Our Advisory Committee


Portrait of Professor Annette Gough
Professor Annette Gough

Professor Annette Gough (Chair)

Professor Annette Gough has been a member of the Advisory Committee since 2006, and she has been Chair of the Advisory Committee since 2010. Annette is Professor Emerita of Science and Environmental Education in the School of Education at RMIT University and she was Professor and Head of the School from May 2005 until March 2013.

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 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 (University of Melbourne) and a PhD (Deakin University) 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.

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.



Leanne Compton
Leanne Compton

Leanne Compton

Leanne Compton is the Minister for Education’s nominee for the King and Amy O’Malley Trust Advisory Committee. Leanne is the Curriculum Manager for Design and Technologies at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Leanne trained as a Home Economics teacher and taught in rural, regional and metropolitan schools throughout Victoria. During this time she held a range of leadership positions including Home Economics, Health and Physical Education, VCE and Careers education coordination and Curriculum Standards and Framework (CSF) leader for Barwon South Western region. She also lectured in home economics education at several universities on a sessional basis.

Leanne has held various project management roles at Curriculum Corporation (now known as Education Services Australia) where she managed the MindMatters website as well as co-managed the national Values Education project. Leanne has also worked as a senior project officer for the Victorian Department of Education in the Digital Learning unit where she was responsible for the development of many resources to support teachers including the delivery  of professional learning and management of the Digital Education Revolution eduSTAR software in Victoria.

Leanne has written a number of highly successful text books and various digital resources in the areas of food and health and human development. Leanne’s interest in digital learning motivated her to complete a Master of Information Technology in Education at Melbourne University, and she has presented at many national and international conferences on digital learning in the classroom. She is currently completing her PhD at RMIT University in the area of digital learning.

Leanne is now responsible for Design and Technologies curriculum in Victoria from Prep to Year 12. This includes the VCE studies of Food Studies, Product Design and Technology (including Textiles), Agricultural and Horticultural Studies and Systems Engineering as well as the F-10 Victorian Curriculum: Design and Technologies and the management of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) specialist teachers.

Leanne maintains a strong interest in home economics education and often delivers professional development for teachers through her professional associations with Home Economics Institute of Australia and Home Economics Victoria. Leanne is a Past-President of both Home Economics Institute of Australia and Home Economics Institute of Australia (Victoria) and has been a member of numerous committees for her professional associations including Membership, International Affairs, Professional Development, Telecommunications and Website Task Group.



Dr Gayle Jenkins 

Dr Gayle Jenkins is Currently a Lecturer in the Masters of Applied Learning and Teaching (MALT) in the School of Education at Deakin University where she coordinates and teaches in a number of graduate teaching units focused on teaching applied learning in middle and senior years curriculum and teaching.

Gayle began her career as a Home Economics, Health and Human Development and Visual Arts teacher in a number of Victorian schools. This was followed by a lengthy career as a teacher and Head of Department in Home Economics, in Queensland. The need for continual upskilling and further Professional Development led to forays in the teaching fields of Early Childhood Studies, Tourism, Textile Studies, Hospitality Studies and Hospitality Practices. In 2005, these extra studies resulted in a Master of Education (Research) focused on Hospitality in Queensland schools and in 2014 a PhD focused on Home Economics teacher agency in schools. During these years, Gayle was involved in coordinating and teaching within the undergraduate and post graduate teacher education programs at Queensland University in Home Economics and Professional teacher education and graduate levels. In 2014, she won the Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Gayle is a qualitative researcher interested in teachers in schools and their classroom practices. She researches in the areas of teacher agency and identity, curriculum, inclusive education and differentiation in all fields of Home Economics including Food Studies, Textile Technology and Family Studies.




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.