People and Partners

Meet Our Team

Reid Smith

Co-CEO

Reid is the founder and co-CEO of Ochre. Reid is a teacher and Head of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction at a 3 yo – Y12 school (Ballarat Clarendon College, Victoria). He is experienced in developing coherent curriculum across a range of year levels and contexts, and bridging the gap between educational research and practice.

Caroline Reed

Co-CEO

Caroline is the founder and co-CEO of Ochre. Caroline is an experienced education policy maker and senior public servant in NSW and the UK. Her experience in education system support includes strategy and policy, large-scale system reform, and operational delivery, in collaboration with school leaders and the teaching profession.

Our Teachers

We have a diverse range of incredible teachers supporting Ochre. Our teacher team has included teachers from States and Territories across Australia, and from all schooling systems. We are extremely grateful that they have shared their expertise to support schools, teachers, students and families. 

Our Support Team

Product and Quality Assurance Support

Andy Suttle

Andy has spent most of her 25 year career working in Process Improvement, Organisational Change and People & Culture in the automotive and professional services industries. She has a MBA and is formally trained in Lean Six Sigma, Workplace Training & Assessment and Education Support.  Over recent years she has undertaken Orton Gillingham/Structured Literacy training out of the USA and has spent time helping children with learning difficulties.  She is passionate about equitable access to education so all children can have the choices education allows.  Andy is also a regular volunteer with the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School’s pathways team.

Luke Davis, Pippa Angliss

Production Assistant

Lucy Baird

Curator, Ochre Collection

Alyssa Chapman

Operations Assistant

Curriculum Support

Sue Davis

Curriculum Lead (primary Maths)

Jasmyn Hall

Curriculum Lead (primary English)

Lara van Rooyen

Curriculum Lead (primary English)

Alex Blanksby

Curriculum Lead (secondary Maths)

Patricia Barresi

Professional Learning Lead

Fanny Vacher, Melanie Lenneau, Trudy Sinnamon, Nerine Cook

Subject Leads

Our Board

Ingrid Sealey

Ingrid is Founder and Director of Teach Well, which was established to provide support for teachers and school leaders to improve outcomes for the students in their classrooms and schools. She was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship in 2020, recognising Teach Well’s work in driving positive social change and supporting students and teachers serving complex communities.

Julie Sonnemann

Julie is the education lead at Impact Economics and Policy, and former Deputy Program Director of Education at the Grattan Institute, an independent think tank in Melbourne. She has an extensive background in school education reform, and has co-authored several high-profile reports on effective teaching and educational disadvantage in schools. Julie has also worked in senior advisor roles in government and consulting in Australia and internationally. Julie is an economist by training.

Chris Cruikshank

Chris is co-founder and lawyer of Assured Legal Solutions, a boutique law firm supporting small-to-medium enterprises and their finance/capital partners.  He is also a co-founder of Lext, a legal tech company, offering innovative products in the legal training & education and dispute resolution sectors. 

Jacqueline Magee

Jacqueline is an education policy researcher and consultant with a special interest in the role of high-quality curriculum in teaching and learning. Most recently, Jacqueline was based in Katherine where she worked as Director of Education NT Strategic Policy in the Northern Territory Department of Education. Previously, Jacqueline has held senior education policy roles in the private and non-profit sectors. She began her career as a secondary teacher at a government school in Melbourne.

Brendan Lee

Brendan started off his career as a high-school teacher, but left almost 10 years demoralised to open up a cafe! After some soul searching, he decided to re-join the profession, as a primary teacher. Since then, he has fallen down a “rabbit hole” of research on the science of learning and is now committed to supporting as many educators as possible in becoming more evidence-informed so that they can apply it to their teaching. He has worked with schools as a consultant in refining their school improvement processes, managing change and providing professional learning. He has also presented at various conferences including Sharing Best Practice, ACHPER’s Early Career Teachers Conference and the Science of Teaching and Learning.

Our Partners

We are very grateful that Ochre has been supported by a partnership with the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO).

Through the partnership, Ochre has produced  around 300 high-quality video lessons and 550 resources, such as lesson slides, worksheets and quizzes in Maths, English and Science. These resources were made available to teachers through AERO’s website and the Ochre platform.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) to develop high-quality, comprehensive curriculum resource materials to better support teachers to deliver the Victorian Curriculum across MACS primary schools.
We are working in partnership with National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and a number of Catholic systems across the country, to deliver comprehensive curriculum resources for Years 7 and 8 mathematics teachers in Catholic schools.

Ochre Education is partnering with Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn’s Catalyst program. Informed by the Science of Learning and Science of Reading, Catalyst develops excellent Principals, Leadership Teams and Teachers across all Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) schools through evidence-based professional learning programs. For more information visit: www.catalyst.cg.catholic.edu.au

Ochre Education is delighted to partner with the Grammar Project, and incredibly grateful to the brilliant educators from WA and across Australia who so generously contributed their time for this collaborative work. We are very grateful to the Fogarty Foundation for their support for this work.

Our Supporters

We’re very grateful to all of our supporters who have joined us in supporting schooling equity. 

All definitions in Ochre materials are drawn from the Macquarie Dictionary Online. 2020.
Maths notation in Ochre materials is created using Equatio advanced equation editor