Australia’s national education evidence body

Meet our team

Dr Jenny Donovan

Dr Jenny Donovan, Chief Executive Officer 

Dr Jenny Donovan was appointed Inaugural Director of the Australian Education Research Organisation in July 2020. Prior to this role, she established and led the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) in New South Wales.

Jenny began her career as a high school teacher in Sydney’s western suburbs. She has worked in a number of education roles in operational and policy areas, including some years as Deputy Director of a not-for-profit education assessment agency at the University of New South Wales. She was Managing Director of the National Learning Progressions and Online Formative Assessment Initiative; a national priority project for Australian education ministers. 

Jenny holds a PhD in History from the University of Sydney, a Master of Arts (Hons) from UNSW, and a Bachelor of Arts with the Diploma of Education from Macquarie University.

Zid Mancenid

Zid Mancenido, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation

Zid Mancenido is the Australian Education Research Organisation's Research Manager. Having started his career as a high school social sciences teacher in Canberra, Zid has experience working across education policy, practice and research, with organisations including the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (now the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment), Teach for the Philippines and Teach for Australia.

Zid is currently completing his PhD at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) where he also teaches courses in general pedagogy and teacher policy. 

Zid holds a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree from the Australian National University; a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne; and an Education Policy and Management degree from HGSE.

Rowena Finnane

Rowena Finnane, Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations, and Company Secretary

Rowena Finnane is the Australian Education Research Organisation’s Strategy and Operations Manager. She began her career as a lawyer, providing legal, policy and strategic advice to a number of organisations and government departments. Rowena played a leading role in establishing the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) and has led senior policy and strategic planning projects across the education sector. She is experienced in establishing new organisations and leading significant strategic change in the education sector.

Rowena holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Arts by research from the University of Sydney. She has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a Solicitor of Supreme Court of NSW.

David Boyd

David Boyd, Senior Manager, Engagement and Impact

David Boyd is the Australian Education Research Organisation’s Impact and Engagement Manager. He has extensive experience in education policy design and implementation. Prior to joining AERO, he worked as a senior education specialist and head of education policy for a large non-government organisation in Brazil, where he oversaw national projects on curriculum implementation and teacher workforce development. He has also worked as an advisor to Education Ministers in the NSW and Australian Governments, with a particular focus on programs to address educational disadvantage.

David holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Policy) (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

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