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On the Couch with Valerie Hannon

Highly-acclaimed speaker Valerie Hannon, specialises in innovation policy and practice; supporting strategic thinking within organisations and policy agencies; leadership development and capacity building, creativity and culture in learning. She has designed and developed next practice programs for education and government systems in various countries, in schools and districts.

Keith Bartley, Chief Executive for the Department for Education and Child Development, will be having an ‘On the Couch' discussion with Valerie Hannon focusing on the opportunity for innovation in an age of austerity, opportunities to achieve radically different outcomes with radically different delivery models at significantly lower costs; facilitating redesign of service models to deliver radical efficiencies while still delivering on core outcomes; the leader's role in fostering innovation and enabling leaders to build self-innovating systems.

Jane Booth, Director of PwC, will be the MC for this forum. Come along and join us for this informative discussion.

This On the Couch event is proudly supported by:


Valerie Hannon
Managing Partner of the Innovation Unit (UK)

Valerie Hannon is a Managing Partner of the Innovation Unit, a not-for-profit agency based in London which works in partnership with organisations from the public, private and third sectors to create better outcomes from public services at lower cost.

A former county Director of Education, teacher, and university researcher, Valerie has worked in a wide range of Local Authorities and has been an adviser to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Local Government Association, and Creative Partnerships. Her interests include the contribution of other sectors (particularly the creative, cultural and third sectors) to the transformation of public services in the 21st century through social innovation; the role of leadership; and building creative capacity amongst practitioners.



Keith Bartley
Chief Executive for the Department for Education and Child Development

As Chief Executive of the Department for Education and Child Development, Keith Bartley is leading reforms in South Australian public education and child development to ensure that children, students and their families gain the greatest possible benefit from public schooling in this state.

Keith is responsible for advising the South Australian Government on all matters relating to public school education and children's services. As such, Keith heads a department that has an annual budget of $2.1 billion and delivers public education through almost 600 schools to nearly 170,000 students, as well as preschool education through over 400 preschools to over 17,000 three to five year olds. The department is South Australia's largest employer, with 25,000 staff.

In September 2011, Keith delivered the State Strategic Plan for South Australian Public Education and Care, which sets the direction for education and early childhood development for 2012-2016 to deliver quality, secular education which will equip young people for life as 21st century citizens.

Keith has 35 years experience in education as a teacher, leader and policy maker, with a strong record as a reformer.

He is a passionate believer in public education and its importance in shaping the lives of young people, as well as valuing teachers and early childhood practitioners and their key role in preparing young people for successful lives.

Prior to taking up his position as Chief Executive of Education and Child Development, Keith was head of the General Teaching Council for England, a role he began in 2007. The Council is the United Kingdom's professional regulatory body for more than 550,000 teachers, with a charter to raise the standards of teaching and the standing of the teaching profession.  

Between 2003 and 2007, Keith was the county of Oxfordshire's first Director for Children, Young People and Families. He integrated the county's schools, youth, early years and social care services into a single directorate, providing services for 700,000 residents.  Keith has also provided expertise to the UK government in a number of advisory capacities, contributing to the development of educational and regulatory policy.  

Keith was a high school English and PE teacher for 13 years before leaving the classroom to take up public education leadership positions, including becoming Director for Education and Community Services in Rutland County Council and later being appointed to Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Schools.


Jane Booth
Director, PwC

Jane has extensive experience in developing business strategy, organisational design and leading culture change in complex multi-divisional organisations. She has a proven track record in delivering people based solutions to business challenges, having led creative businesses as a senior manager across the public and private sectors of the UK media industry and latterly as Head of Talent Management for the BBC in the UK.

Currently an Associate Director with PwC in Adelaide, Jane has provided a range of consultancy services to various organisations in State and local government in SA, including business transformation, organisational restructures, leadership development and coaching programs.

Alongside deep expertise in talent strategy, Jane has widespread experience in designing and delivering leadership and management development initiatives, capability audits and building high performing teams. Jane co-developed the leadership framework for the BBC and is an accredited executive performance coach.