Jane Danvers is principal of South Australia’s renowned Wilderness School and was the inaugural principal of University Senior College. However, during the 20 years she has served Australia’s educational community, her leadership has extended far beyond the school gates.
As the presiding member of the South Australian Certificate of Education board (SACE) and chair of not-for-profit organisation Jam Factory, she has a deep understanding of the intricacies and challenges of leading others.
Jane plays an active role in shaping policy and driving positive change, and sits on industry-related committees including the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, the SA/NT State Advisory Council board and the Premier’s Council for Women.
A continuous learner, Jane has completed a master’s in education at the University of South Australia, the Oxford University’s High Performance Leadership Programme and Harvard University’s Leading Learning that Matters Project.
Jane has also presented at numerous national and international education conferences, including the Global Forum on Girls’ Education, uLead and the International Conference on Thinking. She has mentored new leaders and advocates for gender equality and diversity, having recently been quoted in Madonna King’s new book Being 14. She is proud to have overseen the development of academic scholarships for teenage girls in rural Nepal.
In 2013, Jane was awarded the AISSA Noel Volk Excellence Award and the Principals Australia Institute’s John Laing Award.