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The Board is responsible to the Minister to ensure efficient and effective performance of its registration and regulatory responsibilities, compliance with its legislative objectives, sound management of the organisation, and attainment of performance objectives.
The functions of the Board under s29 of the Act are to:
- regulate the provision of education services and early childhood services
- approve the requirements for endorsement of registration
- establish and maintain the registers contemplated by the Act
- prepare or endorse codes of conduct for registered schools
- provide advice to the Minister
- carry out any other functions assigned to the Board by the Minister.
As the state regulatory authority, the Board has specific functions under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Part 12, s260).
In accordance with section 32 of the Act, the Board delegates regulatory powers and functions, human resources management and financial management to the Registrar and Chief Executive. Some delegations are further delegated by the Board to managers and staff at various levels, in accordance with their responsibilities.
The Board has two standing committees. The Internal Review of Decisions Committee carries out internal review of decisions under the Act and the National Law. The Schools Disciplinary Committee conducts inquiries into complaints where there may be cause for disciplinary action regarding a school, under section 60 of the Act. Ad hoc committees may be formed to consider matters and advise the Board or Registrar or to carry out functions on behalf of the Board.
See the Board's Terms of Reference to learn more.
In accordance with Section 22 of the Act, the Board consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor in Executive Council on the nomination of the Minister for Education, Training and Skills. Of those members:
- one (who will be the presiding member) must be a person who has, in the opinion of the Minister, extensive knowledge and expertise in the education and care of children; and
- two must be from the Department for Education; and
- two must be from the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA); and
- two must be from the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools Incorporated (CESA); and
- two must be from a prescribed childcare body; and
- 1 must be a legal practitioner.
Expressions of interest are called for the remaining member positions.
Chief Executive and Registrar
Kerry Leaver is the Early Childhood Services Registrar, Government Schools Registrar, Non-Government Schools Registrar (Registrar) and Chief Executive (CE), responsible for carrying out the functions of the Registrar and the CE as determined by the Act.
- Alana Girvin, Presiding Member
Master of Social Science, Bachelor of Education 'Staff and School Development', Diploma of Teaching
Alana has recently retired from the Education Department after a varied and enjoyable career of 39 years. Alana’s leadership roles and experience include Principal of several schools, Assistant Regional Director Southern Adelaide, Regional Director Murray & Mallee and Director Incident Management.
Alana’s focus has always been quality teaching and learning, quality leadership, strategic planning and continuous improvement.
As a Principal she led and/or was a member of various committees and working parties including strategic planning, curriculum, finance, facilities, OSHC and Governing Council.
In her roles as Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director Alana was line manager of Preschool and School leaders as well as Regional Leadership Teams. She led and worked collaboratively with a variety of teams driving system improvement. Alana was convenor of the Early Years Portfolio and Early Years Reform Agenda, the Regional Literacy Improvement Priority, the Regional Office Leadership Team Planning Group.
Alana was responsible for establishing, developing and leading the Education Department’s Incident Management Directorate, the directorate responds to critical incidents, investigates employee misconduct and recommends subsequent disciplinary actions. The directorate was established in line with recommendations made by the Hon. Bruce Debelle as an outcome of the Royal Commission, Independent Education Inquiry Report.
As a corporate office leader Alana has been an active member and/or chair of working parties, committees and boards including the Critical Incident Coordination Committee, the Risk Assessment Disclosure Working Group, the Senior Executive Critical Incident Management Project Board and the Debelle Response Project Board.
In her leadership roles she has provided policy advice and information to a range of stakeholders including the Minister, Chief Executive, Senior Executive Leaders, Education Directors, School and Preschool Leaders, Principal and Preschool Associations, AEU, TRB.
- Mr Greg Hayes, Deputy Presiding Member
BA, GDipBusAdmin, CA, MAICD
Greg is a non-executive director and serves on boards, mainly in a financial and governance oversight role. He was deputy chairman of the Repatriation General Hospital.
As a previous board and finance member of a senior school, Greg has been exposed to the questions and decisions faced within the education sector.
Greg is a former partner of a large international chartered accounting firm. There he was responsible for dealing with clients in a consultative and hands-on manner to extract the best possible outcomes for their goals and aspirations. He was also responsible for the ITC operations of the firm and extended that knowledge into client activities.
