David Sherwood
Co-Founder and Chairperson

Dave is the co-founder of London based VC funded company Bibliotech working to disrupt the textbook industry. Dave was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for social entrepeneurship.

As the 2013 Western Australian Rhodes Scholar, Dave studied PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) at Oxford University after completing his BSc (Chemistry & Physics) at the University of Western Australia. Dave’s rural schooling experience at Bunbury Senior High School inspired him to co-found TLG in 2011 to enable rural and remote students to reach their full potential.


Travis Elliott
Co-Founder and Board Member

Travis is a primary school teacher with a wide range of experience teaching in rural and metropolitan areas. He co-founded Teach Learn Grow in 2011, having seen many of the challenges of rural and remote education first hand.

Travis has extensive experience working with educational services such as the Follow the Dream program, CSIRO and the Microscopes in Schools initiative. Travis has worked with a variety of charitable organisations so that he can contribute to making a positive impact on people’s lives.


Shane Devitt
Deputy Chairperson

Shane is a Koori man with over 30 years experience providing Governance, Internal Audit, and Risk Management services. He has provided these services to a diverse range of public and private sector clients across Australia, USA and New Zealand.

Shane has a long history with PwC and now is the Principal consultant at Dumaresq Creek Consulting. Shane is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.


James Panarettos
Treasurer and Board Member

James is a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and has previously worked in the strategy and venture capital arm of one of Australia’s largest Education companies. He graduated with first class honours in Economics (PhB) from UWA and wrote his thesis in Development Economics at Peking University in China.

James is the first West Australian to have received the New Colombo Plan Fellowship, under which he was granted a full scholarship by the Australian Government to study at the National University of Singapore. After his long-term volunteer commitment as CFO and then General Manager at education NFP, Teach Learn Grow, he was elected to the Board in 2015. James is inspired by the impact that youth can have in bridging education inequality and solving prevalent social issues.


Annie Fogarty
Board Member

Annie, with her husband Brett, established The Fogarty Foundation in 2000 and has been the Executive Chairperson since inception. Annie has experience in public and private stakeholder engagement and liaison, project management and development of effective partnership relationships.

In 2013, Annie was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to equity, access and advancement of education in Western Australia’. In 2014, Annie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education by ECU. In 2015 Annie was acknowledged by ACEL (WA) as Pre-Eminent Educator.


Scott Meacock
Board Member

Scott is a Special Counsel at Hall & Wilcox Lawyers, a national law firm, specialising in corporate and commercial litigation and has acted for clients in a variety of industry sectors, including energy and resources, commercial property, financial services and intellectual property and technology.

Scott has experience volunteering in activities seeking to promote engagement by primary and secondary schools students in their own education and, with a young family, he is keenly aware of the importance of educational opportunities for all children.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.


Kirsten Williams
Board Member

Kirsten Williams is an experienced manager in branding and marketing with a successful track record traversing private-commercial employment interspersed with periods of working in the public sector, the latter encompassing project coordination, marketing communications, and the role of Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Kirsten is currently Marketing Account Manager, ECU. Kirsten has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Chemistry with Business Studies from De Montfort University.

Kirsten’s past roles include in the dairy product and residential village business sectors, necessitating a keen eye for budget and related financial disciplines, and the personal development and practice of persuasive negotiating skills. This has proved instrumental in devising and implementing multi-faceted marketing advertising campaigns. A keen advocate for quality education, child development and healthy living.


David Price
Board Member

David has worked in the WA public schools environment as a teacher, principal, Manager District Operations, Director of Schools, and Assistant Executive Director of Student Services. He has held positions in policy development and coordination in Aboriginal education and training, rural and remote education, and the development of cross-sectoral education partnerships. As Director of Leadership, Innovation and Strategy David has responsibility for implementation of the Independent Public Schools initiative, the Principals’ Fellowship Program, Boards and Councils. Currently, David is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the WA public school leadership strategy.

In 2000, David was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study community and school partnerships in lower socio-economic rural towns in the United States. He has been an educational representative to Japan and Israel and is the co-founder of the ANGKOR Project, an education initiative to support poverty stricken schools in Cambodia.