HEIA(Q) 2023 State Conference:

Keynote speakers

Dr Leyla Acaroglu

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is an internationally-known sustainability provocateur, sociologist, and award-winning designer, focused on systems thinking, sustainability sciences and creative change-making. She was named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations, Change-Maker by Linkedin and is a mainstage TED speaker who leads presentations with leaders around the world on activating positive change for a sustainable, circular and regenerative future. As a serial social entrepreneur, she founded The UnSchool, an experimental knowledge lab for adults, developed the Disruptive Design Method and is CEO of creative agency, Disrupt Design. 

Prof Felice Jacka OAM

Felice Jacka OAM is Alfred Deakin Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. Professor Jacka has been responsible for establishing the highly innovative and impactful field of ‘Nutritional Psychiatry’, influencing policy and clinical guidelines and practice in psychiatry globally. She is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2020-2022), putting her in the top 0.1% of publishing scientists worldwide for impact. In 2021 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to Nutritional Psychiatry.

Concurrent speakers

Matthew Arnold

Executive Chef, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Executive Chef, Matthew Arnold is a passionate and practising environmentalist who calls out food waste as the greatest challenge for a working kitchen. In his 30-year career in the top kitchens of Australia, New Zealand and London, Matthew has maintained his belief in the environmental cause, searching for new ways to embed sustainable practices wherever possible. Today as Executive Chef of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in charge of the Centre’s many kitchens, Matthew operates with a collaborative management style, identifying and working with the skills and strengths of the team – always through the lens of improving the kitchen environment both operationally and through reducing food wastage and of course, enhancing the dining experience for patrons. Matthew, with the support of the BCEC staff family, was one of the instigators behind the venue’s participation in the Containers for Change Scheme, with funds raised donated to local charities and social enterprise organisations.

Roy Barnes

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Roy Barnes is a Principal Education Officer in the Senior Curriculum and Assessment Branch of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Roy is an experienced curriculum writer and was responsible for the development of the Design syllabus. He currently supports the implementation of the syllabus through the endorsement, confirmation and external examination processes.

Tonia Bastyan


Tonia Bastyan is the Design and Marketing Manager of BlockTexx, an early-stage clean technology company that recovers polyester and cellulose from textiles and clothing.

Tonia brings over 30 years of design, textile and garment manufacturing experience and the discipline of running and marketing her own womenswear and children’s wear brands both in the UK and Australia.

Tonia heads up the design services division of BlockTexx, where her extensive knowledge of the fashion industry and garment production have enabled her to develop their front-end circular design framework for workwear and uniforms.

Emma Bond

Madi & Pip

Emma is a fashion educator of illustration, design, construction & sustainability. Emma has been selected as an Australian Future Cotton Leader (2022), National Finalist in the 2021 Melbourne Cup Emerging Designer Fashions on the Field, & in 2015 she won the Wool 4 School Teacher Prize. Emma’s luxury Australian made label Madi & Pip offers fabulously functional fashion; that is inclusive to a range of abilities without compromising aesthetic, people or planet. Emma is passionate about representation and fashion design for people with disability, and promoting our local cotton industry as the natural, biodegradable fibre of choice for fashion design.

Daniel Clements

Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia

Daniel holds a Bachelor of International Hospitality & Luxury Design Management (Hons) from the globally renowned and awarded Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland. He began his career with the global leader of luxury, LVMH, and has worked with the group in New Zealand, France and Australia before joining Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia in 2014. In February 2018, he was appointed Executive Director of the group and today Daniel manages over 65 staff in three states and has just over 500 tertiary degree level students between Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane campuses. Daniel works closely with the higher education government regulator TEQSA and provides leadership, government compliance and strategic direction for the organisation. Daniel’s most significant achievement to date was not only guiding the organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020/21 but growing the organisation by more than 30% in student enrolments in what was a volatile and uncertain economic environment for higher education in 2020. Daniel was named a Finalist for the CEO Magazine Young Executive of the Year 2021 award for his services to higher education and business. In 2022 Daniel relocated to Brisbane to open the groups third campus in Australia.

