David Ansell – Chairperson
David is the Co-Director, Policy at Colab (a partnership between Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation). Previously David has been Acting 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 and enjoys swimming, cycling and writing. David joined the Board in 2014.
Karen Murcia – Vice Chairperson
Karen is an education professional with over 25 years experience in the field. She holds a Masters degree and PhD in education and has directed a range of research projects in which she facilitated improvement strategies and evaluations. These projects have involved working collaboratively with schools and teachers to improve learning outcomes and to evaluate the processes used for this purpose. Karen is the chair of the Faculty of Education and Arts Ethics Committee at Edith Cowan University and a director of one of the University’s research centres. She was previously the coordinator of the Women in Leadership program at Murdoch University and has presented and published numerous papers on education innovations both nationally and internationally. Karen joined the Board in 2012.
Partha Nag – Board Member
Partha, CPA, Master of Accounting (Curtin University) and B. Bus (University of Notre Dame) 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. His previous roles include Group CFO for a listed recruitment entity, Divisional Commercial Manager for a listed recruitment company and CFO of one of Australia’s fastest growing ports. 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.
Elaine Pavlos – Board Member
Elaine is the Dean of School of Nursing & Midwifery at Notre Dame University Fremantle and has a wealth of experience in Executive and People Management within the health care sector. She has a Master Degree in Nursing and a MBA from the University of Western Australia, and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an active member of The Executive Connection (TEC). She has three adult children, is a budding Masterchef and keen golfer. Elaine joined the Board in 2011.