ABOUT OUR EXPERTS
Dianne Giblin has worked in education in both paid and unpaid capacity for the past 32 years.
Di has a passion for education, in particular public education, and the opportunities it affords young people. She has led the ACSSO secretariat since 2011 but has been a significant player in parent activism since 1984 when her eldest child commenced school. She is proud of her four children’s achievements – all successes of public education.
She has held various volunteer roles in the parent movement finishing her P&C career as President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW.
Di was a founding Director of Public Education Foundation whose board position she held for six years; a founding Director of Primary Ethics Board and also a founding Director of The Parenthood board.
She worked in a paid capacity for the NSW education department in a number of roles across a large area of Sydney. Her roles were all in the area of parent engagement and home-school partnerships including school based community officer, across district Community Development Officer and regional Partnership Officer – all through the Priority Schools Program.
Recognition of her work saw her commended for Meritorious Service to Public Education and Training in 2010. In 2012 Dianne was admitted as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her service to public education and the community.
Di’s greatest love is her family but coming a close second is her love of music. Whilst an amateur guitar player she likes to spend downtime with it, her grandchildren and her playing her vinyl albums on the new turntable.
Mark Lamont is the Founder and Director at World Mosaic. He directly influences improvements in learning and teaching for millions of students and teachers worldwide.
Currently on the board at ministerial edtech company, Education Services Australia; non-executive director at ASX-listed global edtech company, 3P Learning; Chair at Australia’s edtech startup industry association, EduGrowth; founder and director at international edtech companies, World Mosaic, mme moe and Yahki; digital strategy advisor to departments and ministries of education.
Formerly, Vice President at Follett Corporation; Casual Academic at the University of NSW; advisor to the NSW Board of Studies (now NESA); academic text author at Random House and Nelson Thomson Learning; Chief Consultant at Encyclopaedia Britannica; edtech advocate to US Congress members; and senior executive at Australia’s first education ISP/ASP, myinternet Limited.
Mr Lamont is one of the most globally connected professionals in education technology. He advises education ministries, corporations, investors and technology entrepreneurs. He has a track record in international market-entry strategy and execution.
Andrew Smith is CEO of Education Services Australia, a not for profit education technology company owned by all Australian education ministers. ESA develops and deploys national education infrastructure, develops digital education resources and provides technology based services to the
education sector. Andrew has qualifications in education, science and business and brings to the role of CEO extensive experience and expertise in strategic leadership in the education, training and not-for-profit sectors. Having started his career in the classroom, Andrew’s previous roles include Vice President (Engagement) at Swinburne University and CEO of the Australian Council for Private
Education and Training.
Nikki Bonus is an experienced ed-tech founder and CEO of Life Skills Group, harnessing more than 20 years of deeply personal and professional experience in the development and delivery of social-emotional literacy programs for individuals, organizations, and most importantly, teachers and students. Nikki’s work has helped give voice to more than 850 schools, connecting with 20,000 teachers and 500,000 primary school children to build a continuing evidence base of what works to measure, report and implement real improvements in Social Emotional and Physical Literacy for school communities.
Tim Power has co-founded and created some of the world’s largest education communities: the World Education Games, World Maths Day, Mathletics and ClickView. He has also worked collaboratively with the teams at Desmos, Learnosity, Reading Eggs, High Resolves and UNICEF.
Tim is co-founder and CEO of Inquisitive, the education company with a mission to simplify access to quality learning, so teachers enjoy teaching and students learn with purpose and depth. He is also director and mentor to the teams at ClickView and Stile Education.
Tim was the winner of the 2015 Pearcey Foundation Benson Entrepreneur Award and the regional and national winner of the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Technology category). Tim has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney.