Find out about our keynote speaker, expert practitioners and panel members.


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Holly Ransom

Holly is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change.

Prior to Emergent, Holly’s corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth CEO Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh. In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women and became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President.

In 2016, Holly was appointed to co-chair the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and in 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit. Holly is the youngest ever woman appointed to the board of an AFL football club.


Bernie Lloyd

Chair of the Board, Bank First (formerly Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank)

Bernie moved into corporate governance after 30 years in education in Victoria with the final 16 years in executive leadership positions.

She currently facilitates workshops in Victoria, Canberra and Queensland for aspiring leaders with an emphasis on building positive environments which sustain and empower. Bernie believes the tenets of positive psychology have much to offer school leaders and that energy management theory and brain research also provide many useful insights and strategies to help busy people manage their emotions and workload.

Chris Dickinson 

Manager, Victorian Aspirant Principal Assessment, Bastow

Chris has extensive experience working in the principal preparation space, having spent the better part of the last decade working within Bastow and the Department in the development of policy and professional learning. Chris has a Master of Educational Management and an interest in utilising a sound evidential basis on which to recognise accomplished performance and readiness for the principal role. He is passionate about creating a means for aspiring principals from all pathways to evaluate their readiness and identify their developmental needs.

Geri Wild

Manager, Talent Management and Global Connections, Bastow

Geri is an expert in adult learning and has unwavering commitment to public education and system improvement. Geri has a Master of Educational Leadership and has led strategic change management projects across the education sector in Australia and internationally. Geri has led the design and delivery of highly effective Bastow leadership programs and is leading the state-wide implementation of the talent management framework.

Lisa Yeoman

Executve Principal, DSSI

Lisa is an experienced and respected educator who is passionate about system improvement and being a life-long learner. Lisa works intensively with school leadership at all levels to develop and embed the mindsets, knowledge and skills for highly effective practice.

Penny Jayne 

Data Literacy Leader, Bastow

Penny is also the Harvard Faculty Co-Chair for Data Wise Australia. Penny is an accredited Harvard University Data Wise coach and is on the Data Wise Advisory Board.

Teresa Stone

Bastow Leadership Advisor and Manager of Strategic Projects OTL™, Bastow

Teresa was Principal of Derrimut Primary, a large school in Melbourne’s west. She is an experienced educational leader who has worked in a wide range of school contexts in the metropolitan, outer west and northern suburbs. Teresa is passionate about creating learning environments that are innovative and collaboratively developed to support all learners to be the best they can be.


Lian Davis

Principal, Whittlesea Secondary College.

Lian is an educator and leader with a passion for global educational systems and strategies. Lian worked in schools in Scotland and England before leaving to travel New Zealand in 2011. Developing her skills, whilst navigating a new country and educational system, she became an Assistant Principal and Acting Principal of a P-12 in the South Island of New Zealand. 

Lian moved to become Assistant Principal at Templestowe College in 2016 after hearing about the school’s innovative practices. Continuing to develop an innovative model of education, Lian moved to Bundoora Secondary College as Acting Principal in 2018 and recently won the Educator Rising Star Award 2018. 

Matthew Vines

Founding Assistant Principal, South Melbourne Park Primary School

Matthew holds a Master in Education with a focus on formative assessment. Matthew previously held the position of an Education Improvement Leader and supported the professional development of schools across the Bayside Peninsula Area, particularly in the areas of data literacy, formative assessment, and embedding the critical and creative thinking curriculum. Prior to this he was at Red Hill Consolidated School. Matthew is also a consultant employed by Education Services Australia.