Advisory Council

The Advisory Council brings national and international expertise and cross-sectoral perspective to our work. They provide independent advice on major strategic projects and evaluations, ensuring the integrity and relevance of our work to stakeholders in Government, schools and the wider community.

The Advisory Council reviews and endorses our priority work. Read CESE's Advisory Council charter (PDF 108KB).

Member biographies

Professor Andrew James Martin

Scientia Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Andrew Martin, PhD, is Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Fellow of the (Australian) College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

Andrew specialises in motivation, engagement, learning, and quantitative research methods. He is Associate Editor of ‘British Journal of Educational Psychology’ and ‘School Psychology International’, Consulting Editor for ‘Psychological Review’, ‘Journal of Educational Psychology’, and ‘Educational Psychology’, and serves on numerous international and national Editorial Boards.

Mary Doolan

Principal, Coonabarabran High School NSW

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Mary is the current principal of Coonabarabran High School, and the 2012 recipient of the Minister's Quality Teaching Award for her leadership of a Community of Practice centred on Coonabarabran High as a Centre of Excellence for Stage 6 English, and the links she forged with Sydney University.

Mary has teaching specialisations in Legal Studies and English as curriculum methods, and extensive experience as a Legal Studies HSC marker and has been both Judge and Chief Judge of the Legal Studies Standards Setting Operations. Mary has delivered professional learning in both Legal Studies and English, across the region. Her HSC students obtained consistently excellent results including students who placed in the state in HSC Legal Studies.

Mary is passionate about education as a 'game changer' for young people and ensuring that rural students receive an excellent education, rich with opportunity and quality learning experiences.

Dr Kathleen Seto

Principal, Fairvale High School
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Dr Kathleen Seto is currently the Principal of Fairvale High School. Her 40-year career spans three countries – New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Her career in education in Australia has been in Low Socio-Economic Secondary Public Schools in Southwest Sydney. During her role as Deputy Principal of Canley Vale High, she completed her Master of Education from Sydney University. In 2017 she was awarded a Doctor of Education from Western Sydney University for her research examining the New School Leaving Age and the unintended consequences of that policy on disadvantaged schools. She is also a representative on the Multicultural Education Advisory Group and the Ambassador Schools Principal Group.

Kathleen’s passion is in improving educational outcomes for students in disadvantaged communities and in building capacity in teachers to excel.

Professor Linda Harrison

Professor, Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University
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Linda Harrison is Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University.

Professor Harrison played key roles in the design of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children for the Australian Government Department of Social Services; the development and national trial of The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia for the Department of Education and the Council of Australian Governments; and the Excellence in Research in Early Years Education Collaborative Research Network, linking Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology, and Monash University.

Professor Harrison holds qualifications in science and education from Canada and Australia, and a PhD in developmental psychology from Macquarie University.

Professor Andreas Schleicher (France)

Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).

Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Dr Hans Wagemaker (New Zealand)

Independent Consultant, and former Executive Director of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
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Hans Wagemaker is currently an independent consultant, following his retirement as the Executive Director of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) for 17 years.

IEA created and implements two of the world’s largest educational assessments – the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), as well as other large-scale assessments. Hans was responsible for planning and development of all IEA studies, monitoring their progress and raising funds for the organization. He was one of three co-founders of the IEA literacy study.

Prior to joining the IEA, Hans worked as Manager of the Research and International Division of the New Zealand Ministry of Education. He has consulted for UNESCO and the InterAmerican Development Bank and served on scientific advisory committees for the World Bank. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois and specializes in large scale assessment studies, policy studies and research methods. He was awarded the University of Illinois, College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.

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