Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania - Chair
Before Her Excellency's appointment to the position of Governor, Kate Warner was a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute. Her Excellency has also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. She has a passion for education and a deep commitment to the island state and its people.
Mrs Frances Underwood, Patron
See Mrs Underwood's biography at the page on our patron.
Tim Bullard graduated from the University of Tasmanian in 1994 with an Arts/Law (Hons) degree. He has worked as a lawyer and policy analyst both here and overseas.
Tim's current role is as Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Policy, in the Tasmanian Government Department of Education. He has responsibility for providing strategic policy advice to the Secretary of the Department on a broad range of matters.
For many years Tim has been closely involved in education policy, developing the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres, and leading the Tasmanian team negotiating Better Schools (Gonski) funding.
Kathy Cameron is an educator with 35 years of experience as a teacher, Senior Secondary Principal and Curriculum developer. This work has been primarily in regional and rural Tasmania, which is among Australia's regions of most entrenched economic and educational disadvantage. Kathy's knowledge and experience from working with a network of education, business and civic leaders has a proven record of making a difference in the lives of students and raising community aspirations. Employment opportunities of the future require a highly educated and skilled workforce. Ensuring all young people, regardless of their circumstances, can remain in education and reach their full potential is possible with a whole of community approach.
Professor Kwong Lee Dow
Kwong Lee Dow's career has been largely in the University of Melbourne, as Professor of Education and Dean for twenty years, then Deputy Vice-Chancellor and, before formal retirement in 2005, as Vice-Chancellor.
More recently Professor Dow has joined the Council of the University of Tasmania, and as much of his work in education related to students in the later years of secondary education and their subsequent transition to further education beyond school, he is keen to participate in the activities of the Underwood Centre through membership of the Advisory Committee.
A moment in time has arisen due to strong commitment from the Tasmanian government and from the University that gives a real chance now, with considerable effort required, to bring about long-term change. It is an effort worth sustained commitment, for if achieved, it will have substantial ongoing benefits for the entire state. I am pleased to be a part of the effort and the commitment.
Jenny Gale commenced as Secretary of the Department of Education in January 2016 following a 37-year career in education. She started her career teaching mathematics at Queechy High School and worked across primary, secondary and senior secondary schools as a teacher and principal for 22 years, before being promoted to the position of Director, Office for Educational Review in 2000.
Since then she has worked in a number of senior leadership roles across the Department supporting schools, developing and implementing school improvement frameworks; leading the development of the Tasmanian Curriculum, including assessment standards and reporting; and on behalf of the Tasmanian Government negotiating national education policy and strategy.
Jenny was Acting Secretary of the Education Department between 2010 and 2011, and most recently served as the Deputy Premier's Chief of Staff. She holds a Bachelor of Education with a Major in Mathematics and was recently appointed as a Director of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited (AITSL).
In any given week, Adam might be helping young entrepreneurs to kick-start their companies, stimulating small businesses to challenge the status quo, challenging communities to understand their potential, or teaching hundreds of students (at a time) to embrace innovation to solve the problems of the future.
Focused on empowering the community to create change, Adam established illuminate in 2010 and partners with many organisations to inspire young people to embrace their creativity, identify business solutions to simple problems and recalibrate their approaches to learning. His passion for this area is why he is involved in the Peter Underwood Centre: every young person should be given the best opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background, location or any other factor.
Jocelyn Nettlefold is the Tasmanian ABC Local Manager, deeply involved in audience and community engagement. She is an award-winning journalist and editorial leader with more than 25 years national and international experience. Joce has also led strategic HR for a international telecommunications company and served on several not-for-profit boards. Joce holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Business (Creative Industries) and is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania.
Professor David Sadler - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education)
Professor David Sadler came to Tasmania in January 2011 from the UK where he was one of the Directors of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The HEA has responsibility to develop excellence in learning and teaching and works to achieve the best student experience, and David had responsibility for its UK subject centre network.
Passionate about a student-centred focus to learning and teaching, David has led many initiatives in the areas of student engagement; education for sustainable development; open education resources (OERs); technology enhanced learning and increased social inclusion in Higher Education. These remain his passions and will inform his approach to a student-centred focus to learning and teaching at the University of Tasmania.He is deeply committed to raising educational attainment in Tasmania.