2022 Confirmed Judges



Amara Atif

Scholarly Teaching Fellow

University of Technology Sydney

Jo Bird

Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education

University of New England

Darren Cox

Head of school design

Sydney Catholic Schools



Murat Dizdar

Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South

NSW Department of Education

Allan Dougan

Chief Executive Officer

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers 

Paul Foley

Leader of Humanities

Loreto College Marryatville



Steve Francis


Happy School

Amanda Gutierrez

Senior Lecturer Literacy and Professional Practice

Australian Catholic University

Debbie Heck

Associate Professor in Education

Australian Teacher Education Association



Patrick Kelly

President, National Council Executive

Australian Association of Special Education

Kath Koschel


The Kindness Factory AU + USA

Lucy Lu

Senior Manager, Analytics and Strategic Projects

Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)



Marise McConaghy


Strathcona Girls Grammar

Edmund Misson

Deputy CEO

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

John Mula

Deputy Director

Catholic Education South Australia



Lila Mularczyk OAM, JP

Former Principal and Director of Education and currently Consultant for Universities, Schools, Systems and Advisory Boards

Loretta Piazza


Shaping Leaders Educational (former Principal Meadowglen Primary School)

Dr David Roy

Lecturer in Education

University of Newcastle



Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of education policy

University of New South Wales - Gonski Institute

Phil  Seymour

Immediate Past President of NSW Primary Principals Association (NSWPPA) and Deputy President Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA)

Andrew  Sezonov

Group General Manager

WPC Group



Richard  Stokes

Chief Executive Officer


Paul Taylor


Banora Point Primary School

Lisel Thomas

Past Chair

Victorian Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia



Barbara Watterston


Australian Council for Educational Leaders

Lyndal Wilson

Senior Consultant

Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

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