Lisa Newland

Lisa Newland

About Lisa

With a strong passion for developing organisational learning cultures and over 20 years of education experience in a variety of leadership roles, Lisa leads the team here at Sentis Education.

Lisa has been involved in several global digital projects and has created training programs for 21st century learning frameworks, including the IMPACT framework – which has supported the learning of over 50,000 students and 2,500 teachers across Queensland.


  • Whole school implementation of systemic improvement priorities – understanding change

  • Cultural transformation – engaging staff, leveraging priorities, creating alignment

  • Pedagogy and learning framework implementation

  • Developing capability and organisational capacity

  • Promoting wellbeing and building resilience across school communities

  • Women in Leadership (particularly rural, regional and remote)



  • Diploma of Education – QUT
  • Bachelor of Education – CQU

2017 – Current

Director Sentis Education
  • Partner with schools and regions to scan and assess culture and capability according to cultural maturity models.
  • Design and develop bespoke leadership programs to build capability, create a common language and address specific pain points for schools and organisations.
  • Apply psychological concepts and neuroscience to areas such as wellbeing, resilience and grit.

2013- 2017

General Manager Sentis – Client Solutions – Principal Consultant, Project Manager and Neuroscience Specialist.
  • Design fit-for-purpose solutions for clients that targeted culture, leadership and psychological safety. Develop end to end programs to boost leadership capability and embed the program language into the fabric of the organisation. Clients with coaching experience include Glencore, Lendlease, Genesis Energy, Sunsuper, Ergon, Repsol, Rio Tinto, Grain Corp, New Hope, Dyno Nobel, Incitec Pivot.
  • Lisa appeared on the panel of The ABC’s Big Ideas Program discussing The Future of Schooling in 2015.
  • Lisa delivered 8 different Keynotes during the Microsoft Global Education Leaders Forum for Educational Leaders in Barcelona in 2014.
  • In 2013, Lisa created the IMPACT Learning Framework, in partnership with The IMPACT Learning Centre (which provided the acronym). Her work included the neuroscience research as well as the two-day training program, which has trained over 2000 QLD educators, program materials, resources, workbook and infographics.

1997 – 2012

Principal Advisor Team Leader South East Region
  • Responsible for the roll-out of The Australian Curriculum, Pilot of Junior Secondary transition, Leading Learning Regional Program as well as other systemic initiatives.
  • Performance and teaching services delivered to approximately 191 schools with Australia’s largest school, small schools, island schools, Queensland Academy and Special Schools as well as Schools of Distance Education, Outdoor Education and Environmental Centres across the state.

Varsity College – Microsoft World Mentor School – Project Lead
Merrimac State High School
Head of Department English and Performing Arts Moranbah
Glenmore State High School

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