RESN

The RESN team consists of passionate VCE, HSC, QCE and IB graduates who aim to improve the educational experience of regional and rural students across Australia. To learn more about some of our team, click on a photo!

Our Board

Hamish graduated with the VCE in 2016 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law(Honours)/Commerce at Monash University. Hamish’s work volunteering as a tutor for refugees and his exposure to under privileged children both in inner city Melbourne and the centre of Australia has made him aware of the obstacles and disadvantages some children face to be educated. Hamish’s experiences managing a warehouse, sporting competitions and organising fundraisers and events, but most importantly his desire to improve the lives of those less fortunate, make him suited, he believes, to take leadership of operations at RESN.
Tiger completed his VCE in 2016 as the School Captain and Co-Dux of his high school. His interest in politics has motivated his move to Canberra to study a double degree in Law/Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at the Australian National University. He has experience in the tutoring industry both as a tutor and in management, currently holding a tutor management position at Crimson Education, a global tutoring and consulting firm.
Sof completed VCE in 2016 as a School Executive Prefect and Debating and Public Speaking Captain. Her curiosity for the legal system and commercial world has compelled her pursuit of Law(Honours)/Commerce at Monash University, making her well-placed to look after the governance and finances of RESN. Having found her leadership experiences extremely rewarding, her mentoring and tutoring endeavors have persisted into university, culminating in a mentoring advisory role to the university itself. Sof also has extensive experience in the industry, tutoring privately and professionally across all her subjects.
Jun graduated in 2016 as School Vice-Captain and Co-Dux of his high school. He is currently studying Medicine at Monash University, driven by his curiosity about the human body and his desire to positively contribute to people's lives. He has tutored extensively since he finished secondary school, finding great enjoyment in providing guidance to students from Year 6 to Year 12 across a range of subjects.
Lachlan finished VCE in 2016 as his school's Academic Captain and Swimming Captain. His passion for medicine and coinciding interest in research motivated him to study first Biomedicine and now Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Lachlan is the head software engineer for RESN, and he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge of maths and science.

Our Executive

Tiger completed his VCE in 2016 as the School Captain and Co-Dux of his high school. His interest in politics has motivated his move to Canberra to study a double degree in Law/Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at the Australian National University. He has experience in the tutoring industry both as a tutor and in management, currently holding a tutor management position at Crimson Education, a global tutoring and consulting firm.
Jun graduated in 2016 as School Vice-Captain and Co-Dux of his high school. He is currently studying Medicine at Monash University, driven by his curiosity about the human body and his desire to positively contribute to people's lives. He has tutored extensively since he finished secondary school, finding great enjoyment in providing guidance to students from Year 6 to Year 12 across a range of subjects.
Anwyn graduated in 2016 as a House Vice Captain and member of the Year 12 Student Leadership Team. She is currently studying Commerce and Science at Monash University, driven by her strong interest in the commercialisation and business development side of biotechnology to achieve global public health. Anwyn’s experiences coordinating student bodies, sports teams, and managing a medical practice has developed her confidence, organisational and teamwork abilities required to take a proactive approach in an operations role at RESN.
Hi, I'm Zack and I'm in my second year of studying Politics, Philosophy & Economics at ANU. I completed my HSC in 2018 at a regional high school where I was Prefect and Dux. There's a massive gap between the city and the country: in tutoring, teaching quality, resources and co-curricular opportunities. I'm tutoring to close that gap.
Ella completed the IB in 2018 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Languages in French. She chose to take a gap year after school, during which she worked at a school in England. Ella has always been passionate about equal access to a quality education, regardless of factors such as race, gender and location. This is what drew Ella to RESN.
Having finished VCE in 2017, Rish took a year off to work in Outdoor Education in Regional Victoria, and is currently studying Law and Commerce at Monash University. Rish's enjoyment of teaching and learning motivated him to join RESN, and his interest in communities and relationship building further drew him to the Head of Volunteering Portfolio.
Nicholas graduated in 2017 as the Vice-Captain of his school and has always been community driven. He currently studies a double degree in Political Science and International Relations at the Australian National University, where he also works as a Community Coordinator. Equipped with his passion to help others reach their best selves, Nick joined RESN in 2020 as a part of the New South Wales outreach team and later joined the Education team.
Jade completed her VCE in 2018 as the School Valedictorian. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Politics & International Relations at the University of Melbourne, and plans on pursuing the Melbourne JD in 2022. Her passion for promoting high quality and equitable education for all students combines well with leadership experiences in consulting, stakeholder management and public speaking in helping her take on the role of Business Development Manager at RESN.

