Dianne is the CEO for Key Assets Australia. Dr Jackson has more than 30 years’ experience in the government, community and philanthropy sectors and brings with her a wealth of experience in executive leadership, policy, research and advocacy for the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable Australians.
- 2020 ProBono Impact 25 Shortlisted nominee
- 2013 Telstra Business Woman’s Awards Finalist NSW – Community and Government
- 2010 Winner European Early Childhood Research Association Practitioner Research Award
- Strategic ‘insider/outsider’ – leveraging professional practice and management, sector development, research and policy
- Stakeholder and network engagement
- Not-for-profit/for purpose leadership and management
- Early childhood development
- Child and family services
- Organisational culture and systemic change
- Policy development
- National and international advocacy
Tom McCleanAdjunct Associate Professor
Tom McClean is Research and Social Policy Program Head at Uniting, which is the social care and advocacy arm of the Synod of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT. It provides services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the life course, from parenting programs and early learning, to child protection, out of home care, disability services, family law counselling and mediation, social programs for older people, home and community aged care, retirement living and residential aged care. Dr McClean leads evaluations of Uniting's practices and services, research into aspects of disadvantage and vulnerability, and social policy analysis. His team undertakes some of this work in-house, and some in partnership with universities. Uniting has one of the largest external research partnership programs in the social care sector.
Prior to joining Uniting, Dr McClean worked in evaluation, policy and investigation roles in the NSW Government, and in the financial sector in London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and his personal academic research interests involve social research methods and the role of information in governance of large organisations.
Anne Dwyer is an Adjunct Fellow of TeEACH. She completed her PhD at Western Sydney University, in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development (2017). With a background in psychology, and experience in laboratory-based infant research, Anne’s doctoral research investigated language experience and other predictors of later vocabulary development in infants growing up in Western Sydney.
Anne’s postdoctoral work at MARCS involved child-focused research projects in the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, and collaborative work with the NSW Centre for Work, Health and Safety.
Anne’s interests have led her to the non-government sector, where she leads projects at Uniting focused on providing evidence and analysis to inform practice improvement, service innovation and advocacy. Anne is co-leading a number of projects under a Western Sydney University-Uniting research partnership focused on children, youth and families.
Sarah Carlon is the Manager of Research and Education at Special Teaching and Research (STaR) Ltd. STaR works across early years, school-aged and post-school settings to ensure progressive, meaningful, and inclusive learning for people with disabilities. Dr Carlon is responsible for leading the research program at STaR and providing quality research-based training and mentoring for educators and support workers.
Sarah is an InSpEd certified Special Educator and, prior to holding her current position at STaR, lectured in special education at the postgraduate university level. She has also previously worked in a range of inclusive early childhood settings as an early childhood teacher and centre director. Sarah is passionate about translating research evidence into practice and supporting educators to extend their knowledge and skills in special and inclusive education.
Sarah holds a PhD from Macquarie University. Her research interests are in the area of evidence-based practice in special education and early childhood intervention and how parents can be supported to make informed intervention decisions.