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People and Partners

An extensive community dedicated to empowering educators
We are committed to working with educational partners to strengthen a confident teacher voice and to help assure the technical veracity and impartiality of public commentary on educational assessment and reporting.

Our People

CEMA supports education sectors, governments, businesses, and the University by efficiently and cost-effectively providing psychometric solutions, and by developing capacity in assessment practice informed by research.

CEMA has two main aspirations: to provide services to the education community, business world, and the tertiary sector, and to become a self-funded centre.

CEMA is committed to:

  • Building depth of expertise in educational assessment and reporting
  • Working with and through representatives of the teaching profession
  • Prioritising the needs and perspectives of teachers and school leaders in meeting students’ needs and in addressing patterns of educational attainment and disadvantage 
  • Working with the profession to help assure the veracity and impartiality of public commentary on assessment and reporting.

Our team

Professor Jim Tognolini, Founding Director

Dr Graham Hendry, Senior Lecturer

Anne Lawson-Jones, Business Development Manager

Kathleen Walker, Executive Assistant

If you'd like to find out more about CEMA or how we can work together, please contact

T: +61 2 9351 6383  M: 0400 222 999.

The CEMA Assessment Advisory Committee represents the interests of the Centre’s partners and consists of representatives from educational sectors, unions, agencies, and the University.  The Advisory Committee assures the appropriateness of CEMA planning, business model and general activity. It advises on the perspectives and priorities of these groups and identifies opportunities for CEMA to achieve its commitments through its general activities, projects and partnerships.

CEMA Assessment Advisory Committee members

  • Tom Alegounarias, Chair
  • Danielle Cronin, Director of Education Policy, Catholic Schools NSW
  • Patrick Devery, Professional Officer, Independent Education Union NSW & ACT
  • Hayley Fisher, Academic Director, Post Bachelor and Continuing Education, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education
  • Amber Flohm, Senior Vice President, NSW Teachers Federation
  • Libby Graham, Faculty General Manager, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Christine Grice, Lecturer, Educational Leadership
  • Deb Hayes, Head of Sydney School of Education and Social Work
  • Sofia Kesidou, Executive Director Curriculum and Assessment, NSW Education Standards Authority
  • Lucy Lu, Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, NSW Department of Education
  • David Oosthuizen, Finance Director, Business, Arts, Law, Conservatorium
  • Tiffany Roos, Director of Evidence Institute, Association of Independent Schools
  • Carol Taylor, Representative of CEMA honoraries
  • Jim Tognolini, Director of CEMA

Honorary Professors

Honorary Adjunct Professor

Honorary Adjunct Senior Lecturer

  • Dr Sofia Kesidou, Executive Director, Curriculum and Assessment, NSW Education Standards Authority
  • Dr Lucy Lu, Centre for Education Statistics & Evaluation, NSW Department of Education
  • Carol Taylor, Educational Consultant

Honorary Research Fellows

  • Dr Bruce Mowbray, Director, Denstat Solutions
  • Dr Jon Twing, Senior Vice President, Psychometrics & Testing, Pearson

Honorary Associates

  • Sally Egan, Deputy Director, National Catholic Education
  • Dr Goran Lazendic, Research Director & Manager Sydney Office, ACER

Visiting Scholars (Pending)

  • Bushra Haleem, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Liang Rui, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

This group has a total membership of 170 made up of those in the educational community who are involved in assessment, measurement, and psychometric projects. Generally, around 40 members attend a meeting, depending on their interest in the presentation. We aim to meet every 6-8 weeks.

Our Partners

We have partnered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in order to support teachers’ engagement with, and understanding of, assessment and the use of data to inform teaching and learning.

We collaborate with the education school sectors to build depth of expertise and to develop solutions that prioritise meeting students’ needs and address patterns of educational attainment and disadvantage.

Our professional learning programs are based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to enable teachers to meet their accreditation requirements. Our education partners have endorsed, and help to deliver our Assessment Literacy and Data Literacy modules.  In addition, we are collaboratively designing more professional learning programs for teachers and schools, and have contributed articles to our partners’ journals.

We partner with the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education (DVCE) and within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, we have partnerships with the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI), the Special Education Team, and the Educational Leadership Team.

Banner image: Photo by Ankit Dembla on Unsplash.


Professor Jim Tognolini