I have worked in education for over 38 years, including Sydney high schools in the inner city, northern, western and southern suburbs. My leadership experiences include working with disadvantaged, Aboriginal, multicultural and middleclass communities as well as experience in teaching in the UK. My most recent school role was as College Principal at Northern Beaches Secondary College the largest school in NSW, working across five campuses with a team of principals and over 370 teachers. This experience has further developed my expertise in school organisation and processes as well as develop a significant understanding of teaching and learning in primary schools.

Drawing on my 20 years of using SF skills in schools was pivotal when I was seconded to work with leaders and teams in all public schools across New South Wales with the aim of building school excellence, school and leadership capacity, to assist school planning and leadership coaching.

I have spent time in schools in the United Kingdom, in California and Georgia in the United States, Nova Scotia in Canada and in schools across Finland. I have also had significant dialogue with and hosted visiting educators from Japan, China, Finland, Scotland, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Netherlands and the ACT.

My professional interests include: constantly exploring better ways to meet student needs and raise expectations, student wellbeing and resilience, using evidence to improve school processes, methodology and outcomes, developing school networks, partnerships and improving pedagogy all based on the solution focused approach.

Over the past 20 years I have also gained considerable experience and specifically trained in the practical and ground breaking application of Positive Psychology into varied school settings in order to bring about measured changes in and the creation of positive school environments. In applying the Solution Focused approach I also enjoy coaching, mentoring and the many other conversations across school communities and with a variety of school teams.

Creating possibilities and hope for school staff, their students and parents students is my passion as I continue my work with The Resilience Centre.

Neil