Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and Head of Health Promotion and Education Research the Telethon Kids Institute. Supported by over $24m in grant funding since 1999, Donna has led many research projects addressing child and adolescent health and wellbeing, including 30 large empirical trials, with a focus on applied intervention research in school and community settings. Donna's research has been translated into evidence-based policy and practice interventions systematically disseminated throughout Australian and internationally. In 2012, Donna received the WA Australian of the Year Award, and in 2015 was inducted as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Most recently, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and a 2017 NHMRC Fellowship.
David Ansell has extensive management, policy and planning experience in the government and NGO sectors. During his career, David has developed expertise in the areas of early childhood education and care; improving schools in low socio-economic communities; education programs for at risk students, and public sector management. His most recent positions were as Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts, Director, Strategic Issues in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Executive Director for the Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning, Director Participation (Engagement) for the Department of Education and General Manager (WA) The Smith Family.