- Sue Kennedy-Branford
Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Master of Educational Leadership and Management.
Sue is Assistant Director: People, Leadership and Culture at Catholic Education SA (CESA) where she is responsible for human resource and workforce planning, leadership and workforce development and system safeguarding across 103 Catholic schools serving over 51,000 students and approximately 9,000 employees. She is committed to the development of capable school and system leaders to ensure a quality workforce and workplace culture deliver excellent learning outcomes for students in Catholic schools.
Sue began her teaching career in a Catholic school in 1985 and has undertaken a number of roles in CESA including classroom teaching, principalship, consultancy in behaviour education, coaching and mentoring school leaders, board chair, leading CESA’s Leadership and Workforce Development Team, overseeing CESA’s professional learning and development, and coordinating school leader appointments and appraisals. She has also been a Branch Executive member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
- Ms Rebecca Vandermoer
Diploma in Community Services - Children’s Services, Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
Bec has been in the Early childhood and out of school hours care (OSHC) sector for the past 20 years.
She is currently a Director at an OSHC service as well as being on the OSHC SA board. Along with the board she works closely with We Belong Education to drive her passion for advocacy in the sector.
She is on many of the school committees including OSHC, finance, grounds and attends Governing Council meetings often so she has a wide view of not only her OSHC service but how the education sector operates and collaborates together.
She has also done volunteer work at both summer camps and orphanages around the world. She is passionate about providing the children in her care with a safe, fun and homelike environment whilst being educated and cared for before, after school and during vacation periods.
- John Favretto
John Favretto has worked at the most senior levels of organisations for over 20 years and has held several executive positions across the education, aged care and gambling sectors. Over this time, portfolio responsibilities have included: finance, governance, information and communications technology, marketing and communications, project management office, strategy and strategic project implementation.
John is currently the Assistant Director – Governance, Quality and Assurance at Catholic Education South Australia and was previously responsible for ICT at Catholic Education.
Prior to that, John held the positions of Chief Information Officer at both ACH Group and
SA Lotteries and was also Company Secretary at SA Lotteries.
In addition to being a member of the executive team at Catholic Education South Australia, John currently holds the following board/committee positions:
- Chair Catholic Special Schools Incorporated
- Board Member Sisters of St Jospeh Mary MacKillop College, Kensington, Limited
- Chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee Sisters of St Joseph Mary MacKillop College, Kensington, Limited
- Member of the Executive – Catholic Networks Australia
- Deputy Chair of the Stewardship Working Group – Catholic Networks Australia
- Executive Officer – Governance Standing Committee of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools.
- Dr Peta Smith
PhD (American Studies)
Peta has worked in the public service for 10 years. Her experience includes work in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Attorney-General’s Department, and she has worked in the Education portfolio since 2016.
Peta leads the Department for Education’s division which supports strategic policy development, international engagement, communications and intergovernmental relations.
She has previously worked for statutory officers in social policy and has taught in American politics at Flinders University. She has served on not-for-profit boards, including as the president of Shine SA and president of the Welfare Rights Centre (SA).
- Mr Christos Tsonis
BLaw, BIntSt, GDipCorp
Christos Tsonis is the founder and director of CXT Legal. This is a dynamic legal consultancy team servicing the local and national market in fixed-price transactions, advice and commercial law solutions.
Christos has established a strong track record in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and corporate governance. He also specialises in financial services law. Financial services licensing, banking and finance, registered and unregistered managed investment schemes, disclosure statements and securities industry issues all form part of his expertise.
He was listed in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Doyle’s Guide, an online listing of leading and recommended South Australian Commercial Lawyers. In 2019, Christos also led the CXT Legal team to be recognised as one of South Australia’s fastest growing businesses by revenue when it was placed in the top 25 of the BDO/Brand SA Fast Movers Program.
Christos also has served on a number of boards (including as chair of a state school governing council), pursuing ambitious reform agendas (including private companies and not-for-profits/associations).
Current board appointments include Cottage Homes Incorporated and South Australian-based private diversified investment company TYP Strategies Pty Limited.
