Our people

Evan Hannah – CEO

Evan took on the role of ethics coordinator at his son’s school  in 2014 and joined the Primary Ethics staff in 2017. Evan’s career began in journalism, before moving to management positions within media organisations. Now CEO of Primary Ethics, Evan’s focus is to build and strengthen the Primary Ethics program across the state.

Elizabeth Allen – Engagement and Administration Manager

Elizabeth is a seasoned ethics teacher who joined Primary Ethics staff in 2017 to assist to with running the organisation and building relationships with stakeholders. Elizabeth has extensive experience in corporate communications and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and German and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour.


Susan Ardill

Susan Ardill – Communications Manager
Susan looks after the Primary Ethics website, our social media and email newsletters for volunteers, parents and the wider community, as well as liaising with the media. Susan’s career began in magazine journalism, moved to television documentary, then into digital with ninemsn. She has worked in communications for a number of non-profit organisations, including a large union and an environmental law firm.



Karen Lee – Training Manager

Karen has extensive experience in community education, training and the VET sector. Karen develops and manages Primary Ethics’ new teacher training and continuing professional development programs, develops online learning and manages the team of trainers. She also has a pivotal role in the Classroom Support Team and curriculum management. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from UNSW.


John Burgess

John Burgess – Volunteering Manager

John comes to Primary Ethics from a background in small business ownership. He assembled and developed teams to lead adventure tours in the Middle East and Asia with minimal supervision in the pre-internet age. On moving to Australia in 2001, he set up and ran a chain of retail food outlets across Sydney. He joined us as a volunteer teacher at the start of 2018. John holds a BSc in Mathematics and has a keen interest in philosophy and moral reasoning.



Carey Francis – Volunteering Manager
Carey supports new volunteers through induction and assists with handling system queries and updates. Carey has taught and coordinated the ethics program at her children’s school since 2013; during 2015-2016 she taught ethics classes for 70 students at three different schools. Carey formerly worked for a global natural gas business, where she designed and ran interactive workshops enabling employees to explore ethical dilemmas and build decision-making skills and managed external dialogue and reporting on corporate responsibility issues.


Coral Sturgess

Coral Sturgess, Classroom Support Team (CST) Manager
Coral is a CST member and manager, is also one of our teacher trainers and has a wealth of experience as a high school teacher and executive, a teacher trainer for the Department of Education and a university lecturer. Coral also teaches ethics at Woodport PS. Her role is to grow and manage a team of coaches who help ethics teachers enjoy the best outcomes for their classes.


Liz Rushton – Schools Liaison Officer
Liz’s role is to liaise between schools, the NSW Department of Education and Primary Ethics to make sure ethics programs are delivered in a highly effective learning environment in our public schools. Liz has extensive experience as a high school principal, Director of School Education and in policy development in the Department. She joined Primary Ethics in early 2019 as a CST member and enjoys using her experience to support our ethics teachers in their classes.


Fiona Branscombe – Area Manager
Fiona has been a volunteer ethics teacher at her local school in Newcastle since 2014. In 2020, Fiona joined the Primary Ethics team to support volunteers teaching at schools throughout the state. Fiona is also working in the team delivering a pilot of ethics classes at high schools. Fiona studied a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History and Theory and has a background working in fraud investigations and risk and compliance.


Anuya Velpanur, Area Manager
Anuya trained as a dentist and psychologist in India, but took a career break and moved to Australia with a young family. She has been teaching Ethics since 2016. She started at Primary Ethics as a Volunteer Support Officer, working with onboarding volunteers. In early 2021 she was appointed Area Manager, supporting volunteers in the Sydney Metro-South area. Anuya is a lifelong student of dance and an amateur photographer.


Paula Lam

Paula Lam, Administration Assistant – Helpdesk

Paula’s background in IT support and recruitment administration and her strong customer service skills make her a valuable asset to the team. Since the birth of her son she has taken a keen interest in education and has completed a Cert III in Early Childhood Education. Paula runs the helpdesk and assists with enquiries from existing volunteers as well as people who are new to the program.


Darcie Funk – Training Administrator

Darcie joined Primary Ethics as a volunteer in 2015 to support the ethics program at her local school. Darcie coordinates the training program for volunteers and supports the team of trainers. She has 20 years’ experience as a marketing communications specialist working in the not for profit sector. Darcie holds a Bachelor of Business Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Change Management.


Dr Sue Knight – Curriculum Author

Dr Knight holds a PhD in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Adelaide and has spent more than 20 years researching and teaching within the University of South Australia’s School of Education. Dr Knight is the author of the Primary Ethics curriculum, which consists of 79 topics crafted for each stage of primary education.  Read more


Our Volunteers




Primary Ethics currently has 3000 treasured volunteers who deliver ethics programs in more than 500 schools across the state.