Speakers

Bucking the Trend — What Works for Boys

Prince Alfred College crest

14–15 September 2017
Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia




Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell MBE

Former cricketer Greg Chappell captained Australia from 1975 to 1977, and again from 1979 until his retirement in 1984. The second of three brothers to play Test cricket, he is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for Australia. Since his retirement as a player in 1984, Chappell has pursued various business and media interests while maintaining connections to professional cricket. Greg, along with his two brothers, Ian and Trevor, attended Prince Alfred College. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986 and into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2002.

Professor David Giles

Professor David Giles

David Giles began his teaching career as a primary school teacher in New Zealand. His belief that relationships drive education led him to work at a range of universities, including Bethlehem Institute of Education. His doctoral thesis focused on the importance of the teacher/student relationship. More recently, he has written extensively on relational leadership. The second edition of his book Teaching Within a Relational Approach to Educational Leadership was released in April 2016.

In February 2011, David was appointed Associate Professor in Leadership and Management at Flinders University and became Dean of the School of Education in 2012. He stepped down from that position in 2016.

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Dr. Eva Balan-Vnuk

Dr. Eva Balan-Vnuk is State Director for Microsoft in South Australia, and, with her team, works to support the modernization of SA Government agencies, using technology as a key enabler. Eva spent nine years working for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia in a variety of sales and strategy roles, based in both Vienna, Austria, and Singapore before returning to Adelaide with her family. She completed a Ph.D. in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation, and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide. Eva is passionate about building the innovation ecosystem in South Australia through the Microsoft Innovation Centre SA, showcasing STEM educational opportunities, and developing a strong growth mindset. She is Co-Deputy Chair of the SA Council for the Australian Information Industry Association and a Director for Novita Children’s Services.

Tim Brenton

Tim Brenton

Tim Brenton is a co-founder of Connected Self, a South Australian-based organization that specializes in the delivery of well-being services. Tim also heads Rock & Water Central, which provides training across Australia in rock & water, an internationally recognized resilience and well-being program for children and young people. Tim is an international presenter of the training program and known for translating the program for children and young people who have been exposed to trauma, as well as embedding the program within the school context in Australia.

As an 18-year-old basketball player, Tim attended the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on a two-year scholarship, turning down a scholarship to attend Gonzaga University in the United States, before playing professionally in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) for four years. Tim has been at the forefront of co-developing programs and services that sit outside the conventional methods of service delivery. These include case management, therapeutic mentoring, art therapy, art-shaped pose (yoga and art therapy), mindfulness, and the rock & water program. In 2017, Tim has co-developed a new approach with the rock & water program integrated within 14 schools as part of a pilot initiative with the Department of Education and Child Development.

On a personal note, Tim and his wife Lisa have been partners for 20 years and share the responsibility for raising two beautiful daughters, Hannah (16) and Abby (14).

Peter Kenney

Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny is the founder of Reach Education Organization (REO), which specializes in school design, executive leadership services, and international school establishment. In 2005, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) appointed Peter to Head of Projects. He has worked with organizations such as UNESCO and World Vision, and schools in leading service programs in the wake of the 26 December 2004 tsunami disaster. In 2006, he was appointed the founding Principal of Renaissance College, Hong Kong, and in 2011-12 worked with Branksome Hall in Canada to design, coordinate, and lead the establishment of Branksome Hall Asia on Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site in South Korea.

A former member of the World IB Head’s Council, Peter is currently an AUSAID post-conflict and crisis advisor and a UNESCO consultant roster member. He has recently returned from deployment through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a Regional Education Specialist for UNICEF in the Middle East, where he focused on access to education projects for millions of the children and adolescents escaping and displaced by the crisis in Syria.

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