NEAS Australia today announced that Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms Denise Taylor, will be stepping down from the role at the end of this year. Ms Tanya Buchanan, currently serving on the NEAS Australia Board, has been appointed to the position, effective 6 February 2020.
Ms Taylor commented, “The appointment of Tanya as Chair was the unanimous decision of the NEAS Australia Board of Directors, and I can think of no better person to take on this role. Tanya has been a NEAS Director since June 2019 and has made an outstanding contribution to date.”
Ms Buchanan brings a wealth of experience, having worked in
the not-for-profit sector for most of her career. She is the current CEO of the
Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and has also served on multiple
boards. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Asbestos Diseases Research
Foundation. Ms Buchanan holds an MBA and is a member of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Peter O’Connor is an internationally recognised expert in researching and making applied theatre and drama education. He has created theatre in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, earthquake zones and with the homeless. He was the founding director of Everyday Theatre, a national theatre based education programme focusing on the prevention of family violence and child abuse.
Following the series of earthquakes, his work in Christchurch schools led to both UNESCO funded research and program development, and the development of the Teaspoon of Light Theatre Company. In 2012 he was named the Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year. Peter’s most recent research includes multi and interdisciplinary studies on the creative pedagogies and the arts, the nature of embodied learning and the pedagogy of surprise.
In 2019, a play he directed with the Hobson Street Theatre Company (New Zealand’s only theatre company for people who are or have been homeless), won the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award. He has continued his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles with the Skid Row Housing Trust.
Peter supervises Doctoral and Masters students using arts based methodologies with a social justice focus and is an experienced supervisor of the PhD with creative component.
Teachers are lifelong learners. All staff who work at an education provider value and engage in learning and teaching on a day to day basis. NEAS recognises that professional development of all staff is an essential element in the continuous improvement of an educational provider.
NEAS CEO, Dr Patrick Pheasant, and NEAS Directors hosted this year’s Annual General Meeting. The AGM provided NEAS Staff, Assessors, Board Directors and Advisory Council representatives the opportunity to review the Annual Report and speak with NEAS members.
NEAS is excited to share that we are a finalist in the International Education and Training category of the 2019 Premier’s NSW Export Awards. The Awards honour Australian companies engaged in international business who have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment.
NEAS is proud to be recognised for its contribution to Australia’s International Exports through supporting quality assurance in ELT in international schools around the globe. NEAS advances education by providing quality assurance for everyone in the ELT community, including schools and educators located offshore. NEAS’ expertise and innovative approach to quality assurance has enabled it to offer its high standards in service and support to providers looking to work with Australian providers. Winners will be announced on 16 October 2019.
It has been a challenging year so far, with both the bushfires and coronavirus threatening the stability of our industry. Now more than ever, maintaining the quality of course delivery, student support and staffing through pro-active review and evaluation, professional development and continuous improvement is essential. With this in mind, NEAS continues to offer opportunities for members, education agents and the broader ELT community through our quality review activities, professional development program, the NEAS Conference and information sharing.
NEAS has recently embarked on its own transformative journey and is inviting you to join us!
The team invite you to explore our transformed website, neas.org.au The look and feel have improved with a colourful palette and user-friendly navigation features. It’s now much easier to locate information on our quality assurance services, professional development and quality centres. Fewer clicks means you can quickly find and register for our upcoming QLS workshops, NEAS Online Learning or Webinars.