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
Head of King and Wood Mallesons public mergers & acquisitions, Member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia, board member Sydney Dance Company, member of the Adara Partners Adviser Panel and former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.
Professor Judyth Sachs, PEF Deputy Chair
Prof. Judyth Sachs, BA, MA, PhD, Dip Teach Deputy Chair
Past president of the Australian Association for Research in Education, former member of the Executive of the Australian College of Educators.
Robin Low, PEF Treasurer
Robin Low, BComm, FCA Director & Treasurer
Non-Executive Director Appen Limited, AUB Group Limited, IPH Limited and Marley Spoon AG. Former audit and risk partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and former Deputy Chairman of Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.
Professor James Arvanitakis, Public Education Foundation Director
Chris Ryan PSM, BA, Dip Ed, MADirector (resigned March 2020)
Former senior executive NSW Department of Education with experience as a director in education based not-for-profit organisations.
Jane Caro, Public Education Foundation Director
Jane Caro, BA AMDirector
Principal Jara Consulting, author, lecturer, social commentator and columnist.
Carol Taylor, Public Education Foundation Director
Carol Taylor, BA, DipEd , MEdDirector
Former education consultant to the NSW Education Minister, former Chief Executive of the NSW Board of Studies and acting Chief Executive of the NSW Institute of Teachers
David Wynne B.ED, MAICDDirector
Non-Executive Director of Teachers Health and Nurses and Midwives Health, extensive career in public education.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Cheryl KennedyDirector (Appointed March 2020)
Chartered Accountant in the accounting profession for over 15 years. Currently an audit partner with Deloitte.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Lila Mularczyk, JP OAMDirector (Appointed March 2020)
Manager of Professional Learning at UNSW Gonski Institute for Education, President of ACENSW, university lecturer, multiple special projects and UTS professional experience, coach and mentor. Former Director of NSW Secondary Education, School Principal and President of NSW Secondary Principal’s Council.

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