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The VIT is governed by a 14-member Council that is informed by a number of committees. Advice from the VIT Council and committees informs the work undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer and VIT’s six branches.

VIT Council

The current VIT Council was appointed in June 2019 for a three-year term.

Thirteen members of the Council are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Education. The fourteenth member is the nominee of the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training.

Members include the Chairperson and representatives of key stakeholder groups such as parents, teacher employers, teacher educators and education unions. The Secretary of the Department of Education and Training or a nominee also sits on the Council.


Lesley Lamb, Chairperson

Lesley Lamb commenced teaching in 1977, and has taught English in high schools across Victoria. Lesley pursued a keen interest in literacy development by co‐authoring Bridges: The Early Years and Bridges: The Middle Years and presenting at numerous literacy conferences and professional development events. In 1998, she was appointed Assistant Principal of Shepparton High School. Her first principal’s appointment was to Gilmore Girls’ College (formerly Footscray Girls) in 2001. This was followed by seven years as Principal of Glen Eira College in Caulfield. Since 2014, she has worked part‐time as a consultant.

Joanna Barbousas

Professor Barbousas is Dean and Head of School of Education at a renowned university in Melbourne's north. She leads a dynamic school that is changing the face of education in Australia and abroad. Her research and teaching expertise is in education policy, teacher practice and the teaching profession. With over 25 years’ experience as a teacher and academic, Professor Barbousas’ research focuses on new visions in teacher education, and the role of partnerships and sector collaborations to drive the status of the teaching profession. She helped secure over $7M funding for the High Achievers Teachers Program known as Nexus, funded by the Commonwealth Government and the State Government of Victoria. Nexus is designed to deliver an innovative, employment-based education program that builds quality teachers for regional, rural, and high needs schools in Victoria. Professor Barbousas is a change leader committed to pushing the boundaries to ensure that quality education is accessible to all.

Janine Brown

Janine has over 30 years’ experience in the early childhood education and care service sector, and is currently the Manager Family & Children’s Services at a local council in metropolitan Melbourne. Janine’s formal qualifications are as an early childhood and primary teacher, and she has worked across a number of service settings over her career. Her experience ranges from that of preschool teacher, hospital play specialist, founding Head of Play Education at Monash Medical Centre, preschool field officer, project officer and policy advisor for the State Government Office for Children and coordinator for children’s services at Banyule City Council prior to moving to her current role. Janine was a past member of the Early Childhood Australia Victorian Executive and she currently actively contributes to a number of key statewide advisory groups.

Michael Butler

A member of the VIT Council since 2007, Michael Butler has been a state school secondary teacher in the northern suburbs of Melbourne for 40 years in various leadership roles, including year 12 and student welfare coordination. Michael has been a member of school councils and committees, the union State Executive, and regional and state committees focused on alternative education, teacher and principal selection and substance abuse issues. He has a particular interest in student welfare and alternative education for students experiencing difficulties in mainstream secondary schooling, and has 30 years’ experience coordinating an alternative setting for students with major behavioural issues.

Gill Carr

Currently part of the leadership team at a catholic school in Melbourne's south, Gill has taught in primary and P – 12 schools in both Australia and the UK for over 20 years. She attained qualifications in Music Education, Gifted Education and is completing a Masters of Educational Leadership. Gill has served on school councils as a teacher and a parent representative. She is the leader of Teaching and Learning, Mathematics and Digital Technologies in her current school, and is a VIEU member.

Paul Desmond

Paul has been Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sandhurst since 2015. He is a Director of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd, a Director of Catholic Capital Grants (Victoria) Ltd and Chair of the Review Body Committee which is a direct link to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. Paul comes to VIT with 40 years’ experience as an educator, teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal in various learning environments across Victoria. His abiding commitment is to quality learning and teaching, ensuring what is delivered in the classroom is of the highest standard and always for the benefit of the student.

