Project Team

In line with ASAM’s (Australian School of Applied Management) commitment to underwriting and ensuring the success of the Wellbeing Toolkit, NESLI has assembled a range of expert personnel to oversee key aspects of the project. The project team will be supported by an Efficacy & Impact Committee which will provide critical evaluations and advice to assist the long term evolution of the program.​


The Wellbeing Toolkit has been developed by NESLI in consultation with a cross-section of Australian K-12 stakeholders.​

The Wellbeing Toolkit is partially funded by the Australian School of Applied Management. ASAM will provide $750,000 of seed funding over the next 3 years.​

The Wellbeing Toolkit responds to the insights and recommendations flowing from the Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey.​


Damien Farrell

Damien is the founder and National Director of NESLI and ASAM. Damien is passionate about leadership, both as a leader himself and as a champion for the development of other leaders. His focus on empowering all team members to thrive within a values-based environment carries through to ASAM’s best-of-breed leadership development programs. Damien also sits on the board of Parkinson’s Victoria and contributes to a range of charitable endeavours.


Jason Renshaw

Jason has over 20 years of experience leading the design, delivery and management of technology-driven curriculum across vocational, tertiary, government and corporate settings in both Australia and Asia. Jason has held key leadership roles in learning design for Open Universities Australia and the University of Melbourne. At NESLI, Jason drives a world class faculty and student support centre which is deeply committed to the experience of every NESLI student.


Dr Philip Riley

Phil Riley, a former school principal, spent 16 years in schools before moving to the tertiary sector. He researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership. He has been awarded ~$8 million in research funding including 3 prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants. In 2010 Phil’s research was recognised with an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award. This award funded the first two years of The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey. This seminal research project heavily informs the Wellbeing Toolkit.


Jenny Pesina

Jenny is an experienced eLearning and blended learning professional, online course developer, educator and project manager, focused on delivering pedagogically sound and innovative teaching and learning solutions. Jenny has extensive experience in higher education including key roles at the University of Melbourne and Open Universities Australia and is a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences. Jenny is currently Head of Education Design and Delivery.


Simon Brown-Greaves

Simon Brown-Greaves has worked extensively in mental health and wellbeing across a range of Australian school departments. He is an experienced senior executive and organisational psychologist with more than 20 years’ involvement in helping businesses and public sector organisations align people and performance. Prior senior roles include an executive management role at Chandler Macleod and CEO of the OSA Group.


Dr Stephen Brown

Dr Brown has more than 30 years of education experience in Australia and internationally. He was the Regional Director of Hume Region in Victoria for four years and acted in the position of Deputy Secretary, Office of Government School Education (OGSE). 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. Currently, Dr Brown is the Executive Chair of NESLI.


Kelly Rothwell

Kelly Rothwell is a registered psychologist who works with leaders and leadership groups to facilitate and coach with her knowledge and extensive experience in culture change, leadership development, human behaviour and scientific research adaptation. Kelly has worked globally leading teams of consultants for over 15 years. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Waikato and a Masters in Organisational Psychology from Massey University.​


Anna Dabrowski

Anna is a researcher and lecturer in the area of educational reform and teacher effectiveness. She is currently involved in the longitudinal evaluation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, commissioned by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), in addition to developing performance and development frameworks to improve teacher quality in Australia and the United States. Sheis completing her PhD in Education and is examining the ways in which teachers and school leaders working in International Baccalaureate schools support and acknowledge student diversity.

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