How do we best prepare young Australians for a future in the creative industry workforce? Creative Engagement with Education brings together...

Creative Engagement with Education


Level 12 99 York St
2000 NSW

Creative Engagement with Education - Vivid Ideas 2019
Creative Engagement with Education - Vivid Ideas 2019


Michael Bignill, Assistant Head of Regulations and Programs

Michael Bignill

Assistant Head of Regulations and Programs, The Association of Independent Schools of NSW

Michael’s experience in senior school leadership positions prepared him to lead several dynamic teams over eight years with AISNSW. In addition to his work in school improvement, Michael is currently leading the development of services at AISNSW to support schools build and sustain partnerships with business and industry.

Christina Chun, Business Engagement & Development, NSW Education

Christina Chun

Leader, Business Engagement & Development, NSW Education

Christina Chun is an honouree of the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list (social entrepreneur), was awarded STARTCON’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) and is an avid problem solver in the global education space.

John Nicholas Saunders

John Nicholas Saunders

President, Drama Australia

John has extensive experience in Arts Education and has been a teacher and Head of Department in schools.   John is currently: President, Drama Australia; Chair, Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) Education Network and Drama Advisor to ACARA.  John is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney where he is also completing his PhD.

Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald Founding Director and Education Specialist

Heather has been involved in building sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between Education and Business for over 25 years. Her expertise and passion has developed partnerships between organisations such as the International Olympic Committee, Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, UNICEF Australia, Entropolis Pty Ltd and the Commonwealth Bank. An experienced educator sharing her knowledge and understanding of both Primary and Secondary School Education and Business Sector.

Tania Price

Tania Price


For 25 years Tania has built her career across corporate, agency and as a social and commercial entrepreneur. Tania’s passion is future-proofing the next generation by teaching them how to think, act and create like entrepreneurs. Since 2015 she’s worked with government, educators and partners to help prepare the next generation for the future workforce through her businesses Club Kidpreneur Foundation and edtech Entropolis.

Paul Nicolaou

Paul Nicolaou

Director Business Leaders Council Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Paul is currently working with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry which represents over 300,000 businesses that employ over 4 million Australian's. He with his colleagues are committed to supporting their members and advocating for the right policies that will help businesses develop and in turn help the Australian economy to grow.

Paul is one of Australia's leading fundraisers & business networkers and is committed to helping many important causes in our community. He helps individuals and organisations to network and engage in the political and business circles of Australia to achieve their goals and objectives.

Steve Cox

Steve Cox

Managing Director, Dymocks Retail & Wholesale

Steve is Managing Director of Dymocks Retail & Wholesale; a position he has held for over 6 years. Taking on the challenges of the book retailing industry, Steve has direct experience in managing change through a disruptive retail environment. He has successfully steered Dymocks to sales and profit growth, delivering a strategy which has transformed direct customer communications and significantly increased customer loyalty.

Steve is also on the Board of Dymocks Children's Charities. In the last financial year, Dymocks Children’s Charities programs delivered over $640,633 worth of books to 27,739 students in 165 schools across Australia, delivering on its vision to “change kids’ lives, one book at a time”.

Event Details

How do we best prepare young Australians for a future in the creative industry workforce? Creative Engagement with Education brings together representatives from business and primary and secondary education to share their wisdom in creating active and mutually beneficial partnerships that support young Australians as they prepare for the future of work. 

Through a discussion and an engaging workshop, the panel shares insights and helps to establish a framework to develop these relationships, programs and resources effectively.

Workshop outcomes:

1. Listen to heads of school, education and business leaders on their sustainable partnerships on topics such as mentoring, work experience, program design, development, and implementation.

2. Network with educators and businesses that are establishing or have already established working partnerships.

3. Take away a framework that you can use to support your business to education engagement programs and strategies.


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