INVITATION: Innovative Education Models for community impact I Leadership Breakfast

Management consulting firm SPP invites you to a breakfast where our expert panel will talk about establishing education institutes funded by innovative models.


Join international and local education sector leaders as they discuss the challenges and opportunities around innovative funding models, each drawing from their specialist perspectives:

  • Luthern Williams, Head of School & Mark Vickers-Willis, Dean of Students, New Roads School LA, USA: Exploring the school’s aim of reflecting the diversity of the LA community and their innovative ‘pay what you can afford’ model.
  • Isaac Quist, Executive Director of Curriculum and International Strategy, Wesley College Institute: Speaking on the importance of student agency at Wesley, and the establishment of an ‘authentic engagement and assessment’ framework around community benefit for independent student learning.
  • Ben Apted, Senior Partner, Strategic Project Partners (SPP): Discussing SPP’s Social Impact Framework IP as a measure for community benefit and impact.

This breakfast is suitable for primary and secondary School Principals, State Government representatives, and University and Institute Directors. 

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Date: Monday, 4 March 2019

Time: 7.30am – 9am
Stamford Plaza Melbourne
Level 1, 111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne


RSVP: to attend

A sit-down breakfast will be provided.


New Roads School
New Roads School is reimagining the purpose of the private school. Founded in 1995, New Roads School was, to some extent, a response to the lack of progress post Brown vs. the Board of Education; There were no racially, socially, and culturally integrated schools in Los Angeles. Created to solve a societal problem - the ills of segregation in America - New Roads is inclusive rather than exclusive. To this end, the school has forgone over $100 million in financial aid to invest in maintaining its diverse student body. New Roads strives not only to offer its young people an exceptional education to change the world, but to serve as an incubator, developing practices, programs, pilots, and prototypes, to liberate the full human potential of an authentically diverse, socially conscious student population through a creatively and intellectually rigorous, researched-based progressive education rich in the arts.

The educational knowledge New Roads constructs is the result of the collaborative efforts among researchers, educators, students, mission-aligned non-profits, companies in the private and public sector, and foundations: our village. The New Roads' model, supported by the neuroscience of education and responsive to the 21st century context, breaks down the artificial wall between school and life. At New Roads, diversity is not only welcomed but it is the foundation for academic excellence and generative learning, as well as for preparation for college, career, civic life, and personal fulfillment. Our aspiration is to pave a New Road for the 21st century education.

New Roads is seeking to establish a ‘Centre for Human Development and the Common Good.’  The Head of School Luthern Williams, together with the Dean of Students Mark Vickers-Willis, are visiting Melbourne. We invite you to attend a breakfast hosted by SPP, to share insights on principles to establish adjacent, but highly valuable concepts in conjunction with core education.

Wesley College Institute - A Laboratory, a conservatory and an observatory
Isaac Quist is the Executive Director of Curriculum and International Strategy. In this role he has been responsible for the development of policies and procedures to support curriculum, assessment, reporting, pedagogical practice and research across all early childhood to Year 12 programs. He is also the Deputy Director of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education.

Located within the College, the Wesley College Institute fulfils three roles in harmony. It is an observatory of excellence, monitoring world's best practice in school education. It is a laboratory of innovation where ideas are generated, developed, implemented and evaluated. It is also a conservatory of ideas, embodying the memory, heritage and identity of Wesley College and a leader in educational innovation.

Strategic Project Partners
Ben Apted is Senior Partner at SPP. He leads our Education practice, which is recognised as one of the leading Education consulting practices in Australia, serving University, Vocational, Schools and Government Education Department clients.

Ben is a recognised industry and innovation precinct expert having acted as Senior Advisor to State Economic Development, Federal industry, and international precincts. He has helped institutes to expand their partnerships and economic activity, and improve strategy, decision making, and operations. He has also led development of intellectual property related to industry strategy, precinct development, partnerships, as well as commercial costing and profitability within Higher Education. Ben is passionate about establishing major international partnerships across borders as a means to capitalise on Australia’s innovative capacity and capability.