Prakash Nair

World renowned futurist, visionary planner and educational architect; and Founding President and CEO, Fielding Nair International (USA)


Prakash Nair is the President and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International. FNI has done work in 40 countries on 5 continents. He is a futurist, a visionary planner, architect and one of the world’s leading change agents in school design. He is also the Managing Editor of which attracts over two million visitors each year. He is the recipient of several international awards including the prestigious CEFPI MacConnell Award, the top honor worldwide for school design.

He has written extensively in leading international journals about school design and educational technology and their connection to established educational research. He is also the author of two guidebooks on school planning including the landmark publication, The Language of School Design which he co-authored with Randall Fielding. Prior to co-founding Fielding Nair International, Prakash worked for 10 years as Director of Operations for a multi-billion dollar school construction program for New York City.

Frank Kelly

Author and Senior Planner, Stantec (USA)


Frank Kelly is a recognized leader in the architectural profession in the Houston area. He has written and spoken extensively on the entire process of school design, co-authored the Region IV Bond Planning Manual and the books “Teaching the Digital Generation”, and “Learning Without Classrooms” with Ted McCain and Ian Jukes on 21st Century High Schools.

Kathleen Donohoe

Director, Futures Learning Unit, NSW Department of Education


As the Director, Futures Learning, Kathleen have developed and implemented the Futures Learning Strategy encompassing support for innovative practice and professional learning opportunities for teaching staff in over 2,000 schools across NSW. This includes providing support to schools in the implementation, sharing and scaling of innovative practice, and the planning, designing and effective use of learning space and technology. Professional learning offerings (aligned with current curriculum) to support students for an ever changing future, have been developed and are being delivered.

Kathleen is leading Futures Learning' research engagement with Universities, national and International partners, and partnerships with industry partners to support optimal education experiences for students. She is an experienced Director of Learning with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry, including the design, planning, effective use and evaluation of physical and virtual learning environments.

Prof. Stephen Heppell

Internationally acclaimed leader in learning, new media, and technology in education


Stephen Heppell is an English educator who specialises in the use of ICT in education. He is a Professor at Bournemouth University, Chair in New Media Environments, Emeritus Professor Anglia Ruskin University, Visiting Professor University of Wales, Newport. Heppell is best known for his work at Ultralab, part of Anglia Polytechnic University. There, he worked on education projects such as “Learning in the New Millennium”, “Schools OnLine”, development of “” and “Talking Heads”.

In 2003, Heppell left UltraLab and is now CEO of the education consultancy firm,, a global and flourishing policy and learning consultancy which now has an enviable portfolio of international projects all round the world. Stephen is retained by a number of organisations to help with future policy and direction, including the BBC, as an Associate of KPMG, and is retained by the UK government in Horizon Scanning work to advise of future directions for educational policy. Stephen is executive chairman of LP+ who are currently developing a Chinese language learning community for 20 million Chinese school students, in partnership with China’s Sun New Media corporation.

Karen Bryant

Director, Public Schools NSW, NSW Department of Education


Karen Bryant began her career in education as a visual arts teacher almost 30 years ago. Since that time, she’s made a substantial contribution to education across NSW. After taking on senior roles within schools, including leading teacher, deputy principal and principal, Karen moved into wider leadership positions, including school education director and director public schools NSW. Based on her ability to provide strategic educational leadership Karen currently holds the role of Director Public Schools NSW, Parramatta Strategy. In this role she is currently leading the development and delivery of future focused teaching and learning in the redevelopment and expansion of Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School. The schools will provide the first public high rise high school in NSW.

Matthew Greene

Head of Education, Paynter Dixon


Matthew joined Paynter Dixon in 2003 as one of the company’s key design architects. He has had a long-standing credible record in the design and construction industry. Matthew manages schematic design proposals and developments. Matthew’s strengths include conceptual design, space planning, site masterplanning, external design, finishes and details, and ecologically sustainable design principles.

Roni Zimmer Doctory

Senior Design Consultant, Fielding Nair International (USA)


Roni Zimmer Doctory has over 17 years of professional architectural and project management experience. She has served as an Architect and Design Team Leader at AlefBet Planners in Israel since 2007.

Roni has extensive knowledge of and experience working on a variety of projects including public buildings, welfare and community buildings, tourism and leisure complexes, neighborhoods and residential buildings, industrial and office buildings.

Roni graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

Her portfolio of educational work includes various schools throughout Israel. For the past two years, Roni has collaborated with Fielding Nair International on innovative educational projects including the nationally renowned GOGYA Teacher Training Academy developed by the AMIT Network of schools.

