Our Team

We bring together expert strategists, publishers, editors, communicators, marketers, student outreach and recruitment, government liaison experts who have experience across science, technology, education, engineering, health and agriculture. 

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Kylie Ahern, CEO & Founder STEM Matters

Board Member, Science & Technology Australia
Advisory Board Member, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
Co-Founder, COSMOS Magazine

Kylie is an award-winning STEM publisher and entrepreneur.
In 2004, Kylie raised financing, established and built Cosmos Media; an award winning media company. She launched Cosmos, Australia’s most popular science magazine and website as well as environmental magazine and portal, The Green Lifestyle Magazine.

Since selling Cosmos Media in 2013, she has been consulting for various STEM organisations. She helped establish the Nature Publishing Group, team and their strategy for the Australian and NZ markets and created a global education strategy for Scientific American.  Kylie has worked with scores of STEM organisations in strategy, communications, content and marketing.


Bec Crew
Editorial Director

As the former Editor in Chief of ScienceAlert, Bec Crew knows how to make even the most complex content accessible to a global audience, and has engaged an audience of millions on social media. She is the former digital editor of COSMOS magazine, and an award-winning science blogger and author. She has written for Scientific American, Australian Geographic, and The Huffington Post.

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AJ Epstein

AJ has worked with science organisations across the country to develop communication and audience engagement plans using innovative storytelling, public engagement and strategic positioning. AJ has experience building the profile of national science prizes and managing media programs for international science conferences.


Liza-Jayne Loch, Director
Communications and Government Liaison Director

Liza-Jayne brings almost three decades of experience in helping organisations, causes and individuals successfully grow their profiles. Her on-going involvement at the highest levels of media and government as well as her extensive network of contacts combine to provide a powerful positioning channel for STEM Matters’ clients.


Pat Duffy
Marketing Strategy Director

Pat Duffy was head of marketing for Defence Force Recruiting from November 2007 through April 2017.  Prior to DFR, Pat held senior marketing roles with Optus, Telstra, St George Bank and MLC.  Her external affiliations include lifetime membership of the Australian Marketing Institute, and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Selby & Friends Advisory Board.  She is a previous Director and Vice Chair of the Australian Direct Marketing Association and Director of the International Advertisers Association and the Australian Marketing Institute. Pat's association with STEM Matters as Director of Marketing Strategy leverages her strategic marketing expertise to benefit the STEM Matters's team and clientele.

Sara Callaghan
Associate Publisher

Sara has worked across media organisations over the last three decades.  She has overseen the growth of several profitable businesses, achieved by developing strategy and direction, utilising an open and hands on management style, nurturing and developing the organisation internally, as well as focusing on exceptional customer service and relationships to external stakeholders.

Eveline Van't Foort
Marketing, Recruitment and Student Experience Senior Consultant

Eveline is a seasoned marketing and communications executive with considerable experience in brand management, marketing and communications strategy, and integrated campaign planning, within the higher education sector.

Sari-Elle Kraemer
Communications & Government, Senior Consultant

Sari-Elle Kraemer has over six years’ experience in public relations, strategic communications and reputation management. Sari-Elle holds a Bachelor of Media (Communications/Journalism) and has an extensive network of media contacts. Her experience in identifying, drafting and pitching profile opportunities deliver results that count.


Vanessa Barratt
Senior Science Communication Manager, Government, Industry and Education

Vanessa is an experienced Science Communicator with a demonstrated history of working in a range of high profile, much-loved scientific organisations.  Her expertise includes:
- Science Communication & Education
- Museum, Zoo & Botanic Garden Engagement
- Media, Communications & Project Management