Our team

The Mitchell Institute has a small, talented team guided by an Advisory board

Megan O'Connell

Megan O'Connell

Mitchell Institute Director

Megan O’Connell is a public policy expert with experience across the early childhood, school and tertiary education sectors. Megan is responsible for the Institute's strategic direction and leadership of the team.

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Stacey Fox

Stacey Fox

Acting Policy Program Director

Dr Stacey Fox leads the policy team and Institute research program. She 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).

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Sally Maddison

Sally Maddison

Stakeholder and Advocacy Manager

Sally works with partners and funders to achieve the best outcomes for Mitchell Institute projects. She joined the team with considerable experience in policy, strategy and relationship management within the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

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Julia Johnston

Julia Johnston

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.

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Chloe Hyde

Chloe Hyde

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.

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Rosa Brezac

Rosa Brezac

Executive co-ordinator

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.

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Peter Noonan

Peter Noonan

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.

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Bronwyn Hinz

Bronwyn Hinz

Policy Fellow

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.

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Sarah Pilcher

Sarah Pilcher

Policy Fellow

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.

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Hannah Cole

Hannah Matus

Policy Analyst

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.

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Kate Torii

Kate Torii

Policy Analyst

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.

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Catherine Palmer

Catherine Palmer

Project Officer

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.

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Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao

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.

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Bill Lucas

Bill Lucas

International adviser

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.

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Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

Adjunct Associate Professor

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.

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Sara Glover

Sara Glover

Mitchell Institute Director - on leave

Dr Sara Glover is a highly respected policy and research leader in the areas of education, adolescent health, and education systems data and evaluation. Sara is currently on extended leave from her role as Mitchell Institute Director.

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