Jeremy Beard
President / National Director 

Jeremy has been President of ACEL Victoria since mid-2010 and a National Director since 2011. He has been with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development since 1975. His current role is leading the development of a workforce management strategy service to support the outstanding work of Victorian principals. As a Regional Network Leader for 52 primary, secondary and special government schools in the Boroondara and Dandenong Ranges local government areas the focus was on school improvement and building the instructional leadership capacity of principals. He has led a consortium of schools focussed upon data, assessment and collaborative teacher teams in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Victorian President

National Director

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Aine Maher  B.A Mod (Nat. Sci.) H. Dip. Ed. M. Ed. Pol. Admin

Aine is the Director, Education Services for Independent Schools Victoria, a peak body representing more than 200 independent schools. She provides advice and support to schools in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning. Aine works with a team of educators that designs and delivers professional learning programs to schools in assessment, curriculum planning and design and performance development..   Her leadership development interests include a New Principals’ Program, teacher career development and whole-school leadership development.


Prior to this role, Aine was Executive Director, Learning Programs and Vice-Principal at ELTHAM College of Education 


Sue Buckley

Sue Buckley joined AITSL on 19 August 2015 as General Manager, Teaching and School Leadership where she provides leadership on national projects with a focus on promoting excellence in the teaching profession.

Sue is an education professional with broad experience working in policy development, project management, learning and teaching at school, regional and system levels. Prior to joining AITSL, Sue had a long career with the Victorian Department of Education and Training where she held various senior level positions. She has post-graduate qualifications in both public administration and education, providing a range of academic frameworks that she applies in daily practice.


Dr Jane Wilkinson

Dr Jane Wilkinson is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education, Monash University and course leader of the Master of Leadership. Prior to commencing in academia, Jane worked in schools for the Victorian Department of Education as a teacher, curriculum consultant and Deputy Principal. Jane does extensive research in the area of educational leadership for social justice, women and leadership and refugee education. Jane has been a member of the ACEL Victorian Executive since 2015 and prior to that, a member of ACEL Queensland Executive.

Gerard Bain King

Gerald Bain King is the Principal of Christian Brothers’ College St. Kilda in Melbourne. He was appointed as the first lay principal in 2005. Previously he was Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully for 5 Years.  Prior to this he worked as a professional artist in Melbourne for 10 years. 

At various times Gerald has been a part-time lecturer in Education at the The Institute for Catholic Education and Visual Arts at Warrnambool Institute for Advanced Education. He has published papers on Asian Studies, Arts Education and Boys’ Education and has presented keynote addresses and conducted seminars for schools, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, National Conferences and at the American Education Research Association Conference in Chicago. 

Gerald was the recipient of the Harold Cohen Prize for the most outstanding student in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Melbourne in 2003.  Part of his research was published in a Melbourne University supported publication by Sense Publications titled, Researching Education: Digitally, Visually and Spatially. 

He lives in the inner city in Melbourne, is married with 2 adult sons and continues to have an active interest in the arts.


Denis Masseni

After a 20 year corporate career in marketing communications and product development, Denis shifted careers to the digital world in 2000 joining Monash University. Commencing as a sessional lecturer then moving to became the program director of the Master of Multimedia/Design degrees. Today he’s a director of The sponsor-ed Group Australia’s leading developer of websites for schools and continues his association with Monash University and also RMIT teaching digital and social media. 

Denis has conducted 2 significant pieces of research in school communications with firstly his paper 'Why schools are spooked by social media' and 'The Future of School Publishing'. His research has informed his recently created PD and consulting work titled 'PR for Principals: Managing the Vibe'.



Leanne Clark

Leanne has extensive educational leadership experience having worked at a variety of Catholic secondary schools throughout metropolitan Melbourne over the past 11 years. Currently working at Catholic College Sale as the Campus Director of Sion (year7-8) she continues to lead and inspire those in Regional Victoria. During this time her has held significant positions of leadership. Specializing in the Leadership Development Training, School Improvement Surveys (Occupation Health Surveys) and School Improvement Framework, delivery of professional learning for Leaders.  Leanne possess vast administrative experience, strong organizational skills and a clear capacity to think creatively and respond to the challenges of developing a culture of performance in the contemporary climate of transformation in the 21st Century.

Kim Dray 

Dr Kim Dray has worked in schools for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as a teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal. She has held significant roles in Curriculum Leadership, Professional Development, Special Needs and Gifted Education. Her experiences as an educator and consultant in independent schools in Sydney, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Singapore instigated her research and professional focus on intercultural and international education. Kim has made presentations at educational conferences and seminars in Australia, Asia and the U.K. Her ongoing interest in educational leadership led to her joining the ACEL Victorian Executive in 2010.


Helene Hiotis

Helene Hiotis is currently the Principal at Bentleigh Secondary College, who is passionate about engaging students in their learning and in developing the leadership capacity of teachers. Helene is committed to the development of teacher capacity through leading professional development in her schools and has presented numerous papers in Australia, UK and US. She is an accredited de Bono trainer and was a member of the Advisory Committee of the de Bono Institute. Helene’s vision for education is based on developing a learning environment that is about growth, creativity and innovation.  She has been on the Victorian Executive of ACEL since 2010 and currently serves as Branch Secretary. 


Coralee Pratt

Coralee is an educational leader who has worked in a diverse range of settings and communities across all regions in Victoria and recently in Queensland, where she was Treasurer of the ACEL Queensland executive.  She is currently the principal of Camberwell South Primary School. From 2010 – 2012 she was principal of Helensvale State School, one of Queensland’s largest primary schools which in 2013 was identified as the most improved government school in Queensland according to NAPLAN results. Coralee was also a Senior Education Officer and Assistant Regional Director at the DEECD, Eastern Metropolitan Region of Victoria (2005 – 2009) where she played a significant role in leading the school improvement agenda in government schools. Over the past decade Coralee has influenced a range of school accountability processes and the design, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive suite of professional learning and leadership development programs at school and system level.

Lauren Sayer

Lauren Sayer, Head of Teaching and Learning, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.  Lauren currently leads pedagogical direction as Head of Teaching and Learning with the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute. In this role she is working with a team of educators to implement evidence based innovative pedagogical models to support chronically ill children across Victoria.

Lauren has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, businesses and educational organisations across the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia; developing partnerships with educational bodies to successfully implement change. Her expertise lies in professional coaching and support around teacher and innovative educational change.


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Board Meetings 2017

Branch Meetings 5:00pm to 7:00pm

February 8, March 7, April 11, May 8, June 5, August 7, September 4, October 16, November 13 (State Awards), November 27 planning meeting.