The Mitchell Institute has a small, talented team guided by an Advisory board.
Mitchell Institute Director
Dr Sara Glover is a highly respected policy and research leader in the areas of education, adolescent health, and education systems data and evaluation. She has been Mitchell Institute Director since October 2015, and was previously the Institute’s education program director.
Professor of Tertiary Education Policy
Peter Noonan has played a major role in shaping policy in Australia’s education and training system and has experience working as a policy adviser, senior executive and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers and TAFE institutes.
Policy Program Director
Megan O’Connell is a public policy expert with experience across the early childhood, school and tertiary education sectors. A key focus of her work leading Mitchell's research program is developing policy to improve transitions across the education continuum.
Communications and Media Director
Julia manages Mitchell's communication team and is the organisation's primary media contact. She joined Mitchell in 2016 and brings strategic media and communications experience from interstate and overseas government and education sectors.
Mitchell Professorial Fellow
Professor Stephen Lamb is Director of the Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) at Victoria University and has a distinguished record of contribution to educational research and policy over the past 30 years.
Mitchell Professorial Fellow and International adviser
Yong Zhao is an internationally recognised scholar whose work focuses on the implications of globalisation and technology on education.
Dr Bronwyn Hinz received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Her thesis examined the influence of federalism on school funding and policy reform and was jointly supervised by the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Dr Stacey Fox has worked in research and policy across child, youth and family sectors for a number of years. Most recently, she was Senior Manager of Research and Projects at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) where she led a large national project focused on parent engagement in learning.
Rosa provides executive and business support to Mitchell Director Sara Glover and Professorial Fellow Peter Noonan. She has extensive experience managing education research centres at Victoria University and the University of Melbourne.
Bill Lucas joins the Mitchell Institute as an international adviser. He is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL) at the University of Winchester, and is internationally regarded for his expertise and research in rethinking the purposes of schooling and vocational training.
Strategy and development
Dr Michelle Anderson provides developmental advice to the Mitchell Institute. She is the Director of Interface2Consulting and on the board of Schools Connect Australia and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Education and Employment Advisory Panel.
Catherine has worked on education policy and projects for over 15 years. Previously, she has held roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian public services, at Monash University and in the not-for-profit sector.
Research manager, teacher education
Ryan Dunn joins Mitchell as research manager with the 'Teacher education: Improving practice, improving outcomes' project. He has extensive expertise on primary mathematics, educational leadership, practitioner research and teacher professional learning.
Sarah Pilcher works on Mitchell's tertiary education and education opportunity programs. She has considerable public policy experience across school and tertiary education, skills and the labour market.
Hannah Matus has significant public policy and project management experience in the areas of early childhood, schooling and child health and wellbeing. Hannah joins the Mitchell Institute from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, where she worked for seven years, and has an academic background in the social sciences and psychology.
Kate Torii has policy and project management experience in the public sector, and joins the Mitchell Institute from the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Kate has a Master’s in International Relations and a background in economics and political studies, and has also worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Communications and Media Advisor
Chloe Hyde is a digital communications specialist with experience in both the VET and higher education sectors. She works across the Institute’s digital communication channels, media and engagement opportunities.