DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, Pivot Professional Learning (April 2018 - current)
• Thought leadership, research and research management, and business development. This encompasses design and management of research projects and pilots, analysis, research translation, stakeholder relationships and government relations.
HONORARY FELLOW, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (May 2018 - current)
• Teaching and supervisory support on subjects such as: education policy and politics: policy design, reform, implementation, appraisal, case studies, comparative studies, federalism and intergovernmental relations, networks, role of private and nongovernment sectors, student voice and agency, and entrepreneurial learning, teacher effectiveness.
POLICY FELLOW, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University (October 2013 - April 2018)
• Managed and delivered a large research project on entrepreneurial learning and student participation involving 21 schools and two external partners.
• Represented Mitchell Institute on national and international panels and in the media, helped to develop key messages, expanded policy networks in government, community, media and for-purpose sectors.
• Produced submissions to government and senate inquiries, policy and research reports, academic papers, opinion pieces and other pieces for government, professional audiences and the public.
VICE PRESIDENT, Heathmont East Preschool Committee of Management (2014 - 2016)
• Coordinated and supported a team of 12 volunteers and 6 educators working at a parent-run not-for-profit early childhood service educating 50 children. Oversaw expansion of service, led recruitment process for new educators, contributed to budget, staffing and strategic decisions.
• Developed new processes, updated policies and contributed to program design under the National Quality Framework, Victoria’s Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. This included expansion and enhancement of feedback processes and audit of OHS systems to ensure regulatory compliance and improve service quality and responsiveness.
DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AND TUTOR, The University of Melbourne's School of Social and Political Sciences and Melbourne Graduate School of Education (2009 - 2016)
• Successfully completed a large-scale, multi-year research project involving in-depth interviews with key policy actors and extensive archival research.
• Won national and international rewards for research, provided expert analysis to the media on education and intergovernmental relations, and spoke at major academic events and public seminars.
• Taught undergraduate and masters courses in public policy making, Australian politics and social policy.
• Collaborated with course coordinators on content and assessment.
VISITING SCHOLAR, Columbia University Teachers College, (Spring semester 2010)
• Designed and presented high-level research on school funding, policy reform processes and federalism.
RESEARCH CONSULTANT (2006 - 2010)
• Worked with the Foundation for Young Australians; Per Capita; University of Melbourne Contemporary Europe Research Centre, The University of Melbourne.
• Delivered commissioned research and reports for governments, schools and international organisations.
HISTORIAN, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (2007 - 2008)
• Designed and delivered major research project,
producing a 200 page history of the ECCV. The book was published in 2009 and launched by Malcolm Fraser, Lindsay Tanner, and James Merlino.
CHIEF OF STAFF, ADVISER AND ELECTORATE OFFICER, Parliament of Australia (2004 - 2007)
• Worked for Maria Vamvakinou MP and Senator the Hon. Kim Carr.
• Supported and coordinated a team of ten staff, monitored policy and political developments, directed responses to legislative and policy shifts, and liaised with media.
• Provided high quality and concise briefs, wrote speeches for parliament and community settings, prepared media responses, contributed to strategic planning and stakeholder management.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT, National Archives of France (2005)
• Provided archival research and analysis investigating revolutionary language in France 1791–1795.
2016 Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne.
PhD thesis: Federalism and schooling reform in Australia
Awarded Presidential Award for Young Scholars (Comparative and International Education Society); Melbourne Research Scholarship, Overseas Research Experience Award and other competitive prizes.
2007 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), The University of Melbourne.
Honours thesis: Passports to Power? A Study of Sciences Po, ENA and French Government Elites
Awarded the Jean Monnet award for best Australian thesis on contemporary Europe.
2005 Diplome du programme International, Sciences Po (Institute of Political Studies) Paris.
All coursework and assessment was undertaken in French. Received “high distinction” average.