National Convenor - Linda Simon

Linda's contact details are:


Phone: 0411 550 439

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Linda Simon has been a teacher in schools, TAFE and now at university. She currently teaches in VET and VET policy at UTS and Charles Sturt University. She was Secretary of the TAFE Teachers Association for over fifteen years, and Federal TAFE President of the Australian Education Union for six years. Currently she is an Executive member of AVETRA. She has served on the Boards of NCVER and BVET in NSW, and is an educationalist and researcher committed to equity and public education.

Secretary - Robyn Woolley

Robyn Woolley is from NSW. Robyn's contact details

Equity for women and girls in the Australian VET system, especially in NSW has been a central focus for Robyn’s work. Robyn has designed and implemented educational programs for women and girls, managed and worked collaboratively on numerous funded research projects relating to girls and women, work and work related education and training. Robyn developed Digi-Girls a registered program within TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, as a technical skills acceleration program for girls in middle and senior years of high school. This has been recognised as a best practice program.

Additionally Robyn has contributed to the management of numerous community and special interest women’s advocacy and service organisations [local, state and national and international].

Robyn’s service to education was noted in 2011 as a finalist of the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award.

Robyn co-runs a small holiday cottage business in the Hunter Region of NSW.

Treasurer - Annette Bonnici

Annette is from NSW. Annette's contact details are:

TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute

Phone: 02 9942 0179 BH

Email: Annette or Memberships

Past National Co-Convenor/WAVE Ambassador - Elaine Butler

Elaine's contact details are:


Phone: 0402 517 999

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Elaine has worked as an academic, educator, researcher, consultant and activist in the fields of education, work and gender equity for over four decades. This work has been at national, local and also international levels, with an enduring focus on education and training, and policy outcomes to enhance inclusivity and the wellbeing of women and girls. Elaine has worked and undertaken consultancies in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, 7 southern African nations, Vietnam and People’s Republic of China.

Policy discourses and practices relating to equity for women and girls in the Australian VET system and elsewhere have been of special interest to Elaine over the last three decades, and continue as a high priority for her.

As well as an academic appointment at University of Adelaide- Department of Social Inquiry (Labour Studies & Women’s Studies)  (1996-1999) Elaine was a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of South Australia, where she worked 1984- 2008, and continues as an associate member of the Research Centre of Gender Studies. She is immediate past National Co-convener of WAVE and continues as a member of economicSecurity4Women, one of the Australian Government’s National Women’s Alliances that report to the federal Office for Women.  Elaine was a member of the Australian Government delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW55) in New York in 2011. Elaine is WAVE’s representative on ASPBAE & ALA. She was Visiting Scholar 2013 – 2014 for the Erasmus Mundus European Masters of Lifelong Learning: Policy & Management (MA LLL) program.

Executive Member – Dr Terri Seddon

Dr Terri Seddon
Terri's contacts are:

Phone: +61419350306


Address: 44 Hannan St, Williamstown, VIC 3016

Professor Terri Seddon, sociologist and passionate adult educator, believes in education as a fundamental human right and enabler of change in everyday life. She touches people in workplaces and communities as well as educational institutions through her teaching and research at Monash University, (now) Australian Catholic University, and collaborative projects with colleagues in Europe and the Asia Pacific. Terri’s commitments to education and educational research are distinguished by a global frame of reference that she refined through teaching the intercontinental Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change, with colleagues from Canada, Sweden and South Africa. Rigorous and enquiring, Terri’s way of working and learning across borders means stepping into what is not known. Her premise is possibility: despite growing privatisation across all levels of schooling and education, Terri looks to collaborate with great educators around the globe who seek a "game changer" to inequality and gender justice in the education space. But not only as an explorer of ideas; Terri has walked the Larapinta Track, west of Alice Springs, trekked Nepal and sings with a women’s choir to engage with cultures that broaden her horizons and extend her experience.

Northern Territory

WAVE’s convenor is Sue Shore in Darwin

Professor Sue Shore is based in Darwin. She is a Professor in Education (Research) in the School of Education and Director of the International Graduate Centre of Education. Sue has more than 33 years teaching, research and education management experience and has built a sustained history of collaboration with community, school, VET and university organisations and colleagues. Her commissioned research and competitive research grants have consistently addressed the theme of social inclusion and its implications for organisations, educators and trainers.

Sue has secured national and international grants in the areas of adult literacy provision, comparative studies of workplace learning, analyses of how racial practices operate in and across education and training organisations and strategies to enhance workplace practitioner research.

She has authored more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles, edited books, chapters and conference papers. Many of these projects involved negotiating complex research relationships with industry partners and individual educators.


WAVE's Queensland Convenor is Jane Newton.


Jane is employed as Research Manager at Jobs Queensland. Contact:



WAVE’s co-convenors in Victoria are Kira Clarke and Demmi Paris.

