Dr Brad Merrick
Director of the Barker Institute

As well as being the Director of the Barker Institute, Brad is the Director of Research in Learning at Barker College. As a music teacher, he has a passion for learning and enjoys teaching, conducting ensembles and performing. He has a keen interest in emerging technologies, professional learning and creative pedagogy. His doctorate investigated the relationship between student self-efficacy and self-regulation in creative learning environments. He has published widely and has also presented at many national and international conferences. His professional experience in education has also involved casual academic roles at the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Western Sydney University and the University of Queensland. He has spent the past two years as National President of the Australian Society for Music Education and is currently the immediate Past-President. He is also a Commissioner on the International Music in School Teacher Commission for ISME (International Society for Music Education). His most recent publication was a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education published in 2017. 


Dr Greg Cunningham
Director of Teaching and Learning

Greg has a special research interest in visual literacy having completed his doctorate in this field, completing a post-doctoral sabbatical at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. A passionate teacher of English, Greg has presented research into emerging practices in the English classroom at conferences in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He headed the team that introduced the Teaching for Understanding framework at Barker and he has been a research collaborator with Harvard University. Greg also represents the independent school sector on the BOSTES Professional Learning and Advisory Committee. In this capacity, he has also served as an assessor and consultant on accreditation processes and professional development in NSW.