- Mr Martyn Campbell
Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Masters in Law, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management, Phd candidate in Work Health & Safety discipline.
Martyn is the Work Health & Safety Regulator for South Australia.
As well as his role as SA’s WHS Regulator, Martyn is the Chief Executive of SafeWork SA, is a Board Member for Safe Work Australia, representing South Australia. He is also the Chair of the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities for Australia and New Zealand which is the collective community of all Heads of WHS Regulators, a core member of the federal government Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect at Work Council and Secretary-General of the International Association of Labour Inspection, the global professional body and labour and safety regulators with over 100 member countries. He is formally Deputy Chair of the Centre for Workplace Excellence at the University of South Australia.
He has over 30 years’ experience working in investigation, regulatory compliance and health and safety at senior levels in the UK and Australia. Initially a detective in the UK police working on national homicide and training and development, he later qualified in law working in the field of regulatory compliance and risk in health and safety, working across Asia Pacific.
- Mr Noel Mifsud
MEd (Admin), GDipEd, BEd, DipTeach, DipTrain&AssessSys
Noel Mifsud has served in education for over 35 years, including 16 years as principal in R-12 schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory. He has also served as a reservist captain in the Army Education Corps and was the wintering station leader for Casey Station in Antarctica.
He has lectured on Australian Education and conducted workshops for teachers, parents, principals and boards nationally and internationally.
His areas of expertise include: Aboriginal education, Asia literacy, crisis management, educational building design and strategic planning.
Noel has served on numerous state and national boards. He is currently national board member of the Order of Malta.
He was a former member of the Multicultural Education Commission, chair of the Edmund Rice Principal’s Association and SA Catholic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Committee. In 2019 he chaired the SA/NT Learning Environments Australasia building awards.
He is currently a senior education and business consultant/coach working with businesses and schools across Adelaide.
- Anne Dunstan
Anne completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide in 1989, majoring in Classical Studies and History.
Immediately following, she completed the Graduate Diploma in Education and went on to teach in government and Independent schools in Strathalbyn, Yankalilla, Victor Harbor and suburban Adelaide. Anne is currently the Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Schools of SA, the peak body for advocacy, representation and innovation supporting 103 schools. Prior to this role Anne was Principal of Guildford Grammar School in Perth WA, an independent Anglican co-educational school, for 1200 students from Early Learning to Year 12.
Anne was Principal at Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide, from 2014 – 2019 and Deputy Principal of Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston, from 2009-2013. As well as being a former member of the SACE Board, Anne has also held governance roles at the Associations of Independent Schools of both Western Australia and South Australia where she held the position of Deputy Chair from 2017-2019.
A former member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), Anne served as Secretary/Treasurer for the SA/NT Branch. Anne has been recognised for her contributions to the ongoing mentoring of women in school leadership and has also provided mentoring to University of Adelaide Education alumni.
She believes passionately that it is through education that one can effect the greatest good for the greatest number and is committed to supporting schools and the next generation of leaders to build their capacity to fulfil this goal.
- Jie Zhu
Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching); Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary); Bachelor of Economic Management (Accounting)
Jie is a Childcare Centre Director and Registered Teacher, specialising in Early Childhood Education and language teaching. She has a particular interest and commitment to supporting children with learning difficulties and special needs.
Starting her teaching journey from 2011, Jie has worked in both Catholic schools and independent schools as a language teacher. Jie strongly advocates for the importance of Early Childhood Education. She completed her Master Degree in Early Childhood Teaching in 2017 in order to work as an Early Childhood Teacher and became a Director at a childcare centre in Marino in 2018.
Since joining the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, Jie has been actively involved in promoting Early Childhood Education amongst families, educators and the broader community. She has developed a sound reputation of providing high quality education and care.
For more than 17 years Jie has served on a number of boards and committees. Currently Jie is an Executive member of Australian Childcare Alliance South Australia (ACA SA) and President of Chinese Art Society of South Australia Inc. (CASSA). In August 2015 Jie was selected as Vice President of Chinese Language Teacher’s Association of SA Inc. (CLTASA) after being a committee member for 3 years. She served as Chair of Youth Sub-committee on the board of the Chinese Welfare Services of SA Inc. (CWS) from 2008 to 2018.