The Public Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to ensure good governance and to shape the Foundation’s strategic direction. They are all passionate about public education and committed to improving equity in Australia’s education system.

Slide "I see education as the most powerful tool for a just, fair and civil society... from primary, secondary and tertiary.
Only a strong, well-resourced and strongly supported public education sector will ensure that these goals are met
and our citizens and nation can reach their full potential.’'
Professor James Arvanitakis
Director, Public Education Foundation
Slide "Public education ensures that all children, regardless of their background or location, have the opportunity
to experience an excellent education in an environment that is welcome and accepting of all."
Jane Caro
Director, Public Education Foundation
Slide “It’s a privilege to chair an organisation dedicated to making a real difference to the lives of students and educators
in our public schools. The most effective way of dealing with disadvantage is through education and supporting
school communities as they strive for excellence. We thank all our donors and supporters for making our work possible.”
Chris Ryan
Chair, Public Education Foundation
David Friedlander, Public Education Foundation Director
David Friedlander, LLB, BComm, LLM Chair
David Friedlander is the head of King & Wood Mallesons’ Australian public mergers & acquisitions. He is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s top M&A and equity capital markets lawyers.

David attended Vaucluse Boys High School. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Law degrees from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney. He is a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel, the ASX Capital Markets Panel and its Disciplinary Tribunal. He is currently on the Adara Panel, the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia and the board of The Sydney Dance Company.

Professor Judyth Sachs, PEF Deputy Chair
Prof. Judyth Sachs, BA, MA, PhD, Dip Teach Deputy Chair
Professor Judyth Sachs has an eminent career as an educator working in schools, education bureaucracies and universities. She is currently Director of Judyth Sachs Consulting, Chief Academic Officer at Studiosity and the Australian co-Director of the ANZ Top Management Program offered by Advance HE UK. . She has held senior management positions at Macquarie University, where she was Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor from December 2006–March 2014, and at The University of Sydney, where she was Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Chair of the Academic Board and the first woman Professor of Education. Her academic work has focussed on the teaching profession, teacher professional development, women in leadership and higher education.
Robin Low, PEF Treasurer
Robin Low, BComm, FCA Director & Treasurer
Robin is a non-executive director serving on the boards of listed companies: Appen Limited, AUB Group Limited, IPH Limited and Marley Spoon AG. Robin is on the board of a number of not for profit organisations: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Primary Ethics and Public Education Foundation. In the Government sector, she is on the board of Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation and was previously deputy chairman of Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Robin is a chartered accountant and former audit and risk partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she worked for 28 years.

Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Cheryl KennedyDirector & Treasurer (Appointed March 2020)
Cheryl is a Chartered Accountant and has been working in the accounting profession for over 15 years. She is currently an audit partner with Deloitte.
Jane Caro, Public Education Foundation Director
Jane Caro, BA AMDirector
Jane Caro is a Walkley award winning writer, author, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker and award winning advertising writer. She has a BA in English Literature from Macquarie University and has published ten books.

Jane regularly contributes articles and opinion pieces to a number of publications and appears as panellist and an expert commentator on commercial and public broadcasters.

Jane is on the Boards of Bell Shakespeare and the Public Education Foundation.

Carol Taylor, Public Education Foundation Director
Carol Taylor, BA, DipEd , MEdDirector
Carol Taylor is a former education consultant to the NSW Education Minister. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the Board of Studies, focusing on teaching and educational standards, and acting chief executive of the NSW Institute of Teachers. In 2014 Carol was awarded the Professional Teachers Council Award of NSW for Exceptional Service.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
David Wynne B.ED, MAICDDirector
David has worked as a teacher and administrator in public education for more than 40 years, teaching in rural and urban schools as well as delivering adult education and training. A former advisor for education programs targeting disadvantaged students he has been active in brokering philanthropic support for public education. He has been a member of the University of Sydney Professional Development Advisory Board for Education. His not-for-profit experience includes a long-term directorship of the Teachers Health Fund, he is currently Deputy Chair. He is also a Director of the Nurses and Midwives Health Fund.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Lila Mularczyk, JP OAMDirector (Appointed March 2020)
Lila Mularczyk, has been recognized for her commitment to public education, being honoured with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), in 2017. Lila currently has a portfolio of primarily voluntary work including roles for the NSW Department of Education, managing Professional Learning for UNSW Gonski Institute for Education, Presidency of ACENSW, lecturing at university, and supervising professional experience (UTS). She mentors and coaches colleagues in school including first year teachers. Lila is also a member and/or chair of education advisory boards (State and National), coaches school leaders, collaborates on research and works freelance on special projects across professional associations and the education community. Lila was Director of NSW Secondary Education, previously a School Principal (for 15 years), President of NSW Secondary Principal’s Council. Lila worked in schools for 34 years and has received numerous esteemed awards through her career.

Management Team During Reporting Period

Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
David Hetherington, BA (Hons), MPAExecutive Director
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Alison Matheson, BSc (Hons) MProfAcct ASA Finance Manager and Administration Manager, Company Secretary