Ricky Campbell-Allen

Ricky is CEO of EdCapital, an education consultancy helping education system leaders, school networks and for purpose organisations to lead change through strategic facilitation, strategy and leadership development. 

Ricky has significant leadership experience in education reform, working across schools, education systems and in the not-for-profit sector in Australia, Canada, USA and Asia. She has held system leadership positions in US school districts and spent 7 years as a teacher and school leader in Australia. 

As Managing Director of a policy and consulting firm, Ricky worked with state governments and US foundations to improve school education systems. As Director of Education at the Foundation for Young Australians, she managed an education portfolio of national initiatives and partnerships, with a focus on education-to-employment pathways. 

She was Founding Director of Centre for New Public Education, an advocacy institute, convening a national alliance focused on needs-based school funding reform. Prior to this, she worked in Boston Public Schools (USA), leading federal education reform initiatives across the district, and managing a $30 million federal Race to the Top grant. Ricky was involved in the establishment of Australian Schools Plus Fund. 

EdCapital’s key partnerships include the Department of Education and Training Victoria, Department of Education (QLD), Social Ventures Australia, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and Agile Schools. 

Ricky began her professional life in the visual arts - she has a Bachelor Visual Arts (Hon1) from the University of Sydney - before managing an outdoor education company. She is a Menzies Scholar and a graduate of Harvard where she completed a Masters of Education Policy and Management. She is currently undertaking research at Institute of Education, University College London on how system leaders help Principals improve student learning outcomes.