Our small, dynamic team is passionate about public education and  providing students and educators in the public education system with opportunities that transform their lives.

Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
David HetheringtonExecutive Director
David Hetherington is the Executive Director of the Public Foundation.  He spent 10 years as the founding Executive Director of the progressive think tank Per Capita, and has also worked at the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research and with LEK Consulting in Sydney, Munich and Auckland.  David has authored over 100 reports, book chapters and opinion pieces on a wide range of economic and social policy issues.  His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Economist, The Sydney Morning Herald, AFR and The Australian, and he is a regular commentator on ABC TV’s The Drum.  He has a BA with First Class Honours from UNSW and an MPA with Distinction from the London School of Economics, where he won the George W. Jones Prize for Academic Achievement.
David has two children at NSW public schools and is on the executive of his school’s P&C.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Jasmine GrovesPhilanthropy and Partnerships Manager
Jasmine comes with 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and advancement, working in private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors and is a passionate advancement professional.
Her experience spans stakeholder and alumni engagement, brand management, marketing & communications, community engagement, social media, analysis, event management, as well as fundraising.
In 2018 she was proud to lead a team who won the Educate Plus Excellence Award in Alumni and Community Campaign, in 2019 she went on to be awarded a Quality Recognition Award for Service Provision, for a lifecycle project executed at UCOL.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Alison MathesonFinance and Administration Manager
Prior to joining The Public Education Foundation, Ali worked as the CFO for an SME and as an Area Accountant for Flight Centre. She has a Masters in Professional Accounting from UNSW and is currently studying for the CPA program.  Ali volunteers at her children’s public school and is currently the President of the school’s P&C Association.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Melanie MorrisonCommunications and Marketing Manager
Melanie has extensive experience in the communications field having worked as a journalist, producer and researcher for a number of print and broadcast networks. Prior to joining the Public Education Foundation team, Melanie worked at SBS TV as an award-winning producer and research. She also managed a number of academic and not-for-profit projects in the international relations and refugee fields. Melanie has a Master of Arts Degree from Sydney University, majoring in Asian Studies and Education. She is a proud product of Australia’s public schooling system and continues to promote the great virtues of public education.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Karen GriffithsScholarships Administrator
Karen previously worked in the Finance Sector as a software testing specialist. She now brings her eye for detail to the Public Education Foundation as our Scholarships Administrator. She was the Treasurer of the P&C during her daughters primary school years, and is on the executive of her high school’s P&F.
Chris Ryan Executive Director, Public Education Foundation
Craig NhobbsEvent Manager
Craig has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and during this time has become a sought after choreographer, event manager and event producer. With experience in creative concept development, performance, stage management and event execution, Craig’s work has won him a database of prestigious clients including ABC for Kids, Sydney Royal Easter Show, Kids Day Out, Schools Spectacular and many more.

In 2013, Craig was nominated for “Young Australian of The Year” for his contributions to the community.