Merran Doyle

Woodcrest State College

Merran is an enthusiastic Industrial Graphics and Design teacher at Woodcrest State College. After completing a Bachelor of Design, she switched to teaching during the GFC and never looked back. Merran initially taught in Townsville before returning to Brisbane, where she worked with disadvantaged young people in the flexi school space before transitioning back to mainstream education. After these experiences, Merran believes that all students can experience success within the Design curriculum regardless of their circumstances. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer in the Football Queensland Premier League and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race

Dr Joel Gilmore

Scientist in the Kitchen

Dr Joel is a physicist, award winning science communicator, and (most importantly) a lover of good food. He is particularly passionate about how science can help us cook better, and has presented sold-out food science talks since 2010. He regularly appears online, on stage and on TV, where he co-hosted Food Lab on SBS Food and has featured on Catalyst on ABC. He is also a renewable energy expert, with positions in industry and academia. In his spare time, he sings, dances, and has visited 56 countries and counting.

Matt Gollinski

Professional Chef, Matt Golinski

Matt Golinski is a highly regarded, professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants over his 32-year career.  Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Matt now enjoys working as a consulting chef to restaurants, being a regular guest chef at festivals and events and writing food articles for InNoosa and Hello Sunshine magazines. 

Phoebe Hanau

Moreton Bay College

Phoebe Hanau is a Fashion and Design teacher at Moreton Bay College. Phoebe is passionate about all things fashion and believes that creativity is a powerful tool and, when released, the opportunities for greatness are limitless. She graduated from CQU in 2019 and has been teaching at MBC since then; despite only 4 years of teaching under her (fashionable) belt, Phoebe has been involved in QCAA roles, has organised a virtual Fashion Show for her students with a total expense of $34.20, facilitated Workshops on how to use Photoshop to create Fashion Illustrations, and is Secretary for HEIA(Q). It is Phoebe’s passion and excitement for her subject areas that has seen the popularity of the Senior Fashion course continue to grow at her school each year.  

Michelle Harris

San Sisto College

Michelle is a highly experienced Home Economics professional with many strings to her bow including – Design Technology: Food and Fibre, Home Economics, Hospitality Practices.
QCAA Curriculum writer Hospitality SAS 2014, Food & Nutrition 2019, Hospitality SAS 2024
BCE Expert Teacher Group Leader: Food & Nutrition
HEIA(Q) Conference Committee member and workshop presenter
King and Amy O’Malley Trust Scholarship Board Member

Ehud Joseph

Lecturer Higher Education Fashion, TAFE Queensland

Ehud originally studied fine art, specialising in printmaking, but pivoted to fashion design in his early twenties, launching an eponymous brand in New Zealand and showing at New Zealand fashion week. After a move to London at the turn of the century, Ehud completed an MA in menswear design at the prestigious fashion school at Central Saint Martin’s. In the following years, Ehud worked for a broad range of European labels, designing everything from the ASICS Tennis kits for Wimbledon, to demi-couture womenswear. At the start of the decade, Ehud re-launched his brand, showing at Paris Fashion Week. Since 2014 Ehud has been lecturing in the antipodes, currently lecturing at the University of Canberra, based at TAFE Queensland, where he specialises in delivering design practice, tailoring and fashion theory units. Alongside his lecturing, Ehud is also carrying out a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) fashion department, where his research is exploring the way queered costume making methodologies can facilitate individual identity formation while enhancing community resilience.

Sarah Jonker and Sarah Kinninment

Sarah Kinninment and Sarah Jonker make up half of the Hospitality team at Woodcrest State College in Springfield, within the Applied Technologies faculty. They have been working together for the last 6 years to modernise and increase the uptake of Hospitality within the school. They have also raised the standards within the school café, The Nest, to mirror industry standards to give students real world learning opportunities and experience. Sarah J is an experienced teacher who specialises in junior secondary Home Economics right through to senior Hospitality Practices and oversees the big hospitality events and manages the school Café space. Sarah K works as the Head of Student Engagement and Wellbeing to support disengaged students with functioning at school; including hands on learning in the training café. Sarah and Sarah have a passion for Home Economics and the life skills it provides students. Would you please join me in making them welcome.

Kylie King

MacGregor State High School

Kylie is a teacher of Food & Nutrition & Science at MacGregor State High School, and Lead Endorser & Lead Confirmer at QCAA.

Jodie Mae Ladhams

Oh Hello Bride

Jodie owns a wedding dress store in Hamilton, Brisbane. She has been featured in British Vogue where they have described her look as a cross between Chanel and Westwood. That is, classic with an eccentric edge. Whilst Jodie stocks European designers, she has created her own capsule range based on needs and wants requested by her clients. This collection is currently in production in Jerusalem. 

