Speakers

Meet the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium keynote speakers! 

Emeritus Professor Helen May

Emeritus Professor Helen May (international keynote)

Helen May’s career in early education began as a primary school teacher and a childcare worker. She eventually worked in teacher education and later played a key role in the development of Te Whaariki, the first national curriculum guidelines for New Zealand. She now is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), and lives in Wellington. Her research interests include early childhood policy, history and curriculum.

She has been involved in advocacy work and has held advisory roles on a range of policy initiatives in both New Zealand and international settings. She is the author of several books and publications on the history and politics of early childhood education.

 

Professor Ann Farrell

Professor Ann Farrell

Professor Farrell is Head of the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She earned a PhD from The University of Queensland in 1996, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Gothenburg University (Sweden) in 2012 for international leadership in early childhood research. She has authored more than 100 scholarly works in the areas of early childhood education and care, children’s rights to participation and protection, research ethics and international policy analysis.

She is the Ministerial Nominee on Board of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), and is a member of Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) Publications Committee.

 

David Ansell

David Ansell
David has worked as a teacher, principal, senior public servant and leader in the not-for-profit sector. The focus of his work has been on addressing disadvantage through education, youth at risk, early childhood services and public sector management. David is currently employed with Telethon Kids Institute as Co-Director of CoLab—a new body established through a partnership between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation. CoLab’s mission is to bring together evidence with policy and practice to improve service delivery.