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Education Forum Program - Independent Schools Council of Australia







Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle is a

social researcher with an

international reputation for

tracking emerging trends,

demographic change and

customer shifts. A regular

social commentator for

prominent media channels,

Mark’s understanding of the

key issues and his engaging

communication style places him in high demand as a

commentator for example Sunrise, The Today Show, 7pm

Project, A Current Affair, Today Tonight, 2UE and the ABC.

Mark is highly regarded for his multi-faceted

presentations; he brings a fresh approach to his keynote

addresses at conferences, boardroom briefings or

facilitated workshops. Mark is the author of books on

emerging trends and social change for example The ABC

of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations published

by UNSW Press and Word Up: A Lexicon and Guide to

Communication in the 21st Century.

Dr Anthony Seldon, MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS

Anthony Seldon is an

authority on contemporary

British history and

headmaster of Wellington

College, one of Britain’s

most famous independent

schools. He is also author

or editor of over 25 books

on contemporary history,

politics and education.

After gaining an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

at Worcester College, Oxford, and a PhD at the London

School of Economics, he qualified as a teacher at King’s

College, London, where he was awarded the top PGCE

prize in his year. He also has an MBA.

He first became Headmaster of Brighton College from

September 1997 until he joined Wellington College in

January 2006 as 13th Master. He has honorary doctorates

from the Universities of Brighton and Richmond and

in 2007 was given a Chair at the College of Teachers

as Professor of Education. He is a fellow of the Royal

Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

respected body whose aim is to promote research into,

and the study of, British history since 1945. He is a cofounder

of Action for Happiness with Lord Richard Layard

and Geoff Mulgan. He is on the Advisory Board of the

New College of the Humanities in London.

In late 2011 he published a book about happiness. His

education booklets include An end to factory schools:

An education manifesto 2010-2020 (Centre for Policy

Studies) March 2010, Public and Private Education: The

Divide Must End and Partnership Not Paternalism.

Dr Seldon is regarded as one of the country’s most high

profile independent school headmasters and appears

regularly on television and radio and in the press, and

writes for several national newspapers. His views on

education have regularly been sought by the government

and political parties.

He is a passionate exponent of co-education, the

International Baccalaureate, independent education, the

teaching of happiness/well-being and the development

of the all-round child.

He founded, with Professor Peter Hennessy, the Institute

of Contemporary British History, the internationally



Professor Donna Cross

Every child’s right to have a

safe and healthy education,

free from harassment, has

been strengthened through

the hard work and dedication

of Professor Donna Cross.

Donna is the Foundation

Professor of Child and

Adolescent Health at the

Child Health Promotion

Research Centre. She is recognised internationally,

having conducted research throughout the USA as well

as Canada, Russia, Estonia, Japan and Israel, and with

organisations including WHO, UNICEF and the American

Health Foundation.

in schools. Her focus has been on changing the way

Australian schools prevent and respond to aggression

and the role of families in creating safer, more respectful

communities. Over the years, Donna has tackled many

issues affecting the wellbeing of children and young

people. She has campaigned against drug use, cigarette

smoking, bullying and child abuse and has worked to

raise awareness of HIV and road safety.

With the increasing occurrence of cyber-bullying, Donna

is at the forefront of measures to counter and reduce its

insidious impact and the risk it presents to vulnerable

children. She has won many awards for her research,

leadership and advocacy, and is a tireless champion for

positive, whole school approaches to children’s wellbeing.

Since 1989 she has harnessed the results of her extensive

school-based research to influence health promotion

Anthony Mackay

Tony Mackay is Director

of the Centre for Strategic

Education, Melbourne,

Australia; Deputy Chair of

ACARA; Chair of the

Australian Institute for

Teaching and School

Leadership (AITSL),

immediate Past President of

the Australian Curriculum

Studies Association; Board Director of the Australian

Council for Educational Research; Board Member of the

University of Melbourne, Graduate School of Education

and Australian College of Educators 2006 medalist.

of the Innovation Unit. Ltd; England. OECD Senior

Consultant for Projects on Schooling for Tomorrow,

School Leadership and New Models of Learning; and a

DEMOS International Associate.

He is currently working on ‘Next Practice Projects’ on

educational reform in Australia/New Zealand, UK, Europe,

US/Canada and Asia. Tony’s work focuses on strategic

thinking and facilitation for Government bodies,

education agencies and think tanks.

Internationally, Tony Mackay is President of the

International Congress for School Effectiveness and

Improvement (ICSEI); Founding Member of the

Governing Council of the National College for School

Leadership in England; Co-Chair of the Board of Directors


Dr Nicholas Gruen

Lateral Economics’

CEO is Nicholas Gruen,

an economist with

an impressive record

of achievement and

experience in the public

sector, business groups

and academia.

