Commerce Presentations and Publications



Adrian Peacock has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT, a Diploma of Business (Banking and Finance), a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and a Dip Ed (ACU). He worked as a Chartered Accountant for a number of years before entering the teaching profession and has become an experienced assessor of end of year examinations, and reviewer/presenter for various organisations.  He is prolific writer of assessment material for VCE Accounting teachers and students and has a unique ability to engage students. He most recently taught VCE Accounting at Haileybury College and is currently working at Monash University delivering the first year Accounting program and Enhancement program to VCE students.

Greg Gould [B .Ed (Business Studies), B. Bus (Accounting)] has been teaching senior Accounting in government and independent schools for 30 years. Currently Greg is Head of Commerce at Methodist Ladies' College and a lecturer and tutor at Swinburne University for undergraduate and post graduate Accounting courses. He has developed extensive curriculum resources for teachers and students of Accounting using manual recording and Information and Communications Technology. He is a regular presenter at teacher professional development sessions for the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA) and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). He has presented student lectures in Accounting since 1995. He has written Quality Assessment Tasks (QATs) for Units 1-4 for the current and previous study designs. He was a member of the VCAA writing panel for the current Accounting study design, and the Advice to teachers.

Business Management

Debra McNaughton (B.A., Dip Ed) is an experienced teacher of Business Management and is currently Head of Humanities at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat. Debra has a background in both the public and private sectors and has over 10 years experience as a Business Management examination assessor for the VCAA. Debra is the author of ‘Business Notes’, is co-author of ‘A+ Business Management Practice Exams’, and is an educational consultant working on business studies videos. She is a regular contributor to the VCTA’s journal Compak, including writing several of the recent practice exams; and has presented many PD sessions for Business Management and Economics teachers at Comview, the annual VCTA conference. Debra is currently the writer of the CPAP Business Management practice examinations.

Alan Wharton completed his Honours degree in Business Studies, specialising in Human Resource Management, at the University of Hertfordshire, London UK and was awarded the prestigious Graduate Prize by the Institute of Personnel Management. Since completing his Diploma of Education in Melbourne, Australia he has taught at Luther College and currently at Caulfield Grammar School, where he is Head of Commerce. He has held positions of responsibility with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as a Study Design Writer of Business Management, a review panel member on both Business Management and Economics study designs, as an Assistant Chief Examiner in Business Management and as an assessor of final examinations in both Business Management and Economics. He has also been an active member of the VCTA for over 12 years and regularly presents to business management teachers and students both in Australia and overseas. Alan was a member of the panel of experts that developed the current VCE Business Managements Study Design, is author of the VCE Checkpoints texts in Business Management and Economics and is co-author on a VCE Business Management text and middle-school commerce text.

Matt Richardson (B.A., Dip Ed) is an experienced teacher of Business Management and is currently the Humanities Leader and a senior Business Management teacher at Ballarat High School. Matt was a member of the VCAA Business Management Review Panel and has over 10 years of experience as a Business Management examination assessor. He has also sat on the VCE Business Management exam panel as an Examination Vetter. Matt has presented PD sessions for Business Management teachers at Comview, the annual VCTA conference, and has contributed articles to the VCTA’s journal Compak. Matt is the co-author of ‘Key Concepts in VCE Business Management Units 3&4’ and is also the co-author of the CPAP Business Management Quarterly Updates.



Romeo Salla completed Honours and Masters degrees in Commerce (Economics major) at the University of Melbourne before moving to Canberra to work as an Economist with the Commonwealth Department of Treasury. After a few years he was promoted within the federal bureaucracy to the position of Senior Economist with the Industry Commission (now Productivity Commission). Since 1996 he has been employed as a Senior Teacher and Head of Faculty at large private schools in Melbourne, and currently teaches VCE and IB Economics at Geelong Grammar School. He has held positions of responsibility with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as an examination assessor since 1996 and was the long standing Economics editor on the VCTA website (ComNET). Mr Salla is also the founder of the as well as the popular smartphone app ‘economicstutor’, has contributed to various publications and regularly presents to economics teachers and students on behalf of the VCTA. Romeo is the author of the CPAP Study Guide to VCE Economics, co-author of Monumental Humanities 3 (Cambridge), and co-author of the VCE Economics texts ‘Economic Fundamentals in Australia’ and ‘Economics: from the ground up’. He is also the writer of CPAP Economics assessment tasks and the practice examinations.

Global Politics

Lou Spanos is currently the Head of Business Studies at Geelong Grammar School and is a dedicated and passionate teacher of Global Politics.   He has worked as a VCAA assessor/examiner of VCE International Studies/Global Politics since 2005 and in 2013-2014 was appointed as Chief Examiner for VCE Global Politics.  In 2010, 2014 and 2016 he was member of the VCAA panel that designed the Global Politics Study Design.  Lou has written extensively in Global Politics as a writer of practice examinations and other web based resources for students.  He continues to be involved in professional development and regularly presents at lectures and seminars for both students and teachers.

Adam Brodie-McKenzie completed a Bachelor of Law/Arts (Hons) at the Australian National University, with a major in International Relations and specialisation in International Law for his Law Degree. He teaches VCE Global Politics and Legal Studies at the University High School. Adam is also the interschool debating coordinator and sub-school coordinator at the school. He is an experienced VCAA Examination Assessor for Global Politics and part of the panel considering amendments to the Global Politics Study Design. As well as being actively involved within his school, Adam works with other organisations to support teachers and students in learning by presenting at conferences, writing practice exams and conducting workshops on Global Politics.

Legal Studies

Megan Blake (LLB.,B.A.(Melb) Dip.Ed.(Monash)) completed a law degree at the University of Melbourne and worked for a number of years with private law firms and large corporations.  Since joining the teaching profession, Megan has been a teacher of VCE legal studies and has been actively involved in Legal Studies education.  She had positions of responsibility with the VCAA, most recently as a member of the panel designing the new Legal Studies ‘study design,’ and she has had a number of years experience as a VCE Legal Studies examination assessor.    Megan also has several years experience presenting student lectures and workshops and is a prolific writer of assessment materials, for both CPAP and other organisations.  She is also the author of the CPAP Study Guide to VCE Legal Studies, the CPAP Legal Studies Quarterly Updates as well as web-based materials published by Jacaranda.

All CPAP presenters are experts in the relevant field, with years of combined experience as teachers and examination assessors.  These strict requirements ensure that the highest quality information is imparted to students such that their preparation for examinations is significantly enhanced.