The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) Board has 8–15 members. Members are nominated by the Minister for Education and appointed by the Governor-in-Council.
PSM, BEc(Hons), DipEd
Chris Wardlaw held Deputy Secretary roles in education in Hong Kong (2002–08) and Victoria (2009–13) before he retired. In the Hong Kong Government, Chris was responsible for curriculum, assessment and quality assurance for pre-primary, basic education and senior secondary education. In Victoria, he was responsible for strategy and review across the portfolio.
Before his time in Hong Kong, Chris had a long career in Victorian education, during which he took a leading role in major reforms supporting school-level decision-making, evaluation and review.
He taught economics and history at university and secondary levels before moving into educational administration.
Chris received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Public Service Medal in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He was made a Fellow of Monash University in 2013.
He is Director of the Board of Athletics Australia and Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
Jenny has been Secretary of the Department of Education and Training since March 2019.
As Secretary, Jenny is directly responsible for the management of the Department and for ensuring the education and training portfolio Ministers are supported in the management and administration of their portfolios.
Jenny manages a $16 billion budget and leads 3,600 corporate staff to deliver and improve early childhood education, school education, and vocational and higher education services across Victoria. She employs a further 62,000 staff in government schools.
Jenny joined the Department in December 2015, as Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Finance Services Group. In this role, she was responsible for the management and oversight of the Department’s financial, procurement and information technology services, along with strategic advice and planning for state budget processes, and infrastructure policy and delivery.
This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service, including the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Human Services.
Professor Marcia Devlin
BA, DipEd, GradDipAppPsych, MEd, PhD
Professor Marcia Devlin has served as Senior Vice-President and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University (2018-2020); Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at RMIT University (2017-2018), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at Federation University Australia (2013-2017) and Executive Director (Academic Programs and Services) at Open Universities Australia (2012). Marcia previously held education leadership roles at Deakin University and the University of Melbourne and has won numerous awards for her leadership.
With colleagues, Marcia has won over $6 million in competitive, external and other funds to undertake education research. She has led a number of seminal, national research projects to successful completion, including on the effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Marcia has over 300 publications comprising refereed, academic, professional and media outputs. Her writing in education and equity is widely read and cited.
A qualified teacher, a registered psychologist, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Marcia currently serves on a number of education-related boards.
BEd, MEd, GradDipEdStudies, MACEL
Catherine Dillon holds the position of Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching with Catholic Education Office Sandhurst. Previously she was Manager, Leadership and School Development with Catholic Education Melbourne from 2015 to 2017. This followed school leadership roles as Principal of Mount St Joseph Girls’ College, Altona, 2008–15 and Deputy Principal of Catholic Regional College, Sydenham, 2006–08.
She is a registered teacher with 25 years’ experience as a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her current role focuses on leading school effectiveness and system improvement to maximise student learning growth and social emotional development.
Professor Wayne Hodgson
BSc, PhD, GradCertHighEd
Professor Wayne Hodgson is Deputy Dean (education) for the Faculty of medicine, nursing and health sciences at Monash University. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs in Australia and overseas.
Professor Hodgson is a past winner of the faculty’s Jubilee Teaching Prize and continues to teach pharmacology in a range of courses. He has a keen interest in research that examines the relationship between admissions criteria and subsequent performance at university, and widening access to courses for students from under-served populations.
Professor Hodgson is an internationally renowned pharmacologist who specialises in toxinology (the study of toxins produced by living organisms). His laboratory has been responsible for characterising a wide range of animal venoms and associated toxins. He serves on a number of editorial boards of scientific journals.
Dr Toni Meath
DEd, MEd (Melb), BEd (Syd) FACEL
Dr Toni Meath is Principal of Melbourne Girls' Grammar School. She has excellent leadership skills and knowledge of the Victorian education sector. Her work in education innovation has been published nationally and internationally. Previously Dr Meath was Principal of Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School and the founding Assistant Principal of Nossal High School, Victoria’s first co-educational select entry high school.
Professor Mark Rose
PhD, MEdAdmin, BA, DipT
Professor Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of Western Victoria. He has a 40-year career in education, contributing to a broad range of educational settings in Victoria, nationally and internationally. Mark is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.
In ministerially appointed arrangements, Mark advised ministers Nelson, Bishop, Gillard and Garrett, co-chaired the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Review, and has sat on numerous government task-forces.
He is involved with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, and is a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. He is Vice-President of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated. He chairs the Indigenous advisory group of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and is Chancellor of Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory.
Emeritus Professor Kaye Stacey
BSc(Hons), MSc, DPhil, DipEd, FAustMS
Emeritus Professor Kaye Stacey is one of Australia’s leading mathematics education experts with a strong international reputation. She has worked as a researcher in education, as a primary and secondary teacher educator and a supervisor of graduate research, and is an adviser to governments. She has written many practically-orientated books and articles for mathematics teachers. She is especially interested in adapting curriculum and assessment to the new technological environment, and in all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Dip Teaching (Early Childhood); MEd (Early Childhood Education)
Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. She is an early childhood professional with experience in a range of early childhood settings. Catharine has worked as an early childhood teacher, established programs with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, managed a range of services for children and their families in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs and a school-based program in Papua New Guinea. Catharine has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Monash University. Catharine has been a member of the VCAA Early Years to 10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee since 2017.
Aayushi Khillan is a passionate and innovative young leader currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. She completed VCE at The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School in 2018 where she was the Debating and Public Speaking Captain, Representative Council Treasurer and Girls in Volunteering Executive. Aayushi was part of the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) executive team in 2017-18.
Robert Fearnside has a background with the Victorian Auditor-Generals Office, Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and is very experienced in education with strong risk and audit knowledge, governance knowledge and awareness of the Education and Training Reform Act legislation. Part of Roberts role will be to chair the VCAA Audit Committee.