Working with us

Meet our executive team

Ms Lisa Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer

Lisa RodgersLisa joined AITSL in October 2016. Lisa’s previous role was with the New Zealand Ministry of Education, where she was Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement, with responsibility for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders, across education and wider social sector.

Prior to this, Lisa was the Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge. In that role Lisa focused on using research and analysis to identify where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve. Lisa held several other significant posts at the Ministry and has a strong public sector background in strategic policy, research and insights analysis with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales and the British Army.

Mr Edmund Misson,  Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Edmund MissonEdmund Misson joined AITSL in January 2011 as a General Manager. His responsibilities include work on Initial Teacher Education, research and evaluation, and assessment of teacher qualifications for migration.

Edmund’s career has been focussed on policy development and implementation to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community. Prior to joining AITSL, Edmund had a fifteen-year career in the Victorian government, advising on a range of education, training and other social policy issues for fifteen years. He has a Master’s degree in public administration.

Ms Sue Buckley, General Manager – Teaching and School Leadership

Sue BucklySue Buckley joined AITSL on 19 August 2015 as General Manager, Teaching and School Leadership where she provides leadership on national projects with a focus on promoting excellence in the teaching profession.

Sue is an education professional with broad experience working in policy development, project management, learning and teaching at school, regional and system levels. Prior to joining AITSL, Sue had a long career with the Victorian Department of Education and Training where she held various senior level positions. She has post-graduate qualifications in both public administration and education, providing a range of academic frameworks that she applies in daily practice.

Mr Damian Heffernan, Chief Information Officer

Damian HeffernanDamian Heffernan joined AITSL in December 2016. Damian is an experienced technologist having led diverse ICT teams across digital, multi-media, knowledge and information management and business intelligence and brings significant experience in transformational programs. Damian is passionate about using technology to make a difference and is an evangelist for agile, user centred design and accessibility.

Prior to joining AITSL Damian held senior IT roles in a variety of industries including aviation, online learning and the utilities sector.

Mr Don Abell, Chief Financial Officer

Don AbellDon Abell is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Taxation Law from Monash University.

Don has extensive experience in professional accounting over more than 30 years, including 25 years as a partner within the chartered accounting firm KPMG. He has also served as a company director and board chairman for a number of companies.