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OAM, B Ed (Hons) [Durham], Grad Dip Ed Stud (Ed Admin) [UNE], PhD [Macquarie].  FACE, FACEA.
Headmaster, The King’s School, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia.

  • 1965 – 1971. Secondary Education, at King’s School Rochester, Kent, England. School Captain.
  • 1971 – 1975. B Ed (Hons) at Bede College, Durham, UK.
  • Played First Grade rugby for Durham University and captained the Bede College Athletics team.
  • Worked with opium and heroin drug addicts in Hong Kong with the Society of Stephen, 1972.
  • 1975 – 1980. Geography teacher at Loughborough Grammar School, UK, an independent, selective day and boarding school for 840 boys.
  • British Officer’s Commission in the Army Reserves, 1976-1980.
  • 1981 – 1989. Humanities teacher, Housemaster and Senior Boarding Master at Knox Grammar School, NSW, an independent day and boarding school for 1650 boys.
  • 1990 – 1997. Principal of St Leonard’s College, Melbourne a co-educational school for 1480 students.
  • Served as a Head’s representative on the Governing Board of the International Baccalaureate, 1997-9.
  • 1998 – Present.  Headmaster of The King’s School, a day and boarding school for 1500 boys. King’s is Australia’s oldest independent school.
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Education, Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Administration.
  • Authored several books. Titles include: Boy Oh Boy – how to raise and educate a son. The four books that make up the Learning Leadership series. The two books that make up Duty of Care – A Certificate Course in Residential Education, which is the main training course used by boarding staff in Australia and New Zealand. The educational novel Blizzard Lines.
  • Written over a hundred papers on a variety of topics related to education for professional journals and the broader media.
  • Frequent speaker at educational conferences around the world. Eg, Keynote Speaker at the Head’s Conference of Great Britain (HMC) in Dublin, 2003.
  • Advisor to Government. Member of the National Safe Schools Framework Roundtable. November, 2002. Member of the Advisory Committee on Boys’ Education, 2003.
  • Winner of an Australian Government National Award for Quality Schooling – Excellence as a Headmaster, 2007.
  • Awarded OAM in 2014 for service to education and to professional organisations.
  • Frequent guest on radio and TV including Richard Glover’s Political Forum on Drive Time, ABC 702, and Channel 7’s Sunrise program.
  • 2007- 2013. Founding Chairman of the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association.
  • 2010 – 2011. Chairman of the Headmaster’s Conference of New South Wales.
  • 2010 – 2011. Executive Member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (NSW/ACT Branch).
  • 2011 – Present. Served on the National Executive of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools.
  • Patron, President and Chairman of several charities including the Forsight Foundation and the World War Two Under 16s.

 

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