Brenda Lui

Crazy Teapot – Millinery and Fashion Design

Brenda is an established milliner, fashion designer and emerging visual artist, who embraces a feminine aesthetic combining colour, texture and movement. With an Advanced Diploma in Fashion and an extensive fashion career, Brenda merged this with millinery studying under master milliner Waltraud Reiner. Brenda became a highly sought-after exhibited and award-winning milliner/designer for racing fashion enthusiasts and bridal clients before pivoting to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Community and Wellbeing; aspiring to become a creative arts therapist. Brenda now also supports students and teachers at Grace Lutheran College within the Lifestyle Technology Department creative textiles classrooms as a teacher aide and department assistant.

Ngaire Mayo

Woodcrest State College

Ngaire Mayo is a passionate Home Economics and Design teacher, currently Head of Department of Applied Technology at Woodcrest State College. She is a member of the HEIA (Q) committee and is HEIA (Q) conference co-convenor. She also represents HEIA(Q) as the Executive Member of the HEIA National Council.  In her down time she enjoys food, travel and all things creative, leading family and friends to occasionally question her sanity when she decides to learn yet another new cuisine or craft. Ngaire’s love of teaching and learning motivates her to seek innovative ways to improve student outcomes through curriculum and by coaching educators to further develop their own expertise – inspiring students to succeed.

Krystle Millhouse

Western Cape College

Bachelor of Learning Management studied at Central Queensland University. Diploma of Interior Design, Certificate IV Graphic Design, Food Tech & Fashion teacher at remote Western Cape College, Weipa. Krystle is passionate about teaching fashion design and connecting cultural philosophy to contemporary education. Krystle created her own handmade and illustrated fashion label at the age of 19. Wrote and illustrated her own children’s book, collaborated with popular motocross fashion label Loosekid Industries (LSKD) and now is working on a new fashion and zine label; Kristol Pistol. Krystle looks forward to sharing ‘her story’ with you.

Erin O’Donoghue

Erin’s Learning Channel

Meet Erin, Founder of Erin’s Learning Channel. Erin O’Donoghue is an Indigenous Educator originally from South-West QLD, she is an Aboriginal woman from Kamilaroi mob. Erin created The Winanga-Li Teachers Program to help educators learn and participate in Aboriginal culture(s). This is where she teaches how subjects can be delivered through Aboriginal ways. She has had great success with the self-paced online course and delivering in-person via workshops throughout Brisbane, QLD. She is also a public speaker specialising in cultural awareness/anti-bias training. She has presented at schools, guest lectured at universities, podcasts and businesses around Australia. Her goal for 2023, is for non-Indigenous educators to feel comfortable and confident within Aboriginal culture(s); this is where true reconciliation will occur. To get in touch or for more info please head to: www.winangali.page 

Prof Donna Pendergast

Griffith University

Professor Donna Pendergast is the Director of Engagement in the Arts, Education and Law Group and former Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, a position she held for 14 years. Her research expertise is education transformation and efficacy, with a focus on: middle year’s education and student engagement; early years; home economics; initial and professional teacher education; and school reform. Donna commenced her career as a school teacher working in secondary, P-10 and senior college settings before shifting to the academy. Donna is the recipient of several awards including: The Australian Council of Deans of Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Education Profession (2022); The Miller-Grassie Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education, awarded by the Australian Council for Educational Leadership (2018); The Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision, National Commendation (2017);  The Griffith University Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards: Research Supervision Award (2015).  Donna is also a Fellow of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, awarded in 2009

Rosie Sciacca

Moreton Bay College

Rosie Sciacca is an experienced Design and Technologies teacher with a Home Economics education background. Since 2006 Rosie has been an executive member of the Home Economics Institute of Australia Queensland division and has presented at regional workshops and numerous state and national conferences in an effort to share experiences and teaching practice. Rosie is motivated by finding ways to weave together student interests and innovative technologies to curate agentic and strategic learning opportunities that provoke students to explore their world and develop solutions that push the boundaries.

Jo Wickham

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Jo Wickham is a Principal Education Officer in the Senior Curriculum and Assessment Branch of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Jo currently supports the implementation of the Food and Nutrition syllabus through the endorsement, confirmation and external examination processes.

Sarah Yip

Managing Director, Leaders Lounge

Sarah is CEO of KEASE International and Leaders Lounge. She proudly leads a team of qualified consultants, facilitators and coaches entrusted to deliver leadership solutions for ASX200 listed companies, government departments and global organisations. She is an award-winning mentor, coach, and trusted authority in uplifting the performance of professionals. Her work is a culmination of a career in banking and event management bolstered by qualifications in Education, Business, Emotional Intelligence, Communication and Positive Psychology. Her focus is to uplift capability and deliver on business metrics by imparting the leadership behaviours necessary to thrive in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world.

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