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Our Associates

2017 Associate Positions

We are currently seeking vibrant, dynamic and highly experienced school educators to join our growing pool of Associates and facilitate our suite of programs throughout Victoria.

Please email your expression of interest, including a detailed CV, to hr.anz@mottmac.com
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Cambridge Education's Associates are made up of education experts who were/are exceptional school leaders or teachers; highly motivated and engaging facilitators; passionate and knowledgeable about school leadership, empowering effective teachers, and building positive climates for learning.

Meet some of our Associates below...

Peter Brain

Peter’s experience as Regional Network Leader in the Central Grampians saw him directly supporting 22 schools by monitoring principal effectiveness and coordinating support services, along with managing cross-region initiatives. Prior to this, Peter was Assistant Regional Director in both Facilities and School Improvement. He understands the disparate demands on principals and varying skills level that they bring upon entering the role after working in a number of system-level positions. Peter uses his experience to optimise the outcomes for new principals in his work with Cambridge Education. Peter has particular expertise in technical school issues such as human resources and teacher conduct and ethics.

Noelle Burdekin

Noelle has extensive educational leadership experience working in a range of settings and differing roles. She worked as Principal in Regional Victoria for a number of years. Prior to these positions she was a Cluster Educator and a Teaching and Learning coach. As a cluster educator for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development she had wide ranging experience in facilitating and preparing workshops across the network. Through this experience, she has developed a keen understanding of effective models of developing adult learning. Noelle has had valuable experience as host principal as part of the Principal Intern program. Noelle has highly developed skills in coaching and mentoring and a sophisticated understanding of the coaching relationship.

Gary Campbell

Gary has worked as a principal in urban and rural settings of up to 650 enrolments, including a high performing school. He focused on improving literacy and numeracy within his school, but also successfully implemented programs supporting science, new technology, and student leadership. Gary served as Boroondara Network Leader where he led purposeful meetings with working parties reporting on curriculum, student support and collegiate development. He was involved with the Department of Education and Training’s Experienced Principal’s Program assisting principals in developing a future plan for their schools. Gary has led internal and external reviews for the Department of Education and International Baccalaureate Organisation. His understanding of data analysis to improve teaching and learning performance is combined with experience in leading complex communities and improving teacher performance.

Peter Congdon

Peter is internationally regarded as an expert in educational measurement with expertise in developing assessment instruments, data analysis and psychometrics. For over 15 years he has led significant psychometric work at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) and is a key player in state-based sample and cohort educational assessment programs in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Peter has worked in more than 50 schools on how they use school data to improve student outcomes and has developed and run state-wide workshops on using NAPLAN and VCE data. He has presented papers on Educational Measurement at many local and international conferences and his work work appears in peer reviewed journals and psychometric text books.

Steve Daly

Steve worked across the education system in a wide range of roles focused on leadership for school improvement and led a number of significant curriculum projects. He has both local and international experience as an education consultant. Steve has also worked in the private sector in a senior management role in the education technology sector.

Dr Pam Dettman

Pam has been a consultant for several years following a career in school and university education. She has worked extensively in Australia and the United Kingdom and given addresses in different countries. In the UK she has worked at four universities, starting as Director of the MBA International for Senior Leaders at the University of Lincoln, and specialising in strategy, organisational leadership, school improvement and evaluation. She currently supervises the academic work of a number of Teach First Master’s students across the UK and runs an international Master’s module in Vision and Values for University College London from her home in Adelaide. In Australia, with a background of three senior leadership positions in independent schools, including two principalships, she has worked with Cambridge Education on a range of leadership and management projects.

Donna Galvin

Donna has spent thirteen years in education as a business manager, facilities manager, and project manager in schools with the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Donna brings expertise as a business manager in areas such as project planning, evaluation, stakeholder management and facilitation. Through her understanding and experience she works with school principals and education support staff to maximise the strategic potential of school business managers in supporting quality learning and teaching.

Des Gorman


Des has had a successful career as a school principal before taking on system leadership roles at regional and state level in Victoria and NSW. As General Manager of Learning and Development in NSW, Des had statewide responsibility for professional learning for teachers and school leaders, vocational education, school improvement and measurement, student engagement and curriculum support across the state. Des has facilitated professional learning programs for teachers and leaders throughout Australia in his role as an educational consultant and as an Associate with Cambridge Education. He has been a facilitator and program designer/evaluator at state and national levels to support Asia Capable schools and school leaders. He has also researched and facilitated national leadership programs for Australian Institute for Teachers and School Leaders. Des has served on the governing bodies of the NSW Board of Studies, the NSW Quality Teaching Council, the Asia Education Foundation and the Curriculum Corporation.

