The Mitchell Institute has a small, talented team guided by an Advisory board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Charlene Smith is a passionate advocate for the role of education in achieving equity and social inclusion, with a commitment to collaborative, evidence-based approaches to policy development and analysis.
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.
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.
Dr Stacey Fox has authored several of Mitchell Institute's major early childhood reports and now provides policy advice. 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.