The Australian Free School is a not-for-profit charity building a platform that gives every Australian student access to the very best teaching when and where it suits them.
The Free School is the brainchild of Paul Heath, a Sydney lawyer. Over a long dinner one night in Sydney Paul convinced David Gillespie, the Chair, that Australia desperately needed the Free School. David loved the idea so much he even pinched the name for his bestselling book on the Australian education system, Free Schools.
Paul wanted the Free School because he believes that we are at a unique juncture in the history of education. We have the greatest ever need for equity in the delivery of educational resourced and the greatest ever capacity (through the use of very new technologies) to deliver it. It just takes an organisation with the appropriate vision and skills to introduce the solution to the need.
CEO, Ineke Unsworth is a highly skilled and dedicated leader with 18 years experience in the corporate sector and charitable endeavours. She is a mother of three school age children and is desperate for them to have access to the Free School.
Board member, Frank Stranges has over 25 years’ experience in the global software technology industry. He currently provides strategic advisory services and mentors selected organisations, and is actively involved in two new start-ups in the digital media and e-commerce area.