2022 ACEN Annual General Meeting & National Elections


9 November 2022


2:00pm AEDT





Notice to Members of 2022 Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2022

Time: 2:00pm AEDT

The following papers form part of the Notice of Meeting and are for consideration as part of the meeting:

  • Agenda
  • ACEN 2021 AGM Minutes
  • Presidents Report
  • Audited Financial Report

The Meeting will also elect three directors from eligible members to act as directors on the Board.


A Member who is entitled to attend and vote at this meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of the Member. Details in relation to a Member’s entitlement to appoint a proxy and instructions for the lodgement of a Proxy Form are described in Clauses 25-27 of the Constitution.

To be effective,  proxies must be sent to ACEN Administration admin@acen.edu.au by 5:00pm Friday 4th November 2022.


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  • While documents will be shared online, all documents will be made available below prior to the AGM.


ACEN members will receive emails with voting instructions.

Elections Open:  Tuesday 20th September 2022
Elections Close:  Tuesday 4th October 2022

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. 

Elizabeth Cook

Edith Cowan University


Elizabeth Cook, BSc, MTeach(Sec) Melb is a Senior Analyst, Strategy and Performance at Edith Cowan University and a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement with Lancaster University. I have published research that has contributed to knowledge about university evaluation of WIL, Australian postgraduate experiences with university careers supports, and employability with respect to teaching-learning. My PhD is developing a new relational employability toolkit for academics to use in any discipline, including with WIL. At ECU, I advise senior executives and the University Council on higher education sector issues, contribute to University-wide plans to improve strategic, teaching and international outcomes, and feedback to the Federal Government on issues like NPILF. I recently joined ACEN’s Research Sub-Committee and previously served the Queensland Chapter. As an ACEN Director, I will be passionate, proactive, inclusive and creative to strengthen our stakeholder relations, evidence impact, and inspire equitable and inclusive innovations.

Heather Pate

Edith Cowan University


Heather Pate (PhD Candidate [Curtin], Master of Arts [UNE], DipEd. [UNE]) works as Senior Learning Designer at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Her focus is on supporting the development of whole-of-degree curriculum that is authentic and inclusive. At ECU, Heather co-facilitates the WIL Learning Community. Heather has been an active member of the WA Chapter committee since 2015, including Secretary (2017-2021) and Chair (2021-current). In these roles, Heather has collaboratively organised a range of events and webinars. At the National level, Heather is a member of the Professional Learning sub-committee, participating in awards and grants reviews and panels, as well as facilitating discussions. She is currently on the National Board, appointed to fill a casual vacancy from July 2022. Heather’s key areas of interest are in increasing accessibility and inclusion in WIL, and in constructing ways to help support students link their learning to authentic experiences throughout their degrees.

Helen Stephenson

University of South Australia


Helen joined ACEN in 2012. During this time, she has been a member of the ACEN SA/NT Chapter Board, presented at ACEN conferences, and facilitated several state-based workshops, most recently in late 2021. With several WIL publications and a 2020 PhD focused on preservice teachers professional experiences she has a demonstrated commitment to the field of work-integrated learning. This year Helen commenced her academic career with appointment as Lecturer, Professional Experience (Education) at University of South Australia. With PhD studies completed and with full-time employment in the WIL field Helen seeks to resume active contribution to ACEN’s agenda through Board membership. If elected Helen will seek to increase membership engagement, promote the opportunities ACEN’s grants, equity and student scholarships provide. She will advocate for the contributions WIL provides to educational experience, industry, and community. Helen commits to being an engaged and ethical in all Board and sub-committee undertakings.

Michael O'Connor

Western Sydney University


The renewed sector focus on providing WIL, and related professional development for staff, presents opportunities (increased student satisfaction/employability) and challenges (embedding evidence-based practices).

Since 2010, I have developed and delivered research and employability skills training for Master and PhD candidates through:

  • a cohesive, multi-year suite of professional practice WIL activities co-designed with students
  • an industry-partnered, group-WIL innovation activity
  • reviewing/refreshing Western’s WIL-related pedagogy
  • contributing to Western’s NPILF submission.

My WIL design/evaluation is being used as a model for reporting teaching activities to TEQSA.

I am a SFHEA, with extensive policy and public engagement experience gained as Secretary/VP/President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research (2011-2016) and ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter member (2021-ongoing).

If given the opportunity, my experiences will help ACEN advocate for relevant, contemporary WIL by:

  • engaging with students/staff/policy-makers
  • promoting evidence-based quality WIL
  • enhancing staff capabilities
  • facilitating partnerships/knowledge sharing.

Naomi Walsh

University of Tasmania


I joined the University of Tasmania with 25 years of corporate and commercial experience, in which I had strong engagement with the University, bringing industry experience to course offerings and mentoring students. I was initially a senior industry fellow and recently appointed to Academic Lead Employability in the College of Business and Economics. I have delivered an international student intern program successfully, fostering relationships with new employers. My role is to review and enhance existing WIL programs and deliver new opportunities for students based on innovative and best practice models for student success. Based on this experience I believe the 3 issues (or opportunities) for ACEN are:

  1. Sustainability of the organisation with relevance to members
  2. A clearly defined brand that showcases best practice and responds to the changing nature of higher education
  3. Scale of operations to deliver an impactful program

Olivia Gallagher

Edith Cowan University


I hold a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy and have 19 years of academic experience in higher education. I currently hold the position of Associate Dean (Work Integrated Learning) in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at ECU and have strategic and operational responsibility for actual and simulated WIL across four courses training ~3,000 students. I have been an invited speaker to the ACEN Critical Conversation series to speak about my experiences of managing critical incidents in WIL. I am keen to contribute further to the ACEN community, leveraging my experience in WIL matters, including leading innovation and responsiveness in the uncertain and complex context of mandatory WIL during the pandemic. Partnerships are critical to facilitating quality WIL experiences. I believe I can contribute to the ACEN community through fostering engagement of stakeholders in WIL strategy, innovation and scholarship endeavours.

Susan Dann

Australian Catholic University


I hold a PhD in management (UQ), Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts (majors: classics and government) and have been awarded Principal Fellow Advance HE (PFHEA), Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to business education. As National Head, Business at Australian Catholic University I have introduced and oversee a range of WIL initiatives including micro within subject projects, professional certifications, national, virtual and international internships and the three-year integrated Future Ready Program which introduces students to WIL initiatives from their first semester of study. Three key issues I see facing ACEN are: promoting the value of WIL to an increasingly diverse and time constrained student body; developing the conversation between academics and industry partners to better bridge the gap in understanding and expectations of WIL; and navigating the complex legal environments in which WIL projects are undertaken.


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