Dr Gruen has worked in a

diverse range of public policy and other roles. He has

worked as:

• An economic policy adviser to two Federal

Government Ministers – Treasurer John Dawkins

(1991 to 1994) and Industry Minister John Button


• He was appointed as an Associate Commissioner

to the Productivity Commission (1994 – 1997)

where he was Presiding Commissioner on one

inquiry and an industry study and Associate

Commissioner on five inquiries.

• He was Director of the Business Council of

Australia’s New Directions economic reform

project from 1997 to 2000.

• From 2000 he has been CEO of Lateral Economics

and Peach Financial Group.

Dr Gruen holds a PhD and BA Hons (First Class) from

the ANU and a LLB Hons from Melbourne University.

He has been published in national and international

academic journals on a range of issues from tariff

reform to competition policy, intellectual property,

innovation in government and macro-economic


He has been a regular columnist for the Australian

Financial Review and the Courier Mail and has been

a substantial contributor to Australia’s thriving policy

blog scene at Club Troppo. He also directed Lateral

Economics consulting to the Department’s agency

AGIMO on its online engagement trials. He was a

member of the Government’s 2008 Review into

Australia’s Innovation System.

He is Chairman of National Forum which hosts the

popular Online Opinion website and is a board

member of Sustainability Victoria. He is excited to be

leading the Government 2.0 Taskforce.

Forum Facilitator

Andrea Close

Andrea has been in radio

and television for nearly 20

years. Formerly in ABC Local

Radio, she is now with ABC

NewsRadio at Parliament

House and also works as a

media trainer, giving practical

tips on how to manage

communication with the


She’s hosted many events

over the years and Andrea’s voice has been heard far

and wide, including at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games,

where she announced a number of the medal winners.

Andrea is a two time Canberra Critics Circle Award

winning actress and last year was named the ACT Green

Room Professional Performer of the Year for her theatre


Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is the Chief

political writer for ABC online

and a Walkley Award winning

journalist with over 10 years

covering national politics

and has worked extensively

in radio, television and

print media as a political

commentator. A regular on

the ABC’s Insiders program

since its inception in 2001,

she is interested in new

platforms for political reporting and has established a

regular live “Twittercast” of parliamentary question time.



Education Forum Program

8.30am onwards

Registration and arrival tea and coffee

9.30am Official Welcome and Forum Opening -

The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia*

Facilitator: Andrea Close

9.45am Keynote Address: Mark McCrindle

10.15am Keynote Address: Dr Nicholas Gruen


Morning Tea

11.30am Keynote Address: Anthony Mackay

12.15pm Keynote Address: Professor Donna Cross



2.30pm Keynote Address: Dr Anthony Seldon





ISCA / AHISA debriefs

Afternoon Tea

Pre-dinner drinks

Pre-Dinner Address: The Hon Tony Abbott MP,

Leader of the Opposition*

After Dinner Speaker: Annabel Crabb

*Have been invited, but have yet to confirm their attendance.


Registration closing date is:

Friday 3 August 2012

For all registration queries, please contact:

Phone : +61 (0)7 3854 1611 Fax: +61 (0)7 3854 1507 Email:

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations will not be accepted

unless made in writing. Cancellations made

after Friday, 27 July will incur a 50% cancellation

fee and may possibly incur the full cost of

accommodation if cancelled closer to the

conference dates.

Should you have any queries regarding the Forum

program, please do not hesitate to contact:

Karen Lock

Partnership and Events Manager, AHISA


Phone: 02 6247 7300

Fax: 02 6247 3677

Mobile: 0419 561 978

Education Forum Venue &


Hotel Realm Canberra

Located at the footsteps of Parliament House in Canberra,

Hotel Realm is part of a truly mixed-use precinct next to

the Parliamentary Triangle.

Hotel Realm offers 158 hotel and suite style

accommodation rooms complimented by an in house

day spa, state of the art health club, hair salon and a

variety of dining options. Each room contains L’Occitane

amenities and Nespresso coffee machines. Combining

contemporary elegance with avant-garde design, Hotel

Realm is effortlessly chic.

Additional Information

Registration Fee: $440 (includes day catering -

the Forum dinner is an additional cost)

Forum Dinner Cost: $165 per person

Should you wish to extend your stay in Canberra, please

visit this website for site seeing information: http://www.

At Hotel Realm you find yourself surrounded by the

nation’s cultural icons including the National Gallery of

Australia, National Library of Australia and Old Parliament

House. Lake Burley Griffin is just a short stroll away and

you will also want to discover the many restaurants, bars

and cafés of Canberra’s most popular villages Manuka

and Kingston.


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