President - Rob Flavell
Robert (Rob) Flavell is the President of VINE and Head of Critical Thinking at ELTHAM College. He is a passionate leader with more than 20 years’ experience combining education and systems thinking principles to achieve innovative outcomes.
In his role as President of VINE he passionately advocates for those supporting and empowering the use of technology in education. His day job at ELTHAM College extends beyond technology use and seeks to critically evaluate and implement change on both the education and business sides of the school. He has a particular passion for systems and processes which reduce the logistics of education and ensure students and teachers focus on learning.
Vice President - Steven Archibald
Steven Archibald is the Vice President of VINE and the Information, Communication and Technology Manager at Carey Baptist Grammar School.
Having worked in State and Local Government IT departments over many years, he brought to the school a more comprehensive approach to ICT management. Utilising his people management skills to ensure the best outcome for all involved, Steven has been involved in many changes over the past 12 years and now oversees an increasingly complex and diverse environment.
As a management specialist, Steven continues to focus on all aspects of ICT delivery; strategic direction, hardware and software provision, customer service and supporting and guiding the organisation to ensure that delivery of ICT continues to meet the needs and the demands of the school and the broader Carey Community.
Committee Member - Ashley Voigt
Ashley has worked in education for 17 years, having previously worked in Corporate IT at PwC. He is currently the ICT Manager at Mazenod College, having worked at two independent schools previously, he is driven by a passion for education and seeing technology used to enhance education rather than technology for technology's sake.
His focus is on top notch support to the college while seeing teachers and students empowered to use technology in their teaching and learning. As well as this he is hands on in delivering and managing technology, the implementation and management of hardware and software, and getting the most of my team to enact the desired outcomes for the college.
Committee Member - Brett Graham
In 2006, Brett took on the role of Head of Technology and Innovation at Flinders Christian Community College - a two campus K-12 College with around 1600 students.
Previously running a Computer Consultancy and Software Development business for over 20 years, he now enjoys working alongside fantastic educators at Flinders, pursuing excellence in technology-supported learning.
Committee Member - David Micallef
David has lead the technology direction at Bialik College for over 21 years. Prior to joining Bialik College, David was running his own IT Consultancy whilst studying at University. David has a wide range of skills varying from C level advising on technology solutions to meet business outcomes, to the other end being highly technical hands on with design, engineering and implementation. David is very passionate about all areas in Technology some key areas to name a few Cyber Security, Perimeter (Access Control & CCTV), Networking, Virtualisation and Vendor Negotiation.
Committee Member - David Ball
David Ball is the ICT Manager at Melbourne High school and has held this position for the last 6 years. David has an IT career that spans well over 20 years, including 15 year working in technical and technical sales roles for IBM.
David joined the VINE committee in 2019, as he felt that he had received so much valuable insight from the organisation and its members while finding his feet in the Education space, that he felt he should give back to the community that gives so much of itself freely.
Outside of IT, David is a keen snow skier, rower and surfer.
Committee Member - Diana Murase
Diana is proud to be an inaugural member of the VINE Committee and the Director of Innovation & Technology at Kardinia International College. She believes strong connections with colleagues have been critical to assisting in her role at Kardinia. Diana has a background in management and teaching and moved from Vocation Education to the Independent sector around 10 years ago. She has been enjoying the daily challenges her role IT Management in a K-12 school ever since.
When not at school, Diana enjoys sharing good food and wine with family and friends and a bit of exercise to counter the former.
Committee Member - James Poulos
James has worked in education for over 25 years, both as a teacher of Maths and Computing and as an IT Manager. He is currently the ICT Manager at Crest Education which comprises of Hillcrest and Rivercrest Christian Colleges.
James sees great value in knowledge sharing between schools and being able to access support and advice of colleagues. He has been involved with the network since 2009 and has served on the committee since its inception.
Outside of work, James enjoys soccer, golf, spending time with his family, and playing guitar in the band at his church.
Committee member - Josh Lyon
An experienced leader in his field, Josh specialises in the purposeful use of technology within schools; cultivating an environment that both supports students in their education while equipping them for the future.
As the Head of Business Systems and ICT for Donvale Christian College, Josh is responsible for ICT governance and strategic leadership, additionally managing both College-wide business systems and project management.
Having earned his membership as both a Fellow with the Institute of Managers and Leaders and as a Member & Certified Professional with the Australian Computer Society, Josh is also an Executive of the Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria.
Committee Member - Kunal Sharma
Kunal has been the IT Manager since 2012 at Kilvington Grammar School and worked in this industry for almost 11 years. Prior to that, he obtained a Masters degree in Information Technology specialising in computer networks from La Trobe University.
I have a keen interest in AI and ML technologies and passionate about use of these technologies and believe that they will become more meaningful and a reliable way of making decisions in future.