Meet the Evidence Institute

Meet the Team

Tiffany Roos

BEd, MEd (Educational Psychology)

Tiffany has extensive knowledge and experience as a leader of educational professional learning, translation of research into practice, and developing and delivering innovative evidence informed projects and programs. She is passionate about building the research capabilities of schools and educators, empowering transformational change, which in turn enables students to thrive. She has broad experience in a range of educational contexts, both internationally and nationally.

Dr Lesley Wright
Assistant Head

BA (Hons), PhD, Postgrad Cert (Evaluation)

Lesley has experience in education, academia and the private sector. Her approach to research and evaluation is both interdisciplinary and intersectional. Her area of interest is knowledge translation and impact, primarily supporting teachers to bridge the research to practice gap. Past projects and publications focus on intercultural education, democratic engagement, respectful relationships, domestic violence, gender, sexuality and identity.

Crichton Smith
Senior Researcher and Analyst

BSocSci, MLitt

Crichton’s focus includes enrolment and school workforce trends, school funding, demographics and planning, and developing the potential of schools’ data. Before starting at AISNSW in 2019, Crichton worked for two decades in Catholic education researching educational inequality, funding, and the changing demographics of students. He has also completing more than 300 comprehensive school and community socio-demographic profiles for non-government schools across Australia. He is currently completing his PhD on the demography of Australia’s schools.

Dr Rachel Perry
Research Specialist

BEd (Hons), PhD, CELTA

Rachel has a wide range of experience across school education, academia and government. She believes strongly in taking an interdisciplinary approach to research and is particularly interested in supporting the work of teachers through individualised action research. Her past projects and publications explore situated learning, community entanglement, teacher professional learning, arts, creativity and the impact of new and emerging technologies.

Rakhshinda Sayeed
Data Support Officer


Rakshinda is a committed, self-directed and highly skilled business support professional with exceptional administrative skill. She is proactive and reliable, with a meticulously detail –oriented approach to develop operation processes. Her past experience on Moodle, CRM, Basware, PEGA, Study Global & PRISM helps her to quickly adapt any IT systems. Rakhshinda has extensive knowledge and experience from working across the higher education’s admission and student services areas.   

Sandra Duggan
Consultant: School Improvement/Perspectives

DipTeach, BA (Hons), MEd (Leadership)

Sandra has worked in a range of independent schools as a teacher and leader. Whilst based in schools she contributed to various collegial projects, building networks with practitioners based on a deep respect for the role of context in understanding decision-making in schools. Her current work in school improvement and in data interpretation has emphasised to her the centrality of leadership in enacting positive educational change based on evidence-informed approaches.