Our staff

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. As 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 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. Susan has an MA in Mass Communications.

 

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.

 

Karen

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.

 

Jarrah Aubourg, Curriculum Manager
Jarrah Aubourg is our part-time Curriculum Manager. Jarrah’s been an ethics teacher since 2017 and a trainer with us since 2019. He’s also co-authoring the new high school curriculum. Jarrah’s work focus is on teacher feedback about the curriculum.

Jarrah has a 1st class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Wollongong and is currently doing his Masters in primary teaching.

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Diana Dagg – Classroom Support Officer
Diana conducts a ‘check-in’ service with new teachers. She also monitors the weekly post-class reports submitted by teachers to EVIE. Diana teaches  ethics in Sydney’s south. She has a post-graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research the evaluation of projects to support families in disadvantaged communities. Diana worked for many years in the state public service, most recently with the Aboriginal Education Directorate in the NSW Department of Education.

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.

 

Sandra Banta – Area Manager
Sandra has volunteered as a Regional Manager and an ethics teacher on Sydney’s North Shore since her son started Kindy in 2016.  She continues to teach ethics at her son’s school.

Sandra is the Area Manager for the Regional North and West and Rural North Directorates and loves getting to know the volunteers in that beautiful part of the world.

 

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 has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History and Theory and has a background working in fraud investigations and risk and compliance.

Cathy Chase, Area Manager
Cathy has been volunteering as an ethics teacher and coordinator since 2016. She first started teaching her daughter’s kindergarten class and hasn’t looked back. She is now looking after a number of schools across the north of Metro Sydney and enjoys building the programs so that more kids have the opportunity to access ethics classes.

 

Emma Doran, Area Manager
Emma has been volunteering as a teacher – and subsequently coordinator – since her first son began school in 2016. Early in 2020 she began working for Primary Ethics on the Helpdesk and mid-year moved into the Area Manager role, looking after schools in the Sutherland Shire, Chipping Norton and Western Sydney and rural areas such as Albury.

 

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.

 

Marbecc Webb, Area Manager
Marbecc worked in retail as a Human Resources Manager before becoming an Ethics Coordinator at her son’s school in 2014. She later added two more roles as Ethics Teacher and Regional Manager. In 2019 she was part of the South West Sydney Schools Project, examining awareness and engagement of ethics classes in that region. Marbecc has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Personnel Management and a Master of Business in Employment Relations.

 

Dana Sampath, Development Manager
Dana’s role is to launch ethics programs in new schools where there’s been no previous program and to relaunch in schools where our programs have come to a halt due to lack of volunteers. Together with other development managers, she works on strategies to raise awareness and encourage community volunteering. Dana looks after look after the  Metro North and Regional North directorates. Dana has been volunteering as an ethics teacher and coordinator at her sons’ school in Sydney’s south since 2015.

Cemine Sezgin, Development Manager
Cemine joined Primary Ethics as a volunteer ethics teacher at her children’s school in Sydney in 2020. She works to introduce ethics classes at schools in northern and western NSW.

Cemine was born in Bulgaria and has lived in Turkey, Germany and USA. She moved to Sydney with her family in 2011.

 

Feyza Tuncay, Development Manager
Feyza looks after three directorates, Metro South, Metro SW and Regional South. She enjoys supporting volunteers in their application, induction, training and teaching journeys. She also liaises with schools to introduce, plan and activate ethics programs.

Feyza has been teaching Stage 1 ethics in a Sydney school since September 2020 and is now also the ethics coordinator. She was born and raised in Turkey and moved to Sydney with her family in August 2019.

 

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