Elevo Insitute Board

ThinkPlus is an initiative of the Elevo Institute, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping young Australians equip themselves to face the challenges of the 21st Century.
The organisation started life as the de Bono Institute in 1996. Our first 16 years were dedicated to conducting Educational Design Research, the findings of which could be used to develop educational innovations.

In 2013, we broadened our focus to include areas such as developmental psychology and neuroscience and changed our name to Elevo Institute.

The Institute aims to improve teaching and learning through the development of well-researched and tested innovative methodologies. We know every child has the potential to become a confident and engaged lifelong learner. We make it easy for schools and educators to apply the science of learning to improve student engagement and performance. We support schools to create future ready learners through our multi-modal curriculum aligned tools for learning.

David Loader

David Loader, Chair

Education Consultant OAM, BSC, MED, FAIM, FACE Education Consultant and Former Associate Professor, Principal Fellow Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University. Former Principal at both Wesley College and MLC Melbourne. Author of The Inner Principal and Jousting for the New Generation

Robert Pomeroy, Treasurer

Chartered Accountant - FCA Experience Practiced accountancy for over 20 years holding positions as a financial manager and partner.

Rhianna Perkin

Consultant Psychologist - BA, BAppSc, PostGradDipPsych, MPsych, MLM(Organisation Dynamics), MAPS, FCCOUNP. Experience Senior consultant psychologist with over 20 years’ experience, including operational and clinical leadership in health and not-for-profit and corporate sectors. Spending much of her career working with children, young people and families and is passionate about creating environments and communities in which children can thrive.

Andrew Loader

Executive Leader and Business Strategist Experience Extensive experience in leading and transforming corporate services and commercial practice. Proven capability in the design and delivery of large, complex projects across organisations in a variety of sectors including health, disability, government, community, NFP and emergency services


ThinkPlus includes the recognized and ground-breaking work of:

  • Carol Dweck, Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor at Stanford University.
  • Dr Edward de Bono
  • David Perkins, Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Professor of Teaching and Learning, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, Professor Emeritus Neuroscientist at University of California, San Franscico
  • Robert J. Sternberg, Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University.
  • Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, Educational Neuroscientist
  • Dr. James Marshall, Senior Lecturer, School of Design, Swinburne University
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University
  • Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Dr. Dawn Huebner, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Catlin Tucker, Author, Trainer and Speaker
  • Dr. Andrew Lane, Lecturer, School of Design, Swinburne University
  • Dr. Venesser Fernandes, School of Education, Culture and Society in the Faculty of Education, Monash University