Jan Gregory

Jan has extensive leadership experience as a primary and secondary school principal and a system leader in the role of Regional Network leader in the education department. She is an accredited coach through GROWTH Coaching International. Jan has presented workshops sessions to groups of principals, aspirant leaders, teaching and non-teaching staff and has presented at conferences both locally and internationally. She is currently completing her PhD thesis that investigates the links between principal leadership and professional learning to improve student learning outcomes.

Dr Judy Larsen

Judy has extensive experience in education across all sectors, including teaching at primary, secondary and university levels in both the UK and Australia. She has worked as a primary and secondary teacher, school principal of a large, innovative secondary school in Western Australia, curriculum developer, education consultant and researcher. As Commonwealth Relations Trust Scholar, Judy completed her PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London on change and innovation in secondary schools. Over the last 18 years Judy has undertaken a broad range of research and consultancy in the UK and Europe including with the Department for Education (London), local authorities and schools. Judy has combined working with the National College for Leadership (UK) developing and leading professional development for current and future school leaders across London with similar work in Australia. She provides personal career coaching and mentoring to aspirant school and corporate leaders, including supporting leaders in schools in challenging circumstances.

Debbie Peynenborg

Debbie is a qualified coach and educational consultant with 36 years’ experience in education. Following her time as a school principal, Debbie spent eight years in senior management roles focused on building teacher and leader capacity for school improvement with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria). She also worked at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership developing and overseeing professional learning for school leaders. Debbie currently coaches aspirant and experienced school leaders across Victoria.

Charlotte Rendle-Short

Charlotte was a senior executive with United Learning, one of the UK's largest not-for-profit educational organisations, for 15 years. In this role she provided support and guidance to principals and school leaders from a wide range of contexts across the private and government sectors. The key focus of her work was to enable schools to grow and flourish in response to the challenges of continuous improvement. Prior to her time in this role she spent 15 years as a teacher, senior leader and principal in both Victoria and the UK. Charlotte brings to her work an ability to think strategically and to coach leadership teams as they take ideas, analyse and shape them into an effective strategy.

Denise Skidmore

Denise was the Technical Director for Cambridge Education Australia from 2010-2013. As one of our lead writers and course designers she brings substantial Australian and international experience in school leadership and school improvement. Denise previously worked in the UK where she held senior management roles in supporting large and complex inner-London local education authorities with very low achievement. In addition to supporting school improvement, she was responsible for leading a number of key reforms in the integration of health, social services and education, to better support the needs of vulnerable children and young people. She has also worked in the US for a period, where she supported the development of a State-wide accountably framework for both schools and districts.

Earlier in her career Denise focused extensively on curriculum development, assessment and improving pedagogy in the area of mathematics education, supporting schools throughout the geographically vast state of Western Australia. She was also the foundation principal of a large primary school that became the centre of a rapidly-growing young community.

Greg Sperling

Greg has 15 years’ experience in Principal Class, including being the Foundation Principal of two new schools developed from green field sites. His 35 year teaching career includes experience in Victorian state schools, indigenous schools in Far North Queensland and in Catholic education. Greg led schools using innovative curriculum programs with a strong emphasis on relationships and effective teaching practice. He has extensive experience in all levels of school operations, including curriculum development, staff and leadership team development, performance and development frameworks, Learning Space design and resourcing, and alignment of resources to student outcomes. Greg has Instructional Rounds and school reviewer accreditation and is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) presenter with experience with Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator (HBDI).

Lisa Sperling

Lisa has been a teacher and school leader for 30 years, focusing her career on student achievement, relationships and leadership development. As a principal, she managed the essential business, technical and HR systems in large complex schools to support the best learning outcomes for students. Her school leadership style was characterised by a strong teaching and learning focus, facilitating teamwork and collaboration and clear and transparent processes. Lisa has highly developed skills in data analysis, school accountability, school improvement theory and practice and coaching as well as a deep understanding of current government policy and programs.

Sharon Walker

Sharon is a qualified coach and educational consultant with 36 years’ experience in education. During her time as a school principal, she has led schools during significant periods of changed and has worked with staff across the state. She has presented a range of professional learning for educators at state-wide and regional conferences primarily focusing on building teacher and leadership capacity for school improvement. Sharon has also worked at the school level with leadership teams and staff supporting schools in building effective Professional Learning Communities. She is currently coaching leadership teams as well as aspirant and experienced school leaders across Victoria.

As well as Michelle Griffiths, Jonathan Heard and Kerri McKenna.

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