"Heather MacDonald and the staff of 'Education Partnerships' have produced an excellent strategic document for UNICEF Australia's Education for Development program. This consultation process has provided a solid and exciting base for our young program, and has certainly met the challenge we put to Heather in a consultancy of significant scope.
This strategic document deals in realistic targets, yet it also contains an optimism that underpins the spirit of our organisation, and of our Education initiatives. Our congratulations and thanks to Heather and her team."
Education and Advocacy Coordinator,
"Heather developed and delivered an exceptional education program in association with 2003 Rugby World Cup. The program was diverse, imaginative, and educationally sound. Parts of it, in particular, EdRugby Online were at the cutting edge of educational delivery. It was a pleasure to see so many young people and their teachers become involved in such a positive way"
Former Assistant Director General
NSW Department of Education and Training
"In my work with Heather I have been able to observe her as part of a committee, as a presenter and as a skilled professional delivering educational packages to support schools in meeting the education outcomes of the curriculum. Heather is one of those professionals that rarely cross your path and her skills coupled with her manner are unsurpassed. This is reflected in the outstanding success of EdRugby Online which has been embraced by schools across the nation."
Director - Industrial Relations
NSW Association of Independent Schools
"Heather's performance in the role (as the National Education Manager for the Australian Rugby Union ) could only be described as magnificent. The size of the job was enormous as it focused on a number of States and covered all school systems. Timelines were tight and resources available to her and her team were limited. Heather met all the objectives set within the time required and within budget. Impressive results were achieved with respect to participation by schools in the EdRugby program and its many dimensions. Her work included development of EdRugby Online, media competitions, communication with schools, banner competitions, ticketing for schools etc.
Her education background certainly equipped her well in her role with the ARU. Heather is articulate, resourceful, creative, and hardworking, and has excellent communication skills both written and oral. She adopts a strategic approach to her work and impressed as a very competent manager of people and funding. Heather sets high standards for her work and takes pride in her work. She has a very engaging personality, is a calm and well balanced individual, and gets on well with people at all levels.
I have no hesitation in recommending Heather for engagement in work relating to education strategies, communications and events whether for corporate, government or non profit sector organizations."
Paul F Crombie
Director - Administration
Catholic Education Commission NSW