Effective Teams, Effective Schools. 2019 WAPPA Conference, 21 - 23 August.


Martyn Newman

Martyn Newman, PhD is a clinical psychologist specialising in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Mindfulness. He is author of the best selling book Emotional Capitalists and newly released The Mindfulness Book. And coauthor of the Emotional Capital Report™ – the global benchmark for measuring EQ and leadership performance – and the Emotional Intelligence Sports Inventory – the world’s first psychological inventory to measure how EQ supports elite sports performance.

Simon Breakspear

Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate complex change, harness research evidence and drive continuous improvement for better learning.

Tanya Vaughan

Dr Tanya Vaughan is Associate Director (Education), Evidence for Learning and is responsible for the marketing, product development, community leadership and strategy for the Teaching & Learning Toolkit.

Adam Fraser

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. In this time he has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last 8 years he has delivered more than 1200 presentations to over 200,000 people in Australia, US, New Zealand and Asia.

Karen Edge

Dr Karen Edge is currently a Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education and recently served as Pro-Vice Provost (International) at University College London, UK. Karen has conducted research in over 30 countries and has recently completed a 6 jurisdiction study of teacher motivation and retention. Karen's Global City Leaders Project worked with Generation X (under 40 year old) school leaders in London, New York City and Toronto to understand more about their work, lives and ambitions.

Gavin Grift

Gavin Grift is the managing director of Solution Tree Australia. With experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and educational coach, Gavin’s passion, commitment, and style have made him an in-demand presenter of keynotes, seminars, and in-school support days. As a speaker, Gavin connects with national and international audiences on professional learning communities, teacher leadership, Cognitive Coaching℠, and teachers as architects of learning.

Priya Cooper

1999 Young Australian of the Year for Sport; World Champion Paralympic swimmer; Deputy Chair – Disability Services Commission of Western Australia; President of Western Australian Disabled Sporting Association.

Christina Matthews

Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and a former Australian cricketer.

Named the country’s most capped female Test player and holding the record for the most dismissals by an Australian wicketkeeper, Christina is one of only three women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first class cricket association.

Karen Tighe

Karen has been a regular face and voice of ABC TV and radio sport since joining the ABC in 1989.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Karen spent eight years as a TV sports broadcaster and presenter, anchoring golf, tennis and other major sporting broadcasts on the ABC network.

Colin Pettit

Colin Pettit is the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. He was appointed in November 2015 for a five-year term.

Colin has spent his career working to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in delivering education services and programs to children and young people living in regional and remote areas of the State.