David Simpson had an extended career in advertising around the globe. He returned to Australia to run Bluearth, a not-for-profit promoting physical activity in primary schools. He is now a professional non-executive director, chairs a TEC (The Executive Connection) group and is active in executive coaching.
He believes there is a long-term opportunity for Cool Australia to fill a niche for people turned off by the green/not-green debate who just want unbiased information about being environmentally sensible.
Craig is the father of Jason Kimberley and the former Chairman of Just Jeans Group Limited and has been involved with clothing and textile industry for 40 years. He was the founding chairman of the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
He served a term on the AFL commission. In 2012 he was awarded the Champion of Entrepreneurship at the Australian Entrepreneur Awards. He and his wife Connie own and operate the Herberton Historic Village in Far North Queensland.
In 2015 he was awarded the AM, or Member of the Order of Australia for his work in fashion, the AFL and at the historic village in Herberton.
Summer is the Director of Learning at Education Changemakers, is one of Australia’s most connected education influencers, and has boldly emerged as a powerful and disruptive new voice in the sector. Summer brings expert knowledge in design thinking, middle years schooling and environmental education, grounded in extensive experience teaching in some of Australia’s most forward-thinking private schools. Known to many on twitter as @edusum, she has a deep passion for unleashing and spreading teacher-led innovations and is highly engaged in Australia’s education startup scene.
Following eight years of senior teaching experience at PLC Sydney, Ravenswood School for Girls, Knox Grammar School and Anastasis Academy, Summer consulted to the NSW Government and taught Master of Teaching units at Sydney University before being appointed as a Senior Project Officer for AITSL, leading on the Learning Frontiers initiative. Summer is also the driving force behind the EC conference series (www.ec15.org) and was one of the founders of TeachMeet Sydney. She holds a Masters degree from Macquarie University and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship for Service to Girls Education.
Guy Olian is a Senior Consultant at GerrardBown. Prior to joining GerrardBown, Guy co-founded Cleaner Climate and led the organisations’ efforts in Australia, Mexico and South Africa. Guy has broad strategy development, process and organizational improvement experience. He has assisted a variety of large multinational corporations in the finance, defence, transport, travel, retail sectors and not-for-profit organisations.
This work involves reviewing existing operations and programs; evaluating new opportunities; and implementing initiatives to optimise financial, operational and social outcomes. Guy graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gabrielle Coyne has extensive experience in the Australian publishing industry working in marketing before becoming managing director then CEO of Penguin Asia Pacific and more recently Penguin Random House. A passionate advocate for literacy and the power of storytelling, she was also on the board of Pearson Education Australia and has held a range of positions on the boards and committees of industry associations. She was a founding board member of the Wheeler Centre, a member of World Vision’s Business Advisory Council of Australia, is currently on the board of the Australian Industry Group’s Graduate Employment Service and was also a member of the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council.
Gabrielle believes strongly in the positive impact of learning and the positive change that can occur when teachers and students gain access to resources and information to help learn, understand and tell the story of our planet and the future.
Madeleine Grummet is an entrepreneur, consultant and journalist obsessed with startups, the sharing economy and harnessing communities for social change. Founder & CEO of brand agency Do Re Me Creative, Founder of the Wise Women project, Co-Founder of #girledworld, and with a recent Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Melbourne, Madeleine spent years in the storied world of journalism and media (News Corp, Herald-Sun, Nine Network, ACP, Murdoch Magazines) and is still constantly blown away by the power of storytelling and its capacity to ignite change. Madeleine holds a number of board and advisory positions across the APAC region, consults to a range of clients on strategy, disruption and innovation, and has four daughters who are cultivating enterprise skillsets day by day.
Dr Melanie J Thomson
Dr Mel Thomson completed her Honours degree in microbiology and immunology at the University of Melbourne. She completed a Masters of Research then a PhD in microbial genetic regulation in Neisseria species, both at University of York, UK. During her PhD, she undertook training in science communication for teacher development at the UK National STEM Learning centre and took part in the ‘Researchers in Residence’ program at a local Yorkshire secondary school.
Dr Thomson returned to Australia in 2011 to start her own research group at Deakin Medical School and the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases. After more than 5 years as an independent researcher, she has now left the academy to help grow the innovation ecosystem for the Australian MedTech Pharma industry in her role as GM of Education, Skills and Events for MTPConnect.
A passionate science communicator, she became a national ‘torch bearer’ for the concept of crowd funding academic research, with a track record of three successful ‘Pozible’ crowd funding campaigns, ‘Mighty Maggots’, ‘Hips 4 Hipsters’ and ‘No more Poo Taboo’. She has participated in CSIRO’s ‘Scientist and Mathematicians in School’ program and has been involved as a judge for ‘Tournament of the Minds’ for several years. She is involved with advocacy for Women in STEM as a founding steering committee member for Women in Science Australia and spoke on the intersections of disability and gender at the inaugural SAGE Symposium in June 2016.
Jason Kimberley is a champion of real world education, photographer, author, adventurer and founder of Cool Australia.
His first book, Australia Exposed (2003), was the result of a yearlong camping trip around Australia. Antarctica, A Different Adventure (2007) describes his journey across the frozen wilderness.
Jason has travelled extensively throughout Australia and the globe subjecting himself to a number of challenges including: climbing South America’s highest peak Mt. Aconcagua (23,000ft), man-hauling sledges in Antarctica, trekking Denali and a month long kayaking odyssey on Prince William Sound – both in Alaska.
More recently Jason has trekked to Mt Everest Base camp, traversed the Kokoda Track and been dogsledding in the Yukon Territories. Jason’s passion for education is driven by understanding that every child must be given the opportunity to thrive at school, learning the important skills of critical thinking, problem finding and solving. At Cool Australia, you truly do learn for life.