Rob Nairn – Executive Director B Ed. Dip Teach MAICD, MACEL
Rob is Executive Director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA Ltd) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University. He has extensive experience in metropolitan and regional Senior High Schools in Western Australia particularly in low socio economic areas. Rob is passionate about developing exemplary leadership to provide high quality secondary education to all young people no matter what their geographic, social or personal circumstances.
Rob is Deputy Chair of the Board of Principals Australia Institute (PAI Ltd), Director of Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Chair of Edith Cowan University Applied Health Research Centre Advisory Board, Director of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) Advisory Board and Executive member International Confederation of Principals (ICP).
Michael Battenally B.Sc (ANU), Dip.Ed (UC), MAICD
Michael is Principal at Melba Copland Secondary School in the ACT. Throughout his 30 year career in ACT education, Michael continues his effort to contribute to and foster opportunities for young Australians as Principal of Melba Copland Secondary School, and formally as Principal of Lake Ginninderra College.
His early years of teaching in the 80s paralleled the introduction of computing studies into secondary school curriculum. The vocational education reforms of the early 90s involved Michael in a range of information technology curriculum development projects and school-based certification pathways for students.
As a school Principal for over 10 years Michael has benefited from leading change as an educator and school leader. Driven by a significant involvement in professional associations and through this advocating for developing current and emerging school leaders.
Michael is committed to fostering partnerships between schools to create new opportunities for students. He has a strong interest in promoting effective governance to improve partnership and community participation in schools. Most recently his school led a successful partnership to establish a gifted and talented science and mathematics program involving students from five local primary schools, expert teachers, and academics from ANU and CSIRO. His current school is invested in intercultural understanding and improving outcomes for all students. A feature of this work includes targeted programs for indigenous students and awareness of first nation culture.
Malcolm Elliott is President of the Tasmanian Principals Association. He has taught and led in schools in rural and urban settings in Tasmania since 1982. Malcolm has 18 years’ experience as principal in urban and regional 7- 10 high schools including three years as Coordinating Principal of the Glenorchy Cluster of schools from 2004-2007. Malcolm was elected to the position of TPA President for 2015 and 2016.