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Cheryl McBride OAM

President

(M Ed, B Leg S, Gr Dip Rem Ed, Dip Teach)

As a principal, former chairperson of the Public Schools Principals Forum, and member of the NSW Ministers Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy (2012 – 2015), Cheryl McBride continues to advocate for improvement, excellence and equity for all students in NSW schools.

Cheryl is a long term school principal based in South West Sydney. She led many campaigns to improve the provision of resources to students and schools including specialist provision for students with disabilities, additional funding for schools set in socio economically disadvantaged areas, improved support from community services for students with challenging backgrounds, curriculum expansion and professional development to realise the potential of all students from the gifted to the learning challenged.

Cheryl was awarded the Order of Australia “for service to education as a school principal, teacher and advocate for children with autism and other disabilities, and to the community through legal aid organisations and public housing projects.”

Cheryl was recently elected as president of Fairer Education NSW and will share leadership with the management committee as progress is made to become the Fairer Education political party.

Lila Mularczyk OAM, J.P.

Vice President

Lila’s commitment to education was recognised by being honoured with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), announced 2017. Lila has been contributing to public education for 39 years.

She currently is undertaking a portfolio of work including leading or participating on multiple National and State Education Boards and Reference Groups (e.g., PEF, ACE, UTS, UNSW) professional experience officer, coach and mentor, UNSW Gonski Institute, State and National Chair and Vice Chair ACE, supporting HALT’s, tertiary lecturer, special projects, work in and for schools, research, contract work, TF CPL etc.

In recent years her positions included  CEO and the Director, Secondary Education, at the Department of Education. 

Immediately prior Lila was President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC) from 2012 to 2016 often informing The Education Minister and Department Leadership on policy and procedure.  As President and as a school Principal Lila represented Public Education around Australia and frequently globally at conferences over many years. Lila was Principal at Merrylands High School for 15 years until 2016.

Lila has been awarded an ACE and ACEL State and National Fellowships and was acknowledged through the NSW Meritorious Service to Public Education Award along with Justice Michael Kirby and Richard Gill in 2012. In 2013/14 and 2020 Lila was included in the International Who’s Who Register and from 2015 and 2021 she has been the subject of several publications because of her leadership in educational roles as exampled by numerous journals, books including “The Stupid Country”, Empowering, Executives leaders, Entrepreneur’s 20th Edition, Movers and Shakers and “Wise Heads, Wise Hearts” and Leadership for the future.

Early in 2015 Lila was highly commended for her work with Bridges to Higher Education as a Woman of the West and has been awarded the prestigious NSW ACEL Patrick Duignan and the Principals’ Australia Institute (PAI) John Laing awards. Lila was also nominated for 2015 Australian of the Year. In 2016 she was awarded the Sir Harold Wyndham Award NSW and delivered the Wyndham Oration. Lila was awarded NSWSPC Life Membership in 2016 and Teachers Federation Association Level Life Membership in 2017.

Glen Stelzer

Secretary

Glen’s work as an educator has been primarily focused on supporting students and families in low socio-economic and multicultural communities to realise their life dreams.

He studied at Peakhurst West Public School, Peakhurst High School, Goulburn College of Advanced Education, University of New England and Charles Sturt University. He holds a Diploma of Teaching in Primary Education, a Bachelor of Education in Administrative Leadership and a Masters of Educational Administration.

As a student, parent, teacher, executive and principal who has enjoyed great success and satisfaction in the public education system for 57 years, Glen highly values the important role that public education plays to ensure that all students are properly supported to achieve their personal, intellectual and social potential in an equitable and free public education system.

Gemma Ackroyd

Treasurer

Gemma is a former public school principal, with 37 years of service in the public education system. She had a varied teaching career as a K-6 classroom teacher and as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Early in her career Gemma taught in the Adult Migrant Education Service, and later worked for the Department of Education as an ESL consultant in the south west of Sydney. As a Senior Education Officer in the Department of Education’s Gender Equity Unit, she developed policy, resources and conducted training and development throughout NSW. As a primary school principal, Gemma was an enthusiastic and energetic leader who promoted excellence in education based on the principles of equity and strong educational outcomes for all students.

Active in the NSW Teachers Federation throughout her career, Gemma held positions at school, local association, and state levels. She was a member of the Teachers Federation Executive for eight years, holding the position of Vice President for five years. Gemma represented the Teachers Federation on a range of external equity and professional learning committees.

Gemma was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 for her contribution to education. Gemma is a passionate and proactive supporter of public education. She has been active in professional and industrial organisations throughout her career supporting students, staff and parents to realize their potential.