Danielle Toon

‘Growing up in far north Queensland and working in remote Indigenous education for many years, I’m conscious that not all children in Australia are able to access the high-quality education and support that they might need. At SVA I can work across education and social sectors, and draw on innovative models of philanthropy, to help all children access the opportunities that they need to flourish.’

Danielle is responsible for Evidence for Learning‘s strategy, products, projects and partnerships. She established Evidence for Learning’s Early Childhood Education initiative and has led large collaborative research projects such as Getting Evidence Moving in Schools (GEMS).

Danielle has twenty years’ experience in strategy, policy, research, design and implementation projects for schools, early learning providers, for-purpose organisations, education systems and large corporations. Danielle was a consulting expert to an OECD study on teacher preparation, and in recent years managed a global project on teacher training for Learning First in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this, Danielle led an Indigenous education reform organisation and worked in remote primary schools, advised on education policy for state and federal governments, and was a managing consultant for IBM Global Business Services.

Danielle holds a Masters in Instructional Leadership from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a first class honours degree from the University of New South Wales in Business and Technology. Danielle is a member of the Gonski Institute for Education Advisory Board and the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership Leadership Table. She has served on the board of an Indigenous boarding school and was a Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.