Our executive

  David de Carvalho 

Chief Executive Officer          
Mr David de Carvalho

David de Carvalho joined ACARA in March 2019, bringing to ACARA a wealth of leadership experience from the education sector and from the public sector at both the Commonwealth and state government level. 

David was Chief Executive Officer of NESA from January 2017 until February 2019. Prior to that, he was Deputy Secretary at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

David has also led the National Catholic Education Commission and was Head of the Higher Education Division in the federal government Department of Education. He started his career as a secondary school teacher and has served on the boards of the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Curriculum Corporation (now Education Services Australia).  

Peter _Titmanis

General Manager, Assessment and Reporting
Mr Peter Titmanis

Peter Titmanis joined ACARA in January 2019.

Peter’s most recent position has been Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives and Performance, at the Western Australian Department of Education.

Peter began his career as a secondary Science teacher, then a university lecturer in education. He has extensive experience on national initiatives, including NAPLAN and NAPLAN Online, and has wide-ranging experience in school accountability and reporting. 

Peter holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education from Curtin University, a Diploma of Education from the University of WA, and a Bachelor's of Science from the University of WA.

 Sharon Foster 

Director, Curriculum
Ms Sharon Foster

Sharon Foster was appointed Director, Curriculum in November 2022. She initially joined ACARA in September 2020 as Senior Manager, leading the consultation process for the review of the Australian Curriculum.

Sharon came to ACARA from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), where she was the Manager of the Victorian Curriculum: F-10 Unit responsible for the development and delivery of the Victorian F-10 Curriculum. Prior to that, she worked in senior program and policy roles across the Department of Education and Training, Victoria focused on developing and delivering curriculum projects and professional learning programs.

Sharon started her career as a secondary school teacher and progressed to assistant principal before moving into the health sector to develop education programs and projects. Throughout her career, Sharon has also worked as an education and communications consultant for a range of private sector and not-for-profit organisations.


Director, Communications and Strategic Relations
Ms Ann-Maree Ashburn

Ann-Maree Ashburn joined ACARA in July 2016 with over 20 years’ experience in government, communications and stakeholder relations.

Ann-Maree has worked at a senior level in government, including as a ministerial adviser, and held senior corporate affairs and communications roles in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors including at Oil States International, Insurance Australia Group, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and Hill and Knowlton.

 Thomas Begeng 

Director, Corporate Services
Mr Thomas Begeng

Immediately prior to joining ACARA, Thomas Begeng was Managing Director of a consulting practice specialising in technology transformation projects. 

Thomas has over 20 years’ experience in a range of board, senior finance and operations roles in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, including CFO and board member of Medibank Health Solutions, Director of Corporate Services for Lifeline Australia and Chief Operating Officer of HealthShare NSW. 

Thomas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants (Australia), the CEO institute, and Associate of the Institute of Financial Accountants (UK).

View the ACARA executive remuneration 2017–18 (PDF 114 kb).