Expert Panel members


Expert Panel members

Expert panel members

Headshot of Emeritus Professor Bill Louden.Professor Louden is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia, where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education. Professor Louden has served as part of the expert panel for a number of nationwide educational reviews, including two reviews of the NAPLAN assessment program.

Professor Louden holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and arts and education degrees from the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education. He is a respected educational leader in Australia. 

Headshot of Emeritus Professor David AndrichEmeritus Professor Andrich is an Australian academic and educational measurement and assessment specialist. He has a PhD from the University of Chicago, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and has been a member of editorial boards for several journals. He has published widely, including texts and research monographs in the field, and in 2020 was listed as one of Australia’s 30 leading researchers in the social sciences by The Australian - his field was Academic and Psychological Testing.

Emeritus Professor Andrich was Professor of Education at Murdoch University before being appointed to the Chapple Chair of Education at the University of Western Australia. He has written a number of reports for state and federal governments, and in 2011 was listed in The West Australian as one of the 100 most influential people in Western Australia. He continues to teach in the field of educational measurement with a focus on Rasch measurement theory. He is a member of the Board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

Headshot of Ms Esther Hill

Ms Hill is the current Principal of The Friends’ School in Hobart, Tasmania. Ms Hill was previously the Director of Senior School, Teaching and Learning at All Saints’ College. She was also Director of the College’s Djoowak: The Beyond Boundaries Institute, where she led a range of research and development projects that aim to embrace the possibilities and opportunities for the future of learning in schools. She was the WA champion for the New Metrics for Success project from the University of Melbourne’s Assessment Research Centre which focuses on the development and assessment of complex capabilities that enable young people to thrive in a changing world.

 Ms Hill was a driving force in establishing The Studio School, an alternative to mainstream schooling structures and systems that allows students to combine their studies with real-world opportunities. Tapping into and celebrating students’ rich diversity, skills and interests, The Studio School enables students to contribute to and affect change in their community, going beyond the traditional measures of success with a focus on enabling individuals to flourish. 

Headshot of Mrs Annette Morey

Mrs Morey brings to the panel over 30 years’ of experience working in teaching and leadership roles within the Western Australian Catholic education sector.

Mrs Morey is the current Acting Deputy Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia and substantive Principal of Mater Dei College. Prior to this, she held leadership positions at St Norbert College and Prendiville Catholic College.

Mrs Morey has served on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Principals Advisory Committee since 2020. She was previously an Executive Member of the Catholic Secondary Principals’ Association of Western Australia, WA Director of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, and President of the Associated and Catholic Colleges of Western Australia.   


Headshot of Mr Michael MorganMr Morgan is a respected principal and educational leader who has worked extensively in regional WA. Michael was appointed as Principal, Shenton College in 2008. He has been awarded Secondary Principal of the Year, and Shenton College was also announced as Secondary School of the Year and more recently announced winner of the WA Department of Education Outstanding School Leadership Award.

Mr Morgan has worked as Executive Principal to the Director General of Education and as a Senior Principal Advisor, supporting the Department's leadership reforms like the Principal Performance Improvement Tool and the Department’s Comprehensive Leadership Strategy. 

Headshot of Dr Alec O'ConnellDr O’Connell was appointed as the Headmaster of Scotch College in 2010. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director at the Catholic Education Office of WA, where was responsible for People and Organisational Services. Dr O’Connell is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and has a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. 

Dr O'Connell is the Chair of Telethon Speech & Hearing, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia, Chair of Association of Heads of Independent Schools (WA) and a Director of the Independent Schools of Australia. 

Headshot of Ms Elizabeth RitchieMs Ritchie is the Principal of Roebourne District High School and has worked extensively in regional and remote Western Australian schools for almost 20 years, with a focus on implementing culturally responsive pedagogies. Ms Ritchie is passionate about improving educational outcomes for vulnerable students and addressing the ongoing disparity in outcomes and opportunities experienced by Aboriginal students and their families.

Ms Ritchie has a deep understanding of student-centred learning through Big Picture design and supports students and staff to acknowledge, validate and assess the capacities, experiences and qualities of secondary school graduates through the introduction of the International Big Picture Learner Credential at Roebourne District High School. 

Headshot of Kya GravesMs Kya Graves brings to the panel nearly 30 years’ experience working in teaching and leadership roles in schools within Western Australia and overseas, mostly in lower-Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) contexts.

Ms Graves is currently the foundation Principal of Coastal Lakes College, an integrated public senior secondary school in the outer metropolitan area. Prior to this, she held leadership positions at Warnbro Community High School, and Lakelands Senior High School. She has also served on various education committees and advisory groups, including as a current member of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Curriculum and Assessment Committee.

Over the years, a significant proportion of Ms Graves' students have been the first in their family to complete Year 12 or to seek further educational and training opportunities post schooling. Ms Graves is passionate about ensuring success for all students is maximised and celebrated, regardless of what that success looks like as it looks different for different students.