We welcomed the Department for Education’s new Chief Executive, Professor Martin Westwell, to be our guest as part of our ‘On the Couch’ series. Appointed in April 2022, following a successful four years as Chief Executive of the SACE Board, Professor Westwell brings a wealth of knowledge in education systems that inform policy and innovation.

During this session, Professor Westwell shared with us his career journey and addressed questions during an audience Q&A.

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Professor Martin Westwell

Chief Executive
Department for Education

Martin was appointed Chief Executive of the Department for Education in April 2022, following a successful 4 years as Chief Executive of the SACE Board.

Martin has worked extensively with education systems and other organisations in using evidence to inform policy, practice, innovation and impact in education.

He was a Chief Investigator in the national Australian Research Council (ARC) Science of Learning Research Centre, and has worked with UNESCO using evidence to inform strategic planning of education in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2018, Martin received the prestigious Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ (ACEL) Gold Medal, awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the study and practice of educational administration and leadership.

In 2007 Martin and his family moved to South Australia where he took the position of inaugural Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century and then Strategic Professor in the Science of Learning at Flinders University.

Martin completed his degree and PhD at Cambridge University and was a Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University in biological chemistry.

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9 September 2022

9:30 am (Networking Morning Tea)
10:00 am to 11:00 am Event

Morning Tea

PwC, 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Due to the content of the On the Couch series, IPAA SA does not record these interviews. Therefore this event will not be available for viewing following this session.

Free for all State Government, Corporate and Personal Members of IPAA SA
$30 for non-members