Kerry Jones BMus (Syd) Dip Ed (Syd) MEd Admin (UNE)
Kerry was born in Sydney and was educated at Loreto College, Normanhurst, NSW.
In 1977 she was awarded her Bachelor of Music Degree from The University of Sydney with a Performing Major on Clarinet. Following a Diploma of Education in 1978, Kerry taught music in Sydney high schools. In 1985 Kerry was appointed by the NSW Education Department as Performing Arts Consultant (K-12) Riverina Region. Her work included teacher training and syllabus implementation, bi-centenary and other special music projects such as regional bands and choirs, and special arts projects including working with indigenous Australians on the far west border of NSW. From 1990-1993, Kerry was Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Nursing Homes and Private Hospitals. As a Registered Industry Training Officer (RTO) Kerry worked with in service education programs, political lobbying and music therapy programs for the health industry.
In 1994 Kerry was appointed Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. In 1998 she was elected as a member of the Federal Government Constitutional Convention. In 1999 she was appointed by the Federal Government to chair the successful “No Case Committee” for the 1999 Referendum. By leading the campaign against a Republic, Kerry became a public figure and was awarded a Centenary Medal for contributions to Australia and the Centenary of Federation.
In 2001 Kerry was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Constitution Education Fund. Devoted to Civics, Citizenship and Values Education Programs, Projects and Awards the CEFA charity empowers particularly young Australians to become knowledgeable, responsible and engaged participants in the Australian community. Kerry sees her community work with CEFA as vital for the future of an informed and vibrant Australian democracy.
Under Kerry’s leadership, The Constitution Education Fund has developed a range of pioneering civics and citizenship projects designed to engage and encourage debate on issues of importance to our democracy, our civic life and our communities. Our Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Competition and our latest project the Australian Constitution Centre Exhibition at the High Court are just two examples designed to address the national imperative of providing Australians with an understanding of the Australian system of government, its story and the institutions and people who uphold it. She believes the wellbeing and safety of our future generations depends on us being informed, active and knowledgeable citizens.