CIRCLE founder Dr Phil Cummins is an educator by trade and conviction, who knows and understands schools and leadership. With over 20 years in education as a leader, teacher, author, speaker and, most recently, an Adjunct Associate Professor in Education by the University of Tasmania, Phil now consults widely to government, schools and other organisations about building culture and improving performance. Phil believes that leadership that inspires learning and promotes outstanding educational outcomes is the key to unlocking improved performance in our schools.
Dr Philip SA Cummins
BA, LLB, PhD, MACE, MACEL, AIMM, RAA
Director of Education
Brad Adams is Director of CIRCLE Education, and brings to this role 25 years of experience in university administration, teaching and school leadership in Toronto, Canada, most recently at Upper Canada College. He was, until 2014, the Executive Director of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), an association comprised of leading independent and state boys’ schools in all regions of the world, including Australia, and dedicated to best of class practice and collaborative research. He shares CIRCLE’s passion for and commitment to unleashing the leadership potential of teachers and schools to improve student learning.
Matthew Donlon is the General Manager of CIRCLE Operations. Matthew has valuable experience in global markets, and has worked in private banking in Singapore, and management consulting in Europe, Asia and both North and South America. As General Manager, Matthew overseas the daily operations of CIRCLE. In addition, he works on Business Development, both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
MSc(Hons), BSc (Hons)
Senior Professional Learning Consultant
Brett is a highly experienced educational leader who has held deputy principal positions in three states in Australia. He has held senior leadership experience in Public, Catholic systemic and Independent schools and has worked in co-ed and single sex schools (both boys and girls). Brett has worked in the roles of Deputy Principal, Vice Rector, Director of Pedagogy and Professional Learning and Acting Principal throughout over 20 years in schools. He has also worked as an Educational Consultant for The Australian Council for Educational Research and has had several articles published in Australian Education Journals. Brett is passionate about education and improving student outcomes and brings a wealth of educational leadership experience to his role.
MEd (Leadership) BEd (HSIE & PDHPE) GradDip (RE)
Jessica Saethang is the Marketing Manager of CIRCLE. With over 9 years of experience working at a full service marketing agency, she has worked on everything from executing marketing campaigns, digital activations, the development of digital apps, content and video creation, social media management, and working on special projects. Jessica has worked on growing and building relationship with various client brands, including University of Notre Dame, Virgin, LG, Nokia, Sony, PlayStation, Accenture, Westpac, American Express, JLL, Lion and Ausgrid.
PgD, BSc (Hons)
Rachel hails from the little red dot, otherwise known as Singapore. She brings with her years of experience teaching elementary to high school students. Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate diploma in Teaching, she has recently graduated with a Masters in Education Management and Leadership from the University of Sydney. Her role in CIRCLE entails being the editor of CIRCLE Nexus publications and overlooking the collation analysis, interpretation and presenting of data used in consultancy reports through the use of Qualtrics. She is passionate about developing children with strong character and shares in CIRCLE’s mission to achieve better outcomes for students.
MEd, GradDipEd, BA
Education Lead | Dimension3 Learning Technology
Angela is Director of Services for CIRCLE’s Touchstones performance and development system. She is an educator with more than 30 years of experience in teaching and leadership roles, promoting and supporting new technologies to enhance teaching and learning. With a background in middle school science and maths teaching, Angela was an early adopter of ICT. She was project director of one of the first national ICT professional development K-12 school cluster programs in New Zealand and has been a consultant to schools for many years providing guidance for schools to develop their ICT infrastructure, foster elearning and build capability in the use of digital tools to support learning.
BA, Dip Tchg, Dip Maths Ed, GDITE
General Manager | Dimension3 Learning Technology
Ben has 20 years in IT Service Delivery and Management including over 10 years of developing and delivering Learning Management Systems in New Zealand. As the former CEO of Dataview Ltd, Ben worked with schools, educational institutions and government agencies to deliver integrated learning and management tools to students and teachers.
Senior Web Developer | Dimension3 Learning Technology
Amodha Wijekoon is a Senior Web Developer, who has worked on CIRCLE’s performance and development system. Equipped with a Bachelors degree in computer science from University of Auckland, he has worked his entire career in developing software for the education sector. Originally from Sri Lanka, Amodha has also worked as a developer for Touchstones and Dimension3’s Ultranet Learning management system for over 10 years.
BSc (CompSci), PgDipSci, MCPS, MCSA1, MS