Our Advisors

From his first job as a teacher in a rural Indigenous classroom in his home state of Western Australia to his appointment as the Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Professor Jim Watterston brings more than 35 years of successful experience across a diverse range of educational roles and sectors. Jim spent his first ten years in the profession as a teacher before being promoted to the position of principal in a range of primary and secondary schools. He then progressed to the role of Regional Director in WA and Victoria before he was appointed as the Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Education Department, and Director General of both the ACT and, most recently, Queensland Departments of Education and Training. Jim was awarded a Doctorate in Education at the University of WA in 2004. In addition to appointments to many educationally related Boards, Professor Watterston has previously served for six years as the National President for the Australian Council for Education Leaders, and is recognised as an influential advocate for the education sector. His contribution to education has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally with awards from a number of professional bodies and educational institutions including the highly prestigious Order of the Palmes Académiques (Chevalier) by the French Government in 2014 for a distinguished contribution to education.
Andrew is a senior partner in a global management consultancy, and is based in Melbourne. He has lived and worked extensively across Australia, New Zealand and many parts of Asia. His work includes strategy and operational effectiveness programs for private sector companies as well as Government organisations. He has a keen interest in education and linking education to research through to start-ups.
Alice is an experienced non-executive director and senior executive with proven results in the development and execution of complex business and marketing strategies. Her functional experience includes corporate and business unit strategy development, marketing, communications, media, sales and fundraising. Alice has worked in oil and gas, banking, insurance, consulting, not for profit, telecommunications and technology sectors. She served on the board of Women Legal Services Victoria as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee. She is a current stakeholder member on the board of Methodist Ladies College.
Brad Crofts was appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd to the board of AustralianSuper as an Alternate Director for Daniel Walton on 15 December 2016. Brad is a member of AustralianSuper's Investment Committee and Finance & Audit Committee. Brad has also recently been appointed as AustralianSuper’s representative on the board of on-line new service, The New Daily. Brad has an established consultancy practice and previously served as AWU’s nominee to the board of Prime Super between 2010 and 2013 both as deputy chairman and chair of its Investment Committee. Prior to this Brad spent many years as a policy maker with both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments (including as a member of the Australian Delegation to the OECD in Paris and as a Australian representative on the APEC Secretariat in Singapore). Brad has a Bachelor of Economics (first class honours) from the University of Queensland, holds a certificate of Foundations in Trustee Governance with the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Prior to joining ISPT in March 2019, Melinda was most recently the Head of Property and Asset Management, Victoria for JLL. Throughout her property career Melinda has held positions with both owners and managers across retail and commercial property and has a demonstrated history of change management through strategic goal setting and empowerment of teams. With a focus on motivating people to work together to deliver strong financial results, a track record of consistent business growth has been achieved through listening to stakeholders, designing bespoke solutions, leading and mentoring multidisciplinary teams to become leaders themselves and drivers of business direction. A customer centred approach and extensive leadership experience across geographically diverse teams is coupled with an undergraduate property degree in Business (Land Economy) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Triple Major: Marketing, Human Resources, and Association Management. Board experience in the not for profit sector includes former Chair of the YWCA National Housing and Victorian Housing Boards and completion of the AICD Company Directors and subsidiary board Courses.
Previously Headmaster of Beaconhills College, Trinity Grammar School, Kew, and member of the Board of Anglicare, and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. Presently a member of the Boards of a number of Independent Schools, Trinity College (University of Melbourne), Melbourne Anglican Foundation, Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Schools’ Commission, and Chair of the Science Schools’ Foundation.
Currently owns and operates retail Telecommunications operations across Victoria and New South Wales. Prior to this I was head of Consumer Advertising for Telstra and was with Telstra for over 10 years. Before Telstra worked as a Brand Relationship Manager with the FlyBuys loyalty program working with brands such as Coles, Shell and NAB to name just a few. Previously a board member of the Bendigo Spirit a professional Basketball team in the top tier WNBL. Completed both a Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Business and growing up in Regional Victoria and now operating a number of businesses in Regional Victoria is keen to help work on improving living and education standards in these locations.
I have over 40 years of senior management experience across a diverse range of industries and roles. My professional career has included working for both the private and public sector, both for large and small organisations. My career has been focused on building new businesses, managing complex technical teams and innovation. Since ending a full-time corporate career in 2010 I have worked within the Australian start-up community as a Mentor / Advisor / Consultant. I am currently working with about four start-ups and their founders across a range of social enterprise and for-profit areas. I am also actively involved in the listed private equity company – TeamInvest Private - TIP. I have been an active member of their investment and strategy committees and currently am a Board Member of their two largest investment companies. Since completing my Masters of International Development in 2009, I have completed four international business volunteering assignments in the Philippines, Vanuatu, Laos and Cambodia. These roles were focused around financial and organisational change tasks. I am currently a Director of the NFP Australian Business Volunteers (ABV). The core of my career has involved working with leading edge technology/software and sales teams. I was start-up General Manager of the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute, a joint consulting venture with the USA Stanford Research Institute, built as General Manager, an over 60-person software development and consultancy unit in Australia for a USA Venture Capital funded software group, and was General Manager for a worldwide software business based on an Australian developed software platform. Other senior roles I have filled include Manager for Development Capability at NAB, responsible for their technology methodologies, quality and effective delivery; Division Head responsible for Policy and Services within the Victorian Government Department responsible for Industry and Technology and Linfox General Manager of Information Technology. I trained as an Engineer at Monash before earning a Master’s in the Planning and Economics areas jointly from Harvard and MIT in the USA. My early career was focused on urban and transport planning including a range of work in the developing world. However, as my career developed, I have become far more focused on strategy, sales and marketing, financial, organisational and business development skills. I have managed international businesses including offices in London, US and Asia. I have developed a special love for working with and building high performance Teams. I particularly enjoy working at the interface between the private and public worlds, having developed a great passion for public policy since working on these areas with NSW, Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. I was responsible for introducing a range of innovative industry and business support initiatives that are now widely adopted.
Donald has worked in Education for the past 40 years in a variety of settings both locally and internationally. He has taught in the classroom, worked as a school Principal and also within the Department of Education Victoria on a variety of programs and initiatives focused on Educational Policy compliance, implementation and verification; as well as Strategic Change Management in the areas of Educational inclusion and opportunity, program development and operation. Currently Donald is working as a school Principal with a focus on providing educational opportunities and pathways for disadvantaged and disengaged young people at secondary level.