All CPAP presenters are experts in the relevant field, with years of combined experience as teachers and examination assessors.
Importantly, CPAP requires that each of its presenters have ‘recent‘ examination assessing experience ‘in the Unit of Study they are presenting’. These strict requirements ensures that recent trends are identified and presenters are expertly placed to guide students through a program designed to enhance examination performance.
CPAP PRESENTERS/Q&A PANELISTS
Adrian Peacock has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT, a Diploma of Business (Banking and Finance), a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and a Dip Ed (ACU). He worked as a Chartered Accountant for a number of years before entering the teaching profession and has become an experienced assessor of end of year examinations, and reviewer/presenter for various organisations. He is prolific writer of assessment material for VCE Accounting teachers and students and has a unique ability to engage students. He most recently taught VCE Accounting at Haileybury College and Monash University, and is currently working at Firbank Grammar as a Senior Accounting teacher.
Matt Richardson (B.A., Dip Ed) is an experienced teacher of Business Management and is currently the Humanities Leader and a senior Business Management teacher at Ballarat High School. Matt was a member of the VCAA Business Management Review Panel and has over 10 years of experience as a Business Management examination assessor. He has also sat on the VCE Business Management exam panel as an Examination Vetter. Matt has presented PD sessions for Business Management teachers at Comview, the annual VCTA conference, and has contributed articles to the VCTA’s journal Compak. Matt is the co-author of ‘Key Concepts in VCE Business Management Units 3&4’ and is also the co-author of the CPAP Business Management Quarterly Updates.
Romeo Salla completed Honours and Masters degrees in Commerce (Economics major) at the University of Melbourne before moving to Canberra to work as an Economist with the Commonwealth Department of Treasury. After a few years he was promoted within the federal bureaucracy to the position of Senior Economist with the Industry Commission (now Productivity Commission). Since 1996 he has been employed as a Senior Teacher and Head of Faculty at large private schools in Melbourne, and currently teaches VCE and IB Economics at Geelong Grammar School. He has held positions of responsibility with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as an examination assessor since 1996 and was the long standing Economics editor on the VCTA website (ComNET). Mr Salla is also the founder of the websitewww.economicstutor.com.au as well as the popular smartphone app ‘economicstutor’, has contributed to various publications and regularly presents to economics teachers and students on behalf of the VCTA. Romeo is the author of the CPAP Study Guide to VCE Economics, co-author of Monumental Humanities 3 (Cambridge), and co-author of the VCE Economics texts ‘Economic Fundamentals in Australia’ and ‘Economics: from the ground up’. He is also the writer of CPAP Economics assessment tasks and the practice examinations.
Lou Spanos is currently the Head of Business Studies at Geelong Grammar School and is a dedicated and passionate teacher of Global Politics. He has worked as a VCAA assessor/examiner of VCE International Studies/Global Politics since 2005 and in 2013-2014 was appointed as Chief Examiner for VCE Global Politics. In 2010, 2014 and 2016 he was member of the VCAA panel that designed the Global Politics Study Design. Lou has written extensively in Global Politics as a writer of practice examinations and other web based resources for students. He continues to be involved in professional development and regularly presents at lectures and seminars for both students and teachers.
Adam Brodie-McKenzie completed a Bachelor of Law/Arts (Hons) at the Australian National University, with a major in International Relations and specialisation in International Law for his Law Degree. He teaches VCE Global Politics and Legal Studies at the University High School. Adam is also the interschool debating coordinator and sub-school coordinator at the school. He is an experienced VCAA Examination Assessor for Global Politics and part of the panel considering amendments to the Global Politics Study Design. As well as being actively involved within his school, Adam works with other organisations to support teachers and students in learning by presenting at conferences, writing practice exams and conducting workshops on Global Politics.
Gus Humphries majored in History and Politics at Monash and completed his Masters of Education at Flinders University. He is currently a Senior Humanities Teacher at Caulfield Grammar School, specialising in Global Politics. He has been assessing Global Politics examinations for VCAA for over 10 years, including as Assistant Chief Assessor, and was a writer of the VCE Global Politics Study Design. Gus presents frequently for various organisations on Global Politics to both students and teachers and is well placed to understand the elements required in responses to excel in the Examination.
Megan Blake (LLB, BA (Melb), Dip Ed, Postgrad Dip Arts (Research), PhD (Monash)) completed a law degree at the University of Melbourne and worked for a number of years with private law firms and large corporations. Since joining the teaching profession, Megan has been a teacher of VCE legal studies and has been actively involved in Legal Studies education. She had positions of responsibility with the VCAA, most recently as a member of the panel designing the new Legal Studies ‘study design,’ and she has had a number of years experience as a VCE Legal Studies examination assessor. Megan also has several years experience presenting student lectures and workshops and is a prolific writer of assessment materials, for both CPAP and other organisations. She is also the author of Legal Fundamentals in Australia (A text for students of VCE Legal Studies Units 3&4), the CPAP Study Guide to VCE Legal Studies, the CPAP Legal Studies Quarterly Updates as well as web-based materials published by Jacaranda.
Lisa Filippin has completed a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, and has other qualifications in legal practice, company directorship, and languages. She has taught VCE Legal Studies and Business Management and is well versed in the VCE Legal Studies Study Design in particular. Lisa is an experienced VCAA assessor and examiner for Legal Studies and was part of the previous two panels considering amendments to the Legal Studies Study Design. Lisa has worked as a practising solicitor in the area of commercial litigation and has experience in large scale litigation, class actions and appeal processes. Lisa is the lead author of the two most popular VCE Legal Studies textbooks, and is a regular presenter at teacher conferences, as well as a regular contributor to Legal Studies resources.