Our team

Professional Learning Leader
Bernadette Howard
Professional Learning Leader, Educational Leadership Bernadette has a wealth of experience in all sectors of education in Tasmania and joined the PLI in its first year, 2012. As a teacher, principal and consultant, kindergarten to adult learning, Bernadette is passionate about developing self-directedness and capacity in others. Her commitment and success in growing this culture in educational settings have made her an in-demand presenter and mentor. Bernadette is an internationally accredited coach, facilitator and presenter, who continues to coach principals, school leadership teams and adults from diverse workforces. The design and presentation of Bernadette’s professional learning are recognised and sought out nationally.
Professional Learning Leader
Stephanie Hickey
Professional Learning Leader, Workforce Development Stephanie has over 30 years' experience in the education sector as a teacher and educational leader. Her outlook to quality, high impact education includes the importance of building relationships, connecting with community, leading with an expectation of success and nurturing attitudes that promote 'anywhere, anytime learning'. She is an advocate of further study with a Master of Education (specialising in leadership and professional learning), a Post Graduate Certificate in teaching mathematics and trainer accreditation in Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI). Her broad portfolio interests include programs in leadership, developing teams, feedback survey design, school business management and teacher assistants – giving her a true 'system' focus in improving education in Tasmania.
Business Manager
Belinda Johnson
Belinda has extensive, high-level business management experience spanning over 25 years with the Department of Education. She has worked in corporate areas of the Department and across all school sector settings - primary, secondary, district high, and college. As Business Manager, Belinda oversees the day to day operations of the Professional Learning Institute site. Belinda is a strong advocate for lifelong learning. Her completion of the PLI Leadership Starts from Within program in 2012 ignited within her a passion and action to leadership learning, resulting in the successful completion of a Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours (Specialisation: Leadership). Belinda’s outlook is “to be more, do more” and works to build this capacity in others.
Administration Coordinator
Sarah Lawler
Sarah provides high level administration support for the PLI, including coordinating arrangements and venues for all professional learning programs. She has a strong focus on building customer and stakeholder relationships.
PLI Administration Trainee
Julia Hughes
Julia is our friendly and enthusiastic Administration Trainee with front of house responsibilities. She is part of a high performing administration team whose outlook is to provide excellent customer service.
I.T. Support and Customer Engagement
Jayden Harris
Jayden provides I.T support at the PLI. His strong research and technical skills are highly valued and ensures all technical aspects of our professional learning programs are taken care of.