From my first appointment in 1981 as a teacher in an isolated rural school in the North-East of Western Australia to my current position as the Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, I have had almost 40 years of successful experience across a diverse range of educational roles and sectors.
I spent my first ten years in the profession as a teacher before moving to the position of principal in a range of primary and secondary schools. I then progressed to the role of Regional Director in WA and Victoria before being appointed as the Director General of Education in the ACT, followed by Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Education Department and Director General of Education of the Queensland Department of Education and Training.
In addition to appointments across my career to many educationally related Boards, I previously served for six years as the National President for the Australian Council for Education Leaders, and continue to be recognised as an influential advocate for the education sector.
I was awarded a Doctorate in Education at the University of WA in 2004, and have consistently prioritised a focus on the essential skills required to prepare all students for success in a globalised world that is in rapid transition as many traditional employment pathways succumb to the optimisation of automation and artificial intelligence.
There is a lot to be proud of in relation to the quality of Australian Education however, national and jurisdictional performance data indicates that we could be doing much better to ensure that our next generations are well prepared for an unknown and challenging future.
This web-site is a small contribution of ideas and resources aimed at improving outcomes and opportunities for all.