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Andy Drewitt

Project Photographer

Andy has worked as a journalist, videographer and photographer for 18 years, producing work for SBS TV, The Herald Sun, The Big Issue, The Australian, Leader Community Newspapers and The Age.

He focuses on social issues and has covered topics including Victoria’s mental health system, homelessness in Armenia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the spread of Rabies throughout Asia.

His work has been recognized with awards including a United Nations Media Peace prize, two Walkley awards for photography and online journalism, two Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher Awards for photography, and two Quill awards for photography and social justice journalism. In 2010 a story he produced on former patients of Victorian psychiatric hospitals was recognized with an award from the Public Advocate of Victoria.

He currently works as a freelancer. His website is www.andydrewitt.com

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    Kallum Searle

    Project leader & Community engagement manager

    Kallum is an experienced project leader and community engagement manager currently working with a broad range of clients across the corporate, non profit and government sectors. Kallum currently works across a team of consultants in the education sector, providing expert advice and facilitation of medium and large scale community engagement and business development projects. After recently completing his Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Sport & Recreation Management, Kallum hopes to eventually forge a career in the elite sport management and community engagement field.

    The ‘It’s Just a Postcode’ project has provided Kallum with a strong sense of joy and fulfilment. After working closely with both schools, it has been inspiring to see the relentless approach of the two schools to provide the best for not only their students, but their entire communities. I look forward to watching this project inspire and enrich the lives of many more in years to come.

      Jordy Heis

      Creative Director

      After co-founding a youth mental health organisation to raise awareness and increase conversation amongst young males, he created North Black Marketing agency, empowering businesses big and small to sell easily online.

      His marketing specialisation includes the high growth area of e-commerce store development and consulting, whilst also providing value through strategic marketing campaigns, web and graphic design for retail and lifestyle brands.

      His past lives include:
      - helping his father turn over $1 million in his first 7 months of business
      - living in a villa in the Greek Islands and getting paid to design posters for International DJs like Afrojack & Hardwell
      - snowboarding in Japan and making sure his clients enjoyed their stay on and off the slopes

      He has qualifications in Business Management, Marketing & Graphic Design, and he uses this unique skill sets when advising his clients.

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        Adam Smith

        Project Leader

        Adam is an commentator and consultant specialising in partnership development and network building in and around schools. Adam is a Board Member of the Public Education Foundation, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and regular Education Analyst for Channel 10's 'The Project'. As former CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and Education Foundation Australia, Adam has a background in non-profit leadership and has personally generated significant philanthropic and corporate investment in Australian schools. Adam is passionate about promoting equity and excellence in all schools and encouraging additional philanthropic support of school education. Adam has worked extensively in the United States, the Middle East and Europe and is a regular guest at the annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). In 2009 Adam was named Young Executive of the Year by BOSS Magazine.


        Adam's current clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, Principals Australia Institute, Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Koshland Innovation Fund.

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          Lisa Occhietti

          Project Worker for the Schools as Banks for Social Capital project

          Lisa is a Project Worker for the Schools as Banks for Social Capital project at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School & Dandenong West Primary School. Before finding her feet in the community and industrial advocacy system, Lisa began her career in an administrative role working for a number of trade unions and associations.  After time spent at home caring for her children Lisa returned to the work force in the children’s services sector and then in disability.  A passionate advocate for children with a disability and their parents, Lisa is the current Deputy Chairperson of the board at St John’s Regional College.

          Lisa’s professional training is in community development and has worked specifically in this field for local government and community centres.  Lisa is a passionate supporter of the ‘It’s Just a Postcode’ project which supports the development of family, school and community partnerships to build social capital in the local community.

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            Sue Brown

            Family School Partnership Convenor of Springvale and Noble Park

            Working with a range of government and non-government schools in the area, Sue is a passionate supporter of the Greater Dandenong Community.

            Whilst previously working in the community service sector, Sue has experience in both advocacy and management and has worked extensively in recreation and leisure, children’s services, Alternative Dispute Resolution and the disability sectors. Sue’s professional training is in Community Development and Social Policy which has allowed her to work across a range of sectors including community based advocacy, local government, commonwealth state planning, and Higher Education.

            Sue is a passionate advocate for Family and Children’s services including education and always works from a strengths based capacity building approach.  She is very interested in the potential of the Corporate and Philanthropic sectors and how local organisations and schools can collaborate to achieve better outcomes in communities.

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              Bev Hansen

              Principal at Dandenong West Primary School

              As an educator working in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne for many years, Bev has experience in both the State and Catholic systems. Her journey eventually led her to Springvale, Noble Park and Dandenong where she developed an unwavering passion to work in areas that are often described as disadvantaged – knowing that these students must have school leaders and teachers who believe that all students can excel at school.

              Bev actively seeks and develops partnerships with local services, agencies and other schools to increase access to services, programs and other support. Bev knows for the students at Dandenong West to reach their potential the school has to play an integral role in supporting and empowering families and the wider community.

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                Marg Batt

                Principal at St Anthony’s School Noble Park

                Marg is a passionate advocate for the importance of a high quality education for all children including those who are most disadvantaged. Marg promotes high expectations of teachers and students and has worked to build the school as a core social centre in the Noble Park Community.

                Marg has developed partnerships with local services, agencies and other schools to increase access to services, programs and holistic support for children and families. Marg believes that schools have a pivotal role in building social capital in the community and that social connectedness between families and communities supports children’s development and ultimately their educational outcomes.

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