Our People

Our Board

Rufus Black


Master of Ormond College
Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University
Director of Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Director of Teach For All
Former Partner of McKinsey&Company

John Denton AO

Board Member

Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Chair of the Business Council of Australia's Global Engagement Taskforce
Board Member of Asialink and Asia Society
Chair of Australia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Australia

Larry Kamener

Board Member

Founder and Global Leader of the Public Sector practice at Boston Consulting Group
Founder and Board Member of the Centre for Public Impact
Former Leader of Public Sector and Health Care practices in Australia and New Zealand at Boston Consulting Group

Anthony MacKay AM

Board Member

Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Strategic Education
Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research
Deputy Chancellor of Swinburne University
Former Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
Former Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Melodie Potts Rosevear

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Former Think Tank Coordinator of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
Former Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group

Steven Schwartz AM

Board Member

Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Executive Director of the Council of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Senior Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies
Senior Fellow of the Australian Scholarship Foundation
Senior Fellow of the Asia Society
Former Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University

Paul Brasher

Board Member

Chairman of Incitec Pivot
Non-Executive Director of Amcor Limited
Deputy Chairman of Essendon Football Club
Former Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited
Former Chairman of the Global Board of PwC
Former Chairman of Reach Foundation
Former Board Member of Asialink

Peter van Onselen

Board Member

Contributory Editor of The Australian
Anchor on Sky News
Professor of Politics and Foundation Chair of Journalism at the University of Western Australia

Our Ambassadors

Adam Gilchrist

Champion Cricketer

“Teach For Australia Associates bring a sense of compassion to their work, making sure that students know they have someone to turn to when they need it most.”

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Member for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory

“Teach For Australia is a powerful program. The evidence is clear that it is changing lives among children in disadvantaged schools.”

Annie Fogarty AM

Fogarty Foundation

“Few things are more important than helping to change the life course of young children from disadvantage to opportunity. This is the mission of Teach For Australia and all the evidence indicates they are succeeding in this critical endeavour.”

Brett Wigdortz OBE

Teach First (UK)

“A young person’s background should not be a bar to the best education. Yet, for many people across Australia this is the desperate reality. Teach For Australia is changing this by placing exceptional leaders in the schools that need them the most.”

Carol Schwartz AM

Women's Leadership Institute Australia

“I have enormous respect for Teach For Australia because it is about leadership: talented young Australians choosing to tackle education disadvantage throughout their lifetimes: as great teachers, principals, social entrepreneurs, system reformers, and government and political leaders.”

Damien Hardwick

Richmond Football Club

“We need to work towards a society where every person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. I believe Teach For Australia is making great strides towards this goal.”

David Evans

Evans and Partners

“Teach For Australia continues to place talented people into schools across the country to help lift student outcomes in disadvantaged communities. I am pleased to see the program grow in recent years.”

Jan Owen AM

Foundation For Young Australians

“Teach For Australia aligns with my two great passions: 1) social innovation – Teach For Australia takes an entrepreneurial approach to creating great teachers and innovative school and system leaders; and 2) improving the lives of young Australians through the most powerful lever we have available – education.”

Dr Janine Kirk AM

Prince’s Charities Australia

“Teach For Australia’s theory of change works in practice. They recruit and train some of Australia’s top young talent to become teachers and school and system leaders, lifting education and life outcomes for children in low income communities. I’m proud to support such a passionate and effective organisation.”

Professor John Dewar

La Trobe University

“People living in regional and rural Australia are half as likely to have a degree as people living in the city. I am delighted to see how Teach For Australia is addressing this problem by placing outstanding teachers in these communities.”

John Dyson

The Dyson Bequest

“Teach For Australia Associates bring passion, energy and a sense of humility. A huge value-add to any school community. I’m proud to support such a worthy cause.”

John Inverarity

Teach For Australia

“Having joined Teach For Australia, I am delighted to witness highly talented young men and women coming into teaching with passion and committing themselves to combatting educational disadvantage. Teach For Australia is a fantastic initiative.”

John Wylie AM

Australian Sports Commission

“Teach For Australia is doing incredibly important work to tackle one of this country’s most corrosive social problems: educational inequity.”

Julian Leeser MP

Member for Berowra, New South Wales

“When you speak to parents, students, and principals, you really see how much of an impact the Teach For Australia Associates have had.”

Justin Langer AM

Champion Cricketer

“Teach For Australia Associates are experts in their field, and they make it their mission to help kids really understand why their subjects matter.”

Kate Cotter


“No issue is more important to me than children having access to great education, so they can enjoy a life of opportunity and freedom. I am inspired by the work of Teach for Australia, which is helping to create a society where every child gets the best possible chance to fulfil their potential.”

Mark Brayshaw

AFL Coaches Association

“The Associates that Teach For Australia recruit are of an outstanding calibre, which is having such a positive effect on young people across the country. I’d like to see a pipeline of top AFL players undertake Teach For Australia, making a big contribution in education and raising the status of the teaching profession.”

Professor Michael Brear

The University of Melbourne

“At a time when many schools are struggling to recruit qualified science, technology, engineering and maths teachers, Teach For Australia is injecting outstanding young STEM professionals into the classroom. In 2016, 53 per cent of Associates were qualified to teach STEM.”

Michael Traill AM

Social Ventures Australia

"The best-performing countries in the world have high-quality public schools with quality teaching across the mainstream. Teach For Australia is critical to making sure this country has high-quality teachers for every child.”

Ric Charlesworth AO

Australian Sports Coach

“Good teachers can be life-changing, and that’s what Teach For Australia is all about. We need to make sure that every child in Australia has access to a great education.”

Rob Nairn

Australian Secondary Principals Association

“Almost 40 per cent of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds do not complete Year 12. This needs to change and I applaud Teach For Australia’s work to create a pipeline of outstanding teachers and school leaders working to bring opportunity to children in low income communities.”

Sir Rod Eddington AO

J.P. Morgan

“One of the best things about Teach For Australia is that it encourages passionate people, who wouldn’t otherwise have thought of teaching, into the schools that need them most.”

Susan Boucher

Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines

“Teach For Australia has created a community with a long term vision, and impact that goes far beyond the classroom. I’m looking forward to seeing Teach For Australia continue to grow its reach across the country.”

Terry Moran AC

Boston Consulting Group

“International evidence shows the two key levers to drive improved student outcomes are quality teaching and school leadership. Teach For Australia recruits and trains top talent to play exactly these roles.”

Vedran Drakulic OAM

Gandel Philanthropy

“Teach For Australia truly recognises that every child matters, and is working hard to make sure that every child reaches their full educational potential.”

Wendy Kopp

Teach For All

“I was struck by the calibre of Teach For Australia Associates and the impact that they’re having in schools. These people are changing the lives of young people across Australia.”