Lucy Davidson, CEO

Lucy is passionate about the value of early childhood education and is committed to elevating the standing of the profession in Australia and creating a new generation of early years teachers, and as such is excited to be the inaugural CEO of Future Tracks.

Prior to joining Future Tracks, Lucy was based in Washington D.C. where she established and led the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s early childhood education and care portfolio. In this role, she worked with business leaders and senior stakeholders across the U.S. to elevate the importance of high-quality early education and find innovative community-led solutions to expanding access and quality.

Lucy has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sector, where has she has held numerous policy and programmatic roles across education, workforce development, and disability services. Additionally, Lucy sits on the Advisory Board of Capita, a U.S. based non-profit dedicated to fostering new ideas to ensure a future in which children and families flourish.

Lucy has a BA in International Relations and is currently completing a Juris Doctor at the Australian National University.

Sally Trudgen, Project manager - operations

Sally combines a background in educational psychology and teaching with expertise in ensuring higher education meets the need of industry and so is perfectly placed for her Future Tracks role as project manager – operations. In this role, her focus is on connecting the early childhood sector with universities. She works collaboratively with course providers to make sure course content, placements and the student experience are optimised to meet the needs of students and the sector.

Before joining Future Tracks, Sally spent 10 years in a variety of roles within the tertiary sector, developing pathways and working with industry to increase the quality of university and TAFE experiences for students. She was the first Head of Department for the Applied Degree programs at Federation University and then established the Commercial Assessment and Training Service at the College of Business, Victoria University. She was previously a secondary school teacher.

Sally’s passion for educational psychology has lead her to a BA in Psychology and Literature, a Bachelor of Teaching, and a Masters degree in Education from Deakin University.

Daniel Steele, Project manager – program development

Daniel brings years of experience in leading and developing teachers to his role at Future Tracks, where he is designing and implementing the mentoring program.

Having started as a primary teacher, Daniel soon moved into leadership roles in and out of the classroom, supporting teachers to implement the curriculum, and mentoring them both professionally and informally. He has experience in a range of different school settings, including in the remote Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga in WA’s Kimberley region where he worked as a teacher, school curriculum leader and basketball coach.

Throughout his career, Daniel  has  supported and developed pre-service teachers through roles in both higher education – as a tutor at Deakin University – and in the private sector – as a curriculum correlator for Origo Education, ensuring teaching resources matched curriculum requirements.

With a passion for teaching and educational leadership, Daniel has a Bachelor of Education (Hons.) from Melbourne University and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University.