Jane Danvers has served the Australian educational community for over 20 years. She is the principal of Wilderness School, one of the most recognised girl’s schools in South Australia and was the inaugural principal of University Senior College.
Jane’s leadership extends beyond the school gates. As the Presiding Member of the South Australian Certificate of Education board (SACE) and Chair of JamFactory, she has a deep understanding of the intricacies and challenges of leading others. Jane plays an active role in shaping policy and driving positive change across education sectors and in the broader community. She sits on numerous industry-related committees including the Committee for Economic Development of Australia's (CEDA) SA/NT State Advisory Council board, the Duke of Edinburgh Award South Australia Friends Committee and the Premier’s Council for Women.
Throughout her professional life, Jane has contributed to the wider educational debate and championed pedagogical advancement in schools. Over her career, she has been a continuous learner, completing a Master in Education at the University of South Australia, Oxford University’s High Performance Leadership Programme and Harvard University’s Leading Learning that Matters Project.
Jane has presented at numerous national and international education conferences, including the Global Forum on Girls’ Education, uLead and the International Conference on Thinking. She has mentored new leaders at the Association Heads of Independent Schools of Australia New Members Conference and the Association of Independent Schools South Australia, Leading Learning Program. An advocate for gender equality and diversity, Jane was recently quoted in Madonna King’s new book Being 14. She is proud to have overseen the development of academic scholarships for adolescent girls in rural Nepal.
In 2013, Jane was awarded the AISSA Noel Volk Excellence Award and the Principals Australia Institute’s John Laing Award.
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