About ACEP

Established in 2005 as a collaborative initiative to support the development of improved practice and adaptive leadership, ACEP works in partnership with large government departments, arts organisations, state and independent education systems and community organisations. We design and deliver professional learning programs and manage projects with a key focus on partnership strategies. Our range of programs includes coaching and mentoring, instructional practice and leadership.

ACEP is a member of the Panel of Professional Learning Providers for the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership. In partnership with Bastow, ACEP has conducted programs on Instructional Coaching and the e5 Instructional Model.

The ACEP Team
Kaye Fletcher
Executive Director
Kaye Fletcher has extensive experience in the education, corporate and not-for-profit sectors, spanning almost 20 years in teaching and leadership positions. She has designed research projects for the government and corporate sectors and has contributed to reports on a range of current initiatives across Australia. In recent years, she has designed and led professional learning and research programs in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Kaye is a qualifed and experienced Coach. Having completed the Advanced Course in Cognitive Coaching, Kaye has co-designed and delivered several Coaching programs for educators, including the Bastow Instructional Coach Training Program. In partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Kaye has led the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT) program, the e5 Masterclass program, and PLATO, the Department's Teacher Professional Leave program. She has worked with and assisted schools in data collection and goal-setting around learning and teaching in over 200 government, Catholic and independent schools in Victoria and Queensland.
Tamara Downey
ACEP Associate

As a researcher and project officer within both private and education sectors, Tamara is highly experienced wih multiple perspectives and a global understanding of people and processes. Her experience working with principals, teachers and students over the last 15 years places her in a unique position in the Australian education sector.

Tamara's consultancy, The Thinking Tree, specialises in evidence-informed inquiry approaches to professional learning.

Carolyn Macaulay
ACEP Associate

Carolyn Macaulay brings a wealth of diverse experience to the ACEP Team of Associates. Her deep pedagogical knowledge combines with her expertise and experience in various forms of coaching and specific skills in questioning and assisting colleagues to reflect and think clearly about their goals and challenges. Carolyn has worked in a range of contexts and various leadership roles during her 12 years with the DEECD. Her experience covers school-based and regional roles as innovations and excellence educator and acting senior project officer at EMR and school principal.

Robyn Barratt
ACEP Associate

Robyn Barratt has worked in South Australian schools and in State and National Projects for over 30 years. These include work with adolescents, and the Junior Secondary Review in SA; the National Schools Network; and the National Middle Schooling Project (ACSA). Currently she is supporting fledgling teachers by lecturing in the Middle Schooling for the Middle Years Course at Uni SA.

She has been involved in ACEP's significant work, such as PLATO sessions supporting leadership reflection, the facilitation of Protocols for teachers and leaders, and assistance in the design and delivery of the ACEP Coaching Program.

Joan Spiller

Joan Spiller combines Board Directorships with consultancy work, as Managing Partner of Welsearch Pty Ltd, specialising in strategy development and analysis.

Her consultancy work covers a wide spectrum, including Education, Healthcare, Communications, IT management, Biotech, Building & Construction, and Defence. She has extensive experience in public sector policy and management, built up over a 30 year career, particularly in Communications and Healthcare.

Along with her role as Director of ACEP, she holds Board positions in the not-for-profit sector, including the Australian Art Orchestra (Chair), the Mietta Foundation (Director), West Space Gallery (Director), the Mietta Song Competition (Founding Committee Member), and the Committee of Commonwealth Study Conferences –Australia (National Executive).

Past Board Directorships have included the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Flower and Samios Architects (Chair), the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre, Monash IVF, Monash Ultrasound for Women, and Monash Reproductive Pathology and Genetics. She has been a Member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Board and a Trustee of the Melbourne Symphony Foundation and was Inaugural Chair of the Georges Mora Foundation.

Philip Yetton
Advisory Board

Professor Philip Yetton is the Director of Australian Graduate School of Management's flagship General Manager Program and runs its Leadership and Decision Making Workshop. He has been the recipient of the University of New South Wales Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award. Philip's interests are in Leadership, IS-based strategic change, project management, governance and organisational design and capabilities. He works with a number of Australian organisations in these areas and with colleagues overseas, where he is visiting professor at Warwick Business School and Bath University and an Associate Fellow at Templeton College, Oxford.

He was co-awarded the Kenneth R Ernst Award in 2001 by Accenture for the International Thought Leadership, and in 2003, he was recognised by the Academy of Management Journal of Learning for his outstanding contribution to Leadership Research.