby 25% of each student’s assessment is based on community and industry placements, enhancing learning and preparing students for the workforce.

Greg is a physicist and before taking on responsibilities in academic administration at VU he was one of the University’s leading researchers.


Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Group Manager, Research Branch

Elizabeth has been a school principal, consultant and academic researcher and is currently Group Manager, Research in DEECD. Her passion is to help everyone make the most of life’s opportunities for learning, and her research encompasses how students and teachers learn formally and informally through ICT, including the use of learning platforms, mobile tools and new media. Projects have included ‘women@the cutting edge’, multimedia literacies with indigenous learners, and numerous studies into the implementation and use of eportfolios for learning. While researching in the Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham from 2006-8, she was a finalist in the national Special Achievement Award for Handheld Learning in the UK.

Dr Hartnell- Young is also the Chairperson of the ideasLAB advisory board.

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Andrew Thomson

Director of Sales and Business Development – Public Sector - Cisco Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Thomson believes new technology is instrumental in advancing the new “3-Rs” of education reform.  This includes improved relevance to students, responsiveness to communities, and a renewed focus on results.

As a former provincial education minister in Canada he has experience in leading large-scale change across the public sector and helped build new education models that have narrowed achievement gaps and improved student pathways using network enabled approaches in K-12 and higher education.

In 2007 Andrew joined Cisco’s Global Education Group as the global lead for policy and advocacy.  Today he is Director of Cisco’s education and government strategy in the Asia Pacific region.  In that role, he works with other education leaders to support initiatives that place education at the heart of social, economic and community development.  Andrew lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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