Our team

Our team

Dr. Iain Hay

Academic Director

Dr. Iain Hay is the Director of Professional Learning and Engagement in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie Universtiy. Dr. Hay's background includes over 20 years as a school teacher across early childhood, primary and middle schools as well as extensive experience as a professional development and adult educator. His research interests cover: student welfare, development and services; leadership, higher and adult education; and social justice and equity in education.

Dr. Kim Wilson

Deputy Director

Dr. Kim Wilson is a Lecturer in Secondary History Education and Deputy Director Professional Learning and Engagament in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University. Dr. Wilson has over twenty years’ experience in secondary school education with more than ten years of that experience in leadership positions. She is an expert practitioner with a strong track record of academic and professional publications that support and extend her teaching method and subject knowledge.

Leanne Bamford Barnes


Leanne is an experienced leader and manager, and has worked in various industries including adult education and professional development, marketing, and event management. Leanne is the Manager of ACPDE overseeing governance, course design and development, as well as stakeholder engagement and marketing. Leanne has a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics), Graduate Certificate in Marketing, Diploma of Training and Assessment, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Raymond Gillies

Endorsed Provider Project Officer

Ray provides guidance to the Academy on quality assurance, the alignment of professional development courses with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and the registration of courses with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). He has extensive successful experience as a teacher, senior educational administrator in public education and in the delivery of professional learning to teachers and principals.

Nikki de Souza

Administrative Officer

Nikki de Souza has 10 years experience working in administration in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University. Nikki has been working with NESA professional development accreditation of courses held at Macquarie University for the past 3 years and has developed a good understanding of the processes involved with NESA accreditation and professional development for Teachers.

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