Our Managing Trustees


Portrait of Professor Annette Gough
Professor Annette Gough

Professor Annette Gough (Chair)

Professor Annette Gough has been a Managing Trustee since 2006, and she has been Chair of the Managing Trustees’ Committee since 2010.

Annette has been Professor and Head of the School of Education at RMIT since May 2005. The School of Education at RMIT is now the only higher education institution on Victoria offering Home Economics method for secondary teaching and this is part of both graduate entry programs (currently the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)) and the undergraduate double degree program Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)/Bachelor of Education which prepares graduates to teach in both primary and secondary schools.

After completed a Bachelor of Science (Education) at the University of Melbourne she taught in Victorian secondary schools before joining the Australian Government’s Curriculum Development Centre in 1974 to work on the implementation of the Australian Science Education Project ( ASEP). She rapidly became involved in the development of environmental education in Australia and has spent most of her career working in this area where she has established a national and international reputation.

Annette has a Master of Education and a Ph D in environmental education and she has been an adjunct and visiting professor at universities in Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa. She is a life fellow of the Australian Association for Environmental Education and was Victorian Environmental Educator of the Year in 2000. She has also been president of the Australian Association for Environmental Education and Vice President of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria, and she is a member of the Australian College of Educators.

She is the author of Education and the Environment: Policy’ trends and the problems of marginalisation  (ACER, 1997) and of numerous articles and book chapters in science and environmental education. She is also the co-author of two textbooks for VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies (Social Science Press, 2002; Thomson Learning, 2005) and many curriculum materials for Educational Media Australia, the Curriculum Development Centre and other government agencies.



Nerida Matthews is the Department of Education Early Childhood Development nominated Trustee on the King and Amy O’Malley Trust
Nerida Matthews

Nerida Matthews

Nerida Matthews is the Minister for Education’s new nominee for Managing Trustee of the King and Amy O’Malley Trust. Nerida is the Curriculum Manager for Health and Physical Education at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Nerida trained as a Home Economics teacher and spent 18 years teaching in secondary schools in Victoria and South Australia. During this time she held a range of leadership positions including Home Economics coordinator, HPE coordinator, curriculum coordinator and professional development coordinator. During much of Nerida’s teaching career she taught in the area of health education. She was involved in the pilot of a number of ground breaking health education programs, including Catching On sexuality education and Rethinking Drinking. Nerida has also written a number of highly successful text books for VCE Health and Human Development. Nerida’s interest in health education motivated her to complete a Master of Health Science (Health Promotion and Education) at Deakin University.

After leaving teaching in South Australia Nerida was appointed as Senior Project Officer Health Education at the Victorian Department of Education and Training, a position she held for three years. Following this she was appointed as the Project Manager for the Commonwealth Games Education Program at VCAA.

Nerida now has responsibility for health and physical education curriculum in Victoria from Prep to year 12. This includes the VCE studies of Health and Human Development,  Physical Education and  Outdoor and Environmental Studies as well as the VELS Domain Health and Physical Education.

Nerida maintains a strong interest in home economics education and often delivers professional development for teachers through her professional associations with Home Economics Victoria and Home Economics Institute of Australia – Victorian Branch.



Dr Debbie Ollis

Dr Debbie Ollis

Debbie Ollis is currently a Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical education at Deakin University where she coordinates the Bachelor of Health and Physical education. Debbie began her career as a home economics, health and physical education teacher and was actively involved in home economics education during the 1980s-90’s. She was recipient of the Victorian Home Economics and Textiles Teachers Association Scholarship-A in 1990 to undertake a Masters of Education.

Debbie has worked as a secondary school teacher, curriculum consultant, government policy officer, teacher educator, writer and researcher. More recently her teaching and research interests have been in the area of health and sexuality education.  Debbie is a qualitative researcher interested in pedagogy, teacher practice and professional learning, particular as it relates to sensitive issues in health and sexuality education.

Her significant contributions to the research field have been the impact of curriculum on young women’s resilience and understanding of gender and violence; research on sexuality education and improving teacher practice; and in her work on disengaged young women and their experience of school based health and sexuality education. In addition Debbie has been principal author of two Australian government funded national frameworks in the field, The Gender and Violence Position Paper (1993) and Talking Sexual Health National Framework for Education about STI’s, HIV/AIDS and Blood-Bourne Viruses in Secondary Schools (1999). She has recently published a book on gender and sexuality education in the classroom (2010). Her other important contribution to the research field has been in translating the research in the field into practice in the development of teacher professional development materials and programs, and school based curriculum resources in sexuality education that have been distributed nationally (Talking Sexual Health 2000& 2001; Catching On 2004). Most recently her research with teachers and students has impacted on the development of a ‘respectful relationships’ resource focusing on addressing gendered based violence in schools.



King & Amy O’Malley Trust awards annual undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for students applying for or enrolled in tertiary Home Economics or equivalent programs, such as Consumer Science, Family and Consumer Studies.