Amadeo Ferra

Amadeo Ferra is an experienced teacher and Principal with almost 30 years’ experience in the Victorian government education sector. Since 2012, he has been the Principal of a college in Melbourne’s east, having commenced there in 2007 as an Assistant Principal. Before this, he held various teaching and school leadership roles. Amadeo holds a Bachelor of Education and is a member of the AEU National Principal’s Committee. He was a finalist for the Victorian Education Excellence Award in 2013, 2015 and 2019.

Siobhan Hannan

Siobhan Hannan moved into kindergarten teaching after previously working in ethnic affairs, occupational health and safety and editing. She now has 20 years’ experience in kindergarten. Over recent years, she has combined teaching an Italian-English preschool program with doctoral research in bilingual early years education. Siobhan is a strong believer in community participation, and has been a committee member of a childcare co-operative, kindergarten, gymnastics club and several soccer clubs, and on AEU sector council.

Danielle Harrison

Danielle has been in education since 2003 and began her early career in Geelong. Currently a primary classroom teacher and team leader, Danielle has spent the last 10 years teaching in the Western region of Victoria, where she also spent time in the secondary sector as an English and Humanities teacher. She has an extensive overseas resume, with opportunities such as teaching in London, completing a teacher exchange program in Japan and a lengthy stint of travel throughout Europe. Through her global experiences, she has developed a great insight into the differences in our professions. Danielle is currently an AEU sector councillor.

Tony Sheumack

Tony Sheumack began his career in Victorian state schools, teaching mathematics and science in four city and rural high schools over 10 years.  He has served the independent school sector as a teacher, department head, boarding housemaster and Principal for the past 27 years. Tony has been a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia since 1997 and has served a number of terms on the Victorian Executive. Currently Headmaster of a college in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs, he also holds a number of leadership roles in the independent school sector and is an elected member on the Board of Independent Schools Victoria.

Angela Stringer

Angela has been a member of the teaching profession for over 30 years, teaching at Primary Schools in both North Queensland and Victoria. Her experience includes classroom practice, specialist areas and leadership roles. She is currently teaching Information Communication Technology in regional Victoria. Angela is a long-standing State Councillor of the Australian Education Union (AEU), representing members of the Primary Sector in the Latrobe Valley. She is a Member Elected Trustee Director of Emergency Services State Super (ESSSuper), is the chair of the Benefits and Services committee and is a member of the Audit, Risk Management and Finance Committee.

Raelene Vine

Playgroup set Raelene on her organised parent / education journey. As her children grew, a continuous involvement in their education saw Raelene actively participate in playgroup and preschool committees, the school council and parents association and most recently Parents Victoria, along with various sporting and cultural groups. Residing on a farm near Ouyen, Raelene is a School Councillor with the local College, and the Parents and Friends President. Raelene was awarded the Joan Kirner Parent Participation Award in 2017 and values strong home / school / community relationships. Training as a Primary teacher, Raelene has worked as a casual relief teacher (CRT) from preschool to Year 12 for over twenty years. 

Graeme Young

Graeme is a secondary school teacher with 35 years experience, including overseas teaching experience. He is Deputy Head of Senior School (Years 10-12) at an independent (APS) school with responsibility for student learning. Previous positions of leadership include Pastoral Care, VCE Coordinator, Head of Humanities and Outdoor Education. He has been a Council Member of the Incorporated Association of Registered Teachers of Victoria (Centre for Strategic Education), has been a member of VCE assessment and study design teams and is a VIEU member.

Peter Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer

Peter has a wealth of relevant experience and a passionate commitment to delivering quality service to Victorian citizens. Peter commenced his professional life as a teacher and this relevant experience combined with his subsequent wide-ranging leadership responsibilities demonstrate his strength in engaging with key stakeholders and staff.

Peter’s most recent position was Director of Maritime Safety with Transport Safety Victoria, during which time he was responsible, among other things, for the regulation of 400,000 licenced operators of commercial and recreational vessels. Prior to this, Peter was Director of the Victorian Taxi Directorate for four years during a period of significant challenge and transformation.

After a rigorous process, the appointment panel unanimously selected Peter, convinced he has the personal and professional qualities to lead VIT into its next phase as a leading, widely-respected agency that ensures the quality of Victorian teachers.