Meet the team behind Evidence for Learning
Evidence for Learning has been incubated by Social Ventures Australia (SVA). Our team is made of expert members from SVA's Education team.
Matthew Deeble – Director
Matt has more than 20 years’ experience in building and running enterprises in education, health and clean technology. He was involved in provisioning the first Internet services in Australian schools and developing internet management software used by thousands of schools in Australia, NZ, the UK and USA.
More recently he has worked on data, identity and privacy projects for the National Schools Interoperability Program and on an online career profiling service in Higher and Vocational Education.
He is also a non-executive director of the evidence efficiency platform; Covidence.
Matt is responsible for Evidence for Learning's strategy, fundraising and system engagement and promotion.
John Bush – Associate Director, Learning Impact Fund
John is Associate Director of Education at Social Ventures Australia and part of the leadership team of Evidence for Learning. In this role, he manages the Learning Impact Fund, a new fund building rigorous evidence about Australian educational programs.
John has more than 15 years’ experience in the education and non-profit sectors as a classroom teacher and organisational leader. He managed the SVA Education Dialogue in 2014 and 2015 and the Growing Great Teachers project.
From 2010 to 2014, he was Director of Learning and Development at High Resolves, with accountability for curriculum design, recruitment and development of teaching staff, and evaluation. During those years, High Resolves grew from working with 15 schools to working with more than 100 schools and 20,000 students annually in every state and territory.
Dr. Tanya Vaughan - Associate Director, The Toolkit
Tanya is responsible for the product development, community leadership and strategy of the Toolkit.
Tanya has worked in education in policy design, implementation and evaluation in key Australian organisations including Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and Principals Australia Institute (PAI). She has consulted on international and national projects in leadership in education and evaluation with Learning First and Educational Transformations. She was lead consultant in investigating the impact of programs in the arts on outcomes for students in highly disadvantaged settings which resulted in a book for the international market.
Tanya has co-authored one international book, three chapters, four journal articles, eight media items and 19 conference presentations/workshops in educational research. Tanya has also published within her field of bioinformatics and genomics with five peer reviewed journal articles and eight conference presentations.
Tanya is an Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Monash University), Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology), Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership (MGSE) and Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University).
Shona Saxton – Marketing Associate
Shona works across all marketing activities. She is responsible for marketing plans development and delivery including stakeholder plans and communications, marketing communications, promotion and events across Evidence for Learning.
Previously, Shona worked at The Salvation Army, ChildFund Australia and Black Swan State Theatre Company (Western Australia’s State Theatre Company). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from UNSW.
As the community in which we live is strongly connected to our business practices, Shona is passionate in finding the synergies between the two.
Georgia Mathews - Administration Manager
Georgia joined SVA in March 2016 as the Administration Manager, Education. She supports the Bright Spots Schools Connection and Evidence for Learning programs.
Before joining SVA, Georgia worked at The Australian Women Donors Network, a non-profit advocating for greater philanthropic investment in women and girls and educating funders in the importance of applying a gender lens to decision-making processes.
Georgia believes in gender equality, education and philanthropy as key drivers for positive social change and is the Founder of a giving circle that focuses on these areas. Georgia holds a Bachelor of Arts (History; Gender Studies) from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing her Master Degree in Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Social Impact.