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Kira Clarke

Research Fellow

Melbourne Graduate School of Education


T: (03) 8344 5828

Twitter: @KiraVClarke

Demmi Paris

Victorian Executive Officer


T:(03) 9815 7010

Kira Clarke is a Research Fellow within the Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) unit of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Kira's work has included contributions to the Victorian Qualifications Authority (VQA) October Scanning Paper (2005), the Next Step survey for the Queensland Department of Education (2005, 2006), the Victorian On Track survey (2005-07), aReview of Critical Skills for OTTE (2008), an examination of post-compulsory provision in Melbourne (2008-2009), and a national study examining the Provision of Pastoral Care in Apprenticeships for the Joint DEECD/DIIRD Policy Unit on Youth Transitions. Most recently Kira completed work on an ARC Discovery Project tracking a cohort of VET in Schools students in three Australian states and she is currently conducting a study of VET in Schools as part of an three year NCVER funded project. Kira coordinates the subject Social & Professional Contexts (SPC) in the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Teach for Australia) and teaches into SPC in the Master of Teaching program. Kira also coordinates the Negotiated Project subject within the Master of Education Policy (International). Kira is currently the higher education representative to the VCAA's Vocational Education Reference Group. Kira is in the final stages of her PhD, examining youth transitions and the role of the Victorian TAFE sector, under the supervision of Professor John Polesel and A/Professor Leesa Wheelahan.

Demmi Paris has built a  professional career comprising of  15 + years’ experience in  education and management, with the last 10 years as a Management professional, both in the national and international education arena.

Demmi Is currently the Victorian Executive Officer for Australian Council for Private Education and training.(ACPET).

Demmi responsible to fulfil the strategic and governance roles and to manage the day to day operations of the Council. Responsible for coordinating and tracking strategic and annual planning, and ensuring relevance and alignment of ACPET’s strategic directions with its members.

Western Australia

Sue Thompson is WAVE's WA Convenor.


Sue Thompson has worked in further education colleges in the UK and Australia since 1988, as a lecturer, as a program manager/director and in 2013, as a consultant, at the Western Australian Department of Education Aboriginal Education branch. Sue’s specialist knowledge and interests include lecturer development (her Masters thesis was about the history and development of lecturer education in the UK) and the use of technology in teaching and learning, (Sue was one of ANTA’s inaugural Flexible Learning Leaders in 2000). Sue is currently Learning Portfolio Manager for ESL & General Education at Central Institute of Technology in Perth. Her aim is to reinvent and reinvigorate the Community and Adult Education space, a topic which combines many aspects of her experience in the sector and is enabling her to examine the possibility of personalised learning, a key emerging theme in the delivery of public services, including education and training internationally. Sue is pursuing studies in a range of areas, including the role of Social Enterprise in skills development and employment for socially disadvantaged groups.


WAVE’s convenor in NSW is Cecilia Blackwell.

Cecilia is old enough to know better, but is currently working half time as a community services teacher with TAFE, and half time as a mental health counsellor with Centacare. In her spare time, she reads diverse books and potters around her farm, looking after poultry, sheep & very naughty goats. A born feminist, she is struggling to come to terms with what seems to be a social backslide in terms of girls’ and women’s rights.


Sue Salthouse and Denise Madden

Denise Madden and Sue Salthouse

WAVE's co-convenors in the ACT are Sue Salthouse and Denise Madden. Sue is Director of Didactic Enterprises and Vice President of Women With Disabilities Australia. Denise works at the Canberra Institute of Technology

Ph: 02 6291 6842

Sue Salthouse has worked in the area of social justice and human rights since 1996, with numerous sortis into the education sector depending on country of residence. Australia’s ratification of United Nations Human Rights conventions provide the scaffold she uses to address the discrimination and marginalisation experienced by women and girls with disabilities in the education sector and in the wider community.

Her particular focus has been to play an active role in systemic advocacy to improve the status and opportunities for women and girls with disabilities to participate in education and employment. Sue is currently Convenor of Women With Disabilities ACT, a role she has held for over a decade.

In the Not For Profit sector Sue is director of a number of non-government organisations which address aspects of equity in access to education and employment, including Rights & Inclusion Australia (RI Australia), and Advance Personnel (a Disability Employment Service), and is a member of the Council of the University of Canberra.

Sue is also a past President of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Women With Disabilities Australia(WWDA) and is an inaugural life member of the Australia Nepal Friendship Society. Sue is the 2014 ACT Senior Woman of the Year.

Denise Madden
Canberra Institute of Technology

South Australia

WAVE has two Convenors in South Australia - Angela Dean and Tish Champion.


Angela’s contact details:


Phone: (08) 8207 9538

*** Email is preferred method of contact***

Angela has worked a vocational education practitioner with TAFE SA for the last six years in Foundation Skills and Information Technology Studies Programs.  Her latest appointment has been as the coordinator of the Women’s Education Program for the Northern Metropolitan area of South Australia.  Within this program she helps women gain invaluable foundation skills to continue on to further educational pathways in a variety of vocational areas.  She has recently represented the TAFE SA Women’s Committee at the 2015 Australia Education Union’s Federal Women’s Conference. Additionally she been an active  member of Women in Innovation and Technology for the past two years, helping support and elevate the women of SA in areas of innovation and technology.  Also Angela has recently become a Go Digi Mentor, to aid in raising awareness of the need to support basic digital literacy education for adults.

Tish Champion


After graduating with a Batchelor of Education from the South Australian College of Advanced Education in 1986 Tish headed overseas to work and play for 2 years.  On her return she taught for 11 years in remote educational settings such as Cook on the Western Australian border(now closed), the Pitjantjatjara Lands and Pt Pirie.  She also enjoyed two teaching stints in Japan during 1997 and 2004.  In 2000 she finally returned to Adelaide.  In 2001 and again in 2004 she became the mother of two sons who she is determined to raise as feminists.  She left teaching in 2008 to become the Women’s Officer at the Australian Education Union and is thankful to have a job that allows her to raise the profile of women and take part in women’s activities and issues on a daily basis.


WAVE currently has no representative in Tasmania. If you would be interested in taking on this role please contact