Roni’s commitment to education is inspired by the schooling experience of her own children. She represents a new generation of visionary young architects who understand the profound ways in which the built environment impacts student learning outcomes.

She believes passionately that there is an urgent imperative for education change in Israel and throughout the world so that students are better prepared for a very different future than anything we have seen before. Towards this goal, Roni has been traveling within Israel and internationally and working closely with FNI’s President Prakash Nair and other senior managers at the Company to explore a wide range of effective education solutions. These include not just new ways to design school buildings but also methods to introduce and implement highly innovative, student-centered curriculums in new and renovated schools.

Prof. Carol Flexer

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Audiology, The University of Akron, Ohio (USA)


Carol Flexer, PhD, FAAA, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology, The University of Akron. An international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications including 14 books, Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. For her research and advocacy for children with hearing loss, Dr. Flexer has received four prestigious awards; two from The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- the Volta Award and Professional of the Year Award, one from the American Academy of Audiology; the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award., and one from Kent State University, The EHHS Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015.

Dr Benjamin Cleveland

Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, University of Melbourne


Dr Benjamin Cleveland is a former primary and secondary teacher, now Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where he is Associate Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). Ben is a Chief Investigator for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Innovative Learning Environments + Teacher Change’ and acted as Research Manager for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’.

Other recent research has included leading a review of the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s school area guidelines and running a three-year program of learning environment evaluation for Catholic Education in Melbourne and Parramatta. Ben is the immediate past-Chair of the Victorian Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia and consulted as lead Educational Planner for the 15 new Victorian schools procured via Public Private Partnership.

Prof. Mark Brown

Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University (Ireland)


Mark Brown is Ireland’s first Professor of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU). He was previously Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University in New Zealand where he was also President of theNew Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ) and and Treasurer of member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).

Mark is currently an Executive Committee member and Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) and chairs the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). He alos serves on the Board of the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) recognised Mark as a world leader in Open, Online and Distance Learning and he is an Ambassador for the Global Advocacy of Open Educational Resources (OER) on behalf of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Mark has played key leadership roles in the university-wide implementation of new models of teaching and learning and has published extensively in the fields of Blended, On-line and Digital (BOLD) education.

Jorge Chapa

Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia


jorge ensures that the GBCA’s product and service offerings continue to improve Australia’s built environment – delivering more sustainable and liveable places and communities. He also continues drive the evolution of our Green Star tool and draws upon a wealth of industry experience, an architecture degree from the University of Monterrey in Mexico and a Masters in Design Science from the University of Sydney.

Dallas McInerney

Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Schools NSW


Dallas McInerney is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Schools NSW, the new body representing the state’s 591 Catholic schools and 258,000 students. Prior to his appointment, Dallas spent almost two decades working in public policy, legal and regulatory affairs across the private and public sectors including some of Australia’s largest corporates; his public sector roles have been with the market regulator, ASIC and the United Nations in New York.

Andrew Pender

Practice Director, PMDL; and International Board member Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)


Andrew brings to all his work a clear focus on briefing and client communication, and has a special interest in the interaction of architecture and pedagogy. His focus on clients’ needs, their briefs and on communication has contributed to successful bespoke solutions for clients and to rewarding long term relationships.

Richard Leonard

Director, Hayball; and International Board member Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)


Richard is an Architect and Director of Hayball, one of Australia’s largest architecture practices, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Richard is internationally recognised as an expert in helping schools integrate contemporary teaching and learning philosophies into creative design responses. A strong advocate for collaborative and research-driven design, he regularly teams with leading education specialists in the delivery of innovative school facilities.

Past Chair of the Association for Learning Environments Australasia, Richard is also active at the organisation’s international level. He is a member of the Learning Environments applied Research Network (LEaRN) and collaborates with the University of Melbourne where he is Linkage Partner in several ARC education research initiatives.

Chris Keating

CEO, Victorian School Building Authority


Chris is leading the planning and delivery of the State Government’s record investment in Victorian schools and early childhood centres. He has overseen the delivery of 10 new state-of-the-art schools in 2017, with another 11 due to open next year. A further 35 schools are in the planning stage.

Before being appointed CEO of the VSBA in 2016, Chris led the Infrastructure and Sustainability Division at the Department of Education and Training and has more than nine years’ experience delivering public school building projects in Victoria.

Anthony Manning

CEO, School Infrastructure NSW


The NSW Government is injecting over $4.2 billion into new and upgraded school infrastructure over the next four years – the largest in NSW education history. In August 2017, Anthony Manning was appointed as Chief Executive of Schools Infrastructure NSW, a centre of excellence for the planning, design, delivery and maintenance of school facilities.

