About us

Meet the team

The Academy’s head office is in Melbourne. Staff work on policy development, including preparing Government submissions, inquiries and consultations.

Staff also help organise and run workshops, seminars, delegations and briefings, supporting the work of our Fellows.

Senior leadership


Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Matt Wenham  Executive Director, Policy
Dr Irene Kourtis  Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation
Peter Pentland  Executive Manager, Applied Schools Program
Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea  IMNIS Executive Director
Dr David Glanz  Senior Communications Manager

Policy, support and programs team

Dr Carolyn O’Brien  Senior International Relations Associate
Dominic Banfield  Policy Analyst
Dr Fern Beavis  Policy Analyst
Robyn Lawford   Policy Support Officer
Dr Emily Finch  Policy Analyst
Sara Madderson  Governance Secretary
Charlee Woodham  Operations Administrator
Elvira Copur Senior Coordinator, Membership and Awards
Deborah Sippitts Communications Manager (SAGE)
Anthea Batsakis  Communications Officer
Pennie Stoyles STELR Program Manager
Amelia Ingrisciano Events Coordinator & Division Support Officer
Andrew Griffiths  Digital Coordinator
Dr Mark Bradley  Manager, International Innovation Connect
Sarah Hayward  International Mentoring Officer
Maria Pridham  Finance Officer
Nivedita Seewoosunkur Data Integrity Officer