Dr Karen Murcia – Chairperson
Dr Karen Murcia is a senior member of the Curtin University teacher education team with a focus on producing high-impact educational research and engagement with interactive and innovative teaching. Her teaching interests and research work span the intersection between learning theory, learning design, and professional development. She is a specialist in STEM education. Specifically, her research has provided a unique and valuable depth of understanding about teachers’ conceptions of the nature of science and the interaction of science with society. Her research in pedagogical interactivity and technology enhanced learning environments investigated the impact of ICT integration on digitally aware students motivation and interest in learning. In particular, the quality of her research in the field of numeracy across the curriculum and the influence of learning and teaching on an individual’s subject specific self –efficacy was recognised by the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) through her 2006 Early Career Researcher Award.
Dr Murcia has conducted stakeholder consultations, needs analysis, program design and evaluation research. She is experienced in the development and facilitation of a range of adult education and professional development programs. These have included evaluation methods, ethics, values based leadership and action planning. She has worked in partnerships with government, industry and community groups both nationally and internationally.
In addition, Dr Murcia is an active volunteer in the WA community through her roles as a Board Member for Child Australia and Scitech. She is also on the advisory committee for the Low Carbon Schools Program.
Elaine Pavlos – Vice Chairperson
Elaine is Dean of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Notre Dame University Fremantle. She has a wealth of experience in senior positions within the healthcare sector, she is a qualified coach working predominantly with middle managers and people who find themselves in new roles. Elaine a has a Master Degree in Nursing and an MBA from the University of Western Australia, she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Elaine joined the Board in 2011.
David Ansell – Board Member
David is the Co-Director, Policy at Colab (a partnership between Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation). Previously David has been Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts, a senior officer in the department of the Premier and Cabinet, The Department of Education, a School Principal and a teacher. His roles included the Executive Director of the Office for Early Childhood Development and the Director of Participation, where he was responsible for establishing programs for highly at-risk young people when the school leaving age was raised in Western Australia. From 2001 to 2005, David was the General Manager of The Smith Family in Western Australia and prior to this has worked and studied in the United Kingdom. With his partner Amanda he has four children. David joined the Board in 2014.
Partha Nag – Board Member
Partha, MAICD, CPA, is the Executive Director and co-founder of Strategic Business Alliance (SBA), a firm offering innovative consulting and outsourcing solutions to a wide range of clients. Partha has a deep interest in the not-for-profit sector and currently is on the board and audit committees of Infoxchange, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and Interchange Loddon Mallee. Partha has extensive experience in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Corporate Strategy, Governance and Risk Management. He has forged lasting relationships with stakeholders in his senior executive roles, and, in the process, enhanced organisational value. Partha joined the Board in 2011.