Prior to this appointment, Anthony played a key role at Health Infrastructure. Growing this highly successful enterprise from delivering $200 million of capital health projects per year in 2008 to currently more than $1 billion per year. This included the outsourcing of procurement for the Northern Beaches Hospital, reforming the way public health infrastructure and services can be delivered.

Before emigrating from England in 2008, Anthony held key leadership positions at: Turner & Townsend – project delivery for the Department of Health (UK) and Project Director for the relocation and scoping of the 40,000m2 KPMG European headquarters to Canary Wharf, ensuring a successful acquisition costing GBP260 million.

Julie Terry

Principal, St Brigid’s Catholic Secondary College, Lake Munmorah


Mrs Julie Terry was announced as the founding principal of St Brigid’s Catholic College in December 2012. St Brigid’s was opened in January 2014, for Year 7. With a teaching career spanning over twenty eight years, Julie has held the position of Principal at Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood since 2010 and previous to this was Assistant Principal at the College from 2009. Julie has also held the positions of Acting Assistant Principal, Year Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator and Pastoral Care Coordinator at St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford.

Vicki Waters

Principal, Pymble Ladies' College


Vicki is a well-known and respected independent school leader and speaker. For the past decade, she has led a national discourse on the need for world-class education and opportunities for girls while leading the century-old Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney. As a leader of more than 2,000 students, 600 staff and a broad community of highly involved stakeholders—College parents and alumni—Vicki has developed a unique skill set that blends her passion for education with in-depth knowledge and practice of leadership, teams, innovation, organisational development, technology, risk and compliance, and HR. At Pymble, she works with the governing board, the College Council, to develop Towards 2020, an eight-year strategic intent to guide the development and change of the College. This wide-reaching document has been a platform for significant change within Pymble, including restructuring organisational and academic staff to employ a Director of Improvement Strategy. Among its many achievements, Towards 2020 has enabled significant investment in creating a forward-facing curriculum that future-readies students, and a professional development partnership with Harvard University and other world education leaders to guide change.

Prof. Martin Locke

Infrastructure Financing and PPP’s expert and consultant, University fo Sydney Business School


Martin is an infrastructure specialist with over 30 years of experience and has advised Government on a wide range of major PPPs. He is a Former Partner of PwC having led the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney for over 12 years. Before that he was an investment banker with the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell group with a focus on infrastructure project financing and worked in London, Sydney, Singapore and Johannesburg. He has established an independent private consultancy, Lidunian Partners, and has a portfolio of consulting and non-executive director roles. His clients have included Cushman & Wakefield, NSW Government and Infrastructure Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney Business School and is a Council Member of International Project Finance Association. He is currently part of the research team investigating whether school PPPs have delivered value for money in the operational phase.

Dr Janelle Wills

Associate Director, Marzano Research, Solution Tree Australia; and Education Consultant, Hear and Learn


Dr Janelle Wills is currently the Associate Director of Marzano Research for Solution Tree Australia and Education Consultant for Hear and Learn. She has over thirty years of teaching and leadership experience and has developed and led significant initiatives at both a school and sector level. Her PhD focused on self-efficacy and contributed to multiple fields of knowledge including gifted education, assessment and feedback. She works extensively with schools, regions and systems throughout Australia

Shehan Micheal

Procurement Manager, Sydney Cathloic Schools


Shehan is currently the Procurement Manager for Sydney Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney and is responsible for the purchasing activity in 152 schools. He moved across to the education sector in 2015 having held a prior role in Aged and Community Care. During Shehan’s time working in the Not for Profit industry, he has demonstrated his excellence in Procurement and Supply Chain functions both here in Australia and internationally.

With 16 years of experience in variance levels of Procurement functions, Shehan is skilled in managing all aspects of assigned purchasing and supply streams. In the last two years he has introduced Strategic Procurement to Sydney Catholic Schools and prior to this he transformed the Procurement platform at Anglicare.

Andrew Trnacek

CEO, Higher Ed Services


Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Higher Ed Services and previously, a senior partner at Grant Thornton with account responsibility for the public sector and the national lead for education.

Dr Sarah Cullen

Managing Director, The Cullen Group & Fellow, The University of Melbourne


Sara has consulted to over 135 private and public sector organisations, spanning 51 countries with contract values up to $18B. She is a widely published, internationally recognized author having written over 137 best practice publications, conducted 7 government reviews, featured in 100+ articles and presented in 300+ major conferences, and trained 751 organizations.