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 Australian Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons. 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.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Cheryl KennedyDirector & Treasurer
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 12 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.

Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Lila Mularczyk, JP OAMDirector
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, projects for UNSW Gonski Institute for Education, National Vice Chair of ACE, lecturing at university, and supervising professional experience (UTS and UNSW). She mentors and coaches colleagues in school including first year teachers. Lila is also a member and/or chair of multiple education advisory boards (State and National), provides Professional Learning via TF CPL, coaches school leaders, collaborates on numerous tertiary 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.

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
Nathan TowneyDirector
Nathan is a proud Wiradjuri man from Wellington in NSW and an education leader. Nathan’s appointment as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, Strategy and Leadership role follows a four-year tenure as the Principal of Newcastle High School.
Nathan led the development of the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research Framework.

In addition to this Nathan is leading a coordinated approach to Indigenous Health Research for the region, working with stakeholders including the local health districts, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Central Coast Research Institute, Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Service, NSW Regional Health Partners and the local community.

Nathan is also on the board of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council (ARLIC), is the Chairperson for NESA – Aboriginal Education Forum and an Executive Committee Member of The University of Newcastle.

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.

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 CPAFinance Manager and Administration Manager, Company Secretary