Program Facilitators

Amanda Ypinazar

Lead Facilitator and Senior Associate, NESLI Principal Consultant, The Brown Collective

Amanda has over 22 years of educational experience, from classroom teacher, to educational advisor and high-performing principal. Amanda is driven by the singular belief that all students should have the opportunity to excel to their greatest potential. In order to lead her teams towards this single desire, Amanda contextualised innovative ways of working through teacher pedagogy and teacher training that reflected visionary educational frameworks that uniquely catered to the learning community she was leading. Amanda’s experience includes being a founding Head of Middle School at North Lakes State College (2005–2008), Principal of Kallangur State School (2009–2011), and currently Principal Consultant at The Brown Collective. Consequently, Amanda is comfortably placed to provide in-depth expertise on the challenges emerging administrators face when cultivating leadership themes and meta-cognitive approaches within school teams in order to collectively improve the learning capability of every individual student. 

Her particular passion is individualising strategic frameworks for educational institutions in order to maximise impact for students. Since leaving education to pursue private sector goals, Amanda still holds dearly the ideal of challenging her leadership team to excel to their fullest potential for the dual purpose of enriching lives, both personally and profitably. As a board member of a national charity, Amanda lobbies and negotiates with corporate businesses to actively involve them in profit reinvestment in community for the purpose of enriching the lives of children with severe medical conditions.

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Dr Stephen Brown 

Program Director and Global Executive Chair, NESLI
Director, The Brown Collective

Dr Stephen Brown is the Global Executive Chair of NESLI. He has 32 years of experience in education, public sector and not-for-profit leadership roles, both in Australia and internationally. He is a highly regarded expert in the areas of leadership development, organisational renewal and redesign, strategy, change management and capability development. Dr Brown has undertaken consultancies across a broad range of settings and contexts within Australia. His international experience has also seen him consult in Scotland, Nauru, the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.

Dr Brown was Regional Director for Hume in Victoria for four years, and acted in the position of Deputy Secretary, Office of Government School Education. Dr Brown was Executive Director of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and a member of the departmental leadership team. In December 2010, Dr Brown was appointed to the position of inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) Ltd. Dr Brown completed his tenure as CEO of QELi in April 2016. QELi, under Dr Brown’s leadership, developed an outstanding national and international reputation.  

Dr Brown holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern Queensland, and a Master of Arts from the University of London. He was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Nganakarrawa Award in 2007 and a presidential citation from the same organisation in 2009. In 2009, Dr Brown was nominated for membership of the Global Education Leaders Program – a coalition of leading system thinkers. He was identified as a participant in the Victorian Leadership Development Centre’s 2009 program for future Deputy Secretaries and Secretaries in the Victorian Public Sector. In 2013, Dr Brown was awarded by ACEL (Qld) the prestigious Miller-Grassie Award. In 2016, Dr Brown was appointed to the Scottish College of Educational Leadership’s International Advisory  Board. In the same year, he was also appointed to Charles Darwin University’s and the Northern Territory Department of Education’s Board of Management for the Centre for School Leadership as an external expert advisor.

He is also a National and State Fellow of ACEL, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and, in 2014, graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors program (GAICD). Currently, Dr Brown is undertaking a portfolio career via a combination of roles and positions in the area of educational leadership. These include: advisor to business and government on education; directorship of a global professional services company; academic appointments; consultancies; and board appointments. In 2016, Dr Brown joined the NESLI in the role of Global Executive Chair. In that capacity, Dr Brown provides high-level strategic direction across NESLI’s domestic and international activities.

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