Chair, Ethical and Green Foundation
THC, Dip Teach, GradDipAppSc, MA (Ed)
Harry is a Director and the CEO of English Explorer Global. As well as his formal qualifications, Harry is also a qualified Workplace Assessor, an E/ICDL trainer and examiner, and has taught TESOL extensively overseas. In 2001, Harry was named the Western Australian ICT Teacher of the Year by the Educational Computing Association of Western Australia and in the following year was named the Australian National ICT Educator of the Year by the Australian Computer Society as well as the Australian Council for Computers in Education. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral studies in 2002.
Harry has a background in adult training through the TAFE sector, school-based teaching and Director of ICT in Perth independent schools, Director of Professional Development for the Educational Computing Association of WA as well as involvement in various business enterprises over many years and in diverse places. Harry has had wide experience with education in Indonesia as well as travelling mostly ‘off track’ there. He has also covered many kilometres in North America, Europe, South-East Asia and China. His company, English Explorer Pty Ltd, underwrites the administration costs of the Ethical and Green Foundation and so ensures a 100% delivery of donated funds. English Explorer also gives direct sponsorship for their education to a number of Balinese students.
CertEd UK, BA (Psych), Teacher’s Higher Certificate, NEiTA (Inaugural National Awardee)
Helen is an English language, literacy and reading specialist and taught in three countries over 40 years from Junior Primary through Senior Secondary School to Adult Education. She has acted as a consultant to schools in Malaysia and Indonesia. She has been President and is currently a board member of several State and national ethnic community organisations including the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), and the Union of Progressive Judaism (UPJ). She received a Woman of Worth award from NCJW (WA Section) for her work in education, and the President’s Award from the UPJ.
BSocWk (UWA), BA (UWA)
Debra retired as a Director in Policy and Planning at the Western Australian Department for Communities in 2018. She had over 25 years’ experience in child protection and child and family welfare. She has held strategic leadership roles, managed service delivery programs and districts and overseen policy development, coordination and implementation. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1995, and the Walter Trauss Memorial Prize in Social Casework and the Margaret Stockbridge Memorial Prize in Social Work by the University of Western Australia.
Dr Mark Israel holds the position of Advisor to the committee.
DPhil (Oxford) MA MPhil (Cambridge) MEdStud, GradCertTertEd (Flinders)
Mark is a senior consultant with Higher Education Evaluation & Development (HEED) Consulting and Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services and adjunct professor at both Flinders University and University of Western Australia. Mark won the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2004. Mark has acted as a consultant on educational and research governance matters to a range of state and federal government departments and organisations, universities and private higher education providers in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. He was a ministerial appointee to the SACE Board of South Australia, and a member of the boards of the South Australian Law Foundation, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and the Flinders University Child Care Centre. He has been chair and deputy chair of Academic Boards of several public and private educational institutions across Australia.
Geoff is a former Western Australian State Director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. In this role he introduced the human rights and equal opportunity legislation to Western Australia. Before relocating to Western Australia, Geoff was based in Canberra and held positions as a senior public servant for the Commonwealth of Australia for ten years. His positions included Director of the International Youth Exchange Program, a Ministerial and Parliamentary Liaison Officer with a range of different departments and Acting Director of the Office of Youth Affairs and Women’s Issues. At the direction of the Australian government, Geoff initiated a series of bi-lateral negotiations with countries in the Asia Pacific region with a view to establishing a series of youth exchanges. A number of exchanges were established including with Indonesia and many are still continuing. Before his retirement he implemented a range of education strategies for the introduction of new Australian taxation legislation into Western Australia. The role involved meeting with senior company officials and addressing public meetings to explain the changes to existing rules. After his retirement from the Australian Public Service he has worked with English Explorer in Indonesia and Malaysia as a TESOL trainer and with Ethical and Green in Bali.
BA (UWA), MPhil (UWA), TESOL
Karen is a former Director, UWA Extension, the community and continuing education arm of The University of Western Australia. In this role she was responsible for non-formal community and continuing education training. During her time at UWA Extension she was responsible for the development of very successful programs and assisted in overseeing changes from a centrally funded department of The University of Western Australia to a self-funding business unit. Karen was a member of numerous internal and external boards and committees including The University of Western Australia’s Community Relations Council and the Government of Western Australia’s Adult and Community Education Advisory Board. She also attended the UCEA (University Continuing Education Association) annual conference in the USA each year as Director of UWA Extension and took part in Austrade delegations to China and Vietnam. Her successful career was recognised by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia upon her retirement. Since this time she has worked with English Explorer in Indonesia and Malaysia as TESOL a trainer and with Ethical and Green in Bali.
B Bus (Tourism) Dist; Postgrad Diploma in Business, MSc (Tourism), RSA Cert TESOL, Approved Trainer TESOL
Vanessa’s career has been predominantly in the field of tourism, combining tertiary studies under a series of scholarships with a successful track record in setting up and managing both chains of ‘leisure’ and business travel agencies. During this time she has been closely associated with corporate social responsibility programs including the promotion of volunteer travel programs. Vanessa has undertaken volunteer work in countries on five continents and has also taught TESOL overseas. She was the inaugural recipient of the International Mastercard Women in Tourism Scholarship.
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