SLI Advisory Board

The School Leadership Institute Advisory Board provides independent expert advice to guide the activities of the School Leadership Institute (SLI).

About the SLI Advisory Board

The NSW Department of Education has engaged the SLI's board members as international experts in leadership development.

Representatives from stakeholder groups also provide valuable insights regarding the needs of school leaders.

Bill Louden AM

Chair - School Leadership Institute Advisory Board

Bill Louden is a respected educational leader, committed to improving opportunities for children and young people in vulnerable communities.

He is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education. His research interests have included literacy, numeracy and science education, professional standards and initial teacher education.

Bill has led many government reviews and inquiries. The most recent of these include reviews of sex and gender education for the Australian and NSW governments, a review of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for the NSW government and an investigation of high performing primary schools for the Western Australian Government. He has served as chair and board member of state and national statutory authorities responsible for curriculum, assessment and professional standards.

His current civic roles include chair of the governing council of North Metropolitan TAFE in Western Australia and chair of CoLab, a partnership between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation focused on improving the development and learning of young children. He is also chair of the WA Tertiary Institutions Service Centre and the Kimberley Schools Project, a board member of ACER Ltd and a trustee of the Fogarty Foundation. Bill has a PhD from the University of Toronto and arts and education degrees from the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education.

Ann McIntyre

International Expert

Ann McIntyre is the Australian researcher for the International Teacher Policy Study with the University of Stanford. She has recently published two books, including "Empowered Educators: How high-performing systems shape teaching quality in Australia", and co-authored "Empowered Educators: How high-performing systems shape teaching quality around the world".

Ann has strong school and system leadership experience in NSW. As the Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development she designed and led evidence informed system innovations, professional frameworks, programs, research and reforms that significantly influenced the work of teachers, leaders and schools. During her time as state policy director, superintendent of schools and principal she received numerous awards and a Quality Assurance Report stating “this school is on the leading edge of best practices in teaching and learning”.

Ann provides highly regarded, innovative, evidence informed educational leadership programs that draw together research, policy and practice and articulate to the Master of Education degree. Ann is a fellow of the Australian College of Educators, a fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and a Churchill fellow.

Ann is the NSW President of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, an Editorial Board member of the international refereed School Leadership and Management journal and a member of the University of Sydney, Teacher Education Advisory Board.

Ann’s work in effective teaching, leadership and school and system improvement is internationally respected as a result of its rigour, innovation and efficacy. She is committed to living in a world in which all children, irrespective of their background, receive an education that enables them to thrive.

Dr Simon Breakspear

International Expert

Dr Breakspear’s research and policy work focuses on international benchmarking of school system performance, leadership development and systemic approaches to effective implementation. Breakspear is currently both a Visiting Fellow at the UNSW Gonski Institute and a Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at the Education University of Hong Kong. He serves on the AITSL School Leadership Standing Committee and is an advisor to the Ontario Principals’ Council International School Leadership Program. In partnership with the World Innovation Summit in Education (WISE) he has released a global research report on school leadership policy, and now leads the WISE global community of practice on leadership development.

Simon holds Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Simon began his work in education as a high school science teacher.

Other SLI Advisory Board members

  • Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Performance South, NSW Department of Education
  • Leanne Nixon, Deputy Secretary, School Performance North, NSW Department of Education
  • Yvette Cachia, Deputy Secretary, Chief People Officer, NSW Department of Education
  • Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute, NSW Department of Education
  • Craig Peterson, President, NSW Secondary Principals Council
  • Robyn Evans, President, Primary Principals Association
  • Catherine Trindall, President, Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
  • Angelo Gavrielatos, President, NSW Teachers Federation
  • Christopher Taylor, Deputy Principal,Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design
  • Sheree Heness, Assistant Principal, Hampden Park Public School
  • Rachel Winter, Trainer, Mathematics Growth Team, School Performance

More information

For more information, contact the School Leadership Institute at

Return to top of page Back to top