tonresearch.com.au/wp-content/uploads/BarbPreston-BW-Photo.jpg” rel=”lightbox”>tonresearch.com.au/wp-content/uploads/BarbPreston-BW-Photo.png” alt=”BarbPreston BW Photo” width=”202″ height=”252″ />Barbara Preston is a Canberra-based independent researcher. In the 1980s she worked as a research officer with the Australian Union of Students, the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association and the Australian Teachers Union (now Australian Education Union). After a period in the federal public service, Barbara began independent research and policy analysis in 1991. She was inaugural executive officer of the Australian Council of Deans of Education, and has carried out influential research on teacher and nurse supply and demand, professional practice, representation and regulation, and schools and higher education policy. Barbara has been active in professional associations and unions, and is an enthusiastic gardener, singer in choirs, and supporter of Timor Leste.