Martin James

Director, Innovation and People
(Australia New Zealand)

Most of Martin’s current work is in the compulsory education sector and involves innovation partnerships with a range of systems and sectors across Australia and New Zealand to radically redesign their professional practice in ways that will deeply engage all students. In the families space, Martin is part of a team supporting the design and delivery of innovation methods to generate new and irresistible offers to families using early learning and care services.

Martin is an experienced educational leader, facilitator and researcher. Before joining Innovation Unit, Martin was an executive member at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) where he had oversight of the teacher quality, improvement and innovation portfolio. Martin has held several principal positions in New Zealand and has been involved in mentoring first time principals, managing ICT professional development clusters and building communities of learners around common achievement challenges.

Martin has also spent time in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia as a consultant working with government organisations on a range of education reforms.