The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership's (Academy) board includes members from the government, Independent and Catholic school sectors. The board balances governance expertise, school education and community interests to support the Academy to meet the diverse professional learning needs of Victorian educators.
The Academy's chief executive officer is responsible to the board for all policy and operational matters, and to the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training for budgetary, personnel and other administrative matters.
Dr Toni Meath
Dr Toni Meath GAICD FACEL is principal of Melbourne Girls Grammar. She is an accomplished leader with deep knowledge of the Victorian education sector. Dr Meath’s work in education innovation has been published nationally and internationally. Previously Dr Meath was principal of the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School and the founding assistant principal of Nossal High School, Victoria’s first co-educational select entry high school.
Until her appointment as the inaugural chair of the Academy board, Dr Meath was a member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority board.
Dr Simon Lindsay
Dr Simon Lindsay is general manager of Improved Learning Outcomes at Catholic Education Council Victoria. He is an education system leader, researcher, and advisor on teacher knowledge and school improvement for Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.
Dr Lindsay is a member of the Teaching Excellence Program design panel, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Senior Secondary Curriculum and Assessment and Victorian Curriculum F-10 steering committees, and the International Assessment Joint National Advisory Committee.
Dr Simon Lindsay is the nominee of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.
Head of Innovation and Learning and a member of the executive at Independent Schools Victoria, Mr Kieren Noonan is an innovative education professional with extensive experience working in educational leadership and strategically delivering innovative products, solutions and initiatives.
Mr Noonan is skilled in education leadership and management, training delivery, process management and product and service design. He has extensive experience as a teacher, principal and education executive across sectors in both Victoria and South Australia.
Mr Kieren Noonan is the nominee of Independent Schools Victoria.
Ms Judith Downes has worked in senior executive and non-executive roles in banking, finance, accounting, funds management, life insurance and property, and has over 25 years’ experience as a company director.
Previously, she worked in senior executive and non-executive roles at ANZ including chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Institutional Division. She was director of the Australian Mathematical Science Institute and a member of the Financial Reporting Council. Prior to working as an accountant, Ms Downes taught secondary mathematics.
Ms Downes is currently the chair of Bank Australia and a non-executive director for ImpediMed, as well as the chair of the Academy’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Viv Ellis
Professor Viv Ellis is dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is also a professor in the faculty and a global expert on teacher education. He has worked with government agencies and nongovernment organisations across the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, most recently on the Norwegian government’s reforms to upper primary/lower secondary initial teacher education.
Prior to his work at Monash, Professor Ellis was the founding co-director of the Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development, a strategic partnership between King’s College London and Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where he currently holds an honorary research professorship. Before working in universities, Professor Ellis was a secondary school teacher; he has held senior leadership roles in schools, subject teaching associations and universities.
Ms Lee -Fitzpatrick is a Yawuru Jarndu, Yawuru woman from Rubibi/Broome, Western Australia, and has been based in Melbourne for over 20 years. She has more than 30 years’ experience in education.
Ms Lee-Fitzpatrick has been a teacher at Thornbury Primary School for 21 years. She has expertise in literacy, and has led the Woiwurrung language and cultural program for 6 years. Thornbury Primary School was awarded the 2019 Victorian Education Excellence Award for Outstanding Koorie Education.
Ms Lee-Fitzpatrick is a sought-after adviser and contributor to professional learning programs and resources, including recent Koorie English Online modules.
Dr David Howes
Dr David Howes is the Deputy Secretary, Schools and Regional Services at the Department of Education and Training. Prior to this, Dr Howes was chief executive officer of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Dr Howes began his career as a teacher in the western suburbs of Melbourne, where he worked for 10 years as a teacher and in a range of school leadership roles. He has since held a number of positions, both in Victoria and overseas, including working as an educational adviser to the Royal Government of Cambodia between 2003 and 2006.
Dr Howes is the nominee of the Department of Education and Training.
Chief executive officer
Dr Marcia Devlin
Dr Marcia Devlin PhD GAICD is a globally recognised expert in education, equity and leadership. She is a qualified teacher and registered psychologist who began her education career as a teacher before moving into the tertiary sector.
Dr Devlin joined the Academy in 2021 as the inaugural CEO. As CEO, Dr Devlin is responsible to the Academy board for all policy and operational matters, and to the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training for budgetary, personnel and other administrative matters.
Prior to her appointment at the Academy, Dr Devlin was senior deputy vice-chancellor at Victoria University and held executive and senior roles at Federation University Australia, RMIT University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.
Internationally recognised for her expertise in education, she has given more than 100 keynote and invited addresses in 10 countries, won over $6 million in research funding and has more than 320 publications to her name.
Dr Devlin is currently a non-executive director on the Melbourne Polytechnic board and Chair of their Education Quality Committee, a trust member of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and an elected Lifetime Fellow of the UK-based Society for Research into Higher Education. She also currently serves on the editorial boards for a number of academic journals in Australia and the US.
Until her appointment as the inaugural Academy CEO, Dr Devlin was a ministerial appointee on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) board, and served on the VCAA Executive Committee and Audit Committee, and as chair of the Senior Secondary Certification Reform Committee. She was also the Universities of Australia appointee on the advisory board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
Dr Devlin brings 30 years of national and international experience to the Academy and a strong commitment to improving the quality of learning and teaching, enhancing inclusiveness and diversity in education, and strengthening senior educational leadership.