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

Malcolm Elliott


Australian Primary Principals Association



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

Matthew Johnson

National President

Australian Special Education Principals Association

Patrick Kelly

President, National Council Executive

Australian Association of Special Education



Kath Koschel


The Kindness Factory AU + USA

Phil Lambert

National President

Australian College of Educators

Lucy Lu

Senior Manager, Analytics and Strategic Projects

Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)



Marise McConaghy


Strathcona Girls Grammar

Neil McDonald



Edmund Misson

Deputy CEO

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership



John Mula

Deputy Director

Catholic Education South Australia

Lila Mularczyk OAM, JP

Manager, Professional Learning

UNSW Gonski Institute

Loretta Piazza


Shaping Leaders Educational (former Principal Meadowglen Primary School)



Helene Rooks


Victorian Applied Learning Association

Dr David Roy

Lecturer in Education

University of Newcastle

Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of education policy

University of New South Wales - Gonski Institute



Phil  Seymour

President, APPA

NSW Primary Principals’ Association NSWPPA Deputy President, Australian Primary Principals’ Association

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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