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Throughout my educational career I have been a teacher, a school principal, and a system leader.

Currently I am the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education and Training, a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research and a contributor to numerous national education forums.

I was previously the President of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and have had the privilege of working with talented staff on wide-ranging education reforms in the Australian Capital Territory’s Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood.

I am driven by a strong desire to improve school, early childhood and training outcomes in Queensland and around the country. I firmly believe that the best way to achieve this is by supporting local educators to become empowered leaders of their learning communities in order to achieve better outcomes for students. One of the building blocks to this empowerment is to build educators’ capability through targeted professional development and sharing of knowledge, which is also the focus of this website.

I thank you for visiting and look forward to collaborating with you to share news, views and ideas about education.