Our executive

   David de Carvalho 

Chief Executive Officer          
Mr David de Carvalho

Mr 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. 

Mr de Carvalho 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.

Mr de Carvalho 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

Mr 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.

  Janet Davy 

Director, Curriculum
Ms Janet Davy

Ms Janet Davy joined ACARA in April 2018. 

Ms Davy comes to ACARA from the position of Deputy Secretary within the NSW Department of Education, which followed her role as Group Manager for Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching in the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and prior to that, Secretary of the ACT Department of Education.

As with many of ACARA's staff, Ms Davy began her career as a teacher, teaching Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) to Sydney secondary students.

Janet held various senior curriculum roles in the Department and the NSW Board of Studies. She also worked with AusAID (Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands), undertaking high-level change management roles, including a position of Program Manager for the Papua New Guinea Education Capacity Building Program. 


Director, Communications and Strategic Relations
Ms Ann-Maree Ashburn

Ann-Maree 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, Mr Begeng was Managing Director of a consulting practice specialising in technology transformation projects. 

Mr Begeng 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. 

Mr Begeng 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).